Tom Kimmel’s April 2019 News


1. April Greetings!
2. The News-in-Brief: TPR healing, gearing up for summer: Ireland & Idaho updates
3. TK Poem of the Month: “Eight Pound Attack Dog”
4. Recommended: The library’s ultra cool easy FREE apps for reading, listening & watching
5. Food for Thought: April wisdom from Walt Whitman

1. April Greetings

Hey Y’all, I’m in Virginia today as later in the week my pal Michael Lille and I will be opening 3 shows for his band SGGL—always a blast—(see Tour Dates below), and I tell you what: driving north from Mississippi through the hills and valleys of Alabama, Tennessee and Virginia gave me a fantastic look at spring as it bloomed in the valleys and struggled up the mountains. What a time of year to get out of the house!

Lots of new friends receiving the newsletter this month, so welcome, everybody old and new! Read on for a modicum of news, a new poem, a rich recommendation and a tour sched update.

2. News: TPR & Sherpas update, quick Idaho & Ireland tours update

a. My Sherpas partner Tom Prasada-Rao: healing up

Tom’s half way through radiation treatments (following major cancer surgery). He’s doing GREAT, but of course he’s missing a ton of work.

If you’re a TPR (or Sherpas) fan and can lend some support, he now has a GoFundMe page HERE

…and of course if you just want to send him a sweet note, you can do that with a Facebook message… or at his CaringBridge page HERE.

As everyone knows, Tom’s not only a great talent, he’s a very special human being.

b. Ireland Tours 2019 and 2020

Hard to find new words for how much I love Ireland—and how much I enjoy sharing it with friends.

This summer and next I’m again hosting 2 tours for the excellent musical tour outfit Inishfree Tours.

My 1st 2019 Tour (June 24-July 3) is SOLD OUT…

…BUT as of this afternoon, 4 seats (2 double rooms) remain for my 2nd 2019 for this summer!

2019 Dates & Places:

Tom’s 2019 Tour #1 to Counties Cork, Kerry & Clare SOLD OUT
Monday, June 24 – Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Tom’s 2019 Tour #2 to Counties Cork, Kerry & Clare 4 OPEN SEATS
Saturday, July 6 – Monday, July 15, 2019

For all the info, click HERE and HERE.

Dates & Places 2020:

We’re now taking reservations for my 2020 tours…

Tom’s 2020 Tour #1
Saturday, June 27, 2020 – Monday, July 6, 2020
—Counties Cork, Kerry, Clare

Tom’s 2020 Tour #2
Saturday, July 18, 2020 – Monday, July 27, 2020
—Counties Mayo, Galway, Clare

“I feel more and more the time wasted that is not spent in Ireland.”
—Isabella Augusta, Lady Gregory (1852-1932), dramatist and folklorist

c. Idaho: Raft the Salmon River with me over Labor Day Weekend

Late this coming August I’m very fortunate to again be hosting a float trip on the Salmon River in Idaho through the largest unspoiled piece of protected land in the Lower 48 States!

It’s darn near impossible to describe the opportunity this trip presents, but I can you it’s been a real “soul re-set” for me, being away from the bustle and noise of the world in this special landscape for 5 full days.

And BTW, Middle Fork River Expeditions (our crack tour company) takes splendid care of our group… and BTW they are excellent cooks! (The meals on the trip are first rate.)

DATES we’ll be on the water: August 30-September 4, 2019

ALL the info’s at my website HERE

(If you have questions or anything I can help with, email me at rafting(at)tomkimmel(dot)com and I’ll answer personally.)

“Wildness is not just ‘the preservation of the world,’ it is the world.”
—Gary Snyder (b. 1930), poet

3. TK Poem-of-the-Month: “Attack Dog”

In my world, pets are family members, and my family these days includes a cute 8 pound package of fury named Dexter… who inspired this new one.

Attack Dog

I have an 8 pound attack dog.
He goes after cats, small dogs, big dogs
squirrels, birds, cars
big trucks, small trucks
bicycles, strollers
and any type of movement
in his peripheral vision.
Once he even went after a lawn mower.
He dreams of eviscerating the mailman
and drinking the blood
of Buddy the Beagle across the street.

Indoors, when it’s just us
he’s a pretty sweet guy.
But that’s relative.
He still attacks the cat.
BTW he came with my wife
—a package deal.
Once when he was in her lap
and I leaned over to kiss her
he jumped up and bit me on the nose.
But he hardly ever bites me anymore.
I suppose if I didn’t love my wife
he’d be a dealbreaker.
I do, so he’s a bargain. I guess.

4. Recommended: The Public Library & the great free apps it supports for reading & listening (and watching) on our phones and tablets

It’s all too easy to to overlook the fact that one of the great things we have going in the USA is a strong network of public libraries.

In my town (Hattiesburg, Mississippi) our public library is one of my favorite places in town. It’s the whole ball of wax: books, movies, newspapers & magazines, DVDs & CDs, work stations, private rooms…. It even hosts regular free movie screenings.

But what I’m recommending this month are the ultra cool free library-connected apps that let you access a vast selection of e-books on your phone or tablet. AND they also let you listen to a huge selection of audiobooks and watch a bunch of movies, documentaries and TV shows.

They really work! And it’s so easy. All you need to do is see which one(s) your library supports, download the free app(s) to your phone or tablet from the Apple or Android app store… and set up your free account using your library card number.

These are the apps I use regularly:

-Axis 360

…and your library may support others.

5. Food for Thought for April

So many things begin again in the Spring….

“Re-examine all you have been told. Dismiss what insults your soul.”
― Walt Whitman (1819-1892), poet

6. Booking & Tour Schedule: VA (with Michael Lille), TX (teaching & solo), Ireland (Inishfree Tours host), Idaho (musical river trip host)… MI (solo)

a. To see Tom’s latest Tour Schedule click HERE.

b. Interested in booking Tom for a concert, lecture or workshop? Or booking one of Tom’s excellent trios, the Sherpas, the Waymores, or the New Agrarians? Visit Tom’s booking page HERE.

Photo: Lee Walker

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