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Nature’s Jewels

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My iPhone is the best ‘toy’ I’ve ever owned. My wife Kirstan and I love our place, and over the past 20 years we’ve added various flowers and shrubs to complement the bounty of native plants that surround us. As … Continue reading

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I’ll Settle in Seattle

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Hey! Let’s go to Seattle with Rainey Burson (vocals), Joe Baque (piano) and Cary Black (bass)! Music and lyrics by Joe Illing … ©2022 … arranged by Joe Baque  … feel free to share! … click on your ticket below … Continue reading

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3:22 AM

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This is a true story. It’s about my friend Steve who’s good at many things, but especially sleeping. Emergency siren? Steve sleeps. Lightning and thunder? Steve slumbers. Fierce winter storm? Steve dozes like a baby with a full belly … … Continue reading

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The Story of Olympia, Washington … Bordeaux, Our Black Hills Ghost Town

In this chapter of the Story of Olympia we travel to the ghost town of Bordeaux, Washington, a lazy fifteen-minute drive from Olympia. We even get to visit with a couple of authentic Bordeauxans, Armeda Tupper and Roy “Jiggers” Layton. … Continue reading

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The Story of Olympia, Washington … On the Waterfront with Gordon Newell

This visit to Olympia’s Waterfront features Gordon Newell, acknowledged Northwest maritime historian of the first rank. Gordon grew-up in Olympia, lived in Seattle where, among other things, he served as a Port of Seattle Commissioner and member of the Parks … Continue reading

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Mary, oh Mary

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Mary, oh Mary is a Nativity song, and my Christmas card to you I hope your Christmas is happy! Click on the link to Mary below: Please, feel free to share if you care … joeilling © 2021

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When I Set Foot in Heaven

How about something lively to brighten your day? How about “When I Set Foot in Heaven” … an old fashioned gospel sound featuring Joe Baque on piano, Rainey Burson on vocals and Cary Black on bass. Lyrics and music by … Continue reading

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Life’s A Gift

They say “life’s a gift.” Here’s our short response … voiced by Ched Miller, words and music by Joe Illing. It’s a “gift” to you! Hope you enjoy! … ©2021 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NhKAzyhJbEE p.s. please feel free to share

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Prairie Skies

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We all reach times in our lives when we’d like to go back to a simpler time without the insanity that’s all around us. Here’s a link to a simple tune I wrote about that. I hope you enjoy it! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ojYv9eBKtNw

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DOTS

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At long last it’s almost time to bid winter adieu and welcome spring with its lengthening days, the singing of visiting birds and the blossoming of new life in all its miraculous forms! Click on the link below for my … Continue reading

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