The last few weeks I have been writing much more slowly as I have a new partner -- my sweet granddaughter who seems to prefer to take her afternoon naps snuggled on my chest on the bed. Forced into quiet and stillness, I get to read books that have been on my mind for a while now ...like a fabulous triple version of the Mande epic Sunjata (performed by Bamba Suso and Banna Kanute, edited and translated by Gordon Innes) which was (and probably still is) performed by griots. It also turns out that among my father's field recordings from the 1960s, there may be a recorded a performance of the epic. I am waiting to hear back from the University of Washington where I sent all of his tapes.
Due to my new duties, helping with childcare so that my daughter can work on her graduate studies, posting will be a bit slow for awhile-- though I tend to keep facebook up more or less reasonably. I have a lot on my mind though from these slow afternoons -- which give some breathing space in an otherwise hectic day with this lovely girl, so I do hope to post as I often as time allows.