The Positive Thread...

Steven Berger
Steven Berger
@steven-berger
one week ago
137 posts

Dusty Turtle:


Did you hear about the poor guy from Avenue J?  He has to go 6 blocks to P. ROTFL


That's it, Dusty, no more Mr. Nice Guy!tedious

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
one week ago
1,182 posts

That Nora Brown video was so neat to watch!  

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
one week ago
1,440 posts

Did you hear about the poor guy from Avenue J?  He has to go 6 blocks to P. ROTFL




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Steven Berger
Steven Berger
@steven-berger
one week ago
137 posts

That's cool, Lisa! I'm from Avenue J.pimento

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one week ago
1,969 posts

Hey Steven- I was born on Flatbush x Sterling Place !   gangnam1




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Steven Berger
Steven Berger
@steven-berger
one week ago
137 posts

Thanks, Dusty! She's a Crown Heights girl, and I was a Flatbush boy.....and that's where any resemblance  to each other, in regard to musical talent, ends! She's fantastic!

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

Thanks for sharing the video of Nora Brown, Dusty. Very encouraging.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
one week ago
1,969 posts

I know just how you feel Dulcinina. I visited a dear old friend too recently and our vaccines made it possible. It was such good medicine, in more ways than one!  love




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dulcinina
@dulcinina
one week ago
89 posts

Thanks for posting this, Dusty.  Restores my faith as well.  A great way to start off my day.  I sent it to a couple other friends.

Today I am meeting up with a dulcimer friend whom I've not seen in over a year.  She lives about 50 miles from me and we used to play together once a month at her home.  So we're both vaccinated and eager to play together again. Yay.  Nina (aka) Dulcinina

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
one week ago
1,440 posts

I just watched this video of Nora Brown on the banjo .  She is only 15.  Born in Brooklyn.  I think there is hope for the world after all.flower




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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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jost
@jost
3 weeks ago
25 posts

@venni That's great news, welcome back

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
3 weeks ago
421 posts

My husband was out mowing the lawn with a push mower (gas engine) while it was snowing.  Definitely a sign of spring.  He said the grass was growing so fast he could barely keep up between snows (we got about an inch of accumulation, so it wasn't just "snow-globe snow").




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Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 weeks ago
782 posts

Dusty Turtle:

Do you have a machine that tunes your dulcimers, too?

 

Not yet, but someday someone will invent one. I've been tempted to try one of the automatic guitar tuners, but it would just be something else to clutter the accessory pocket in my guitar case.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 weeks ago
1,440 posts

Wow. Electric, robot mowers?  You all make me feel like dinosaur.  I still push around a gas mower.  I am self-propelled, but the mower is not.

Do you have a machine that tunes your dulcimers, too?




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Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 weeks ago
782 posts

My self-propelled mower lasts a little over an hour on a fully charged battery. Mine is a Kobalt from Lowe's. My robotic mover also lasts around an hour on a full charge. It docks itself when it needs to be recharged. It is a Husqvarna. I saw these in action when I attended the A.S.I.A. Symposium in East Stroudsburg, PA in 2018. I was impressed by how they worked. My wife wanted me to get someone to cut the lawn. The robot was a compromise. It cuts the largest part of the year and I use the walk behind, self-propelled mower to do parts of the yard that the robot is not programmed to do. These are areas out near the street and outside of fenced in year and along the fence as the robot does not cut all the way to fence.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Don Grundy
Don Grundy
@don-grundy
3 weeks ago
175 posts

Ken, we have a 1acre lawn.  Will the battery powered self propelled mower last that long?

What is the company name?

Thank you!

Don

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 weeks ago
1,182 posts

@ken-longfield Our new mower is battery-powered-- neither gas nor oil needed for an engine.  We have a string trimmer coming today from the same company from which we got the mower.  Our new mower is a self-propelled walk-behind mower-- we don't own a riding mower-- and we don't have a string trimmer yet. :)   

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 weeks ago
782 posts

Robin, I am guessing that you are talking about a plug-in mower with an extension cord. My sister and her former husband used one for many years. My sister still does.

Last year I switched over to  battery powered lawn mower, string trimmer, and hedge trimmer. Most of my lawn is done by a robot, but I need the mower for places the robot doesn't reach. No more messing with gas and oil.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 weeks ago
1,182 posts

We just got an electric mower.  Mark had a chance to try it out before the cold snap hit and I look forward to getting to use it.  Very lightweight and very quiet-- big pluses!   

Jan Potts
Jan Potts
@jan-potts
3 weeks ago
421 posts

My husband was mowing the lawn when the snow started falling, but he wanted to finish, so he just kept going.  We got about an inch here in Lexington, KY.




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Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 weeks ago
1,969 posts

Really cold here in NY too. It was snowing pretty heavily for like 45 minutes, and freezing wind. But the ground was warm, so the snow melted immediately. Weird. Not sure how to dress anymore. !

oops I guess that's not really 'positive'.  tmi




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Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 weeks ago
782 posts

Robin, it has been getting colder all day. Tomorrow is not going to be a day to be outside doing yard work. Maybe I'll be able to get some of dulcimer projects worked on. You stay warm as well.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

dulcinina
@dulcinina
3 weeks ago
89 posts

Good news, Venni. Welcome back.

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 weeks ago
1,182 posts

@ken-longfield Anything for you, my friend!  :) On a more serious note, very cold temperatures are coming tonight and lots of fruit trees are in bloom now.  Time will tell how it goes.  Keep warm there in PA!

Richard Streib
Richard Streib
@richard-streib
3 weeks ago
155 posts

Venni, so glad you have recovered. COVID is wicked.

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 weeks ago
782 posts

Venni, glad to hear the you made it through. Best wishes for continued improvement in your health.

Robin, you can keep the snow in Ohio, thank you.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 weeks ago
1,182 posts

@venni I am happy you are feeling better! 

Venni aka Adrianne
Venni aka Adrianne
@venni
3 weeks ago
23 posts

I have made it through coronavirus and now I feel ok

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 weeks ago
1,182 posts

We woke to a pretty snow this morning here in Ohio.  No morel hunting for us today.  :)

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 weeks ago
1,182 posts

I hope you have luck finding some, @leo-kretzner.  Even just a few morels cut and sautéed in butter then eaten with whatever pasta you like is such a treat! 

Leo Kretzner
Leo Kretzner
@leo-kretzner
4 weeks ago
10 posts

Gee, morels! Thanks for reminding me to go out and check a couple areas of past fires, especially as it rained a little last night! Haven't had any in years...

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 weeks ago
1,182 posts

@ken-hulme It was so good!

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
4 weeks ago
1,819 posts

Jealous!!!

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
4 weeks ago
1,182 posts

We found a few morels today.  So, we'll sauté them and have them over pasta for lunch.  :)

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
one month ago
1,182 posts

It is chilly & wet here in my little corner of SE Ohio US this morning.  The guitar player in the house and I get our second vaccines on Saturday-- yay!  

Ken Hulme
Ken Hulme
@ken-hulme
one month ago
1,819 posts

March started like a lamb... going out like a Lion.  The good thing is we've both been doubled jabbed.  Lots of other not so good stuff happening though...

rojo
@rojo
one month ago
18 posts

We had a lovely bike ride around Buttermere here in Cumbria yesterday. It was good to feel the heat if the sun. Unfortunately covid19restrictions are being eased soon and I fear it will be mayhem.

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
one month ago
1,440 posts

Beautiful (but windy) day in northern California as well. Took the dog on an early morning walk dog1 , which meant I got to practice maintaining my dignity while carrying a little bag of poop. 




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dulcinina
@dulcinina
one month ago
89 posts

March 30th is National Walk in a Park Day in the USA.  A beautiful sunny day in Kentucky with temperatures in the low 70's.  My husband and I  took a walk in a park in downtown Somerset. Just lovely to be out in nature. Nina

jost
@jost
one month ago
25 posts

A sunny spring day in Bonn and I got out of home office at 2 pm. I spent the afternoon on the grass near the Rhine promenade of the Beuel district playing dulcimer. Some people even asked (while maintaining social distancing) what kind of instrument I played and asked "So you play it like a guitar?" 

So this was quite cheerful, wish you all have a good time

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
one month ago
1,182 posts

It's a beautiful day here in SE Ohio US.  I've spent a little time outdoors working a bit.  So good to be out and feel the sunshine and hear the birds!  

Sending all good wishes to y'all!


updated by @robin-thompson: 03/30/21 02:22:17PM
Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
2 months ago
1,440 posts

Sounds like fun, @venni.  Stay safe.




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
2 months ago
1,182 posts

I wish you safe travels, @venni!  

Venni aka Adrianne
Venni aka Adrianne
@venni
2 months ago
23 posts

Going to Germany tomorrow, I love the rivers and trainstations.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
1,969 posts

@venni , that's impressive, good for you!
Many of us here never actually become highly skilled players, but hopefully we all do find joy in playing a humble instrument at home, even if we only play for our own selves. Music is such a tonic.  :)




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
2 months ago
1,440 posts

Good for you, Venni!  That's awfully fast progress.  I think my first song was Mary Had a Little Lamb.




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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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Venni aka Adrianne
Venni aka Adrianne
@venni
2 months ago
23 posts

I made a lot of progress with my dulcimer and can play four songs:

Carol of the Bells - Joshua Messick 

Wildwood Flower - David Schnaufer

False Love - Paul Clayton

Scarborough Fair - Jessica Comeau

Ariane
Ariane
@ariane
2 months ago
44 posts

Ken, I am very happy to read your good news.

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
2 months ago
782 posts

Virtually sounds good. I've hiked portions of the AT in Maine, NH, Vermont, NY, PA, Maryland, and VA.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
2 months ago
255 posts

Ken Longfield:

John C. Knopf:

It's great to hear this news, Ken!  Now we can both hike the Appalachian Trail from Canada to Georgia! (virtually).

As long as you promise to carry me all the way.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

VIRTUALLY, Ken.  It's the only way either of us would survive it.

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
2 months ago
782 posts

John C. Knopf:

It's great to hear this news, Ken!  Now we can both hike the Appalachian Trail from Canada to Georgia! (virtually).

As long as you promise to carry me all the way.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

John C. Knopf
John C. Knopf
@john-c-knopf
2 months ago
255 posts

It's great to hear this news, Ken!  Now we can both hike the Appalachian Trail from Canada to Georgia! (virtually).

Richard Streib
Richard Streib
@richard-streib
2 months ago
155 posts

Awesome great news Ken.

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
2 months ago
782 posts

Lois, I do have a bass dulcimer on loan from a friend. It is a Blue Lion and not much heavier than my Blue Lion dulcimer.

Lisa, it certainly does feel good.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
2 months ago
1,969 posts

Ken that's great news!  It must feel so good to have your heart working properly now.  heart




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Lois Sprengnether Keel
Lois Sprengnether Keel
@lois-sprengnether-keel
2 months ago
184 posts

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.

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
2 months ago
782 posts

Dusty, sure, as long as I don't have to lift anything heavier than 8 pounds. Are you paying for my round trip airfare and other expenses?

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Patty from Virginia
Patty from Virginia
@patty-from-virginia
2 months ago
233 posts

Ken, that is great news!!! Glad you are back!!!

Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
2 months ago
1,182 posts

Ken, I am happy to see your good news! 

If PA is anything like OH, the thing which makes a person eligible for helping someone move is owning a pickup truck.  It must be different where Dusty lives (than where I live).  :)

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
2 months ago
1,440 posts

That's great news, Ken.  We're all delighted to hear it.

So can you help me move this weekend?rofl




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updated by @dusty-turtle: 03/03/21 05:32:10PM
Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
2 months ago
782 posts

Today I saw my cardiac surgeon for my first, and as it turns out, my last post op appointment. I am doing so well with my recovery that he does not need to see me again. I can drive again. I still need to be cautious of lifting things for another 2 months so I do not damage my sternum. My heart is in great shape after the mitral valve repair. Look out world, I'm back! LOL

Thank you to all who offered good wishes, prayers, notes of concern , and phone calls during this time. It is greatly appreciated.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 months ago
782 posts

Great news. Enjoy!

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
1,969 posts

Venni that's good news for sure. I hope you've been looking in the Beginner Group here to learn about how to tune it for example... lots of good starting out info to be found there!
I hope it arrives safely and brightens your day!




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Robin Thompson
Robin Thompson
@robin-thompson
3 months ago
1,182 posts

@venni Please post a photo of your mountain dulcimer!  

Venni aka Adrianne
Venni aka Adrianne
@venni
3 months ago
23 posts

My dulcimer is coming tomorrow.

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

That's an original, Dusty, except from the quote of Vocabulary.com.

By the way I have painted a turtle to go along with this and I will post it

under photos soon!  Take care, John

Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
1,440 posts

Thanks, John.  I like that a lot.  Did you come up with that yourself or is that some ancient Chinese saying or something?




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

To "Dusty Turtle" & all of my friends at FOTMD:

"Like the turtle may you float in the hard times

and bask in the good!"

"To bask in something is to take it in, receive

its warmth, or bathe in its goodness."

Vocabulary.com

robert schuler
robert schuler
@robert-schuler
3 months ago
243 posts

Lisa, your plant points toward the promise of spring.....Robert

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
1,969 posts

The tropical plant in my office is unfurling a new leaf. It looks so fresh and full of promise, especially now in front of the window pane with freezing snow and sleet falling on the other side only inches away...   I love in the morning when the sun comes through the green leaves. The unfurling leaf reminds me of when a butterfly emerges from its cocoon and opens its wings.

unfurling.jpg




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Dusty Turtle
Dusty Turtle
@dusty-turtle
3 months ago
1,440 posts

It's too bad about the typo, David, but there would have probably been a mistake somewhere no matter how many times you edited it. 

I was really impressed with Ashley when I worked with her last year.  DPN is in good hands.




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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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David Bennett
David Bennett
@david-bennett
3 months ago
75 posts

Dusty Turtle:

Great article in the February 2021 issue of Dulcimer Players News by @david-bennett about @dan's 9-foot long dulcimer.  Nice work, guys!  Everyone should give it a read.

Thanks Dusty!  There is one typo in the article. I think the article says it weighs 28 lbs, it actually only weighs 18 lbs.  The typo was my fault, not DPNs.

Strumelia
Strumelia
@strumelia
3 months ago
1,969 posts

Wonderful news about how you are healing well, Ken L!

I'm glad to have it clarified about the two different giant dulcimers- the Mawhee-ish by Dan Cox, and the Thomas-ish by John Knopf. Yes a boxing match between the giants... how fun!  punchedpunch




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Patty from Virginia
Patty from Virginia
@patty-from-virginia
3 months ago
233 posts

Ken, that is great news!!!

Ken Longfield
Ken Longfield
@ken-longfield
3 months ago
782 posts

Patty from Virginia:

Ken Longfield, it's good to see you posting here. I hope you are doing well.

Thanks, Patty. I am doing well. I have to be careful to not do too much because I feel so good. My sternum is mending (wired together) and the incision looks to be healing very well. I will see the surgeon again in a couple of weeks and may be able to drive again after that visit. The heart is back in normal rhythm and I've experienced no afib since returning home.

Ken

"The dulcimer sings a sweet song."

 
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