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Serendipity At Work….Continued

May 30, 2018

I just love it when serendipity shows up at my door.

With all the negative things that happen out there in the world, it’s a great feeling to know the Universe (I see it as God’s love) is always behind the scenes, pulling the strings, and doing its magic, for our benefit, no less.

But you have to be able to see it to appreciate it.

In two previous posts, “The Creative Zone: Serendipity/Syncronicity”, and “Creativity: When Ideas Strike!”, I wrote about a serendipitous moment I experienced when I was brainstorming ideas for a bookcase I needed and wanted to build, myself, in my shop. I needed it to hold some Korean books, dictionaries and language reference books I had accumulated while I worked and lived in Korea for 12 years as a Korean translator.

(Click on the links above and scroll toward the bottom to see the bookcase and read the story about how the idea for the bookcase came about through a series of seemingly unrelated events…until that moment!…when they all became related. Ahhh… the serendipitous event!)

Also in my last post, “Serendipity At Work”, I mentioned four separate incidents of serendipity at work, while I was traveling around Europe to see and hear Lizz Wright sing, in April this year.

So this post is about, yet, another serendipitous moment I experienced which was also Lizz-related. It started to unfold in 2015 but actually took place in 2017.

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

Serendipity At Work

May 14, 2018

If you’ve been reading my posts, you’ll know that I’ve been traveling frequently to see and hear Lizz Wright sing.

It is one great joy of mine. When I listen to her, it sparks ideas and emotions within me and influences my creativity. Her voice, words, music, style of singing, songwriting, artistry, and her very essence continue to inspire me in various ways.

We have known about each other for nearly four years now, ever since I went to Madison, Wisconsin, to see and hear her sing for the first time, to give her a song (Lizz Wright: The Sweet Honey In The Rock) I wrote about her, and to give her a digital frame with some songs and a “Seattle Bouquet” (macro shots of flowers I had taken around the Seattle area) on it. Those things were tokens of my appreciation and affection for her. I was so taken by her then and I still am. I told her about my website, the first post that I had just written about her (Lizz Wright: Doing One Thing Really Well), and how to contact me if she ever needed to.

That day in Madison, she and Rachel (a talented piano player) were walking North toward that triangular building on the corner (in the picture above), and I was walking West, away from the Capitol, toward that same corner. I was walking back to my hotel to get ready to go to the show. I assume she and Rachel were doing the same thing.

When I was about 10 steps from the corner, I suddenly saw Lizz walking across the street, about 10 steps from the same corner I was headed for. We would have met right at the corner had not that group of 5-7 people rushed right in front of me to get across the street before the light changed. I then had to go around them and catch up to Lizz from behind, which I did.

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creativity, Culture, Music, Travel/Adventure

Sona Jobarteh in Atlanta

May 13, 2018

The picture above, is a picture I took at the Rialto Center for the Arts, in downtown Atlanta, Georgia, this past April 29, of  Sona Jobarteh, a musician and singer from The Gambia in West Africa.

She plays the Kora, a 21-string instrument, and she sings while she plays.

That’s so amazing to me that she can do that. It’s like rubbing your belly at the same time you’re patting your head, only 1000x harder, I surmise. Don’t you agree?


I’m inside the Center lobby, waiting for the doors to open so we can all be seated.

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creativity, Music

“Looking Out My Back Door”

April 2, 2018

It’s been a year now since I moved into this house I’m currently living in.

It’s a good space with lots of light and it feels like home to me, even though I have lived in a lot of different places in my lifetime, and it’s a long way from where I grew up in a small town called Arnold, Missouri.

I think home is where the heart is.

My favorite space in the house is just off the kitchen (convenient to satisfy my oral needs).

I think of it as my creation station.

It’s a place where I can read, write, study, plan, create, and let my mind wander and wonder about things that interest me. I have a skylight over my desk and a clear view to the back yard.

I noticed that every time I look out my back door, I think of an old song by Creedence Clearwater Revival called, “Looking Out My Back Door”.

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creativity, Music

How Do You Spell Eclectic?

February 10, 2018

I spell it E-C-L-E-C-T-I-C.

Eclectic is “deriving ideas, style or taste from a broad and diverse range of sources.”

I like that concept. I like having choices, diversity and variety. We’ve all heard that “variety is the spice of life”. That’s one of those maxims we use frequently but take for granted but it is so true.

Life is more fascinating when it changes repeatedly and you have many diverse incidents.

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