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Saturday December 17th, 2005: Prince of Peace

in which the host musically explores choices between kindness, understanding, love and peace
and persection, anger, hate and war.
or  in which she asks the question:
"What's So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding?"

Folk Plus is hosted and planned by Angela Page and airs Saturdays from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm on WJFF,
at 90.5 fm in Jeffersonville, N.Y. and 94.5 in Monticello N.Y.   We are Hydro-Powered Public Radio.
We stream online at WWW.WJFFRADIO.ORG    Welcome new web listeners

There's a controversy circling the nation about the war now. The nation is divided. Some say its not a war, others are painting it as such. I'm talking about the war on christmas. Perhaps as you go around your family December routines, you haven't noticed, but spokesmen such as Pat Robertson and Bill O'Reilly have noticed. They are promoting the notion that phrases like "happy holidays" or "season's greetings" show religious bigotry. They suggest that  "tidings of great cheer", generically encompassing many faiths, is offensive.

So good cheer should be carefully phrased followed by research into each reciever's beliefs before opening our mouths.  That would rule out any greeting to strangers, as you won't have been able to have had time to know which phrases would be expected. Seems like a lot of cautiousness involved in what can already be a very stressful bunch of weeks!

Well if peace keepers against the war don't close us down, tonight is the WJFF "holiday show." No offence meant to anyone, just a great time where WJFF friends and families gather to share talents, stories, food and cheer. Thats tonight at the Western Hotel, on the Delaware River.

Peacekeeping is in the eye of the beholder.
This two hour setlist is called "Prince of Peace"; not meant to honor or not honor any particluar person or holdiay,
but rather a collection of contemporary folk exploring choices between kindness, understanding, love and peace
and for persecution, anger, hate and war.

Eric Hansen - The Holy Man 255
A Lover's Lullaby - Half Moon and Full Star records

Roches - Anyway 246
Zero Church - Red House

David Rovics - Who Would Jesus Bomb? 401
Behind the Barricades: Best of David Rovics

Kamm and MacDonald - Calling on Love 414
Calling on Love -
a prayer to the future

Tom Payne(Chuck Brodsky) - We are Each Other's Angels 407
Ten Lucky Pennies -

Eileen McGann - Wisdom Guide Me 303
Beyond the Storm - Dragonwing

Si Kahn - What You Do With What You've Got 216
In My Heart - Philo

Andrew McKnight - Good Things Matter 319
Beyond Borders - Falling Mountain

Rebel Voices - (Roth) Nine Gold Medals 233
A Piece of the Wall - Reveille Music

David Roth - Fateful Intersection
Think Twice - Wind River

Guinevere and the Fire - Lui Collins (by Fred Small) 350
Stone by Stone -

Terri Allard - Never Ceases to Amaze me 458
Terry Allard -

LONDON, England (AP) -- Alfred Anderson, the last surviving soldier to have heard the guns fall silent along the Western Front during the spontaneous "Christmas Truce" of World War I, died Monday Nov. 21, 2005 at age 109.
He was 18 in the battle of 1914.  "I remember the silence, the eerie sound of silence. ...We shouted 'Merry Christmas,' even though nobody felt merry. The silence ended early in the afternoon and the killing started again. It was a short peace in a terrible war.I think about all my friends who never made it home, but it's too sad to think too much about it. Far too sad. I felt so guilty meeting the families of friends who were lost," he told The Times newspaper this month. "They looked at me as if I should have been left in the mud of France instead of their loved one. I couldn't blame them, they were grieving, and I still share their grief and bear that feeling of guilt." Anderson is survived by four children, 10 grandchildren, 18 great-grandchildren and two great-great-grandchildren.
Heres one version of this famous example of peace reigning over war.

Artisan (Harding) - Christmas 1914 342
Paper Angels -

Artisan (Harding) - Scarlet Ray Gun
Paper Angels -

Roy Zimmerman - Buy War Toys for Christmas 300
Peacenick - Metaphor Records

John Webber (McCutcheon) - Christmas in the Trenches
Live taping from North Ft Myers

Holly Near - O Holy Night
And Still we Sing - Outspoken Collection - Calico Tracks

Les Barker - Civilised World 325
The War on Terrier -

Ellis Paul & Vance Gilbert - Citizen of the World 411
Side of the World - Philo

Lucy Kaplansky - Land of the Living  4
Red Thread - Red House

Roy Zimmerman - Christmas in Crawford 2004 319
Peacenick - Metaphor Records

Chuck Brodsky - He Came to Our Town 342
Last of the Old Time - Red House

James Gordon - There is No Silent Night 334
Mining for Gold - Borealis Records

Stir Up Your Power - Bob Franke  404
For Real -

Ilene Weiss - Talkin' to the Wrong Guy 500
Weiss Christmas - Gadfly

Bill Jones (Norton) -Two Brothers 332
Two Year Winter - Compass

Roy Zimmerman - Two Brothers 329
Peacenick - Metaphor Records

Ray Korona -  (w/Seeger) Toys for Peace?
The Safe Thing To Do - Hobo Star Music

Martyn Joseph - Love is 221
Whoever It was that Brought Me here will have to take me Home - Appleseed

Lucy Kaplansky (Lowe) - Whats So Funny About Peace Love and Understanding 319
Flesh and Bone -  Red House

A HOLDIAY gift idea for the local folk fan: The Best of the Mansion CD vol. 1. is available to help keep the music alive in the Mansion in Middletwon.
Contact:  845.343-3049 Friends of Music, 14 Wilcox Ave., Middletown, NY 10940
The cd has photos of the Mansion and the Tiffany stained glass window. They've been presenting music for 10 years and hope for another 10.

Cliff Eberhardt: My Father's Shoes, Patty Larkin: Me and That Train, Chris Smither: Caveman, Ellis Paul: Jukebox On My Grave
Slaid Cleaves: Wishbones, Fred Eaglesmith: Balin  Again, Jimmy LaFave: Only One Angel, Lynn Miles: Black Flowers
Radoslav Lorkovic: Blues in C Minor, Susan Werner: Courting the Muse, Harvey Reid: Dreamer or Believer, Karen Savoca: You Just Don't Get It,
David Roth: May the Light of Love

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Thanks to all well wishers with my curret battle with neurotoxic poisoning and chemical sensitivities    (
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