Friday, July 31, 2015

Friday Music Two-Fer: Amelia and Woodstock




If I had to name the very one singer that means the most to me, it would be Joni Mitchell. She is part of the soundtrack of much of my coming of age world (and by that, I mean while I was in college).

Here is Joni Mitchell singing Amelia, which is certainly one of my favorites, in 1979. The year 1979 was not a fave, but this song was. Somewhere around 1979 I went to a huge outdoor concert in the Orange Bowl in Orlando and this song was playing over the sound system while the show was setting up and I remember thinking, I wish we were going to see Joni Mitchell instead of Fleetwood Mac. (They were great, though. But they were not Joni Mitchell.)

There's a long solo by Pat Metheny at the end and you may want to just stop early on in that. He's great and all, but the point here is Joni Mitchell.  There's just not anyone like her.

The following is, not technically of course but in a way, how it all started. In 1970, Joni Mitchell missed going to Woodstock with her friends Crosby, Stills and Nash. But she wrote a great song about it. Have a listen:



Happy Weekend. Listen to the music, whether it's the wind among among the grasses or on the radio or just in your head. What a gift it was when God made music.














Thursday, July 30, 2015

Morning Psalm



In you, O LORD, have I taken refuge;*
let me never be ashamed.
In your righteousness, deliver me and set me free;*
incline your ear to me and save me.
Be my strong rock, a castle to keep me safe; *
you are my crag and my stronghold.

Psalm 72:1-3








Wednesday, July 29, 2015

Nearly Wordless Wednesday: When Robins Attack



Remembering last spring when I heard such a commotion out the window and saw a tree full of robins eating all the berries off this tree.

They cleaned it out in less than 15 minutes.

Normally, this is what one would expect of cedar waxwings. But this time, every robin in the west end of Richmond was in my tree. It was almost creepy.







But Bella loved it.





























Tuesday, July 28, 2015

Happy Birthday, Tom!



Happy Birthday to my wonderful husband, Tom.

Nothing says, "I'm 64!" like drinking out of a plaid teapot, don't you think?

It turns out that 64 is 1000000 (1 million) in binary. So this is a significant birthday. (Thanks to my math-nerdy stepdaughter, Sarah, for cluing me in to this interesting fact.)

Best of all, in just a few days, Tom will finally join me in calling Richmond, Virginia home base after 40 years in Atlanta.

Marrying Tom was the best thing I ever did. Happy birthday, sweetheart!















Monday, July 27, 2015

Evening Prayer


Blessed are you, O Lord, the God of our fathers and mothers, creator of the changes of day and night, giving rest to the weary, renewing the strength of those who are spent, bestowing  upon us occasions of song in the evening. As you have  protected us in the day that is past, so be with us in the  coming night; keep us from every sin, every evil, and every  fear; for you are our light and salvation, and the strength of our life. To you be glory for endless ages. Amen.

(BCP 113)






Sunday, July 26, 2015

Sunday Psalm

Psalm 145:10-19


All your works praise you, O LORD, *

and your faithful servants bless you.


They make known the glory of your kingdom *

and speak of your power;


That the peoples may know of your power *

and the glorious splendor of your kingdom.


Your kingdom is an everlasting kingdom; *

your dominion endures throughout all ages.


The LORD is faithful in all his words *

and merciful in all his deeds.


The LORD upholds all those who fall; *

he lifts up those who are bowed down.


The eyes of all wait upon you, O LORD, *

and you give them their food in due season.


You open wide your hand *

and satisfy the needs of every living creature.


The LORD is righteous in all his ways *

and loving in all his works.


The LORD is near to those who call upon him, *

to all who call upon him faithfully.











Saturday, July 25, 2015

Caturday! Farmer's Market Edition

 On Saturdays, our church hosts a big farmer's market in the parking lot. It's right out my back gate. There's music (today a pop band featuring a parishioner who is the lead singer and parent of one of our Girls' Choir girls) and dogs and strollers (an adorable baby in sunglasses entertained me for at least ten minutes). And food. Lots of wonderful farm fresh food.








Like these gorgeous eggplants.  (Or is it eggplant because it's a collective food noun?)












Anyway, today, Bella decided to help me with the produce. Here you see her checking a chive for freshness.







Chives need to stand up to a lot of handling. Here Bella puts a chive through its paces.
















So far so good. Bella is now ready to make salad. Here she is getting out the salad spinner. It's going to be delicious!

Happy Saturday!













Friday, July 24, 2015

Friday Music: Uprising with Kneebody



This is Kneebody, a jazz group (I guess you could say that - they play at a lot of jazz festivals etc) from California playing their original song Uprising at the Berklee High School Jazz Festival in Boston last February.

Kneebody is:

Shane Endsley: trumpet
Ben Wendel: tenor sax
Adam Benjamin: keyboards
Kaveh Rastegar: bass
Nate Wood: drums


Enjoy!





Thursday, July 23, 2015

Collect for the Renewal of Life


O God, the King eternal, who divides the day from the night and turns the shadow of death into the morning: Drive far from us all wrong desires, incline our hearts to keep your law, and guide our feet into the way of peace; that, having done your will with cheerfulness while it was day, we may, when night comes, rejoice to give you thanks; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

(BCP 99)

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