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    Sunday Spark: Oh River Rise From Your Sleep

    This entire album is wonderful, but this song in particular is quite touching. Hope it gives you a little spark to start your week. Enjoy!

    The Maker – Dave Matthews & Tim Reynolds

    (Live at Radio City, April 22, 2007)



    Oh, oh deep water, black and cold like the night

    I stand with arms wide open; I’ve run a twisted mile

    I’m a stranger in the eyes of the maker

    I could not see for the fog in my eyes

    I could not feel for the fear in my life

    From across the great divide, in the distance I saw a light

    John Baptist walking to me with the maker

    My body is bent and broken by long and dangerous sleep

    But I can’t work the fields of Abraham and turn my head away

    I’m not a stranger in the hands of the maker.

    Brother John, have you seen the homeless daughters

    Standing there with broken wings?

    I have seen the flaming swords there over east of Eden

    Burning in the eyes of the maker

    Oh, river rise from your sleep

    ~ Daniel Lanois (The Maker)

    Posted: Oct 02 2011, 22:27 by kelly | Comments (1) RSS comment feed |
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    New Year's Resolutions

    I love the positive renewing energy that comes from a new year – and with 2010, we start a new decade!

    In that spirit, here’s my list of things to improve upon, goals to reach, and things that I will do in 2010:

    1) Get Healthier. Okay, yes, #1 is uber-cliché & conventional as far as New Year’s resolutions go. But who couldn’t be healthier? Personally, I need to increase my HDL (“good cholesterol”) and reduce my TSH (thyroid level). To achieve these goals, I have three things in mind: exercise more, eat more raw, fresh food, and keep better tabs on what exactly I DO put into my body & how much I actually DO exercise. Fortunately, we have an elliptical machine, a fantastic Blendtec smoother blender which makes super-good fruit & veggie smoothies, and my ever-present pal, iPhone. With all these convenient, modern technologies how can I not get back to a place of better health? Of course, losing a bit of weight & getting stronger in the process are, of course, nice side benefits! :)

    2) Practice peaceful, positive discipline with my children more consistently and effectively! I recently purchased a pack of 52 cards to help me stay on track, called “Positive Discipline Parenting Tools: 52 Cards to Improve Your Parenting Skills”. The ideas presented on the cards are fantastic reminders to stay kind, positive, encouraging, and consistent in your interactions with your children. They suggest positive discipline techniques without overusing praise or punishment. Just perusing some of the cards, I’ve found them to be helpful in making a natural progression from the Attachment Parenting techniques we’ve used with our children as infants/toddlers to preschoolers! If you’re interested in the cards, I purchased them here (not my site & I’m not affiliated, just had a good experience with my online purchase).

    3) Read 10 books. Now, ten may not sound that lofty to most. Frankly it’s not to me either. But with working, parenting, homemaking, gardening, blogging, etc., one of my favorite pastimes, reading, often gets left by the wayside, so I’m being realistic here folks. One book every 1.25 months I can do. I have 7 on my bedside table, ready to go. In fact, I just cracked the first one open!

    4) Write. More. Often. I so enjoy writing, yet like many other time consuming personal activities, since having children, I’ve pushed it to the backburner. So, 2010 is the year to bring quadrant two (non urgent, important [Don’t know what I’m talking about? Here's a quick review of Steven Covey’s Quadrants] to the forefront, and push quadrant 4 (non urgent, not important) to the background. And when I say write, I’m not talking about Twitter - because while it’s a fun place to share information – the time spent “writing” on twitter (and I use quotations as 140 characters dsnt leav mch rm 2 actuly wrt) could be much more productively spent actually writing. Like in my blog, or my novel (oh yes, I WILL complete it).

    5) Seeing Dave Matthews w/Tim Reynolds in concert. Yes, this is on my new years resolution list. Why? It’s been nearly 20 years since I’ve had a real concert EXPERIENCE. I’m craving one again, and from everything I’ve read, Dave will pull through for me. I wasn't more than a sometimes fan of Dave Matthews until about two years ago when I stumbled upon his & Tim Reynolds’ Live at Radio City video on the home theatre display with my daughter in an unnamed big box store. We sat & watched, entranced. What a performer! Been a big fan ever since (and even got Adam hooked too). Its time to experience it in person!

    So there you have it: Get healthier, parent better, read more, write more, and see a good show. That shouldn’t be too hard, right? I’m up for the challenge! Who’s with me? I’d love to hear your resolutions – please share your comments!

    Posted: Jan 05 2010, 18:58 by kelly | Comments (1) RSS comment feed |
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    Desert Island Discs

    Inspired by an accidental (thank you  iTunes randomizer) listen to The Cure’s Staring At The Sea album yesterday morning, I realized I’ve often thought about & talked about my “top 10” albums ever, but never have actually created a list.


    I know so many of you hang on my every word, as is evidenced by the amount of comments I get on my blog (Anyone?…Bueller?…), and so I’m sure you’ve be anxiously awaiting the day when I’d actually come through with this list, instead of incessantly chattering on about it. Well, dear readers, the wait is over!


    Now, I’ve decided, seeing that it’s near impossible to narrow down hundreds, nay, thousands of albums to “ten favorites”, to instead, make this my “Desert Island Discs” list. That is: we shall imagine that at some point in the future, were I to be stranded on a desert island, with only 10 CDs, and a solar-powered CD player (that has, obviously, no other way of transmitting or otherwise getting myself off the island, or giving me access to additional music.  OBVIOUSLY.), that these would be the albums I would choose to listen to. Ad nauseum. Forever and ever, amen. 


    So, the major qualification to make it on to THIS list, then, is that if a particular album came on, I’d willingly listen to it, in its entirely, pretty much any time, and could listen to it repeatedly. Which means quality of each song on the album, plus the album as a whole - is key. Which also means, that there COULD be better songs out there – in fact, I know there ARE better songs than what I’ve chosen, as I have several favorite artists (Tori Amos for one BIG one, actually – darn it, woman! And REM for another. Sheesh. And yes, I do notice that only one female artist made it on this list, and for that, I am annoyed and apologetic, yet perhaps more annoyed that I couldn’t find another female musician in my collection where I’d say an emphatic “YES!” to every song on the album.) that didn’t make this list because of their consistent inability to create an album with a cohesive mood or quality throughout. My reasoning for this qualification is that when you only have 10 discs to listen to for the rest of your life, you can’t have an album that contains one or two songs you’d like to fast forward over (okay, yes, I realize I’m dating myself with this post – both in use of the word DISCS and phrase FAST FORWARD.  But what can I do, I’m a child of the 70s. And 80s.).


    These are in no particular order. That’s a challenge for another day (month, year, whatever).


    So, with no further ado (and I often have quite a bit of ado), my 10 Desert Island Discs:


    The Cure – Staring at the Sea (1986) - Good background music, no complaints.

    The Pixies – Doolittle (1989) - For when I'm feeling a little riled up - say, I'm running out of coconuts.

    Depeche Mode – Black Celebration (1986) - For my darker, moodier moments on the island.

    Dave Matthews Band – Under the Table & Dreaming (1994) - because there's no way I could be on an island forever & not have Dave along for the ride.

    Chopin - Nocturne #2 in E Flat, Prelude #4 in E Minor, Nocturne in C# Minor, Impromptu #4 in C# Minor  - Need piano.

    Sinead O’Connor – I Do Not Want What I Haven’t Got (1990) - Got to have a strong woman along.

    Peter Gabriel – So (1986) - Because there's nothing wrong with this album. And, In Your Eyes. 

    John Denver – John Denver’s Greatest Hits (1973) - The only thing missing is Annie's Song, but I've got to have John.

    Simon & Garfunkel – Simon & Garfunkel’s Greatest Hits (1972) - Couldn't go the rest of my life without harmonic perfection.
    Coldplay – Parachutes (2000) - Just goodness.


    If you were stranded on a desert island with a CD player, no other electricity, and 10 disks, what would YOU choose?

    Posted: Nov 10 2009, 14:24 by kelly | Comments (5) RSS comment feed |
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