Wednesday, October 26, 2011

New Day Dawning

This was the view from my window this morning as I did my yoga and meditation practice. What a beautiful way to welcome the day.


It made me think about Nina Simone singing "New World Comin'"

Here are the lyrics:

There's a new world comin'
And it's just around the bend
There's a brand new mornin'
That belongs to you and me
A new world commin'
The one we had vision of
And its comin' in peace
Is comin in joy
and comin in love...yea...yea...yea
There's a new world comin'
And its just around the bend
There's a new day dawning
the one that's for you and me
A new world comin'
The one we've had vision of
and it is comin in peace
comin' in love
Comin' in peace
Comin' in joy
and comin in peace
comin' in joy
And comin in love
And I saw another sign in Heaven
Great and marvelous
Seven angels having the seven last plagues
for in them is filled up the Wrath of God
And I saw as it were a sea of glass mingled with fire
And them that had gotten the victory over the beast
And over his image
and over his mark
and over his name,
stand on the sea of glass
with the harps of God all around them.

There's a new world comin'
and its just around the bend
There's a new day dawning

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Beach Bums

Beach Bums: Sarah and Clancy
(Carmel, CA -- July 2008)

Monday, October 24, 2011

Couple Dies Holding Hands

This is the saddest yet sweetest love story. I can only hope for such a loving exit from this life.



The part where he dies but they are still picking up her pulse through his hand totally wrecked me. *Tears*

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Electric Avenue

Heard this on the way to yoga this morning.

I remember when this song was a hit in 1982.

Almost thirty years and the message is still the same.

"Electric Avenue" by Eddie Grant from Killer on the Rampage (1982)


Boy
Boy -
Now in the streets there is violence
an-na-na lots of work to be done.
No place to hang all our washing and then I can't blame it all on the sun.
Oh no
we're gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher.
Oh
we're gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
And then we'll take it higher.

Working so hard like a soldier
can't afford the things on T.V.
Deep in my heart I abhore you
can't get food for the kid.
Good God
we're gonna rock down to Electric Avenue . ..
Oh no
oh no
oh no
oh no

Oh Lord
we're gonna rock down to Electric Avenue . . .
Who is to blame in what country? Never can get to the one.
Dealing in multiplication and they still can't feed everyone.
Oh no
we're gonna rock down to Electric Avenue
Out in the streets
out in the streets

Out in the playground in the dark side of town.
Oh
we're gonna rock down to Electric Avenue . . .
Oh
we're gonna rock down to Electric Avenue . . .

Monday, October 17, 2011

Defying Gravity

This little angel dog of ours continues to amaze us. 

I can only hope to be as light-hearted as him when I'm pushing 88.

(Clancy catching air while playing rope ball with Jason yesterday.)

This was one of the best moments of my life.

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Full Catastrophe Living


"Full Catastrophe Living" by Jon Kabat-Zinn is the seminal resource for the MBSR course that Jason and I took earlier this year.

I've been slowly working my way through the book. Usually, I'm a total speed reader but this book is different. One sentence can hold me for days.

This passage I read today felt particularly poignant for me at this time in my life:
"To cultivate meditative awareness requires an entirely new way of looking at the process of learning. Since thinking that we know what we need and where we want to get are so ingrained in our minds, we can easily get caught up in trying to control things to make them turn out "our way," the way we want them to. But this attitude in antithetical to the work of awareness and healing. Awareness requires only that we pay attention and see things as they are. It doesn't require that we change anything. And healing requires receptivity and acceptance, a tuning to connectedness and wholeness. None of this can be forced, just as you cannot force yourself to go to sleep. You have to create the right conditions for falling asleep and then you have to let go. The same is true for relaxation. It cannot be achieved through force of will. That kind of effort will only produce tension and frustration." 

Letting go is hard.



Friday, October 07, 2011

One fast move or I'm gone

"One Fast Move or I'm Gone" by Ben Gibbard from Jack Kerouac's Big Sur.




This river of road,
It don't flow like it used to.
But it's more of a home
Than anywhere that I've ridden it to.

We used to dream together
But now I drink alone.
From the bottle to the tumbler
Is the only journey left I know.

And in my memories' depths I retrace my steps.
I cannot find where I went wrong.
It was one fast move or I'm gone.

I found out at an early age
I could make anything or plane
Disappear or cease to exist
If I turn my back to it.

And that the interstates, they don't connect
Where you are to what you've left.

And the ghost of our dreams
Haunt the roads in between.

Though nothing could compare to the love we share
It just didn't have a place to belong.

It was one fast move or I'm gone.

One fast move or I'm gone.
One fast move or I'm gone.

Wednesday, October 05, 2011

Two Poohs in a Pod

(Clancy, Derville, and Hippo napping 10/05/11)

Saturday, October 01, 2011

One More -- Did you read?

Here's another one for the giggle box.



I think I've had this conversation before -- Bennett, I'm looking at you! Haha!