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the wheels are always turning

Posted by robin jones on Tuesday, March 24, 2009

If you've read my blog much, you realize I'm big on the cautionary tale. I can't help it. I think I'm a little self-righteous, but I'm worse things too, so I don't worry about it much.

Anyway, I was on cruise control just two months back. Making excellent progress on the banjo. Money in my pocket. Family and friends all doing well to one degree or another. And then...

BAM. Death in the family. DOUBLE WHAMMY. My 94 year old grandmother injured her back on the ride to the bone orchard. STRIKE THREE. My second cousin was killed in a freak motorcycle crash a few nights back. 44, a kid and wife, money, all that.

Anyway, I've gotten knocked way off my stride. In addition to all of the above, I have a new addiction. Playing the fiddle. I inherited an old piece of one and in no time I was as strung out on it as I've ever been on anything, and that says a lot, believe me. My passion for the 5-string is intact but for now at least, my obsession is with the fiddle. Good Lord.

I guess we need the tough times to make us appreciate the good ones. I don't know. I just know I prefer easy to hard, all day every day. I realize life turns on a dime. Now would be a good time.

Carry on.

2 comments on “the wheels are always turning”

Laurence Diehl Says:
Tuesday, March 24, 2009 @11:32:45 AM

It doesn't make sense, but I am sometimes at my most creative when the chips are down. With all that's going on around me, I wake up each morning saying "I'm a lucky man".

Hope life gets better - and good luck with the fiddle, I gave it up more times than I quit smoking...

PaulKirby Says:
Wednesday, March 25, 2009 @10:43:10 AM

hey! Sorry to hear about the folks passing in your family, especially your cousin. Peace and strength to his widow and kids.  I got a fiddle, too, recently, actually, and it is really fun. I need to join the fiddle hangout.

Thanks for commenting on 'caravan'. The band is working really hard, and it really helped me to hear an encouraging word.

On your way rejoicing!

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