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…

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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

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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 Robinson & Jim […]

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

The New Good Samaritan

I woke up on Monday morning in New York, having flown in from the West Coast the night before. I checked my email and found an alarming message from someone I did not know:  “I have had your dog for 18 hours.  Call me immediately!”  Before I could punch in the phone number on my […]

By |January 10th, 2011|Letters from the Road, Other Musings|0 Comments

Empty Nest

It was a late afternoon on the northern California coast, the time of year with the Autumn light and the Indian Summer heat.  As I began to wind up the narrow coastal highway, I thought I might just drive straight, straight across the curve of the road, over the edge, into the clear air, toward […]

By |September 28th, 2010|Other Musings|0 Comments

Turn Your Radio On: The Henriettas Old-Time Duo Appear on A Prairie Home Companion

01People aren’t going to believe what they just heard…” -Garrison Keillor, A Prairie Home Companion, April 3rd, 2010

“Hello, is this Nell Robinson?”  The very familiar voice came over my car radio via my hands-free cell phone setup. “This is Garrison Keillor, I want to talk with you […]

By |April 21st, 2010|Letters from the Road, Other Musings|0 Comments

Happy New Year!

This New Year’s Eve we have a “blue moon” (2 full moons in one calendar month, which happens about once every two-and-a-half years*).

Like a lot of people, I get “blue” in the winter.   It might sound odd, but I love this dark time, it requires a sort of restful surrender.  […]

By |December 28th, 2009|Other Musings|0 Comments

Stuck in Second Gear

Grandma Nell & MomI feel like my engine’s racing but I’m stuck in second gear.  (There’s a song in there somewhere.)

I have gone to three weddings and am on my way to a fourth, have knitted three pair of baby booties for friends this summer.  My life […]

By |September 9th, 2009|Memory's Dog-teeth, Other Musings|0 Comments