~~ "The Heart Hath its Own Memory" ~~
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

~~ “Nobody would do anything if they knew what they were in for.” ~~
Milagro Beanfield War

~~ "May you Walk with Beauty All Around You" ~~
Navajo Blessing

Tuesday, October 2, 2018

Music Monday. Journey: "Faithfully"

DH asked me about this song a little while back.  It was mentioned in a book he was reading.  I remembered the music but not the words.  The words are so sweet.  It's a beautiful song.....

[Verse 1]
Highway run into the midnight sun
Wheels go round and round, you're on my mind
Restless hearts sleep alone tonight
Sending all my love along the wire

[Chorus 1]
They say that the road ain't no place to start a family
Right down the line it's been you and me
And loving a music man ain't always what it's supposed to be
Oh, girl, you stand by me
I'm forever yours...faithfully

[Verse 2]
Circus life under the big top world
We all need the clowns to make us smile
Through space and time, always another show
Wondering where I am, lost without you

[Chorus 2]
And being apart ain't easy on this love affair
Two strangers learn to fall in love again
I get the joy of rediscovering you
Oh, girl, you stand by me
I'm forever yours...faithfully

Whooa, oh-oh-ooh
Whooa, oh-oh-ooh, oh
Whooa, oh-oh-oh, oh-whoooooa-oh
I'm still yours
I'm forever yours
Ever yours

Friday, September 28, 2018

Saturday 9: So into you...

A Very quick Saturday 9

Thank you Gal, for doing this every Saturday, come rain or come shine.....

Saturday 9: So Into You (1977)

Unfamiliar with this week's tune? Hear it here

1) The singer says that he noticed the lady in question as soon as she walked into the room. Tell us about someone who made a powerful first impression on you.  
I've never met a celebrity.  However, the first person to do this was my Crystallography Professor at UCLA.  He made a big impression on me.  I was fascinated by him.

2) He sings that he's so into her, he can't think about other, more mundane things. Do you find you get easily distracted from your daily tasks? Or do you enjoy seeing your everyday chores through completion?
Unfortunately, now, I am easily distracted.  And also have to work in short spurts to protect me sore back.  I have to make many more lists now or I forget even important things.

3) The band took their name from Georgia's biggest city. Have you ever been to Atlanta?
I've never been to the Southern States at all.

4) The Atlanta Rhythm Section once played the White House. President Carter's son, Chip, was a big fan and invited them to play at his 28th birthday party. How did you celebrate your last birthday?
We went out for dinner and watched a College basketball play off game on the big screen.  It was really fun.

5) Studio One, where the band made all their recordings, was torn down and replaced by a parking lot. Can you think of a structure that you missed, after it met with a wrecking ball?
No, but I can tell you about one that was saved!  There is a place downtown that is incredible.  The Spreckles Theater.  We went to see Jean Pierre Rampal in concert there. That theater has the greatest acoustics.  It would have been very sad if it had been torn down.  However, we should tear down the more modern San Diego Opera House.

6) This song hit #7 on the US pop charts. 7 is the number most often chosen as "a lucky number." How about you? Do you have a lucky number?  I don't know about lucky, but 37 is the number that I like BEST.  It is my favorite number.  

7) Today the Atlanta Rhythm Section reunites with to play at classic rock concerts. What oldies band would you love to see again? Aerosmith, The Eagles, or Moody Blues.  I like me some Rock.

8) In 1977, the star of NBC's Chico and the Man, Freddie Prinze, took his own life. Is there a celebrity death you found shocking?
 I just leave it all alone. And, I never did get shocked by it.  Millions of ordinary people died at that same time as some celeb, and they didn't get a two word notice by the world. 

9) Random question: What word do you always misspell? I cansistantly mispell sow mainy wurds its hawrd tuo peick onlie wone. 

*RandomNote: To Stacy.
I bit the bullet and did the Nat Geo Geno20 test.  They found that my DNA shows 17% Native American.  So, now we know. lol  They can't tell the tribe,  but my own research suggests Pueblo and most likely Hopi..

Wishing everyone safe journeys and safe returns, even if it's just to the mailbox and back.  Much Love!

New York Times article on the Orkney Islands and Rising Seas.. A Link...

Wednesday, September 26, 2018

The Reaper and the Flowers

It's Spring, in the Southern Hemisphere.... so I went looking for a poem I read a long time ago about a woman who died in Spring, when all the flowers were blooming.  

I found this instead.  Maybe someday I will find the other, more modern one.....

Henry Wadsworth Longfellow.

The Reaper and the Flowers

From the collection: Voices of the Night 1839

There is a Reaper, whose name is Death,
  And, with his sickle keen,
He reaps the bearded grain at a breath,
  And the flowers that grow between.
"Shall I have naught that is fair?" saith he;
  "Have naught but the bearded grain?
Though the breath of these flowers is sweet to me,
  I will give them all back again."
He gazed at the flowers with tearful eyes,
  He kissed their drooping leaves;
It was for the Lord of Paradise
  He bound them in his sheaves.
"My Lord has need of these flowerets gay,"
  The Reaper said, and smiled;
"Dear tokens of the earth are they,
  Where He was once a child.
"They shall all bloom in fields of light,
  Transplanted by my care,
And saints, upon their garments white,
  These sacred blossoms wear."
And the mother gave, in tears and pain,
  The flowers she most did love;
She knew she should find them all again
  In the fields of light above.
Oh, not in cruelty, not in wrath,
  The Reaper came that day;
'T was an angel visited the green earth,
  And took the flowers away.