Music

Elegy for the Arctic

My friend, Jan Dobbs, whose art is here, posted this video on Twitter, and I had to share it.  In 2013, I was lucky enough to go on a cruise through the Inside Passage in Alaska.  The park rangers in Glacier Bay National Park were eloquent in how much global warming had changed the landscape, and I find this music very evocative of both the landscape and the warning.

 

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Playful Standard

This black Standard Poodle looks a lot like my Brigid, except she has three white buttons on her chest, which is partly why she was in a shelter when I found her/she found me.  Reuben, the gorgeous boy in this video, is eight, while Brigid is 10, but they both still act like puppies when they play.

 

Musings

Birthday musings

Today is my birthday.  I am now old enough to add an Amtrak discount to those at the local movie theater and Denny’s. I am old enough that I haven’t been carded in two decades.  I am old enough to wake up with stiff hands and a knee that clicks as I head down the stairs to the kitchen. I am old enough to find myself in the middle of a room with no idea why I went there or what I went there to get.

I am still young enough to marvel at sunsets and to have my heart lift at the narcissus and forsythia blooming in the neighborhood this week. I am young enough to dream about what I want to be and to believe in the power of one person to change the world.

I will always root for the underdog, cry at commercials with baby humans or animals, and sing when I’m alone. I will always have the shy, misfit four-year-old in my brain, sharing space with the depressed, sarcastic teenager, and the nerdy graduate student who outlined a short story with characters speaking Anglo-Saxon.

I am old enough to take fewer things for granted, to spend less time on things I cannot change. I am old enough to feel less like a misfit,  not to voice the sarcastic thoughts I have when it is not helpful or appropriate. I’m old enough to realize that education does not make a person better, and sometimes not even smarter.

Despite all my decades, I’m still learning and evolving.  Here’s to learning more in the next year.  

Music

Autumnal Equinox

I love living in a part of the world where the leaves change, the morning air is clear and crisp, and sitting outside with a cup of tea and a blanket on my lap is meditative.

My parents’ love of classical music was one of their gifts to me, and although I am late for the autumnal equinox, here is Vivaldi’s celebration of the season.

EM