Saturday, December 31, 2011

thanks to a good old friend, i found this song tonight. so perfect. xoxo

"We're just fumbling through the grey
Trying find a heart that's not walking away"
we connect with things when we are supposed to, no matter the circumstance.

…and at once I knew I was not magnificent
strayed above the highway aisle
(jagged valance, thick with ice)
I could see for miles, miles, miles

Thursday, December 29, 2011

New Year's Resolution Lists

More lists...because that is what seems to happen at the end of the year, beginning of the new year...people make lists. I always make lists, I love them.

Woody Guthrie's 1942 New Year's resolutions.

Johnny Cash's list.

#2 is a fav and makes me smile. #8 is also a winner - though mine might be listed as "do not worry" :-) What I love of course is the Notes section: "Not Write Notes."

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

NPR's Best Music of 2011

I love lists. I especially love lists of music (and books). I most certainly love lists that include links. Here is the list of songs, which undoubtedly includes many favorites of the year. But this little ditty is one that gets the honor of the post today...

and of course, this post would be incomplete if I did not include a favorite lyric, so here you go:

Sold, I'm Ever
Open ears and open eyes
Wake up to your starboard bride
Who goes in and then stays inside
Oh the demons come, they can subside

Thursday, December 22, 2011

Monday, December 19, 2011

Fork with Two Tines Pushed Together

by Nick Lantz

It's fast and cool as running water, the way we forget
the names of friends with whom we talked and talked
the long drives up and down the coast.

I say I love and I love and I love. However, the window
will not close. However, the hawk searches
for its nest after a storm. However, the discarded
nail longs to hide its nakedness inside the tire.

Somewhere in Cleveland or Tempe, a pillow
still smells like M_____'s hair.
In a bus station, a child is staring
at L____'s rabbit tattoo. I've bartered everything
to keep from doing my soul's paperwork.
Here is a partial list of artifacts:
mirror, belt, half-finished 1040 form (married, filing jointly), mateless walkie-talkie, two blonde eyelashes, set of acrylic paints with all the red and yellow used up, buck knife, dog collar, camping tent (sleeps two), slivers of cut-up credit cards, ashtray in the shape of a naked woman, pen with teeth marks, bottom half of two-piece bathing suit, pill bottles containing unfinished courses of antibiotics, bank statements with the account number blacked out, maps of London, maps of Dubuque, sweatshirts with the mascots of colleges I didn't attend, flash cards for Spanish verbs (querer, perder, olvidar), Canadian pocket change, fork with two tines pushed together.

Forgetfulness means to be full
of forgetting, like a glass

overflowing with cool water, though I'd always
thought of it as the empty pocket

where the hand finds
nothing: no keys, no ticket, no change.

One night, riding the train home from the city,
will I see a familiar face across from me? How many times
will I ask Is it you? before I realize
it's my own reflection in the window?

Friday, December 16, 2011

Porgy and Bess

I love my friends and I love spending evenings with them doing fun NYC things. Tonight I went to the dress rehearsal for Porgy and Bess. Since it was a dress rehearsal, at the beginning of the show, the director came out to say a few words, including to bear with the performance as the entire set had not yet arrived and the possible need to stop during the performance. I was ready, and so excited to see this production and to hear the legendary songs “Summertime,” “It Ain’t Necessarily So,” and “I Got Plenty of Nothing.”

Let me tell you, the cast nailed it. The show was spectacular. There were no stops and I could not have asked for a better performance. But I will tell you the best part, the curtain call. Seeing the cast gleam with accomplishment was so amazing. Their joy was palpable.

I highly recommend seeing this incredible performance and amazing cast including Audra McDonald and Norm Lewis.

Then it was off to Kevin's favorite and NYC theater stalwart restaurant: Sardi's with great company and good food.

All in all, a great way to spend a Friday night.


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

"Please consider keeping the wild part of you wild. It's certainly not at all crucial for you to civilize it." ~Rob Brezsny


Wednesday, December 7, 2011


I did it.
I'm going: 2.24 - 3.9.

Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Human Rights are LGBT Right; LGBT Rights are Human Rights

Today, Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton gave one of the most amazing speeches of her career. Above is the video, and here is the text of the speech. Listening to/reading this speech is so worth your time. It is poignant, honest, and inspiring.