Saturday, May 27, 2023 our daughter Izze and her friends graduated Athens High School. We are so proud of all these kids who have worked so hard. We’ve known most of Izze’s gang since kindergarten and here they are closing a major chapter in their lives and setting out to open new ones.

The student council gang behind the table

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

These are bittersweet moments for parents as we see all our lives changing. It is as it should be of course, but to see our little girl as a young woman is an amazing thing.

Izze introduces her friend Emma, the Salutatorian.

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

I hate public speaking. Almost nothing makes me feel less comfortable. She nailed it with poise!

The Payoff!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

This moment… so very precious!

The Walk Of Life Begins!

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

Big wheel keeps on turning as the river flows!

Bring it on world…

Photo by Jorma Kaukonen

I could go on and on, but I won’t. You get the picture.

These kids are going to make the world a better place!

Drive on….


  1. Comment made on June 15, 2023 by Penny

    Congrats to Izze (and friends) – the world awaits you.
    Enjoy the ride, make a difference!!

  2. Comment made on June 10, 2023 by Bill from Wisconsin

    Congrats to Izzy but also to you and Van, and all parents who are able to be active and in their child’s life. Special kudos to the parent(s) who handles all the day to day details of raising and nurturing! They too often don’t get the deserved credit. As someone who frequently traveled to make a living, my wife really did the majority of the important work. It’s said, your kids are your greatest legacy. River of Time.

  3. Comment made on June 7, 2023 by gregg


  4. Comment made on June 7, 2023 by Dan Nigro

    Yankee Stadium on Mars, to think I grew up around the corner. I have seen some dirty air before but as you said John O, this looks apocalyptic

  5. Comment made on June 7, 2023 by john o

    Crazy densev smoke is blanketing the northeast from Buffalo to Boston. It’s from the hundreds of eastern canadian forest fires. It’s pretty bad here in upstate NY. The sun is orange and it cloudy and it really should be a beautiful day. It reminds me of Mars or some distant planet. Very scary.

  6. Comment made on June 6, 2023 by Gary Dion

    Wonderful moments! Congratulations to Izze and you all!

  7. Comment made on June 6, 2023 by carey georgas

    Congratulations,Izze, and every good wish as you step through the next door of opportunity. Congratulations parents on a job well done shepherding your little lamb through the thorny pasture of adolescence into the world.

    As for the “off topic”, down here in Texas, I never heard of a nickel bag back in the day. A matchbox, maybe. A good lid was a four finger bag of that Rio Grande mud for ten bucks. Seeds and stems ncluded, of course.

  8. Comment made on June 6, 2023 by Ed

    You guys take me back to my very first purchase, in the high school parking lot in 1968. The guy I was getting it from was bummed out that I only had $2.50 and couldn’t afford a nickel bag…

    And yeah, that Bottom Line release is a real treat, regardless of whether it was Aug. 8, 23, or the dead of winter. Really great to hear Barry again, and Cindy Cashdollar – the best.
    Super sound quality, too.

  9. Comment made on June 5, 2023 by greg

    And release more shows…


  10. Comment made on June 5, 2023 by Jim Tulgan

    Mazel Tov to Izze!! Turning a major page in life! Next!

  11. Comment made on June 5, 2023 by greg

    Hi Jorma, just received the live Bottom Line show from August 8, 2003. What a fantastic show and a fantastic recording. I was at both the early and late shows, great times. Just one little tiny item to bring up. The liner notes say the show was recorded on Aug. 23, 2003. Hey, its the music that counts.

    And congrats to all grads!! Education is everything!!

  12. Comment made on June 5, 2023 by Dan Nigro

    I always thought a “lid” was an ounce, but back in the day (way back) an ounce was 3 nickel bags

  13. Comment made on June 5, 2023 by gregg

    Yea BD LID WAS 3 NICKEL BAGS 15 dollars a lid back in the day g

  14. Comment made on June 5, 2023 by Brian Doyle


    Could somebody refresh me on what a “lid” of pot was…I think I read it was based on a common metal container for cough drops or some such container…

  15. Comment made on June 3, 2023 by Eric C

    Congratulations Izze and family. Wishing you a long and prosperous future filled with happiness and blessings. Mazel Tov

  16. Comment made on June 3, 2023 by Tim Shanahan

    Congratulations to your daughter’s graduation from high school. It is a fine and wonderful thing. I hope she is half as proud of this accomplishment as I know her parents are. I recall seeing her as an elementry school age person at the Ranch one day on a visit. God bless you all.

  17. Comment made on May 31, 2023 by BrendanC

    Fine looking young lady captured at a poignant moment.

  18. Comment made on May 29, 2023 by Ed

    Happy Memorial Day to all, and let’s all take the time to remember: We’re able to be out there grilling and having fun because of the sacrifices so many men and women made for our country. We can never repay what we owe them, but we can remember.

  19. Comment made on May 28, 2023 by Art

    Well done!

  20. Comment made on May 28, 2023 by john o

    Congratulations to Izze!!!!
    You made us all proud.

  21. Comment made on May 28, 2023 by Joey Hudoklin

    Blessings abound. Congratulations to the Kaukonen family! ✌️&💜

  22. Comment made on May 28, 2023 by eaglesteve

    Congrats Izze and Mom and Dad too.

    On another note, Papa John Creech born May 28, 1917
    Happy Birthday Papa, and RIP
    You are not forgotten

  23. Comment made on May 28, 2023 by John R.

    Congratulations to Izze, and to Vanessa and you, Jorma.

  24. Comment made on May 27, 2023 by Dan Nigro

    My congratulations to the young lady and to her parents for all the work and sacrifices it took to get her there. Time for a well deserved celebration !!

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