Author Archives: Andrea R Huelsenbeck

About Andrea R Huelsenbeck

Andrea R Huelsenbeck is a wife, a mother of five and a former elementary general music teacher. A freelance writer in the 1990s, her nonfiction articles and book reviews appeared in Raising Arizona Kids, Christian Library Journal, and other publications. She is currently working on a young adult mystical fantasy novel and a mystery.

In the Meme Time: Mountains

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When faced with a mountain

Guest Post: Storm Chaser by Donna

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Thank you to Donna from My OBT for this wonderful article about one of my favorite photographers.

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Arizona native Mike Olbinski makes the most of his home state’s occasionally dramatic weather.

“When you’ve lived in Arizona your whole life, you learn to appreciate unusual things like clouds, rain…and weather in general. Especially in the summers when it’s so hot out for months on end, you welcome the cool breezes after a monsoon thunderstorm. Ever since I was a kid, I’ve been obsessed with weather. I used to watch lightning out my window with my brother when we were little. I have pictures of clouds I took while in high school. And now I chase storms.”

Though he is technically an amateur photographer, Olbinski’s work does a beautiful job of capturing the power and majesty of nature. I’m sure you’re going to enjoy them as much as I did.

To continue reading this article, click here.

Video of the Week: Take Better Photographs

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Wordless Wednesday: This Tree’s Been Through a Lot

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(Click on a picture to enlarge.)

I’d Rather Be Dancing: Bulgarian Folk Dances

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Bulgaria is known as The Land of Roses and produces 85% of the world’s rose oil.

It also has a rich culture including lots of beautiful dances.

Vrapceto is popular in the United States and is often taught to children. Usually it is performed in short lines of about six dancers with hands joined in a basket hold.

Kapetan Vojvoda. You might want to view this one full screen. (Actually, they’re all better full-screen. Do you know how to do that? Click on the broken square in the lower right hand corner of the frame.)

Ciganko.

Doydi Doydi Libe Le.

Eleno Mome. I love the costumes in this video!

Godecki Cacak.

Juta. This music has an incredibly long introduction before the dance begins. You can skip to 1:04 if you’re short on time.

Gankino Horo.

There are several dances that go by the name of Malesevsko Horo. This is the version my club has done, but with different music.

Varnenska Kjucek. (several of my dance friends are in this video)

Vlasko Horo is one of my favorite dances, though I often mess up on the fast parts.

 

Monday Morning Wisdom #197

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Monday Morning Wisdom #197

“Everyone’s first pages are awful. Just hold your nose and write. Today’s sh*t is tomorrow’s compost.” – Hallie Ephron

Oddball Challenge: Beautiful Weeds

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My offering for Kammie’s Oddball Challenge this week:

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Pretty, but deadly. They have thorns you can’t even see, but ride your bike over them, and your tires are history.