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GUEST,Frank Hamilton Songwriters: tried Woody Guthrie plan? (35) RE: Songwriters: tried Woody Guthrie plan? 01 Jul 06

SharonA, you wrote

"Yyyeahhhh, I guess it's easier to find the time to write when you leave your wife and family... twice... (2 wives, 2 sets of kids). Most of us have to devote some time to those sorts of responsibilities instead of writing. ':^/"

Although I understand your frustration, your criticism of Woody may not be fair. Woody knew that he had Huntington's Chorea before anyone else knew that about him. He had seen it in his family. It motivated him in a different way then it would others.

He spent time writing because it was out of a sense of survival. He knew that he didn't have much time left in his life. He may not have lived up to your ideas of responsibility but we need more charity in the world and less condemnation.

I'm not saying Woody's life was ideal in any way or that he was a perfect person. But we all try to become better human beings in whatever way we can with what experience we have been given. I'm not putting down "responsibility" in any way for children, family, or others but I believe we see the daily condemnation of unprincipled self-righteous pundits who call themselves Christians run roughshod over others flying the flag of "responsibility" when they themselves belie that very principle in their behavior.

I'm not saying you are one of these folks, but I think we need to be temperate in our judgement of other's behavior until all the evidence is in.

I loved Woody and recognized that he was not going to be accepted as a conventional role model as a parent or husband.

I refer you to Phil Och's message, "There but for fortune go you or go I".

Frank Hamilton

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