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Autumn Knows

“I am glad I shall never be young without wild country to be young in. Of what avail are forty freedoms without a blank spot on the map?”—Aldo Leopold The things of the earth are changing again in the north. Marigolds rim our houses like the rings of Saturn. Old apples fill every corner and…

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Bitter & Sweet

Originally published at kantele.net Over a period of about thirty years or more I have followed a variety of musical paths as a singer, starting with American folk, stopping at jazz, hopping the world music train, and engaging in my own songwriting. For almost thirty of those years I have been compelled to pick up…

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Begging for Spring

How We Remember “Memories glide clouds soft against the relentless sky as though one were asleep and only dreaming.” -Hannu Mäkelä I was reading the New York Times one day. It led me to an interview with the writer Meghan O’Rourke who had written a book that deals with the death of her mother. The…

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