After almost a full 25 years of service - The Flute Network is officially going on a planned hiatus BECAUSE of a very happy distraction/development... (no - I'm not pregnant, but thanks for the thought!) However -- the Masterclasses Listings and the Stolen Instrument Listings will continue to be kept current - our committment to keeping such information freely and readily available remains unchanged.
Here's the scoop: we just sold our house in San Bernardino to a very nice lady who needs it far sooner than either Jerry or I had even remotely imagined (as in: our close is slated for April 15th...! ...At least that's what we understand right now; we're learning as this process moves along, though, that nearly anything can happen at just about any step along the way and there's a chance this one might "blow up" yet, but it's all we have to go on right now: that signed intent to buy...) - SO - imagine packing up everything you own in a place you've lived in for 15 years (including everything in the attic and garage), and then moving to a place that's yet to be determined (let alone identified) - and all on just a little over two weeks notice - and you'll have the beginnings of the first chapter of our current adventure. The second chapter is that after Jerry completes his current contract with California State University, San Bernardino (at the end of June), we're looking to move to someplace in Oregon -- and taking my Dad (and all his things too) along with us --- again, to yet another place (or two) that is yet to be determined (let alone identified) -- sometime after that. And without any sort of timeline to hang the rest of our lives on, there's just no way I can do justice to The Flute Network timelines right now too... and given the current state of things on that front, it only makes sense to formally go on and put it on hiatus for the time being. Our systems remain in place for resuming our activities (with both our most wonderful printer and the amazing people who help tremendously with our USPS mailings [in fact, our mailings would likely not be possible without the kind and generous support of GrayHair Software...]), and I'll continue to be delighted to add folks to our mailing list for when we do resume publication (as well as take care of address corrections as they come in -- do keep those coming!!!) - so we can indeed pick up again right where we left off when it makes sense to do so!
NOW ON A RELATED MATTER -- if you've been accessing Flute Network issues exclusively online, well we're delighted to have you visit! BUT DID YOU KNOW you're missing out on some special things that can ONLY be shared in our hard copies?! Our September/October 2008 issue included a very special offering from Mr. Walifred Kujala, specifically a page and a half of warm up exercises that rated rave reviews in our FN-Recommends - and the April 2008 issue included another wonderful offering (a teaching duet) from Howard Vance, just by way of example... and there's lots more planned to come, SO -- if you're not already on our free bulk mailing list and would like to be - just let us know!! (AND -- if you'd like copies of those mentioned just now, they're still available -- drop me a note asking for them and include a snail-mail address where I can send them, and I'll be happy to get copies out to you ASAP!)
The following is from our Greetings section of an earlier issue... that message still applies:
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