Spring’s back, and so am I…

A little optimism...

To say “It’s been a long winter,” is like saying ” That Shaq fella is kinda’ tall!”  Good riddance.  We spent time following Tink and his buddies in indoor track to keep our minds off the relentless season,…

Tink is the guy with the white headband...

Indoor track, among many other things,  is on the chopping block due to a lack of funding for education by the State of New York.  The State stands in contempt of court after losing a suit to the Campaign for Fiscal Equity for failing to provide ” a sound basic education” for the children of NY as dictated by the State constitution.  The State has lost all appeals.  This Governor would rather take away opportunities like this, take teachers out of classrooms, and limit course offerings and services , than find the budget cuts elsewhere. He refuses to tackle the real problem here.  The fact of the matter is that we don’t fund the education of our children properly here in the State of New York.  The fix is going to be messy, costly, frustrating, and certainly won’t pave the way to DC for Mr. Cuomo as neatly as putting the burden on the local taxpayer, letting the kids twist in the breeze in the interim, and coming out the other side with the Bible to thump on that he’s “Balanced the Budget!”.  Just don’t look at the carnage in the rear view mirror, Mr. Governor, even your girlfriend won’t be able to make something palatable out of that.  BTW, a classroom without a teacher is NOT a classroom, it’s a student warehouse.   ( Next time I’ll quit pussyfooting around and tell you what I REALLY think,… ; >)

In an effort to recover from the effects of a winter that just wouldn’t quit, ( and to lower my blood pressure…)  Bridget, Tink, Silas , and I went down to sunny Florida, returning last night in time for Easter at home.  Here are some highlights…

Silas fighting the surf...

Tink rides the waves...

Silas battles...

The payoff,... a 20+ lb. Jack!

Tink gets in the fight...

Tink's first barracuda...

If there is one image that personifies my youngest son,...this is it.

Tink,... chillin'.

So now it’s time to get back to business, for me, the third week of  May will be spent at the Greenfield Center Elementary school doing workshops and writing songs with the students there, a private concert in Lake Placid that Saturday, the entire next week as the artist in residence at the Adirondack Museum at Blue Mountain Lake working with school groups and visitors.   The next week a visit to the Lake Avenue Elementary School in Saratoga Springs followed by a concert with my friend Cedar Stanistreet at the Ndakinna Education Center in Greenfield Center, NY as part of their “Down to Earth Concert Series”  The first two Wednesdays in June I return to the Northern Clinton Outdoor Education Project to work with kids way out in the woods up in the Adirondacks.  (In the time in between, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a fly rod getting bent a bit… ; >)  The summer dates are STILL coming in, hope to have a final schedule for you all soon.  You can always go to the website at http://www.chrisandbridget.com , as a matter of fact, that’s where I’m headed now to do a little updating.  Hope to hear from you all soon!  Back to the ‘Dacks!!!!!  Here comes Summer!

A day at the museum...

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About adkchrisshaw

Adirondack singer, songwriter, and storyteller
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