Change is the only constant

tree swallow

Amy and I spent a good portion of the day wandering around the neglected corners of Manassas National Battlefield. There are some lovely little ponds and quiet shady places to be found if you are patient enough to look for them. A picnic lunch, a visit with some tree swallows and a long walk with my true love were just what the doctor ordered.

My ears are still screwed up and they hurt like hell. As I write this a thunderstorm is rolling gently over Manassas and it feels like my head is going to explode – but that didn’t stop us from playing a round of mancala out on the patio (Amy won).  Even when I am feeling awful nothing beats a tall glass of lemonade and a good game on a warm rainy night.

One of the good things about being forced to slow down is that it gave me the chance to slow down and take in where things are going – and after thinking things through I have decided to make a lot of changes with The Daily Frail and put more of my energy into writing.

While we are going back to a blog format, don’t expect to see material or performances from anybody but Dear Old Dad and myself. The mistake we made with Tangier Sound was posting videos from anybody who sent something in. It seemed harmless at the time, but once people realized that a nod from us could gain a video file thousands of viewers things got complicated and ugly. To this day I find myself subjected at random intervals to guerrilla showcases and weird promotional schemes. Our intentions were good, but when you give a mouse a cookie . . .

I am still in the middle of the redesign of this web site. As work progresses I will be making announcements about the new projects Dear Old Dad and I have planned for the summer.

Speaking of projects, our Banjo Retreat is filling up. If you have not registered yet be sure to contact us soon.

Right now . . . well, right now I am hurting pretty bad. I think I will curl up on the couch and watch a B-movie. Amy has been warming up to my fondness for cinematic cheese. She actually enjoyed watching the Boris Karloff and Bela Lugosi chiller, The Body Snatcher with me a few weeks ago!

See you all soon!

God bless,

7 thoughts on “Change is the only constant

  1. Patrick,
    You just get better.
    But I can’t tell you how much I miss you’ re Daily Frail or access to you’re archives. They’ve gotten me through 3 months of being out of work and my banjo is the only thing that keeps me inspired to keep up the good fight, have optimism about the future and share positives with my daughters.

    You’re da’ Bomb, get better soon!


  2. Feel much better Patrick! I suggest, for Amy’s enjoyment, “The Incredible Two-Headed Transplant” So bad it’s good! Growing up in the Philadelphia area who could forget “Creature Double-Feature” & “Chiller Theatre” ?

    Best to both of you!

  3. Sorry to hear your health is giving you grief Patrick, hopefully the sawbones will get you sorted out sooner rather than later.

    I’m looking forward to the blog coming back I’ve missed it, and I’m sure I’m not the only one.

    Stay safe, get well and look after yourself and Amy


    • Glad to hear you’re blogging again! Here in NC, we have swarms of purple martins, snatching mosquitoes and moths from the air, sitting on lines chirping their little hearts out, and raising new families. Hope you’re feeling better and your ear pain subsides.

  4. Patrick,

    I hope your recover soon. My prayers are with you. While I miss the Daily Frail as it had become part of my daily routine, but not to be selfish, your health and well-being far exceed that.

    Best wishes my friend,
    Doug (Cedar Rapids, IA)

  5. Hope you’re feeling better soon.I like others am looking forward to the return of the Daily Frail.DOD congrats on your anniversary.

  6. I’m sad you didn’t choose to return to the Daily Frail/Tangier Sound format that brought me into the fold. In any case, I hope you’re able to settle for a while on a format that works for you.

    Get well! I know you have the perseverance to conquer whatever might be wrong with your health.

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