Monday, November 2, 2015

Seasons Change

As you know, there have ben a lot of things in the air. Some balls have dropped, some are still spinning mid-air. One thing's for sure: THIS season is coming to a championship ending! I played hard, had a lot of wins and I can almost see the view from the mountain top! As with all games, there is a lag time between the season's end and the championship game. I'm still waiting on that one and when it gets here, I'll tell ya aaaaallllll about it. Meanwhile, time to enjoy fall's color concerto. To get you started, here's my all-time favorite autumn picture.

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Wednesday, September 23, 2015

Hard Knock Life

There are some times in life when it's full court press time. For those non-sports fans, that's the time when it's down to the wire in a basketball game and everybody is working overtime to win. Well, basketball ain't the only place where games need be be won. Life is one big ole playing field and if you're in it to win it, sometimes sleep, home cooking and the gym take a back burner because the business of winning the game requires nothing less than full concentration and overtime.  It's those times when you ignore the longing for a shower and massage and get your head completely in the game. Those moments feel like hard times. But, when it's all over, the final release is oh so sweet. When you shoot your best shot and watch that ball arch, wondering--no, knowing--no, hoping--no, praying-- that it will drop just right, it's an amazing, scary, awesome, scary, powerful, scary feeling. And that hard knock life? Well it turns into...Come back next month. I'm still waiting on the buzzer so cheer me on!

Monday, July 6, 2015

Love is an Open Door

Working with the under 10 set has helped me to see that there are still major lessons to be learned from Disney's blockbuster Frozen. And seeing some of the nastiness of the social media offerings over the last couple of weeks leaves me no alternative but to remember out loud what my Grandmother taught me, "If you can't say something nice, don't say anything at all". I'm sure there are grandkids all over the country who were taught the same thing. So why have so many of us forgotten?! At the risk of sounding pious: social media musings cloaked in semi-anonymity are not exempt from this rule.

There was a song from Sting a few cold war moons ago in which the recurring line told of the Russians loving their children too.  He continued with, "we share the same biology regardless of ideology".  Sting's not from the US but it would seem his grandma taught him that we can agree to disagree-- in peace. Love really is an open door that we can choose to walk through when we eschew hateful rants and remarks. Kindness leaves bridges in tact no matter what our beliefs, and choosing love over hate makes us all winners every time. Without that door we are walled up behind our ideologies and ideals lofty or base, depending on who's rating. Not hate or bitterness but Love
is an open door.

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Friday, June 5, 2015

Easy As ABC

Sometimes it's not the big stages, the sold out concert halls or the Baroque churches. Sometimes it's watching young Mr. Landin play "Watermelon Man" on his first gig with a live band or watching "Uncle Sonny" sing "My Girl" for the first time in 40 years. It's singing Gladys' "I got ta go' in harmony with Miss Lynn and playing MD with your Sunday morning band doing Saturday night music. And sometimes it's watching the mantel pass as your son sings the Jackson 5 hits of the Michael Jackson we 70's kids remember from our childhood. Sometimes it's easy as ABC and Music doesn't get any better than that!

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Thursday, April 23, 2015

New Attitude

Something about the springtime smell of sunshine and roses in full bloom seems to give me an extra shot of motivation. With school coming to an end the German word "Aufbruch" comes to mind. It's a word that means "awakening" or "start".  Life is cyclical and this year one cycle is ending and another is beginning. Time to put all that knowledge to good use. It's a little bit scary, quite frankly. Endings and beginnings always are. But they are also a lot like the dawn. Before the sun comes up, it's impossible to see what the day will be like but then, the sun comes over the horizon and you can see forever. Of course, the day may be grey and cloudy but at some point, hours, days--weeks, if you're in London--later, the skies clear and you're on you're way. That's where I am now. I've got a new attitude and I'm on my way!

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