I have been back now from the mission field nearly two years. I have turned 70 and find myself with lots to do. Last year I spent three months overseas doing mission work - now I also am looking after a small church in Washington County, NY, as well as going overseas some. One of the gifts of being retired is that I can both say no to something and yes where I fancy it or feel led.
In my current assignment I get to play banjo and guitar which is a joy. I have been able to help a friend restore an old Stella tenor and find the fiddling still makes me happy. In my travels I have learned to be away for up to a month with just carry on bags. That is simplification and learning to wash out my "things" every evening.
I am also learning to thin out my banjo stuff. I have been a tad acquisitive over the last few years. Up for offers is a 1929 Gibson conversion with a nice style 1 neck by Wyatt Fawley. It is based on a badly abused Gibson rim that was restored by Arthur Hatfield and Ed Stacey. It is now an archtop and great fun. As I say, I am open to offers and it is pictured on my picture collection - with all its good and bad on show.
God is so good and these latter days are so much better than the earlier ones - or maybe I jusst do not remember some things that well.
I am blessed
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Playing Since: 1960
frianm has made 4 recent additions to Banjo Hangout
Occupation: retired missionary clergy
Ome XX, resonator 1973
Ome XX, openback 1973
Gibson Tenor Jr. 1924
Gibson 1929 archtop/ Kelly ring w/ Wyatt Fawley neck
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
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Trained as a lawyer in Scotland, worked as an accountant in London, Heard Billy Graham in 1967. Seminary in 1971, ordained 1975 came to US on a one way ticket in 1978. pastored in W. Mass, New Orleans, Nashville and Wisconsin. Retired to VT in Jan 09. Served the last four years in Lima, Peru as a missionary. Now settled back in Vermont - busy watching the grass grow and helping out as needed.
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