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Music Break: I am SO proud of my nephews!

Hello fellow liberty lovers and friends.
I usually don't share many details about myself or my family here, and I know that is selfish. I have definitely taken more than I have given, but am still grateful for the DP and MN's work. I still consider you my second family, and wish you all well in these uncertain times.

Here is some video that was recently sent to me of my dear Italian nephews playing the piano. Credit goes to their classically trained mother (my older sister) for infusing art into their rigorous school schedules. I believe they are at the transition point of looking at the piano as "cool" rather than just another chore. Their learning curve is amazing. I told my sis that I would share it with a "few friends." (little does she know hehe)
Thank you for the encouraging words. It means a great deal to me.
I hope you enjoy.
"Music calms the savage beast" (?)

Andrew - Beagles and Bach (he asked to include Maggie…..)

http://youtu.be/ICOwLwMzNBU

Alex - Maple Leaf Rag

http://youtu.be/c89QtdBFhsw

Andrew - Schumann

http://youtu.be/RTSgWr7r8k0

Andrew - Chopin

http://youtu.be/y8o2wwwVgs0



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Thanks~

You have some talented nephews. They're fortunate to have such a good teacher.

That first Bach piece made me homesick!

My grandmother taught piano, so I heard that particular piece over and over while growing up.

Thanks for the memories I enjoyed because you shared your family's exploits!

Freedom is the ability to do what you want to do.
Liberty is the ability to do what you ought to do.
"Where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty." 2 Corinthians 3:17

Bravo!

Thank you for sharing some beautiful music with us.

όμορφος

ómorfos ~ agreed !

Sorry, Jefferson, but I gotta say it:

That's the Italian in them. LOL

Thanks for coming back and sharing those clips with us. Delightful!

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

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Well..

They DO have a little Spartan in them as well. Just sayin'.
Their father would agree with you though..:)
Nonna is Italian for grandmother, right? In Greek it's "YiaYia"
No wonder we're kindred spirits.
I hope you are doing better. My thoughts are with you and "Fonta" (RIP)

Are you Greek?

The part of Italy my family comes from was part of ancient Greece and where Pythagoras lived. How's that for kindred spirits? And yes, nonna means grandmother.

I'm beginning to adjust to life without my husband. Not liking it but, accepting it. Losing fonta so soon after didn't help but, I know she is happy where she now dwells. I'm getting out a bit more now, thanks for asking. In fact, I had dinner with RP12 and his lovely wife this evening, at the Jersey shore. It is so wonderful how DPers become friends so easily.

You've been on my mind, too, and I often wonder how you are feeling. Contact me when the mood strikes you and let's catch up on things.

“It is the food which you furnish to your mind that determines the whole character of your life.”
―Emmet Fox

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Half

My grandparents came from a little village just outside Sparta. Immigrated on the Queen Mary, Ellis Island, quarantine, Pledge. etc. Made a living from nothing in Texas.
My (living) "adopted" grandparents (elderly Sicilian neighbors) are some of the best people I know. They have the same "old country" way of living my grandparents had.. that Mediterranean way... they're entire back yard is a garden and fruit trees. They're inspirational. (in their 80's and walking 4 miles a day 5 days a week. we have a gate between our fences. Unfortunately I've had to lease that house out due to my current situation. I miss them.
My heart goes out to you Nonna.
Life certainly has it's share of curve balls..Doesn't make it any easier...Good to hear you had dinner with them. Sounds like a great meal! I've met a couple of great people through DP. Who knows what windows will open up?
Hang in there.
goodnight and thanks for the kind words and support.

Love it!

Looks like you've got yourself some very talented nephews there, Jefferson. :)

Glad you shared that with us.

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JC!

Sorry I've been out of touch. It's been a crazy year. I secretly kind of miss the days of watching you grab "rhino" by the earlobe, and lead him to the woodshed for a gentle pant warming...;) I hope you are well. Good to see you still around.

No apologies necessary, friend. ;)

I've been a bit reclusive and preoccupied myself lately.

Ah, the bantering days. 'Twasn't all bad, though. lol

I sure miss ya bunches. Saw your post further below. Yikes. Take care of yourself. Big hug to ya!

scawarren's picture

Impressive! I'd be proud too

Impressive! I'd be proud too :)

It is easier to fool people than to convince them that they have been fooled. – Mark Twain

BMWJIM's picture

Wonderful! So glad to

see you are still around my good friend. Still hoping to make it your way one day. Hard to get away from the shop and the garden this time of the year. Hope you are doing well. I will be making another batch of Andouille soon. Send me an e-mail with your address and I'll try to send you a bit.

My ghost pepper Andouille went over quite well this past year. This year I will be making it again along with a little Scorpion Pepper Andouille. Don't worry it is very edible. My seasoning mixes are quite good.

Jim

1976-1982 USMC, Having my hands in the soil keeps me from soiling my hands on useless politicians.

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Jim

I still have visions of a kick ass BMW bike winding through the Texas Hill Country, with the sweet smell of Andouille wafting off the back. You're always welcome sir.
If my stepdad died and went to Heaven, Heaven would be the Acme Oyster Company in New Orleans...lol. He is absolutely batty about Cajun cooking. I would love to share some with him as a late father's day gift, and would be MORE than happy to pay for it. Anything out of the garden is special, and I promise it would be well taken care of. "Scorpion Pepper" sounds intriguing. (as a Scorpio...;) It's funny how we send each other tokens of appreciation in the mail. I know of no other place on the internet where people do that spontaneously.
That would be very cool.
Even though I've taken a break from the political front to fight on another, you're (all)still in my thoughts. I'll give a call soon. We gave 'em hell didn't we?
BTW, I wanted to mention that you and Michael (and others) have been inspirational in your battles with loved ones' cancer. We've taken in my younger cousin who has been diagnosed with stage IV tongue cancer. We have been treating it naturally for about a month with very positive results. I'll try to do a write up when I get time. Looking forward to catching up.

Awesome!

Beautiful boys and Maggie's not so bad either :-) My favorite, Maple Leaf Rag

"When the power of love overcomes the love of power, the world will know Peace." - Jimi Hendrix

Thanks

Thanks for that. I especially enjoyed the Bach.

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Farmer

Every time I see your name I'm reminded that I need to get myself to an Appleseed shoot. Unfortunately circumstances as of late have still not permitted it. It's on the bucket list. I'd love to take my nephews when they come to visit this summer. It would be such a great adventure for them, and give a true appreciation for the founding of this Nation. They are hopelessly curious about guns, which drives their parents a little crazy. I did get to take them to the range for the first time last year which was a big step.
But, I'm not sure with this recent blood clot I have behind my collar bone and into my jugular. (thanks hospital!)It's close to where I shoulder a rifle from a bench. I'd hate to stroke out behind the trigger at the ripe old age of 44 *insert nervous laugh here*
Luckily I'm ambidextrous ...;) I'll find a way, even if I just supervise. Thanks for the support. Hope all is well.

Michael Nystrom's picture

Why hello

Nice to see you around these parts.

Sharing your life with us is not selfish at all. On the contrary, it is the greatest gift you can give.

Thank you Jefferson.

He's the man.
Jefferson's picture

Thank

you Michael. You're the consummate Gentleman,
(even when...ehem...people are crappy toward you) and have been a tremendous example in many ways. I'm still learning. Namaste.