Monday, July 21, 2014


I am fairly sure that my cousin will not mind my re-publishing a bit of news that he submitted to a family newsletter - made me chuckle - and I hope he gets some money back!!!!

"Did you ever hear of paying a corpse? I pay spousal maintenance for my last ex-wife once a
month. I get a money order and send it to the local county clerk and they mail a check to my ex in
Arizona. In April I decided to drive to the courthouse and pay in person. The cashier pulled up the file and asked if I knew my ex-wife was dead. Quite surprised, I said, No, are you sure? (After the divorce, the ex insisted on no communication except through attorneys.) The cashier said there was a note attached to the file that she died, but because I hadn’t heard about it she thought it might be a mistake and someone attached the note to the wrong file. She said she would check it out and get back to me. 

I paid the money and left. Later that afternoon while at home, I got a call from the clerk office verifying that the note attached to the file was correct and my ex-wife was, indeed, dead. She died on April 19, 2013, over a year ago. I asked if I could get the money back I had just paid since she was dead, and the lady on the phone said No. She also verified that none of the checks sent to my ex since her death had been cashed.  She said they would have to put a stop pay on those. I asked about a refund of the year’s worth of overpayment and she said I would have to make a written request for that. That is government at work, folks. Am curious as to how many months/years I would continue paying had I not by chance stopped by the office in person."

Sunday, June 29, 2014


Tim Day and Charlie Hall played this song together on guitar at this year's Roots Music Camp - it was mesmerizing.  Here are several versions, some of which might surprise you:

Friday, June 27, 2014


Since I am not particularly proficient at any second language, I am always impressed, intrigued and envious of those who are fluent in more than one language.  Thus, I am thoroughly taken with these two polyglots - I particularly enjoy the looks of the faces of the folks when Moses and Ben start speaking their native language - enjoy!

Monday, June 16, 2014


In response to the Sign of the Times post, a faithful reader sent me the image below.  Sadly, although it as a bit hyperbolic, it conveys much truth.  I might run the risk on making it on to some jihadist's list for fatwā, but being an insignificant commentator, I am not too concerned.  Nearly every day I read of atrocities carried out in the name of Islam - Sunnis killing Shiites, Shiites killing Sunnis, Muslims killing Christians [and of course vice versa], and the most outrageous, Boko Haram ["Western Education is Sin"] kidnapping girls, slaughtering villagers, and so on.  As long as there are radical fundamentalists, regardless of the religion, there will not be any coexistence.  The current chaos in Iraq should give the US some food for thought the next time Washington decides to invade some country in order to 'make things better'.  We can see that killing Saddam really made Iraq the poster-country for US intervention.

Friday, June 06, 2014


I once again had the privilege of being a volunteer at Charlie Hall's Colorado Roots Music Camp - this is the 9th annual event, held at Rocky Mountain Mennonite Camp near Divide, Colorado.  There were many amazingly talented instructors, but here is a piece played by a former camper, Adam Gardino.  Adam won the 2012 finger-picking competition at Winfield [The Walnut Valley Festival], and the live rendition of this tune was stunning - enjoy!!!