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Theme Change

Some of you, who are used to my previous theme, may be surprised to visit and find this new theme.  I felt that the other theme, as much as I loved it, did not really fit with what I am trying to do with my blog.

I really like this theme, Choco, because it is neat, the menu is on the right side and it is easier on my eyes.  I am easily visually distracted and found the other setup confusing.  I also wanted my readers to see quickly what they came to see and to easily find other pieces of information.

I want to thank my daughter and her boyfriend so much for helping me get my first blog up and running.  Thanks Meg and Vinu!!!

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Posted by on March 11, 2013 in People

 

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I Walk the Sky

 

I walk the sky, feet on the Earth,

head in the clouds.

My hair reaches out to the sun,

singing and dancing,

laughing to catch the

ebullient rays of its sizzling–

sun beaming down on my head–

caressing, teasing, warming, pleasing.

I walk the sky, feet on the sidewalk,

head in the galaxies–which

sail in an ear and weave and bob

and jump and stomp, twirling,

through my brain,

leaving sparkling newborn

molecules, that light the space,

then silently, swiftly

pass through the other ear.

I walk the sky, thoughts on the universes,

feet on the Earth.

Though my feet feel less gravity-bound

on occasion, as if I could float gently

up into the places where my mind

dwells more and more.

Where the sun warms the bottom 

of my feet, and the stars

beckon me to them with

songs of adventure and

whispers of new worlds to

explore.  Where the dance 

of the seen and unseen,

and lure of known and unknown,

draw me into the mysterious

realm of things which seem

somehow familiar yet just out of reach.

I’ve walked the sky, feet on the Earth, 

and will, someday if I’m lucky,

sail through the spaces,

between the galaxies and stars

and planets, and that which

is but cannot be seen by us

right now. 

I walk the sky.

 
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Posted by on March 11, 2013 in People

 

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Blogging

I have spent so much time on the computer over the last 12 days trying to figure out how to do this blogging thing.  I really like being able to share my thoughts and read the comments that other people leave on my posts.

And I REALLY like getting to read the other blogs on WordPress.

I might be expecting too much, but I’m having a hard time with the background stuff.  Maybe  it’s because I don’t understand the terminology yet.:)

Oh, well, I’ll just have to keep trying.  I will get this.  I’m determined to understand this and use this site to its best advantage.

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2013 in People

 

Music and Creativity

Music has always been a very important part of my life.  I always sang to the radio; at church; to myself; in school and with my friends.  My mom kept the radio on in the background at home while she was doing her housework.  And when we were in the car the radio was always on.  I got my own radio for my tenth birthday, so I could have music in my room.

I played violin from fourth to tenth grade. I took six months of saxophone lessons.  (I didn’t do well with sax, because the vibrating reed tickled too much.  I just couldn’t get used to it.) I bought a beautiful red cedar Native American flute so I could learn how to play that.  I love the sound, and it doesn’t tickle my lips like the sax did.

I love to play music, and I love to listen to it.

I’ve been listening to the Dave Brubeck station on Pandora the last couple of days.  I read that he had passed away recently, and I wanted to see whether I was familiar with his music. As it turned out, I was familiar with some of it.  And I’m enjoying new music, and artists, that I was not familiar with, thanks to Pandora.

I’m listening to some Lionel Hampton now, along with some Dave Brubeck,  really softly in the background while I work on my computer.  This music is really upbeat and helps my mood; it gets me dancing a little in my chair. And it helps me focus on what I’m doing.

This last is important because I had found, in the past, that I did not focus well with music or tv or other people talking when I was trying to write or read.  I could never study under those conditions, either.  Nor could I take a test with noise in the room.  It made me agitated and restless.  So I didn’t do as well as I might have done if I had been in a quiet room.

Now I find that music helps me to develop a flow to my work.  I can’t listen to anything loud, but at just the right volume I can sit for a couple of hours and get a lot done. And I notice now that I am interested in listening to music I would never consider listening to before.

I would never listen to rap once it became ugly.  But I find I am fascinated by the prose, the rhythm and and the combination of spoken word and vocals.  That may be because I find myself increasingly comfortable with expressing my view of the world through poetry and prose.  And I am coming to understand how speaking aloud one’s poetry/prose allows the poet to tell the story exactly as he/she wants to tell it.

It seems to me that writing song lyrics might be similar to writing poetry and prose:  find the right word(s) and your images come vividly alive.  Use the wrong one, and no one gets your image at all.

Somehow, and I don’t know why, listening to music has opened up a channel for me to let my creativity flow.  And man, am I glad it’s flowing.  Those ideas and images have been dammed up in my head and heart for so long they had to come out. It sure feels good to see my thoughts on a page.   I wonder if others have found that music has done something amazing for them, too.  I sure hope so.:)

 
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Posted by on February 28, 2013 in People

 

Re-blogging

Being new to this blogging exercise, I could really use some help when it comes to the re-blogging of posts.  What is the proper way to do it?  I thought I could just pick the blogs I like and repost them on my blog.  I have a feeling, though, that that’s not how it works.  Help!!!

 
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Posted by on February 24, 2013 in People

 
 
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