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

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