Thanks to Luke Strauss for reminding me how John Prine's real, good, sweet music reaches way down deep. A few years ago, after hearing just the chorus of one of his songs, I bought the CD--and some for my friends. My favorite is the one with Iris Dement, singing "In Spite of Ourselves."
Rainbows over Tomah, Wisconsin, home of longtime artist friend Marita Root, 90, who titled her memoir, The First Ninety Years. A beloved school teacher, missionary to Africa, art director for Scripture Press and David C. Cook publishers, and still painting commissioned works, she's funny, wise, full of spunk, and active at Fairview Village near Chicago. She dearly loves her Chicago teams, the Cubs and Da Bears.