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enjoying my latter years

Saturday, February 28, 2015

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 7 recent additions to Banjo Hangout 

Occupation: retired missionary clergy

Gender: Male
Age: 73

My Instruments:
Ome XX, resonator 1973
Ome XX, openback 1973
Gibson Tenor Jr. 1924
Gibson 1929 archtop/ Kelly ring w/ Wyatt Fawley neck

Favorite Bands/Musicians:
Nitty Gritty Dirt Band
Old and in the way
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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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