Sallie Independence Foster was 12 years old and living in Florence, AL when The War Between the States began. This bright, articulate girl kept a diary at the time, and the touching, and uniquely personal look at a world of innocence colliding with the reality of war. Then, when the war ends, we see how she - like thousands of others - began to create a new life in a radically changed world.
PBS will air Ken Burns' latest documentary The Dust Bowl on November 18 (part one) and November 19 (part two). I have seen it and highly recommend it. This is a story of people who endured incredible hardships and yet maintained a grim determination to survive — and they did! Dayton Duncan wrote the screenplay and the producer allowed survivors to tell of their experiences — their stories are compelling and the photos and old film clips are chilling!
The guitar I am playing in the photo on the home page of this site is a Model 24 Martin Guitar, circa 1857. It is a gem with a big and balanced sound. The back and sides are Brazilian rosewood, the top is German spruce, the fingerboard and bridge are made of ebony, and the neck is cedar.
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