Now, where were we?
We are glancing back, updating some of last year’s stories.
* One story doesn’t require much of a glance-back: A book about old-time folksingers that included a fine, fat chapter on one of Glenvar’s own.
In a very nice coincidence I happened to be tidying up (shoveling?) the post-holiday paper-mounds, when I spotted an unopened Wall St. Journal left here by my favorite ex-husband.
Lo, it featured an above-the-fold, almost-full-page review of the book mentioned in our last column (Dec. 28): Stephen Wade’s “The Beautiful Music All Around Us.” He is the learned, talented author who gave an excellent presentation — including live and recorded music — about his book this past fall. It features “our own” late singer Texas Gladden.
Eddie Dean (who happens to be a friend of Salem High School teacher / musician Fred Campbell) wrote the piece titled “The Music We Once Made” for the WSJ’s Dec. 22-23 weekend edition. It’s a good read.
And it’s also a good reminder of the significant, informative — and hey, even fun — events and exhibits to be found at our Salem Museum.
n You might remember stories about Tammy Duncan — THE dedicated Johnny Depp fan given red-carpet treatment at a “Pirates of the Caribbean” premiere.
She has collected rooms of “Johnny” and pirate memorabilia. She had his autograph tattooed on her arm. Aye, that lass! (See photo.)
Well, she has sailed away from her Salem harbor (Curves trainer; massage therapist) to join up with a merry crew in Myrtle Beach. Tammy reported having a “grrrreat time” working at the Pirates’ Voyage Dinner Theater, surrounded by many with “the same ‘Peter Pan’ syndrome” as she.
We’ll raise a cup o’ grog in the direction of South Carolina: In specific, a toast to Tammy’s bounteous good cheer. And in general, to not-growing-old!
* While we are lifting brews (even if mine is just tea), here’s a toast to those of you who share your stories.
It is an honor to be trusted with them, and I don’t take it lightly. Some of you even send thank-you notes! If I were a better person — or at least better organized — I would write each of you “real,” snail-mail letters. (And then there are those naughty wags who ask me for an updated “Satan Place,” a dark Salem roman-a-clef. Yikes, not for this space!)
* To segue from such wicked thoughts: The Week of Prayer for Christian Unity starts this Sunday (Jan. 20), 6 pm, First Evangelical Methodist Church. Then: Mon. noon, Salem Presbyterian. Tues. noon, St. Paul’s Episcopal; 7 pm, The Crossing and Grace Community. Weds. noon, First Baptist; 7 pm, First United Methodist. Thurs. noon, College Lutheran; 7 pm, Ft. Lewis Baptist. Sat. noon, Shiloh Baptist. This is cool.