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Sunday, October 13, 2013

A Tribute to Julie

This is one of my favorite Tom Russell songs.  I don't know why it wasn't included on his "Anthology" double CD set.  It is off his "Box of Visions" album..., and from the first time I heard Heart of Hearts it had special meaning to me.  I had been single all my life, always on the run, until Julie and I got together in 1987 when I was 35 years old.  I've written about Julie and our life together in a couple of pieces here on the blog..., 40 Year Class Reunion and My Wife..., Julie..., and you can get a taste of what my life was like before we got together in Robert Earl Keen.

The photographs of dubious quality are a result of trying to take pictures of old photos with a digital camera.  The first half of the pictures range from Missoula, MT, to Orofino and Weippe, ID, Glacier National Park, on a sailboat on Priest Lake in Idaho and rafting on the North Fork of the Clearwater River.  I hope that they demonstrate that I had, "... always been the running kind," as Tom says in the song.  It wasn't that I stopped all that running when Julie and I hooked up..., but I had the best running partner I ever had.  The pictures of Julie were taken around Forks, WA and our nearby ranch on the Quillayute Prairie and on Prince of Wales Island in Alaska where we spent a few seasons in a logging camp at Labouchere Bay.

I hope you enjoy viewing and listening to this as much as I have enjoyed putting it together.


  1. Great song, and some wonderful photos. I recognized a few of those spots. :-)

  2. Hey James..., thanks for the comment..., and the inspiration for this, via your tribute to Joanna. Hope you are still enjoying the sabbatical..., how's the book coming along?

    1. A very belated comment, brought because your post popped up on my Facebook feed this morning. I'm back to school, and made only a small dent in the book. Either book actually -- I suppose that's part of the problem, writing on two books and the anniversary blog simultaneously. But it was restful, and it's too bad that more folks don't get sabbaticals. You no doubt saw that the blog is done, and that despite being an introvert Joanna was touched.