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Providence

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Providence

Providence   7:00am Awake due to jetlag… Yesterday, we flew to Providence, RI to start our US tour. Normally, we’d fly to into Chicago on Aer Lingus, but circumstances led to a change of plans (story of our year!), and we booked our first trip on Norwegian Airlines, who were offering fares so low, that it actually made sense to go to Chicago via Providence, book a hotel for the night, and fly into Chicago on another flight. Providence is a good place to start. We’ve been here once before. In 2002, we played at Johnson & Wales...

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Small Blue Thing

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Small Blue Thing

May 30, 2017   Today I am a small blue thing…   This is the lyric to the song playing at the Purple Sage Cafe as I sit here thinking about what to write. It’s perfect… from Suzanne Vega’s debut album,  which I bought with my birthday money the year it came out, having never heard a note of it.  Small Blue Thing is about vulnerability and insecurity, something I often feel in the recording studio.  As a college freshman, studying music and struggling to understand the first thing about the recording studio,  this is the song I...

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Onward!

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Onward!

    ONWARD… The HSE (Irish health system) has moved quickly to fix me up, and I’m told that surgery was a success. All signs point to a result of me being clear of cancer, though I still have a few treatments to go between now and the end of June. I just need motion and something to say… Given our recent great news, we have kicked into high gear to accomplish as much as we can over the next month before I start radiation. The main goals are recording unreleased songs and booking concerts. A US summer house concert tour, though...

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I’ve seen better days…

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Today, I’ve spent a lot of time on the phone with the accounting department of a clinic in England—the one that diagnosed me. They seem to be unwilling to refund a duplicate charge until I give them more money. More money for a bill that I have not yet received for a test that I had redone in Ireland because my surgeon did not get those results, so we did not know that particular test was run at all. At the end of a long day, we think we have a plan which neither of us is happy with, but, mathematically speaking, it will probably work. This...

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Thank You for the Rain

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Thank You for the Rain

Well, it has been a month of ups and downs. Since I last wrote, there have been more tests, steps backwards, and steps forward. Some days it feels like we’re treading water. I imagine we all feel that way sometimes. In the midst of it all, we have settled into a little house near the beach and it is wonderful to have a sense of home.   ENGLAND In the haze of announcing my breast cancer diagnosis, we really didn’t get a chance to touch on our time in England. We had visits with long time friends, and while I had the flu in Stourbridge,...

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I don’t need comfort, comfort, comfort…

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I don’t need comfort, comfort, comfort…

Music. Travel. Service. Cancer? This was not part of the adventure plan…but it turns out I have breast cancer. Needless to say, we were taken aback when the news came at us in Bath, England on January 31. Just two weeks earlier, after finding a small lump, I had seen a doctor just to clear any concerns, and he didn’t think it was much of anything but recommended a scan for peace of mind. When the doctor in Bath recommended further testing, I told her if I couldn’t swim after the biopsy, I’d have to come back because I was NOT going to...

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Romania

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Romania

    Someone told me upon arrival that Romania is 75 years behind the US. That would place Romania firmly in the 40’s. I think they’re a good bit past that…we’ve been here a month and we found it to be an odd mix of modern and not-so-modern. Modern Romania has wifi and expensive fuel. Romania has restaurants with good beer selections and people with pink hair and Ellie Goulding ringtones on their smart phones (which cost about the same here, as we found out when Randy’s phone died). They’re up enough on the international...

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Merry Christmas!

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Merry Christmas 2016! Our Christmas photo this year comes to you in the style of WHAT-IF-WE-MADE-A-CHEESY-CHRISTMAS-ALBUM? COVER ART. We’ve had an amazing year of music, travel, and service, which looks to continue well into 2017. Thanks for all of your support, words of encouragement, and for being our friends…Enjoy the season! (Luke 2:1-20)...

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Scotland and Beyond

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Scotland and Beyond

Scotland blog: (RK) Stardate: 12-14-2016 Today finds us in Budapest Hungary, following a wonderful 10 days in Scotland.  The Scotland journey started with 3 days in Ayrshire, Gowanbank House specifically.  Gowanbank House is currently a B&B run by our friends Willie & Isabel Smith.  Willie & Isabel have impacted us, and many others with their unshakeable faith, wisdom and servanthood.  Their fireplace is one of our favorite places in the world, catching up with them, family, or friends over tea/coffee.        ...

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December 10, 2016

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Today, I am struggling with the concept of aging gracefully in a young industry. We don’t expect to be rock stars at this point (though selling a song to one might be nice), but staying up late, and recognizing all the new lines in my face, the extra pounds that are so hard to shed, and the lack of a clue as to what people are supposed to be wearing these days…or caring really about that, is a new feeling. Some of it is good, of course. How nice to be free of worrying about being cool. How good to know that I am loved regardless...

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