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October 19, 2019

From the opening scene of Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice, the first voice we  hear is the sound of Ms. Ronstadt's. She narrates the entire film, beginning to end. The words are hers, and the delivery very much an unscripted, conversational one.

I have had a lon...

May 1, 2019

"We were kids who aspired to emulate our musical idols. We were still learning our instruments. We sat in rooms helping each other learn our respective parts to songs. We repeatedly put the needle down on the records and lifted it up again to simulate a manual rep...

February 24, 2019

It occurred to me while I was riding my Cub Cadet, cutting the grass and listening to the Beatles’ White album playing in my earbuds. The time was a day in August, 2013.  

“What if,” I thought, as I made another pass around the pool, “The Beatles history hadn’t gone dow...

February 6, 2019

A variation of fried rice is taking the Asian world by storm and creating a shortage of garlic and plain bologna in local shops here in the US.

"They can't get enough!" says Danville PA native, J.A. Willoughby. "I mean, it was just a lunch experiment for me. I was hungr...

December 6, 2018

My second non-fiction release in 2018, and it is another primary source book from the Civil War era. The other book, "Gone But Not Forgotten," is a book about a distant cousin of mine who wrote poetry and taught school in Pennsylvania during the Civil War, and was cull...

May 14, 2018

My cousin has a few words to say to the 21st century.
Her epitaph is the title of our new book, "Gone But Not Forgotten".

"Hello, My name is Katie McCracken. I am from Mooresburg Pennsylvania where I taught at seven different schools one-room from 1859-1877. I am truly...

March 1, 2018

If you live in our region here in Pennsylvania, other parts of the United States and Canada, this image of a horse-drawn buggy clopping on the roads is a familiar sight. The Amish and their culture is everywhere. My family and other “English,” as they call us who are n...

February 15, 2018

Okay, now that I’ve got your attention and hopefully a little intended laughter, let’s get serious about The Day on which the calendars say we should love each other, or at least profess to publicly – Valentine’s Day.

I was asked once by a friend to give him some p...

December 14, 2017

"Chances are that your child is home or will be home for the Holidays, soon. Let this short bit of writing serve as a “gift” from me to you from the ‘behind-the-scenes’ of your child’s educational process in college. Hopefully it is one PSA that you will take very...

October 17, 2017

“The Offlings” is the name of the First Book in the new MASQUE series by J.A. Willoughby and Rebecca L. Willoughby. It is slated to be released on Amazon in Kindle format Halloween, 2017. The paperback will follow about two weeks later.

This series is a supernatura...

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Linda Ronstadt: The Sound Of My Voice

October 19, 2019

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