New Adventures


I’m having a great time writing! I really enjoy this site and I’m so proud of the journey I’ve been taking. Thank you for being a wonderful part of it!

And yet the participation here has been waning, for a variety of reasons, including the summer lull. So I feel a need to stretch my wings, to get involved, and to discover new venues.

Many bloggers have gone to social media, and some have closed down their wordpress sites entirely. So this old guy is going to learn what he can (not knowing a thing) and hang out with people in a new way.

And believe it or not, I’m actually going to start up more blogs! The first new one will be a fiction only site. I love writing fiction but it takes a lot of time, so I will only post there once or twice a week.

After that there will be a music blog! Wahoo!

I will keep you posted. I’ll still be here on Ancient Skies, but maybe a little less.


(The guitars are very loud here so please be careful)


Writing and Image © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

video from youtube

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Friday Night Culture – Two Cellos!

cello from encylopedia

I never knew two cellos could make such amazing music! I have featured this group before but if you are not familiar with them, they combine the beautiful sounds of the cello, with contemporary music.

I have chosen these three songs because they are so different, yet from the same group. The first has humor, as it explores being a rock star. The second has beautiful music, and is also visually stunning. And the last one is music from a movie, and is funny.

Have a great weekend everyone! Peace.


Writing © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

image from en.cyclopedia via google

videos by 2cellos, from youtube

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

The Three Drummers

from drummerworld via google

If you like drums you will love this video! First there is one, then two, then three playing at once, all filmed live! I know it’s not Friday night but let’s rock anyway. I don’t think you’ll be disappointed!

There is Phil Collins, and two other guys, and I wish I knew their names. I’ve never been to a Phil Collins concert before, but if he’s not retired by now, I want to go.

I’m taking the night off from writing, but see you again tomorrow. Hang on, buckle up, because here we go!

Have a great night!


Commentary © Copyright 2016, ancient skies

image from via google

video from youtube

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”

Happy New Year!

Oceans 2221

Happy New Year everyone! May you have good health, peace, and prosperity this coming year! I think we are all hoping and praying, that 2016 will be a good year for our world.

I wanted to thank you all for a great year of blogging here on Ancient Skies! Thank you for all of your wonderful encouragement along the way. Your presence here, as you read my work, is truly a great blessing!

It seems like I just started but it was the summer of 2014. There are over 800 posts on the site now! For those that are new, there is some fiction including historical fiction about First Nations people, a series centered around sailing, called The Escape, and more recently the Last People on Planet Earth series. And there is plenty of poetry!

I look forward to seeing more of your work!

Here is my version of getting rowdy tonight, but please, please, fasten your seatbelts, hold onto your chairs, and be careful with your ears! The group is Switchfoot.

Happy New Year!


Writing and Image © Copyright 2015, ancient skies

video from youtube, music from Switchfoot

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“When we love people, we give them hope.”


      Is this how rock music got started? I don’t think so! I love this video because it blends classical music with rock. Or does it blend rock music with classical?

It’s complete with 1700’s costumes, amazing cello playing, and has a surprise at the end. I won’t spoil it, but I think there a message in the ending, which speaks against snobbery and arrogance. It’s always tough to be different!

These guys are amazing. Enjoy!

Have a wonderful weekend.


Writing © Copyright 2015, ancient skies

video from youtube, music by 2cellos

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Up from the Ashes


This is a fighting song! Sometimes the battle gets so intense you begin to believe it is all over, and everything is lost. Our circumstances can be a failed relationship, financial loss, death of a loved one, sickness, or any number of things. But there is life after the ashes.

You may wonder if hard rock music can be positive. Is that possible?? This song is, and there are a number of groups out there, that can infuse us with some positive energy. This group is called The Letter Black.

Sometimes in the fight, you’ve just got to have some good rock music! This song encourages us to keep on breathing. We are not giving up, and we ain’t done yet!

So hold on, buckle up, and be careful with your ears.

Be strong, keep fighting, and I wish you peace!


Writing © Copyright 2015, ancient skies

music from The Letter Black, video from youtube

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

Welcome to the Jungle


Ready to have some fun? This is cello music like you’ve never seen it before! These guys take playing the cello to another whole level. Their intensity and energy are amazing. Unless you have seen them before, I’m sure you will be surprised.

I love the mellow sound of the cello and always have, but this is a combination of classical and rock. When I place a song here that has loud guitars, I usually say be careful with your ears – well now I’m saying it for the cellos! Hang on, buckle up, and enjoy the ride!

The group is called 2Cellos.


Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

music by 2Cellos, video from youtube

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

American Dream


Do you work too much? I do, I think we all do at some point. After all, we need to do what we can, for ourselves and our families. But there comes a point where our work can damage our relationships. We can easily become obsessed with what we do, and the material benefits we can reap.

This video has a story in it, of one family. Yes there is film of the band playing, but it is also interwoven with a family, not exactly experiencing domestic bliss.

Please be careful with your ears! The guitars here are very loud, which is one of the reasons I like it! I love guitars, add some great drumming, and a positive message, and your talking my language! This is very positive. There’s one line in the beginning I don’t care for, but the rest I love, especially the last line of the song.

So give someone a hug today, and put the work down, just for a few.

I wish you peace, and rest.


Writing © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

music by Casting Crowns, video from youtube

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

The 1970’s

from wallpaper-kid via google

A Prose Poem

The guitars were heavy then, with a lot of metal. The drums were a big brother, speaking with power, no whimpiness, never just coasting, only driving full speed. Chevys with mag wheels, spinning, fish-tailing, calling the grown-ups liars, because it was all about the anger. V8’s roaring. Anger of our youth, in the parking lot of McDonald’s with beer, hanging out. Quick hide it!

Dates at the movies, sometimes in the car, wondering who she really was, but not listening to her voice. She did have a beautiful….way. Searching the starlights, wanting to feel alive, maybe it’s in the Zen? She was on a different level, I was on the ground looking at the trees, breaking boards in Tae Kwon Do.

The answers were in the woods then. Never alone but solitude, comforting, calling like a silent snow falling on the trees. I discovered I had a spirit, but needed a job. Working, money, more car money, fixing the tail pipes.

And then there was college, an experiment really. Looking for the right one, but I would not meet My Love, until years later. I had some growing up to do. Thankfully, she understood me.


Writing © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

image from wallpaper-kid via google

Peace and blessings to everyone.

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

For Those Who Wait

I love when a musical group blends a story with their music and video. This is a wonderful film with a positive message. In addition to the music and the band there is a story about a young woman, attempting to become a violinist. She needs to overcome incredible odds in her personal life to continue chasing her dream. It could easily be called “For Those Who Persevere”, or “For Those Who Keep Fighting!”

Look for the music teacher that becomes a mentor. Just awesome! This is rock music, so be careful with your ears. The band is called Fireflight.

Whatever you are facing, keep fighting! Keep chasing your dream. You can do this!

 Commentary © Copyright 2015, nicodemasplusthree

Blessings to everyone, and peace!

“If you love nature, you will love people.”

video from youtube, music from Fireflight