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Month: October 2018

Friday Musings: Lost and Found

Friday Musings: Lost and Found

There are certain losses in life that remain incomprehensible no matter how much we may try to assign meaning to them. Some come too early, some don’t follow the natural order we expect, and others should never occur at all. When they happen, something in our foundation shifts, and although we may remain upright, we are aware that we may never feel rock solid again. Other losses follow a more predictable order; we know that they are coming and have a lifetime to

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Music and Cocktails: Eulogy

Music and Cocktails: Eulogy

A few weeks ago my youngest son, Connor, asked if he could write a guest post for me about a song from the band LCD Soundsystem that was very meaningful for him. Although I was unfamiliar with the band, I was intrigued by the back story behind the song, and was excited for him to share it with you. I’ve included a link to “black screen” at the bottom of the post so that you can listen to it…

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Poetry in a Glass: The Art of Losing

Poetry in a Glass: The Art of Losing

Elizabeth Bishop’s poem “One Art” is about the things we lose, and the extent to which we’ll go to convince ourselves that we’re coping, that loss is a part of life, that it isn’t, in her words, ever truly a disaster. If you’re unfamiliar with the poem, but you’re a fan of the movie In Her Shoes with Toni Colette and Cameron Diaz, you may remember it as the one that Maggie has difficulty reading to the professor. The entire process helps her to begin to overcome her struggle with

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Friday Musings: Perspective

Friday Musings: Perspective

Recently I watched a truly informative little video that’s currently circulating on Facebook about how to take great photos with an iPhone camera. Most of us take pictures up at eye level and although the results are pleasant enough, they’re never really anything all that interesting. According to the friendly gentleman in the video who has a pleasant accent that I can’t quite identify, what we need to do is drop down and take the photo from an upward angle. Wowsers.

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Music and Cocktails: Life’s Illusions

Music and Cocktails: Life’s Illusions

In 1967, Joni Mitchell wrote a little song called “Both Sides, Now” that was recorded that year by Judy Collins and would go on to be covered over 1000 times by an extensive range of artists. If that’s not relevance then I surely don’t know the meaning of the word. Most recently Kristian Matsson from The Tallest Man on Earth chose to include it in an episode of his “The Light in Demos” video series, in which he refers to it as “the best song in the world.” I’ve included a link

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