The Shire in morning light

The Shire in morning light

Foto by Vanessa Lillian

Walking Big Mav down one of the little roads on our property, the bottom land looked like a scene from the Lord Of The Rings. Nice… very nice.

Home for a week doing home stuff. The day before Easter we all took a long hike over by Ginger’s house in Athens County.

Another beautiful rock outcropping

Another beautiful rock outcropping

Things are just starting to green up. No poison ivy yet… great hiking.

Then on Sunday, Virginia took us all out for Easter Dinner at the OU Inn.

The Big Buffet

The Big Buffet

Foto by Ginger Gagne

Then, as the afternoon waned… Vanessa and Izze and I did what most Jews would do on Easter or Christmas… went for a Chinese dinner.


Today I got to spend some time with Izze in the field.

A girl and her bow

A girl and her bow

This was Izze’s first archery outing of the year and she acquitted herself nobly. The sound of her field tips penetrating that target snap like a rifle shot. I love it.

That’s my girl.

The young mule skinner

The young mule skinner

Then it was time for her driving lesson and she drove me around the property in the mule for about 30 minutes. Well done… she didn’t scare me once.



Then she logged some time on the electric Razor circling the Beatrice Love Kitchen. My Mom would have love it.

Last but certainly not least… It was Vanessa’s birthday and we took Mom out to dinner…

Happy Birthday Vanessa! May you have many more!

The girls

The girls

Selfie by Vanessa Lillian

A fitting end to a fine day!


  1. Comment made on April 4, 2016 by John B

    Jorma will you be at the Ranch for the Arts and Mind Festival July 16 and 17?

  2. Comment made on April 4, 2016 by Andy K

    Back in the day, The Grateful Dead opened for Tuna in Brooklyn.

  3. Comment made on April 3, 2016 by Raymond Arritt

    Wow, Izze is driving! I’m sure you’ve heard it a million times, but they grow up so fast. Treasure these moments.

  4. Comment made on April 3, 2016 by Robert Burke

    Must’ve missed your April Fools post. Last year, fell for it, hook, line and sinker. Peace.
    Your Pal

  5. Comment made on April 3, 2016 by jim hitchcock


     Aunt Mary in Reno, last of the old guard, turned 96 a couple of days ago

    She had 4 boys with Uncle Norm, my dad’s best friend. Oldest doesn’t work, second has a medical practice in Reno, third lives off the grid, the youngest Kris works on an oil drilling platform in the Gulf of Mexico.

    Man, having kids must be hard; still, she persists.

    by jim hitchcock (railway) on 04.02.16 10:05pmreply  flag

    Turning 96 is awesome.

    I would also read a book or watch a movie about the intersecting lives of those four kids. Those descriptions are like four different Springsteen songs.

    by Eric Stephen on 04.02.16 10:08pmup reply  rec  flag

    Twice a year Kris flies out from Atlanta and we spend a few days at Mark’s cabin in the woods near Quincy, Ca. Mark generally brings his 4 kids, and often Mary. We wait till they’re in bed, then we spin pretty much true yarns until near sunrise. It’s kind of perfect.

    by jim hitchcock (railway) on 04.02.16 10:18pmup reply  flag

    This is like a Springsteen song.

  6. Comment made on April 2, 2016 by jim hitchcock

    This is what goes on at True Blue LA, a so called Dodger baseball blog:

    Had a listen to a Rory posthumous acoustic CD over the past week, FB, Wheels Within Wheels.

    by jim hitchcock (railway) on 04.02.16 7:33pmup reply  flag

     Nice

    I’m on a Linda Rondstadt kick the last couple of days. What a voice.

    by Franklin Brock on 04.02.16 7:50pmup reply  rec  flag

    So sad her Parkinson’s is so bad she can’t sing at all anymore.

    A Bruin from Rapid City

    by Steve SD on 04.02.16 7:51pmup reply  rec  flag

    Really is.

    by Franklin Brock on 04.02.16 7:53pmup reply  rec  flag

    Yes, but thankfully it doesn’t take away from what she gave us, the sweetest, purest, most powerful voice most of us were lucky enough to ever experience, good on you, Linda Ronstadt.

    by jim hitchcock (railway) on 04.02.16 8:13pmup reply  flag

    Amen, brother . . . amen.

    A Bruin from Rapid City

    by Steve SD on 04.02.16 8:14pmup reply  rec  flag


    by Franklin Brock on 04.02.16 8:15pm

  7. Comment made on April 1, 2016 by Susan

    You got me with your April fools joke…….tuna opening for the dead in New York would be phenomenal!

  8. Comment made on April 1, 2016 by Barbara Jacobs

    “Foto by Vanessa”, I see that. The Kaukonens have a talent for photography.
    Happy Birthday Vanessa.

    @Barbara Jacobs

  9. Comment made on March 31, 2016 by DennisK

    Happy Birthday Vanessa! You rock.

    Fish on Captain. Do you ever share your secret spots with visiting ranchers?

  10. Comment made on March 31, 2016 by JB

    Nothing like a day on the water to soothe the soul.

  11. Comment made on March 31, 2016 by Andy K

    Many thanks for moving this summer’s Electric show from the NYCB Theatre at Westbury (Westbury Music Fair). That venue had TERRIBLE acoustics and was a definite downer last year.
    Now you’ll be performing in August at the Space at Westbury. Much better. And only standing room tickets are left! Bravo!

  12. Comment made on March 30, 2016 by Barbara Jacobs

    I love this blog-post, Jorma!

    Your photo, “The Shire in morning light” is excellent in its composition,
    coloration and feeling of being one with nature. I am not there with you, as you take that photo; but still have a sense of sharing that time and place with you.

  13. Comment made on March 30, 2016 by Tim from Philly

    Love your blog, Brother Jorma! Are those ‘little roads’ on the FPR property? Lovely.

    Rock on.

  14. Comment made on March 30, 2016 by johno

    Trout season opens Friday! I’m going up to the Catskills this weekend – been waiting all winter for April 1st.


  15. Comment made on March 30, 2016 by JB

    Jorma- Do you fish? Any trout in that stream?

    • Comment made on March 30, 2016 by Jorma

      Yes… but not in this stream… nearby lakes and ponds… and lager rivers… Awesome!

  16. Comment made on March 30, 2016 by bruce

    beautiful land,beautiful family…..I was born on Ohio,but have no memory of it…need to go back…born in Warren,and everybody tells me it’s a dump,but I don’t believe them…hey,me,Dave Grohl and Jerry Douglas are from Warren….two outta three ain’t bad!

  17. Comment made on March 30, 2016 by john

    Jorma, I trust you serenade Vanessa with an appropriate version of Happy Birthday Ms President. 🙂

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