July 2005

Dear e-Fisherfolk,

We’re late getting out this newsletter. Did you miss us? We took time off at the beginning of July and had a big party. People gathered at Jody’s (Ezra’s brother-in-law) place.

We swam in the creek, played music and had a potluck dinner. Afterwards, fireworks were set off, then people went home. The next day, we went to work and we’re still here.

We were just in Blacksburg, Virginia where we had been engaged to play music and hold songwriting workshops for the annual Gathering of Friends. We attended workshops, meetings, and Keith even went contra dancing! The Quakers’ use of silence is particularly noteworthy. Silence is used in their lives like rests are used in music. Silence is observed during meals, for meetings and contemplating solutions.

Usually at this time of year Keith and Ezra normally have gardens. Keith’s garden is happening. The deer fence is working and the zucchini is running amok. Okra is coming in and Keith’s a little worried. He’s the only one in his family that likes it and he’s afraid it won’t get harvested while he’s on the road. Ezra doesn’t have a garden this year. He decided to use the time usually spent in the garden to finish his tree-house. It’s been four years since that project was started and it’s way past time to finish it. Stained glass has been installed above the door and the chandelier has been put up. Most of the interior trim is finished. What’s left is flooring and cabinets.

Today we’re flying to Albuquerque, NM. The last time we played there, it rained on our outdoor concert. No one moved and everyone just soaked up the water with big smiles on their faces. We do most of our traveling during the summer. Between now and the end of September, we will play in 25 cities, 11 states and two Canadian provinces. We hope to see you somewhere out there.

Troutfully Yours,
Keith and Ezra

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