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In the Quiet on Christmas Night

Christmas night. Finally all is calm, and the moon is winter bright. The wild halflings have settled down. Our family has again done as our family has always done since we were the children, returning to our parents' tiny home…

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Passing Down the Picking in the Parlor

Dec. 19, 2018
I am so privileged that part of my life in music is helping others making music be part of theirs. While in some ways it's an accident that I teach guitar (someone asked me two decades ago…

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Thanking the Ancestors

November 2, 2018
Today is All Soul's Day. It's not a tradition that I grew up with; it is only in these past few years when I've become my family's "storytender" that it has taken on a deeper meaning to…

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Visiting Lincoln

October 28, 2018
People who've never been to Lincoln ask me what it's like to live here. A historic village perilously close to the ever-spreading sprawl of the rest of Loudoun County - with its wealth and high-tech modernity; the…

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My Day of Social Media Silence

September 10, 2018
As has been my custom for a decade now to mark the tragedy of 9/11, I will refrain from posting on social media for the day. In these days where far too much of our communication consists…

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To My Daughter on the Eve of Middle School

August 22, 2018
I'll begin by saying I have no idea how this happened so fast. When we started our daily walks up our dead-end gravel road to the blacktop and the sidewalk that led us to kindergarten, it seemed…

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"Flipping the Odometer; Once More, with Feeling" (Essay)

August 1, 2018
A middle-aged guy who has a hard time throwing away things that still work ponders relationships in the social media age.

I'm one for getting the most out of the things I own. Maybe I'm just a…

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"A Little Wonder" (Essay)

June 28, 2018
A daily routine comes to an end and a new world of experience awaits.

So it came. The day I thought looked so far on the horizon back in August of 2012, and that I've been dreading…

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"Memorial Day 2018" (Essay)

May 28, 2018
We went to Antietam National Battlefield this weekend, not once, but twice. It was part family visit, to walk the steps of our ancestor Aretas Culver and the ill-fated Connecticut 16th. It was also the first visit…

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Behind the Veil into a Performer's Thoughts

May 24, 2018
Fun bit of performer insight - when you're singing songs from your earlier discography that you've done at most every show for the last 5 to 20 years, you don't really have to think about what you're…