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Archive for May 30th, 2012

 

OVER 60% OF ALL BANKRUPTCIES ARE CAUSED BY MEDICAL DEBT. UNLIKE THIS YOUNG WOMAN, OVER 80% OF THOSE BANKRUPTCIES INVOLVED  PEOPLE WHO HAD MEDICAL INSURANCE.

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Thomas Storck, former contributing editor of Caelum et Terra,the journal I edited in the 90s, will be speaking at the Credo Forum near St Louis on June 10, 2012. Tom is the author of many books and articles and is a leading Distributist thinker (and a good friend). His talk will be on the proper ends of a Christian economy. The Forum will be held at  the Crown Plaza Hotel in Clayton, Missouri. For more information: http://credostlouis.org/2012/01/10/2012-credo-forums/

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Doc Watson, RIP

Legendary folk musician Doc Watson died yesterday at the age of 87 at his home in North Carolina. Blind since the age of one, Doc first began his innovative flatpicking style while trying to play the fiddle parts in a band without a fiddler. His timing was impeccable, as this coincided with the Folk Revival of the 60s, when his kind of mountain music was being rediscovered.

I saw Doc Watson many times in the 70s at bluegrass festivals, and this clip captures the man’s essential sweetness and shows why he was so beloved by audiences:

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