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Dec 20 2009

Fallen Hero

My ex-husband just sent an e-mail to tell me that Jean Ritchie, one of my all-time idols, has had a serious stroke. She must be in her eighties by now. For those of you who don’t know Jean Ritchie: she’s one of the earliest Appalachian singer-songwriters to emerge from the hollers into the eyes and […]

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Feb 05 2009


[Ed. note: check the audio link now. It should be working.] The dreaded day is almost upon us, so it’s time to put up my Valentine’s Day program. I get so gloomy at this time of hear year that I find myself chanting my grandmother’s old poem: “Nobody loves me. Everybody hates me. I’m going […]

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Dec 15 2008

T’is the Season

How did this happen? It can’t be Christmastime already. But I know it is because there was X-mas Muzak in the Hong Kong airport and now the house down the street has its illuminated holiday sign: “Ho Ho,” it says on the roof. “Ho” it says on the porch just below. So of course I […]

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