Sunday, May 31, 2015
My limbs stay spring-loaded
Ready to leap from a desert-place of discomfort.
Change has charged my fortifications,
Shaken and stirred up storms of worry.
I have to ride out the squalls,
To let myself feel the ripping seams of what was known,
To cry out for the old,
To breathe in the stinging, fresh air,
To grow anew.
But in spite of raging tempests
Blown in on shifting winds,
I am steady.
I am rooted to the earth
In knowing the depth of your love.
Saturday, May 30, 2015
Sirens for coyote howls,
Car horns for frog calls,
Hundreds of street lights for more stars,
Asphalt for seas of trees,
Drought for full rivers,
But nothing can replace the people.
So I'm starting to understand
That home exists as
A little bit of everywhere,
A little bit of everything,
And a little bit of everyone.
I can live with that.
Friday, May 29, 2015
And we don't know where we're headed,
But we know it's gonna get us where we're going.
And when we find what we're looking for,
We'll drop these bags and search no more
'Cause it's gonna feel like heaven when we're home."
~ "Heaven When We're Home" by The Wailin' Jennys
Life is not perfect. It can't ever be. But I'm beginning to find that perhaps it contains little pieces of heaven. If we keep our hearts open to what our paths come across, we are able to discover more and more. Maybe this is how true happiness is cultivated.
I am quite happy.
I enjoyed the musical The Book of Mormon! I was particularly impressed with the music - every bitingly satirical lyric is superbly arranged over tight, exciting harmonies. I can see how this show won 9 Tony's.
Is it the "Best Musical of this Century" as advertised? Eh. It's certainly fun and pushes the envelope in terms of what's "appropriate" for public entertainment. But once the shock factor of the language recedes, I felt like the strength of the main character Elder Price decreases somewhat with the quick wrap up of the plot in Act II, which left me minutely disappointed overall. I did like the rise of Elder Cunningham as a character and that the two are able to come to balance and true friendship in their relationship.
Perhaps, though, I am used to stories that end in redemption for all, despite this being a rare occurrence in real life? Resolution, at least in an expected way, is never really achieved in the story. I think I would have to see it again to determine whether this is an ultimate strength or weakness. Either way, I laughed quite frequently so it was all worth it. :)
Tuesday, May 26, 2015
Sunday, May 24, 2015
Take Your Time
Here & Now
Things to remember in the midst of change - the loss and the gain.
Breathe. It's what sustains you. And there's not a lot that can make you stop. Even when things seem overwhelming, you can keep breathing.
Respect yourself. Respect others.
Encourage yourself and others. No one gains anything from tearing themselves or the people around them down. Everyone needs uplift - be that for all.
Aspire to great things. You are capable and worthy of the dreams you have. Don't settle for less.
Take your time on your journey. Most of us are lucky with a long life. The best things take time. Let yourself have it.
Here and now are the only true moments. We build on the past and work towards the future, but the only place we can ever truly be is where we are. Cherish each moment.
Enjoy yourself. You are worthy of happiness. Keep joy in your heart and share it. It can only grow.
"One candle loses nothing by lighting another."
So, BREATHE. <3
When something comes across your path that feels too good to be true, do you try for it or let your doubts hold you back? More and more life is telling me that the answer is to just take a chance. Logic it out, weigh your options, but then follow your heart.
Take a breath, take a chance, take your time. :)
Saturday, May 23, 2015
Thursday, May 21, 2015
Wednesday, May 20, 2015
This bird is singing
I could have danced all night
For the first time
With an inkling of understanding
That a precious life moment
Has just occurred
And no matter what happens in the time to come
It will remain an eternally treasured gift.
Monday, May 18, 2015
Really. I LOVE dogs. It's not a problem yet but it might be some day.
Today I saw a corgi and stopped in my tracks and squealed. They are my good luck charm and per Ellen's suggestion my future lovebug of a corgi will be named Lucky.
Sunday, May 17, 2015
2 - You don't need boxes. Just use all of those paper bags you've hoarded for the last year and a half because they cost you 10 cents each and you always forgot the damn reusable ones.
3 - Keep everything. Yes you might need it someday.
4 - It's important to have chocolate.
5 - Breaks are important. Packing should be a break from taking breaks.
6 - Wrap everything in articles of clothing, including all of your clothing. You might have to buy more.
7 - Can't fit those dishes? Give up. Seriously, just stay.
8 - Get your friends to come with you AND prevent all of your stuff from shifting in the back of the van by locking them in there. Lure them with pizza and beer.
9 - Remember why it will be worth it. Then tell me.
Hah. I got started today and am not feeling nearly as pessimistic as this comes off, I promise.
Saturday, May 16, 2015
Today's feature are two of my favorite bluegrass/folk/country-lite [??] bands. Both consist entirely of fabulous ladies.
First - The Good Lovelies:
"Best I Know"
The Good Lovelies are a Canadian group headed by the vocal and instrumental talents of Caroline Brooks, Kerri Ough, and Sue Passmore. They have tended toward a folk vibe in the past but have a new album coming out on May 26th (!!!) Burn the Plan that is described as a step away from the styles of their previous recordings. They do covers of course, but I've found their original songs to be fun, touching, real, and just great to listen to. I discovered them with my dad last summer at a Lake Meridian Summer Concert in my hometown in WA. We were looking for something to do, I looked them up and was intrigued. Cue the beginning of a love story. I'm looking forward to getting their next album!! (They do upbeat stuff too; these are just two of my absolute favorite songs of theirs.)
Second - The Wailin' Jennys:
The Wailin' Jennys are another mainly Canadian group originating from Winnipeg, Manitoba. What was supposed to be a one-time-only guitar-shop performance turned into a super successful trio of highly talented ladies: Ruth Moody, Nicky Mehta, and Heather Massey (who is from Maine... which is practically Canadian, let's face it.) :) They are all classically trained in some way, whether vocally or instrumentally, and each has a well-established solo career outside of the Jennys themselves. Their styles cover bluegrass/folk of course, but also a bit of alternative, pop, and Celtic-inspired as well. Their version of "The Parting Glass" is the first song I ever heard of theirs and I was immediately hooked. My favorite song they sing, however, is "One Voice," which Ruth Moody was recognized for at the International Song Competition.
Friday, May 15, 2015
All we need is love, truly.
For ourselves, for our fellow people, for creation.
If we care, we try not to harm or hurt or judge. We allow and encourage existence, growth, and prosperity.
We need to keep trying to add more of that to the world.
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Tuesday, May 12, 2015
That we choose kindness
That we challenge each other to love
That we decide to care
It was a tough night out on the corner by school. A lot of people were there asking for help on this cold and windy evening.
"What do I have, if not my two hands?"
Monday, May 11, 2015
Sunday, May 10, 2015
I really did have a dream that took place partially in black and white the other night. There was color as well but when my perspective shifted to that of a ghost's (it was some kind of beginning of a cheesy horror film that I was either watching or filming or... something...) everything went to shades of grey. Kind of cool. :)
Saturday, May 9, 2015
Thursday, May 7, 2015
Lo and behold, time passed, things happened, and I accomplished tasks. I'm ending today grateful for small things, like time to get some laundry done and clean up my room. Feeling less stressed and ready for Albert Herring round 2 at SFCM tomorrow night!
Wednesday, May 6, 2015
Tuesday, May 5, 2015
Sunday, May 3, 2015
A remarkable bit of words from a piece by a remarkable woman -- The She-Who Songs by Elinor Armer. This is the line that sticks with me every time we have rehearsed and performed this trio.
What do I have, if not my two hands?...
What can I be but a servant?
What am I worth beyond what I can give?