Friday, June 09, 2006

Friendly Friday

Yes, we march rain or shine. Thanks for showing up. You won't be disappointed..

...because today's march is kinda special. All of these blogs are by one person, Joyce Ripley. She is a Canadian, which is reason enough to like her, but she is also an artist and writer.

In Art Musings, Joyce's skill in watercolor, acrylic and oil painting is displayed. Her work includes old farm buildings, landscapes and still lifes. A few of my favorites are a still life of a paint tube cap, a Birch Tree and Coulter's Farmhouse and Outbuildings.

Information is a commentary of her art from Art Musings.

It was tough as you can tell to choose just one site to feature but I have kept her best until last.
Blood is Thicker Than Water is the featured Site of the Week. I chose this of Joyce's blogs because:
  • it is the story of a daughter's desire to care for her dying mother.
  • it is the story of treasured conversations.
  • it is a story of the real conflicts that arise during stressful times.
  • it is in telling the story that healing occurs.
Congratulations, Joyce!

If you would like to join the FFMB, listen to what Sarah, band member has to say:
Hi all,
This is Sarah, theremin player and clogger with the FFMB. As fellow
know, if a clogger clogs and there's nobody there to hear it, it's as
if it
never happened. Such is the case with blogging. When Carol's marching
marched through my neighborhood, it made me realize that once in awhile
people actually read my blog, and it's made me want to be better at it.
since I've joined the band, I've met other bloggers -- some a lot like
others completely different -- but the one thing we all have in common
our desire to make our little contribution out there in cyberspace. And
we're all lighthearted and fun, and you can never have too much of
Clogging. Blogging. Not so different after all.

Thank you Sarah for your commendation!

To join the Friends of the Friendless Marching Band, leave a comment stating that you wish to join then choose any instrument you like. (ability isn't an issue for this cyber band) We have three piano players, a harpist, a theramin and french horn player plus a variety of others so you get the idea that any instrument is possible.
On Fridays, the band meets to visit the chosen friendless sites which are listed anew each Friday. Then the band leaves friendly comments for our honored recipients. Let them know that you are from the FFMB.
Get to know other band members. There is sure to be someone you can connect with.
Nominate friendless sites. They can be bloggers you know or ones that you come across in your blog surfs. Think unique. These sites have less than 5 comments/post and be posting currently. Leave me a comment with their address or email me at Carol_ffmb at I will let you know whether they have met the friendless criteria.

To get the FFMB banner to display on your blog, go here!


Mango Lane said...

Hi Carol,
Just wanted to "tell" you how much I enjoyed this march. What a great idea to focus on an artist and her work. Way to go, fearless leader!

DPTH International said...

Hi Carol.

Dan here from DPTH International. Sorry I didn't get back sooner, but I was purchasing my instrument and getting some practise in so I wouldn't embarrass the rest of the band. I'd like to join the March with my thundrous Triangle cause I walk to a different *pinger* !

Jen said...

I commented on her art blog, it is really neat!

Carol said...

Thanks Mango, it was good to do something a little different.

Like your new do.
Glad to have you and your triangle here.

Hi Jen!


Hello Carol! I have marched my way into all the sites you have mentioned there. I like most Blood is Thicker Than Water. It was a tear jerking story. Have not read all but got all the chapters and their links for later reading.
Have a nice weekend.

Artpuppy872 said...

Dear Carol,
Thank you for Joyce's sites. I enjoyed them all but the last really stood out. Her story on her mother's death was very touching. Thanks again and happy Friday!

Barbara said...

Hi Carol - I came by for the march on Friday, I had trouble with comments. I remarched today, all by myself. Nice parade route as usual. Happy Sunday!

Kathy said...

Hi Carol.
I wanted to let you know I peeked in, although it's been too hectic around here this weekend to have given the march the time it needs. I'm glad other marchers were up for it.
I'll try to do better next week.

DPTH International said...

Hi Carol.

Joyce is a very compassionate and creative woman.

Carol said...

Thanks everyone for doing the route!
You're great.