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BourlanDiaries

Mini retreat to New Mexico

October 14, 2010

I am going to visit Frank and Terry an hour north of Santa Fe for a long weekend of composing. Having spent two years in Albuquerque as a boy, I do have some New Mexico spirit still in me, so I look forward to recharging those batteries. F&T promise to take me to Georgia O’Keefe’s […]

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Teaching again

September 30, 2010

It always happens to most teachers who have the summer off. You get used to the laid back life of summer when all of a sudden you have to be ON again. Ready? Set: GO! And you are off with your lecture. Once you open your mouth, you are fine. But even the most seasoned […]

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James Yelton’s stuff

September 27, 2010

I researching my father’s mother’s family, the Yeltons, I stumbled upon an appraisal done after the death of my GGGG Grandfather James Gerald Yelton (1714 – 1784), by his son, James Jr. Such an interesting list! [My comments are in bracketed italics.] What would be on your list? Jas. Yelton Jr. Appraiser An inventory of […]

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Daniel and Roger (2010) oil on canvas 30″ x 40″ Painting by Alex Blas

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Fun in Hawaii

September 8, 2010

We are enjoying the last few days of a well-deserved vacation in Hawaii. This time, we are staying on the big island, near the old Parker Ranch–which is ranch country. Much drier and cooler than the more plush parts of the island. Sadly, this area is undergoing a horrible drought. It breaks our hearts to […]

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Greg Brown obviously had some time on his hands this summer and scanned some old slides and unearthed a bit more of my bluegrass past: The Yahara Valley River Boys. This would be 1972, I think. From left to right: Greg Brown, fiddle, Roger Bourland, guitar, Jamie Shelton, electric bass, and Ed Fyffe, banjo. [Photo: […]

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Slow summer and hobbies

August 24, 2010

For the first time in three years, things have slowed down, affording me time to catch up and do things I’ve put off for years. I’ve scanned old photos. I’ve digitized a box full of VHS tapes — good thing, the color was going. I’ve worked on my family tree. I’ve practiced the guitar and […]

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When I was thirteen, my parents decided to buy me a musical instrument, and debated between a saxophone and a guitar. We already had an upright piano which evidently wasn’t one of the options. On my birthday in 1963, they bought me a guitar and an instruction book so that I could teach myself. Being […]

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My grandmother, Nancy Arnold Rhodes, gave me this photo album when she moved out of her home. It was originally given to her by her mother’s mother as a Christmas present in 1905, which is odd in that Nancy would have only been 3 years old. Perhaps it was an heirloom type present given to […]

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As the son who was gay and didn’t have kids to raise, I’m making some of my familial contributions by tending to our family tree. It’s not that I’m desperate to make new friends or make contact with lost relatives, I just find it a satisfying hobby. As in my previous post, I’ve assembled a […]

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