Happiness in 2013

Dear Friends,

Happy New Year! We brought 2013 in with good friends and good music but, unlike some New Years Eves from earlier times, we were back home and in bed by 1:00 a.m.  When we think of the stamina we used to have, we're astonished. Now we pay too high a price to have the kind of fun we used to have. It's humbling to become boring.

December's shows were really fun mainly because they were all so different from what we normally do. Our holiday show crowds were excellent and we wrote a new song called "The Old Familiar House (On Christmas Day)" which added a little spark for us.  Then, two days after Christmas, we did two Hank Williams Tribute shows. We were talking with Jim Watson about how we're sometimes not ready to be torn away from home and going back to work so quickly after Christmas, but how the "Hank" shows with all the camaraderie between the musicians always makesus glad we did. Tom Paxton once saw one of the shows and commented,"It's amazing what good material will do for a show." He should know. He's right up there with old Hank. Next year will be our 17^th yearof doing them.

We still have our tree up and will enjoy another evening of its lighthere on January 6^th, the day of Old Christmas. But then tomorrow we'll leave Christmas behind for another year and move on.  All the lights and ornaments will go back into their boxes and up to their special place in the attic. We have enjoyed our Christmas tree this year,a cedar that we cut down on the side of the road. We delved deeply into our ornaments box and came up with some that Linda's family collected as gifts from a grocery store in Missouri when she was in elementary school. They are precious, both in their beauty and in their sentimental value. It's hard to believe they've lasted all these years.

Bumper Sticker Of The Month:  Going to church doesn't make you a Christian any more than standing in a garage makes you a car.

Now here's a word for you: Triskaidekaphobia. It's the fear of the number 13. I know we should probably take some time and find out where Triskaidekaphobia comes from but, for us, time is precious and besides we here are not going to let the number 13 dissuade use from thinking that 2013 will be a good one for us all. So, again Happy New Year.

We've got two shows coming up this next weekend and more at the end of the month. If you're close come on out and listen to some live music.

Your pals,

Robin and Linda

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