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Timothy's blog on dulcimers, music, nature and life!
JAN
22

Noon and midnight

12 p.m.: when is that?

12 a.m.: when is that??

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JUL
20

July 20, 1969!

July 20, 1969!

On this very date in 1969 I was seventeen years old and several days into a backpacking trek at Philmont Scout Ranch in the Rocky Mountains of northern New Mexico with friends from Virginia.  We’d hiked several days from Lover’s Leap to Lower Bonito to Crater Lake to Fish Camp, and now to Beaubien Camp, a beautiful mountain meadow among spruce, fir, and aspen in the classically wondrous Rockies ecosystem.  As a young Eagle Scout who was a backpacker at heart, this whole experience was utterly thrilling!

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JUL
19

Till We Have Faces

Till We Have Faces

One of the masterpieces of the great Irish writer C.S. Lewis is the mythical novel Till We Have Faces, one of his personal favorite works.  I read it for the third time this week --- the first when I was about twenty, the second when I was about fifty, and now at sixty-five in the audio book form as I drove to Michigan and back.

Finally I felt that I was able (as a former English teacher!) to connect more with its overwhelming message.  Sometimes the greatest literature requires a lifetime to sink in, and this is a real example of that.  It’s worth it for us to let such things have their way.

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JUN
04

Based on what?

Based on what?

[photo: April 2014, Hawai'i]

When I was in ninth and tenth grade I was a part of Herndon High School’s Junior Varsity debate team as a partner with Steve Rogers representing the Negative side.  It was an invigorating and exciting experience, and the research for points and quotes gave me a sense of power:  We could develop a plan that routed the opposition, undercut the Affirmative’s suppositions, and won for Herndon.  We were undefeated for two years!

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JAN
27

Worth: inherent or in a context?

Worth: inherent or in a context?

So what gives something value?  Is it worth what it’s worth even if that’s not recognized or appreciated or acknowledged?

As a musician I frequently experience a vast range of responses from listeners, particularly noticeably in an informal setting such as a signing event in front of a bookstore that carries my CDs: some people are in rapt joy, and some are mildly interested, while others seem to intently ignore my presence or even smirk in pitying amusement!

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SEP
28

Wide-open spaces

Wide-open spaces

[New Mexico wilderness, 1971]

I’m a mild claustrophobe.

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JUN
21

This time it's the Summer Solstice, not the first day of summer!

This time it's the Summer Solstice, not the first day of summer!

Once again on the calendar and in people's comments everywhere, it seems, today is called the "first day of summer" --- but... why??

Summer is a climatic event that is different every year and different at every location in the world --- isn't it?  Today as Ro and I kayaked across the mighty James River (about a mile and a half over to the bluffs of Surry County, then back to Jamestown Beach --- hooray!), the weather was pleasantly warm and breezy and not too humid, more of a spring day than a summer one.  We've had a number of muggy, summery days already, even though it's been quite a cool springtime.  So why in the world should we say today is the day summer begins?

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