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Distant Heart, Memorial Day

Distant Heart II Note: I posted this a month ago, and am reposting for Memorial Day.  I also just found this sweet picture of my Mom and Dad from 1942, on his graduation from UMd.  They had just married.  He was commissioned a 2nd … Continue reading

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Together

“Hi, are you the John Paul McNeil that taught at Sanville Elementary  in the ’70’s?”  That was the message on FB I got not too long ago from Betty , one of my former students, now a mother, and grandmother. … Continue reading

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Song of the Week – Old Newport Waltz

The robins are telling me it’s Spring.  I believe them.  Birds do not lie. They asked me to post a song I wrote years ago, about spring in the Virginia mountains. It was sweet.  Newport, a tiny old mountain town … Continue reading

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Kindness, and Kids, and Blogs

     Lions, and Tigers, and Bears, Oh, My!  Not as scary as that.  Certainly not kindness, just the opposite in fact.  Kids can be kinda scary, but if you treat ’em with plenty of, you guessed it, kindness, it … Continue reading

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Wait In The Darkness

What??  A luminescent egg, a lightbulb in a shoulda-been-taken-down Christmas tree?  Close. It’s the full moon, as it was high overhead on Sunday evening, photographed almost straight up through the pine trees.  I was basically playing with the new cam I … Continue reading

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I Love You Ray

 It is Valentines Day (hope you didn’t forget).  Most of us send notes, flowers, sweets and such to friends, family, and lovers.  I do that, too.  And think about Ray.  Cause it’s her birthday.  She was born on Valentines Day in … Continue reading

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Blog Gone

Or rather shift.  More focused.  I am surprised I can spell the word.  Focus.  Focus on this story if you will. I taught 5th grade at a small rural elementary school in the hills of southern Virginia my first year … Continue reading

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Opening for Doc Watson, A Tribute.

                    “Doc and Merle Watson“                       Live, at The Cellar Door                             with  “Lazy River” I was in the group Lazy River.  It was the mid 70’s, in Washington, DC.  I played bass and sang harmony, joining Denny Robey, guitar player-singer songwriter  (who … Continue reading

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Earth Year Poem Fest 3rd Poem

A song is poetry put to music.  So here is a song I wrote a few years ago, with an Earthy theme.  The River.  Is The River a literal or figurative River-Mother?  Yes. The River’s Daughter                 © John Paul McNeil  Fell … Continue reading

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