Friday, October 17, 2014

Welcome to the world of TD!

aaduna contributor, TD Flenaugh   (photo provided)
For the sports minded person, you may think I am referencing a new football blog that keeps pertinent statistics on touchdowns, who made them and where and how those achievements influenced the finality of a game.  Sorry.

I am referring to writer TD Flenaugh whose short story is in the current issue of aaduna, and who recently took the time to have a chat with me.

Check out our Conversation.  Enjoy!

CLICK HERE for TD Flenaugh interview on aaduna!



Monday, October 13, 2014

Santana invigorates upstate New York!

Carlos Santana brought his “Corazon Tour” to the Turning Stone Resort and Casino in Verona, NY this past Sunday after a Saturday night performance at the Seneca Niagara Casino Events Center in Niagara Falls, NY and before his Columbus Day concert at the Modell Center for Performing Arts at Lyric Opera House in Baltimore, MD.  Lisa and I witnessed the Turning Stone show.  

The musicianship, tightness of the show, and exemplary individual performances of the band made the TS show a remarkable event.  Carlos continues to cement his musical legacy as a master guitarist and musician who creates a solid band of which he is a member even if he is the focal point.  The individual solos were fantastic and matched the intensity that each member of Santana displayed.  The percussionists were superb.  The vocalists on point.


The guitarists and keyboardist worked in a unison that aligned the notes and compositions into exhilarating moments of ecstasy.  

The brass section dazzled.
 I first tried to see Santana on my Birth Day in 1968 (I think that was the year) at the Fillmore East in New York City.  Not one to buy tickets in advance (at that point in my life,) I was devastated when the box office informed me that the show was sold out.   

It was a miserable Birth Day.

I became a Santana groupie (at least when the band came to New York City over the years) and the  The band roamed through pivotal hits and songs over the past several decades with a freshness and focus that keeps this band relevant.  I was impressed to hear songs that I had on bootleg cassette tapes purchased in Thailand and songs often reserved to live performances and not the recording studio. 

So, yeah…I am biased.  Maybe I will get to Las Vegas to catch one of several shows at the House of Blues, Mandalay Bay in November and one of those shows is on my Birth Day!  

The show at the Turning Stone was a culmination for me.
Imagine that!

Monday, October 6, 2014

Conversations…not in your face but close enough

Bill Berry, Jr. 
When aaduna started, I did an interview process titled “E-Viewpoints” with contributors.  The purpose was to construct a wider audience for aaduna writers and artists while providing our readership with a better understanding and glimpse of the individuals who penned the poetry, fiction, and non-fiction and created the diverse array of visual arts.  For a variety of unplanned reasons, I took a hiatus from that initiative.  But now, I am back with “Conversations.”  The plan is to chat with current and previous contributors and delve into aspects of their background that you may find intriguing and uplifting.  I hope you become a regular follower of this series of “Conversations” and continue to enjoy the work of the individual that I have a chat with.  The intent is not to be “in your face” but enable you to savor the nuances, expectations, and challenges that aaduna contributors face as people, just like you and me. 

“Conversations” will start in a few days.  Watch for the opening chat.  We will let you know when and where on Facebook, Twitter, aaduna notes, and other social media networks.  I think you will find “Conversations” interesting, maybe provocative, and enlightening.  I hope so.

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Sean Mcleod...Auburn, NY...this weekend.

aaduna Board of Director member Sean Mcleod will bring his Sean McLeod Dance Experience featuring his NYC based Kaleidoscope Dance Theatre to Auburn, NY for its first full company concert in Auburn in 13 years.  McLeod promises a robust global influenced dance experience that will occur on October 3rd and 4th, 2014 at 7 PM in the West Middle School Auditorium, located at 217 Genesee Street, Auburn, NY.  Tickets are available via

If you live in the Central New York/Finger Lakes region or plan to visit, add this event to your social calendar for this weekend.     

Tuesday, September 30, 2014

Clark and Blalock...on the "art" of food and words

 King crab fritters, one of the appetizers before the dinner on Friday at the LongHouse barn. Ellen M. Blalock |           

Former aaduna Board of Directors' member Dr. Patricia E. Clark and current Board member Ellen Blalock collaborated on a story initially published by regarding the recent 2014 LongHouse Food Revival. Check their story out:

Tuesday, September 16, 2014

aaduna Board brings 2014 to a close...

aaduna Board of Directors (left to right)   Ellen Blalock, Billye Chabot, Madelaine Whalen (summer intern) Sheila Applegate, Bill Berry, Sean McLeod, Walt Aikman, Lisa Brennan

On Monday evening, September 15th, the aaduna Board of Directors convened to hear and discuss the state of aaduna, analysis of the spring 2014 fundraisers, future capacity building plans, 2015 fundraising options, as well as plans to celebrate 2015 as the fifth year of publishing aaduna.  The Board also heard and discussed marketing initiatives, new features for “aaduna notes” and received a first hand account of the summer’s internship initiatives.

aaduna BOD members:  Sheila Applegate, Billye Chabot, Sean McLeod

This annual meeting concluded another year of exemplary service, guidance, and support from Board members.  They have our heartfelt thanks.  And if you do not know our Board, please visit and click on “Meet the Team.”