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Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.2010

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Subject: Is kytrad okay?
From: Barbara
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 09:41 PM

I just got a post on another list to the effect that she was very ill. Anyone know anything more?
Blessings,
Barbara
    Jean's son Jon Pickow started a new thread here (click), so I'm going to close this thread. Please post to the new thread.
    Thanks.
    -Joe Offer, 3 Feb 2010-


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Mark Ross
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 10:06 PM

I just got a call from a student of mine who said that he had heard that she had had a stroke and now she is in the ICU. That's all I know right now.



Mark Ross


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Rabbi-Sol
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 10:09 PM

My prayers are with her for a complete and speedy recovery. She is truly a national treasure.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: catspaw49
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 10:50 PM

Whatever I have going is going her way.............

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Janie
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 10:51 PM

Oh dear. Visualizing golden warmth and healing light to her and her family.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 11:15 PM

I was just thinking it was time to check on her the other day. That one post she made last summer, was it, sounded so stressed and concerned.

She is a wondrous lady and friend. I give thanks for her recovery and join in visualising her surrounded by healing light and energy. We love you, Jean!

kat


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: GUEST,999
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 11:17 PM

She's a great gal, and you're right about her being a national treasure.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 11:17 PM

Peace and beautiful, clear light.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 11:29 PM

Indeed, an INTERnational treasure: all wishes for her good from this side of the Pond —

- Michael -


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 11:29 PM

86 years old when she wrote this extraordinary piece back in May: CLICK.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Alice
Date: 14 Dec 09 - 11:35 PM

I invited Jean to join mudcat years ago, and I'm so glad she did find the time to come here and provide her insights.
Absolutely a treasure.
If you are reading this, Jean, all the best to you in a speedy recovery.

Love,
Alice


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Francy
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 12:14 AM

you're in my prayers Jean........Frank of toledo


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Little Robyn
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 12:44 AM

Lots of love from New Zealand.
Oss oss,
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Acme
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 01:05 AM

Love and good wishes from Texas, Jean. And for your family.

SRS


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Lonesome EJ
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 02:05 AM

What a profound letter, Kat. I didn't see it before, so thanks for bringing it back.
As we grow older we see friends fall by the wayside, we see the world change in ways that are nearly unfathomable, we watch our children become adults and take the world on their shoulders, and then have children of their own. It is all a nearly inexpressible joy, and an unfathomable sadness at the same time.
I wish Jean well in her journey, and hope she can come back and join us here again soon.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Genie
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 03:22 AM

Beautifully said, Ernie.

Jean, you are indeed a treasure and a beloved musical soul. Our thoughts, love, and best vibes and visualizations go out to you in your hours of distress. Be well, our sister!

Genie


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 03:53 AM

all best wishes from the UK for a speedy recovery.
Derek Schofield


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Subject: Any more news re Jean Ritchie?
From: GUEST,Sandy Andina
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 04:45 AM

I read a Facebook post tonight by Cathy Fink that Jean Ritchie has suffered a stroke and is in the ICU. I have been unable to confirm this on Google or Google News, and nothing has come through yet on the Folk Alliance listserv. Anyone have further and updated details?


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Subject: RE: Any more news re Jean Ritchie?
From: GUEST,Sandy Andina
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 04:48 AM

Hadn't realized she posted here as kytrad. (Found the thread below). Add my prayers for her comfortable and swift recovery.
Transfered Sandy's messages into this thread. ~Moderator


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Wolfhound person
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 04:49 AM

And from the republic of south Scotland....

Paws


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: maeve
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 05:16 AM

You have been a blessing in my life. Jean. Your joy and faith inspire me to give my best. Thank you.

Blessings and strength to you and your family,

maeve


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Bonnie Shaljean
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 05:38 AM

Kat, thank you so much for posting that link. I have saved Jean's message and will read it over and over again. How bravely she faces up to her fears.

I only ever met her once, in an informal evening at Roger Nicholson's (a lovely British dulcimer player) 's house. I had my harp with me, and we all sat around pickin' and singing' and just talking. And now he's gone from us, just a few weeks ago.

Jean remains a shining beacon of artistry and integrity and beauty, and she is in my thoughts.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Will Fly
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 05:53 AM

It was this time last year that I wanted to get in touch with Roger Nicholson, whom I hadn't heard of for many years, and Jean took the trouble to help me (a complete stranger) contact him. Which I did, and received a very nice letter in January this year - he'd been in hospital with pneumonia and wrote, rather ruefully that he was still alive - just.

Best wishes to Jean.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: JennieG
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 06:00 AM

Best wishes from Oz...some years ago I wrote to Jean about photograph on one of her songbooks, and received a lovely reply. Let's hope all goes well with her.

Cheers
JennieG


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: nickp
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 06:12 AM

Best wishes from one of the many UK folks interested in old time music. Nick


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: gnu
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 06:13 AM

Thoughts and prayers to a grand lady.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: GUEST,Kendall
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 07:12 AM

And from the frozen north a big pile of the warmest best wishes for a great human being.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Severn
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 07:40 AM

Best wishes for recovery to a great singer, writer and world class human being and one of my favorite performers in ANY genre and amongg my heroes in life.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: SINSULL
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 08:13 AM

Rest Jean. It is time for someone to look after you.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: The Sandman
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 08:15 AM

my best wishes too.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: RoyH (Burl)
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 08:20 AM

Miss Ritchie, my thooughts and prayers go out to you from this side of the pond. Here's to a speedy recovery.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Art Thieme
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 10:54 AM

Jean and George-----

Old friends, be well -- and easy -- in this hard moment. You have done this folk thing of ours with extraordinary beauty and dignity. -- For me, you have always been a treasured informant and mentor who showed monumentally well what the tradition truly means as the roots and basis of all that has come later.

Love,

Art


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 10:56 AM

LeeJ, you summed it up beautifully. I am glad to have shared what I think is one of the most profound things ever posted to Mudcat.

I hope they are playing/singing music for her. It was a tape of Jean's sister, Edna, that got me through the first night after heart surgery. Her high, sweet, calm voice, just like Jean's, singing to me, calming me, giving me something to hang onto.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: mkebenn
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 11:08 AM

My prayers, also. Mike


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Bill D
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 12:49 PM

In a few days it will be the Winter Solstice....here's Jean singing her song for that time of the year

WINTERGRACE

we hear you, Jean...


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 01:24 PM

What I keep thinking is that Jean is already so blessed that even in her present situation, I bet SHE's blessing US. Thanks, Ms. Ritchie, for teaching a lot more than you probably realize. It's all coming back your way, now! :~) I hope you will come tell us all about it, or send word.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Mrs.Duck
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 01:42 PM

All our best wishes for a speedy recovery. The more I learn about you and your music the more I love it.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: GUEST,Michele Callaghan
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 04:06 PM

Best wishes to Jean and her family. Her songs have provided me a lifetime of beauty and peace and connection to the inmost part of the soul.

Michele C.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Joe Offer
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 04:11 PM

Jean, I wish you the best. Thanks for all you've done to help and instruct our little community here. It's a pleasure to know you here, and I hope some day we'll meet in person. Get well soon.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Acme
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 04:22 PM

Thanks for posting that, Bill.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: GUEST,hg
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 04:35 PM

This is from Cathy Fink's Facebook page. It was posted eight hours ago.   


News update from a relative: Jean has been in intensive care the last few days. The stroke occurred a week ago Friday. Initially, she seemed to be pulling out of it, and the doctors were hopeful of applying medication to break up the clot. She also was able to speak a little bit. However her condition declined again with more bleeding on the brain... and consequently the medication cannot be administered. Her condition is very serious. Her husband George continues to be in fragile condition with dialysis three times a week.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Janie
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 04:38 PM

Thanks, harpgirl, for sharing what news there is.
Hoping for the best possible outcome.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: IvanB
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 04:38 PM

Jean and her music have been inspirations to me since I first became aware of folk music back in the late 50's and early 60's. In 2006, I told of one way in which Jean's music influenced both my family and me. I don't know if Jean ever saw that 2006 message since I seem to have killed the thread with it, but the incident I related was one that I remember with special fondness and thankfulness for Jean's music.

Here's hoping we'll find you're actually quite healthy Jean, but, if not, I add my spiritual strength to all the others here wishing for a speedy recovery.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: GUEST,hg
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 04:38 PM

Jean is getting better, it also says in a later post from Jon via Dan Schatz. She is moving her arms and legs. Her son Jon will be posting an update sometime in the near future.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Kim C
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 04:45 PM

Thinking of Jean & George.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: GUEST,Jon Pickow
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 04:48 PM

UPDATE

Hello all,

Thank you so very much for all of your concern, prayers and good wishes at this time. Dad has read all of your messages as well, and wanted me to tell you all how much he appreciates your concern as well.

We are going to see her in a little while. When I get home, I'll post an update. For now, we're not sure how much she will recover. She suffered a pontine stroke (in the pons area of the brain stem). Last week she was in a regular hospital room, and was spelling some words with an alphabet board. She was able to say a few simple things. She then took a turn for the worse and became less responsive. We just heard today that she was following requests to move her limbs, and that she opens her eyes and is able to follow with them, which is a big improvement over yesterday. We remain hopeful and optimistic.

Thanks again for all of your good thoughts, Jon

P.S. More later.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: maeve
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 04:52 PM

Jon- Thank you so very much for taking time to tell us some of what's been going on. Your whole family is in our thought and prayer in this household.

maeve, in Maine


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: Amos
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 05:02 PM

We're behind you all the way, Jean.

Fondest regards,


Amos


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: gnu
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 05:15 PM

Yes, thank you Jon. Continued thoughts and prayers for Jean, her family and all those that admire this grand lady.


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Subject: Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: dulcimer42
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 05:29 PM

I just received this message from a friend in Kentucky.
I bring some sad news today - Jean Ritchie has suffered a stroke and is in intensive care. I am in contact with her family and will post updates as they come to me. We all need to send our prayers and love to Jean and her family during this difficult time. Cards may be sent to her New York address, emails to greenhays@aol.com.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay?
From: katlaughing
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 05:34 PM

Thank you, Jon. Much strength to you for taking such good care of your treasured parents. May they both find comfort and ease.

I have seen near miracles when I worked with stroke patients who came back from worse. I give thanks this is the case for your mom. And, thanks to your dad, too, for reading our heartfelt offerings.

In Light and Love,

Kat & Roger LaFrance and grandson, Morgan, who loves Jean's music and plays the dulcimer


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Jeri
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 05:44 PM

Jon, I'm grateful that you thought to stop in here and share news with us.

Jean, as you know, is loved by many of us for her music and for her kind, giving spirit. I wish for the best outcome for her, and I hope you and your family can feel the love around the world.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: foggers
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 05:45 PM

Just read about this on Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer. Jean - for all the grace and beauty you have spread around the world, it is coming back to you a thousandfold now.

Love and warm thoughts to you and your family.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: bbc
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 05:47 PM

Thank you for taking the time to post, Jon. So many care for your mom. Praying for her recovery & for peace to all of you at this blessed season!

with love,

Barbara Carr


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Susanne (skw)
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 05:53 PM

Am thinking of Jean and wishing her well!


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Suffet
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 05:54 PM

Marilyn and I just spoke with Jon before he left for the hospital. Our best wishes are with Jean, of course, but they are also with Jon, George, and the whole Ritchie-Pickow clan. Let's keep them all in our thoughts.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,999
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 05:55 PM

You can send e-mails to Jean via

greenhays(at)aol(dot)com


That was just on a thread I cannot locate anymore.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 05:56 PM

Thank you for the message Jon. Our thoughts are with Jean and with your dad as well at this difficult time. I will always remember their friendliness in Chester, UK, when I met them in the late 80s/early 90s when they were over in the UK on holiday, and Jean sang at Jackie and Bridie's club in Chester.
Very best wishes
Take care
Derek Schofield


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: artbrooks
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 06:00 PM

Very best wishes from Jenn and me. We have enjoyed your music so much for so many years.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Anglo
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 06:11 PM

Thanks for posting, Jon. I look forward to further updates. Best wishes for a full and speedy recovery from her friends (and yours), John Roberts & Tony Barrand.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: My guru always said
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 06:18 PM

Keeping Jean in my thoughts, thanks for the update Jon!
Positive thoughts from this side of the pond!
Hil


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,John Garst
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 06:30 PM

Jean is one of my earliest inspirations for an interest in traditional music.

Our thoughts and prayers (my wife Edna's as well as mine) are with Jean and her family.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Charlie Baum
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 06:40 PM

Offering best wishes and prayers for Jean (and George and Jon and the whole Pickow-Ritchie family)

--Charlie Baum and Lisa Null


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: wysiwyg
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 06:49 PM

Can I request please that a clone color in any update posts or insert a colorful symbol or find-in-page code word in a contrasting color so they can be spotted by us poor-vision folks?

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 06:50 PM

Thank you, Jon, for keeping us informed. Your mom has inspired both my love of traditional music and my vision of what kindness, intelligence, and grace can be since I was a young girl. She is in my heart, my thoughts, and my prayers, along with you and your dad.

Carly Gewirz


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Steve Gardham
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 06:51 PM

As with JohnG, Jean is one of my earliest inspirations. I have a treasured 78 and have read all her books. Heartfelt fond wishes to all the family from Yorkshire.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: open mike
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 07:19 PM

best wishes for recovery and strength to Jean and George and Jon. I am
so glad that we could see the you tube clip--beautifully done. sending good wishes to Jean and her family..and thanks for all the great music over the years...


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Tinker
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 07:21 PM

Blessings and Light to shelter Jean and to surround all of those nearest to her through this time....

Tinker


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,KathWestra (sans cookie)
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 07:37 PM

Dear Jean, George, Jon--Your kindness and friendship and music and grace have touched me and so many others over the long years. May all the gifts you have given return to you tenfold, and may this season of peace and love touch you all with the gift of returning health. Sending love and prayers.
Kathy Westra


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: catspaw49
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 07:43 PM

My thanks to Jon as well.......For the past 24 hours since I learned of this I have thought of Jean almost all the time..........I hope to hear more good reports soon.

Ya' know.........I just have to be non PC here for a minute. Thanks to kat for that repost.   Reading it now brings to mind the same thing I thought the first time. So I'll just say it, non PC and all, as I know Jean and otherswill take it with the respect and honor the phrase has always meant...........that's from "one wise old Kentucky woman."   

Truth is though, I figure Jean has been wise for many years.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Janie
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 08:11 PM

Jean and family. When I first came to Mudcat I started a thread that in my ignorance I did not know had been discussed ad nauseum on the forum for years before my arrival. Even so, Jean took the time to post a very thoughtful and informative response. Since that time I have always thought how fortunate this community is to have people like Jean share their warmth, wisdom and gracious kindness. Truly inspirational people, Elders, of not just this on-line community. Jean doesn't post often, but anything she posts is well worth reading and pondering.

As wonderful and inspirational as you are to people who love traditional music, Jean, strip the music away, and what you have offered us here would still be priceless.

Jon, thank you so much for taking the time to update us, and George, thank you for taking the time to read of our good wishes and prayers for Jean, you and all of your family. May our prayers and good wishes, along with those of all others who care about any and all of you feel like a blanket of loving kindness and caring encircling all of you.

Hopefully awaiting Jean's next post when she pulls through this.

Janie Endres


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Suzy T.
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 08:28 PM

More healing thoughts and good wishes from California.
Suzy


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Fortunato
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 08:29 PM

Please tell her, if anyone can do, that we love her and treasure her and her music.

Chance


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: ClaireBear
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 08:40 PM

Warm thoughts of healing, ease, and lack of pain for Jean and her family.

Claire


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Jon Pickow
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 08:50 PM

UPDATE

Here is the promised update, but first: Dad, Peter and I are overwhelmed with the outpouring of good wishes from so many of you...even just in the time since I posted last. Old and new friends, and people who've been moved my mom's music, and by her personally. Thank you all again.

Dad printed out the "re-post" that katlaughing put up of mom's post about life, death, aging...etc. In our haste, we're not sure what the occassion of her writing it was, but we hadn't seen it. She certainly is eloquent, isn't she? Dad showed the printout to the nurse (one of the many outstanding and caring staff at St. Francis), and she was in tears. A friend of the family who is a doctor there posted a bio of mom in her chart. He wanted everyone working with her who only knew her under these circumstances to know how special a person she is.

Update: She opened her eyes when she heard dad's voice, and looked very definitely at both of us. People who know about such things will realize that this is very important. We asked her to move her feet, and she was able to do that. Also, a little later, I asked her if she was cold, and she shook her head for "no."

I told her about this thread, so she knows that the mudcatters are sending all forms of positive energy. I will continue to update here as we know more.

All the best,

Jon - for the Ritchie/Pickow family


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Maryrrf
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 08:59 PM

I too have been touched by the singing of this wonderful lady, and add my good wishes and concern. Thank you, Jon, for the updates.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Joybell
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 09:24 PM

Just came home to see this thread. My thoughts and wishes too.
Joy


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Larry
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 09:33 PM

My prayers and best best wishes to Jean and all of her family. She is a remarkable woman and she and her music have touched my life deeply.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: WFDU - Ron Olesko
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 09:36 PM

Our thoughts and prayers are with you and your family. Jean is a national treasure who has touched so many of our lives. Keep up with positive thinking - she has more to share with us.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: EBarnacle
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 09:41 PM

I first knowingly met Jean and George in the late 70's. We have run into each other and she has always been a classy lady.

Get well, Jean, it is too long since we have seen each other.

PS, Renal failure is not usually an acute disease. I have known kidney patients who have survived more than 40 years of haemodialysis by following a healthy regimen. At this point, there is growing demand for more treatment clinics because the mortality level of renal patients is approaching that of those with normal kidneys.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Friends
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 10:03 PM

Dear Jean, George, Jon, and Peter,
Since we met you at Pinewoods Camp in 1971, we have been inspired by Jean's warmth, generosity, and integrity, the genius of her singing and songwriting, and her encouragement of everyone who is interested in singing. We are thinking of you all and wishing you the best possible outcome.
Rosalie and Alan Friend


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: JedMarum
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 10:19 PM

My thoughts and prayers are with you, Jean - and your family. All the very best for your health and healing.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: ranger1
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 11:13 PM

More thoughts and prayers from Maine.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 11:23 PM

I've been thinking about Jean ever since Jon told me about this stroke last week. (At his request, I kept it under my hat, which is why I haven't said anything prior to his posting.) She is one of the kindest and wisest people I have ever met - not to mention one of the best musicians. My thoughts and care are with all three of you.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 11:27 PM

Our thoughts and prayers to Jean during this difficult time, and to George, Jon and Peter as well. The dulcimer community in Kentucky, as well as everywhere else, is sending healing energy your way with hopes for your recovery, Jean.

For all the thousands of folks who have loved your music during Kentucky Music Weekend over the last 30+ years and the tens of thousands and more who owe their dulcimer heritage to your influence, we love you so much. We are all here with you, even if we aren't in New York, our warm thoughts reach across the distance and find you.

Nancy Barker and your Kentucky Music Weekend Family


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Jerry Epstein
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 11:28 PM

Several have commented on a post from katlaughing of a piece by Jean that included her feelings about passing on. . . . I have not been able to locate that post. Can someone help?

I met Jean (and Jon, Peter, George) my first year at Pinewoods Camp, 1965 -- 44 + years ago. Jon sang Lord Bateman that summer (I think Jon was 7). At the line about "Lord Bateman banged his fist on the table", Jon did exactly that, and then quite lost it and started laughing. Funny the things you remember.

The Pinewoods Folk Club has held an annual picnic at the home of Jean and George for many of the past 40 years, such gracious hosting, and such receptiveness to all the singers, the good, the bad, the. . . well you get it.

My dear friend and colleague, Jack Langstaff claimed to have influenced Country Dance and Song Society (then housed in New York) to present Jean in her first public concert (1949 I think) before she and George were married. I was privileged to work with Jean in a couple of the Christmas Revels productions. . . I think one in Cambridge and one in New York. It is a long time.

Jean never had a trace of condescension, though she knew very well what was routine stuff and what was real quality. She understood I think that the tradition goes on because of all of it, the good, the. . . . etc. It all feeds in, and no one can determine what the tradition will keep. . . None of us can really judge it (though we all do) as it is passing by.

I am sure I will always treasure most from Jean's recordings the two LPs of Ritchie Family Child Ballads from the 1950s (Folkways originally) . . . fabulous singing, fabulous material, . . . and yes, they are still available on CD, check with George and Jon. If you don't have these recordings, and you treasure the tradition, I think they are absolutely essential.

Clarice and I are sending all possible good thoughts and vibrations for a full and speedy recovery.

"Brightest and best of the Sons of the morning,
Dawn on our darkness and lend us thine aid,
Star in the East the horizon adorning,
Dawn where our infant redeemer is laid."

Learned from Jean and appropriate to the season.
Jerry


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: catspaw49
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 11:40 PM

JERRY.....Instead of explaining, let me just post Jean's letter on here for you and any who may have missed kat's link earlier.    Here ya' go...............

Here. We're back- son Jon from a two-week hospital stay,still having tests after getting home as they still can't find what the trouble is. George from another series of test, taking 18 different pills a day, soon to be told to start dialysis. Myself growling around the house with a hundred aches and pains. I can see and feel big changes coming, and know that this long Growing-Old part of our lives is coming to an end--- We ARE old! I start reading sympathetically about poor OLD people, and suddenly it hits me: What? I myself am 86. What do we do with our house? Man- all these taxes, who'll pay them next year? Will we go to a nursing home? Have a live-in nurse? I tell you, it's so hard when you finally realize that Life makes you keep on learning- right up to the end. I guess, as long as I can understand Life's messages, I'll be able to go on.

And I tell myself, "Just think of all the people that ever lived in this world. How many problems and worries and tragedies have they endured, along with the fewer joys and goodtimes and successes? And, when you come down to it, one is one and all alone and evermore shall be so. Or another way of putting it, You got to cross that lonesome valley by yourself.

I don't dread it, once I accept it. I have so loved my Mother and Father, all my gaggle of sisters, my three brothers (only one out of all of them is still in the world with me). We hurt with them if they have pain at the end, but we cannot go with them or ease that journey. Someone said, "The dead always look peaceful." I believe they are. I believe that they have walked the valley and found at last the destination we all are are striving to find. What else is Life, but a trip towards something higher and better? People who have almost died, have talked of being in a dark tunnel with a faint but bright light far ahead; then their passage is forbidden and they have to turn from the light and return to Life- to do an unfinished task there? To help or guide someone else for awhile longer?

I wonder- but it doesn't matter, does it? None of us can live forever. We must live Life to the fullest, then give those behind us a loving farewell. That's what I hope I can do.

I'll stop, because I don't know what I'm trying to say, but I thought it ought to be said. I guess I was trying to understand, myself, that not all of us CAN live to be old, or WANT to, and so arrive earlier at that entrance into the next world. In my personal prayers, I always say in my thoughts, "Lord, I'll stay as long as You need me, so show me what to do..."

Big Mick, feel better, and I hope that Fate, or Karma, or whatever, eases up on you. I know you'll be needed in this Life for a long time, so take the reins that have been handed to you, and have a good, long run. You have many who love you and are running along with you, and that lonesome valley is still far away.

Love to you all, Jean
PS: Darn- I bet y'all will think this is a stupid letter, and tomorrow I may think so myself! But it's what I felt like saying.



Spaw


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: frogprince
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 11:48 PM

The only way I really know Jean is from her music, and her contributions here. But that's enough to know that the only things that may be deeper than her musical gift are her wisdom and the goodness of her heart. Wishing all the best for her and her family.
                Dean Elkins


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Nancy King
Date: 15 Dec 09 - 11:55 PM

All the good thoughts and positive energy I can muster are sent to Jean and her wonderful family. You have inspired all of us, and we love you very much.

Nancy


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Uncle Phil
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 01:23 AM

Jean and family, fond best wishes from Texas. We care.
- Phil


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: regiberry
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 01:48 AM

Jean Ritchie has been a very inspirational person in my life.
I'm from West Virginia and I play the Appalachian Mountain Dulcimer.
I met Jean and her husband George in Santa Cruz when she was an artist in residence at UCSC. I had been to a few Pacific Rim Dulcimer Gatherings and gave her a redwood carving from one of the posters. I attended her workshops and concerts and learned to perform many of her songs on guitar and dulcimer. Her songwriting is just fantastic and says so much so simply and real. Thru the years I've been in touch with Jean and she would take the time to email and encourage me to play her songs Bluegrassy!
She is in my thoughts and prayers. She is my Dulcimer Queen.
She's our National Music Treasure.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Bert
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 01:55 AM

OI! Kytradluv, get orf yer duff and stop skiving.

Lots of love on its way, get well soon.

LUVYA, Bert.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: MGM·Lion
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 02:12 AM

Right, Regibery - except that I say again she is an International Music Treasure. Loving thoughts to her again from Over Here.

- Michael -


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Andy
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 02:22 AM

I just discovered Jean's music a month ago after taking up the mountain dulcimer. What amazing music I have missed all these years. My grandfather had a stroke in his late 70's and made a recovery. It is such a difficult time. My thoughts and prayers are with her and her family.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Doc John
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 04:45 AM

Love and best wishes to Jean from England. She was the first 'proper' folk singer I ever heard - on BBC radio when I was a child. Not just a lovely voice but a sincere, kind and gentle person. I sent her a e-mail via her website ealier this year and was delighted to promptly receive a warm reply, where she recalled those BBC broadcasts. Our thoughts to Jean and her family.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Nancy Bailey
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 05:42 AM

Dear George, Jon and Peter,

The Columbus Folk Music Society sends all their best wishes and thoughts to Jean. We have such wonderful, warm memories of the year Jean played at our Folk Festival. We all came away from that time feeling as if we had been with a dear friend--even those who just met her! That is one of her greatest gifts--her kind ways that seem to say, "You are the one person I've been waiting to meet." The wonder of her music goes without saying. Such a treasure.

Our best to all of you during this difficult time. Thank you so much for taking the time to keep us informed.

Nancy Bailey


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Ed Brown
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 07:19 AM

This holiday season, every time I hear "Brightest and Best" (whether it is Jean's voice or some other) I will be thinking of Jean Ritchie and hoping for the brightest and best possible outcome for her and her family.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Andy Peterson
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 07:56 AM

I grew up with folk music. The first recordings I really remember were by Pete Seeger, the Weavers, and Burl Ives. When I was in high school near Washington DC, I listened to Dick Cerri's Music Americana, first on WAVA, then another station for a short time, then on WETA. During the year I was in 10th grade, we were having dinner with some friends one evening and my sisters and I went with their daughters to a neighbors home to folk dance. he had done folk dancing at MIT and she had taught in a Kentucky settlement school and had taken students to the Mountain Folk Festival at Berea College. Since that night, I've done many kinds of folk dancing for almost 45 years.

I first met Jean and her family the first time I attended the Christmas Country Dance School at Berea College at the end of 1970. For the next several years I enjoyed the special music from the Ritchie family. Jean's sister, Edna, and her husband came every year and one year another sister came from Colorado, with some of her family.

One year I took a group of kids to the Mountain Folk Festival, and we put on the mummers play that we used to do in Accokeek and other places that we danced. Ethel Capps, then the director of recreation extension and teacher of the Berea College Dancers, told me to bring that play to Christmas School in December. For each of the next three years I worked with a group each week to put on the play on New Year's Eve. Peter and Jon were two of my actors, and we had a lot of fun.

Probably the last time I heard Jean in person was at the memorial concert for Frank Warner that was held in New York City _many_ years ago. That evening was also the only time that I ever heard Pete Seeger live.

My heart goes out to Jean and her family, and I hope that she will recover and be able to sing again.

Andy Peterson
now in Portland, Oregon

The torch is being passed to a new generation now. I'm seeing new bands whose members are the children of people with whom I used to dance and play music. The folk process goes on...


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Gayle Rich
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 11:17 AM

Jean has been on our mind a great deal this year. It was in our early Revels years that Jack Langstaff created an American version of The Christmas Revels just for Jean. She stayed at my home and was (and still is)so gracious. My mother, who was really not an arts person, attended Jean's performance and said afterwords "I don't know who that woman is, but she is really someone very special." Still true today. This year's Revels in Cambridge MA is still "Jean's show" in many ways, filled with beautiful music and story telling, and now so ably performed by tradition bearer Susannah Park.
Our love and hopes go to you Jean, George and Jon.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Big Mick
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 01:10 PM

The occasion of Jean's post (one of a couple she made in that thread) was in a thread about the troubles I have been going through with my daughter Ciara's accident, the loss of our beloved "chosen" family member Terra, my father's burst aneurysm, a stolen computer, and my beloved mother's stroke. Jean, through the magic of this wonderful place and several visits at her home, became a dear friend. But sometimes when one is a friend, we forget "who they are". Here is what I wrote about Jean's expression of caring support:


I read Jean's incredibly generous post last night and just sat there stunned and pondering the depth of this wise friend's gift. Her voice is a gift from the Almighty, for which she received without asking. She had nothing whatever to do with it's creation. But how she uses that same treasure is her gift to us. Here is a woman that is a national treasure. She could easily rest on her lifetime of accomplishment and receive the accolades she so richly deserves. And in the midst of her own trials, she takes time out to share her wisdom with a half hindended folksinger from Michigan and the rest of us. Not only did she share her wisdom, but she bared her soul. I am grateful beyond belief, and will treasure these words all the days of my life. As I am grateful for all the love and concern expressed by all of you.


I cannot help but be devastated when I think of this grand lady, and yes, my friend (how humbling to actually be able to write that)going through this. I cannot help but want to rush to George, Jon, and Peter's side to do whatever I can to console and aid them, as so many others, I am sure, want to. This wonderful, gifted, wise, and generous friend (to paraphrase another dear friend, Dan Schatz) deserves not to have to travel this trail. And like she told us, it is one she must travel. Sure, she is "Jean Ritchie, folk singer extraordinaire, Queen of the Mountain Dulcimer, Collector, Author, Songwriter".... and all the other superlatives she so richly deserves. But at this moment, for me, she is one of the finest people who ever showered friendship and love on me, and I ache at my powerlessness to do a thing but pray in the manner of my beliefs for her. And pray I shall.

Sweet friend, I don't know where this path will lead, but know that spirtually and with love, I (like so many others you have touched)am on it with you. Whatever the outcome of this, I hope that you understand and take with you, how very much so many of us love you.

And to the rest of you, it is in times like this that we are reminded of the importance, in fact the absolute miracle, of community. Max's wonderful creation has given us all the opportunity to help this beloved friend along to wherever this path leads. I know full well the value of all of you and your love, thoughts and prayers, and I give thanks for that every single day. You may not see me as often as you once did, as there is still so much going on in my life as I deal with the aftermath of all that has gone by. But you should know that your best wishes and constant "reaching out" to me have restored the music in my heart and soul and made it possible for me to play again. Jean needs that same miraculous love now, and I add my voice to the choir that is singing her along.

With all my love, admiration, and gratitude,

Mick Lane


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Genie
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 01:45 PM

Spaw, thanks so much for re-posting Jean's letter.
Such an eloquent way of expressing such profound observations.
I will keep it and pass it on to others going through travails.

Jean, your words reassure me: "What else is Life, but a trip towards something higher and better?" When it is your time to go on to that higher and better stage, what a wonderful addition to that glorious "angel choir."   
But from my own selfish standpoint, I hope that the Lord wants you to stick around on this side, restored to health, a good deal longer. This world can use your wonderful voice here.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 02:37 PM

Adding my voice to the mantra of well wishing for you Jean.

We had a fellow Rick Christian (his gigging name) performed Black Water for staff at the Essex Record Office (Essex UK) during our annual closure for stocktaking last month.

Wonderful, powerful song.

Thank you Jean, for all the gifts you have given music and friendship.

Tamara from Virginia but who lives in the UK.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Dulsuemer
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 02:59 PM

Just heard about Jean, my inspiration for almost 40 years, and can only echo what everyone else has already said. Was thrilled to finally meet her at Turtle Hill Folk Festival near Rochester, NY a few years ago. Best wishes to Jean and her family.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 03:22 PM

More good thoughts coming to you from East Anglia, Jean.

We shall be thinking of you.....


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: gnu
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 03:51 PM

Spaw. Thanks for Jean's words. To wit, "I'll stop, because I don't know what I'm trying to say, but I thought it ought to be said."

You said it, Jean... well said. Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 03:58 PM

That red "update" took me right to the most powerful post so that I had the eyes to see it. Thanks so much!

[blessing-weepy-prayerful tears and smile to Jean and her lovies]

~S~


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 04:02 PM

(Susan, you can hold down your Control key and push the plus sign on any page to enlarge the print? If you get it too large, just reverse using the minus key.)

Still here for you, Jean and family. Expecting more good news.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 04:08 PM

(Yes Kat I know. Once I find a post I want to read, that is what I do.)


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,freebornman
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 05:12 PM

The best wishes to Jean! To me - she _is_ the american folk-music herself. I do wish she gets well as soon as possible.

I'm from Israel and I want her to know that it is true that (like it was said here before) she really is an international treasure.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Hollowfox
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 05:28 PM

I just saw this - good thoughts are winging toward Long Island right now, and the healing $#@!-reduction candle will start up fro the whole family. Mary (who met the whole Pickow family years ago during a blizzard in Geneseo, New York.)


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Terry Duggins
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 06:59 PM

Aloha-this is Terry Duggins. Jean is in St Francis Hospital, Long Island. She suffreed a full on pondine stroke. That is the worst kind of stroke. That is at the stem of the brain where the memory for the major moter movements are. Like breathing swallowing and other vital organs. I have been in contact with them ever since her bieng hospitalized. She is still in ICU We can only hope for a full recovery. The last five years I spent alot of time with Jean and George in New York Hawaii and Kentucky.There just the most wonderful people ever. FAMILY IS MORE LIKE IT. My family always admired the Ritchie family for "Saving the Songs" as my family would put it. I just wanted you all to know. That the more of US that pray the better Jean will get.

All my Aloha~Terry Duggins


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 07:04 PM

My wife is a cognitive neuroscientist - not a doctor, but she does understand the brain and has done a lot of research with stroke victims. She says that the good news about this kind of stroke is that it doesn't effect higher or cognitive functions, memory, or the like. The bad news is that it can effect the basic functions Terry spoke about above.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 08:01 PM

I just found this thread- thanks to all of you for news, loving words, and especially to the Pickow/Richie family for keeping us posted.

Like many of you, Jean was an early influence in my life. Like a few, I had the privilege of being on stage with her, in my case through the Cambridge Revels, where I was placed sitting at her feet looking up at her sweet face as she sang- a peak experience for me, to be sure.

Blessings and light and love to you, dear Jean.

Allison


(kat, thanks so much for referring to her beautiful post, and spaw, thanks for re-posting it here).


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: wysiwyg
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 08:13 PM

I spent a year "sitting with" a person who had a similar stroke. He applied himself zealously to his rehab and regained so much physical function that most folks could not tell he'd had the stroke.

As it affected his cognitive memory and speech, some folks were really amazed at what I reported he was still able to access. I was not surprised. I simply took a relaxed view of anything that came out of his mouth; over time he relaxed more and more into that, and got quicker and quicker at making and articulating connections.

I mention this because it can be the same with motor function. The more relaxed the patient and family are about rehab and efforts to move, the more control will be exhibited the quicker. A lot of the info may still be stored in there somewhere, outside the affected area, tho brain mapping may not predict it.

This means that as soon as Jean shows any interest in the SOUND of music, her fingers may find themselves responding to her most-used instrument as long as her access to it is not "therapy" or with any expectations. "Would you like to lie next to your dulcimer" is likely to elicit a positive response, and the neural connections that remain may knit up a path for volitional finger movement.

Think of it as you would think of a quiet child curling up next to an injured adult. Just the presence of that child would tend to snake its way onto the injured person's psyche. Any connection that can be made via the Joy connection (in any of her five-plus senses) will elicit powerful connectors in the mind that can become visible over time.

Finally, as I believe Jean herself knows and believes, she is a spirit who happens to live in a body. Her spirit and mind are far more important and powerful than her ability to use her body. Anything that speaks Joy to her spirit will touch her mind, and her mind can cause the re-wiring of the physical brain. It just takes time and relaxed confidence on the part of close ones, and zero expectations.

This time is all about Playtime. The only "Work" time is time with and prescribed by physical therapists. The rest is All Play and THAT is where the miracles occur.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Lisa Johnson
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 09:02 PM

Jean has been my biggest inspiration, I am still learning from her daily. It's wonderful to come here and be able to read her past writings and thoughts.
I'm adding to the waves of healing wishes going out to her and her family right now.

Lisa (aka Strumelia)
Mountain Dulcimer Noter & Drone Blog


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: maeve
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 09:29 PM

Jon and George- I encourage you to contact Gordon Bok's wife, Carol Rohl. She has made a remarkable recovery from her extensive stroke damage, and would be a wonderful mine of encouragement and information.
http://www.timberheadmusic.com/contact.html

maeve


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,from japan
Date: 16 Dec 09 - 11:59 PM

Love & good wishes from Japan.

I saw first her dulcimer playing in the 16mm film of Rainbow Quest
digest version at Ginza,Tokyo,1967 presented by Pete Seeger
family.

Kiyohide Kunizaki at Tokyo Folklore Center


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,brashley46 in Toronto
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 03:19 AM

Get well, Jean, please.

One more dulcimer player inspired by your playing -


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Ross Campbell
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 06:11 AM

All the best, Jean, and thanks for all your kindnesses.
Ross


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: kendall
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 06:25 AM

Wishing this wonderful woman the speediest recovery in history!


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,John Blosser
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 09:17 AM

ALL my prayers to Jean -- she got me started on dulcimer in the early 70s when I interviewed her after a concert at WVU, and a couple of years ago, I had the joy and privilege of driving her and George to the Mt. Dora Dulcimer Festival from Boynton Beach and back. Listening to her stories and wisdom and sharing laughter and commentary was pure heaven for me. She truly is a national treasure. Jean, get well soon -- all the dulcimer world is praying and pulling for you.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Gene Murrow
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 11:29 AM

Healing vibes from here... it's been a long time since talking with Jean, but she's one of those people who stay with you forever.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 11:56 AM

When I was working with Jean on the Utah Phillips tribute CD, she told me about the time she was playing Salt Lake and George had to have emergency surgery. Utah donated two pints of blood for the operation, and at the concert the following night, Jean said she wasn't sure what effect it would have on her husband to have two pints of Utah's blood coursing through his veins. Then she paused and said, "It was good though!"

On top of being wise, graceful, and talented, Jean is also a very funny person. I guess when you're the youngest of 14 growing up in Viper, Kentucky, grow up to be a New York City social worker who goes on to become "The Mother of American Folk Music," a great sense of humor is inevitable.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: kendall
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 01:40 PM

And absolutely vital!


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Remco de Ket from New Zealand
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 01:45 PM

Prayers from New Zealand for a full and speedy recovery.

My wife is an avid dulcimer player and has some of Jeans books. Listening to my wife play and reading Jean's books ignited my interest in the dulcimer. As a result of reading her books I now build dulcimers and am slowly but surely learning to play.

Jean is so much more than a national US treasure, indeed to dulcimer players around the world she is a treasure and their inspiration.

My thoughts and prayers are with Jean and all her family.
Remco


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 01:54 PM

my best wishes to Jean, George and Jon
thanks katlaughing for the link to Jean's wonderful letter about mortality, etc (clickable link at katlaughing 14 Dec posting), thanks Jon for keeping us updated on your mother's condition - I'm glad you saw katlaughing's post. I hope you see the potentially useful posts 17 Dec by WYSIWYG and Maeve

it was great meeting your family at a couple of Pinewoods picnics
I wish I'd known years ago that Jean & family were living in Long Island (i.e. nearby where I was at the time) rather than Kentucky! though like many here who never met Jean in person I benefited from her recordings and writing


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Sandy LaPrelle and family
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 03:11 PM

After her stroke, my grandmother remembered these words to a song she had heard my sister sing. She was able to write them down but not sing them:

Bed is too small for my tiredness
Give me a hilltop with trees
Tuck a cloud up under my chin
Lord, blow the moon out please.

Blessings be to you and yours.

From the LaPrelle Family


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 04:47 PM

How beautiful. Thanks for posting those lyrics.

It is wonderful to see so many people, all over the world, come in here and tell of their connections to Jean and add their best wishes for recovery.

Thanks,

kat


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Charley Noble
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 04:51 PM

And our best hopes for a full recovery.

Charley Noble and JudyB


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Chanteyranger
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 06:06 PM

All my good thoughts to you, Jean. My sister made me a "Jumping Jim" (same as a "Limber Jim") after we saw Jean demonstrate one at one of UC Berkeley's folk festival's in the early 60's. Jean has such a great way with kids! I don't know you personally, but what an impression you made on us kids!

Chanteyranger


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Stephanie P. Ledgin
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 09:13 PM

I just heard about Jean's stroke. I want to send my prayers, love and healing thoughts to Jean, whom I have had the privilege to know since 1975 or 1976. To George, Jon and Peter, also my prayers, love and supportive thoughts. Jean gave me the most exquisite comments about her music for Discovering Folk Music and every time I read it, I can just hear her voice saying it. A photo of Jean is also in the book, standing in a quiet a cappella pose. It means the world to me that I can call the Ritchie/Pickow family friends. And I wish only the quickest, fullest recovery for Jean. She is a national, no -- international, treasure and ambassador of American folk.
Stephanie Ledgin
ledgin@ledgin.com


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Bill Kennedy
Date: 17 Dec 09 - 10:35 PM

Jean - we hope for the best for you and George, I am grateful for the time you spent in Cleveland with me, my wife, Allyn and her sister from Maine, Robyn, and that I had some part in bringing you to the Cleveland Museum of Art for a long overdue performance in Cleveland. I relish the time going through the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame with you and George and the stories you both shared (that I should have been recording!). I'm glad I was able to make the trip down to Louisville for your Kentucky Music Hall of Fame induction dinner, and can always say I sang 'My Old Kentucky Home' with you in public (along with every one else in the room!), and though you really hadn't expected me to be there or needn't have remembered me, you made me feel welcome in the most gracious manner, that I have always thought of as 'Jean's way'. Yes you are a treasure, from a family mine of treasures, and your sons two more gifts you've given all of us. thank you and be well, we love you

Bill Kennedy
Allyn Rosser
Robyn Rosser


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: georgeward
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 02:19 AM

George, Peter, Jon,

As I sit here in what was Vaughn's study, surrounded by her lifework as teacher, singer and folklorist (and my own in the next room), I keep thinking I should be able to tease out the brilliant thread that is Jean that is somehow a part of it. It's elusive.

We've none of us seen each other for years, and yet.... There are people in this life who just by doing what they do and being who they are give life more character, depth and pure decency, for all whom they touch. And the ripples from that spread, grow and live. Jean is such a person. And for all she has done - and all of you have done - I wonder if she'll ever know how many lives she's touched. The real ones don't, I think. And Jean's as real as they come.

This whole thread says that much better than I just did, of course. But I wanted to try.
It's a way of saying you're all very much in my heart and prayers. Because you are.

- George


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Debi Fields
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 06:51 AM

We offer our prayers and our thanks from back home in Kentucky. I only met Jean a couple of times but she makes quite an impression. You really can not or listen to the dulcimer without offering up a thank you to her.

A Speedy Recovery Jean


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Big Mick
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 07:51 AM

George ........ spectacularly beautiful comments.   Worthy of Jean. Thanks so much for a peek inside.

All the best,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Stringsinger
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 02:00 PM

To George, Peter, Jon,

Jean Ritchie is a hero of mine. Not only is she a deep and intuitive folk singer, collector,
and representative of an authentic mountain tradition, she is one of the best songwriters
around. "Blackwaters" and "The L. and N. Don't Stop Here Anymore" are song masterpieces.
They are as good as songs get.

Mary and I send healing thoughts to Jean and we hope for a speedy recovery.

Frank Hamilton


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Janie
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 02:41 PM

Does anyone have any word on how she is, or if she is stable?


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: My guru always said
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 04:07 PM

Still sending positive thoughts from here!
Hil


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 06:58 PM

Coming up to the Winter Solstice and Christmas...may the Light of this blessed time shine bright on Jean and help bring her through this. SO mote it be!


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: catspaw49
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 08:03 PM

Christmas........Makes me think of Jean's fine Kentucky Christmas Old And New album (if you don't have it, you need it) and one wonderful song in particular. Back in 2001, Jean started a thread asking for the origins/history of a song named "The World Is Old Tonight."

Jean had recorded this of course and is the only artist to do so. When we do history/origin stuff the best source of info is often the artist that recorded it......but in this case it was the artist asking the question! I think it was the most fun I ever had on a song thread and it still ranks as one of the 'Cat's most unusual threads. The very beautiful and simple words are below and the very unusual thread is here.....Its worth the read!



TheWorld Is Old Tonight
..........as recorded by Jean Ritchie---Greenhays GR 717 (1987

The world is old tonight, the world is old
The stars around the fold do show their light,
Do show their light;
And so they did, and so, a thousand years ago,
And so will do, good lads, when we lie cold.

The world is still tonight, the world is still
The snow on vale and hill like wool lies white,
Like wool lies white,
And so it did, and so, a thousand years ago,
And so will do, my love, when we like will.




Still sending the best from southeast Ohio

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: maeve
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 08:24 PM

Time to rest in the quiet of night - though hospitals are not usually quiet. Think of the hush of the hills, with cold snapping the stars into better light.

I'll check back here in the new day.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Jeri
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 08:42 PM

There are these people I'm in awe of. I enter their presence with appropriate reverence. I dissemble and try to put on my 'Sunday best' self and behave like a worthy human, although I know I'm not worthy. Then, the object of my awe speaks to me, and within seconds, I'm talking and laughing with a delightfully down-to-earth person--a neighbor I met at the store or at a community supper. I no longer can even imagine anyone, even me, sticking them up on a pedestal, not because they don't deserve respect but because not accepting their warmth and humility would somehow be disrespectful.

That's Jean. We all know her because of the music, but I think Jean's biggest contribution is Jean. May all of our wishes and prayers help comfort and heal.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Rapparee
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 09:54 PM

I want her back where she belongs, as she was.

Any new news?


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Bill D
Date: 18 Dec 09 - 11:17 PM

Just waiting and hoping for good news with everyone else.

I went down yesterday and rummaged thru my albums (That's LPs!) by Jean..I think there are 11...including one of the earliest, which she kindly autographed for me maybe 20 years ago while confiding.."They recorded this one too fast!"

It is a treasure though, and I am glad I had the courage to ask....


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: regiberry
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 02:42 AM

I absolutely agree with Frank Hamilton.
Jean Ritchie is a fabulous songwriter.

BLUE DIAMOND MINES...it is such a powerful timeless song...
Very simply and very truthfully it says alot

Jean rest easy girl and come play out West!


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 09:27 AM

I just received a note from Jon. He says that Jean is aware, but still not able to communicate. They are waiting and hoping - as are all of us - waiting and hoping and loving.

I don't think an hour has gone by that I haven't thought of Jean since this started. Last night on the way home from a dinner, we listened to her Kentucky Christmas CD, and I was reminded again of Jean's talent as a songwriter (what a brilliant piece of work "Wintergrace" is) and as a conduit for American traditional music.

Thank you, Jean, for all you have given us - your music, your words, your traditions - and above all of that, you have given us your friendship, and that is the most touching gift of all. Our healing thoughts and prayers are all with you.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: cetmst
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 09:38 AM

Jean, you have taken another step on the journey of life, a stroke which few survive and which leaves those who do profound movement and expressive deficits, but preserves comprehension and cognitive functions. Therefore we know from what your life has taught us that you will will your fingers to play the dulcimer, your voice to sing and your creative mind to compose more songs. It also gives all of us the opportunity to give you the roses while you live and hope that these expressions of love will comfort your days. On   peersonal note I will thank you for your kindness in talking to my wife and me after a late and obviously tiring performance at Swarthmore College a few years ago. - Charles


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Molly Lynn Watt
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 09:45 AM

Jean Ritchie is a thread throughout my life-- my mother's days at Hindman before I was born set in motion all that music wrapped in Appalachia and the Ritchie family, when my brother worked at Pine Mountain teaching unemployed fathers to make traditional mountain dulcimers, Jean says, he brought the cows in with her many times, Jean's recording -- I do not remeber its name, I was 10 I am 72, but it was one of 3 records my family own (the the other two: John Jacob Niles and Alice in Wonderland!) Jean tried to teach me to play the Mountain Dulcimer at Pienewoods, camped to our family several times at Fox Hollow, was in revels my daughters and I were in the chorus for at Memorial Hall. Anytime she has given a concert in the Boston area, I have been there. Every Chrstmas we reread Singing Family of the Cumberland to remind us of what really matters most. Dan and I sung The One I Love at his brother's wedding. Black Waters, the most eloquent plea in poetry I know. My other 3 favorites: The Peace Song, Marne, The Bluebird Song. Our prayers are with the Pickow family and our thanksgiving is for Jean's marvelous joyous and sharing soul, my golden thread of song. Thank you, Jean.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Celtaddict
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 10:17 AM

As Dan said, waiting and hoping and loving.
Jean, you are a treasure and have touched far more lives than you will ever know. If you are currently unable to speak, I hope you have music playing in your mind and heart, in peace and joy.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Alleaoop
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 11:07 AM

We never met Jean in person, never had the opportunity to see and talk to her but we can hear her, thru her recordings, thru her books and maybe someday we will still meet her.
Our prayers are with Jean and her family.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 11:28 AM

Dan, thanks for the update.

Still sending Love and Light, Jean, to you and your family.

love,

kat


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 02:03 PM

Dear Mudcat Friends: Could you please sing Jean Ritchie's "Peace Round" at midnight New Year's Eve and encourage friends to do likewise?
1. What a lovely thing. 2. If the children of the earth; 3. Could live together. 4. I-n peace.
The sentiment expressed in the song makes a fitting greeting for 2010, I believe. Perhaps Jean will have recovered enough to sing a bit on New Year's Eve herself. Absent that, wouldn't it be nice to assure her that her words won't be silenced, even by a stroke?
So far, I have assurance that "Peace Round" will ring in the New Year in places in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Kentucky. Could Mudcatters cover all the states? Might somebody assure me it will be sung "across the pond." Skarpi: Could the Peace Round ring the year in to Iceland?
-- Mark


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Sally Rogers
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 02:39 PM

IF Jon and Peter and George are reading this Mudcat thread, I'm sending you all huge prayers, especially healing ones for Jean. Jean and George, You have been at the top of the list of my precious mentors for my whole adult life. Your support, love and interest really have helped me keep going at many times in my life. Thank you and God bless you all.

Sal


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: open mike
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 02:53 PM

i am enjoying once again, the you tube video of Wintergrace...
reposting a link here...
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvusiOLOHgA&feature=related
so wonderful to see Jean sparkling as she sings...
hope she will be able to do that again.

does anyone know who is playing the hammered dulcimer in that clip?


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Kathy Reid-Naiman
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 04:30 PM

I am so sad when I think that Jean may be slipping away from us. She was the most influential person in my musical life. When I was about 13, my sister Mary bought a mail order dulcimer through an advertisement in a Sing Out! magazine. It was made by George Pickow and the rest is history.
I have learned so much from her and in my work with Children's music I am constantly referring to her songs and sharing them with others.

She is in my thoughts and prayers. I will be dancing and singing in Berea next week at the Berea Christmas Country Dance School where many of her relatives and friends will be thinking of her too.

Kathy


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 04:32 PM


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,999
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 04:51 PM

"So far, I have assurance that "Peace Round" will ring in the New Year in places in Massachusetts, Connecticut and Kentucky. Could Mudcatters cover all the states? Might somebody assure me it will be sung "across the pond." Skarpi: Could the Peace Round ring the year in to Iceland?"

It'll be done in Alberta, Canada.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 04:53 PM

MArk, that is a wonderful idea. I was trying to think of something similar for Christmas Eve, but I like the idea of bringing in the New Year with Jean's song. So, here's one who will sing it in Colorado.

Love and Light to you, Jean, with my deepest gratitude.

kat


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,999
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 04:59 PM

For people not aware of the melody or really what a round is, here's a Youtube video of the song, done by Jean Ritchie and Jack Langstaff.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=80gDLVGq9vk


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: gnu
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 05:16 PM

It will be done in New Brunswick, Canada as well. Great idea. I sahll email a lot of friends re this.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: gnu
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 05:16 PM

Ooops... Skarpi included.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Zeke Smukler
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 05:22 PM

I hope you feel better, Jean.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Janie
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 06:15 PM

I'll be in West Virginia then, and will surely see that it happens there.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Big Mick
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 06:48 PM

We will be doing it here in West Michigan.

I want to share another Youtube video with you. It is the Ritchie Family Christmas Gathering as taped and narrated by Dave Garroway. For those of us raised in the 40's, 50's and 60's this will really resonate. I am not sure why, but I think it is because we were on the cusp between those earlier, simpler times and today's fast paced world. We remember the fulcrum point in the 60's. And often we yearn for the sights, smells, sounds, and good feelings of those simpler times. To see our beloved Jean as the beautiful young woman in these shots, to see her mother and sisters, well ... I can't speak for others but it makes me so thankful to know this wonderful woman. So, enjoy the 1955 Ritchie Family Christmas

Love to George, Jean, Jon, and Peter,

Mick


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Barbara
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 07:10 PM

I can certainly add it to our west coast music gathering --Camp New Harmony with the SFFMC. Is midnight our time (3 a.m. east coast) okay, or do you want all the times to line up, Mark?
Blessings,
BArbara


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,John Ramsay
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 07:11 PM

I am sad to hear that Jean is not as young as we used to be! Those were glorious days. I know that there are others who are making their mark today and that we can sit back and let them. Jean left her mark in so many ways and will continue to do so even if in different arenas. I recall her singing Black Waters and throwing her weight into the strip mine situation with a strong "RUN THEM ALL OUT!" And how she defused the explosive situation at the Lake Junaluska CSM Conference with her gentle but respected "presence."

Jean (and family), we pray for comfort for you and, Lord willing, many more years of gentle living.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 10:02 PM

We sing the Peace Round often here in southwestern New Hampshire. We'll sing it New Years Eve for sure.
Still holding Jean and her family (and all of us, her extended family) in my heart.

ALLISON


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,brashley46 in Toronto
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 10:55 PM

I've linked the Peace Round call on my facebook, myspace and livejournal accounts, and will be recruiting as many people in Southern Ontario as I can to sing it here.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Becky Wilson, Indpls, IN
Date: 19 Dec 09 - 11:23 PM

Dear Jean and Family:

While I have never had the privilage of meeting Jean and family, I have many wonderful things about you all. You all are in my thoughts and prayers.

May blessings continue to come your way.

With much love,

Becky Wilson


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Dec 09 - 10:59 AM

Any news?


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: autoharpbob
Date: 20 Dec 09 - 11:15 AM

Peace round will be sung and played here in Nottingham in the UK.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Joe_F
Date: 20 Dec 09 - 11:15 AM

Thank you, Big Mick, for the link to the video. It puts me in mind of the story of the Ritchies' Christmas in 1930, when Jean was 8 (_Singing Family of the Cumberlands_, Chapter 10). That is the best Christmas story I have ever read, and I will sure read it on Christmas Day, regardless.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Weslea Sidon
Date: 20 Dec 09 - 12:36 PM

George, Jon, Peter and Jean, we are thinking of you all with love and much gratitude for all you have meant to us over years, Curtis & Weslea


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Bob Coltman
Date: 20 Dec 09 - 01:45 PM

Jean has been a kind friend since I met her and her family at Viper in 1955. An evening of hearing Balis and Abigail sing together with several of their children, thoughtfully assembled by Jean for our visit, has to be one of the most inspiring and memorable experiences of my life.

There must be very few people who can light up a room like Jean. Her extraordinary singing, her delightful presence, her humor (she can be ticklish funny)—and all those unexpected things, like borrowing my banjo and picking "Lord Bateman" on it with a sly grin—so many memories come flooding back.

Jean has filled my life and so many lives with beauty and enjoyment. She's showed countless of us the secret of what traditional music can mean, and its rootedness in a the life that went with it.

Jean, Amba and I wish you a splendid recovery, and more years of song to come. Our hearts are with you, and George, and Jon, and Peter. Bless you.

Love, Bob


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Little Robyn
Date: 20 Dec 09 - 01:57 PM

I'm trying to learn the Peace Round to join in at New Year and I have the words given by Mark. I found the Youtube link and was listening to Jean leading the audience when it occurred to me that her words are slightly different.


What a goodly thing
If the children of all men
Could grow together
In peace

So which words should we sing?
The tune is almost Hey Ho Nobody Home so that's not a problem.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,adie grey
Date: 20 Dec 09 - 03:14 PM

Jean, you have been such a dear friend to me despite the minimal time I've had to be actually in your presence. Hope you get the best physical therapy care there is....I am working in the field now and see amazing recoveries all the time, and wish this for you. Love to all your dear family.

Adie Grey


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: The Sandman
Date: 20 Dec 09 - 04:00 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ua0QuXO4wgE&feature=related


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: The Sandman
Date: 20 Dec 09 - 04:02 PM

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mrPTrkpO6EQ&feature=related
and this is wonderful.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,George Emlen
Date: 20 Dec 09 - 04:36 PM

I second Gayle Rich's thoughts (from 15 Dec). We are deep into the 17-show run of the "American" Christmas Revels in Cambridge that is shot through with Jean's gentle spirit and energy, for it was she and Jack Langstaff who created this particular Revels in 1980. It was my great honor and pleasure to be her stage "husband" when we ran the show again in 1986. She declined to take part a third time in 2000, so Sheila Kay Adams filled her shoes that year. Now, with Suzannah Park in the Jean Ritchie role, we feel that we are continuing a great legacy. By the time we close, 18,000 audience members will have sung Jean's Peace Round together, in one of the sweetest and most memorable shows that Revels has ever created. Surely that is some testament to her enduring contributions. I will dedicate tonight's performance to her.

All best wishes to Jean, George and Jon.

George Emlen


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: catspaw49
Date: 20 Dec 09 - 04:41 PM

Yeah GSS.......I call it the Ritchie Family Voice as it came through them all with that same sound. Sandy Paton recorded Edna and her album is available on CD from Folk Legacy.
http://www.folk-legacy.com/store/Scripts/prodView.asp?idproduct=29

Her dulcimer work is different than Jean's in a way. She uses the dulcimer for embellishment and almost "punctuation" rather than accompaniment.

Get better Jean.....All the best still coming from southeast Ohio.

Spaw


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 20 Dec 09 - 04:58 PM

Spaw, that is the tape of Edna's which I played all night, in and out of the post-surgery fog, before I was aware of even surviving much. Her sweet, high voice was like a balm of calm love, just as Jean's is. Talk about blood harmony...there is a rare video of them both on youtube, which George taped in the 60s. They're singing Four Marys and it is difficult to tell their voices apart. What beautiful and enduring Beauty they have given us.

Love and Light from Colorado,

love,

kat


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: The Sandman
Date: 20 Dec 09 - 05:02 PM

see my post dated 4 02,four posts above they a singing Four Marys


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Carrie Shore
Date: 20 Dec 09 - 08:43 PM

If the Ritchie family reads this thread, I just wanted to add my good thoughts, healing energy, prayers and whatever else I can possibly offer to Jean and to you all.
I feel very blessed to have met Jean at Turtle Hill Folk Festival. There is a sparkle in her eye and a magic in her music that can only come from a truly beautiful soul. Much love to you, Jean. Be well. Be at peace. You are a blessing.
Carrie Shore


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 20 Dec 09 - 08:53 PM

Hey, George- I saw you today from a distance at the Cambridge Revels (brilliant production, as always), and was so glad you're still there. I sang The Peace Round with everyone there, my heart full, and my thoughts on Jean and George and this whole family of ours.

Allison


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Dani
Date: 20 Dec 09 - 11:30 PM

Will hold the line (so to speak : ) in North Carolina, singing loudly for Jean, her family and friends, and for peace.

Dani


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Hollowfox
Date: 21 Dec 09 - 11:26 AM

What a grand idea! The Peace Round will be sung here onthe Ohio/Pennsylvania border as well.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,maeve on a borrowed laptop
Date: 21 Dec 09 - 12:20 PM

Jean and loved ones-

I have a couple of little things to sort but will soon be able to keep tabs on this thread. Do please call Carol Rohl via Timberhead (Gordon Bok's office) she is eager to be of help regarding stroke issues.

You are in my prayers.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Pinetop Slim
Date: 21 Dec 09 - 01:10 PM

Barbara: Midnight your time would be great. Seems "Peace Round" could ripple -- echo? -- and greet 2010 time zone by time zone...
Little Robyn -- I'm pretty sure I took the lyrics from Jean's "Celebration of Life," but I've noticed "grow" used instead of "dwell" and "children of the earth" instead of "children of all men." Also, sometimes the round begins "O, what a..." and sometimes cuts straight to "What A..." I haven't seen or heard Jean comment on the variations, but I do think it would be great if some sang "grow" and some sang "dwell..." Let the folk process have its way on New Year's Eve == Mark


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Celtaddict
Date: 21 Dec 09 - 06:26 PM

I used to sing rounds with my younger daughter. She is now married and lives in Nevada. I am going to see if we can work it out to sing the round by phone or Skype.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: wysiwyg
Date: 21 Dec 09 - 11:11 PM

Even before all this singing-thing started, I just keep sensing a deep, wide peace surrounding Jean, and Jean peaceful in it.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST
Date: 22 Dec 09 - 11:09 AM

Wysiwyg, that makes sense to me, considering who and how she is, and especially considering her thoughtful Mudcat letter about age and dying. Sending her my own good wishes for light and love and peace to be with her. And a joyful recovery, if that may be.

Rita


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 22 Dec 09 - 07:06 PM

Just listening to Jean sing her family's old version of the Cherry Tree Carol on Ron Olesko's Christmas show from last Sunday on WFDU. Jean, your voice is so incredibly beautiful. What a beautiful gift you are and have given the world so unselfishly. May you rest comfortable and continue in peace and love.

kat


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Susan Brumfield
Date: 22 Dec 09 - 11:39 PM

Dear Jon,

I'm sending all my love and prayers for dear Jean and for your family tonight, along with a promise to sing The Peace Round on New Year's Eve, in the New Orleans French Quarter. Jean's been on my mind for weeks, and I'd written to her about our "Kentucky Mother Goose." I'd been thinking that it was unlike her not to write back.

I'm praying that she will make her way all the way back to you, very soon. Please send my love to her and to your precious dad, too.

Blessings to you all,

Susan B.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,jbgood789
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 11:20 AM

The round will be sung in Maine on New Years as well!

Sending loving energy to Jean, be well!


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Tinker
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 01:15 PM

Here in New Jeresy we will raise the peace round with our New Year's toast.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: lefthanded guitar
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 05:00 PM

The spirit of folk music is never more exemplified than in the music and ther presence of Jean Ritchie- true heart, honesty and kindness towards all.

Wishing a good recovery to her and best wishes to the family.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 05:58 PM

Found this bit of news:

Legendary Folk Singer Jean Ritchie is in a New York hospital after suffering a major stroke earlier this month.

Ritchie is a Perry County native and has been called the mother of folk and a national treasure.

She recently turned 87 years old.

Long-time friend Mike Mullins with the Hindman Settlement School says Ritchie had a stroke on December 4th and possibly another one after that.

She's been unable to talk but can respond to commands.

The family says she may be moved to a nursing home once she's stable enough to leave the hospital.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: gnu
Date: 23 Dec 09 - 07:35 PM

Not the news I was hoping to hear, but at least it's some news.

I check this thread a number of times each day... just hoping for good news for such a wonderful person.

I know I am one of many.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: maeve
Date: 24 Dec 09 - 05:32 AM

Good morning, Jean and family. My husband and I hope you have a joyful Christmas. We are so grateful you are in this world, for you add immeasurably to the light.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: wysiwyg
Date: 24 Dec 09 - 10:27 AM

FYI

"Nursing home" is a generic term that can range from full-on rehab to any level of care. When someone is discharged to a care facility, it just means that a patient's situation is no longer considered acute and that longer-term strategies are being implemented in a less expensive facility with different staffing that suits the situation better.

In other words, it's usually good news to be discharged in that direction.

===

I share the Christmas wishes for the family and I know they will do Jean proud.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Derek Schofield
Date: 24 Dec 09 - 11:08 AM

As we move through Christmas Eve here in England - with snow on the ground, carols on the radio - my thoughts are with Jean, George, Jon and Peter.
Derek Schofield


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: mkebenn
Date: 24 Dec 09 - 02:54 PM

Thank you, Susan, for that FYI, my experiances have been less than ideal. Mike


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Lisa Johnson (Strumelia)
Date: 24 Dec 09 - 03:47 PM

When my own mother had a serious stroke, she was able to make pretty amazing improvements over a period of 18 months in the nursing home where she received excellent rehab/physical therapy. Recovery from serious stroke usually takes a long time, but it deeply impressed me how much my mother improved each month.

I would like to point out to Jean's fans who are players of the mountain dulcimer that over on our online community 'Friends of the Mountain Dulcimer', we have started a little group called Fans of Jean Ritchie. It's a place where we've lately been discussing how Jean has touched our lives in various ways, and sharing our individual thoughts about Jean's wonderful accomplishments, performances, writings, and learning materials.
The group warmly welcomes any interested person and is located here:
http://mountaindulcimer.ning.com/group/fansofjeanritchie

Sending my personal warmest wishes of healing and comfort to the Ritchie family...
Lisa Johnson
Chatham, NY


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: gnu
Date: 24 Dec 09 - 05:25 PM

Thnaks Lisa!


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 25 Dec 09 - 01:41 PM

Just to let you know we are thinking of you, Jean and family, on this day. May it bring Light, Love, and Peace with good news for you all.

LOve,

Kat & Rog


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: gnu
Date: 25 Dec 09 - 01:41 PM

Me too.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Celtaddict
Date: 25 Dec 09 - 10:08 PM

Peace, and joy, and inward music to Jean and those who love her.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: wysiwyg
Date: 25 Dec 09 - 10:26 PM

I hope Jon knows that this thread is checked (and thoughts of Jean and all her loves are strong) MANY more times than the number of posts here would suggest. On a number of such threads, that's been the case as soon as anyone asked if people were still praying/etc. when there were fewer posts.

Mudcatters tend to be in things for the LONG haul, whether we get updates or not. :~)

So Jean has been much in my thoughts the last several days as well, tho I may not always post each time I look at the thread to join the well-wishes posted here.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: KT
Date: 26 Dec 09 - 03:08 AM

I've never had the pleasure of meeting/knowing Jean, but have always enjoyed her posts. Reading this thread makes me know that it's a privilege to be living on the planet at the same time as this remarkable spirit. I add my prayers and voice to the community of music lovers who've gathered here in love, admiration and support. Jean, wishing you strength and peace as you move through this. May you feel the love surrounding you. KT


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Hollowfox
Date: 26 Dec 09 - 10:27 AM

WYSIWIG's right. I check threads, but I don't want to waste bandwidth just to let people know I was there. I don't know why it didn't come to mind befor, but Strumla's post reminds me of Taffy Thomas. He's a British performer who cam to the National Storytelling Festival a few years back. I saw his performance of Take Thse Chains From My Heart, and *that's* how I learned he'd recovered from a stroke. His recovery was that complete. I recommend the cd to anyone who can get it. Good thoughts and prayers, Mary


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Tinker
Date: 27 Dec 09 - 08:18 AM

Bright Morning. Blessed day. Waiting in joyful hope.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: KathWestra
Date: 27 Dec 09 - 11:08 AM

Dear Jean, George, Jon & Peter--Continuing to hold all of you in my thoughts and prayers, and sending love and hopes for a full recovery. I've been playing my CD of "Kentucky Christmas Old and New," and smiling when I hear Wintergrace at the video image of Jean singing as the snow falls. Will join with others in singing the Peace Round on December 31. Kathy


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Fortunato
Date: 27 Dec 09 - 11:19 AM

Dear Jean, George, Jon & Peter, like all above, I continue to think of you and hope for the best of outcomes. May the new year bring you health and joy.

Chance Shiver


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Alice
Date: 27 Dec 09 - 12:04 PM

Link to the mountain dulcimer group for Jean Ritchie


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Rachel in Santa Cruz
Date: 27 Dec 09 - 04:36 PM

To Jon, Jean and George,
As a tiny tot I went to sleep every night listening to Jean and Oscar Brand's records.
When I grew up, I had the great pleasure of meeting Jean back in 1989 and spending time recording her stories and songs on her porch in Viper. I have a lovely interview I did with her, which became part of the "Southern Songbirds" radio series about the women of Appalachian music. I feel it captures what a wise and humorous person she is, was.
If you don't have a copy, please let me know and I'll send you a CD.
(rachel@well.com).
My thoughts are with you all.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: elfcape
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 07:45 AM

No news since the 15th of December? Anyone have more info?


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Jayto
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 03:24 PM

If any big news comes around could someone email me at jtoglesby@live.com ? I have trouble seeing the posts sometimes so I may miss any big info. Does anyone know where she is? I mean is she in Ky or somewhere else? If any of the family or her friends are on here reading this I am in Ky and if there is anything I can do please let me know. Jean and her music really mean alot to me and if there is ever anything I can do please let me know. On all my instruments I have written LLKM which means Long Live Kentucky Music. I have stickers now that I am giving to people that has LLKM on it. The whole reasoning is not a promotional thing for me it is to make people remember the musical heritage of my area and state. I am really proud of my culture and heritage. Jean is a big part of Kentucky and her work has helped preserve our culture and heritage. LLKM and long live Kytrad. She is in my thoughts and prayers every day.
LLKM
JT


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 04:28 PM

Jayto,
Earlier in this thread it was said that Jean was in a hospital in Long Island, NYC.

As all are on this thread, I too am hoping for an update soon on Jean's condition and continue sending my wishes for healing and strength to Jean and her family.

Lisa Johnson
http://dulcimer-noter-drone.blogspot.com/


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Genie
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 08:11 PM

I hope and pray that Jean will soon be well enough to be transferred to a nursing/rehab. center and that her recovery will continue.   As we approach the turn of a new year, my wish is that it may bring much good news for Jean and family.

Genie


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: wysiwyg
Date: 28 Dec 09 - 08:54 PM

Let's all relax about updates, folks, OK? Whatever is going on will be helped by our positive prayers and thoughts, while frettin' won't help anybuddy.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: maeve
Date: 29 Dec 09 - 12:48 PM

Prayers and rejoicing continue here in Midcoast Maine.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Dec 09 - 12:43 PM

May the turning of the year bring much positive changes for Jean and family.

Blessed Be.

luvyakat


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Dec 09 - 12:45 PM

Amen to that, Maeve and Kat.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Liam's Brother
Date: 30 Dec 09 - 01:28 PM

Amen to that, Maeve and Kat. Jean, a true lady.

~Dan Milner


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: EBarnacle
Date: 30 Dec 09 - 02:48 PM

Let's end a very rough year on a positive note, Jean. Get better and return to us in the coming year.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: wysiwyg
Date: 30 Dec 09 - 03:58 PM

The Peace Round sounds like that positive note. I'm just glad to have had even the slightest connection to this lady. She once was kind enough to sign an old book I'd Mud-auctioned, in which she had appeared, for the auction recipient.

I don't ask for more. Wherever she may be, in whatever condition, that lives for me so powerfully that she will ALWAYS be with me.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Stringsinger
Date: 30 Dec 09 - 07:29 PM

Jean is one of the most significant and important balladeers of our generation. It may be that she is one of the remaining links to a genuine American folk tradition. I love the song
"The L and N Don't Stop Here Anymore". I've been working on it.

Jean has proven that a trad folk singer can be really knowledgeable about her role in the music. She has studied not only as a performer but as a scholar in the field.

Mary and I wish her speedy recovery.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: My guru always said
Date: 31 Dec 09 - 04:51 AM

Thinking of Jean and her family, and all singing the Peace Round tonight!
Hil


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Little Robyn
Date: 31 Dec 09 - 08:30 AM

We did it! We sang the Peace Round just after midnight NZ time!
It's now heading for half past two in the morning and we've just arrived home again. The Aussies on the eastern coast should have sung it about half an hour ago. It's on its way around the world!
Happy New Year from New Zealand.
And lots of love to Jean.
Robyn


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 01 Jan 10 - 12:32 AM

I had to do it before midnight our time, but it's just past where Jean is and I sang with her! I didn't have anyone here, so I found the earlier link to THIS VIDEO and sang along. Thanks for posting that, earlier.

I noticed Jean's words were slightly different than what I found in this thread, though I didn't make a thorough search. She sings "What a goodly thing / If the children of all men / Could live together / In peace."

(In this instance, I prefer the "children of the Earth" no offence to Jean.)

Continued thanks givings for Jean and family.

May Peace Prevail for all!


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: brashley46
Date: 01 Jan 10 - 01:22 AM

Sandie and I sang a duet on the Round here in Toronto as well, a little over an hour ago.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 01 Jan 10 - 07:48 AM

So there I was at the Nelson contra dance, having a great time, dancers whirling, taking my turn at the piano, and thinking "This is not the place to interrupt the action with a song. I'll do it when I get home." The dance ended, and the caller came up to me and said, "Allison, would you lead us in a song?"


....Why, yes, I would be delighted to! Nelson rang out with Jean's Peace Round and there were tears, I saw them. I felt chills, and such a connection with Jean and with all of you.

New Year blessings, all.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Suffet
Date: 01 Jan 10 - 09:36 AM

A small group of us from the New York Pinewoods Folk Music Club sang the Peace Round for Jean just after midnight.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: wysiwyg
Date: 01 Jan 10 - 05:38 PM

Love Animaterra's story, and I am sure there were may other Catters who had a similar experience, all around the globe.

We did our own New Year's for Jean and, while I am not under the illusion that it may have helped her directly, I know it helped me, and I suspect it would help Jon to know we all did as requested. Just as I know that fulfilling the original "Peace Round" request will have had much the same result, which I think Jean would like.

Many thanks to Jean,

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Nancy Johnson
Date: 01 Jan 10 - 11:18 PM

Many in various dulcimer clubs and folk music groups within Kentucky joined together at midnight to sing for Jean. Some of us were alone, some in small groups, others at New Year gatherings.....but we were all joined by this common bond - the love and admiration for Jean Ritchie.
I know she felt it some way, just as we felt the energy from each other.
Our love to Jean, George, Jon, Peter and the rest of her family.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 10:59 AM

Like many people I have been following this tread and sending good thoughts to all those concerned, but one of life's coincidences brought Jean even closer to my mind today.

I was doing some post Christmas tidying up and decided to go through my collection of old 78 rpm records. Imagine my surprise when I unearthed an "His Master's Voice" recording of Jean singing "Black-eyed Susan", "Going to Boston" and "Loving Hannah". The record states that it was recorded under the auspices of the English Folk Dance and Song Society. What made the coincidence was that the postman had just delivered my copy of Jean's Kentucky Christmas. There was a bonus tape in the package (thanks!) and on the tape was...."Going to Boston".

Sort of full circle really!

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Cuilionn
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 12:50 PM

I've been keeping a computer sabbath of a sort the past couple of weeks, so I missed the "breaking news" portion of this thread...and yet, I didn't. I somehow settled on the Revels "Wassail, Wassail" recording as my favourite seasonal music during Advent this year. Jean's singing and her wonderful story of a blizzard-foraged Christmas tree brought nourishment to my hungry soul amidst the season's flimsier, falser commercial trappings.

My mother wrote from across the country, telling me she was in need of Christmas cheer...so I ordered a copy of the CD and sent it to her. In our two distant habitations, we both wrapped ourselves in Jean Ritchie's bardic gifts--as inspiring as a star in the winter sky, as comforting as a grandmother's quilt.

Jean, my sister suffers a complex neurological condition which has made her essentially nonverbal, and yet she is a brilliant poet. May everyone around you be deeply aware of your still-strong wisdom and shimmering brilliance, no matter what you may or may not be able to marshall your body to do.

New Year's Blessings to all of us, in the unending circle of Story and Song!!!

A h-uile beannachd oirbh (Blessings!)

--Cuilionn


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Joe Offer
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 11:27 PM

Blessings Barbara had us all sing Peace Round at San Francisco's Camp New Harmony on New Year's Eve.
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Janie
Date: 02 Jan 10 - 11:31 PM

Had no one to make it into a round, but did get it sung.

Still sending good thoughts....


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: maeve
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 11:26 AM

I'm stopping in to wish Jean and her family a very joyful New Year.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Suffet
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 12:33 PM

UPDATE

Greetings:

This came from Jon Pickow last night (January 2). He siad it was OK for me to put this onto Mudcat.

I've heard that people around the world sang it [Jean's "Peace Round"] as well. Then Pickows and the Brands sang it here, and with mom the next day.

I spoke to Jerry
[Epstein] in the hospital the other day, and by the time I heard about the setback, the crisis had passed, thank God. It was good to hear his voice and know that he's not taking this laying down.

Mom is in a nursing home now. She is still on the ventilator, but she is somewhat responsive.

All the best for the new year,

Jonny


Jon added the following early this morning: I'll post on Mudcat sooner or later, but it's not easy to get to it all.

That's all for now.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: wysiwyg
Date: 03 Jan 10 - 12:35 PM

Thanks so much, Steve.

I send all my prayers and best wishes to Jean and her loves.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Mooh
Date: 04 Jan 10 - 09:40 AM

Having never met, I have been think of Jean Ritchie a lot lately anyway, due to this thread. Isn't she someone we all wish we knew? And isn't she someone we all DO know in a way? Thanks to Mudcat. It's sobering to follow this thread, kindness and admiration all around.

Wishing you well Jean!

Peace, Mooh.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Philippa
Date: 04 Jan 10 - 10:30 AM

there was a long article in Sat Irish Times about a young woman who had a brain stem stroke. She has not had a great recovery - fully aware but paralysed, can communicate with eyes and finger - uses a machine something like the one scientist Stephen Hawkings writes with. The heartening thing is that ways have been found to aid communication and that she says life is worth living


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 04 Jan 10 - 01:51 PM

Thanks so much, Suffet- I'm glad to hear this update. Still sending loving thoughts every day!


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 04 Jan 10 - 02:08 PM

Thanks, Suffet. Much appreciated. May there be a steady ease and peace for all involved.

Much love to Jean and family.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Pinetop Slim
Date: 04 Jan 10 - 06:53 PM

Thanks all. It was an honor to enter the new year as part of the Jean Ritchie circle... Mark


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Bert
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 01:58 PM

More love on its way.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST
Date: 05 Jan 10 - 02:19 PM

Any updates on Jean Ritchie?


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Suzy T.
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 01:00 AM

We just had an update a couple of days ago. I know that everyone here (me included) really wants to know what's going on with Jean, but I think we need to respect her and George and the rest of their family's privacy, and be patient -- I am sure that Jon will post news (or someone will post for him) when he can. They have really a lot on their plate right now. So, let's all keep them in our thoughts and in our hearts and prayers and songs. Both Jean and George have given so very much to all of us.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: wysiwyg
Date: 06 Jan 10 - 10:37 AM

Amen!

~S~


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: wysiwyg
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 12:06 AM

Just a word of encouragement for Jon-- who I hope knows what a blessing he is and has been to his folks.

Caregiving's a heavy load to bear; it's important to takr breaks before you get worn down by it, because even the most blessed parts of it need a little breaktime.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,999
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 12:09 AM

I think about you most every day, Jean.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Acme
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 12:21 AM

Rest and get well again soon, Jean.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Celtaddict
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 12:45 AM

More blessings, and peace to Jean and those who love her.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: brashley46
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 01:16 PM

What WYSIWYG said, Jon; take care, and remember to take care of yourself too. Old hospital worker here who has seen too much. Don't wear yourselves out.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Big Mick
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 01:56 PM

Yes, it is a lot. You may take that from me, as I have both parents in need of care just now. I check on this thread daily, and I am so full of empathy for what Jon and the family are going through. I can tell them this. Just keep one foot going in front of the other, no matter how insurmountable it looks. Never lose faith that it will get better. It will. And when you have a family that is built on love, as the Ritchie-Pickow family is, and friends that care as much as we care about you, it will lend you strength when the night seems like it will never end.

Jon, if you happen to read this, or Steve, if you would be so kind as to pass it on, please let Jean know that she is in my daily prayers, and that I wish her the very best.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 08 Jan 10 - 07:35 PM

Tons of god thoughts from Connectcut ! . All the best , Guy


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Stephanie P. Ledgin
Date: 09 Jan 10 - 10:24 AM

Just wanting to again send along my continuing prayers and love to Jean, George, Jon and Peter....never far from my thoughts. I chuckle every time I roll over in my mind the brief email from Jean she allowed me to include in my book and how she referred to herself as a "tottering old lady," a description I would never assign to her, but reveals, in part, the humor and grace Jean has always shown in her life. I feel so blessed to know the Ritchie-Pickow family. With all my heart and love, sending strength and get well wishes. Stephanie P. Ledgin


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: maeve
Date: 09 Jan 10 - 01:54 PM

Continuing love and prayers from Maine.

maeve


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Stringsinger
Date: 09 Jan 10 - 03:48 PM

"Blue Diamond Mine" is a fantastic song. (Kinda' based on "In the Pines")
She has it on You Tube.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: wysiwyg
Date: 11 Jan 10 - 10:09 AM

Singing 'with' Kytrad (Jean Ritchie in nursing home)


I'm taking the liberty of starting a new thread for the telling (and well-wishing) of Jean's stay in a nursing home. I do this because:

1. I spend enough time in those places to know how music can and sometimes does fill them to overflowing;
2. I have some idea how busy the Pickows and other family/friends are at this time;
3. I want to honor the Pickows' request to sing in the New Year for (with) Jean;
4. I suspect Jean is having a similar effect in the nursing home that she has had everywhere else she has been, whether she's mostly sleeping, or up and about busy with rehab! :~)


So-- Mudcatters, what song do you wish you could sing in Jean's room (or nearby)? Singing 'with' Kytrad (Jean Ritchie in nursing home)


Pickow's and friends-in-person who visit Jean, what can you tell us of Jean's stay? Does the staff have any idea "Who" they are hosting, and how are they treating y'all? I'm sure there have been many personal moments with one another you will not wish to share here, but please know that Mudcatters (posting or not) continue to think about and pray for you all, with warm gratitude for Jean's presence in our midst. Singing 'with' Kytrad (Jean Ritchie in nursing home)



Still praying and looking to the blessings,

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 11 Jan 10 - 03:17 PM

Much love and continued thanks givings from Colorado.

Jon, don't worry about getting to the Mudcat any time, soon. We understand the tremendous strain you are all under, esp. with your dad's medical needs, etc., too. Just know there are many, many of us, around the world, who continue to send our love and good thoughts to you, your brother, and mum and dad.

All the best,

kat


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: SINSULL
Date: 11 Jan 10 - 04:12 PM

From a 2008 interview in Kentucky Today:
Read the last line -
"In 1946, she graduated from the University of Kentucky with a B.A. in social work, and later took a job at the Henry Street Settlement in Manhattan. While in New York, Ritchie met other important musicians and became at home singing her mountain songs on the same bill as Woody Guthrie, Pete Seeger, and The Weavers.

Since then, Ritchie has performed her family�s songs from the smoky coffeehouses of Greenwich Village to the prestigious Carnegie Hall in New York, the Royal Albert Hall in London, England, and back home to the forks of Troublesome Creek at Hindman Settlement School in Knott County. And if the 85-year-old has her way, she'll be singing them for many more years to come.

"It keeps you alive longer," she says, sitting at her dining room table at home in Port Washington, New York. (She also maintains a home in Perry County, Kentucky.) "It wouldn't be much fun sitting in a nursing home, just waiting. If you want to stay longer in this world, you have to join in."


I hope Jean's head is full of music and her days in the nursing home pass quickly.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: SINSULL
Date: 11 Jan 10 - 04:20 PM

Actually it was in Kentucky Living


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: gnu
Date: 11 Jan 10 - 04:52 PM

Continued thoughts and prayers for her and her family and friends.

I only briefly "knew" her. She had a print in the Mudcat auction that I was successful in bidding on. We exchanged PMs and emails, briefly.

I shall remember those.

Thanks.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: SINSULL
Date: 11 Jan 10 - 05:00 PM

gnu - I was the final recipient of that print. A treasure.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: gnu
Date: 11 Jan 10 - 05:15 PM

My pleasure, SINS. Truely.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 12 Jan 10 - 04:54 PM

Another day of turning towards morning...thinking of Jean and her beauty in all things.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Andymac
Date: 12 Jan 10 - 06:56 PM

I've never met Jean but a few years ago, there was a thread regarding "The L & N" and I commented that I'd always thought it traditional and couldn't praise it more highly than that.
Jean replied and we shared a few PMs.
I was amazed that such a respected luminary would even take notice of anything I'd said. but I've realised that this sort of little incident is why she is so respected.

It isn't her music, which is superb, nor her tradition-bearing status, which is impeccable; but it's because of her humility and humanity and decency, all of which are what make her so important as a mentor and role model for us all.

Get well soon

Andymac (Scotland)


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: dulcimer42
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 01:07 PM

I was told that her son was keeping Mudcat updated, under her name Kytrad.    How does one seek the postings of an individual on Mudcat?


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Little Robyn
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 01:18 PM

You should be able to find Jean's postings here:
kytrad

But just in case that doesn't work, it's here:
http://www.mudcat.org/usersearch.cfm?who=kytrad

Robyn


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Joe Offer
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 01:48 PM

Dulcimer-
Jean's son posts updates here under his own name, Jon Pickow, but his last post was December 15. Jean Ritchie's user name is kytrad. She last posted November 16.
(the names are links that will show their posts)
-Joe-


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 01:53 PM

And, the last update was posted by Suffet on this thread on 03 Jan 10 - 12:33 PM. It was from an email from Jon to Suffet.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: gnu
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 02:14 PM

I assume Jon is still recovering and busy. Updating us here in The Café would be a rather difficult task, I would, again, assume.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Suffet
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 06:23 PM

I am hesitant about asking Jon again at this time, especially since he said he would post something on Mudcat when he had the chance to do so.

--- Steve


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,WYS-out
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 06:28 PM

Steve, some of us are just "singing with Jean" till we're told otherwise; the link to that thread is in the threadlist, above.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Bert
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 06:29 PM

More love on its way.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 07:11 PM

That's fine, imo, Steve. We don't want to bother them or you; we just want them to know, when they can stop in, that we all care and are still thinking of them all.

Thank you,

kat


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Jeri
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 07:41 PM

There can't be many things more crazy-making than feeling like you have to pay attention to and take care of someone who says they want to help.

No pressure: not to keep us updated and re-assured, nor accept/acknowledge the constant well wishes and prayers. We get started here and then shift to autopilot. We'll keep the good thoughts, wishes and prayers going no matter what.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Janie
Date: 14 Jan 10 - 09:56 PM

What Jeri said....

Janie


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Lisa Johnson (Strumelia)
Date: 17 Jan 10 - 07:46 PM

Well at least we know that Jean is out of immediate danger and is in recovery and rehabilitation, which is usually a long slow process after a major stroke event. My own mother (born the same year as Jean, and also a musician) had a massive stroke which taught me a little about post-stroke recovery.
Depending on the severity of the stroke, recovery involves varying degrees of having to retrain the muscles needed for talking, eating, walking, etc. It's hard slow work, but amazing improvements are often made over time. Jean and her family are strong positive people, and I'm sure they are all up to the job.

Sending my good wishes...
Lisa Johnson

My blog for learning traditional noter style dulcimer playing...
http://dulcimer-noter-drone.blogspot.com/


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Big Mick
Date: 20 Jan 10 - 08:42 PM

Second that, Lisa. I am currently dealing with both a mother and a father in long term care and rehab. My Mom suffered a stroke. It is a process of creating new neural pathways and in 80+ year old folks who are a bit set in there ways, that can be difficult. But Jean, like my Mom, is a person determined to live a graceful, and interesting, life. She will deal with it in the same way she has lived her life so far, and that is why she is revered as a great folk artist, respected as a wonderful human being, and loved as a good friend. Prayers and love to the Ritchie-Pickow family.

Mick


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Jayto
Date: 21 Jan 10 - 01:07 PM

Just wanting to tell Jean and her family they have alot of thoughts and prayers down here in Kentucky. Every day someone asks if I have heard anything regarding Jean. She has not been forgotten about by her native state and she is still very loved here.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: foggers
Date: 21 Jan 10 - 02:22 PM

Amen to that Lisa and Bill.

Jayto - isn't interesting how Jean is someone who is so treasured by people who are near and far?

There you are in her native state, but I am 1000s of miles away in UK and there are people all round the globe sending good thoughts to this most gracious of ladies.

Even when it is she who is in need, she brings out the best in us along th way and that is a rare touch to have.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: semi-submersible
Date: 21 Jan 10 - 06:22 PM

Warm thoughts and fellowship to all the family through your long journeying, from a Canadian fishwife you don't know, but who wishes you well.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Jayto
Date: 22 Jan 10 - 10:17 AM

Foggers you are rightI think it really stands as a testament to her character. Also sometimes an artists harshest criticsand critisicm comes from the people and area that they are credited with representing. For Mrs. Richey to be so loved by the people she represents is not a compliment to be taken lightley either. Both stand to as a testament to her talent and character and she deserves all the praise she recieves.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: SINSULL
Date: 26 Jan 10 - 03:04 PM

Jean just crossed my mind.
REFRESH


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: Guy Wolff
Date: 26 Jan 10 - 10:49 PM

I just put up a dulcimer peice for Jean on Youtube . Thinking of her every day .I got my daughter a nice simple McSpadden some years back and wanted to do something for Jean with it ... All the best to all here .. Guy

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LtmjM63Fzfk


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: VirginiaTam
Date: 27 Jan 10 - 07:38 AM

Jean just crossed your mind SINS?

I had her name in my meditation bowl this Sunday past.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: GUEST,Lisa Johnson (Strumelia)
Date: 29 Jan 10 - 09:03 PM

Guy- a beautiful rendition, and a touching tribute.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: autoharpbob
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 07:16 AM

Lovely tribute Guy, and one of my favourite Steeleye Span tunes. I was adding the high harmony as you sang, though I am no Maddy!


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Subject: UPDATE
From: Mary Katherine
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 07:55 AM

UPDATE

This was posted yesterday to a folklore list I'm on:

Hi everyone. I've been in touch with Jean Ritchie's family over the past several weeks and just want to give you a brief update. She suffered a stroke as you know and was hospitalized for a week. She was then transferred to a rehab facility here on Long Island and has made significant progress. Although she needs a respirator at night, during the day she is breathing on her own and able to move and speak. However she has limited language skills but is making progress. The doctors expect she will be able to go home in about 2 months.

Nancy Solomon
Long Island Traditions


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: SINSULL
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 08:13 AM

Thank you for the update Mary Katherine. Better news than I expected but still frustrating to think of Jean at a loss for words. As always - one day at a time. And if anyone can come back from this it is Jean.
Always in my thoughts and prayers with a few others.
Mary


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie hospitalized
From: katlaughing
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 10:40 AM

Thanks for the update. Good news! I am sure she will make even more progress when she is in her own home, too.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.2010
From: Fortunato
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 01:17 PM

Wonderful to hear that Jean is making progress.

Hang in there, Jean.

chance


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.2010
From: Severn
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 02:04 PM

What Chance said!


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.2010
From: GUEST,999
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 04:29 PM

What Severn said.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.2010
From: Waddon Pete
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 04:37 PM

What Fortunato, Severn and Guest 999 said with knobs on!

Best wishes,

Peter


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.2010
From: nickp
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 06:00 PM

Good news. Best wishes Jean.

Nick


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.2010
From: Tinker
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 07:47 PM

Healing, grace and patience as you move forward day by day...


I'll sing Baby Owlet tonight and wrap that thought in prayer to wing it's way onward....


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.201
From: Janie
Date: 30 Jan 10 - 08:43 PM

Good news indeed. Continued thoughts and prayers.

Janie


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.2010
From: wysiwyg
Date: 31 Jan 10 - 01:23 AM

This sounds like STELLAR progress. (I'm not surprised.)

Enjoy the peace, Jean.

~Susan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.201
From: Dan Schatz
Date: 31 Jan 10 - 01:36 AM

I'm so glad to hear of Jean's progress, though frustrated in sympathy with her for the length of the path before her. Jean, you have all our love.

Dan


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.201
From: Sandra in Sydney
Date: 31 Jan 10 - 05:20 AM

I'm currently listening to Jean singing with her sons on Mountain Born, one of my favourite albums.

sending more good wishes to Jean & family

sandra


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.2010
From: brashley46
Date: 02 Feb 10 - 12:21 AM

Thank you, Mary Katherine.

Much love still winging its way southeast from Toronto.


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.2010
From: AllisonA(Animaterra)
Date: 02 Feb 10 - 07:42 AM

Wonderful news!


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.2010
From: gnu
Date: 02 Feb 10 - 12:11 PM

INDEED!


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.2010
From: GUEST
Date: 02 Feb 10 - 12:23 PM

Good news. Best wishes for continued progress!


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Subject: RE: Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.2010
From: maeve
Date: 02 Feb 10 - 12:49 PM

I'm thankful for this good news.

maeve
    Jean's son Jon Pickow started a new thread here (click), so I'm going to close this thread. Please post to the new thread.
    Thanks.
    -Joe Offer, 3 Feb 2010-


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