Dusty Turtle

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An educator and folk/roots music enthusiast living the good life in Northern California, I run a local dulcimer group called River City Dulcimers .  


 

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When tyrants tremble thick with fear


And hear their death knells ringing,


When friends rejoice both far and near,


How can I keep from singing?


 


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Latest Activity

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Dusty Turtle
@dusty • yesterday • comments: 0
Liked a forum discussions item created by @john-c-knopf: New Knopf Dulcimers website!
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Try these sites for free tab":
"@lorilee and @robin-thompson, Neal is only charging $5 for a download of that Richard Fariña book, but the version of "A Swallow Song" there does not contain..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on 1.5 fret:
"You can see that @John-C-Knopf and @Phil-Myers are responding differently to your question.  One explains how to bend the melody string to get the lowered..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Gilbert Anderson's Duck Dance.:
"I saw those feet going and was disappointed you stopped.  But of course! How can you play a lap dulcimer while your feet are banging out that sharing that..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Pete Seeger":
"The first songs I ever knew were from the Pete Seeger children's albums.  The fact that I still love acoustic music so much is certainly due to his..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 3 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Husky Truck Stop.:
"Cool tune!  Do you have some trad French-Canadian podorythmie going on as well?"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Liked a music item created by @dan: Misty Mountain Moon
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "anchor pin pulled out ":
"Nate, I think the reason Richard suggested using loop end strings was not to save time, but to minimize the possibility that the wood might degrade and lose..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "anchor pin pulled out ":
"Richard Streib: An additional solution may be to use loop end strings so more of the threads engage the wood. Using loop ends will not require removing the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 4 weeks ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Things about Comin' my Way:
"Nice playing, John. You show clearly how we don't need extra frets to play the blues on the dulcimer.  Am I right that you're tuned DAC? I like how you end..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 4 weeks ago • comments: 3
Liked a group discussions item created by @randy-adams: 12 to go
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • one month ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on 12 to go:
"That's tremendous, Randy.  There are a few discussions here and there about how to use a noter to get the "in-between" chromatic notes, but your video shows..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Something to watch":
"Does the website actually check your IP address? I wonder if you could register an account with PBS and just choose WOUB as your local station.  I'm going to..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Something to watch":
"Well, if it will cheer you up, @ken-longfield, you can watch Mountain Born: The Jean Ritchie Story (1996)."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Question about the 6 1/2 fret":
"Supposedly, so the story goes, Richard Fariña had a luthier install a 6+ fret in a car on the way to a gig so that he could perform a song he had just..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • one month ago • comments: 5
Liked a photos item created by @robmachin: img 4826 copy
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Question about the 6 1/2 fret":
"NateBuildsToys: are there any historical examples of dulcimers with partial/staple frets that also include a 6.5 or 1.5?   I doubt it. But that's a good..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Question about the 6 1/2 fret":
"Jerry, I don't think there is a specific time.  It was a slow evolution. According to dulcimer lore, sometime in the late 60s Howie Mitchell and Richard..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • one month ago • comments: 6
Liked a music item created by @dan: Wildwood Flower
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Does soundbox tension affect volume and tone":
"The direction of this discussion exemplifies why Nate's original question is so hard to answer: there are a lot of variables.  He started out asking if..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • one month ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Y Deryn Pur:
"Very pretty, Beth. I wish I had heard your version before attempting my own, which I paired with Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn and Cader Idris .  You have..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • one month ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on Pwt ar y Bys:
"Nice playing, Beth. I did indeed learn this tune as "Buttered Peas."  But I wouldn't be surprised if it was originally a Welsh tune that was just..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • one month ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Who Broke the Lock On the Henhouse Door :
"Must a been the rooster."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • one month ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on Wild Mountain Thyme sung by the McKinstry Clan:
"This is what family time is for!  Thanks for sharing this, John. "
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Tab Nonesuch on dulcimer":
"Hey LP.  I know Stephen Seifert has tab for it in his Join the Jam book, and I think I've seen @Mark-Gilston share tab for the tune as well.  At the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "WANTED Looking for DVD "Hearts of the Dulcimer" ":
"@John-Petry, the 2024 Hindman Homecoming livestream on YouTube is streaming Hearts of the Mountain Dulcimer during their lunch hour.  I didn't catch it..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 2 months ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Hindman Dulcimer Homecoming 2024:
"Just got out of a meeting so I'm catching up on Dan's presentation.  Hopefully I'll be able to catch some of the action live, but some of us still have jobs..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 2 months ago • comments: 5
Posted a new Comment on Banjo Resonator Experimental Dulcimer:
"Cool!  Not an aquavina, Nate, but that instrument has a clear and interesting tone, somewhere in between a banjo and a dobro. It makes me wonder what it..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "International Appalachian Dulcimer Day":
"Thanks, @phil-myers, but I can't take credit for the tune.  I found a short fiddle demo of the tune online, with an indication that it was written by Susan..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 2 months ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on History of Women Players:
"Strumelia, I assure you that my statements about women likely being discouraged from playing certain instruments as opposed to others do not reflect my..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 2 months ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on History of Women Players:
"@Robin-Thompson, there is a guitar on the shelf behind Buna Hicks in that video, and yet she is playing the dulcimer. Why? That is the question this thread..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's the exact difference between a dulcimore and dulcimer":
"Dan: Dusty Turtle: I think Ken's correct.  It's pretty clear that all those different spellings of what we now refer to as a dulcimer -- delcymore, delcimer,..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 2 months ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @randy-adams: Onward Christian Soldiers
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 2 months ago • comments: 3
Liked a youtube item created by @gregg-schneeman: International Appalachian Dulcimer Day
Dusty Turtle
@dusty • 2 months ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "WANTED Looking for DVD "Hearts of the Dulcimer" ":
"For the record, John, I bought a legit copy from Patricia and Wayne when they had them available.  My student went on her own to the library to request it..."

Latest Group Discussions

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Raymond Melton workshop from 1974


I thought folks from this group would be interested in this audio...
@Dusty Turtle 3 months ago - Comments: 2
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What is the best way to clean old fret wire?


What is the best way to clean old fret wire? There are lots of methods...
@Dusty Turtle 8 months ago - Comments: 3
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Waiting for a Train (Jimmie Rodgers cover)


The classic tune by the Blue Yodeler.
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 0
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Kentucky Waltz (Bill Monroe cover)


Bill Monroe is rightly known as the father of bluegrass, but he also...
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 0
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how to add extra beats in a crooked tune


I am creating tab for a crooked tune by the Québécois accordion player...
@Dusty Turtle last year - Comments: 4
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key signature for modal music


I hesitate to ask this question, for I don't want to start a debate. My...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 15
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cleaning up cruddy geared tuners


How would you suggest cleaning up nice geared tuners that were stored...
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 3
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tightening a pickup jack


The pickup jack on my dulcimer is loose.   It rattles around and...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 2
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Swedish origins of the dulcimer?


Found an interesting article arguing for the Swedish origins of the...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 7
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documentary on the dulcimer from Lexington Public Library


The Lexington Public LIbrary has produced a very nice documentary...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 5
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Is a Dmaj7 too weird for this song?


Hey folks.  I am arranging an old lullaby called "A La Ru" that...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 4
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changing the font size of chord names in Tabledit


Hi all.  In Tabledit I use the Text Manager function to indicate chord...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 2
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Surfer Girl on mountain dulcimer


Here's my three-stringed take on the Beach Boys classic.  Southern...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 7
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article and video on San Diego dulcimer ensemble


Hey Golden Staters.  Our brethren in San Diego got some positive press...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 0
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material to enter public domain this New Year!


On New Year's Day 2019, anything published in 1923 will enter the...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 9
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name that (partial) chord: 5-6-6+ in DAd


This is not a game, but a genuine question. I am working on an...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 9
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Margaret Wright's dulcimer ministry in the Baptist Press


Members of this group might be interested in this article from The...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 4
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teaching multiple versions of a song


I have had a lot of success teaching beginning dulcimer players by...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 3
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Smithsonian Folkways on Appalachian Women Heritage Fellows


I thought fans of Jean might find this short article from Smithsonian...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 2
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four notes in place of three


In a duple meter such as 2/4 or 4/4, when three notes take the place of...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 6

Latest Audio

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Welsh Medley

Welsh Medley


@Dusty Turtle
5 months ago - Comments: 8
The Rose of Aranmore

The Rose of Aranmore


@Dusty Turtle
3 years ago - Comments: 9
Grasshopper Sittin' on a Sweet Potato Vine

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


@Dusty Turtle
9 years ago - Comments: 10
The Ash Grove

The Ash Grove


@Dusty Turtle
9 years ago - Comments: 15
Dry & Dusty

Dry & Dusty


@Dusty Turtle
9 years ago - Comments: 7
The Wind that Shakes the Barley

The Wind that Shakes the Barley


@Dusty Turtle
10 years ago - Comments: 6
Fishin' Blues

Fishin' Blues


@Dusty Turtle
10 years ago - Comments: 0
Westphalia Waltz on baritone dulcimette

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


@Dusty Turtle
10 years ago - Comments: 11
Hard Times on baritone dulcimer

Hard Times on baritone dulcimer


@Dusty Turtle
11 years ago - Comments: 4
Spanish Fandango

Spanish Fandango


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12 years ago - Comments: 0
Lilliburlero fingerstyle

Lilliburlero fingerstyle


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12 years ago - Comments: 0

Latest Videos

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Spanish is a Loving Tongue

Spanish is a Loving Tongue


@Dusty Turtle
7 months ago - Comments: 3
Loch Tay Boat Song

Loch Tay Boat Song


@Dusty Turtle
8 months ago - Comments: 6
Safe Haven (original)

Safe Haven (original)


@Dusty Turtle
last year - Comments: 7
The Galway Belle

The Galway Belle


@Dusty Turtle
2 years ago - Comments: 6
Mountains of Mourne

Mountains of Mourne


@Dusty Turtle
2 years ago - Comments: 0
Gentle Annie

Gentle Annie


@Dusty Turtle
3 years ago - Comments: 17
Tahoe Winter Waltz

Tahoe Winter Waltz


@Dusty Turtle
3 years ago - Comments: 7
The Strawberry Blossom

The Strawberry Blossom


@Dusty Turtle
3 years ago - Comments: 7
Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)

Danny Boy (Londonderry Air)


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5 years ago - Comments: 27

Latest Photos

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Latest Forum Discussions

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International Appalachian Dulcimer Day

Posted: Tuesday April 2 2024, 7:17 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

How do I create a new forum discussion?

Posted: Friday February 2 2024, 5:37 PM
By: @Strumelia

baritone guitar

Posted: Thursday April 28 2022, 10:41 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Rosin the Beau and recycling melodies for...

Posted: Monday October 4 2021, 11:53 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

50th anniversary of Joni Mitchell's "Blue"

Posted: Thursday June 24 2021, 1:34 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

How is the COVID-19 coronavirus affecting...

Posted: Saturday June 12 2021, 11:28 PM
By: @B. Ross Ashley

Leonard Bernstein explaining the...

Posted: Friday May 28 2021, 3:51 PM
By: @Steven Berger

Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan...

Posted: Sunday May 16 2021, 6:13 PM
By: @Lisa C

Lego Microtonal Guitar

Posted: Friday April 2 2021, 12:47 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

music and the pleasure center of the brain

Posted: Wednesday March 31 2021, 10:12 AM
By: @Ken Longfield

Where have all the beginners gone, long...

Posted: Sunday February 21 2021, 7:05 PM
By: @Strumelia

How to add a new Discussion in a Group

Posted: Thursday January 28 2021, 7:00 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Giving Thanks

Posted: Thursday November 26 2020, 6:01 PM
By: @Strumelia

The Mountain Minor movie

Posted: Wednesday October 28 2020, 11:36 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

If I Had a Hammer (dulcimer) but no left-hand

Posted: Wednesday September 16 2020, 8:33 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

North Carolina dulcimers getting media...

Posted: Saturday January 11 2020, 6:31 PM
By: @Robin Thompson

Holiday Music Recommendations

Posted: Tuesday December 10 2019, 3:44 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

online sources for traditional music

Posted: Wednesday August 21 2019, 12:13 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Si Bheag Si Mohr dulcimer duet

Posted: Wednesday June 21 2017, 8:14 PM
By: @Ken Hulme

What's your favorite FOTMD smiley?

Posted: Tuesday March 7 2017, 9:19 AM
By: @Strumelia

Where are all the dulcimers by Gary...

Posted: Saturday August 27 2016, 8:37 PM
By: @D. chitwood

Dulcimer Week at Cigar Box Nation!

Posted: Tuesday July 19 2016, 9:31 PM
By: @Patty from Virginia

Oh Fiddlesticks!

Posted: Friday June 10 2016, 10:15 AM
By: @Bob Reinsel

pocket tunes and maintaining the backpack

Posted: Friday March 4 2016, 9:55 AM
By: @Skip

Joni explaining and playing the dulcimer

Posted: Friday February 26 2016, 12:58 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

acoustic bass guitar

Posted: Wednesday November 18 2015, 1:23 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Celtic Tunes Commonly Played on the Dulcimer

Posted: Sunday April 5 2015, 11:36 AM
By: @john p

help me name that fiddle tune -- please!

Posted: Tuesday January 20 2015, 11:14 AM
By: @Janene Millen

RIP Pete Seeger

Posted: Wednesday May 14 2014, 10:57 AM
By: @Doug Jones

Common Dulcimer Jam Tunes

Posted: Tuesday May 6 2014, 10:38 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Comments

Lowell Moore
02/13/23 08:23:47AM @lowell-moore:

Hey Dusty, I messed up my courting dulcimer post on the classified forum. I flipped the pictures and did not realize it now looks left-handed, which it is not. Can I get those pictures removed from the post so I can add the unflipped, right-handed, versions?

Thanks,

Lowell


wdwolf
02/06/20 06:18:43PM @wdwolf:

do you have a tab for your surfer girl?


Bill S
06/22/19 08:27:21PM @bill-s:

Really liked Surfer Girl.  Lovely rendition.


MacAodha
07/10/18 05:48:26AM @macaodha:

Dusty, recorded a couple of video clips recently on Achill Island, was wondering if Vimeo and Youtube were the only way of posting Videos here on FOTMD. Val.


Brian McC
06/05/18 11:03:38PM @brian-mcc:

Just coming back to playing after too long a lay off. Opened the case and "POP" went the string... I am so very glad you posted the info about the Smother;s string calculator, Must wanted to say THANK YOU!!


MacAodha
03/02/17 04:54:15PM @macaodha:

Again Dusty thank you, what you say about true use of chords answers that very clearly.


MacAodha
03/02/17 04:05:47PM @macaodha:

Thank you Dusty for you very prompt and easy to understand reply. So would I be right in saying that back in the day when the ladies and gents were sitting on their porches playing ND or melody drone, whether they new it or were playing melody and chords? and does this mean that the Dulcimer is not just a melody instrument but also a chordal instrument?


MacAodha
03/02/17 09:11:19AM @macaodha:

Hello Dusty, Was going to put this question out there then thought you would be one of many who could answer it. Firstly from a young age I was a whistle player so playing melody was my thing, the jigs, reels etc. Left others to worry about chords. When I started playing Dulcimer I was playing mainly melody drone and at that time mainly in Dad. That was down to lack of knowledge of other tunings. I still play melody drone but now have a few more tunings. The tunings I use mostly are Dad, Dgd, Ddd, Dac and Ddc. The question I want to put to you is, in any of those tunings, playing melody drone and starting to strum at the first fret and working my way down the fret board is there a chord or part of a chord being played? It might be a silly question but have my reasons for asking which I will explain later. I have no interest in getting in to chord playing at my age, but in songs and slower tunes I do play chords not knowing what they are but if they sound good to me they go in. The answer to my question may not be a simple yes or no. You do not have to go into too much detail in your answer. Look forward to hearing from you Val.


Karel Votanek
06/14/16 02:14:03PM @karel-votanek:

Hi Dusty,

thank you very much for your nice comment.

Karelmusic


David Pedersen
05/03/16 05:50:44PM @david-pedersen:

Thanks for the latest tab "Fair Flower of Northumberland" .


Strumelia
03/21/16 11:00:51PM @strumelia:

Dusty, this is just a test post- ignore!  :)


Susie
11/14/15 03:01:33PM @susie:

Hey Dusty, how do you like your (daughter's) Eede Beede? Is it something for an adult to consider for travel?


alan kolman
11/08/15 05:50:22AM @alan-kolman:

hi dusty - have enjoyed your playing since i found this website - just wish your reggae video continued to the end of the song. i see that you play a probst dulcimer in 3 of your vids - could you tell me how you like it? sounds very balanced, but hard to tell on youtube. thanks, and keep posting -lots of fans out here!   alan


David Pedersen
10/25/15 10:40:28PM @david-pedersen:

Dusty, still can't figure the PM bit. However, I do have a 1+ so can play John Henry. Still working on it. Thanks for showing Polly wolly ... did'nt need that at this time. Like it also.

You mentioned Walter Lay, did'nt see any dulcimers on web site. Bonnie Carol--way up there. What are you playing that you favor at present, cause you have some good sounding Dulcimers.

 

I play a Jenny Lind from Ron Gibson and my fingers catch on some fret bars. Kinda hurts on John Henry slides.  Its a Black Walnut.

Tried following instructions for PM but did"nt work.

By the way, I do like my Jenny Lind.  Just want to upgrade.

 


David Pedersen
10/24/15 10:33:12PM @david-pedersen:

Hi Dusty, can we PM I had some questions on a Dulcimer comment you made to me and wanted more info. Thanks.  Dave


David Pedersen
10/15/15 10:06:37PM @david-pedersen:

Hey Dusty,  Been watching your youtube from 1yr ago of John Henry. Fairly addicted to it at this time. Told my wife give me 3 weeks and I'll have it. Might do it in 10 days. thats all I play.

Loving it. Such a gruve on it. 


Nancy Garrett
09/23/15 04:57:46PM @nancy-garrett:

Dusty, I do like how you played Booth Shot Lincoln! I've learned it from Bing so it will be interesting to compare your tab to how he plays it in A. I'm back here in WI.


Mill Branch Dulcimores
06/19/15 11:06:44PM @mill-branch-dulcimores:

Thanks Dusty!


Cynthia Wigington
06/19/15 03:24:12PM @cynthia-wigington:

Dusty, can't figure out how to send you a message, but thank you. All are purr-fect.


Karen Keane
05/24/15 10:09:11PM @karen-keane:
Hey Dusty, I thought we were already friends. Glad you caught this.