Extremely humble King of American Music

Extremely Humble King of Early American Music

Extremely Humble King of Early American Music. In part, Dave Rubinoff’s exactitude helped the cause of early American orchestral music. To him, music was sacred. He had such a passion for music, that his temperamental outbursts were quite infamous. He never got mad or angry any at anyone- just at what they didn’t do with the music. The American public loved him. 225,000 turned out for one of his concerts in 1937 at Grant Park in Chicago. His success and temperament were the source of much jealousy and resentment. The musicians under him were often quite resentful. They were not used to such a fireball.

First impressions are the longest lasting.
Rubinoff and His Violin with myself, Dave Ohrenstein,  in the mid 1970’s.

Extremely Humble King at Work

Very few people were so driven by music as Dave. When he conducted or played violin, it seemed like he was on a quest for the Holy Grail. He sought Truth through music.  He rarely, if ever, talked about his past personal accomplishments in music with me. His mind was focused on the music we were currently working on. Sometimes we’d work a week on arranging 16 bars of music. We would try this solution, than another, than yet another.  That’s why I think of him as an extremely humble king. He literally bowed his head to the great arrangement that a melody demanded.  of music.  The public treated him like royalty for his efforts.

Below is a concert we gave together at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House in the Catskills. The year was 1984. He was 86 years of age at the time. Although Dave most likely gave 1000’s of public concerts, below is the only sample of a full concert in existence. Every minute is worth listening to. Dave discusses each selection, and why it was special to him. Some people even  resented his success. A prominent concertmaster came in to hear one of our performances. I won’t even mention the derogatory things he said as he made fun of this great violinist’s style. He learned a good part of his style from Will Rogers. Will Rogers, who identified with the American Cherokee Indians, even taught him how to take his bows.  He was best friends with Will.

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Certainly, Madison Avenue was also a part of his success story.

Forgiving Audience for Rubinoff and His Violin

Lost Concert “Rubinoff and His Violin” on Oquaga Lake, 1984 – YouTube

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Our 44 + minute concert together in the Catskills dates back to 1984.

Faith Comments in poetry by the Oquaga Spirit

Faith Comments in poetry by the Oquaga Spirit. What is faith? Nature speaks. On Oquaga Lake she speak a lot. She talks on cloudy days. She talks sunny days. I was fortunate to make the acquaintance of the Oquaga Spirit  on hikes in the Catskill  mountains. Oquaga Lake in surrounded by forests. My spirit on the lake was a female. She was of the Lennie Lenape tribe, The internal link explains how the women were in charge of the community. The spirit spoke in the 1st poem in 1985. Ten years later, 1995, she spoke once more of faith. This poem also will be the subject of a 2nd blog.  Faith and knowledge help spiritual growth.[10]

Faith comments by the Oquaga spirit.
“Lights on porch and dock and hotel waterside, glitter around the shore- markers do they provide”.- At Scott’s Oquaga Lake House- a place of total peace and beauty.
Religion was primarily an individual matter for Woodland Indian people. It permeated everyday life. The world of the Great Lakes Indians was filled with a host of spirits (manido; plural manidog). They inhabited trees, plants, birds, and animals. I have one internal link. For a span of over 15 years, I was their house piano player.

Cosmic phenomena were considered spirits. These included the sun, the moon, thunder, lightning, the four winds, and the thunderbirds. The Great Lakes Indians gave offerings of tobacco.  These offerings were constantly given. They had many purposes.  Among them:

  • Protect the peoples’ health.
  • Assure their safety in storms,
  • Request help from the manidog.
  • Express their gratitude for past favors.

The Oquaga Spirit – DSO Works

 Faith Comments on  “Faith” – Different takes. Here is the earlier one of  1985

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The Heavens are Overcast. 

The wise know that the Sun shines behind the clouds.
Though the day be dark, they believe in light.
Knowing that clouds, no matter how thick, will disperse;
And clouds are only temporal; while the Sun endures.

Those without faith falter when the skies darken.
Seeing the heavens overcast, they forget the source.
And become despondent, thinking the day is done.
Their sight is stopped short by mere fluffy veils.

Those unfortunates scoff at the utopian belief in faith.
For them the vapor of clouds is more real than the divine.
And if there is no overcast, they’ll sow the seeds of rain;
Making reality confirm to the clouds in their heads.

Clouds are but thin impostors above us.
A mask to fool those of little faith.
For even in the thick of a full-fledged storm.
The eternal source of happiness is somewhere shining.

Faith requires the patience to out wait the darkness.
The fury of winds, rain and hail combined
Often come to test the tenacity of man.
But in the face of faith, the storm will fade.

Faith comments by the Oquaga spirit
Does it get more beautiful than this? View on Oquaga Lake.

 Faith Comments Also Apparent in Pictures

 

Different Takes on Faith

Different Takes on Different Years on Faith by the Spirit

Different Takes on Different Years on Faith by the Spirit. I spent many summers on Oquaga Lake. My work was as a house piano player. This was at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. A talkative spirit made itself known at the Lake House.  It communicated by poetry.

  • In the 1980’s it preferred quatrains in iambic pentameter. No rhyme was used. This poetry collection is called “The Book of Balance.”
  • In the 1990s  this spirit spoke in quatrains. Rhyme and triple meter were used. This poetic anthology is called “The Oquaga Spirit Speaks.” It is available as a product on DSOworks.com.

This post and one to follow will present poems on the subject of faith. One will be from each collection.  Also, an internal link is immediately below. It offers background on the spirit.  I think it is a female from the Lennie Lenape Tribe.

The Oquaga Spirit – DSO Works

 “Faith” – Different takes. Here is the earlier one of  1985

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The Heavens are Overcast. The featured anthology has the 2nd take.

The wise know that the Sun shines behind the clouds.
Though the day be dark, they believe in light.
Knowing that clouds, no matter how thick, will disperse;
And clouds are only temporal; while the Sun endures.

Those without faith falter when the skies darken.
Seeing the heavens overcast, they forget the source.
And become despondent, thinking the day is done.
Their sight is stopped short by mere fluffy veils.

Those unfortunates scoff at the utopian belief in faith.
For them the vapor of clouds is more real than the divine.
And if there is no overcast, they’ll sow the seeds of rain;
Making reality confirm to the clouds in their heads.

Clouds are but thin impostors above us.
A mask to fool those of little faith.
For even in the thick of a full-fledged storm.
The eternal source of happiness is somewhere shining.

Faith requires the patience to out wait the darkness.
The fury of winds, rain and hail combined
Often come to test the tenacity of man.
But in the face of faith, the storm will fade.

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Binary Code discovered on Oquaga Lake

Binary Code and Perfect Numbers on Tree of Life

Binary Code and Perfect Numbers on Tree of Life. I learned of  this on Oquaga Lake.  First of all, perfect numbers are few and far between. Six is the first such number. Then comes 28, 496, 8128 and 33550336. If you take these lower perfect numbers to the 10th power, you get squared, higher perfect numbers. Then, these perfect numbers can be expressed in binary fashion: They display ones and zeros. See examples below. In number theory, a perfect number is a positive integer that is equal to the sum of its proper positive divisors . This excludes the number itself. Also below is an illustration of how six is a perfect number.

 610 = 1102
2810 = 111002
49610 = 1111100002
812810 = 11111110000002
3355033610 = 11111111111110000000000002.

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High Perfect Number in Ancient Times – DSO Works

Binary Numbers Abound on the Tree of Life

Two perfect numbers are easily found on the Tree of Life. The circles are called emanations. Look at numbers 6 and 10 on the central pillar picture below.

  • The heart of the Tree is emanation “6”.  Six is  1st perfect number.
  • The name of emanation 10 is Malkuth.  What is relevant here is the name of this 10th emanation. This is because in Hebrew letters doubled as numbers. The name for this occurrence is gematria. It is a Greek word. The Hebrew letters of Malkuth equate with  496:  The mem = 40. Lamed = 30. Kuf = 20. Vav = 6. Tet = 400.  Add them as 40 + 30 + 20 + 6 + 400 = 496. Also, when you take the perfect numbers to the 1oth power, you get the squared version expressed by ones and zeros. See illustrated above. In this way 6 and 496  binary potential. This trait is shared by all perfect numbers.

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Emanation 10, spelled with Hebrew letters equals 496. That is the 3rd perfect number in the series. i.e: 6,28, 496.

Finding More Binary Expressions on the Tree of Life

Opposite polarities, as follows, total 1100. Take the two outside pillars. Look at the numbers 3 at the time. Reverse their polarities as follows: Left pillar = 358. Right pillar = 742. Next add them as 358 + 742 = 1100. This figure balances binary by two positive (1)  and two negative (0) glyphs. Reverse this pillar multiplicity as 853 + 247. You get the same total- 1100. This number becomes the gateway to the Tree of Life.

Where Else is the 1100 Binary Code Found?

1100 gives expression to a lost antediluvian binary code. It once structured a Golden Age. The code is still common around the world. However, very few know how to read it. It is called the 3 x 3 number square. 440 and 660 are prominent in this code. They total 1100. Below is the picture with the  source for the Tree of Life. These numbers are on any of the 7 solutions. The bottom displays the traditional.

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Finding the 1100 code on the Tree of Life at its Source.

Add the numbers around the perimeter. Do it two at the time overlapping as follows: 49 + 92 + 27 + 76 + 61 + 18 + 83 + 34 =440. For the 660 do the following. Add the numbers in groups 2 as follows: (49 + 61) + (35 + 75) +( 81 + 29) = 330. Each subgroup totals 110. Using the same method of addition, do it vertically. You also get 330.  Add the two: 330 + 330 = 660. Finally, add 440 + 660 = 1100. Here’s the icing on the cake: The Tree of Life and the Great Pyramid demonstrate various ways the 3 x 3 number square works. Music is based on the interval of a perfect fifth. It is also born of this number square: E=660 v/s.  A=440 v/s. The notes of the perfect fifth vibrate in this 3/2 ratio. A number of posts on DSOworks.com describe the technique.

Where Did I Learn About This Binary Code? On Oquaga Lake

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I sensed it was an Indian spirit around the lake of the Lennie Lenape tribe that taught me. I was the house piano player at Scott’s Oquaga lake House.
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On countless Lakes in upstate New York, many sense harmonious, spiritual presence. Above is Oquaga Lake in Summer.

 

 

Interrelationships of math and gepmetry appear at the Great Pyramid

Interrelationships of the Past Crossed Disciplines

One source is the stamping mill that makes our Universe: That is the traditional 3 x 3 number square pictured below.

Interrelationships of the Past Crossed Disciplines. Numbers were an ancient reasoning tool.  Ancient philosophers and priests used common numbers to emphasize similarities. This blog simply illustrates one example: How Great Pyramid and the Platonic solids use the same numbers. I’ll walk my reader through the meaning of two diagrams.

Platonic solid transformation is by numbers.#1 = tetrahedron. #2 = cube. #3 = octahedron. #4 = dodecaedron. # 5 = icosahedron.

First: The dimensions of the Great Pyramid. Its essential dimensions are: Square base is 8 x 8 great cubits. The four triangulated faces peak together at 5 great cubits: Note-

  • The base is square. It measures 440 shorter  Egyptian cubits of 1.71818..  feet on each side.
  • One Great Cubit is 55 of such smaller cubits.
  • The Great Pyramid measures 440 cubits or 8 such great cubits on each side.
  • The truncated height is 275 of these smaller cubits.
  • By great cubits this becomes 5.

Next we turn our attention to the 5 solids. First, 5 is the key number for both: The Great Pyramid has 5 faces. There are 5 Platonic solids.What is the source of  five? It is not an arbitrary number. Look at the 3 x 3 number square. Five is at its core. Very important: Interrelationships are deeper than they appear on this number square. Through opposite polarities they go to infinity! One example is in the next paragraph.

Interrelationships here is the ancient source.
This code demonstrates the inner workings of the Great Pyramid and the Platonic Solids.

I mentioned each side of the Pyramid is 440 cubits. Where is 440 n this number square?  For this I must credit an Indian spirit I believe to be from the Lennie Lenape tribe. I spent many summers on Oquaga Lake.

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Oquaga Lake is where I worked as a professional pianist. I played many shows in the large, white building at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. It is full of fun, wonderful memories and stories.

Interrelationships Galore

Take the numbers around the perimeter. Add them two at the time as follows: 49 + 92 + 27 + 76 + 61 + 18 + 83 + 34 = 440. It is the same forwards or backwards. Each side of the square-based Great Pyramid is 440 cubits. It’s the numbers that are important: Ancients of varied civilizations attached their own units of measure to these key numbers. What was the primary reason the Great Pyramid was built?

  1. To illustrate every way the 3 x 3 square can function.
  2. With this knowledge, a new Golden Age of Peace and Plenty can be implemented 

Next, look at the illustrations of the Platonic solids. Vertical column one (on the left) totals the features each solid.  Each of the five has its own horizontal column. This shows the added horizontal values. Here is the total number of faces, corners and edges for each solid. In other words, the topology.

  • The tetrahedron has 14.
  • The cube has 26.
  • The octahedron has 26.
  • The icosahedron has 62.
  • The dodecahedron has 62.

This information can be found in standard textbooks on geometry. Next the chart reduces these topology numbers as follows:

  • Fourteen: 1 +4 = 5. This is for the tetrahedron.
  • Twenty-six: 2 + 6 = 8. This applies to the cube and octahedron.
  • The third different number is sixty-two.  6 + 2 = 8. This applies to the dodecahedron and icosahedron.

We thus see four eights and one five. That duplicates the four-square base of 8 Great Cubits on each side and the pyramid’s height of 5 Great Cubits.

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The pot of gold at the end of the rainbow on Oquaga Lake holds knowledge.

 

 

First impressions are the longest lasting.

First Impressions are Long Lasting. Here’s Why

First Impressions are Long Lasting Here’s Why. Over some 15 years I toured with Rubinoff and His Violin. I served his pianist and arranger. Two questions beg to be answered. What was His Violin? What is an arranger? His violin was the Romanoff Stradivarius.  A Stradivarius violin could be worth hundreds of thousands to several million U.S. dollars .[8] The 1697 “Molitor[9]  was once rumored to have belonged to Napoleon. It sold  in 2010 at Tarisio Auctions for $3,600,000. It was, at the time, a world record.[10][11]

Next, what is a musical arranger? It is best described by means of a story. A man walks by a pet shop. It was Summer. The doors were open. He hears this unbelievably beautiful singing coming from a canary inside the shop. He asks the pet ship owner: How much is that songbird? I think I would like to buy her. The owner replies, “She’s five dollars.” The man exclaims, “Wow.  Only five dollars. I think I’ll buy her”. The pet ship owner answers: “Not so fast. Do you see that ugly, scraggly, looking bird over there?” The man replies, “Yes.”The owner replies: “When you buy her you have to buy him. And… he’s $100.00.”  The man is shocked: “Why would I want him for $100.00 when I can just have her for $5.00? The pet store owner replies: “He’s the arranger.”

Even a canary in a cage needs a good arranger!
An good arranger can be paid more than a prima donna.

An arranger sets the musical context for a melody. It can be compared to the background around a subject of a painting. With the canary story, first impressions were wrong. In the joke (based on truth) she needed the arranger to showcase her voice.

First Impressions Can be Lasting Impressions for Children

This internal link immediately below has Rubinoff and I playing in New York in the Catskills at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. He was 86 years of age at the time. Its link is connected to connected to Youtube.  It is called, Lost Concert  Found.

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Rubinoff and I played a number of school functions. One was for the chamber orchestra at a middle school in Venice, Florida. I must say they couldn’t  have cared less for his Stradivarius violin. That was because he carried the violin in a genuine alligator skin violin case. It was made in Germany. It had all of the original fins. Of course, that would impress any child! Please share with friends. My upcoming concert commemorating Rubinoff will be in Circleville, Ohio on this June 2nd. Click on all events for details.  Hope to see you there. And yes, I have one or two openings for piano students in Sarasota.

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First impressions are lasting impressions
Rubinoff played for children of all ages thanks to John Phillip Sousa and the United States State Department.
Musical Tradition is Heard at the Gasparilla Inn

Musical Tradition Embraces Architectural Style

Musical Tradition Embraces Architectural Style. Obviously, Elvis is the star in the featured picture. Now, who is playing the Steinway concert grand in the beautiful setting below? That’s your blogger, David. So what does one have to do with the other? It’s the music that I’m playing. Basically, I love the style and taste of Elvis.

Here’s a story: One of my most popular piano arrangements, Aura Lea: Theme and Variations for piano, was composed in Toronto, Ontario.   No matter where I play it – on the concert stage, for a private party or during the dinner hour – it always receives grand applause and some rather sizable tips.  The arrangement is heart rendering;  bringing back pleasant memories.  One variation combines the theme with “Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Wolf”; bringing two great American songs together.  And, by the way, this composition has many showy virtuoso passages. Yes, choosing this number, Elvis proved once more that he was king.

How Musical Tradition Embraces Architectural Style

Gasparilla Inn Historic District is located in Florida

Gasparilla Inn Historic District

LocationBoca GrandeFloridaUSA
Coordinates26°45′8″N 82°15′39″WCoordinates26°45′8″N 82°15′39″W
NRHP reference #08000205[1]
Added to NRHPMarch 18, 2008[1]

Gasparilla Inn Historic District is a historic district at 500 Palm Avenue in Boca GrandeFloridaUnited States. On March 18, 2008, it was added to the U.S. National Register of Historic Places.[1]

Now for musical tradition, Aura Lea is one of the most beloved American songs and is arguably as popular as Amazing Grace.  Our generation heard it with the words that Elvis sang as Love Me Tender.  The melody has graced America over the last two centuries.  The music was written by W.W. Fosdick and words by George R. Poulton during the Civil War in 1861.  The sheet music cover is the original Confederate version, dated 1864. The 1st internal link me playing in New York’s Catskill Mountains.

Aura Lea: Theme and Variations for piano – DSO Works

It was at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House a few years back.  However,their piano was “so, so.” Below is the link just recorded with me at the Inn. The difference in pianos is quite noticeable.  It was videoed live and less than week ago, and just posted. Keep checking DSOworks.com for more and more upcoming events. Elvis understood the public pulse.

Live at the Gasparilla Inn!

Posted by DSO Works on Saturday, February 3, 2018

Different Takes on Faith

Trust Among Nations as Per the Oquaga Spirit

Trust Among Nations as Per the Oquaga Spirit. As usual, defining terms comes first. What is trust?

a assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something
b one in which confidence is placed

Next, who or what is the Oquaga Spirit? She is an essence that dwells around Oquaga Lake. I believe it is an American Indian spirit. I (David) was the house piano player at Scott’s Oquaga lake House. My employment covered a span of about 25 years.  In the mornings I’d stroll and the spirit would be afloat.  “So much she needed an ear, she ignored my tranquillity.” Some years we did not go to the lake. That was primarily when our children were in school. Over the decades the spirit changed her mode of communication:

  1. In the 1980’s she preferred iambic pentameter. This was communicated in quatrains.
  2. During the 1990’s she spoke in rhyming, triple meter. She also communicated poetry in quatrains. Why quatrains? They bring about a beneficial effect. Quatrains of poetry invoke Jupiterian influences. Jupiter is the thinking-person’s planet. It is the guardian of the abstract mind. This planet rules higher learning. It bestows upon us a yen for exploring ideas. This is both intellectually and spiritually. Explanations of Jupiterian influences through a specific number square are on DSOworks.com
  3.  Below is an excerpt from a poem in iambic, written during the 1980’s.
Trust was spoken of by a spirit on this lake
View from our porch on Oquaga Lake

The spirit loved peaceful co-existence. Also, many poems were about beauty in nature. She was of the Lennie Lenape tribe. This tribe was ruled by the women. The Lenape have a matrilineal clan system and historically were matrilocal.

Jennie Bobb and her daughter, Nellie Longhat (both Delaware), Oklahoma, 1915[7]

Trust Among Nations

Mutual exchange among nations promotes peace.
When states have closed doors, mistrust develops.
People then image what horrors locked entries must hide.
Not realizing that inhabitants worldwide live similarly.

Though official doctrines of lands may differ,
Everyone eats, sleeps, drinks and works.
Nations tap their feet to the same rhythms.
They view sunrise and sunset with equal awe.

All over, people want to be liked and loved
As recorded in the songs and novels of writers.
Everywhere, people seek to understand mysteries of life.
In so doing they turn to religion or philosophy…

 

 

 

Future Telling by a poetic spirit on Oquaga Lake

Future Telling as per the Oquaga Spirit

Future Telling as per the Oquaga Spirit. Common methods used for fortune telling in Europe and the Americas include astromancyhorary astrologypendulum reading, spirit board reading, tasseography (reading tea leaves in a cup), cartomancy (fortune telling with cards), tarot readingcrystallomancy (reading of a crystal sphere), and chiromancy (palmistry, reading of the palms). The last three have traditional associations in the popular mind with the Roma and Sinti people (often called “gypsies”).

However, current theories of leading physicists see reality as a connection or continuum of space-time. Thus, as the present is visible, so are the past and the future. I was fortunate enough to spend 15 summer seasons on Oquaga Lake. My official title was “the house pianist” at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. One of my duties was playing the piano on “Scott’s Showboat of Song.” It daily circled Oquaga Lake at 4:30 pm. Once in a while we did a nighttime cruise. Everyone was happy and joyful. Most sensed a spiritual presence on the lake.  For me, it spoke in poetry as a hiked around the lake in the early morning hours. Below is one of the spirit’s poems. It is entitled “Future Fog.” An illustrated book of her poetry is called: The Oquaga Spirit Speaks.” It is available as a product on DSOworks.com

Future Telling and the Oquaga Spirit
Spiritual presence radiates forth from this mountain top, spring fed lake. Its beauty is almost incredible.

Future Telling in the Poem “Future Fog” in the Oquaga Spirit Speaks

We see the future in a fog                   But though we cannot see through,
And know not what it brings.            We still may smell and hear.
It’s milky, dense and thick                   By keeping all senses sharp
And hides most everything.                We see ahead the year.
We do not know tomorrow,                For sound penetrates the fog.
If it bring joy or sorrow                        And smell drifts through the haze.
Or if it just be plain                                 By keeping all senses sharp,
Like slow and steady rain.                    We see ahead the days.
We know not how things shape up
Until the fog has lifted.
But then the future is the present,
As the sands of time have shifted.
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The future is hidden by “fog.” So are two birds in this masterful picture.
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Seasonal Migration as per the Oquaga Spirit

Seasonal Migration as per the Oquaga Spirit. Many spring fed lakes  have spiritual presence. Oquaga Lake has quite a strong and active spirit. I was fortunate. The  spiritual “Lady of the Lake” befriended me. My family and I spent some 15 summer seasons on the lake. I was the house piano player at Scott’s Oquaga Lake House. Here is an incredible parallel: Just as the movie The Last Samurai featured an historian/photgrapher, we had one on Oquaga Lake. His name was John Margolies. Here is some of his background.

From sea to shining sea, John Margolies knew, there was much that cried to be photographed. There was the Long Island poultry store in the shape of a vast white duck. The gaping alligator’s mouth through which visitors entered a Kissimmee, Fla. zoo.  The 65-foot-long muskie in Bena, Minn., that housed the Big Fish Supper Club. The Donut Hole, a doughnut shop in the form of — what else? — in La Puente, Calif.

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Oquaga Lake, John Margolies photographer.
John Margolies in 1987. Credit Don Hogan Charles/The New York Times

Our enitre family spent many summers with John  on Oquaga Lake. We all loved every minute. Never a dull moment on magnificent spring fed lake.  I (David)  wrote poetry galore thanks to the spirit.

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Seasonal Migration as per the Oquaga Spirit

Enjoy a moment of nostalgia with the spirit’s poem entitled “We’ll Talk a Little More.” I sensed that she was a female Indian spirit. She was from the Lennie Lenape. The entire collection is available on DSOworks.com.  Daily, I recite and keep the poetry memorized; and the spirit alive.  Poetry presentations are in my job description.

The summer fun is done
Like burnt wood in a flame:
Only glowing embers
And memories to place in a frame.

But oh, how those embers
Are full of reverie,
I see in them the summer
And I’m sure the summer sees me.

And many a fire will burn
In crackling fireplace,
Until the folks return
Once more to their special place.

The ground is flooded with leaves.
Daily the temperature dips.
Our boxes and bags are packed.
We’re readied for southern trip.

I bid you spirit, adieux
At least for ninety-four.
Next year when I return,
We’ll talk a little more.