27, 2006 Asheville, NC
Lots of it. Had breakfast at a groovy little spot in historic
Asheville called the Over Easy Cafe. Or was it the
Easy Over Cafe?
I cant remember. But it was wonderful. Biscuits with Vegetarian
white gravy that was really spicy. I loved it. Asheville is one
of those artsy fartsy towns that I could live in. Were working
our way home now, with the
windshield wipers on high.
October 24, 2006 Myrtle Beach, SC
Its been windy and colder than expected. Tammy flew east
and met me in
Newport News, VA (after my concerts for the great folks with the
Tidewater Friends of Folk Music). Tammy and I had hoped to spend
some time swimming in the Atlantic here, but its been difficult
contemplating even taking off our shoes to dangle our toes in
the ocean. Freeze warnings out for the area at night. We saw an
alligator swimming in a pond. Just a small one, but still enough
to get us northerners excited on our morning walk.
October 17, 2006 Vermilion, OH
$1.99 gas in Toledo! Its been a long time since Ive
seen that. Im on my way east
to Virginia and the Carolina's, so its good timing for the
gas prices to come down.
Maybe we should have elections more often?
Dar and I did a couple of shows around the Chicago area, plus
a guest appearance
at the noted Abbeys Pub. It was good to play at the Maple
Street Chapel again,
for my friend George Brown. He has one of the best concert series
in the Chicago area.
I started reading Eckhart Tolles latest book, A New
Earth. Wow! I loved his
Power of Now and think this might be just as good.
15, 2006 (Branson, MO)
night's show in the beautiful Botanica Gardens in Wichita, KS
was a lot of fun. It's a treat to play an outdoor show in Kansas
when it's not 100 degrees out. A perfect night.
my way to Arkansas, I took a detour tonight to Branson to see
my friends Jeff Vee, Tommy Vee, Jeff Olson and Bobby Vee at the
new Dick Clark Theater. The show is called "Stars
of American Bandstand", or something like that, featuring
Bobby Vee, Fabian, The Chiffon's and Chris Montez. Jeff,
Tommy and Jeff are in the backing band.
had comp tickets for me, front row, dead center. Perfect, except
that someone else was sitting there! They had purchased their
tickets on line and something got screwed up. No problem as far
as I was concerned; I'd sit wherever there was an opening. Well,
there was an open space also in the front row reserved for wheel
chairs, and the usher said he'd bring me a chair. I was picturing
a metal folding chair. The usher comes down the aisle with a huge
stuffed lounging chair like you'd find in your living room, probably
taken from the big bosses office. The crowd applauded as he set
the comfy chair down in the front row just for me. After taking
my bow, I asked the usher if he had an ottoman for my feet. I
was only joking. Okay, halfways joking. Anyway, I never saw the
was an awesome show and I recommend it. Rock n' roll
10, 2006 (Warroad, MN)
summer tour is officially over. This last stretch included 15
shows in 16 days.
A few miles to the north is the Canadian border. I have the inflatible
kayake along, so after the show this afternoon I took it out on
Lake of the Woods. I paddled by a campground that was wiped out
by a tornado last week. What a mess. Somehow, all of the campers
got to safety.
Tomorrow night is the peak of the Persius Meteor Shower. The sangrias
are chilling in the fridge. We'll be up late watching the shooting
stars. At the end of the month we'll be sailing on Lake Superior.
Can't wait! This is a good time of year to be in Minnesota.
19, 2006 (Clearwater, MN)
This morning, my Mom and I made our way to Grayson's Berry Farm,
a few miles from here. Every year since I can remember, she and
I head out to pick a couple of boxes of strawberries to sustain
us through the long, cold Minnesota winters. Our family doesn't
have a lot of "rituals" anymore, but this is one that
she and I enjoy and will do as long as we're both able to. My
Mom grew up in Oregon and spent her youth picking berries. To
this day, she picks fast and accurate. She must be slowing down,
though, because today we finished at the same time. Usually, she
would finish first then help me complete filling my box.
we picked up SUBWAY sandwiches in Clearwater and came to the house
for a quiet lunch on the deck. When Tammy and I moved out here
in 1991, it was basically a prairie with a few elms. With the
help of a few friends and my Mom, we planted over 2000 pines,
firs and spruce trees by hand. As Mom and I enjoyed our sandwiches,
we admired how this prairie has become a forest. Like people,
it doesn't take long for little seedlings to grow up and to become
full fledged contributors to the world.
was a wonderful day.
7, 2006 (Mankato,MN)
was a NEW experience. I was the keynote presenter/speaker at a
YOUNG WRITERS conference at Bethany College. More than a thousand
students, grades 3-9 plus parents, chaperones and others. It was
great to feel so much creative energy in the audience.