Free Flow


It is no mystery to those close to me that this is a difficult time.  What follows is simply another free flow writing I did, similar to “Skin Tight” a few months ago. ****************************** It is trying to try, try and try again. It wearies and robs the soul of happiness that it is its…

Collage of the Mind


Quoting Berry from Word and Flesh: “The religion and the environmentalism of the highly industrialized countries are at bottom a sham, because they make it their business to fight against something that they do not really want to destroy. We all live by robbing nature, but our standard of living demands that the robbery shall…

A Birth in Gaza


Originally posted on countingducks:
To those unknowing of my childhood my enigmatic and disconnected behaviour must have seemed odd and possibly uncivilised. In youth I could not see beyond getting by and surviving day by day; ‘learning’ was another country where less damaged people lived. I was busy trying to fly that alien craft I…

Thankful Thoughts


 Photo Credit: BoredPanda.org    “The Book of Life” – Artist David Kracov If I had a lot of money, I would so purchase this piece of sculpture. It is metal, and each butterfly is hand-painted. The book contains diary pages, poetry and notes written by the children of Auschwitz. I find it haunting and incredibly…

The Map Makers


Prose, poem or parable – your choice; but for your reading and thinking pleasure 🙂 The Map Makers (For K) She once met a mapmaker Ordered from the back of a matchbook She checked the mail impatiently for her buck-fifty worth When he arrived she was astonished As he told her it was all lies…

8.11.14 Monday Music Mention – Brian Crain


Happy Monday all!  I know everyone is rip roarin’ ready to return to well, whatever  it is that you do on Mondays 🙂 This week’s mention is another accomplished pianist, baseball player turned artist,  Brian Crain.  He is a majestic composer, and has produced several solo piano offerings and others including strings and piano duets…

Gift From a Dog


There are days when being a responsible adult just drains you. Yesterday was one of those for me. A storm had taken out my primary internet on Sunday. This means all day in the office, rather than a half day in and then finishing up my work at home.  This means no tadpole kissy faces…

8.4.14 Monday Music Mention


I. Can’t. Stop.  (smile)  This is one of my favorite weekly posts, sharing music that someone may not have stumbled upon yet. Music does so much for us: mentally and emotionally.  It is often the backdrop of many writers of all genres. Today I want to introduce you to one of the pianists that form…

7.27.14 Sunday Snippets


Just living is not enough… one must have sunshine, freedom, and a little flower. ~ Hans Christian Anderson Things on my writing mind… 1. Good gawd, could anyone come up with more things that women are ‘supposed’ to be? Badass. Baker. Power Executive. Mom. Construction supervisor. Submissive wife. Activist. Feminist. I get tired reading about…

Cloudburst


Some days you have retrograde reflections, instead of retrograde amnesia.  Small insights of what things were back some other time.  We always think of what it is like to live with another, knowing their thoughts, their faults, habits good and bad.  Rarely do we look at what it is like to live with us; how it…

7.25.14 Friday Frivolous Foolishness


Iiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiiit’s Friday 🙂  You get only a small ‘wooT’ out of me because I am plum tuckered out.  International clients were in house for the last four days, so the office was all atwitter and off schedule due to excess meeting-itis, kow-tow-itis and general executive angst. It all ended well, so, you know “All’s well…

Passion, Pleasure and Friendship


…no, no, not that kind. (But you clicked, hah!)   Hey, even *I* know what sells 😉 Last night I actually got off work before dark! While it was a baking, sticky, humid day, the evening turned nicely. I was able to spend time outside, doing a bit of weeding, some sweeping and some soaking…

7.21.14 Monday Music Mention – O-Shen


Everyone should start their Monday with a little Reggae mon 🙂  This week’s artist is a personal favorite of mine primarily because it is one of his songs that became my personal theme song a few years back.  I enjoy this genre very much, finding the music uplifting, catchy and very easily stuck in your…

The rest of the story…


The other day I published a quote of my own.  But in part, it was a lie.  This was the quote: “Sexual abuse in the young creates the neediest people, who will tell you we need nothing; we live that way too.  We are taught by actions that there is no real love; there is no trust,…

Life Snapshot


Today is Shabbat.  A time free of work world constraints.  Time to absorb beauty, reflect beauty and warmth, radiate that back to others.  A time for thinking, for being. A time for giving thanks.  I smell like the woods, having finally finished my sun-steeping of a new body oil I created, scented with vetiver, peru…

7.18.14 Friday Frivolous Foolishness


Did you hear that sound just now?  Kind of like a deflating balloon, that weird ‘Eeeeeeiiiiiiiiii’ with a whoosh accompanying it?  I think that was my energy.  Yes, it is FRIDAY, and not one minute too soon I might add. I may have to change the title to Friday Frazzles & Frustrations if something in…

Monday Music Mention – Blackmill


Today I thought I’d pull in one of my artist favorites that is quite a bit different from the ones I’ve introduced in the past. Music is truly a smorgasbord for me, and I find things to like  in almost every genre. This artist I listen to often when I’m doing things that require a…

Today (a vignette)


Today Today I visited Shanghai in the rain, circumnavigated the mass of people and the vibrant colors of parasols sheltering the dreams dreamt only perhaps in Mandarin, beyond my comprehension, but their beauty I can interpret without a translator. I then traipsed from there to Lebanon, where wearied field workers rested against stacks of wheat…

Monday Music Mention – PassEnger (Michael Rosenberg)


Well, I know everyone has been sitting around in foot-tapping anticipation for this week’s artist mention…(snort!), so without further ado and delusion, let’s get on with it!

This artist has been on my YT play list for years, and I remember when I first heard one of his songs on prime local radio.  I was so proud.  Following an artist when they are unknown, recognizing that they have talent, and finally seeing others recognize it too, is a very sweet feeling – the feeling of knowing someone else that stuck with their dreams, is realizing them.

Michael David Rosenberg (aka Passenger) has been busking around England and Europe for many years now on the folk circuit.  If you don’t know what ‘busking’ is, it is when one plays in streets or parks for donations. While it is probably apparent by now that I have a strong preference for acoustic guitar, what drew me over and over to this guy is his abilities as a lyricist.  The words of his songs have really touched me, so choosing what to refer you to for a great experience might be tough.  I’ll probably link to more of his songs than the normal three I do, just because there is so much meaning in many of them.

Without further yakking on my part, I hope you enjoy Passenger.  I employed the older spelling variant in the title that was used when it was a full band, and I hope no one confused it with the rock band.

The first song is a new one out, and the irony of the fact that I’m sharing it with you via online probably won’t be lost on you 🙂  Funny thing is, I’m knocking out time behind a computer hard-core, so that I can go live in nature.  Irony there too…

This tune is called “Scare Away the Dark”.  Warning: there is some nudity in the video, in a ‘naturalist’ kind of setting.

Next up is one that starts a bit oddly, “Walk in the Rain” but the words are just , well, give it an ear and see for yourself.

The following song got a lot of play by me after the death of my husband.  I think the title is probably self-explanatory 🙂  “Life’s for the Living”

I’ll wrap up with one that sits near my heart “What You’re Thinking”:

I could go on, and on, lol! Ask, if you’d like further recommendations 🙂

Enjoy, and I hope that Passenger joins your playlist, and that you’ll support the artist by purchasing their work.

Oh, and in line with “M” and Monday – quick movie recommendation if you’ve not seen it. It’s older, and I’m always wayyyy behind on movies. “The Magic of Belle Isle” is just a feel-good movie, and it’s about a writer, played by Morgan Freeman.

Have a marvelous morning/evening/day, wherever you are reading from, and thanks for stopping by!  Please leave comments or feedback or queries about the musician if you have them.

~SE

EDTA: And I FINALLY figured out what was ‘breaking’ my YT links.  Bolding  the text wrecks the link for some reason. Thought I’d add this in case anyone else has struggled with that 🙂  Benefit from my struggles, lol!

The People You Meet…Dennis


I would like to tell you that Dennis and I had a sit-down today, but we did not. It rained during the time he was supposed to be doing some carpentry work, but I lugged all of my equipment to the car anyway, figuring he might be hanging out at McD’s or such.  I drove…

The People You Meet…


Did you ever have a night where you just felt down?  No really good reason, just…down.  I was feeling that way tonight, as I headed out to get some creamer from the convenience store, and maybe a Mocha Frappe from the health food store known as Mickey D’s. I’m not telling this story to talk…

7.4.14 Friday Frivolous Foolishness


Ahhhhhhhhh.  A non-work day.  A later-than-normal-alarm-set day.  It is greatly needed, as the work week was incredibly demanding, covering a co-worker for PTO, in addition to my normal duties.  Plus, the Boss was also off.  Fun times! As such, there was not much frivolity this week.  More like frustrations, vexation and the like.  But, there…

Monday Music Mention – OrtoPilot


I discovered this group via an ongoing love for YouTube, and a penchant for original music.  While this group (primarily one guy) does do covers, in the original music the talent really shines through in my opinion. Matt Hutchison is another fab product exported from the U.K.  Perhaps it is the single-minded pursuit of a dream that endeared me to this guy. Dreams are important.

A Day to Remember

Driftin’

Time

And if you find those a bit too folksy, here is one of my personal favorites, with a bit harder of an edge.

Black Rain

As always, I encourage you to support the artists by purchasing their art via your preferred method.

OrtoPilot site

Enjoy the music!

~SE

Sunday Snippets 6.28.14


I’m here cooling off after running around snapping shots in the humid heat for this week’s photo challenge over at my most recent newborn activity, my photo-focus blog: My Digital Eye Queue  I’ll still include shots that add value here in my writing, but some folks don’t want to slog through my verbosity, they just want…

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