Tuesday, May 31, 2011

Washington coast

Thanks to Miriam Bobkoff

I traveled there alone once or twice in the late 1970s. I missed the ocean so much. It's a long long drive from Bellingham. It's a wild place. This brings that all back.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Memorial Day Weekend 2011

A heart-shaped cloud to the east:

As we enter Memorial Day Weekend, I want to recommend taking a look at:

Sacred Shadow, Sacred Ground, by Glenda M. Carter.

The American Widow Project.

This message.

As I was writing this post, a song from the American Civil War came to mind. I remember first hearing it when I was 13 or 14 years old, never imagining how my life and the lives of so many of my generation would be changed by the Vietnam War and the wars that have followed:

Further: Scroll down here, which places the "The Cruel War" in the Revolutionary War times and says that it is likely a tune from England.

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

... funny, engaging, intense, and he was persistent."

An old friend has been talking about Dr. Who? and so I went to YouTube to see what I could find and was delighted to find Charlie again.

And this:

Bob Dylan playing Dr. Who:

"Tug on anything at all and you'll find it connected to everything else in the universe."
(John Muir)

"... Wasn't making any great connection / Wasn't falling for any intricate scheme ..." (Bob Dylan, line from from "Series of Dreams")

Take a look at the 4th video here to hear Bob Dylan sing Woody Guthrie's "Do Re Me."

Suze Rotolo said that Bob Dylan was, "funny, engaging, intense, and he was persistent. These words completely describe who he was throughout the time we were together; only the order of the words would shift depending on mood or circumstance."

He still is.

Today is his 70th birthday.

We've all come a long way. Remember this from 1971?

I can picture Charlie Brown celebrating today, too. He must have had a favorite Bob Dylan song. You can tell by the way he smiles.

Happy Birthday, Bob!

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Right here, right now

Take a look here.

Thanks to Loren, visiting in Colorado, whose post and links led me to learn about Allan Houser. I was deeply moved by the young woman with her dog and sheep.

Monday, May 16, 2011

Sunday, May 8, 2011

Mysterious things my mother used to say

My sister mentioned orange sherbet in an email a few days ago. Whenever I see or hear the word "sherbet," I hear my father's voice correcting me. He would say, "It's SHERBET, not sherbert." I continued to say "sherbert."

In doing a search about these words just now, I discovered the "Books Ngram Viewer" take on sherbet vs sherbert, which led me to type in "mother, mom," just out of curiosity.

Which reminded me again of something my mother used to say that I heard as, "Wouldn't that just corn ya?"

It was something that she would say while shaking her head in wonder and smiling wryly.

That's a photo I took of my mother and my father, probably in the early 1990s. My mother died in December 1994.

Thinking of her today. She would have loved the Books Ngram Viewer and blogs and Google Maps and YouTube and all. I'd love to hear her say, "Wouldn't that just corn ya?"

Sunday, May 1, 2011

Oboe selects a stone from Yosemite Valley

"And did you get what
you wanted from this life, even so?
I did.
And what did you want?
To call myself beloved, to feel myself
beloved on the earth. "
— Raymond Carver