Celebrating a Year

January 3, 2021

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Walking dutifully. Trying to ignore the crazed hype for the election Tuesday, though keeping my fingers firmly crossed.

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January 11, 2021 at 2:14 pm

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January 2, 2021

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Reflections.

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January 11, 2021 at 2:11 pm

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January 1, 2021

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Happy New Year! Although I feel our real new year will commence on January 20th. Still it is worth celebrating that we have made it through the past 10 months with our health and sanity intact. I have finished a mandolin book, due to be published this month, written 20 new compositions for solo or duo mandolins, and played lots of Brazilian choro with P (thank goodness for our in-house music-making!) We have a vaccine, although the prospect for the next few months looks horrific with the post-holiday surge beginning. I miss my friends, my family, my concerts and rehearsals. But my 2021 resolution is to redouble my efforts to remain safe. Oh, and lose a few pounds, of course.

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January 11, 2021 at 2:09 pm

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December 31, 2020

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New Year’s Eve– so different from our usual. No friends gather, but we try to celebrate by changing the evening up and end up being somewhat inadvertently hip– watching a few of the original Rocky & Bullwinkle TV shows, a DVD Christmas present, followed by Fellini’s 8 1/2, while sipping champagne. The juxtaposition seems curiously appropriate.

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January 11, 2021 at 1:44 pm

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week 636 ~ stop being who you were

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stop being who you were
change into who you are
miracles won’t occur
stop being who you were
throw out the furniture
go buy a new guitar
stop being who you were
change into who you are

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January 11, 2021 at 1:39 pm

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December 30, 2020

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The holly and the ivy– bits of green in the dull palette of our current snowless winter.

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January 11, 2021 at 1:35 pm

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December 29, 2020

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Watching this year of cancelled plans and isolation fade away. Hopes, from the vaccine, of a better 2021. Worries, from the heedless travel of so many, of a Covid surge to come.

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January 11, 2021 at 1:33 pm

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December 28, 2020

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Christmas card from my daughter– one of those serendipitous things you find and say “Wow-perfect!” A mandolin-playing hedgehog serenading another atop a mushroom. For those who don’t know my roots, I come from the Mushroom Capitol of the World, a small town in Pennsylvania. And, as most of you well know, I am a mandolinist. Fun to receive and to give!

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January 11, 2021 at 1:30 pm

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December 27, 2020

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Today we finish the puzzle! And play music, take a walk, and otherwise stay happily home.

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January 11, 2021 at 1:25 pm

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December 26, 2020

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Boxing Day! Traditionally, in my family, it’s a day to do “nothing” after the rush of holiday preparation. Today, we have a family Zoom gathering from California to France. Otherwise, a warming fire, delicious leftovers, and new books to read. Lovely!

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January 11, 2021 at 1:22 pm

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