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If you have not previously appreciated Madame Jenkins remote approximations of actual music, move away from your coffee–just DO IT! You were warned–and give a listen.

“They may say I can’t sing. But they can never say I didn’t sing.” You have to hand it to this lady: she did it HER way and stayed the course to the very end.

Meryl Streep will play Florence in the upcoming movie by that simple title.

More about this celeb whose Carnegie Hall concert in 1944 came only a month before her death–they say–of a broken heart.

Queen Of The Night : NPR

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Fred First holds masters degrees in Vertebrate Zoology and physical therapy, and has been a biology teacher and physical therapist by profession. He moved to southwest Virginia in 1975 and to Floyd County in 1997. He maintains a daily photo-blog, broadcasts essays on the Roanoke NPR station, and contributes regular columns for the Floyd Press and Roanoke's Star Sentinel. His two non-fiction books, Slow Road Home and his recent What We Hold in Our Hands, celebrate the riches that we possess in our families and communities, our natural bounty, social capital and Appalachian cultures old and new. He has served on the Jacksonville Center Board of Directors and is newly active in the Sustain Floyd organization. He lives in northeastern Floyd County on the headwaters of the Roanoke River.

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