grannyemm's stuff

Marji with harp, September 2007

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Click here to read Marji's 2017 New Year's Letter

 Marji's music bio on

Listen to the original songs from Marji's Ballad Book on SoundCloud

The 3rd Sunday Gathering our mountain dulcimer group, meets at the Essex House in Ashland

The Songs from Marji's Ballad Book (Marji's original songs 1958 - 2012) COMING SOON

Genealogy --  some of my ancestors, though the most interesting story showed up in my DNA which suggests descent from the Ice Age Mammoth Hunters

John Chapman aka Johnny Appleseed was a real person, not a Disney myth. He owned a piece of land here in Ashland County that he used as a tree nursery. We enjoy retelling his story as it was told to us by the pioneers who knew him.

Kitty was one of several cat companions I have enjoyed through the years. She was one of the longest-lived, surviving more than fifteen good years. This is her story.

The LSM309 was the ship my dad was on during WWII. It was one of many that were fortunate enough NOT to see action, though much later I found it on a list of ships labeled "expendable" slated to be first in to the beach if there were an actual invasion of Japan.

Parchment Craft is a hobby I've enjoyed over the years. Here are some examples of that elegant papercraft.

Here are a few of my poems that I never sang on street corners.

Projects GrannyEmm had something to do with in the past. 

The Public Domain Information Project  was a plot I hatched back in the 1960s when the spots where I was an itinerant folksinger couldn't afford to pay ASCAP fees. As long as I (and others) played our own music or stuff that was no longer under copyright, no license fees were required. In 1992 I put PDinfo on the web as a non-profit service to musicians who couldn't afford royalties and it immediately attracted heavy traffic and a LOT more work than I could handle. Eventually a younger, more energetic person came along to adopt it and carry it to the next level. Now it's a commercial site located in Atlanta, Georgia, and continues to be a major source of information for those looking for an alternative to the commercial music mainstream. If you haven't visited recently, do. You'll find many additions beyond what I had gathered. Please support the project by buying your unencumbered music source materials from Lynn at PDinfo so this fine service can continue to be offered. 

Cousin Linda's Baskets Etcetera web site that in its active years was one of the best basket sites on the web, so well respected that the Encyclopedia Britannica gave it an award and used it as a resource. The first Christmas I was in Ashland (1995), I made her a starter page to help her begin a web site of her own and over the years it took to grow her site, I was available to help with technical issues. It's still there though she hasn't tended it for a long time. But I'm happy to see that she hasn't removed it because it's still a very fine example of what can be done when a person has both love for and expert knowledge of a handcraft.

This page last updated Saturday, December 31, 2016