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Bluegrass festival sends me on a journey of discovery

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 — I love the crazy things I get to ponder because I have a musician’s sensibilities. A case in point — the recent Susanville Bluegrass Festival relaunched my interest in traditional Irish music — not that bluegrass is especially Irish, but the music of the Emerald Isle can be found at the core of the bluegrass tradition — the fiddle tunes, various varieties of jigs (double jigs, slip jigs, slide jigs, etc.), reels, clog dances, hornpipes and even, I kid you not, polkas. Now take a deep breath — I have no fantasy about becoming a master of those old fiddle tunes on guitar — I have neither the hands nor the necessary inclination, but I still remain fascinated by the music just the same.

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Where does your favorite slow song take you?

Tuesday, July 14, 2015 — Best slow song ever?
    My boss said “Moon River.” A sometimes less-than-appropriate friend of mine went with “Let’s Get it On.” A coworker voted for “Stairway to Heaven.”
    “Even now when I hear it I feel 15 again,” she explained. “I remember the sights and sounds of the school gym, all those teenagers swaying to the music.”
    Funny how songs bring you back.

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Looks like the city council will be the last one in the pool

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 — Some have called the construction of a new community swimming pool in Susanville the highest priority in Lassen County, and while that may be overstating the matter a bit, the urge for a pool has gained the attention of citizens, elected officials and especially our children for more than a decade since the old Roosevelt Pool closed for safety reasons.
    Susanville Mayor Brian Wilson and Lassen County District 2 Supervisor Jim Chapman came up with a plan that created a joint powers authority to handle the construction and initial operation of the pool, and the city council and the board of supervisors each agreed to contribute $200,000 per year for 15 years to finance the project.

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The old days just keep comin’ back around

Tuesday, July 7, 2015 — OK, here’s a curious but true tale I’d to share with all of you. After working on a late-breaking story at the newspaper office on Saturday, June 26, I decided I’d wander down to Lumberjack’s for a quick bite before heading to the Susanville Bluegrass Festival at the Lassen County Fairgrounds to take a few photos for that story.
    The hostess seated me in a booth near the windows on Main Street, and as I tried to make a decision between the chiliburger, the patty melt or the pot roast melt, a slim, middle-aged man with a wide grin rose up from the counter and silently slid onto the seat across from me.

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Jesus’ love reflected in the midst of Charleston tragedy

Tuesday, June 30, 2015 — People are amazed by the statements relatives of the nine Christians killed at the Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in Charleston, South Carolina made during the arraignment of the accused gunman Dylann Roof on Friday, June 19.
    They forgave him, asked God to have mercy on his soul and encouraged him to repent.
    One television commentator could not understand the response and asked; “Does religion make great people or do great people go to religion?”

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