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Hi, all,

I sang yesterday (Sunday September 12) at a very successful and peaceful gathering in Bozeman to express support for religious diversity and to push back against increasing anti-Muslim mentality in America, including Montana.  Thought you might like to read about it.  Check out the video, too.  There's a brief sound byte of me singing "Oh, You Know We Are One."


I'm continuing to work on the Open Your Heart songbook (joyful, spirit-filled music for all of us - UUs, pagans, religious liberals, holy misfits . . . .  I know you are going to enjoy the songs in this collection, not only mine, but those of other favorites like Betsy Rose, Madge Strong, Marianne Barlow, Harmony Grisman and more.  I've been discovering the deep meaning and usefulness of these songs for so many years now as I've led gatherings.  It will be great to get them "out there" in this book which is being co-published with the Mountain Desert District UUA for their twenty year celebration. I've written some new ones in the past year or two which I think you'll find meaningful, especially some of my collaborations with the Rev. Lois Van Leer, one of my UU ministerial friends.

The Good Dog Ukulele School continues to develop.  I'm having a good time selling ukuleles, books and shirts and working on ideas with my students for the next book on note reading on the ukulele.

I've had a request to make a video of "It's Not Just in the Bible" for YouTube.  I just need a few more hours in the day . . . No, really, I'll TRY to get that happening this week and send out another news note when it's up.

Okay, back to work . . .  Montana is beautiful these days - a little Indian summer with some fresh snow on the mountains from time to time.  In the meantime, we are experiencing the same culture wars that are being incited all around the country with the promptings of the media.  It's a good time to keep singing.  Yesterday I led "This Land Is Your Land" at which time I mentioned my gratitude to Peter, Paul, and Mary for their cease and desist letter to the anti-gay marriage folks who were playing their recording of the song at their gatherings.  I also made a point to talk about the social activism of writer Woody Guthrie and sang a couple of verses that are often left out of the school textbook version.

"In the middle of the city, in the shadow of the steeple

By the relief office I saw my people

As they stood there hungry, I stood there listenin'

This land was made for you and me

Nobody living can ever stop me as I go walking that freedom's highway

Nobody living can make me turn back

This land was made for you and me." 

I know, I know, I suppose I should create a blog, but this will have to do for now.

 Hope all is well with all of you.  Judy 



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