Monday, September 26, 2016

Won't you dance with me?

The world is full of magic things, patiently waiting for our senses to grow sharper.
― W.B. Yeats


Today's quote was inspired by the name of today's band: Oh Wonder. Hat tip to Bonnie Boo for introducing me to this group. The first video fills me with delight.




Sunday, September 25, 2016

A song for Grace

I pray you forgive me for the years I lived blind
~Andy Mineo


Here's a song released by Andy Mineo as a tribute to his sister Grace during International Week of the Deaf, which ends today:



Friday, September 23, 2016

A little something

Nashville, man. That's the place to be.
~Willie Geist


Greetings, all! I left yesterday to go to Vanderbilt Family Weekend (yay!), so I am running an old poem of mine.

photo by Bindaas Madhavi

Open-Hearted
by Tabatha Yeatts

To listen is to open your heart.
To listen, open your heart.
Listen, open your heart.
Listen, heart.
Open.

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You can find the Poetry Friday round-up at Reading to the Core. Thanks, Catherine!

Thursday, September 22, 2016

Normal Viking Light Treehouse

A rock pile ceases to be a rock pile the moment a single man contemplates it, bearing within him the image of a cathedral.
~Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


We're having a creativity party today! Come on in. There's plenty for everybody.

THE REINVENTION OF NORMAL from Liam Saint-Pierre on Vimeo.


A Viking Goodbye from Locke + Stache on Vimeo.


Soo Sunny Park: Unwoven Light from Walley Films on Vimeo.


The Cinder Cone from Farm League on Vimeo.



Monday, September 19, 2016

Second Time Around

Leave what’s heavy
What’s heavy behind
~Birdtalker


Were you sad when The Civil Wars broke up? I'm happy to report that John Paul White has a new album! He's also touring!



Here's a song by Birdtalker that his old partner, Joy Williams, recommended:



Saturday, September 17, 2016

Ruth Anna

A mash-up cover by talented young musician Ruth Anna Mendoza of the Philippines:



Friday, September 16, 2016

Find the wells

If you want to build a ship, don’t drum up the men to gather wood, divide the work, and give orders. Instead, teach them to yearn for the vast and endless sea.
―Antoine de Saint-Exupéry


I am happy listening to John O'Donohue any time -- what a marvelous voice he had! This poem-blessing seems appropriate as we Americans approach our election.

A BLESSING FOR ONE WHO HOLDS POWER
by John O’Donohue

May the gift of leadership awaken in you as a vocation,
Keep you mindful of the providence that calls you to serve.

As high over the mountains the eagle spreads its wings,
May your perspective be larger than the view from the foothills.

When the way is flat and dull in times of gray endurance,
May your imagination continue to evoke horizons.

When thirst burns in times of drought,
May you be blessed to find the wells.

May you have the wisdom to read time clearly
And know when the seed of change will flourish.

In your heart may there be a sanctuary
For the stillness where clarity is born.

May your work be infused with passion and creativity
And have the wisdom to balance compassion and challenge.

May your soul find the graciousness
To rise above the fester of small mediocrities.
May your power never become a shell
Wherein your heart would silently atrophy.
May you welcome your own vulnerability
As the ground where healing and truth join.

May integrity of soul be your first ideal.
The source that will guide and bless your work.



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Today's Little Ditty has the Poetry Friday round-up. Thanks, Michelle!