Unpaved Trail

It’s official – the baboons are in control of the Trail. After years of writing and then maintaining the blog, our fearless leader has turned over the reins and switched us to our own domain!

It looks a little quiet right now as most of Dale’s followers haven’t found their way to us – my guess is that we’ll gain our own followers as we go on. If anybody is in contact with prior Trail members, give them a shout and invite them back.  In the meantime, we’ll keep doing what we’ve been doing for almost a year – writing our pieces and asking our questions.

If you are listed in the Baboon Congress, then you have rights to go in and post a blog piece. If you are not listed, you can send it via email to Verily Sherrilee (shelikins at Hotmail).  Verily and Renee will be administering/publishing the posts: Renee on the even months (except February this year as we get up to speed) and Verily on odd months.  If you don’t have a picture, let us know.  if you have a picture but don’t know how to get it on the Trail, send it to us.  Jacque has volunteered to do back-up if needed and tim will remain our cheerleader and organizer!

Kitchen Congress and Blevins are still up and running – Verily is watching over those. Barbara in Rivertown has the Glossary’s back!

The one thing that we do need to do is come up with a new “About” page.  Right now it’s just a blank template.

What do we want to say about ourselves, our history, our raison d’etre?

49 thoughts on “Unpaved Trail”

  1. Rise and Shine Baboons!

    I have been wondering that myself. What is our reason to exist–Perhaps start with a little existential angst from Shakespeare’s Hamlet: To Be or Not To Be?

    As I think about this I come up with the following:

    We are writers, we are discussers, we all loved TLGMS, we could not bring ourselves to quit the Trail, we became friends. I will think about this more, but I am working today, so you won’t hear from me until the end of the day.

    VS, if you are around this weekend, I need a tutorial on how to be “back up.”


  2. It’s official — the inmates are in charge of the asylum. Perhaps that is appropriate, as we apparently live in a time without a rational adult in charge of the most powerful government on the planet.

    We are told that an infinite number of monkeys with typewriters will eventually reproduce the works of Shakespeare. Speaking just for me, I’m skeptical, although with enough monkeys and enough time you might get a readable novel about zombies or wizards. But to return to Verily Sherrilee’s post, we now can learn what 20 baboons with computers and email connections can produce.

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  3. We started as fellow (mostly anonymous) listeners of a quirky morning show in public radio in flyover country. We formed community through blog created by one of the hosts of that odd little show. While that kind hearted soul with the wonderful wit has moved on to other projects, we can’t tear ourselves away. Fresh posts happen throughout the week with plenty of open discussion both on and off topic. We take all comers, so long as you are polite and don’t throw poo.

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    1. Then watching the show on Origami as a science and engineering tool made me feel dumber than a baboon. If we required intelligence, I could not be on the trail.

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  4. OT: the Oregon PBS station just ran a documentary film about the 1966 sniper mass killing at the University of Texas. The film, called “Tower,” was created by Keith Maitland. I’ve looked at the schedule for TPT without seeing any mention of this film, so the station appears to have declined to run this film. It has run in many PBS markets in their “Independent Lens” series. The film is available to be seen online now. Just go to the PBS Video page, then to “Independent Lens.” It is just over an hour and twenty minutes in length.

    I recommend it. The technique is unusual in several ways. The story is fascinating, and I think the style of this film is effective at telling the story. If you see it you will surely be amazed at some of the stories of personal bravery.

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  5. Important that visitors to the blog know that we were originally united by our love of great, yet often ignored or unrecognized, music. Also united by similar backgrounds and pasts and upbringings {(white, Middle class, baby boomers, Midwestern roots, well-educated, highly literate, Christian oriented (or agnostic or atheist–I don’t know, maybe there are some other faiths or spiritual systems represented by group members that haven’t been shared)].

    Also emphasize that we welcome diverse points of view. None will be judged other than by their civility and contributions to the group discussion.

    If I think of more, I’ll post my suggestions later.

    Chris in Owatonna

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    1. I think the religion or lack thereof is more diverse than you may think. It’s basically not an issue; I wouldn’t mention it (but that’s just my opinion).

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      1. I agree, no need to even imply that it’s an issue. I’m just assuming we’re a relatively homogenous group in most ways. And I’ve never sensed that anyone’s unique spirituality was ever questioned or looked down upon.



      2. Yes, Chris, you have a point. I was thinking you meant we should maybe include that in an “About Us” part of the blog and I am of the opinion that it shouldn’t be included.

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  6. Two oddities of my day:
    One of my daughter’s close friends lives in Rochester. Her ninth grade daughter came home and announced she had been asked to a special school dance by a boy named Noah. She was dreading the drill her mother would put her through over her first date The mother asked what was the last name. She explained the name and who the father was. The father was one year behind them in school in TH. One of the coincidences which surprise us too much.
    In a small district in the heart of south central MN where my grandchildren attend there is a para named Mr. Prince. Turns out that is not his last name. His last name is long and difficult to pronounce. So he goes by his first name. He is from Ghana. Prince is not his first name but the only first name he has back home. Prince is not his name, it is his title, as written on his passport. Now there is an odyssey.

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