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The Great Round

13 May, 2009

I've just completed another round. A great round! Like some winged ones and fin folk, who, year after year complete their great round; so have I.

After leaving behind warm desert, driving through snow covered mountains and across flat plains; we arrive in the country of woods and lakes. Lake is not frozen! Birch and poplar just beginning their bud. Earth starting to shoot out green. Spring will be seen a second time this year!

What a lucky man I am!

HOPE!

20 January, 2009
I can feel the hope today! I can feel the hope!

Another full Moon

12 January, 2009

Full Moon again!

I've been reading essays by Thomas Berry. They make my head hurt at times, but fill my heart with hope. As humans, just another species of the earth, we have reached the point where we are determing whether the basic life systems of the earth will live or die. As we become more aware of where we came from, the Universe, the Earth; we are acknowledging our role in the human-earth relationship. There is hope, but we must come together as a species. Please take time to listen to Thomas Berry. "Evening Reflections" "The Dream of the Earth".

Please listen to the Earth.

Full moon in October in AZ

14 October, 2008
If there are thousand lovers looking up at moon, then there are a thousand moons! What a wonderful sight.

I've been in Arizona for a couple of weeks now and have been busy listening to and performing music in the Valley of the Sun as well as Prescott, AZ. What a treat it has been to visit with some friends who also believe in acoustic music.

I travled with my wife from Minnesoat to Arizona by National Parks it seems. We were in Yellowstone, Grand Tetons, Brice, Zion and the North rim of the Grand Canyon before finally arriving in Apache Junction. I was struck by the variety of the land. Even with all the struggles we are going through at this time, we live in a wonderful country. We live in a wonderful world!

As I see moon rise someone else is waching her set only to be seen as rising as I see it set! Isn't the universe good?

Hummingbirds have left the lake!

16 September, 2008

Well the hummingbirds have gone! I'm not far behind! Loon and Eagle are still here at the lake, but the leaves are turning and falling. I guees it is time to head south. To exchange the peace and quiet of the lake for the noise and excitement of the city! I love them both. What a lucky man I am. Living near the desert in the winter and spending summer at the lake! I will follow the hummingbirds. Hopefully to return in the spring to see them again. Fly!

Summer?

25 July, 2008

We had summer a week or so ago! It lasted 2 days I think. Perhaps a return engagement will come later this month or next, but who knows. It's very comfortable today with a nice shower of rain last night.

We are remodeling our cabin on Big Elbow Lake in Minnesota. Started last year and the project goes on. I'm telling people that I hope to be done by 2010! If you have ever remodeled you know what I mean. One thing leads to another it seems.

Only 2 months until we head back to Arizona. I am finding that I miss the mountains and desert more than I miss the lakes and trees! For someone who grew up in the North Country, that is a big find! Life changes. It leads me from one thing to another. Change is the only thing that's constant. Hey, that could be a line in a song-think I'll go play guitar.

GOOD SINGING

Minnesota Spring Thoughts

9 May, 2008

Ice is gone! Lake has become liquid once again. The last few days I've watched and listened to its transformation.

First to leave is ice near shore; leaving room for all sorts of creatures. (Duck, beaver, loon, osprey, muskrat, blue heron, eagle and more!) Then, as wind blows, ice floats from side to side; sometimes creating great piles of itself, as it creeps upon the shore. But, for me, the most amazing part is the sounds! As soft as rustling of leaves, as sharp as constant cracking of glass; it seems ice is giving voice to change. It is no longer "top dog"! It's mass slowly breaking apart and falling to the depths, where it slowly dissolves to become one with itself. Was it ever separate? I heard it singing about itself. Was it a song of pain? Frustration? Happiness? Joy? I guess it's up to me to decide.

Perhaps that is the way of life. It is my choice to decide. As I age, I see less "right" and "wrong" in life. Just experience! I am becoming less judgemental! A quote from a song that came to me: "Now that I am middle-aged; things convex appear concave".Liquid lake? Frozen lake? Which is better? Both the same.

It's spring in Minnesota. I see fish tracks on the lake. Ten months ago today my brother died. I guess that will be for later writing!

Catch a bunch!

April 23, 2008

23 April, 2008

I'd rather see liquid lake; but today I sit in our Minnesota cabin and see the lake still frozen. If I never see another frozen lake, I'll be OK.

One year ago today my brother, Jef, and I drove into the Arizona Superstitions and hiked into Fish Creek Canyon. Such a magical place! We said some of the boulders were as big as a house; as we crawled over, around and sometimes through little tunnels and openings made in the rocks by how they chose to lie.

What a wonderful hike my brother and I had! One year ago today, we talked of life. Made memories. Greeted all the other creatures in the canyon. We made plans! We never thought it would be our last hike together, but Jef died in July of last year.

I think back now to the rocks and boulders that still sit in Fish Creek Canyon. Rocks are wonderful creatures! So patient. That is one thing I am learning from them; patience. Sitting still. Being aware. And so I am able to say, today; "It's a good day to be alive. It's a good day to die. What a lucky man am I".

Those words, I see, are some quotes from two of my recent songs! They are words I try to say each morning. Even if the lake is still frozen. Peace!

February News

15 February, 2008

Rain has fallen generously upon this desert area where I live. We give thanks to the universe. It is good. Green is showing up all around. I've even seen a few blooms starting as I hike and drive Jeep into the mountains. Even a few poppies are blooming!!

Once again, I'm reminded that life is precious. While four-wheeling in the mountains with my wife and her parents, just as we stopped for lunch; my monther-in-law (Donna) had a stroke. After loading her in the front seat, driving frantically down the mountain (about 12 miles, which included many hairpin turns and took over an hour); we finally arrived at a hospital in Mesa, AZ, less than 2 hours after the stroke. Donna continues to do well and is now back home! Pretty lucky. We all are!

I wake up each day and am able to say "Good morning, morning! It's a good day to be alive! It's a good day to die! What a lucky man am I."

Peace to you! And no matter what--the Universe is good!

Winter Home

12 November, 2007

I have left behind lake country and the soon to be frozen ground for desert's warmth and beauty. A hike into the Superstition Wilderness is just what I need to help come to terms with myself. This past summer was spent between our Lake cabin in Minnesota and my brother's farm in North Dakota.

My brother, Jef, had a reoccurance of cancer in the mouth soon after arriving back "up North". After two trips to the Mayo clinic in Rochester, MN; he made the hard decision to continue living with Hospice. My wife and I cared for him until he died in July. Now, as I drive through the mountains, that he dearly loved; I become very sad and lonely. Having been an orphan since 1999, having read an amazing amount about death/dying and having written songs dealing with death; I figured I was prepared! Not true! Sadness comes sometimes when least expected. Perhaps hikes and 4 wheeled drives into the mountains will help! And perhaps talking about it and singing songs that choose to come through me will too! Hope to see you at a performance. Please say Hi!

My performances will be very limited in December as I have let my now white beard grow out quite long so I will be working at 3 malls in the valley! I'll be wearing a bright red outfit and saying "Ho! Ho! Ho!" !! If you'd like my schedule, please email me and I'll share it with you. Hey, another contest--the first 3 requesting my mall schedule I'll also include a free CD.

Merry Christmas! Ho! Ho! Ho!


 
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