Dusty Turtle

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Location: Northern California
Country: USA

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Steve Eulberg Phroedrick Diane R Bob Dan Fatcat Cindy Steighner ZeeAviatrix Sharon Porter TwoGunBob hoodoo Slate Creek Dulcimers Fredr sweetbriar Bob Stephens fishface LeonM Geckostar97 VictorValente Don Grundy LisaJr Ron Zuckerman Ariane Jim Soltis Linda Riddle Elvensong Bryan Fridlund Exukaden Ginney Camden Kathyb53 JenniferC fordferguson Pierre-Yves Donnio Deborah Hamouris Sheryl St. Clare Wandafull1 Lois Sprengnether Keel Blondie Jimmy Sample Martin Oesterle Joyoussinger heartstrummer giddykitty Billy T folkfan Mary MacGowan Randy Adams Kevin R. Jill Geary Lauren Deming

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SoundCloud Tracks: 8
youtube videos: 51
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events: 2
Groups: 2
videos: 10
audio tracks: 9


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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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • an hour ago • comments: 0
Created a new forum topic "online sources for traditional music":
"Hi all. I am nearing the completion of a small project on music from the British Isles dating from 1500 to 1800, and I am including a list of online sources..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 17 hours ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on No Dulcimers Here:
"Strumelia: Those would traditionally be movable gut frets- they may actually be gut if you look close, but I imagine modern versions might be..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • yesterday • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on No Dulcimers Here:
"My uncle has a Turkish saz (baglama) hanging on his wall and admitted that he had no idea how to tune it.  But it has three courses of double strings (a..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 days ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Redwood Dulcimer Day:
"Steve Eulberg: This was a terrific day Festival! I agree, Steve.  Tull was correct when he said the whole place had a family vibe to it.  Of course,..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 5 days ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Kantele":
"Folks might be interested in the free pdf book Be Different: Play the Kantele by FOTMD member @Peter-W.  Peter makes and plays the instrument.  (And in the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 6 days ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on Black Jack Davey:
"Thanks for sharing that tab, Strumelia.  The melody is different than the versions I posted earlier in response to Gail's request, but its really nice, and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one week ago • comments: 10
Posted a new Comment on TablEdit Tutorials:
"DulcimerBill: Is there a TablEdit for mountain Dulcimer? I have the program; but it seems it is for guitar. TIV. @Dulcimerbill, it may be that guitar..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Chords "with a slash":
"Lois, @Ken-Longfield is correct.  The second letter refers to the bass note as it would be played on a guitar.  You can just ignore those and play the chord..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan Music":
"Well Lois, aren't you the sleuth!  I can't believe you found that!  The irony is that I was the one who posted that pdf file, but it was never intended to be..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 2 weeks ago • comments: 6
Posted a new Comment on In love with my Wren from Feather Dulcimer!!!:
"Glad to hear you're so pleased, @Don-Grundy.  Maybe you could share a picture or a video sometime."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Posted a new Comment on changing the font size of chord names in Tabledit:
"Well, I figured this out after much experimentation and effort deciphering the manual, but rather than just delete my question I'll leave it up in case..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 14
Posted a new Comment on Relationship of strings to one another:
"@Tanstaafl, there are two point of confusion here.  First, if you are tuned DAd, the meldoy string is the upper case "d" and that is the string tuned the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Posted a new Comment on Today In Mountain Dulcimer History: August:
"Thanks, David, for all the work you did in compiling so much information.  Good stuff!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FOTMD's 10th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer Contest!! (contest CLOSED)":
"Congratulations to all the winners and thanks to everyone for helping to make FOTMD such a warm and welcoming place for greenhorns and greybeards and..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FOTMD's 10th Birthday Pickled Dulcimer Contest!! (contest CLOSED)":
"ooh the excitement is too much  . . ."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Hearts Of The Dulcimer Podcast In Its 5th Year":
"Patricia, I look forward to the new episode (have to finish some work before I can indulge!).  People in the States don't know Rick Scott too well, but I..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 2
Created a new Group discussion "changing the font size of chord names in Tabledit":
"Hi all.  In Tabledit I use the Text Manager function to indicate chord names (D, F#m, etc) above the tablature.  In an arrangement I am currently tabbing,..."
Arranging/composing for Dulcimers
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on Home With The Girls In The Morning:
"Wow, that tune sure give's your thumb a workout!  Nice playing. Catchy tune."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "What's fer dinner?":
"I've been lazy recently. With all the fresh tomatoes from the garden, I've been eating caprese salad and tomato & cheese sandwiches for days.  It's..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 3
Liked a photos item created by @robin-thompson: playing "out"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Posted a new Comment on DOUCE MERISE "Exil":
" super bien joué!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 4
Liked a youtube item created by @janene-millen: Wild Mountain Thyme (mockingbird duet)
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 1
Posted a new Comment on Chorale Etude:
"That's really nice, Mark. I recently arranged a version of Abide with Me for a student who wanted practice playing chords. But this is even better."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer":
"Lois Sprengnether Keel: @Dusty Turtle, I like your addition & trust it's given as Creative Commons for all of us to use.  I learned the song as the..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.":
"Do you think the cobbler could survive being mailed to the west coast? I'll gladly take some off your hands."
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@dusty-turtle • 3 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "HAPPY 10th, FOTMD! ":
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@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 2
Liked a photos item created by @slate-creek-dulcimers: Sow Hogfiddle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 7
Posted a new Comment on Aaron O'Rourke's new Fingerstyle Dulcimer :
"Looking great, Bob!"
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "Weird Foods You’ve Eaten":
"A hot dog is weird enough for me. Who even knows what it's made of?  Probably all that stuff that @Phroedrick lists as a no go. Ate smoked duck heart once..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "FUNNY songs you sing & play on your dulcimer":
"Well I learned a mildly clever song from Stephen Seifert.  I think he just called it "Chili Bean."  My daughter and I added a verse. The main verse goesMy..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 20
Posted a new Comment on Bugeilio'r Gwenith Gwyn/Cader Idris -- Welsh medley:
"@Ariane, thank you so much for such kind words."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • 4 weeks ago • comments: 16
Posted a new Comment on California Dulcimer Dreamin':
"Thanks for the update, @Jeannie-In-Paradise.  That's wonderful news about being cancer free.  Congratulations.  If you listen to good music while working..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 4
Is attending an Event:
Redwood Dulcimer Day
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I got together to play music with some neighbors today. One plays fiddle and flute, one plays guitar and banjo, and one plays mandolin.  I brought a dulcimer..."
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle • one month ago • comments: 0
Posted a response to "The Positive Thread...":
"I'm glad that organ is being restored.  I hope they "pull out all the stops" and do it right! I have a friend who restores pipe organs and also builds..."

Latest Group Discussions

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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 3 weeks 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 2 months ago - Comments: 2
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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 8 months ago - Comments: 0
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1923 material to enter public domain in 2019!


On New Year's Day 2019, anything published in 1923 will enter the...
@Dusty Turtle 8 months ago - Comments: 1
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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 11 months 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 last year - Comments: 3
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teaching multiple versions of a song


I have had a lot of success teaching beginning dulcimer players by...
@Dusty Turtle last year - 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 last year - 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 last year - Comments: 6
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MFA Boston exhibit on zithers


The Museum of Fine Arts in Boston has a collection of musical...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 3
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no longer a beginner?


How do you know when you are no longer a beginner?  What left-hand or...
@Dusty Turtle 2 years ago - Comments: 16
Dusty Turtle

Bonne Humeur -- a Haitian méringue on appalachian dulcimer


Here is a hoppin' Haitian méringue by the violinist Arthur Duroseau....
@Dusty Turtle 3 years ago - Comments: 8
Strumelia

Little dulcimer...or epinette?


So just out of curiosity (and maybe in my capacity as...
@Strumelia 4 years ago - Comments: 4
Dusty Turtle

how to indicate a capo in Tabledit?


Howdy good people. I am trying to tab a simple version of "Rights of...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 21
Dusty Turtle

How do you highlight the melody in Tabledit?


I've seen some arrangements in Tabledit in which the melody note is...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 10
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Better Get Hit in Yo' Soul


OK, some tunes you work on for months. (I've been working on Pig Ankle...
@Dusty Turtle 4 years ago - Comments: 16
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Couldn't Hear Myself


OK, it was only a small, unpaid gig, but there were a fair number of...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 16
Dusty Turtle

What are half frets and do I need any?


This is the third incarnation of this piece. The first part of what...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 15
Dusty Turtle

alternate endings in Tabledit


OK, Tabledit experts. I don't know the precise terms for what I want to...
@Dusty Turtle 5 years ago - Comments: 8
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multiple modules in TablEdit


Just another in my long line of TablEdit questions. TablEdit allows us...
@Dusty Turtle 6 years ago - Comments: 5

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Planxty Hewlett

Planxty Hewlett


@Dusty Turtle
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Skye Boat Song

Skye Boat Song


@Dusty Turtle
2 years ago - Comments: 7
Lincoln and Liberty Too

Lincoln and Liberty Too


@Dusty Turtle
2 years ago - Comments: 5
Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur le chicot

Indian on a Stump/Sauvage sur...


@Dusty Turtle
3 years ago - Comments: 20
Sally in the Garden on mountain dulcimer

Sally in the Garden on...


@Dusty Turtle
3 years ago - Comments: 14
The World Turned Upside Down

The World Turned Upside Down


@Dusty Turtle
3 years ago - Comments: 12
Cosumnes River Blues

Cosumnes River Blues


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4 years ago - Comments: 17
Booth Shot Lincoln

Booth Shot Lincoln


@Dusty Turtle
4 years ago - Comments: 26
Grasshopper Sittin' on a Sweet Potato Vine

Grasshopper Sittin' on a...


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

The Ash Grove


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4 years ago - Comments: 15
Dry & Dusty

Dry & Dusty


@Dusty Turtle
4 years ago - Comments: 3
The Wind that Shakes the Barley
Fishin' Blues

Fishin' Blues


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5 years ago - Comments: 0
Westphalia Waltz on baritone dulcimette

Westphalia Waltz on baritone...


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

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Latest Forum Discussions

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online sources for traditional music

Posted: Wednesday August 21 2019, 4:28 AM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Randy Wilkinson tab book for Elizabethan...

Posted: Monday August 5 2019, 8:41 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

RIP Leon Redbone

Posted: Thursday May 30 2019, 6:51 PM
By: @Dusty Turtle

Giving Thanks

Posted: Thursday November 22 2018, 7:53 PM
By: @Dan

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

Napoleon in red and the language that...

Posted: Thursday October 13 2016, 3:38 PM
By: @Steven Berger

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

How do I create a new forum discussion?

Posted: Wednesday March 23 2016, 7:12 PM
By: @Strumelia

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

Advice starting a website

Posted: Thursday November 21 2013, 9:02 PM
By: @Garland Coulson

levers on a dulcimer?

Posted: Saturday August 17 2013, 3:57 PM
By: @Ivan Bradley

Bonnie and Clyde and the "dulcimore"

Posted: Sunday June 16 2013, 6:05 PM
By: @folkfan

Capritaurus -- seeking info on recent...

Posted: Tuesday May 14 2013, 5:35 PM
By: @Howard Rugg

Holiday Music Recommendations

Posted: Saturday December 15 2012, 9:00 PM
By: @Stephanie Stuckwisch

dulcimer gender studies

Posted: Saturday January 21 2012, 10:51 PM
By: @Kimberly C.

purpose of design features on a MD

Posted: Tuesday April 27 2010, 11:44 AM
By: @folkfan

Comments

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!!


Helen Seiler
05/18/17 01:37:18AM @helen-seiler:

Thanks Dusty!  sun


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!  :)


CMM
01/04/16 07:15:08AM @cmm:

 Dusty, appreciate the follow.  I love the Morning Blues video with what I assume is your daughter.  Do you have the tabs for it for the dulcimer or is it from memory.

 

Jerry


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.


Slate Creek Dulcimers
06/19/15 11:06:44PM @slate-creek-dulcimers:

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.


John E. Wood
05/25/15 10:54:14AM @john-e-wood:

Hi Dusty and thanks for the friend request. I don't post many comments but I surely enjoy reading them, especially those that you post. Best wishes to you and yours.