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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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"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…

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"Toe Birthdays"

May 22, 2018
Someone in our house hit the first "toe birthday" today. My now 11-year old and her grandma planted our rhododendron around Mother's Day back in 2011. Nothing there looks the same - the tree came down in…

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"Seedlings and Soundlings" (Essay)

May 7, 2018
The musician and music teacher becomes a music parent.

I've grown up around music. It was my "second language" spoken in my household as a child. And I learned it much as native-born children of immigrant families…

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"A Day to Dream" (Essay)

April 4, 2018. Fifty years ago today.

Ten years ago I was in Memphis for the annual International Folk Alliance Conference. Even though we were largely sequestered in a fancy hotel and convention center, with a high rise sunset over…

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"What We Leave" (Essay)

February 1, 2018
3,000 miles without the radio on gives one plenty of time to ponder - the past, present and future.

One of my favorite things about the road is the stuff between the shows. The mortar of a…

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"The Paradox of 2017" (Essay)

January 2, 2018
The annual turning of the calendar is always a good time to take stock of things. To evaluate and reminisce about what happened, some looking forward and planning for things to come. In our "share everything" social…

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