Community of Goodness

with Larry Long & Tom Thibodeau

Mondays at 8:30AM

Larry Long is an American singer-songwriter who has made his life work the celebration of everyday heroes. He has written and performed hundreds of ballads celebrating community and history makers. Author and historian Studs Terkel called Long “a true American Troubadour.” When Pete Seeger was told that Larry was often referred to as the Pete Seeger of Minnesota, Pete replied, “I would be honored to be called the Larry Long of New York.”

Through a curriculum called Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song, Larry has brought elders into schools for over thirty years to share their life stories with students. Over one-thousand of these life stories have been recorded and honored by Long with youth in song.

Now a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, Larry has sung at major concerts and festivals throughout the United States and world.

Long is a recipient of the Bush Artists Fellowship, the Pope John XXIII Award, Leadership In Neighborhood Fellowship (St. Paul Companies), Sustainability Award, and In The Spirit of Crazy Horse Award for his work in forgotten communities.

www.larrylong.org

www.communitycelebration.org

 

Tom Thibodeau is the Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership at Viterbo University  in LaCrosse, Wisconsin where he has been teaching for 37 years. He is the founder of the Master of Arts degree in Servant Leadership at Viterbo, the only master’s degree in servant leadership in the country.

Tom speaks locally, regionally, nationally and internationally of the growing servant leadership movement. Thibodeau is featured in a Ted Talks on “The Positive Power of Servant Leadership’.

 Tom is a founding member of the Place of Grace Catholic Worker in LaCrosse where for the last twenty five years they have been serving, food, hospitality, and human dignity.

Thomas Thibodeau just received the 2021 Community Service Award from the City of Lacrosse. He’s the 153rd recipient of this award, an award not based on physical wealth but for that which one gives back to their community. As Tom often says, “Service is love made visible.”

www.tomttalks.com

Community of Goodness is merely one more extension of Tom and Larry’s shared work with hopes that it will help inspire and reinforce your love and commitment to others.

Recorded at Sound Strations Audio in La Crosse, Wisconsin by composer, producer, and engineer Brett Huus. Brett founded the studio in 1993 and is the recording rngineer for the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, and Professor of Recording Technology at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.  

www.soundstrations.com

Larry Long is an American singer-songwriter who has made his life work the celebration of everyday heroes. He has written and performed hundreds of ballads celebrating community and history makers. Author and historian Studs Terkel called Long “a true American Troubadour.” When Pete Seeger was told that Larry was often referred to as the Pete Seeger of Minnesota, Pete replied, “I would be honored to be called the Larry Long of New York.”

Through a curriculum called Elders’ Wisdom, Children’s Song, Larry has brought elders into schools for over thirty years to share their life stories with students. Over one-thousand of these life stories have been recorded and honored by Long with youth in song.

Now a Smithsonian Folkways recording artist, Larry has sung at major concerts and festivals throughout the United States and world.

Long is a recipient of the Bush Artists Fellowship, the Pope John XXIII Award, Leadership In Neighborhood Fellowship (St. Paul Companies), Sustainability Award, and In The Spirit of Crazy Horse Award for his work in forgotten communities.

www.larrylong.org

www.communitycelebration.org

Tom Thibodeau is the Distinguished Professor of Servant Leadership at Viterbo University  in LaCrosse, Wisconsin where he has been teaching for 37 years. He is the founder of the Master of Arts degree in Servant Leadership at Viterbo, the only master’s degree in servant leadership in the country.

Tom speaks locally, regionally, nationally and internationally of the growing servant leadership movement. Thibodeau is featured in a Ted Talks on “The Positive Power of Servant Leadership’.

Tom is a founding member of the Place of Grace Catholic Worker in LaCrosse where for the last twenty five years they have been serving, food, hospitality, and human dignity.

Thomas Thibodeau just received the 2021 Community Service Award from the City of Lacrosse. He’s the 153rd recipient of this award, an award not based on physical wealth but for that which one gives back to their community. As Tom often says, “Service is love made visible.”

www.tomttalks.com

Community of Goodness is merely one more extension of Tom and Larry’s shared work with hopes that it will help inspire and reinforce your love and commitment to others.

Recorded at Sound Strations Audio in La Crosse, Wisconsin by composer, producer, and engineer Brett Huus. Brett founded the studio in 1993 and is the recording rngineer for the La Crosse Symphony Orchestra, and Professor of Recording Technology at St. Mary’s University of Minnesota.  

www.soundstrations.com

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Honoring the Legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

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Honoring the Legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.

This podcast honors the legacy of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and all those who continue to sacrifice their lives to keep the dream of liberty and justice for all alive. In the words of Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr, “Our lives begin to end the day we become silent about things that matter.  Voting is the foundation stone for political action.”   

Featured songs:  Freedom, Oh Freedom (Honoring Ezra Cunningham) | Copyright Larry Long Publishing 1992 (BMI); and Something for Me, Something for You | Copyright Larry Long Publishing 2002 (BMI) | Copyright Just Divine Music 2002 (ASCAP) 

Honoring the Gift of Loneliness

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It’s through our aloneness that we are able to commune with a power far greater than I. And by doing so, are gifted with the realization that we are not alone after all.   

Featured songs:  Wishing I Was Riding on That Train and Lay Me Down Easy. Copyright Larry Long 2022 | BMI

Honoring Generosity

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Generosity is not merely something that we do, but an admirable quality of character.  A generous person naturally engages in acts of generosity.

One of those generous individuals was Ms. Gladys Milton.  Ms. Milton lived to be 75 years of age and delivered over 3,000 babies throughout rural Alabama and Florida in her lifetime.  Most of which, were home births due to Jim Crow laws,  which prevented African American women from giving birth in hospitals.  

Another woman of generosity was the Mrs. Virginia McKnight Binger whose father, a chief executive of 3M, and mother set up the McKnight Foundation.  Every year under the banner of ‘Unsung Heroes’, the McKnight Foundation and the Minnesota Council of Nonprofits keeps Virginia McKnight Bingers legacy alive by honoring four change agents working in and with their communities — helping people connect with one another, secure resources, and tell their truths. 

Featured songs:  Why Not Me Lord (Honoring Gladys Milton) & I Love You (Honoring Virginia McKnight Binger). Copyright Larry Long 2021 | BMI

Honoring the Dakota 38 Patriots

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Placing the Santee Dakota Nation on reservations for the first time in 1851 was an act of cultural genocide. A mere decade thereafter, deprived of the freedom of the hunt, this ancient people stared starvation in its grim face. In August of 1862, there began a final defense of the Dakota Oyate – the long road to Wounded Knee. When the Wars of August were quelled, 303 Dakota were marked for the gallows. President Lincoln, in commuting the sentences of all but 38, paved the way for the largest mass execution in United States history. Featured songs: Water In The Rain (Honoring the Dakota 38) by Larry Long & Amos Owen (BMI); Lay Hatred Down by Larry Long (BM()

Celebrating the Gift of Christmas Morning

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Christmas, the very word means joy.  This is a story of hope, resilience, persistence, and love, which is told in our human families every day. In Kentucky, Arkansas, Tennessee, Illinois, Minnesota, where our fellow citizens are made vulnerable by tornadoes and natural disasters. And now throughout the rest of the country.  We are all vulnerable at times depending upon the goodness of others in our community, often by people we do not know.  Featured songs “Take Me Down” & “Noelia” by Larry Long (BMI). 

Celebrating the Courage of Women

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In this episode Tom & Larry sing the praises of abolitionist and women’s rights activist Sojourner Truth, Oklahoma Head Start teacher Julia Pauline (Polly) Patterson, and former teacher & principal Marian Sullivan Schwarz, who farmed near Cashton, Wisconsin and lived to be 104 years of age. Featured songs “Polly” and “You Can’t Keep A Good Woman Down” by Larry Long (BMI)

Celebrating the Poetry of Autumn

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In this episode of Conspiracy of Goodness Larry & Tom honor the writings of Carl Sandburg, John Claire, Emily Bronte, Jacques Prevert, and Mississippi River Poet, Bard, & Philosopher Eddie Allen. Featured songs: Going Home To The Driftless & No Jobs In Texas by Larry Long (BMI)

Honoring The Tree OF Life

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We chart our ancestry from the roots and limbs of our family tree.  We plant the placentas of our newborn into the ground to give nourishment to the roots of our children’s birth trees. As Suzanne Simard writes in her book ‘Finding the Mother Tree’, “The older trees are able to discern, which seedlings are their own kin. The old trees nurture the young ones and provide them food and water just as we do with our own children.”  As Oglala Lakota Elder Black Elk spoke, “. . . even in the slightest breeze you can hear the voice of the cottonwood tree; this we understand is its prayer to the Great Spirit, for not only men, but all things. . .”    Featured songs “Tree of Life” and “The Eyes of My Father” by Larry Long (BMI).

Giving Thanks

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Tom and Larry share stories and songs of gratitude to those who give so generously in times of need to others.  From those who grow, transport, cook and serve our food to those who teach our children the value of kindness and service to others in action, words, and deeds. Thank you for all you do and thank you for listening.  Featured songs:  I Thank You and I Give Thanks by Larry Long  (BMI).   

Honoring Peace

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Tom and Larry share stories and songs of peace in this episode of Conspiracy of Goodness.   From reciting the poetry of Vietnamese Buddhist monk Thich Nhat Hahn to traveling the length of the Volga and Mississippi Rivers on a Soviet-American Peace Cruise during those days of perestroika before singing on historic Arbat Street in Moscow with Kris Kristofferson.    Featured songs: Love Will Lay Hatred Down & Muscovite, Feel Alright by Larry Long (BMI)

Celebrating Stories of America

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Celebrating Stories of America  

In this episode Troubadour Larry Long and Servant Leader Tom Thibodeau share stories of Uncle Dale the Plumber,  the Hard Rock Inn along the eastern slopes of the High Sierra Mountain range, a Korean War veteran and tungsten miner’s dream to return home to Montana, and travels with Fiddlin’ Pete Watercott.    Featured songs by Larry Long include “Got To Have Money To Make Money” and “Back to Montana” from “Living In A Rich Man’s World” vinyl release on Waterfront Records.    

Celebrating Moments to Measure Time From

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Conspiracy of Goodness honors those special moments of a mother’s & father’s love through both good and hard times.  Featured songs: “Mother’s Song” by Larry Long with Ricky Peterson (Piano), Don’t Stand Still (CD), Cereus Records (BMI) & “My Mother Would Say” by Larry Long & St. Louis Park, Minnesota School Teachers; 

Celebrating Community Organizers

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Honoring the Place of Grace Catholic Worker House in La Crosse, Wisconsin and Food Fairs, where small family farmers sell home-grown produce directly to consumers in church parking lots. Featured songs: Food Fair & Dr. Massey by Larry Long (BMI).

Honoring Veterans of Foreign War

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Honoring World War II, Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans in story and song. Featured songs: All Gave Some, Some Gave All & Oh Boy, What You Gonna Do Now by Larry Long (BMI).