Here's the proof that all you need is a wash tub, a scrub board, and a kazoo to be in Folklife. But I must say that the guitar really pulled it all together. And so why was I at Folklife.... to sing with the Sacred Harp singers. We drew a croud of at least one hundred on Saturday for our workshop and sing along. On Sunday about 75 people heard us sing on stage. I was pleasantly surprised to have one of my young students greet me after the performance. I'm not sure the singing moved her like it does me but she was very happy to get a look at me from a decidedly different perspective than classroom teacher!
My blog's title originated in July 2004 as I was preparing to send my then 16 year old daughter to Annecy, France as an exchange student. It was to be a 10 and 1/2 month separation that I was sure I could not endure. BUT, thanks to the internet and blogging I survived her adventures outside of our 'nest'. Once she returned, I thought of changing the title but realized that 10 and 1/2 Months was a fitting description of the cycle of my teaching life too. Now that I am retired the days and months have much less structure but the title remains out of nostalgia for my teaching days.