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Tuesday, January 7, 2020

With all of the news that friends both in real life and here on FHO are facing difficult life challenges, cancer or death of a loved one, I am reminded of this poem, Otherwise, by Jane Kenyon.


I got out of bed
on two strong legs.
It might have been
otherwise. I ate
cereal, sweet
milk, ripe, flawless
peach. It might
have been otherwise.
I took the dog uphill
to the birch wood.
All morning I did
the work I love.

At noon I lay down
with my mate. It might
have been otherwise.
We ate dinner together
at a table with silver
candlesticks. It might
have been otherwise.
I slept in a bed
in a room with paintings
on the walls, and
planned another day
just like this day.
But one day, I know,
it will be otherwise.
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Occupation: chemist/professor

Gender: Male
Age: 69

My Instruments:
JBSchweitzer, GTL-Barnabetti, 1900's era German guild Strad copies.

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Skillet Lickers, Tommy Jarrel, Clark Kessinger, Buddy Thomas, Lonnie Robertson, Earl Collins, Uncle Dave Hutchison, Art Galbraith, etc. My strongest influences have been the wonderful fiddlers of the Southern Ozarks/Northern Arkansas region. Additionally, playing for contra dances over the past many years provided exposure to New England style and repertoir.

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Starting out playing mountain dulcimer and fiddle at the same time after attending the Ozark Folk Festival in Mtn.View, Arkansas in 1977. A few years later I was a regional finalist on MD. As much as I liked MD, the fiddle kept calling me. My decsion to play fiddle was essentially for two reasons - a) it was not heavy and b) I traveled frequently and it would fit in the overhead compartment on the plane. I learned much from old-timers in northern Arkansas, but I was also nutured by a strong OT music community in Austin, Texas. During my "career" I've played for uncountable square&contra dances and co-founded, with my wife, the North Texas Traditional Dance Society in Dallas. So, my repertoire and interest ranges from OT to New England to Celtic, but my style is decidedly of the Ozarks and midWest. In real life I teach chemistry/chemical technology, but it hasn't hurt my fiddling.

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