The Wearing of the Greens

The other day I brought home a nice head of lettuce and some spinach to make myself salads this week. I’m a vegetarian so I eat a lot of salads.

On a side note: going vegetarian helped me change my eating habits – and that helped me drop nearly eighty lbs.

Anyway, I always wash my greens because I had a middle school science teacher who kept Ascaris worms in a jar of formaldehyde on his desk.

Back to my salad greens; after I washed the greens I needed to dry them off a bit. I don’t have a salad spinner. dumped the greens on a clean tea towel, picked it up by its four corners, went outside and spun the tea towel over my head. I get funny looks from the neighbors every time I do this, but it works really well.

I went back in the kitchen, dumped my greens in Tupperware, tossed the towel into the dirty clothes hamper and went on my merry way.

Normally I give the towel a quick shake over the trash can, but this time I skipped that step.

Dad was doing the laundry and he call me down from the office yelling, “Why is the washing machine full of lettuce?”

It took a while to explain . . .


Last April my father and I shut down the archives of our YouTube
channel. With over 650 videos and four million views it was getting
hard to create new content.

People did not like seeing the old content shut down, so we took
things a different route and made the archives available by
subscription. $25 a year is less than most lessons nowadays.

Now YouTube has abruptly cut off paid content. Subscriptions will end
January 1st, 2018.

While the situation is out of my control, I still want to do right by
our subscribers.

Effective immediately we are making the old videos free to the public.

If you are a subscriber, save your receipt. Contact us when we launch
our new project early next year and we will give the first lesson
module on the house.

2018 Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat

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Download and print out these full page and half page flyers and hand it out at jam sessions and other musical gatherings.

The Maryland Folk Musicians Retreat features workshops with skilled and compassionate instructors. There is ample time for jamming, socializing or just taking some time to be by yourself in a beautiful setting away from the hustle and bustle of the everyday world.

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Klown Car!

I love monster movies. They make me happy.

One of my favorite monster movies is Killer Klowns From Outer Space. It’s a movie about killer Klowns from outer space. It’s funky and weird and, as I said before, it puts a smile on my face.

A while back I mentioned Killer Klowns From Outer Space in a workshop. By some miracle of the Internet, Mike Martinez is a banjo player. Mike is also a stunt man – and he did stunt work for Killer Klowns From Outer Space!

Mike saw the workshop and sent me an autographed picture of himself on the set of Killer Klowns From Outer Space. I keep the picture over my desk as a reminder of the wonderful way random lives can intersect.

Today I found a video Mike posted showing how he did the Klown car stunt in Killer Klowns From Outer Space.

There are some other cool videos on Mike’s YouTube channel. Here is a demo of his fire stunts.

I love the way the Internet connected me with Mike. I hope I can get out to California someday and make music with him. Maybe a West Coat folk musicians retreat!