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Your Singing’s In My Soul

January 19, 2020

I downloaded this photo from Lizz’s facebook page. It’s not mine. But I think it is possibly the best and most realistic photo I’ve ever seen of Lizz. It was taken by a truly talented photographer by the name of Suzanne Kulperger, of Suzanne Kulperger Photograpy.

Over the years I have enjoyed all kinds of music. But I’ve never enjoyed any music as much as I have enjoyed, and continue to enjoy, your music, Lizz.

Your music penetrates my soul and touches my heart like no other can do. You’re my favorite. No others preferred. Keep it coming!

I hope that your 40th Birthday is as memorable and enjoyable to you as your music has been to me these past five years since I first heard you sing.

Happy 40th Lizz!

“January 22, 1980”

Singing In My Soul

I hope that one day, soon, I’ll be able to travel to see and hear you sing again! It means a lot to me. 😊

Health and Wellness

“My New Year’s Resolution”

January 19, 2020

“To jump really high and dunk a basketball”

At first glance, this may seem like a silly or shallow resolution. But it’s not just about dunking a basketball.

That was me (picture above) in 1968. My senior year in High School. I could dunk it two-handed. I also held the high jump record, back then, at our school. I jumped my height. I was six feet tall then but, to my dismay, I never grew any taller.

But I’m not 17 now 😟 and I’m still six feet tall. I can reach up to eight feet. And the basketball rim is at ten feet. So all I have to do is jump up in the air two feet more to reach my goal. Sounds easy, right?

But if you’ve ever tried to do it, you know it’s not that easy. It requires training and practice.

In order to increase my vertical leap and agility, I’d have to do the right exercises, which could include running, jumping rope, plyometrics, lifting weights, playing basketball, lemon squeezes, stretches, lunges, situps, pushups, etc.

Ugh! That sounds like too much work for such a simple goal of dunking a basketball. (I could just lower the rim to eight feet…🤪😂🤣 )

But, I thought that if I do all the right exercises so that I am eventually able to dunk it again, I would be in pretty good shape and health, like I always want to be.

That’s what the real goal is.

Dunking a basketball is just fun and the idea of being able to do it again was my impetus to get started.

But you don’t have to go to that extreme. Find your own reason to improve or maintain your health. It could be something as simple as walking around a lake because you like the view of the water. Make it a part of your lifestyle, not just an exercise.

‘Cause when you have your health, you have everything. Without it, there are a lot of things you can’t do or enjoy doing.

Health and Wellness, Music

Rainy Days and Sundays (Always Get Me Up)

January 19, 2020

I’m alluding to a song that was popular in the 70’s, by the Carpenters, called “Rainy Days and Mondays”. The song says “…rainy days and Mondays always get me down.”

But I don’t feel that way about rainy days or Mondays.

Water is a life-giving force and water, falling or streaming, is music to my ears, nurturing my soul and soothing my senses.

I’m from the Midwest. We had frequent thunderstorms. So I grew up with an appreciation and eagerness for thunder and lightning (as long as I wasn’t outside, in it!)

But we seldom have thunderstorms here in Seattle. So, when one occurs, it’s cause for celebration among my kids and I. We call each other and exclaim “Hey, did you hear that?”

So imagine my elation when, one day, while I was shopping at Trader Joe’s, standing by the zucchini, I suddenly heard the faint sound of thunder and lightening…………..

……………just before the mist sprayed down lightly over all the vegetables I was standing next to!! 😂

Smiling ear to ear, I looked around to see if anyone else shared my simple fascination, joy, and surprise at the creativity involved in the making of that “thunderstorm”.

But everyone else was just going about their business. It seemed I was the only one who noticed it.

(Oh, well, maybe some day I’ll grow up. 🤨)

But, I say, two thumbs up 👍🏻👍🏻 for the ‘creative’ who came up with the idea!

So last Sunday was a rainy day. Sunday is my only day off. So it’s a day of rest. A day just to chill. A day to do laundry. A day to connect with family and/or friends. And it was a day to turn on “Lizzles!” (a playlist I made of all Lizz Wright‘s songs) and let Lizz’s music intermingle melodically all day long with the rhythmic rainfall gently touching down on the skylight above my desk (my creation station), while I sat there and dreamed wide awake as I began this post and thought about ideas for future posts. Also it was a kind of day that called for soup or a hearty stew, as they say.

Recently I bought an Instant Pot…..

….and an Instant Pot Cookbook….

……by Urvashi Pitre.

Her cookbook offers various dishes from all over the world, three of which were recipes for three delicious Korean dishes my boys and I learned to love during the years we lived in South Korea.

One of the recipes was for Kimchi JJi Gae (Kimchi Stew). I wanted to try it first.

It turned out really well. It was a great recipe true to the authentic flavor I have grown to know so well.

As the day went on, it got colder and the rain turned to snow.

By evening, 7-8 inches of snow had fallen. But I didn’t mind.

🎶 Snowy days and Sundays always get me up too 🎶.

creativity, Health and Wellness, Music, Photography, Travel/Adventure

Sound Bytes #6….”The Finale”

November 11, 2019

This Sound Bytes Series has been a lot of fun for me to put together.

Lizz’s music, the travel and sight-seeing around the Puget Sound, the people I met along the way, and the opportunity to share it all with you.

It’s been all about the beauty of the Puget Sound and the beauty of the sound of Elizabeth Lacharia Wright’s (Lizz Wright’s) music.

I love both sounds.

When I first conceived the idea to do this, I knew I wanted to end the series with an aerial view of the Puget Sound above the San Juan Islands. (It’s at the end of this post….as Sound Bytes #6).

I also wanted to write a song called, “Love At First Sound”, for this final post of the series. (It’s also down below.)

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creativity, Music, Photography, Travel/Adventure

Sound Bytes #4 ….”San Juan Island”

October 21, 2019

San Juan Island is just one of the islands in the archipelago known as the San Juan Islands.

The four main islands, to which people frequently travel, are Orcas, Shaw, Lopez and San Juan Island.

(I got this map from the San Juan Island Visitors Bureau.)

In my last post, (Sound Bytes #5….”Orcas Island (Continued)”, I mentioned that I didn’t leave Orcas Island as soon as I thought I would, to get to San Juan Island. The rainy weather on Orcas delayed me one day. So I essentially had only one day to spend on San Juan Island, to do all the things I wanted to do.

I called ahead to let the front desk people know I would be getting in a little late that night.

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