Tuesday, February 9

I'll Be Your Lover, Too (Van Morrison)

It's an outdated theory, but still one that's fun to explore.  Brain dominance theory simply put says that left-brained people are analytical and right-brained people are artsy.  Wonder what your dominant hemisphere is?  Take this quick quiz.

The Right Brain

According to the left-brain, right-brain dominance theory, the right side of the brain is best at expressive and creative tasks. These are your 'hippie dippies.'  Some of the abilities popularly associated with the right side of the brain include:

  • Recognizing faces
  • Expressing emotions
  • Music
  • Reading emotions
  • Color
  • Images
  • Intuition
  • Creativity

The Left Brain
The left-side of the brain is considered to be adept at tasks that involve logic, language, and analytical thinking. This is Sheldon, or that guy from Numbers.  The left-brain is described as being better at:
  • Language
  • Logic
  • Critical thinking
  • Numbers
  • Reasoning

My favorite Valentine's Day gifts have come from the right-brained men in my life.  They're interesting.  They're creative.  They're a lot of fun!  They're also usually (in my experience) fairly irresponsible.  C'est la vie!   Chronologically.....

  1. Black Rose
    • Dinner at Bojangles accompanied by a single black rose?  (As opposed to the red roses that all the other girls wanted.)  It's not exactly swoon-worthy, but then again, it was high school.  Short on money, long on thought!
  2. Handmade Card
    • Long before the days of finding cute things to copy from Pinterest, and during a really dark period of college, I received an adorable hand-made card.  It had a cut-out picture offering a hug and everything.  And two tickets to the Allman Brothers Band.  Card, concert, and cut-outs...how can you not smile?
  3. Hand-Thrown Pottery
    • Our high school had a well-stocked art studio...we were such spoiled students!  It was fabulous.  Though the hand-mixed glazes (and tie-dye glaze) have faded over time, the thought that went into creating the urn and incense burner have not.
  4. A Song
    • Maybe it's just me, but I'm a sucker for a song.  Especially when someone has put forth the time, energy, and passion to write a song just for you.  Happy sigh!

What's been your favorite, or most unusual, gift throughout the years?   

Monday, February 1

Ragin' Cajun (Charlie Daniels Band)

Our trip to New Orleans fell short, due to a round of wild weather!  So we hunkered down in Lafayette, Louisiana for a few days before crawling back home.  But the trip wasn't wasted....no sir'ee!  We learned a lot about cajuns, creoles, and our own family history!
Hungry upon arrival, we sought out a hole-in-the-wall restaurant (travel tip : always ask where the locals eat!) and enjoyed jambalaya and gumbo.  Yum!  There was even enough to take home for dinner.  "Home" being the hotel, of course....once you've been on the road a bit, home is wherever you're crashing that night.

We stumbled upon the Acadian Cultural Center at Jean Lafitte National Park.  Having an Acadian background, but not really knowing anything about it, we took this as a sign to learn more.  The things we learned were fascinating!  

The Acadian Cultural Center in Lafayette tells stories of the origins, migration, settlement, and contemporary culture of the Acadians (Cajuns).  They also have genealogical records, which we were able to use to trace our family back nearly three hundred years...following their path from the Pyrenees of France to current day locations.

We love music!  
(If you haven't figured that out by now..........go back through all of the posts on the right-hand column.)

Music is such a big part of Cajun history!  Cajun music and zydeco are very similar forms...Cajun music is the music of the (white) Acadians, while Zydeco is the music of the (black) Creoles. Both share common origins and influences, but each culture proudly and carefully preserves the identity of its own musical expression.  Scroll down to listen to an example of each...

According to Wikipedia, "Cajun music is relatively harsh with an infectious beat and a lot of forward drive, placing the accordion at the center. Besides the voices, only two melodic instruments are heard, the accordion and fiddle, but usually in the background can also be heard the high, clear tones of a metal triangle."

Unit Resources

Wayne Toups......Zydeco

Savoy Family Band...........Cajun

Flying Ace on the Accordian