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Is kytrad okay? Jean Ritchie UPDATE 30 Jan.2010

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katlaughing 15 Dec 09 - 05:34 PM
Jeri 15 Dec 09 - 05:44 PM
foggers 15 Dec 09 - 05:45 PM
bbc 15 Dec 09 - 05:47 PM
Susanne (skw) 15 Dec 09 - 05:53 PM
Suffet 15 Dec 09 - 05:54 PM
GUEST,999 15 Dec 09 - 05:55 PM
GUEST,Derek Schofield 15 Dec 09 - 05:56 PM
artbrooks 15 Dec 09 - 06:00 PM
Anglo 15 Dec 09 - 06:11 PM
My guru always said 15 Dec 09 - 06:18 PM
GUEST,John Garst 15 Dec 09 - 06:30 PM
Charlie Baum 15 Dec 09 - 06:40 PM
wysiwyg 15 Dec 09 - 06:49 PM
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Steve Gardham 15 Dec 09 - 06:51 PM
open mike 15 Dec 09 - 07:19 PM
Tinker 15 Dec 09 - 07:21 PM
GUEST,KathWestra (sans cookie) 15 Dec 09 - 07:37 PM
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Janie 15 Dec 09 - 08:11 PM
Suzy T. 15 Dec 09 - 08:28 PM
Fortunato 15 Dec 09 - 08:29 PM
ClaireBear 15 Dec 09 - 08:40 PM
GUEST,Jon Pickow 15 Dec 09 - 08:50 PM
Maryrrf 15 Dec 09 - 08:59 PM
Joybell 15 Dec 09 - 09:24 PM
GUEST,Larry 15 Dec 09 - 09:33 PM
WFDU - Ron Olesko 15 Dec 09 - 09:36 PM
EBarnacle 15 Dec 09 - 09:41 PM
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ranger1 15 Dec 09 - 11:13 PM
Dan Schatz 15 Dec 09 - 11:23 PM
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GUEST,Jerry Epstein 15 Dec 09 - 11:28 PM
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frogprince 15 Dec 09 - 11:48 PM
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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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