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“Life Before Yesterday”

July 25, 2020

Yesterday

It seems like only “yesterday” (just four months ago), the Corona Virus Pandemic was thrust upon us and “our lives before yesterday” (our lives before the virus) were turned upside down.

I was furloughed from April 1 to July 1 (three months). I was hoping I wouldn’t be recalled until authorities had better control of the virus so it would be safer to go back to work. But I’m back on the job and there is still no end to the virus in sight.

While I was on furlough, I received unemployment money and the extra stimulus money so I could at least pay the bills and I had a lot of time available.

I wanted to use that time wisely and make it worth while. I searched through my mental Rolodex of “things to do”, and put together a prioritized, written list.

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creativity, Culture, Music

“Singer For All The People”

June 17, 2020

This is a picture of Lizz Wright, a “Singer For All The People”. I didn’t take the picture. I downloaded it from Lizz’s FB page about four years ago.

She still looks just as youthful and beautiful today.

The idea for this post was born some time ago, but I wanted to mull it over in my head for a while before I put it out there.

It’s been almost six years now, since I first heard Lizz sing, and during that time her music has been ever-present on my mind. I listen to her daily. I’ve praised and promoted her and her music frequently in many posts because she continually inspires me.

This post is all about her and why I think she is a “Singer For All The People”, and why I pick her to be the “Singer of the Decade” (2020-2030).

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Music

Rainy Day Lovers

May 31, 2020

It’s Saturday morning and a storm is coming through my neighborhood. I hear it slightly in the distance.

So as I was starting to open a couple of windows so I could hear the thunder clap and roll, better, I got a text from my son, Tim, giving me a heads up about the “pretty nice thunderstorm” that was upon us.

I love rainy days, especially if they include thunder and lightening. We don’t get them here like we did in the Midwest, where I grew up. So anytime one rolls in, Tim and I are on “red alert” so we don’t miss it!

I think that a lot of people don’t like rainy days and it’s a negative event for them. Sometimes it spoils the whole day when a planned event has to be postponed because of rain. So rainy days get a bad rap.

But, to me, a rainy day is never sad, gloomy, or limiting. The music and the rhythm of the rain always speaks to my heart. To me it’s a cleansing, life-giving event with the promise of sunshine to follow. It also elicits a sense of romance and comfort within me.

Somehow, rainy days always remind me of my favorite song by Gordon Lightfoot, called “Rainy Day People”.

I like the lyrics and the meaning behind them.

I think he is saying that he appreciates people who are down-to-earth, honest and upfront. People who have gained wisdom and experience through hardships in life who are better able to move forward in life and help others progress as well. People who don’t judge others. People who listen well and are attentive to other’s needs. People who are sincere and humble. People who understand others’ situations because they have experienced similar ones too. People who value others as much as they do themselves.

I think we need more Rainy Day People in this world.

P.S. As I listened to the song and read the lyrics, two lines (that I highlighted) jumped out at me and reminded me of a saying I learned on one of my trips to Zurich, Switzerland, from Andy, a tour guide whom I befriended while I was there. He said…..

“Shared fun is double the fun. Shared pain is half the pain.”

Enjoy the song……..

“Rainy Day People”…by Gordon Lightfoot

Rainy day people always seem to know when it’s time to call.
Rainy day people don’t talk. They just listen till they’ve heard it all.
Rainy day lovers don’t lie when they tell you they’ve been down like you.
Rainy day people don’t mind if you’re cryin’ a tear or two.

If you get lonely, all you really need is that rainy day love
Rainy day people all know there’s no sorrow they can’t rise above.

Rainy day lovers don’t love any others that would not be kind.
Rainy day people all know how it hangs on their peace of mind.

Rainy day lovers don’t lie when they tell you they’ve been down there, too.
Rainy day people don’t mind if you’re cryin’ a tear or two .

Rainy day people always seem to know when you’re feelin’ blue.
High stepping strutters who land in the gutters sometimes need one, too.
Take it or leave it or try to believe it, if you’ve been down too long.
Rainy day lovers don’t hide love inside, they just pass it on.

Rainy day lovers don’t hide love inside, they just pass it on.

Source: LyricFind

Songwriters: Gordon Lightfoot

Rainy Day People lyrics © Warner Chappell Music, Inc

Health and Wellness, Music, Travel/Adventure

Caribbean Cruise: Day 6

March 27, 2020

At Sea – Thurs. (1/30)

I woke up about 04:15 a.m. and tiptoed out to the balcony deck with my camera to capture yet another quiet moment in living color.

Went back to sleep until 0800 a.m. Then I got up and made a beeline for the “Tiger Cage” (the basketball cage) to get some “Air Time on the High Seas” (to play basketball).

After that, Uncle Walt and I had a late breakfast, got back to the room about Noon and went straight out to the balcony to just chill for a little while before we started a full-blown exploration of the ship. We hadn’t done that yet.

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Health and Wellness, Music, Photography, Travel/Adventure

Caribbean Cruise: Day 3

March 23, 2020

At Sea – Mon. 1/27

There were so many fun things to do, every hour of the day, while we were at sea, but we weren’t inclined to do any of them.

Although, if I go on a cruise again (and I probably will), I will be inclined to do a few more things than I did this time. Since it was my first cruise, I was more like an observor, just getting a feel for the whole experience.

This morning, “Eager Me”was going to get up early and go play basketball but “Bad Me” decided to sleep in.

I slept in until about 8 a.m.

I went out to the balcony to check the weather (which became a morning ritual for me). This is what I saw.

The sea was so calm and the clouds were just hanging there, like a “Real-life Painting”.

The beauty of the clouds and sea reminded me of this beautiful song by Lizz that she wrote together with Maia Sharp. The song is on Lizz’s CD titled, “Freedom and Surrender”.

Click on “Real-life Painting” (above) to hear the song and then click on “Freedom and Surrender” to get a glimpse into the beauty of Lizz’s soul and the depth of her character.

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