Sunday, July 27, 2008

Sunday.....really beautiful songs...


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I used to go sit at this spot with my son...we would take the Ferry to Whitbey Island from Seattle and roam the beach...and pick up shells and debris...Pirate Trash we called it...there were Ship Wrecks off Whitbey so there is some interesting debris...twisted pieces of iron and odd shaped driftwood...and then we would sit on this Log and he called it The Bench...and we would eat baloney sandwiches and Lorna Doones...except he thought they were Lorna DUNES- he thought it was so cool the Beach was in her name...that is why if we went to the Beach we had to have "Beach " cookies...just like he used to like taking Animal Crackers when we would go to the Zoo......These adventures he took them so seriously...and he treated them like we were traveling to a far off world...

Back to reality.....

I Should be cleaning...that is what I DO every Sunday...BUT...instead...I am sitting here YouTubing..so I thought I would share...some Good Sunday Music...it reminds me of going to An Island....a Far Off World....



And Jim Croce....mixed with video of the Northwest...and if you want to see what the Puget Sound is really like...

Wednesday, July 23, 2008

Watch and Open Your Heart.....

Sail Away....

*Sunset on Sanibel*

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As a teenager I used to sail around Sanibel Island...I am a perfect crew...I am great with knots and have an eye for detail and I have this way of knowing when the wind is switching...Intuition...listening...watching the birds and the tides, and tracking dolphins.....so people used to have me help out on their boats...a way of feeling at one with the water...It was magical...it fed my soul....

"Sail Away" David Gray

Monday, July 21, 2008

On the Horizon.....


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We are finally getting a taste of What Our Future could look like....on the Horizon....A Real Leader meeting with other Leaders...saying the WITHDRAWL word.....I don't want to dream ....or hope...but I can not help myself....

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Ripples of Hope.....


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I would love to have a KOI pond....and so would my cats...sigh...
And I know they would poke those ripples in the pond for hours....
and then I would have an empty pond....
So I will Dream of having a KOI pond....
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Some music.....for a Humid Hot Thursday....

Wednesday, July 16, 2008

Wednesday Thoughts....CapeMay Memories,the rocking chair porch, Mint tea, and White Linens


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I stayed at Cape May Inn the summer I was 10, it was different back then.....in some ways...but mostly it is the same...much white wicker...and lovely wispy curtains at the window blowing in a salty breeze...and rocking chairs on the porch....It is funny now I realize that summer has alot to do with how I have decorated my house and porch...That the Crisp White Linens was so soothing....There is nothing better than sitting on the porch....rocking to make a breeze and sipping Mint Iced Tea....and the first place I ever did that was on a porch in Cape May......

I also heard Carole King Tapestry that Summer on an 8 track tape......this is one of my Favorites..


I learned that the interior of life was as rewarding as the exterior of life, and that my richest moments occurred when I was absolutely still.
-- Richard Bode (b. 1931)

If there is light in the soul, there will be beauty in the person. If there is beauty in the person, there will be harmony in the house. If there is harmony in the house, there will be order in the nation. If there is order in the nation, there will be peace in the world.
-- Chinese Proverb

Monday, July 14, 2008

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Sunsets,Chowder and Sandcastles


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So here it is ...
I have been dreaming about Beaches again...
About being at the Beach with my son when he was small.....
this is another angle of laying on Alki Beach in West Seattle, looking over at Downtown Seattle...
And yes the Sunsets are this beautiful there....
I used to take my son there...
and play for hours...and yes we would stay until sunset...
and eat Clam Chowder and sandy french fries and watch the sun set....

My son and I have been talking about those days....
"when I was little " 6-6 says.....
they seem like so long ago...
and yet like they were yesterday....
I blinked and he grew....

That he sits and remembers those moments...
and acknowledges what they meant...
and mean....
I guess tells me in some ways...
he is almost grown....

and it happened so fast.....

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Phil Collins....True Colors



Another song about time passing...Nanci Griffith" If these old walks could speak"

Wednesday, July 09, 2008

Friday, July 04, 2008

4th of July......


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I used to love this day, I used to help my grandmother make Cupcakes and Cakes to celebrate this Birthday....I loved that there was a Holiday to celebrate Rebelling....Revolution...Change....For me....it honored that they sent a Letter to King George telling him his Regime of Tyranny was confronted by The People.....It saddens me that Now In Our History we cannot effectively confront the Current Tyrant or His Criminal Regime....I think the Founding Fathers would dissappointed in us and how we have not done enough to protect the Declaration or the Constitution.....( More on Independence Day is posted over at Watergate Summer).

My Son saw his first Fireworks over Lake Union,Seattle ....as a baby...many years ago...he is a teenager now...so that seems like Anicent History to him....but it as memory I will and do treasure....and I pray and hope that I have taught him enough...about What Matters.Videos below are dedicated today.....

Lake Union Seattle Fireworks.....
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Dixie Chicks singing....National Anthem....really stunning version....



Dixie Chicks and the Real Story behind their Patriotism....Trailer" Shut Up and Sing"...make you think twice about "Freedoms" that we suposedly have....



Eddie Vedder singing No More War....

Thursday, July 03, 2008

Thursday Night Music......


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“Promise me you'll always remember: You're braver than you believe, and stronger than you seem, and smarter than you think. Christopher Robin to Pooh”
AA Milne

“It is more fun to talk with someone who doesn't use long, difficult words but rather short, easy words like "What about lunch?"
Winnie the Pooh
( AA Milne)

“You can't stay in your corner of the Forest waiting for others to come to you. You have to go to them sometimes.”
More Winnie the Pooh to Piglet.
( AA Milne)

Kenny Loggins Explains how and why he wrote the Pooh Song......


I was cleaning out a closet today and I found my old copy of Winnie The Pooh, and I was comforted by it's pages. I treasured this book, it has traveled with me all over, from being a PEDS nurse in New England to the Puget Sound, to the California Coast.....to the beach with my son. It's pages are still filled with sand, peanut butter spots, smudged fingerprints of a small child, and much wonder. I used to always put it in my Gotta-Go-Bag and take it with me when my son and I were out and about in the summer, we would sit and eat sandwiches and drink juice and marvel at the wisdom of Pooh. Late at night he will still come to my room and say he is hungry for a "little Something" and it always reminds me of Pooh. I am so glad that we shared the gentle timeless wisdom of Pooh......

More About Pooh.....



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I saw Kenny Loggins in concert, quite a few times many years ago, and I loved how Kenny told about writing this song when he was 17 in highschool (see the song in the post above). It was very much written as a coming of age song. I recently told my son this story, and then we ended up having a very interesting discussion about Pooh Bear and what the story Really meant. I was stunned when my son wisely pointed out that this simple story and wonderful book that we all great up with , actually has another point.

6-6 pointed out that actually it is a story about Differences, psychological differences.( 6-6 is a teenager and he has grown up with this book and the stories). He said that sadly he thinks Pooh might indeed have an eating disorder, that he is an emotional eater,and possibly suffers Bulimia. He said poor Piglet is probally suffering PTSD or some anxiety disorder. He said EEyore is depressed. And Tigerr has ADHD.He said that owl is probally suffering some early Alzeimers. He said Rabbit has OCD, but he fears that he enjoys it. And then there is the Christopher, he said that Christopher Robin is actually the psychologist, unknolwingly helping all deal and cope with their problems , as well as accept each other's differences. I was struck by what he said, and that it in many ways made sense.

6-6 pointed out that actually it is a story about Differences, psychological differences.( 6-6 is a teenager and he has grown up with this book and the stories). He said that sadly he thinks Pooh might indeed have an eating disorder, that he is an emotional eater,and possibly suffers Bulimia. He said poor Piglet is probally suffering PTSD or some anxiety disorder. He said EEyore is depressed. And Tigerr has ADHD.He said that owl is probally suffering some early Alzeimers. He said Rabbit has OCD, but he fears that he enjoys it. And then there is the Christopher, he said that Christopher Robin is actually the psychologist, unknolwingly helping all deal and cope with their problems , as well as accept each other's differences. I was struck by what he said, and that it in many ways made sense.

It's funny how you don't think they are learning and paying attention and you always wonder "What" your children absorb. But in my heart I am grateul to Ol'Pooh Bear.
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So Fran and Fallenmonk in the comments taught me something wonderful about Pooh, and through them I found the Tao of Pooh and the Te of Piglet, they are both companion books written to better appreciate the Virtue and the Zen of the Pooh Characters. Benjamin Hoff wrote them 10 years apart, and the Te of Piglet focuses more on the wisdom and lessons of the other characters.So to both of them I say Thank You.

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

Summer Daze.....


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It is summer.....Economically I don't think many people will be traveling this summer....I hope that children will get time at the beach.

It is where we learn about Waves....Ripples of Hope .....and the Ebb and Flow of the Tides. It is where we learn about the magic of the Sand and Surf and the Sun.....