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Monthly Update

May 8, 2012

Janis, Cheryl Wheeler & Lucy Kaplansky

Janis, Cheryl Wheeler & Lucy Kaplansky

A busy, busy couple of weeks! Had a great time with old friends Cheryl Wheeler and Lucy Kaplansky at the annual Clearwater Benefit in Tarrytown. And of course, my sweethearts Tom Paxton and Tom Chapin were there. In fact, it occurred to Debra and me that we could do a tour of "Janis and her Tom Toms" at some point...

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I was also privileged to give the keynote address to the Alabama Librarians Association in Hoover, followed up a week later by two sold out shows with Karla Bonoff at the Hoover Library. What a great idea, to build a beautiful small theater as part of a library! I wish it was like that everywhere...

Janis & Tom Paxton

Janis & Tom Paxton

Pat and I got to see the incredible Lily Tomlin when she performed in Nashville last week. Can't recommend her show highly enough - we laughed, and laughed, and laughed.

AND I just got off the phone with my audiobook editor, and it will be available for download as of June 7th - details and clips to follow!

I'm headed up to Warren Wilson College to give the commencement address this Saturday - imagine, me, the high school dropout, telling graduates how to commence their lives!

Janis & Tom Chapin

Janis & Tom Chapin

The following Monday I'll be having rotator cuff surgery, so I'll be off line for at least four weeks and probably closer to eight. With no wish to offend, let me ask you all not to email me, or Judy, or Debra, with well wishes or questions -- Debra's going on vacation, Judy will have her hands full, and I won't be able to respond. In lieu of get well cards, I'm asking that micro-payments equivalent to the card and stamp be made to the Pearl Foundation through Paypal and our donation buttons on the site. I have a great surgeon, I'm not worried, and I'm actually (don't tell anyone I work with...) looking forward to some peace and quiet. Even physical therapy sounds pretty good compared to how busy I've been these past couple of years!

Most of all, I'm going to start plowing through all the great books I've been wanting to read these past couple of years - on my Kindle, on Pat's iPad, from the library and our fabulous local bookstore, Parnassus. I plan to enjoy myself as much as possible.

Janis & Lily Tomlin

Janis & Lily Tomlin

So thanks in advance for your well wishes, and for those of you following my "Quote of the Day" on Facebook, Twitter, or my own forums, it's going to be a while, so let me leave you with this:

"After all manner of professors have done their best for us, the place we are to get knowledge is in books. The true university of these days is a collection of books."
~Albert Camus

With all best wishes,

Janis Ian

Janis

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    Buddy Mondlock and I wrote this some years back, but it sure is applicable now. My first "big show" was in Chicago, with Barbara Dane and the SNCC Freedom Singers, among others. My parents ran a summer camp; Pete Seeger was one of our music counselors, along with Bernice Johnson Reagon. A group called The Minutemen planted bombs in the 6-year-old's section one year because they didn't like blacks and whites mixing. I grew up in a family of conscience, and I'm grateful for them every day.

  • Pearl Foundation 2016 Endowments

    As always this time of year, I am thrilled to post these Pearl Foundation checks and letters, totaling $74,000 in 2016 endowments and bringing our "lifetime total" to $983,000 in scholarships for returning students.

    Thank you, everyone who purchased merchandise from my website, held a living room concert, and donated some amount in return for all the free items we offer!! Couldn't have done it without you...

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