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New Song and Video – Silver Bells Played on the Radio

Part of my ride home from Cape Cod on Saturday was in the cold pouring rain. There were Christmas songs by indie rock bands on the radio. I thought “I need to write a Christmas song!”

In the mean time, there were so many jerks on the road that evening, and one super huge jerk tailgating me for miles. At times I could see his ultra angry face. I really thought he was going to pull out a machine gun and start shooting at any moment.

By the time I got home I had all of the words and the melody for a new, dark, Christmas song.

I played around with it Sunday morning and then recorded all of the instrument parts Sunday afternoon and evening. I recorded the vocals after work on Monday and did the video Monday evening.

OK, a lot of issues – it was a rush job! Truthfully, I don’t know if I can sing any better – my voice is always bad, so… Anyway, here it is Tuesday and I am sharing it with you. (It is dark, but with hope at the end.)

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Wreath #writephoto

Photo by KL Caley

“You freaking idiot!  It’s people like you who are destroying the country!”

I ignored the outburst, just like everyone else in the restaurant.

Well, not quite.

I ignored it because I had grown used to these types of things over the last couple of weeks being in town.  The rest ignored it because it might be them the next time.  They all were just like these two and any one of them could be in the next in a fight or argument, it just wasn’t their turn. 

I had heard of the village, of course, and knew it was supposed to be charming, but after two weeks there on business, I grew to understand why it wasn’t the big destination it should have been.

A big part of it was that the political divide that I believed was ripping apart the fabric of society was even worse here than any place I’d seen.  I was almost surprised that there was no real violence.  And by that, I mean gun battles.  Perhaps that was the next step.

Part of the problem wasn’t just the people arguing over it, it was he extreme to which it was taken.  For instance, the people I thought should be acting from caring compassion instead pushed their agenda out of anger, spite and a weird sense of superiority.  This got me even more than the ones who acted on hate, fear and self-interest. 

The selfishness of the people went far beyond politics and economics.  Every day actions were filled with it.  People did the bare minimum for others out of duty to their employment, but no more.  Others helped people, but out of deep felt obligation, not because of any deep warmth for fellow humans.

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The Weekly Smile for the 16th of December, 2019

It is that time of year…  When the days become shorter and the nights darker, people seem to come together more.  It is a time for the lights to push out the darkness, and a warm, well light house full of people can do that :)

Our local Lions Club had our annual Christmas/Holiday (we are not affiliated with a religion…) party.  I am a bit of an introvert (a lot of an Introvert!) and can be downright anti0social, but I still had fun and talked to quite a few people, including some that were guests for the evening.

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I Want Your Smiles! #weeklysmile Reminder Christmas Edition


Just a short note today :)  I took this picture the other day at sunset.  I missed the solstice – this is Dec 22, but it was pretty close to the shortest day of the year. For some reason the picture is much more colorful than reality, which is both good and bad.  There is a special quality to the air on these short days, a quality that cannot be described in words, and the scene out of my kitchen window was so beautiful.  The phone photo captures a little of it, but doesn’t have that crisp clarity, that ethereal beauty that can only be seen this time of year. Continue reading

Weekly Smile Week 22 – #weeklysmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

I know, I’ve been missing for a week.  Do you want to know what I did?  Well, I’ll tell you about it anyway :)  I went to Ohio to visit family.  We had a little reunion of sorts, as we do every year.  Both of my sisters and my brother were there.  Most of the kids were there.  At one time we had 30 people at a cookout/barbecue.  That number included a couple of people who are family in spirit if not blood and missed a couple who couldn’t make it.

I really don’t have time to write much – as soon as I finish this I have a week’s worth of work email to dig through so I have to be very brief.  The long story short, a good time was had by all.  I spent a lot of time talking to family members.  I spent time doing stuff with them.  We talked nature, books, movies, writing, art, science, technology, travel, the past, the future, the present and all sorts of other stuff, including even those taboo topics of politics and religion.

I’m glad I don’t have to see them every day, but it is good to see family face to face instead of by phone, text or computer.

So that’s my smile for this week: Family.

What made you smile this week?

If you haven’t seen it, here is a little background to The Weekly Smile as well as some quick guidelines.

So, what made you smile this week? Write about it and post on the link-up (or click the little blue frog below). While you’re there, read what everyone else is smiling about! And come back to it later, if last week is any indication new smiles will be added daily!

Thanksgiving 2014

Handmade Card

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving here in the US.  During this time we step back and take a look at the things we take for granted and give thanks for the things we have.  Personally, I give thanks for my friends and wonderful family.  Oh, the word “friends” includes those people out there that I’ve never met in the flesh but have come to know over the Internet.  I also give thanks for my health and my job.  And farther down on the list are all of the wonderful things I’ve been able to do and see and then there are the things I have.  I know I am blessed in all of the categories above, though I rarely think about how lucky I am.  Instead I tend to take it all for granted. Continue reading

A Bit of Down Time. Maybe.

Chapin Beach

I’ve been away from home since last Thursday afternoon. My vacation started Friday afternoon (I worked from my vacation house on Friday). I’ve been trying to keep up with new posts and reading the blogs I follow, but it’s next to impossible.

I’ll admit, a large part of me would like to be 100% device free when I’m vacationing. Another part of me thinks I should be able to spend a lot of time writing and reading. What actually happens is I do a little reading (sometimes a lot, this time very little) a bit of writing (I wrote 75% of my book while at my vacation house over last summer, but this year it’s slow) and spend time with my brain turned off. Continue reading