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Jan. 2020, "The First of the 20s" Edition"

  Happy New Year & Happy 2020! I hope that your holidays have been joyous and warm, with plenty of real face time with people you love. I'm hedging my bets - I'll call this a new decade because of flipping…
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Winter Holiday 2019 "A Storytender's Journey"

  Happy Holidays! The last E-Zine of the decade is the first one to bring you the completed Treasures in My Chest album. Though physical CDs won't be in for a few weeks yet, and the companion book arrives in late…
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Early Autumn Edition 2019

  Welcome Hello again and Happy Friday! Autumn has finally arrived here, though the land is dry and the leaves seem to prefer shy and muted colors this year. I've been doing my best to notice it all, between my daily…
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Sept. 2019 "The Labors of September" Edition

   Welcome With Labor Day behind us, it's time to take a short break from the work of making Treasures in My Chest to say hello and wish you a Happy September. There is plenty of project news, and I'll…
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August 2019 "Not Really Vacation" Edition

  Welcome
The season of the late summer vacation is upon us, and I too have plans for a bit of a short break this month. Due some unusual quirk of the cosmos, every five years all of the anniversaries in…
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July 2019 "The Campaign Begins and The Myth of Independence"

  Welcome At long last, it has begun. My audacious dream, a musical and literary project drawn from my journey into my family's past and connections in the present, is becoming reality, and I would treasure your help in making it…
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June 2019 "Remembering Normandy" Edition

  Welcome This is the 75th anniversary of the epic events on the beaches at Normandy, and I am full of thoughts about service and sacrifice, and perhaps the rights and responsibilities of a free and self-governed people too. I spent…
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May Flowers 2019 "A Storytender's Journey"

   Welcome To those who celebrate the holiday in some way, Happy Mother's Day. I am grateful I got to spend a little time with my mom (and dad) last month during the New England tour. Among many delights of the…
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April 2019 Wildflowers Edition: "A Storytender's Journey"

 

  Welcome Greetings from Galax, Virginia - the self-proclaimed "oldtime mountain music Capital of the World". I'm here doing workshops at elementary and middle schools across two counties, plus a songwriting workshop and a concert this Friday night. What a whirlwind…
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St. Patrick's 2019 "A Storytender's Journey"

   Welcome It's the St. Patrick's edition - just in time for the turning of the clocks, planting peas, the Ides of March, and if you're so inclined, the wearing of the green or a pint of Guinness. It's been a…
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February 2019 "A Storytender's Journey"

   Welcome While we're in the deepest days of winter, I'm also noticing the sun setting later each day, and the sunrise finally seems to be getting earlier too (weird quirks of planetary motion there). We've had snow days and frozen…
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New Year's 2019: "A Storytender's Journey"

   Happy New Year! I hope this finds your year off to a great start. I'm a tad embarrassed to admit that it seems like New Year 1999 was not that long ago, and how weird it was going to be…