Healing

my grandfather's desk

I am finishing up the fourteenth chapter of my book in process.

When Amy died in September I found myself at a loss for words. It wasn’t writers block, it just hurt to remember. When I married Amy I made her my true north. I thought all of the adventures were just steps that led me into her arms. Without her I questioned everything. Lost with a broken compass. 

On Monday night I worked with adults getting started on the guitar, while all around me kids were teaching each other ukulele and a young boy learned the basic frailing strum faster than anybody we have ever encountered.

The young banjo student doesn’t have a banjo. His dad is serving in the Navy right now. On the ride home my father and I talked about helping the young man get a banjo of his own. We laughed over some of the trouble I got into when I was the same age, and for the first time in a while the memories did not hurt quite as bad.

I am never going to get over Amy. The good and the bad, the bitter and the sweet, are carved in me all the way down to the bone. I will, however, find a way to keep working. To use the good and the hurt and transform it into words and music as I have always done.

I will have Chapter Fourteen up for our Patreon sponsors soon. Thank you all for your patience.

God bless,
-Patrick

Teatime With Pooka

Oolong tea gongfu style

Unwinding at the end of the day with an exceptionally nice oolong tea. Peaceful right?

Pooka wants some tea!

Intrigued by the sweet scent of the tea, Pooka decided to join me. Uninvited.

In gongfu tea there is a tradition of placing a clay figure on your tea tray. Oxen, frogs, fish – even little human figures. As you perform gonfu tea there is always excess water and tea that needs to be discarded. Some of this excess tea is poured over the tea. They call these sculptures tea pets.

Apparently Pooka is my tea pet.

It all worked out in the end, I put a watered down drop of tea in one of my cups for Pooka. Happy to be part of the goings-on, the cat sat with me quietly as I finished my tea.

By the way, the tea was incredible. I got is from Yunnan Sourcing in China and it is delicious. I am already saving up for my next order.

Happy and with a belly full of wonderful tea, I sat down to write this post. Pooka jumped up and trashed my desk. Torn paper, framed family pictures and writing implements went everywhere. Sigh. 

Hulu has a scary movie coming out called Perhaps I named my feline companion a bit too well . . .

I don’t know if anybody has noticed, but I managed to type this post! I don’t type as fast as I used to, but that will come in time. No obstacle is insurmountable. 

I have to take things slow, so I will continue working on the book in pencil. I have fallen in love with the feel of the writing implement scratching on paper, the scent of cedar and writing at my grandfather’s desk with Pooka on my lap. Chapter 14 is almost ready for prime time. I will be uploading it for our Patreon Sponsors soon.

Goodnight, and God bless.
-Patrick

Chapter 10!

Chapter 10 of my book in progress is available for our sponsors to download! 

https://www.patreon.com/posts/20801113

As you probably know by now, I am writing this book entirely by hand.

I am writing in pencil on legal pads because a neurological problem has made it difficult for me to type.

This download is a first draft with a quick edit. Dear Old Dad will edit it two more times before transcribing it all into Word.

We are numbering the chapters as they are written. They will probably appear in a different order in the finished book.

Once the book is finished we will make the ebook edition available to all our Patreon sponsors.

In chapter 10 several stories from my past come together to illustrate the importance of core skills. 

Before anybody asks, Ed Parker was awesome.

Chapter 9

Chapter 9 of my book in progress is ready for patrons to download!

Get the download link from Patreon!

As you probably know by now, I am writing this book entirely by hand.

I am writing in pencil on legal pads because a neurological problem has made it difficult for me to type.

This download is a first draft with a quick edit. Dear Old Dad will edit it two more times before transcribing it all into Word.

We are numbering the chapters as they are written. They will probably appear in a different order in the finished book.

Once the book is finished we will make the ebook edition available to all our Patreon sponsors.

In Chapter 9 we meet Paul. The Beatnik.

Chapter 8!

Chapter 8 of my book in progress is ready for patrons to download!

https://www.patreon.com/posts/20629798

As you probably know by now, I am writing this book entirely by hand.

I am writing in pencil on legal pads because a neurological problem has made it difficult for me to type.

This download is a first draft with a quick edit. Dear Old Dad will edit it two more times before transcribing it all into Word.

We are numbering the chapters as they are written. They will probably appear in a different order in the finished book.

Once the book is finished we will make the ebook edition available to all our Patreon sponsors.

Chapter 8 tells of my early attempts to learn guitar and how I got my Dobro 33-H

Chapter 7!

Chapter seven of my book-in-progress is available for patrons to download and enjoy.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/20559673

As you probably know by now, I am writing this book entirely by hand.

I am writing in pencil on legal pads because a neurological problem has made it difficult for me to type.

This download is a first draft with a quick edit. Dear Old Dad will edit it two more times before transcribing it all into Word.

We are numbering the chapters as they are written. They will probably appear in a different order in the finished book.

Once the book is finished we will make the ebook edition available to all our Patreon sponsors.

Chapter Seven is about Tiny. Some of you may remember Tiny from The How and the Tao of Old Time Banjo.

Chapter Six!

The sixth chapter of my book-in-progress is available for the perusal of our Patreon sponsors.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/20371103

As you probably know by now, I am writing this book entirely by hand.

I am writing in pencil on legal pads because a neurological problem has made it difficult for me to type.

This download is a first draft with a quick edit. Dear Old Dad will edit it two more times before transcribing it all into Word.

I write, Dear Old Dad edits and my mom also helps with editing. Pooka sits on my lap while I write and Precious the Chihuahua sits with Dear Old Dad while he is editing. The whole Costello family is involved in the creation of this book!

We are numbering the chapters as they are written. They will probably appear in a different order in the finished book.

Once the book is finished we will make the ebook edition available to all our Patreon sponsors.

Chapter Six is about my adventure with a man named Harmonica Joe.

Chapter Five!

Chapter five of my book in progress is ready to download.

https://www.patreon.com/posts/20215458

As you probably know by now, I am writing this book entirely by hand.

I am writing in pencil on legal pads because a neurological problem has made it difficult for me to type.

This download is a first draft with a quick edit. Dear Old Dad will edit it two more times before transcribing it all into Word.

We are numbering the chapters as they are written. They will probably appear in a different order in the finished book.

Once the book is finished we will make the ebook edition available to all our Patreon sponsors.

In chapter five I write about a jam session in the mountains. Every word of it is true . . . and to this day I still feel bad about the guy I clobbered at the driving range.

Chapter Four!

Chapter four of my book in progress is ready for our sponsors to download on Patreon!
I am writing this book in pencil because neurological issues have made it difficult for me to type. This is the first drat written by me, given a quick edit by Dear Old Dad and posted for your enjoyment.
Dear Old Dad will be giving these chapters a more through edit as he transcribes my Phoenician hen scratches to Word. He will also be recording the audiobook!

We are numbering the chapters as they are written. They will probably appear in a different order in the finished book.

Once the book is finished we will make the ebook edition available to all of our Patreon sponsors.

This chapter is about how I discovered the power of music, and decided to let the Tao carry me like a leaf on a stream to wherever I was supposed to be.

If Patreon is not your thing, there are other ways you can sponsor our work.