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Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
06/03/22 02:46:33PM
194 posts

Tull66


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

@jost  said Well according to fotmd and the Facebook groups AppleCreek is something of a lottery. You can end up with a cheap and great sounding instrument but you have also a high chance of getting expensive firewood. I wouldn't risk my bucks for it.

Possibly a beginner might not know the difference, but @wally-venable shouldn't feel too put down.  We both won that lottery.  Found one in an antique store that was small enough for me to use as a "travel dulcimer" that both takes less space & isn't something I'd get upset if anything happened to it.  It's definitely not something I use in a program or even play at home since I have other dulcimers I like for other reasons, but I bought it & right afterwards started seeing all the bad press a while back.  If you buy it, either try it first in the store or make sure you know the return policy.

I've never tried a cardboard dulcimer, but not everybody wants to put together their instrument first. 

Glad you have this problem sorted out, @tull66 , just felt the AppleCreek discussion deserved another view.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
04/23/22 04:21:38PM
194 posts

Fret addition?


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

Thank you both, Ken & Greg/Banjimer.  I, too, find dulcimer ideally suited to syllable playing unlike guitar which tend to be closer to "incessantly repeating a pattern."  I was fairly sure this 1/4 vs. 1/8 notes was what was happening, but thought it deserves clarification.  Our Ditties are never Bum!

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
04/23/22 12:52:59PM
194 posts

Fret addition?


Instruments- discuss specific features, luthiers, instrument problems & questions

This discussion is split between "Fret Addition" & talking about strums.  I noticed Banjimmer (@greg-gunner"> @greg-gunner ) gave the common strum using "Bum - Ditty."  I suddenly realized I've had a problem with this common strum that maybe can be clarified here. 

My question is "Does 'Ditty' imply 2 strums just as the word 'ditty' is 2 syllables with probable emphasis on the first half?"  On guitar the strums were highly clarified, but it looks less obvious for dulcimer.  I do strum in both directions unless the song seems to require repeated strokes in one direction to stress the gravity of the melody.  If I'm doing Bum-Ditty is it something like "In - Out" (or vice-versa) or is it "In - Out - In" or even "In - Out - Out" with the part after "In" occurring in the same amount of time as a "Bum"?  To put it another way: Whole - Half/Half?  Because of the time signature I'm presuming the latter as opposed to Whole Note in one direction, then Whole Note in the opposite.

Hope this makes sense and all you Bum-Ditty-ers don't mind clarifying this.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/28/22 11:03:47AM
194 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Oh my, Dulcimer Boy, your journey to loving dulcimers sounds so much like my own.  Had even said it was an instrument I'd skip since I, too, have a background with others.  Found what I call "the Orphan" & the rest followed.  I'm always willing to loan it to a beginner nearby since I now have several, including Tennessee Music Boxes.  (Like John Knopf I'm in that trick area north of the Ontario border.)


updated by @lois-sprengnether-keel: 03/28/22 11:04:07AM
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
11/16/21 12:18:34PM
194 posts

Painful thumb


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Good warm-up suggestion, @lancashire-lass !

You pointed out:  One thing that I have been doing is exercises with a softish rubber ball. I start with a minute or so of gentle squeezing gradually getting harder, then pressing my fingers, in pairs, vertically into the rubber. The whole thing takes about four minutes or until my hand feels comfortably warm. I first started doing this because I was learning the ukulele (I still am). Think it keeps the old fingers agile.

I really need to get a ball & do this.  Can well believe it helps for any musical instrument. 

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
11/15/21 04:39:04PM
194 posts

Painful thumb


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi Lorilee, this is why I'm not a therapist...poor instructions that are so much easier demonstrated!  I can understand the confusion.  Don't take anything backwards as I'm sure that would hurt without helping.  Even without talk of angling (which may have started the confusion) what you're doing is pressing against that index finger which is separated slightly from the other fingers & it's pressing back.  (To be sure & not be too heavy, you could make it index finger on index finger if that makes sense.)  The finger really doesn't go anywhere, except maybe a bit up & down, definitely not back &, while toward the palm's not a problem, it's not needed.  The reason I say "a bit" is because the pressure of the two fingers cancel each other out.  The idea is for the lower index finger to be a tiny bit strong in the muscle of that hand, strengthening your thumb which uses the muscle it shares with the index finger..

Hope that makes it clearer & not even more confusing.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
11/15/21 02:39:06PM
194 posts

Painful thumb


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Scrolling through recent posts, the "Painful Thumb" caught my eye as it's an issue I've faced, not due to strings but what @Dusty-Turtle & @ken-hulme meant about muscles.  This may not fit the problem starting this forum topic, but I hope it helps others experiencing thumb pain due to muscle problems.

I've had physical (or it probably was considered occupational?) therapy on hand problems & have learned it's especially common for women.  Apparently our thumbs tend to be weaker.  There's even a book, Caring for the Painful Thumb - More Than a Splint, written by Jan Albrecht, an Occupational Therapist and Certified Hand Therapist. It's written so patients can understand with over 200 color illustrations, the book can be used by both patients and therapists. 

I bought the book, but nowadays tend to use 2 exercises I learned.  What they actually seem to do is strengthen the muscle between the thumb & index finger.  Can't give you 200 illustrations, but will try to describe what I do.  If more is needed, try your library to see if they can borrow the book for you.  (I don't expect them to own it, but inter-library loans give you access to more than they have.)  Failing that, you can find the book to buy online.

Take your hand or both hands & make a C (for the right hand it's a backward C).  Have all your fingers curled in that C formed by your index finger & thumb.  Lift the index finger & lower it a few times.  (I tend to do it about 10 times, then switch to the second exercise.)  For the second exercise, straighten your fingers out (not as straight as an L, but more of an angle -- 45 degree?); lift the index finger, press down on the index finger with your other hand, while the index finger resists the pressure; I hold for the count of 10.  If both hands hurt, switch hands & do the second exercise for the second hand.  If your hands are sore, you can gradually over time increase this until a time comes when they don't hurt. 

I'm not a doctor or a therapist, but these have helped me when my thumb gets sore.  Since, as the t-shirt says, "Old age isn't for cowards!", if anybody here or anybody you know has a recommendation of a general book of therapy exercises for various conditions, I'd love to know.  I've had various bouts for various ailments with therapy studios in the past & know there's a need for a DIY book.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
09/25/21 12:21:57PM
194 posts

Why I generally play solo


Playing and jamming difficulties...HELP ME!

Saw this on Facebook & have to share it here.  I'm sure my Kindergarten report card said: Does not play well with others. whistle


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Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
07/16/21 03:37:36PM
194 posts

Any banjo players out there?


Adventures with 'other' instruments...

My husband has 5 old (mainly '20s + a 19th c.) banjos.  That keeps him from complaining about my "Folk Instrument Petting Zoo" including several dulcimers.  He definitely agrees about the pots, pointing to cigar box & a ham can as proof.  Skins certainly make the difference.  His oldest has a goat skin head & gut strings.  He says that combination makes a big difference.

He's not been at all tempted by gourds (thank heavens!), but we know a fellow, Tim Twiss, who loves fretless gourd banjos for reenacting & just plain enjoyment.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
06/10/21 09:46:26PM
194 posts

Indoor House Plants


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With or without the video, The-5-easiest-houseplants-for-beginners is for those of us who claim a "Black Thumb." 

For my continuing adventure, I patted myself on the back for getting a Mandevilla through the winter.  (The local greenhouse didn't think I could do it.)  Next I was careful taking it in & out of our sun room during times when it got cold at night -- having it on a rolling platform helped.  Once that danger was past, however, I figured it was just a case of give it lots of water & let it enjoy that sun.  WOOPS!  The poor baby's looking dehydrated even with lots of water flowing through it daily.  Fortunately there's still plenty of green, so it's now rolled over to a shady corner of that sun room & I'm just hoping I can again bring it around.  (Bought my usual 2 for the front entrance.  Won't let my hold-over Mandevilla see them -- too painful seeing what greenhouses produce.)

Have some other adventures with indoor houseplants (& outdoors), am even occasionally feeling like my thumb is getting "gray", but it's a long way to Tipperary & a long, long way to green.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
05/19/21 05:31:09PM
194 posts

Rosin the Beau and recycling melodies for new songs


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

<Chuckle!>  I've always figured it was a pun on rosining the bow from the start.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
05/19/21 04:15:52PM
194 posts

Rosin the Beau and recycling melodies for new songs


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I do a program using the abolition song "Roll on the Liberty Ball" that was sung at the planting of the enormous cedar that was the marker (seen for miles) of the Underground Railroad Station operated by the family of the woman I portray (Liberetta Lerich Green).  Later when Civil War years near and I talk about the family's involvement in that & Lincoln's election, I use "Lincoln & Liberty, Too" -- his campaign song.  Both sets of lyrics to "Old Rosin the Beau" were by the abolitionist music group, The Hutchinson Family Singers.  I have 3 blog articles about them and Civil War music at  http://www.storytellingresearchlois.com/search/label/Hutchinson%20Family%20Singers .  The most recent (therefore the first shown) has a video of ex-Weaver, Ronnie Gilbert singing "Lincoln and Liberty, Too."  Personally I always found it funny singing to the tune of "Old Rosin the Beau" as the family's father was staunchly anti-alcohol, even salting the corn crop he sold to pay their part in an Underground Railroad fine paid by all members of the network.

I use the songs to tie together Liberetta's life story, fitting some incidents to verses, since a normal life, unlike fiction doesn't have an easy outline.  The song also has predictable repetition, encouraging audience participation.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
05/19/21 03:53:53PM
194 posts

What is this instrument?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Cool!  The name sounded familiar so I looked it up https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Aeolian_harp .  You let the wind play it.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/22/21 01:17:54PM
194 posts

Indoor House Plants


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@Strumelia dared to say "I think dogs are dumber and will eat quantities of poison stuff.  (sorry, couldn't resist! lololol!)  "  Spoken like a true cat person as it reflects the opinion cats so often show.  Yeah, you better fit that emoji & duck!

(Tempted to add an emoji, but it would be a shame to start another Cat & Dog war.)

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/19/21 11:26:46AM
194 posts

Virtual Festivals--what's your experience, or your thoughts?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

The time difference can be a help or hindrance.  An online time converter is worth checking before deciding on workshops or concerts.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/19/21 10:59:10AM
194 posts

Indoor House Plants


OFF TOPIC discussions

Knowing how cats love to nibble plants, this is worth checking: Poisonous Plants to Dogs and Cats .  (Can't have cats anymore, but am grateful my allergies don't prevent me from visiting and enjoying them.)

I'd love to know the thoughts of the husky in the final photo as he's looking at a plant.  My own "malamutt" (husky/malamute) prowls for anything possibly edible when he comes in, but fortunately has never been interested in plants.  He's more likely to eat something on the trail.  He stops when I shout out, but catching him before going after something can be hard.  These types of dogs tend to POUNCE!

This almost fits the "Show Us Your Pets" forum, but figure it's worth checking before acquiring or choosing the spot for your houseplants.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/16/21 12:39:23PM
194 posts

FOTMD needs your support


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I don't qualify for the category of "new" folks & also not for me are either monthly nor being "extremely generous and appreciated! "

That said, I'm proud to continue bearing that "Patron" label.  I appreciate this site, both for its information & contacts.  I've been recommending it whenever possible to anybody interested in Mountain Dulcimers, whether a beginner or beyond.  Whether for myself or beginners this is a wonderful resource.  It shouldn't be something you pay for, Strumelia.  All you do as our very active administrator should be the most we expect of you.

I've been an administrator on a network similar to this, but for professional storytellers.  Lack of income eventually made its owner realize it was more than he cared to continue.  I would hate for that to happen here.  We've seen other major sources of dulcimer networking disappear.  I would hope I'm far from alone in my support!

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/11/21 10:31:15AM
194 posts

Indoor House Plants


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I remember sitting at a light in California's Silicon Valley and wondering what were those bushes of flowering plants.  They were geraniums!!!  Ever since I find our northern pots of geraniums too puny.

(My mom was one of those who loved to identify plants and birds.  Years later, as a children's librarian I re-discovered When the Root Children Wake Up.  Audrey Wood wrote this classic in 1941.  Nowadays there are new illustrations, but either way it's a great way to introduce children to knowing plants.)

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/09/21 01:29:02PM
194 posts

Indoor House Plants


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Quick Dumb Question:  It sounds like spraying might fit this plant giving it a daily mist.  Does that make sense.  This plant is very tiny in a tiny plastic pot sitting in the scooped out area of the previous plant's dirt.  I see the tiniest of roots trying to stick out of one hole.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/08/21 06:04:56PM
194 posts

Indoor House Plants


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It is indeed cute.  I, too, had a planter I bought a while back & knew it was over-crowded.  The hardier ones have started taking over the spaces left by the ones never meant to be bunched in there.  I guess it all comes down to learning what works and what doesn't.  I need to double check the drainage on my Croton.  For now it's in its tiny original pot inside the bigger pot.  Made copies of the 2 pages about what it needs & how to troubleshoot it.

I also read about that Kalanchoe (which has a ton of common names!) &, unless I had tried to start cuttings, it lasted about the normal lifespan. 

Maybe I'll stop saying "Plants quake in fear when they see me coming."

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/07/21 02:46:56PM
194 posts

Indoor House Plants


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UPDATE: The "non-astilbe" was a Kalanchoe or "Widow's Thrill."  It looks like at times I may have over-watered it.  Was tempted seeing the cheery yellow blooms, but once the one I had stopped blooming roughly 2 years ago it never did again.  Went with a very tiny but colorful Croton.  Maybe I'll even talk to it.  It certainly will get more attention by the kitchen sink.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/07/21 11:40:42AM
194 posts

Indoor House Plants


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The non-astilbe is now gone.  In its final days there wasn't enough left to identify unfortunately.  I could swear I went online for that ages ago, but putting in the name of Astilbe the other day sure wasn't the little yellow flowers I saw initially.  I can try to prowl again, but looking for it at the greenhouse may be easier.  Two years after reading about plant life makes me think I may have had a plant with just that lifespan.

Repotting?!?  YIKES!

Your bonsai sounds great but beyond me if I have any pity on that sort of house plant.

Just looked again at the email from the local greenhouse.  The 25 % off ends after today.  Even with further reductions I expect the selection really dwindles.  Today is take my Malamutt to the Dog Park day, too.  <sigh!>  We'll see if I manage both.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/06/21 04:45:02PM
194 posts

Indoor House Plants


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Mandevilla is indeed an outdoor plant.  Each year I have 2 at the entrance to our house and 1 in the sun room (which is unheated, so normally the plant dies off.)  This year I brought the sun room plant in and have it by the sliding glass door to the sun room with a light (can't be sure if it's a grow light or an aquarium light as it's quite old from sitting in our basement) suspended from the curtain rod over the sliding glass door.  I keep the curtains open and it lit until 8 p.m. & have been learning to judge watering by the leaves.  Some of those leaves got slightly freezer burnt when our temperatures went around zero.  I also had been rotating it whenever I watered, but stopped that a month or so ago.  Even under ideal summer conditions it's a plant that does a regular job of dropping off leaves no longer functioning.  I've learned to help that along so those don't block the light of the active leaves.  Today I notice some of the vine-y stems I might have cut off, but just wasn't sure, have tiny sprouts!  I really am getting hopeful I'll have this plant able to get back to the sun room and blooming again.  When I brought it inside there still were blooms, but I was hopeful this was just a time for it to recuperate and lay low.  The local plant expert said it needed lots of light and water.

All in all it may call me a liar for my claims of how awful I am with plants.

The astilbe was a tiny blooming plant given 2 summers ago when my husband was in the hospital.  It had cheery little blooms and it took it a while, but it's now definitely gone. 

I've been looking at a few library books on houseplants, no astilbe.  Just put the name in and searched.  WELL!  That's not the plant I had.  Dunno what it was at this point.  One thing I noticed is some plants' lifespan and maybe I should tell myself this one matched.  Still I know I was pretty awful with it.

Have been paying particular attention to plants matching my non-astilbe's conditions.  Don't want anything too big as it must share the counter space.  Your snake plant gets lots of recommendations for the very reasons you mention.  If I could just let myself enjoy it for its leaves and ignore its name <YECH!> Something reminded me to look further.  It's also called Mother-in-Law's Tongue, so I might consider it.  The book says it's often described as indestructible.  Don't think I want the full-sized version in that location, but there are dwarf forms half the normal size -- if I can get them.

To show you the level of my confidence with plants, I have read about  two or possibly three plants that might work in the place of the non-atilbe.  The book giving specifications is The Complete Houseplant Survival Manual; Essential Know-How for Keeping (Not Killing!) More Than 160 Indoor Plants.  Looking at the plants, I've had (& eventually killed) I'm considering a Croton (also called Joseph's Coat) but maybe in this window where I see it more often it will do better.  I know I really like its brightly colored leaves & so it would be a plus.  I wouldn't even mind re-potting it in future years (the book is aggravatingly big on that!).  Two green plants are a jade plant (did I ever have one?) or an aloe which I know I had at one time, also the aloe seems to need more light, so maybe better skipped.

I know I'm not hopeless.  About 3 years ago a co-worker had a humongous spider plant she needed to give away.  I took it with the agreement she'd never inquire after it.  Some of it has gone, but still have some doing quite well even with a baby spider.  It's in a room where I catch it when some leaves shout out for water.  Similarly there's another room where I water when the spider plant gets watered.  Some things survive there, too.  Right now the Mandevilla gives me hope I'm not a serial plant killer/torturer.  I don't dare get cocky about that, but remember the plant expert I asked originally about it sounded like it was very unlikely it would survive through the winter.

The local supplier of all things green and growing has 25% off right now on houseplants.  Just want something fairly indestructible and able to fit the little pot and spot where the non-astilbe sat.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/04/21 11:35:13AM
194 posts

Indoor House Plants


OFF TOPIC discussions

I went to this discussion hoping for HELP!  Are there members able to make suggestions to somebody I'm sure makes plants quake with fear?  Right now I'm wondering what might replace an Astilbe that has finally almost surrendered to my "care."  It took 2 1/2 years, but this plant on my kitchen counter gets some light, but not enough to be truly sunny.  My watering tendencies also are sporadic.  The one good thing is I use water from cleaning my aquarium.

Also in my defense, it looks like I kept the Mandevilla from the sunroom alive in the house.  I usually just buy 3, 2 for the entrance & 1 to be a real plant in that sunroom.  The local garden store didn't think I could do it.  Right now it's far from luxuriant, but hope to see it bounce back in warmer weather.

While I feel like I torture plants, I guess I'm not as hopeless as I claim, but at the other end of the spectrum from all posting here so far.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
03/03/21 06:42:23PM
194 posts

The Positive Thread...


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clap YAAAY!  Since your dulcimer probably isn't heavier than 8 pounds, you can keep picking it up as it's obviously helped you so far, Ken!  If you have a bass or otherwise heavier instrument, let it be your incentive for playing again in May.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
02/20/21 12:17:17PM
194 posts

Where have all the beginners gone, long time passing?


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

I agree that, when other multi-instrument festivals exist, there should be dulcimer workshops for beginners, possibly linked with an opportunity to loan the "cardboard dulcimers."  (I remember attending a festival where that offer was made.  I also remember thinking it was one instrument I wouldn't be trying!) 

Beyond that, possibly dulcimer festivals would offer at least one FREE beginner workshop.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
02/08/21 11:00:46AM
194 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hmmm.  At the risk of becoming sectarian, maybe we need a group of " 'Luterans' Beyond the Lute"  winker

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
02/08/21 10:58:03AM
194 posts

The Positive Thread...


OFF TOPIC discussions

Glad to have you back, Ken, but here's a thought.  Whatever you were watching when your heartbeat returned to normal needs to become a method to calm down your heart when it races.  Do you have some way to monitor your heartbeat?

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
12/12/20 12:32:03PM
194 posts

Groups - Quiet or am I missing the obvious?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

Thanks for the clarification, @Dusty-Turtle .  Yes, waves of activity I figured.  As for where posted, does this mean even Group posts appear on the Home page.  Hope so, &, yes, @mick-mclaughlin"> @mick-mclaughlin it's one of the great things about having the way to scroll back (72 ! "pages").  I know I ought to go through it for times I've had to be away or when time permits to "discover a bit that I missed the last time."

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
12/12/20 10:27:18AM
194 posts

Groups - Quiet or am I missing the obvious?


Site QUESTIONS ? How do I...?

I prowl the Home page, often without logging in.  I know we all go through topics at times, but haven't spotted any Group discussions.  It would take a lot of time to look at each Group of possible interest.  I love the way the Home page lets us easily look back -- especially when having to be away for a while -- but wonder if I'm missing the obvious when it comes to Groups as opposed to the Forums?

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
11/26/20 09:58:39PM
194 posts

What's fer dinner?


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Haven't had time to be here since my Roadie finally came home from Rehab.  One week in hospital & month & a half to get him slightly mobile.  Home nursing & therapists at least took today off!  Facebook Messenger call was as close as we visited family.  Found a Banquet Turkey & Gravy frozen pan (not as good as remembered, but it worked), Mashed Potatoes for both of us, Corn for Tom, Sweet Potatoes for me, & I also had a new dressing recipe that was great.  Forgot to open the cranberries!  Much later we tried a new recipe for Easy Peach Cobbler (very rich!)  Not bad for somebody who likes to claim I treat my family like gods...burnt offerings!  Actually my daughter on the call started itemizing all the great meals I used to make.  None of them work for Tom's taste buds.  I guess I could say I'm thankful for microwaves.  To explain nowadays, he's more than once said "Ooo, go brush your teeth, you taste like vegetables!"  He lost 30 pounds on what he could stand in the hospital & Rehab. 

That's my Thanksgiving story & I'm sticking to it.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
09/11/20 03:50:31PM
194 posts

Virtual Dulcimer Festival Site


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

I'm still eager to know of festivals/workshops for other instruments, but if you're interested in creating one this might help.  The Story Crossroads blog from Aug. 17, 2020 to Aug. 25 presents a five-part series on "How to Set Up Virtual Events."  In blog format, since the most recent appears first, it's best to go all the way back to the first part, working through what you need up to the end.  It's written for storytelling events, but is intended to fit other performing arts and virtual events.

Hope it helps replace some events.  It gives an interesting choice of times if you want to go global. 

My only regret is my other type of event is theater and "You know what you call recorded plays . . . movies."

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
09/06/20 06:30:19PM
194 posts

Virtual Dulcimer Festival Site


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Hope for more as their registration is only until Monday 3 p.m. CDT.  I sent as URGENT FWD to our president & suggested folks prowl online for networking site of their favorite instrument.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
09/06/20 06:15:25PM
194 posts

Virtual Dulcimer Festival Site


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Thanks, Dusty!  I know you cover a variety of instruments.  I'll send that & welcome any others.  To paraphrase a popular saying, "A musician is a terrible thing to waste!"

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
09/06/20 05:42:06PM
194 posts

Virtual Dulcimer Festival Site


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Quick Dumb Question: Is there a site for online music festivals beyond exclusively dulcimers?  Last night our local folklore society had our 1st gathering since shutting down in March.  Thank heavens for Zoom even if not the same as our usual meeting.  In talking, before we took turns playing & singing, there was regret over closed festivals.  I mentioned attending online & was asked to share a listing of festivals.  I know some of the listings at dpnews go beyond dulcimers.  I'll gladly share it, but most of our members play guitar, uke, or banjo, so I'm hoping some of our instrumental generalists can name additional sites.

THANKS!  (I'm that sure they exist.)

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/15/20 03:53:53PM
194 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

winker See how infectious the folk instrument world can be?!?

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/15/20 02:28:37PM
194 posts

Introduce Yourself!


General mountain dulcimer or music discussions

Hi Shelley!

Like you, my introduction to folk music was guitar & I still sometimes go that way, but really am delighted to have found the MD.  Since you're currently pretty much stuck indoors, you'll find lots to learn through prowling FOTMD.  Be warned though, you show traces of the disease I have . . . developing a musical petting zoo.  Even being stuck inside can't protect you.  I blame my infection all the way back to Girl Scout days when I earned the Dabbler badge.  For those with a specialized form of the disease, it's Dulcimer Acquisition Disease to match the common tuning of DAd.  My husband has been fighting his own form of this with banjos.  It's not fatal and is fun whether you succumb to it or not.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
08/02/20 06:00:43PM
194 posts

Virtual Dulcimer Festival Site


Dulcimer Resources:TABS/Books/websites/DVDs

Dulcimer Player News https://www.dpnews.com/festival-directory lists festivals and with everything having to go online it's worth prowling to get some of those workshops you might have been unable to take because they were already taken at Quarantune or Quarantune 2.0.

Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
07/14/20 10:45:47PM
194 posts

Healthy Living- healthy eating, exercise, weight loss, veggie gardening, etc.


OFF TOPIC discussions

I call my husky/malamute my Trail Buddy and try to get out with him for about an hour every other day.  Recent hot weather has forced me to try doing that in the morning.  (I'm NOT an a.m. person and tend to muddle along until finally alert.)  I've tried night hikes, but he's just not as happy with paved walking, our local parks shut down at sunset, and flashlight hikes in fields and woods can be tricky.  <sigh!> 

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