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We moved all round at the behest of the US Air Force, my father was an attorney and made it to “full bird,” and was known amongst the son-in-laws as Col. Bob. My mother was a working-mother, in a career she loved and was very good at, running laboratories at military hospitals. They had us […]

By |November 13th, 2015|Memory's Dog-teeth, Other Musings|0 Comments

The Long Memory

“Yes, the long memory is the most radical idea in this country. It is the loss of that long memory which deprives our people of that connective flow of thoughts and events that clarifies our vision, not of where we’re going, but where we want to go.”
- Bruce “Utah” Phillips 1935–2008

I love this quote. Jim Nunally […]

By |November 10th, 2015|Memory's Dog-teeth, Other Musings|Comments Off on The Long Memory

The COLUMBINE is the birthday flower for April 1st

Columbine FlowerNative to Europe, it is a perennial with short-spurred violet-blue flowers that normally have a hay-like scent. In 17th Century England a lady who was given columbine was likely to be saddled with a reputation for having flexible morals. To dream of columbine is said to […]

By |April 22nd, 2014|Letters from the Road, Other Musings|0 Comments

Winter Stories

Book at Bittersweet Cafe in BerkeleyI am crazy about good fiction and writing, have been an avid reader since a kid. Here are my favorite books so far this Winter, topped by:

The Cat’s Table by Michael Ondaatje – LOVED this one, it inspired a song, each page […]

By |January 7th, 2014|Other Musings|0 Comments

Love Note to Winnemucca…

IMG_20130903_185959Some towns just won’t let you wallow. I was recently in Winnemucca Nevada with a case of melancholy hanging just around the edges of my senses. I’d already forewarned my companions, Ramblin’ Jack Elliott and Logan “Red” Ledger that my favorite sign appears in that windblown western […]

By |September 12th, 2013|Letters from the Road, Other Musings|0 Comments

My Soul: Healing from WWI

Dad and Papa BatesMy great-grandfather, Papa Bates, has been on my mind lately. My duo partner, Jim Nunally, and I just put one of his poems to music. We have written a number of songs that we plan to release in an album called House & Garden. […]

By |August 25th, 2012|Memory's Dog-teeth, Other Musings|Comments Off on My Soul: Healing from WWI

All Creatures Great and Small: Of termites, hyenas, and bell frogs…

It has been a dream of my husband’s to go on safari in Africa – a bucket list item we decided to make a family vacation this summer. We started in Botswana then to Victoria Falls in Zimbabwe and lastly to the Greater Kruger National Park in South […]

By |July 29th, 2012|Letters from the Road, Other Musings|0 Comments

Soldier Stories in Washington, DC


It was Saturday, December 10th. We were driving up from North Carolina, Jim Nunally at the wheel, Keith Little riding shotgun, navigating. These two guys have done a lot of driving together and I was very happy to sit in the back seat and listen to Keith tell […]

By |January 12th, 2012|Letters from the Road, Other Musings|0 Comments

My feets is tired but my soul is rested.

2011-08-09_13-49-31_587The past 2 months I have been on a pilgrimage from the Camino de Santiago to Edinburgh to the Porch Stage of the Hardly Strictly Bluegrass Festival. I left for Spain and the Camino in early August, to walk 350 miles, through forests, mountains, plains, vineyards, hillside towns, […]

By |October 5th, 2011|Letters from the Road, Other Musings|0 Comments

Bluegrass for the Greenbelt!‏

The 6th Annual Bluegrass for the Greenbelt Music Festival announces the addition of a Friday, June 3rd, performance, jam, and overnight campout to the popular event.   Concessions for wine, beer and dinner will also be available.

Held at the historic Dunsmuir-Hellman estate, the campout will feature live performances by harmony-driven duo, Nell […]

By |May 15th, 2011|Other Musings|0 Comments