Endings and Beginnings

I spent the better part of my day today at a funeral. While I would never risk intruding on a family’s grief by taking pictures at a service, I did see this image as I was arriving, set some distance away from anyone else. I love the bagpipes. They fit well at both the happiest and saddest moments in our lives; I hear the skirl of bagpipes often at both weddings and funerals (but rarely at anything else, now that I think of it…) and welcome the sound at both occasions. The rich, layered tones find us where we are and raise us up and help us to feel joy — whether for the life of one just departed or for two lives joined into one.

Travel safely if you will be on the road this holiday weekend, and have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

November 22, 2005


“While the Democrats are focusing on how we were misled to war, Bush is focusing on how to mislead us out of it. … If we were wrong about why we went in, we have to be wrong about why we’re leaving. Otherwise it sends our enemies the message that America lacks the will to remain incorrect.”
— Rob Corddry on The Daily Show

November 21, 2005

A Monday Photo

It’s a cold, rainy, dreary Monday here, so I thought I’d pull something beautiful out of the archives to pretty the place up a bit. This is a view of Florence from above, taken last summer when I was lucky enough to get to visit Firenze, one of Europe’s most gorgeous cities.



Happy Thanksgiving


I hope this finds you well and enjoying a safe and happy holiday (or Thursday, if you don’t happen to be in the US at the moment)! Things are starting to get very quiet here as the dishwasher finishes up and the l-tryptophan kicks in…

Thanksgiving is by far my favorite holiday. No fuss, no shopping, no annoying commercials, no decorations or silly costumes — just a simple meal with people we enjoy. I don’t have any photos, though, as I spent the day in the kitchen, so this is one from the archive.

Counting stars by candlelight, all are dim but one is bright;
The spiral light of venus, rising first and shining best,
On, from the northwest corner, of a brand new crescent moon,
While crickets and cicadas sing, a rare and different tune,
Terrapin station.

(The photo is from a couple of months ago — right before the Market Street Bridge closed — and the words are, of course, from Robert Hunter.)


Beautiful Star of Bethlehem

November 27th, 2005

Elizabeth sings with her husband David a song for the season, Beautiful Star of Bethlehem, at Kingston United Methodist Church this morning.

If we get a few good comments, we’ll add a few more. If we get bad comments, then we’ll quit and stick to the stories. Just keep in mind this was a one time shot recording in front of a live audience at a very early service.

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November 24th, 2005

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Conjure Wives

November 13th, 2005

Conjure Wives is an american southern folktale, retold here by Elizabeth Rose with her own special flare. Who? Who? Who cooks for you?

First Strawberries

November 9th, 2005

First Strawberries is a Cherokee legend about first man and first woman. After living happily together for some time, they had a quarrel. Harsh words were said on both sides, and finally the wife announced that she was leaving. Listen to how The Great Spirit interveens.

Intro from

No News

November 6th, 2005

Elizabeth presents at the East Tennessee Historical Society and leads off with a story once told by tandem team Connie and Barbara of The Folk Tellers. The story No News is a conversation between two southern women.