The Positive Thread...

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
2 weeks ago
31 posts

In the 13th century, Henry Suso, a Dominican Monk wrote a Positive Thread in the form of a prayer. My Anne paraphrased this and set it to a hymn tune. You can hear me singing and playing this in the video section. Here are the words that you might enjoy:  " God, Your Are Like A Wild-Flower"    

God you are like a wild and lovely flower, that's found in places that we least expect.                                                           Sweet colors glow with grace; and charm our path. May we with joy thank you.                                                                      

 God, your are like a wild and lovely flower, the we, with yearning, want to pluck and own.                                                    But winds protect by blowing you away. May we with joy thank you.                                                                                        

God, you are like a wild and lovely flower, that cannot be destroyed by stamping out.                                                         You live again; we see you every where. May we with joy thank you.

 

Strumelia
@strumelia
4 weeks ago
1,763 posts

Yes i'm a Spoon Lady fan as well!  And she used to be a member of FOTMD several years ago, believe it or not.  I like everyone who makes joyful music without worrying too much about 'norms'.  I also love funky percussion playing, like bones, frame drums, and limberjacks.  In fact, bringing my own anklet rattle and bones to a festival this weekend!  jive  




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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 weeks ago
872 posts

https://theloaferonline.com/2017/05/23/abby-spoon-lady-tells-stories-riding-rails-busking/

I'm a fan of Abby the Spoon Lady! 

 

 

 




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Jan Potts
@jan-potts
one month ago
416 posts

So happy you were pleased with your first festival experience!




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Annie Deeley
@annie-deeley
2 months ago
84 posts
That should be Wendy Grethen. If you can get here next year, worth the trip!
Annie Deeley
@annie-deeley
2 months ago
84 posts
My first festival! Dulcimer Day in Duluth was great!
Whole day in Don Pedi's classes, learning lots and using my noter the entire time. Wendy Gretchen does a marvellous job of organizing. Got to meet Gilbert Matthieu, from Thunder Bay, who did a fabulous job in the open mic.
Christine Shoemaker
@christine-shoemaker
2 months ago
17 posts

I understand that completely, Lexie.  It really was a phenomenal birthday present!  I hope your Mom continues to improve and thrives in her new and safer environment.  I have no doubt that Smiley will help you all with that transition.  sun  

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
2 months ago
355 posts

Thank you Helen, there is no educational info. about how we are to look after our parents when they age, so I found support and a wonderful Smiley Friend to help.

I heard through the grape vine that Cynthia had a Birthday on May 2.....Happy Birthday Cynthia!

Thank you Helen for your kind words! heart

Helen Seiler
@helen-seiler
2 months ago
157 posts

Happy birthday Cynthia and well done Smiley! Thank you for sharing this with us, you have many many friends here that enjoyed your description of your special day with your mom.

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
2 months ago
355 posts

Thank you so much Friends, really was a beautiful birthday for us all, like I gave it to Mom, Smiley and the folks for pure joy and love.

It is so amazing to see how Smiley encourages my Mom through her tough battles that have been quite heart breaking for me and he softens everything.

My best gift is that Mom talked to me about her future of moving to a assistant living place where she won't be alone and unsafe. This has been a subject that has caused upset in the recent past, so I was very amazed and happy my Mom choose and was able to talk with me about her plan. I kinda knew she would talk with me about her reality, but couldn't of imagined it would be my birthday gift! grphug

Thank you for your kind thoughts and support, you all really add happiness to my life!

Hugs and Smiles to you! sun

Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich
2 months ago
54 posts

Happy Birthday Lexie!!!

I am SOOO glad that your birthday turned out so well!  Your Smiley Friend is the best winker

Thank you for the happy thoughts today!!!

 

Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
1,763 posts

Lexie, that's so wonderful how you were able to facilitate a day full of joy for your mother, for her PT, for Smiley, for yourself, and for others there at the nursing home as well!  All because of your visit that everyone enjoyed so much.

Dear Lexie,  HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!  lovey


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updated by @strumelia: 05/03/17 09:19:26PM
Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
2 months ago
355 posts

I took Smiley Friend to the nursing home my Mom is recovering in today on my birthday and had a wonderful time with Mom.

Mom really enjoys that dog of mine and he is in his element looking after my Mom and visiting other folks. Smiley amazes me how he watches Mom and her therapist during P.T. and when he is walking next to my Mom while she is using her walker. Also he minds so much better than at home. Every one enjoyed Smiley Friend very much. I enjoy watching him as a therapy dog and seeing how happy he is doing it.

I had lunch with Mom and her friends and we all ate cake, it made all of us really happy!

Funny how birthdays I am not looking forward too turn out to be the best. 

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
2 months ago
886 posts

John W. McKinstry: just as dulcimer's need bridges so too do dulcimer players and builders. 

 

Well put, John.




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John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
2 months ago
31 posts

Thanks for sharing my joy, Robin and Strumelia.  Through this experience I learned that  just as dulcimer's need bridges so too do dulcimer players and builders. 

Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
1,763 posts

John W. McKinstry:

Here' a positive thread: I heard from David Lynch through the help of Folkfan of FOTMD. My new dulcimer is on its way.

That's wonderful John!  Looking forward to hearing you play your new dulcimer! dulcimer




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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
2 months ago
872 posts

Yay, folkfan!  Dave builds nice instruments-- enjoy, John!  




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John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
2 months ago
31 posts

Here' a positive thread: I heard from David Lynch through the help of Folkfan of FOTMD. My new dulcimer is on its way.

Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich
2 months ago
54 posts

Wow!  I hadn't been following the fires.....but what a blessing that the pilot survived and is expected to be ok!!!

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
2 months ago
1,459 posts

OY! I've been following the fires -- fought my share of them up there, 40 odd years back.  Be careful out there!  

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
2 months ago
101 posts

Ken H.......Avoided major brush fire today on Hwy 315 at 212th St..................this is a nasty burn......one aircraft down in the Forest as of 1915 hrs, rescue team on scene and waiting for dozers to get to the location by cutting an access trail, slow work.....patient awaiting removal..........hoping my friends are OK.........all those back roads I travel are shut down and as you know this dry stuff is little more than tinder.  As of 2000 hrs..............pilot expected to be OK..........Marion County Sheriff's helicopter is in Lake......the fact that there was no loss of life on this one is the real positive message with this one............


updated by @salt-springs: 05/02/17 08:07:31PM
Annie Deeley
@annie-deeley
2 months ago
84 posts
Will do, Helen. One goal is avoiding over-use injury to shoulder!😁
Helen Seiler
@helen-seiler
2 months ago
157 posts

Have heaps of fun Annie!! pimento

Annie Deeley
@annie-deeley
2 months ago
84 posts
Right, Benjamin, it is Wendy, and I will pass on your greetings. I love Duluth, though I think they just got a dump of snow...yikes!
Benjamin W Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr
2 months ago
64 posts

Annie-Deeley, I will I was there!  I was born in Duluth, but live here in Maine.  I have many relatives out there.  I am guessing that Wendy Gretchen is still organizing this event.  I've met her a couple of times and played a little bit of dulcimer with her.  She's a far better player than I am.  If you get a chance, say hi.

Annie Deeley
@annie-deeley
2 months ago
84 posts

On Friday, I'll be heading to Duluth MN for my first dulcimer festival! Susan Trump and Don Pedi will be there. Sincce Duluth is a day's drive away, I'll have a spring road trip into the bargain! Woohoo!

Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich
2 months ago
54 posts

Today was wonderful for a close family friend!  He is a WWII and Korean War veteran.  Today was the 23rd Honor Flight for Northeast Indiana, and he was on it!  They treat the veterans like royalty.  They fly to Washington DC for the day to see the memorials.  They came home tonight to a Hero's Welcome Home!  Can't wait to hear the stories and see pictures!  sun

Bob
@bob
2 months ago
97 posts

Best wishes to you Robert. I still plan to drive down the road to see you and your creations soon!

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
2 months ago
355 posts

Nice story User; When I was with my Dad in hospice we had a harpist play for us, it was very soothing and beautiful Dad and I enjoyed it so much. Very nice memory we have.

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
2 months ago
355 posts

Robert, hoping the MRI shows what can be fixed and you be well ya hear!

All the best and those noises are quite obnoxious in MRI machines, we like dulcimer sounds best. dulcimer 

Helen Seiler
@helen-seiler
2 months ago
157 posts

All the best Robert.

Cindy Stammich
@cindy-stammich
2 months ago
54 posts

Userno4 - Those precious moments that you shared with your mother......I truly believe that's the best thing you could have done! 

To have you there, playing an instrument that she loved!

A few years ago I recorded Amazing Grace.  I put a copy on a CD and gave it to my aunt.  My uncle was in hospice at the time.  My aunt said she played Amazing Grace over and over, very quietly.  It gave them a peace that she cherishes to this day.

Thank you for sharing your precious memories! 

 

Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
1,763 posts

That's a touching story, User.  I remember playing the dulcimer for my mother when she was in the nursing home.  She just loved it.  I'm so glad for you that you were able to make that happen for your mother.




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UserNo4
@userno4
2 months ago
19 posts

Speaking of medical situations, my mother died in October. OK, that's not positive, but it gets better. I had to travel out of town to see her after the hospital called to say she entered the ICU. I stayed at her place and noticed a dulcimer I had not seen before. (She played both the HD and MD.) I took it to the hospital one day and played it in her room for about 30 minutes. Then, according to the hospital's practice of closing the ICU to visitors at midday, we went to lunch. She passed before we could come back. So aside from various people giving my mom a "we're going to lunch, back later" comment, my modest dulcimer playing was (part of) the last thing she experienced with family.

For months after, I was curious about the origin of the dulcimer. Why did she have a second MD and where did she get it? I eventually found out: She bought it from a friend's husband, whom she tried to teach a few years ago. I wrote him a letter and mentioned that I had played "his" instrument for my mother. I'd like to think he appreciated that, and that she did, as well.

robert schuler
@robert-schuler
2 months ago
242 posts
Thanks Robin & Lisa, I'll be OK. I'm a tough old bird. I was playing a new 1.5 fret model minutes before going down the tube. All I could think of was getting home and playing again.. Robert.
updated by @robert-schuler: 04/24/17 09:58:03PM
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
1,763 posts

Here's hoping your MRI scan does/helps as it was intended, Robert!




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Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
2 months ago
872 posts

Oh, Robert, you have surely earned getting to hear the sweet sound!  I hope for a healing touch on you.  




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robert schuler
@robert-schuler
2 months ago
242 posts
After 30 minutes in a MRI machine, I've come to really appreciate the sound of a dulcimer more than ever... Robert...
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
1,763 posts

Thanks for that wonderful reminder, Salt.




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Salt Springs
@salt-springs
2 months ago
101 posts

Sometimes we forget how blessed we are and begin to take for granted lots of the good things we have in our lives.   When I returned from making my food pantry rounds this evening I was thinking about what this "ol fat boy" was going to fix for dinner.   Then there was a knock at the door and a man who had lost his job and his young son were standing on the front porch.   He stuttered a bit and teared up.........he had no food for himself or his son...he hated to ask but was desperate and said he did not know what else to do.   My wife and I put together some food, enough to last them for a day or two, gave him some gas money so he could put in an application for workplace down the highway.   We promised that we would help him out in the days ahead.   Why write about this?   Folks, the needs of people struggling to make it are everywhere and those of us who have been blessed can surely pay it forward a bit.   (Do I really need that new McSpadden with the Ebony fret board and Rosewood top that I have been eyeing, when there are hungry and sick folk around?)  So here is the point-  You will never know how much those old tunes, many rooted and grounded in the struggles of days gone by can inspire folk to do the right thing; so keep on strumming and singing... ya'll just might be the people who make the biggest difference in this world whether you know it or not.

 


updated by @salt-springs: 04/11/17 08:15:35PM
marg
@marg
3 months ago
468 posts

r Palestine, Texas

I am so glad Irene you had a nice time. I went once and would like to go back but on my own I hesitate. I live north of Houston & it is a long day to go & be back in 1 day but it would have been nice to meet you. Maybe we all can plan to met one day.

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
3 months ago
416 posts

Irene, I loved reading your post!  It means that we may actually meet some day, because even though I've never been to the dulcimer festival in Palestine, Texas, it's on my list of ones I'll like to try!  Everyone I know who has ever gone there has had a great time.  Great report!




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Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
1,763 posts

Irene,it made my morning to read about how you found out about a festival near you through FOTMD and this led to a wonderful music playing reunion with your brother after all these years..and with your mother's uke as well joining you siblings.  What an uplifting story- I loved reading it!

Every one of us 3,400 members should really pat ourselves on the back for making this site successful and enjoyable.  That includes YOU Irene!  
We also have six generous volunteer site Moderators who keep a watchful eye on things- you can 'meet' the moderators here.  howdy  The "Mod Squad" here not only moderate content when necessary, but they are a wise council giving important feedback when making site decisions.  I don't know what I'd do without them!  yes




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IRENE
@irene
3 months ago
47 posts

Now is a good time to write my THANK YOU'S.....First to this site!!  Totally wonderful folks post on here and to see so many beautiful instruments.  I've learned how to play better and how to make my instruments better.  I'd not been to any music festival in 10 years (I used to go to harp conventions) and one ad you had here caught my eye.  I called my brother in Tyler, Texas and asked how far Palestine, Texas was from him. He said about 40 miles  drive.  OH WOW....So I sent him the info and he wanted to go too.  WHAT A MARVELOUS AWESOME TERRIFIC.....what other words can I put in here?  WE BOTH TOTALLY LOVED IT.  FANTASTIC music at every concert, classes were great, folks were wonderful.  Over 50 years ago, my brother and I played our folk music together in college...this was the first time attending something like this.....WHAT A BLAST. It will be yearly for us.  He brought our mother's Martin Ukulele....so in a way, she joined us too.  MAHALO everyone for making this site so wonderful and outspreading and enriching to me.  aloha,  irene

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
3 months ago
101 posts

You bet, I got more or less caught up in one of those a few years ago over on HWY 19 near Palatka.........both sides of the highway just went wild in a few minutes.........when that fire started crowning about 50 yards off it was time to get out of there and fast..........I was pretty happy to see the fire crews coming up the highway.   Turned out that that fire was caused by some arsonists who had been lighting the forest up here and there for a week or two.

As of this afternoon the blaze is still going, but contained with triple fire lines........my guess is that there will be some serious damage to the wildlife along the river since it is so overgrown back up there and absolutely chock full of nesting birds.

Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
3 months ago
1,459 posts

Be careful up there, SS!  Back when I was in Forestry School in Lake City, we had a hot-shot crew that fought fires up there.

Salt Springs
@salt-springs
3 months ago
101 posts

As of this evening a 750 acre brush fire is about 60% contained.   Local firefighters and US Forest Service saved 50 homes and out buildings.  It's really dry out here and there is plenty of undergrowth to feed a fire.  This one went from nothing to 500 acres in a just a few hours on Friday and picked up another 250 despite 21 bulldozers, water drops and 20 fire units.  No loss of life or serious injuries reported.


updated by @salt-springs: 04/02/17 12:33:31AM
Jim Fawcett
@jim-fawcett
3 months ago
137 posts

Shawn, I agree. Took my Great Dane, Hazel, for a walk down the road a ways this afternoon. Wish I hadn't have worn my flannel shirt.




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shawn wright
@shawn-wright
3 months ago
18 posts

A sunny day today which actually makes it feel like Spring is settling in.

marg
@marg
3 months ago
468 posts

 annie,

I hope you & your new dulcimer player have lots of fun playing together

Annie Deeley
@annie-deeley
3 months ago
84 posts

The other day I introduced a young singer friend to the mountain dulcimer, noter style. She was instantly smitten, picking out little tunes right away, so much fun to see that moment! After awhile we were doing a bang-up job of Scarborough Fair. I was thrilled to be doing this, 2 years almost to the day after my first dulcimer arrived - my first time playing with another dulcimer player!! 

John W. McKinstry
@john-w-mckinstry
3 months ago
31 posts

Recently I came across the song: "A-Hunting We Will Go" in Carol Walker's Dulcimer Ditties Book 2. I like the chorus where she helps one to play  the old bugle call they once used in the now banned Fox Hunts in England. In addition to this I came across a discarded book in the library with the title: "Oh, A-Hunting We Go" by Jonn Lonstaff, 1974.  It's a children's book with some great verses made up by children such as: "Oh,a-hunting we will go, A-hunting we will go; We'll catch a beagr, And put him in underwear, And then we'll let him go. The book ends with this verse: "OH, a- hunting we will go, A-hunting we will go; We'll catch a brontosaurus, And put him in a chorus, And then we'll let him go."  I am going to teach this to my dulcimer group. It should be a lot of fun. We'll be playing for some senior citizens soon and I think they will love it too.

Gail Webber
@gail-webber
3 months ago
87 posts

It's been a tough time of late for my husband and me.  I find myself pretty much in care taking mode these days.  Thanks to music and my friends (both local and on line) for helping me keep my spirits up!


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Gail Webber
@gail-webber
3 months ago
87 posts

Cynthia, happy to hear that you are doing well.  Hope you continue to improve and take those walks!

Rob N Lackey
@rob-n-lackey
3 months ago
449 posts

Re: ring around the moon.  Remember "The Wreck of the Hesperus?" 

 

Then up and spake an old Sailor,
Had sailed the Spanish Main,
"I pray thee, put into yonder port,
for I fear a hurricane.

"Last night the moon had a golden ring,
And to-night no moon we see!"
The skipper, he blew whiff from his pipe,
And a scornful laugh laughed he.

You might be in for a blow.  LOL

 

Jan Potts
@jan-potts
3 months ago
416 posts

Cynthia, while you were out looking at the moonlight, I was, too--in New Harmony, Indiana, where the full moon lit up a cold springtime landscape about to be covered in a blanket of snow, come morning.  But the unusual thing was the huge ring around the moon--everybody at my workshop went out in the cold and gawked--it was just that cool looking!   I later found out it's called a 46 degree lunar halo.  I'd often seen the more common 22 degree halo, but this much larger one was truly breath-taking!

I'm glad that you're feeling better and that this part of your life is going right!  Hopefully, other parts will improve, as well!

Be safe during this big winter storm!




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updated by @jan-potts: 03/14/17 02:34:35AM
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
1,763 posts

Cynthia, how happy I am to read this.    

I bet the spirit of Greta was walking beside you in the silvery moonlight as well.

 




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marg
@marg
3 months ago
468 posts

 cynthia, your walk in the moonlight sounds like a song and I am happy it is all possible for you now.

Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington
3 months ago
78 posts

If y'all and the chat line and all the music had not been here, I wouldn't even be alive to have had this chance to get better. You saw me through the worst times in my life.

Benjamin W Barr Jr
@benjamin-w-barr-jr
3 months ago
64 posts

Hey Vermont, good to hear things are going better.

Lexie R Oakley
@lexie-r-oakley
3 months ago
355 posts

That's wonderful for you Cynthia, I am happy you are feeling well enough to go for walks in the moon light.

Bless your heart. heartbeat

Cynthia Wigington
@cynthia-wigington
3 months ago
78 posts

Moonlight in Vermont. Moonlight through the pines, moonlight over the icy lake, moonlight over the fields - just took a 1.5 mile walk in the dark by moonlight with a dear friend - day just dawning as we returned home. This was not possible for me for years until I got a new heart device 6 weeks ago. I'm crying as I write this. It means everything to me.

Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
4 months ago
886 posts

I just got a new head for my all metal (zinc and chrome) Dixie banjo-uke.  The instrument is pretty old, for most were made in the 1950s, but I was told some elements of this one indicate it's much older than that.  I rescued it from my grandparents attic when I was about 10.  The head was broken on it then, but I convinced a guy at the Music Emporium in Cambridge, MA to put a head on for $10, which was all the money I had at the time, and I had to save up to accumulate that much.  Everything was fine for decades until I moved to California's Central Valley, which in most years is drier than the Serengeti. I left the uke in a closet and when I retrieved it I found the head had turned really brittle and sported a long tear. I finally found someone at Nicholson Music in Folsom (yes, near the prison) who was willing to custom-stretch a skin for me.  Now this baby looks pretty nice and clean, and although it doesn't sound terribly good, it is not terrible, either.  I'm just glad it's back to playable shape.

Dixie banjouke with new head small file rotated.jpg

 




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Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
4 months ago
886 posts

Jan Potts: In about 10 days I'll be teaching a music theory class at the Ohio Valley Gathering.  This will be the third year I've taught one or more of the workshop sessions and you'd think it would get easier, but I seem to get very stressed out about it every time!  I guess my biggest fear is that I'll get a group who won't understand anything I'm saying and will keep saying "I don't get it" until I want to tear my hair out.  
 

 

Jan, so how did your theory class go?  It's true, you probably can't reach everyone, but I'm sure you saw that star in several people's eyes that let you know they just made some kind of connection they never did before.




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Strumelia
@strumelia
3 years ago
1,763 posts

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