Ask Mother Maple: from mighty Ochs to tiny seeds

Hello darlings: This week I have a special two-in-one Ask Mother maple for you.Mother Maple wants to help. Photo by Roaring Graycloud (http://www.flickr.com/photos/08201971/)

Dear Mother Maple:

I was chatting with a friend the other day, and mentioned Phil Ochs. He didn’t know who I was talking about! Should I break off the friendship?

Mighty Ochs and Tiny Acorn.

Dear Old Fogie / Folkie:

Don’t break off the friendship. It’s much more entertaining to have a friend you can ridicule with other friends. Imagine at the jam sessions: “Hey, let’s play “Is there Anybody Here” – Steve, you probably don’t know that either!”

Dear Mother Maple:

When you go to a folk festival, do you bring along any herbal supplements? You know what I mean.

Calling the Kettle Black

Dear Calling the Kettle Black:

I don’t tend to do that very much. Mother needs to watch her waistline, and she finds herbal supplements just land her in the line for those tasty mini-donuts. However, if you are of the persuasion to enjoy a little oregano on your pizza (you know what I mean), Mother does advise you to find a quiet corner for such behaviour. Not everybody likes… oregano. And you could end up in marjoram trouble.

Do you have a question for Mother Maple? She’d be tickled to help. Just ask, dears!

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  1. avatar
    Gary Eisenhammer 10 June, 2011 at 12:09

    And I’m sure it wouldn’t interest anybody
    Outside of a small circle of friends.

  2. avatar
    Arthur McGregor 10 June, 2011 at 19:02

    I was going to write a letter of complaint about not explaining who Phil is but I guess I’ve gotta do it while I’m here.
    There’s a film going around of Phil’s life and music. It’s playing in Ottawa this Tuesday, June 14 at the Mayfair Theatre to be followed by a Phil sing-a-long led by yours truly and a q and a with Phil’s sister, Sonny. So Ottawa, march on down to the Mayfair, unless you ain’t marchin’ anymore.

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