Wednesday, July 29, 2020

More of one thing leading to another / Names / Waiting for Orion to appear / And More Names

After accessing the YouTube video I made of my sweet cat, Oboe, so that I could email it to a friend and while writing that email, I heard a man's voice and realized that YouTube had moved on to something else that it determined I would like to hear, based on the fact that the video I had accessed had the word "Oboe" in it.  What YouTube chose for me turned out to be deeply moving and timely.

If you listen to the video, watch for the list of names near the end.  Seeing those names, I was moved in the way I was moved when I stood in front of the Vietnam Veterans Wall of names some weeks before the official opening ceremony in the fall of 1982.  The power of naming is mysterious and profound.

Just before I sat down to work on this post, I went out on my porch  to look at the early morning sun shining through the cottonwood grove to the northeast of my porch.  It seemed to me that the sun was near the place it had been last May, but it is further south because we are more than a month beyond the first day of summer.  Soon Orion will appear in the pre-dawn sky above the cottonwood grove.

As I finish this blog post, I'm feeling grateful to my first cousin once-removed who will remain anonymous.  She was the one who inadvertently introduced me to blogging.  It was her blog list that led to some of the blogs I still read (Velveteen Rabbi and the cassandra pages).  That must have been in 2005.  From that beginning, I was led to one blog after another which I put on my blog list.  Many of those blogs no longer exist but many new blogs have been started and new blog friends discovered.  One thing continues to lead to another.

Addendum:  After I posted the above, I checked my email.  A friend had sent me this:

Imagine my surprise when I found that the names of all the singers from all over the world are listed in the second half of the video. 

"... Imagine all the people living lives in peace ..."
(Yoko Ono and John Lennon -- 1971)

1 comment:

Sabine said...

Thank your cousin from me also.