Blessed be The Readers

        Here we are near the end of the year. Bless all of you readers and artists out there. I developed a very bad illness (brain tumor; it’s hard to type that) late last spring and you have helped me so much. Prior to the tumor my day revolved around my patients. It was  a constant human interaction and while it was stressful, I enjoyed it. I miss them. All of you, my electronic human connections, have bridged the gap and allowed me to feel useful while I am confined to bed or chair much more than I have ever been used to.

        Also I must add I would have never made it through the year without my wife who now has a 210 pound baby on her hands. She is the best. My children have been most helpful too. Even though they have busy lives, they call often and visit as much as they can, which is pretty regular. God bless them too.

        I continue to peck away on my projects. This year I have all plans to release the children’s mandolin coloring book, my second novel, “Acquisition Syndrome,” and a mandolin duet CD with Darin Aldridge (www.darinandbrookealdridge.com)  Also Wayne Benson and I will start “Practical Theory for Mandolin,” which may take a year or more to complete. It is based on Wayne’s lesson plans. I believe his method via this book (or personal lessons with him) will help the less gifted musician (like me!) play at a higher level. Check out “My Art Projects” page on the right hand side bar of my blog for more details on these projects.

        Again, if you are an Amazon Prime member “The Mandolin Case,” and also “The Bluegrass Brain Cancer Boogie” are available as a free download as part of Amazon’s promotion of their program. Check in with Amazon and see my post of 12 14 2011 for details.

       I hope all you have a blessed Christmas and a Happy New Year. As a writer, and a man who thrives on social interaction, I thank you. If you are a writer, musician, blogger, FaceBooker, (At first I though it was called “My Face”) a commenter, reader; really any human being who cares about a life of grace and dignity, I thank you. I am confident I would not have fared as well without you.

        I’ll be back soon.

Dr. B

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16 Comments on “Blessed be The Readers”

  1. GrannyPam Says:

    And God bless you and your family. We’re planning on seeing you around next year.

  2. Carolyn Brooks Says:

    Dr. B, I know it is very hard to even type some things – such as brain tumor – and I admire you for being able to do so. There are many things I am not yet ready to type or say – still dealing with them myself, but I will say 2011 was NOT the year any of us expected or wanted. I pray 2012 will be a wonderful year for you as you work to regain your health. Just enjoy & love your family, and continue with the projects that give you pleasure. My prayers continue for you as I wish you & yours a blessed holiday season!


  3. Merry Christmas Dr. B…to you and ALL of yours!… It was so good to see you picking a week or so back and love the hat Marfar made…great hat! Peace and Joy this time of year and all year long…your pickin’ friend, “Doc” Elwood

  4. inkspeare Says:

    Many blessings to you and yours as well, and I thank you for inspiring us thru your blog.

  5. Cindy Newton Says:

    Dr. B…I can only echo some of the other messages left here. You are an inspiration in so many ways. I have had the great opportunity of getting to know others through your wide and well read blog and also your FaceBook page. You have literally connected people world wide.

    I can only wish the best for you at this Christmas time as well as into the New Year. I hope total healing comes your way. I hope you have many more years with your family and friends. You have to be around to give that grandson some mando lessons!

    Thank you for your friendship, It means so much.


    • Cindy,

      I am an optimist and believe most people are good. My office staff often said I had remarkable intuition for a man and a keen sense of people’s intents etc. You wrere one of my first blog pals and I knew from the get go you were one of the good guys.

      I also wish you a fine and blessed Christmas and New Year. And yep, you are right about those mandolin lessons for the grandchild. Can’t wait.

      All the best, Dr. B

  6. Martin Waddell Says:

    A happy and blessed Christmas and New Year from Scotland – in Scottish Gaelic, “Nollaig chriodhal agus bliadhna mhath ur” (don’t even begin to try to pronounce that!) You’re still in my thoughts and prayers, and I’m looking forward to ordering “Acquisition Syndrome” from Amazon in 2012.

    Martin

  7. rutheh Says:

    Wishing you a good 2012 and I found you via your 500th comment on allaboutwordsswa’s blog.
    Will check out your book, too.
    Nice that you got to “guest blog”


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