The Positive Thread...

Susie
Susie
@susie
one week ago
394 posts

Ken Longfield:

I finally had a successful transesophageal echocardiogram yesterday. Next step is cathertrization and then on to open heart surgery. Moving along.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken, wishing you the very best and a quick recovery. Take care.

Nathina
Nathina
@nathina
one week ago
83 posts

Good luck.

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
one week ago
682 posts

Thanks, Jan. I will watch it if given that chance. I watched my initial echo cardiogram and the technician was very good at pointing out different parts of the heart and what was going on.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
one week ago
420 posts

Ken, I hope all goes well and that you have no trouble with the catheterization.  Mine was painless, and once I understood that I could watch it on the screen if I wanted to, I opened my eyes.  It was very interesting, so I thought you might want the heads up so you could watch yours, too.




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Strumelia
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one week ago
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Sending positive karma your way, Ken Longfield! bighug




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Dusty Turtle
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one week ago
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That's a lot to be going through, @ken-longfield. I hope everything goes swimmingly.




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Robin Thompson
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one week ago
1,076 posts

@ken-longfield I pray all can proceed with great success!  

@dusty-turtle Thank goodness for the rain in NoCalifornia! 




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Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
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one week ago
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I finally had a successful transesophageal echocardiogram yesterday. Next step is cathertrization and then on to open heart surgery. Moving along.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
one week ago
1,331 posts

It rained today in Northern California. First time since the spring.  The trees and grass and shrubs are relaxed and smiling.  So are the firefighters.




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Strumelia
Strumelia
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2 weeks ago
1,824 posts

I so heartbeat  enjoyed this article and video of an elderly Italian man serenading his hospitalized wife outside her window, with her favorite songs played on accordion...

https://www.cnn.com/2020/11/11/europe/italian-hospital-serenade-scli-intl/index.html




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Don Grundy
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2 months ago
163 posts

Tonight salmon and wild rice.  Tomorrow::  CHILI!

Strumelia
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2 months ago
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For the past six months of being covid era homebodies, we've not eaten out at all, and in fact only even gotten takeout food once, early on. One because we are super cautious, and Two because the restaurants around here are not all that inspiring to us to spend the money. We've been used to cooking at home.

However, today i drove to buy some hardware supplies and as i drove home past Main St I noticed a local Italian place had moved from its dreary old mall location to a new place right on MainSt.  It looked pretty and inviting as I drove by ...and i smelled pizza. (!) So when i got home i looked up online and saw a whole new website had been put up for it, featuring lots of online ordering options and local delivery too.

I decided to splurge and order us some custom pizzas. Brian was really surprised but i was hungry and had a serious hankering for pizza!  I ordered us each a whole pizza with our own favorite toppings, so that we could have it for dinner two nights in a row.  I paid online with a credit card, even the tip. The pizzas arrived quickly and I had her leave them on the porch table.
It was acceptably good pizza and we very much enjoyed the rare luxury of fresh delivery from only a few blocks away. My pizza craving will now be satisfied for a good long while.  pizza




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Ken Hulme
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9 months ago
1,760 posts

Lisa -- your salmon & egg tacos with salsa verde sound.  I make my own salsa verde too.  My trick is to include a whole lime -- skin, pith, seeds, everything; and juice of a lemon.  It all gets pureed anyway...  Then following my Mexican chef friends, I "fry' the sauce is a large blisteringly hot skillet, stirring madly for about 10 minutes to marry flavors and tighten up the consistency.  

I make soup weekly -- often based on one of the winter squashes -- Acorn, Butternut, Spaghetti; but also eggplant, or red bell peppers.  Posole of course. And the famous Florida speciality Chez Suzanne's Creamy Romaine soup.  In the hot season I make chilled soups like white and red gaspachos, Ajo Blanco (almonds and garlic), chilled lettuce soups and several ceviches.


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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
9 months ago
1,824 posts

My positive things today:

My husband was finally able to get his pneumonia vaccine...yay!

We had a yummy tortilla dinner by candlelight in the kitchen.

Vacuumed the whole house! ...and now (for a little while at least) it'll feel so nice to walk around the house barefoot.  bananadance

Ah, the little things in life can be so nice.




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Dusty Turtle
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9 months ago
1,331 posts

Strumelia:  Soups are like the most nutritious and comforting meal we can have.

You mean it's not hot links and whiskey?




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Strumelia
Strumelia
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9 months ago
1,824 posts

Soups are like the most nutritious and comforting meal we can have during these stressful times.

I didn't make soup today, but we're just about to make some smoked salmon w/egg in soft tortillas, with our own home-canned tomatillo green sauce!  grin   Followed by maybe watching a movie in bed.  A little slice of humble Heaven.




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Robin Thompson
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9 months ago
1,076 posts

I'll be over tomorrow for leftover chicken soup, Robert, and some porch picking!  :)




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robert schuler
robert schuler
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9 months ago
237 posts

Robin Thompson:

There's a pot of tomato-based bean soup cooking on the stove now for lunch.  It is a sunny and warm-ish day here in our neck of the woods.  So, maybe lunch out on the front porch.  :)

I've got a pot of chicken soup on the stove. Trying to do farm chores with a pot cooking on the stove is a bit of a challenge. You know, being two places at once. Not a bad day for some porch picking too.... Robert

Robin Thompson
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9 months ago
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Hey, come on over, Dusty!  We've eaten already but there's plenty more in the soup pot.  :) 




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Dusty Turtle
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9 months ago
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Is that an invitation, Robin?




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Robin Thompson
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9 months ago
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There's a pot of tomato-based bean soup cooking on the stove now for lunch.  It is a sunny and warm-ish day here in our neck of the woods.  So, maybe lunch out on the front porch.  :)




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Jan Potts
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9 months ago
420 posts

I know we have lots of members from the  greater Nashville, TN area where the tornadoes went thru...it would be good if we could  get a word on whether folks are OK, injured, rec'd damage, etc.




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Dusty Turtle
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I saw a great show last night.  Mollie's Revenge played a show as part of their annual "Wintersong" holiday tour.  They are amazing musicians, playing fiddle, guitar, mandola, bagpipes, whistles, bodran and more.  They play mostly traditional Celtic music on traditional Celtic instruments, but they do so with a hard-driving, rock-tinged edge.  If you check out some of their videos on YouTube, you'll see what I mean.  They were joined by vocalist Amelia Hogan and The Murray Irish Dancers. As soon as the piper came out with his bagpipes decorated like a Christmas tree, they had won me over.  The music was exhilarating and I had a lot of trouble calming down afterwards to get to sleep.




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Ken Longfield
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last year
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Thanks for the clarification, Susie. I really must have been in a fog! Dusty, thanks for sharing your story.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Susie
Susie
@susie
last year
394 posts

Ken Longfield:

Susie, that was a serendipitous encounter. I'm glad it helped you.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Not my encounter, it was Dusty's. Just clarifying.

Dusty Turtle
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Robin Thompson: Mark & I got to see Aubrey Atwater & Elwood Donnelly at Appalachian Listening Room in Logan OH this evening.  Such a treat to hear them!  

Indeed, they put on a great show.  Glad you guys got to see them.  Aubrey's clogging just blows me away. And I don't even understand how she can clog while also playing the banjo.




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Ken Longfield
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last year
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Susie, that was a serendipitous encounter. I'm glad it helped you.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
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last year
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Aubrey and Elwood always do a good job in presenting their music. I'm glad you and Mark were able to attend their show.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Susie
Susie
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last year
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Dusty Turtle:

Feeling a little down after getting some bad financial news (the sort homeowners know all too well) I welcomed the opportunity for some down time and took the dog for a walk just around dusk.  We took a slightly longer route than usual, and as I turned a corner I heard the clear sound of a stringed instrument.  Walking down the street leisurely were a father and son, both strumming ukuleles.  The father was singing quietly, though I was never able to hear enough to make out the tune.  Every now and then the son would ask a question and the father would patiently explain how to play a certain chord or something and then they would continue.  Our walk intersected again with them about 15 minutes later, too. I wanted to introduce myself and invite them to our neighborhood jams, but I didn't.  I didn't want to interrupt what was such a gentle and also purposeful interaction between the two of them.  Seeing those two definitely turned my frown upside down.

A neat encounter with great timing. Music helps heal in so many ways.
Robin Thompson
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last year
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Mark & I got to see Aubrey Atwater & Elwood Donnelly at Appalachian Listening Room in Logan OH this evening.  Such a treat to hear them!  




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dulcinina
@dulcinina
last year
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What a gift to you when you were down.  But more importantly, that you were able to recognize it and embrace it as such. Nina

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
last year
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Feeling a little down after getting some bad financial news (the sort homeowners know all too well) I welcomed the opportunity for some down time and took the dog for a walk just around dusk.  We took a slightly longer route than usual, and as I turned a corner I heard the clear sound of a stringed instrument.  Walking down the street leisurely were a father and son, both strumming ukuleles.  The father was singing quietly, though I was never able to hear enough to make out the tune.  Every now and then the son would ask a question and the father would patiently explain how to play a certain chord or something and then they would continue.  Our walk intersected again with them about 15 minutes later, too. I wanted to introduce myself and invite them to our neighborhood jams, but I didn't.  I didn't want to interrupt what was such a gentle and also purposeful interaction between the two of them.  Seeing those two definitely turned my frown upside down.




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Robin Thompson
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last year
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I'm a big fan of sharing music, Dusty-- what a neat thing for you & your neighbors to do! 

A friendly reminder to all:  World-wide Play Music on the Porch Day is coming up, always the last Saturday in August.  Whether it's one person or a group, get out and make music if you can.  :)




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Strumelia
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last year
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Thank you for that wonderful and inspiring post, Dusty!




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Dusty Turtle
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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 and guitar. In the future I will probably play bass a little, too, especially once another guitar-playing neighbor who couldn't be there tonight joins in.  We have pledged to play at least monthly, alternating front yards.

Everyone (other than me) is a good singer, and they had some nice harmonies going, including on the CSN & Y tune "Helplessly Hoping."  I'm supposed to learn one of the vocal parts for next time (yikes nailbite ). 

We were each asked to bring one tune to start with, and I suggested the Iris DeMent tune " Sweet is the Melody ." I arranged  the chords in D so I could play the dulcimer, but it's just at the bottom of my vocal range, so we'll probably change keys or someone else will take the lead vocal part.

What made this so special is that while we were playing a few neighbors heard us and came along just to listen.  And that's exactly why I suggested our front yards as venues.  Music is a social experience, but not if we listen inside with headphones.  We gotta get out there and share the joy. You can't sing harmony alone.grphug




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Dusty Turtle
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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 replicas of historic European organs.  It's a labor of love. He basically donates the organs to local churches.  Here's one he made based on a 1615 organ from Europe which he donated locally.  His are tiny compared to that one in the video.




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Strumelia
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last year
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The largest musical instrument in the world is being restored...

https://www.nbcnews.com/nightly-news/video/largest-instrument-in-the-world-being-brought-back-to-life-after-nearly-being-destroyed-64254021798

...amazing thing!




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Strumelia
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Hi everyone!  FOTMD is celebrating its  10th year anniversary  by hosting the free

Pickled Dulcimer Contest!  Guess the winning number and win prizes!  Five winners will be announced on August 1st.

Submit your guess in the contest thread, and good luck!:

https://fotmd.com/forums/forum/off-topic-discussions/35052/enter-fotmds-10th-birthday-pickled-dulcimer-contest#r35070




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Cindy Stammich
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last year
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There is so much beauty around us.....  we just need to stop for a moment and listen!

Lulu
Lulu
@lulu
last year
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My positive thing for today- I cleaned off the top of my work desk and put away/sorted/tossed all the clutter off it... it feels spacious and inspiring now, like a burden lifted!

hugssandi
@hugssandi
last year
260 posts

This really is an uplifting thread!  In the past weeks we've graduated our second from high school, and my Hazel started a YouTube channel for her ukulele (Dionysus D.).  We have a block party to attend tonight and summer break is here!  Well, we'll keep schooling, but we have been working on a fun summer bucket list for along the way....  sun

Strumelia
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Fresh asparagus from your own garden... Heavenly!




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Robin Thompson
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We had asparagus from the patch today at lunchtime.  I'm thinking we'll have more tomorrow.  :)




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Dusty Turtle
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Had a wonderful time at a house concert last night by the Irish fiddler Gerry O'Connnor .  If you're interested, there are plenty of videos of him on YouTube.  Make sure you search for the right guy, though, someone else by that name plays Irish banjo.  The two have gotten together and recorded "Stereo Connor!" To be that close and intimate with such a world class musician was fantastic.  There were about 20 of us in attendance.  Afterwards I talked to the guitarist, Richard Mandel, who accompanied him, which was very interesting. He was in a DADGAD tuning, which has been standard in Irish sessions since the 1960s or thereabout.  I was interested in some of the chords he used.  He admitted that he often only fretted some of the strings, leaving the others to drone, creating interesting chord tones that he couldn't even identify without thinking about it.  So he was using a lot of D and A drones just as we do on the dulcimer!




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Strumelia
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Dusty, that's beautiful!




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Dusty Turtle
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Thanks for sharing that story, Strumelia.  It is amazing how music touches something indescribable inside of us.  The stories in Patricia and Wayne's latest Hearts of the Dulcimer Podcast tell similar stories about people at the other end of the lifecycle who have declined into a non-verbal state but still react quite alertly to music.

Watching the toddler in that video reminded me of my experience with my niece many years ago.  I used to visit my sister about once a month when she and her family lived in LA.  I would always bring my mandolin and sometimes my guitar as well.  My niece was too small to talk or even to walk at the time, but I remember vividly her crawling over to me, trying to drag my mandolin case behind her by the strap.  She was huffing and puffin by the time she got it to me, but then she just sat up looking at me, clearly waiting for me to start playing.  I used to think it was evidence of a deep connection between us, but looking back, the connection was probably between her and the music. I was just a messenger.




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Strumelia
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Watch this baby respond to hearing a violin player for the very first time...

https://abcnews.go.com/US/mother-posts-video-toddler-enamored-violinist-playing-music/story?id=62153718&cid=clicksource_4380645_null_icymi_hed

Music affects us and others so deeply, often much more than we know.




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Elvensong
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last year
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Robin Thompson:


 Be sure to get a pretty nice bow.  



Ken told me the same thing so I took it to heart and got a Coda Bow Prodigy.

When it comes time I'd love your advice on playing and bow adjustment and maintenance and and and  grin

Robin Thompson
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@elvensong Dean, you'll be surprised how intuitive the left-hand work is.  The bowing is another matter.  :) Be sure to get a pretty nice bow.  




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Elvensong
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Robin Thompson:

I've hardly touched a bowed dulcimer in about six years.  Mark & I just played for, perhaps, half-an-hour with me on BD and him on guitar.  Though I don't sound so hot, it felt both good and natural to be bowing again.  :)

I should be getting mine in April/May so you can help me get started!

Robin Thompson
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I've hardly touched a bowed dulcimer in about six years.  Mark & I just played for, perhaps, half-an-hour with me on BD and him on guitar.  Though I don't sound so hot, it felt both good and natural to be bowing again.  :)




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Dusty Turtle
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Today is Bach's birthday, and if you haven't visited Google yet, do so.  The banner is an artificial intelligence app that takes any melody you put in and adds harmony as Bach might have done it.  It's really cool. I only wish it were longer so you could actually put in 12 or 16 bars.  The depressing part is that the computer is better at arranging than I am!




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dulcinina
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last year
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I'm visiting my family in Buffalo NY and showed the video to her partner who is a jazz buff. Before it played he said "that looks like Wynton Marsalis" He was so impressed. We start our jams at home by saying "Let's boil some cabbage." Great vimeo. And yes, we have snow. Dulcinina
Ken Longfield
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last year
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Thanks, Dusty. I never tire of Boil 'Em Cabbage. It is a fun and easy tune.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Robin Thompson
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Dusty, I'm a fan of Boil 'Em Cabbage Down!  It's a great teaching piece and a tune with which one can mess about for years. . . Last I looked, the most-played tune on my Soundcloud account was the one for the cabbage song.  :)




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Dusty Turtle
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Sorry, kiddos. I won't hear it. Don't ever tell me you are tired of Bile Dem Cabbage Down.

I thought I'd listen to a tune before going to sleep. This one has me so jazzed I'll be up for hours.




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Robin Thompson
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Thanks for the link, Dusty!  It was pretty cool to see that female (not male).  :)




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Dusty Turtle
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That's really cool, Robin.  I just got some information from the Sibley folks at https://www.sibleyguides.com/2011/08/abnormal-coloration-in-birds-melanin-reduction/

If you scroll down a smidge you will see pictures of a normal cardinal, a fully leucistic cardinal, and a partially leucistic cardinal. You can't confuse them.  From your comments it would appear you saw a fully leucistic female:

These birds can produce melanin, so the eye appears black, but something prevents them from depositing melanin in the growing feathers. The red carotenoid pigment is unaffected so the feathers are red in all the normal places for a female cardinal. 




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Robin Thompson
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Strumelia, parts of the bird are red, parts are white.  So, I'm figuring it's male.  Mark took a couple photos but they didn't capture the stunning qualities of such a creature.  Others have seen it here in the village since the latter part of '18, so I imagine we might see him again.  Hope so! 




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Strumelia
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Wow Robin!  Was it pale all over, or was the pale part like piebald- in patches?  Maybe you could take a photo if it comes back- keep your camera near the window!  




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Robin Thompson
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This morning, I saw a leucistic Cardinal in the Chinese Chestnut tree outside my kitchen window. 

@Dusty-Turtle I'm glad you didn't find MO back when!  :)




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Keep a song in your heart!
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
last year
1,331 posts

I've been listening to a lot of Mandolin Orange the last few days. Their effortless harmonies are just so sweet.  They have an approach to songwriting and singing that is serious and relaxed at the same time. Had I found these two back when I was playing the mandolin and getting frustrated by the bluegrass obsession with speed, I might have stayed with the mandolin and never taken up the dulcimer.




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Dusty T., Northern California
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As a musician, you have to keep one foot back in the past and one foot forward into the future.
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Glenda  Hubbard
Glenda Hubbard
@glenda-hubbard
2 years ago
23 posts

  Dusty thanks for posting! Music is great therapy. My husband has Louie Body Dementia Alzheimer. Sometimes  he has no clue what time it is or where he is but music some how triggers the brain into remembering the entire lyrics to a song. Wish there was more research into how this happens.  

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
2 years ago
1,331 posts

I found this story about a choir for people with dementia to be really uplifting.  The Good Memories Choir in Chicago is for people with dementia and their caregivers.  Too often people with dementia have minimal positive contact with others, but choir singing brings people together in an activity filled with positive emotions.  And because music memory involves melody, tempo, lyrics, and all sorts of emotions, it involves many parts of the brain, including parts that are not affected by dementia, so music really does temper the effects of dementia.  The Good Memories Choir had its first concert this month. Among the songs they sang were "Blue Skies," "This Little Light of Mine," "What a Wonderful World."




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Dusty T., Northern California
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As a musician, you have to keep one foot back in the past and one foot forward into the future.
-- Dizzy Gillespie
Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
2 years ago
682 posts

Thank you, Salt Springs, for that moving story.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
2 years ago
1,076 posts

@salt-springs Thank you.  My tired spirit needed your story.  




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John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
2 years ago
227 posts

Thank you for this remembrance of the young girl who just wanted to be Mary in the Christmas program.

Salt Springs
Salt Springs
@salt-springs
2 years ago
184 posts

I want to tell a story, a true story and a Christmas miracle that I saw many years ago.  Perhaps in relating this story someone who may be feeling overwhelmed by all the commotion the holiday season brings will become still for just a moment and catch a glimpse of things that protest the cynical voices that often come out of nowhere.

Many years ago I was appointed to serve a small parish in a rural community in the heart of the South.  Previous to that time I had worked for a number of years as a police officer in the inner city and was a confirmed cynic and fairly well hardened character.  ( I left that job and in order to pursue a graduate degree in Historical Theology and Philosophy.) Oh, and let me add, this particular parish was made up of folk who could be called by today's standards, dirt poor.

There was a young girl in that parish who had been born with a crippling genetic disease.  At 12 or 13 years of age she was about the size of a small six year old and rarely walked more than a few feet, rather she hopped about dragging her broken legs behind her or curling them up in an odd sort of way. Her tiny legs were often raw since the house she lived in had dirt floors.

Two or three days before Christmas she became seriously ill and was admitted to a teaching hospital at a major university in an attempt to correct a life threatening kidney problem.  I went to visit her and was told by the attending physician that there really wasn't much to be done.  With that depressing news I went in to have a short talk with that poor child and not really knowing what to do or say asked her what she wanted for Christmas.  I sort of listened letting the news that her doctor had told me sink in......

To my surprise she only wanted to be in the Christmas pageant at the church.......and she wanted to play Mary.   When Christmas eve arrived and all the screaming and rowdy kids, dressed in bathrobes and an assortment of flip flops lined up began their procession down the aisle I looked up and standing at the screen door of that church was that desperately ill child.  She grinned from ear to ear and walked the 40 feet to the altar and knelt by the cardboard/manger holding a dirty rubber doll wrapped in a 50 cent blanket.  As everyone sang Silent Night, she let lose a few tears, kissed that old rubber doll and placed it in that old box.  She held that doll like it was the most precious thing in the world and when she put it down gently stroked its head.  I think she knew that this would be her last Christmas with us.  And, I think as her parting gift to those present she gave us a glorious reminder of how hope, love and the true gift of Christmas should be received.

My cynicism faded in that moment and all the world's troubles seemed far away.  Forty years ago that child delivered the best sermon ever preached in that tiny old church in the middle of nowhere.  And to this day I can still see her smile, joy and love on full display.

Merry Christmas!

IRENE
IRENE
@irene
2 years ago
169 posts

Strumelia, I LOVED this story too, brought tears to the eyes...(I sent it onto my daughter)......I have one daughter that worked for Huntsman Institute in S.L.C. Utah for 10 years.   They took blood from elephants ears at the zoo to compare and do lab work.  She got to do that a few times and also loved it.  One time the syringe dropped on the ground and she said, "oh, can you get that for me." to the elephant and it did, handed it through the fence.  so intelligent.  Elephants do not get cancer. That's why they are studied at Hungsman.  aloha, irene

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 years ago
1,824 posts

I love this so much...  this fellow plays gentle classical music piano in the field, for blind or aged elephants at an elephant refuge in Thailand.

 




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Stanley Adams
Stanley Adams
@stanley-adams
2 years ago
2 posts

My positive thang for today- had a good night sleep, got up early and cleaned the house pre thanksgiving!!

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
2 years ago
682 posts

John and Ken, it is still there and under new ownership. We didn't get it to try it on the way out, but will try to stop on our way back east.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Susie
Susie
@susie
2 years ago
394 posts
Ken Longfield:

Betty and I had a very nice visit with Richard Ash at Folkcraft instruments yesterday morning. Richard took time to show us through the Folkcraft facility, let me play a lapjo, and talked with us about dulcimers in general. I am impressed with what Richard and his staff are doing. He has worked hard to increase the quality and variety of his instruments. He has invested heavily in new equipment to insure that the instruments are accurately fretted and now makes cases for Folkcraft instruments in-house rather than outsourcing them. If you ever get to Woodburn, Indiana, give Richard a call and stop in. You won't be disappointed.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

I agree, Ken. We visited Richard and the Folkcraft facility a couple years ago. It was really neat to see everything he has done, his passion is very apparent. While I was there, I had Richard convert my FolkRoots dulcimer to a baritone. I love it! I second your recommendation to stop by Folkcraft, if you're ever in the area.
Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
2 years ago
1,760 posts

El Comedor was still there a couple years ago when I went through that area.  Great FryBread/Navajo Tacos and Chile Verde!

 
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