June 21, 2016

Here's The Thing: A soul sort of diet / "The Weight" by Judy Collins and Ari Hest

"I will soak my soul
Let the river take control (the river take control)
I know it's not too late 

to let go the weight, let go the weight."

June 13, 2016

Sam Beam & Jesca Hoop

"This tenderness comes as a surprise
Drinking where the riverbed was dry

Trees in the wind tremble for love"

June 2, 2016

"Sometimes I feel I'm gonna give it up; Maybe someday, but not today!"

Sometimes the mountains seem too sorely high
So hand in hand we pray to God
Sometimes I feel I’m gonna give it up
Maybe one day, but not today.

Sometimes the island seems too far away 
So hand in hand we pray to God
Sometimes I feel I’m gonna give it up
Maybe one day, but not today

Raging the storms of the warring times
He leaves me peace that is real
Sometimes I feel I’m gonna give it up
Maybe one day, but not today

May 29, 2016

"Making America Skate Again!"

"Making America Skate Again!"
Check out “The Skateboarder's Guide to the 2016 US Presidential Election”!
I use wheels to get around, so in some ways I identify with skateboarders. Sure, there are obvious differences in the design and function of a skateboard compared to a wheelchair! And I understand that identifying WITH a skateboarder is different than identifying AS a skateboarder. But skateboards and wheelchairs have this in common: Both run into obstacles. 
You don't have to be a skateboarder or use a wheelchair to understand that obstacles are common to everyone!

It's been said that in skateboarding, "an obstacle is any object that you can incorporate into a skateboarding trick”! 
 Skater, Rodney Mullen says, "The biggest obstacle to creativity is breaking through the barrier of disbelief."
"The Skateboarder's Guide to the 2016 Presidential Election” offers unique perspective, so I won't get my "ollie" in a "nollie" over it, but the section on "Disability" was surprising! I hope it wasn't designed to offend! I'll assume ignorance about the daily challenges of those who rely on wheels for mobility.
I continue to suspect “The Donald” of being a "poser", a "fakie", a "snake" flipping tricks and desiring high roller deals to make America "rad" again. Maybe I should be "stoked" about his insistence on a wild "wallride", but his wall could just as easily "slam", "bail" or "bomb a hill". Maybe I should be pleased that he’s his own "sponsor", but my "stance" is that his "drop-in" is "sketchy", and I’d rather not see him get any more gnarly "air" or continue his "Alley-oop"!
And that's my skater scoop!

“Skateboarder's Guide to the 2016 US Presidential Election”:http://www.jenkemmag.com/…/the-skateboarders-guide-to-the-…/

May 6, 2016

March on and "Don't Stop Believin"

The time of year has come again when local marching bands are tuning up and practicing to march in the All School's Day parade! I might not think much about the upcoming parade if we didn't live on the street where the bands practice! "Left, left, left right, left...". then the drum cadence... and finally the song. "Name that marching band tune!" becomes a game! Last year the song was "Uptown Funk" which was easy to recognize, but this year while bass drummers kept a strong, left-right march beat, I strained to make sense of what I was hearing. I listened for a melody or anything familiar. It took awhile, but some sketchy lyrics came to mind: "Just a small town girl" and "on and on and on", so that's what I Googled and Bingo! the song is Journey's "Don't Stop Believin", a Journey song from 1981. And I'm feeling my age! Apparently Journey songs keep marching on!
"Just a small town girl
Living in a lonely world...
Oh, the movie never ends
It goes on and on, and on, and on
Don't stop believin'
Hold on to the feelin'
Streetlights, people
Oh Ooooh..."

May 5, 2016

Thinking of Mom (Mother's Day comes again!)

Dad and Mom 1980s

 Mom was usually shy around the camera,
so this is a treasure! 
She was comfortable in her kitchen 
and she liked serving her family!
Mom, Grandma and I had taken a short vacation to Eureka Springs, Arkansas.
I was pregnant with Tabitha, feeling hormonal and emotional.
My mom, my friend... I miss her so.

"Free As A Bird"

Psalm 55:6-8

April 13, 2016

The world is covered by our trails...

The world is covered by our trails
Scars we cover up with paint
Watch them preach in sour lies
I would rather see this world through the eyes of a child
Through the eyes of a child

Darker times will come and go
Times you need to see her smile
And mothers hands are warm and mild
I would rather feel this world through the skin of a child
Through the skin of a child

When a human strokes your skin
That is when you let them in
Let them in before they go
I would rather feel alive with a childlike soul
With a childlike soul

The Devil's Toy-1966 Canadian Skateboard Film from 1966

Skateboarding History from a Canadian film with an ominous and humorous beginning and a smooth and jazzy ending:

April 1, 2016

Ode To April Fools

"The fool doth think he is wise, but the wise man knows himself a fool." 

— William Shakespeare

March 28, 2016

Music Muse: Aurora sings "Warrior"

I'm reminded of Zephaniah 3:17:
"The Lord your God is in your midst:
 A Warrior who saves!
 He will renew you in His love.
 He will rejoice over you with shouts of joy!"

March 15, 2016

Right Wing rant has a way of unsettling sheep.

Christian re-constructionist Kevin Swanson says, "America needs time to repent."
 I cringe at the unorthodox notion that a nation's repentance is even possible!
Why do the scribes and Pharisees come to mind!?
Jesus died and rose from the dead not for the purpose of establishing a Christian political nation on earth, but to redeem His people for heavenly bliss.
Jesus said, “Truly, truly, I say to you, he who hears My word, and believes Him who sent Me, has eternal life, and does not come into judgment, but has passed out of death into life." John 5:24
Link to Kevin Swanson's confounded rant:http://www.rightwingwatch.org/content/kevin-swanson-no-death-penalty-gays-until-they-have-time-repent

November 10, 2015

January 10, 2015

Birthday Buzz

Twins turn 9!
Marcail and Henry with Grandad Dale 
October 2015 

November 14, 2014

November 13, 2014

September 29, 2014

Zoanna, Barb and me 9/29/14

Zoanna and I met online when we both had a penchant for blogging. She lived in Kansas for awhile and comes back to visit when she can. She stays with her childhood friend, Barb. I am blessed by her friendship and am so grateful to get to know Barb also! I'm thankful for their visit and our fellowship! Thanks and love to Zoanna and Barb!

Birthday Buzz- Happy Birthday, Dear Daughter Tabitha!

Happy Birthday, dear Tabitha!

September 19, 2014

Birthday Buzz

Lily rhymes with silly, no kidding it’s for real
She fits her name, her name fits her
She has that fun appeal
It’s true that she’s a youngster who age has barely touched
She has another birthday soon
We love her Oh So Much!