(Photo: Elizabeth Lofgren)
(Photo: Lyle Lofgren)
|Selections of Liz's photographs and other artwork from over the years. More pictures will be added as she gets them ready for web publication. The thumbnail collections are broken up into pages for faster loading. (2/8/2010)|
BLUEGRASS AND OLD-TIME
MUSIC DIRECTIONS -- Lyle's notes and comments for
an 8-part series broadcast on Phil Nusbaum's BLUEGRASS
REVIEW radio program during the summer of 2007.
SNIFTERS -- Old -Time Appalachian stringband
music. Read our story and buy our recordings --
including the newly-released (2012) 2-CD set Practice
Night with Uncle Willie & the Brandy Snifters.
Also includes pictures and recordings of some memorable
old-time musicians we've met, as well as articles of
interest to afficiondos of traditional music. It even
includes a guest article, Bluegrass Sources, by
David E. Wunsch.
THE LEGEND OF UNCLE WILLIE & THE BRANDY SNIFTERS, OR HOW TO ENJOY PLAYING OLD-TIME MUSIC WITHOUT THE PITFALLS OF WORLDLY SUCCESS -- Reprinted from the Old Time Herald. History of the band, including some information about the mid-20th-century old-time Appalachian music scene in Minnesota.
TRADITIONAL MUSIC PHOTO ALBUM -- Photos of old-time musicians we've met, from 1961 - 2007 and counting. This is the same site as the link on the Brandy Snifters page. We're listing it here also, because people were having a hard time finding it. (2/8/2010).
TRADITIONAL MUSIC SONIC ALBUM -- A collection of some things that happened to happen while the tape recorder was running, and which may be of interest to others besides ourselves. Features Mississippi John Hurt, Mabel Hillary, Rev. Gary Davis, and Elizabeth Cotten. This is the same site as the link on the Brandy Snifters page.(6/9/2005).
REMEMBERING THE OLD
SONGS -- Articles from Inside Bluegrass
(Minnesota Bluegrass & Old Time Music Association
Newsletter) about traditional songs. Bob Waltz and Lyle
take turns writing the monthly articles. [The series
ended December 2011.] (Updated 11/19/2013).
SWENSON FAMILY HISTORY -- A Brief, Extended
History of the Lofgren, Johnson and Swenson Families
Who Settled Near Harris, Minnesota. The geneaology
given is intensely boring if you're not a relative, but
some of the family stories might interest others. They
prove that truth is not only stranger than fiction, it
is indistinguishable. Warning: the introduction contains
philosophical thoughts on personal history that some may
find bizarre (Updated 12/2/2013).
THERE WAS A PLACE CALLED
VALLSJ÷BOL. THE YEAR WAS 1948 -- Written by Alf
Gunnarson, 1995. A detailed memoir of life on a small
Swedish farm and its environs. Translated by Lyle, 2004.
Alf has a website (in Swedish), www.mossebobladet.se,
devoted to his family's history (1/28/2006).
Note the dates, as these entries are presented mostly
as they were originally written, without updating to
account for more recent information or changes in my
opinions. If you have any comments, I'm at email@example.com.
WEST COAST BUSINESS
TRIP, 1967 -- June, 1967, edited and with
commentary added in the summer of 2005. A peon's-eye
view of a small part of the Military-Industrial complex
as it was in the late 1960s. (9/12/2005).
THE DEEP WELL OF DEATH
-- June 1978. This short diatribe seems quaint now, but
I'm not sure why, because the topic is still current.
(5/3/2005). (NOTE ADDED, 4/25/2011)
THE LAMMERGEYER IS
ONE OF OUR PRETTIEST BIRDS -- July 1978. Reading
Peter Matthiesen's The Snow Leopard sent me to
the library for some research on the Lammergeyer (or
Lammergeier) and Tibetan burial practices. It got me to
thinking about which element I want to return to when I
die: earth, water, fire, or air. Air burial sounds like
a neat idea, except -- what if I end up being consumed
by chickens? (11/26/2007)
MANUAL -- October 1979. Read carefully before
assembly. If I were to write it over, I'd put in a lot
of pointless WARNINGs and CAUTIONs, but I didn't
foresee all those consumer lawsuits.
ARKADY -- January
1981. I try my hand at memoir, attempting to reconstruct
the thought-processes of a 7-year-old. The result
is juvenilia, even though I was 45 when I wrote
it. People still get irritated with me and say, "will
you stop that humming?" But, of course, I won't.
-- October 1981. I never would have guessed, back in
1981, that I'd ever be nostalgic about microfische. Sure
enough, I'm not, but I am nostalgic about walnut
card catalog cases in libraries, just like I was back
INFERNAL WOOD: A TRILOGY -- 1983. An olio using
wood as the organizing theme. (7/1/2005)
THE FIRST ORGAN
DONOR -- September, 1991. A poem honoring
Napoleon's legacy (NEW: 4/20/2011)
HULA-VILLE, RAMONA, TIJUANA -- January, 1992. A
roadside attraction; a retired movie director; a Tijuana
PROCEDURES -- March, 1992. Thirteen years after
the Three Mile Island nuclear reactor accident, there
were still lessons to be learned. Unfortunately, I don't
see how learning the lessons will make us any safer.
-- September, 1992. I wish I'd had the imagination to
make this up. (11/10/2007)
December, 1992. A short essay on the subjects.
(11/10/2007, footnote added 1/18/2009)
THE FOOD CHAIN
REEL -- June, 1993. A little ditty to calm your
TRAVEL JOURNAL: NEW
MEXICO -- April, 1994. Musings about The Land of
Enchantment and what it means, if anything. Photos by
TWO CHEERS FOR
SMALLPOX --September, 1994. Fighting all evils
regardless of size might be bad for you. (5/10/2005)
WASHINGTON DC & ALEXANDRIA VA, 1994
--September/October, 1994. The contradiction of a Rober
Frank exhibit at the National Gallery. A bit of
commentary on Alexandria. Overheard MAWDL conversations
at the Phillips Collection. (3/2/2009)
GATED COMMUNITIES --
September, 1995. Except for the white-collar variety,
Minneapolis suburbs probably have the lowest crime rates
in the world. Nevertheless, the denizens are scared.
FIRE IN THE MIND,
WATER ON THE BRAIN -- May, 1996. I try to throw
cold water on an overused metaphor.(5/10/2005)
CORN BORERS --
July 5, 1996. Something about Independence Day got me to
thinking about parasites, religion, and greed.
THE LOCATION OF THE SOUL
-- March, 1997, with a note added 7/15/2010. Another
spiritual mystery solved. (12/6/2005;7/15/2010)
CALIFORNIA COMET --
March, 1997. A bizarre event enlivens a winter vacation.
May, 1999. A short visit to the Czech community of
Spillville, Iowa. (updated 4/11/2012)
CHESS -- November,
2000. Al Gore reminded me of a weird little guy who was
once my opponent at chess. (5/9/2005)
A RANDOM WALK
DOWNHILL-- January-February 2001. When Alan
Greenspan is worried, I'm worried, although not for the
same reasons. (Written before the World Trade Center
attack -- honest!). (4/14/2005)
-- September 15, 2001. Written four days after the World
Trade Center attack. (11/10/2007)
TROLL FIGHT --
December 11, 2001. Written on the 3-month anniversary of
the World Trade Center attack. (11/10/2007)
TOM CLANCY CAN'T
SCARE ME -- May 2002, edited 2005. Why do
supposedly scary movies so grossly underestimate the
danger of nuclear terrorism? (updated 8/24/2005)
October 2002. A scholarly essay on the subject, complete
with an unlucky 13 footnotes. (6/18/2005)
SOLUTIONS -- Or, why no one listens to me. Started
2001, completed 2005. (5/3/2005)
A SCOUT IS ... --
July 2005. Thoughts about the troubles at the Jamboree.
WHY WE ARE HERE
-- October 2006. If you've ever wondered about the
purpose of your life, here's your answer. (10/19/2006)
OF MONEY -- December 2006. I transmogrify Michael
Phillips's The Seven Laws of Money into four
principles, three more than Suze Orman has. (7/8/2007)
COMMENTARY ON THE
BALLAD OF HOLLIS BROWN -- March 2007.
Written in response to an essay by Kurt Gegenhuber. (NEW:
July 2007. I can define it, but I don't know it when I
see it. (8/8/2007)
THE IDIOT VS. IMBECILE QUESTION -- August, 2007. (11/10/2007)
November 2008. A talk I gave at a Unitarian-Universalist
COMMENTARY (MOSTLY): 1992 - 2010 -- (2/14/2011)
COMMENTARY (MOSTLY): 1992 - 2010 -- (3/4/2011)
MISCELLANY: 1991 -
2011 -- A lot of really miscellaneous journal
entries. On the up side, they're all short. (8/9/2011)
-- March 2010. (8/31/2010)
-- July 2010. My answer to a hospital questionnaire
about my religious beliefs.(9/1/2010)
WHY MATTER? -- October-November 2010. A long-winded discussion about the world's simplest question.
SCIENCE AS A FAITH-BASED ENTERPRISE -- January 2011. An examination of some of the similarities of science and religion.
OVERHEARD -- A
potpurri of things I've heard people say over the years.
AN INTRODUCTION TO SILOSOPHY -- Completed February 2012. A critique of the theory that observation creates reality. Some people will find this really boring. (Minor Update -- 5/10/2013)
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