Tuesday, September 30, 2014

The Essence of Who You Are

Last photo from Johnson City I promise.   This is how I transform on the weekends, this is my joy.
I have been performing since I was nine years old. This is who I am.

In my classes at work, I often ask my students if they remember what they enjoyed most as a child......what was their passion.....what did they want to be when they grew up.
And, if they could spend their days doing anything at all.....what would it be.  It is amazing how  many don't remember their dreams, they don't remember what gave them joy.

We grow up, get on a path that often has no real meaning to us......it is just a way to make a living.  I understand that.....I like a roof over my head and three meals a day as much as anyone.  But you can still take your dreams, your passion, your joy and bring them into your life in small ways. You can still hold on to the essence of who you are.  

Monday, September 29, 2014

One More Time

One more time, this was also at Johnson City Folk Festival......on the Farmhouse Stage.  So much fun, so much good music, and incredible surroundings.....and good food.
Wish you all could have been there.

Sunday, September 28, 2014

The Good Life

Johnson City Folk Festival, Johnson City, Tn.
An awesome gig!  Got to hang with lot of our music friends, and see an old friend.
Beautiful place, great music.....you should all make plans to go next year.

In the meantime........wishing you all a Monday that is smooth sailing, a week that is easy and peaceful.

Goodnight Sweet dreams.

Saturday, September 27, 2014


We had played three gigs in 24 hours, we were tired, but realized we needed a few snacks and some bottled water to take back to our hotel room.  There was a Walgreens nearby, we pulled into the parking lot and headed for the door.  As we walked toward the door, a young woman , clearly in distress, approached us.  She had been to an after hours clinic across the street.  She had an infected tooth, her insurance would not cover the antibiotics she needed, she had no money.  Yep, I gave her the money for the meds......no it was not a scam......I watched her go to the pharmacy and hand over the money.  I hope that if I were ever in that circumstance someone would do the same for me.

I have had similar situations happen to me time and time again.....I think I have a knack for being in the right place at the right time......or maybe I am just an old softie.  I once had a young child, maybe three years old, run up to me as I walked into a store in a different state........he jumped into my arms, hugged me tight and screamed when his mom pried him from my arms.  Rick says folks will tell me their life story in the blink of an eye.  I just think the world is starved for kindness and people sense it when it's there for them.

My cozy bed is calling to me, I hope your weekend has been a good one.  May you have a Sunday that is full of peace, and may we all experience a little kindness.

Friday, September 26, 2014

Invitation to Rain Dance

Since Jordan was around two years old, we have taught him songs, from every genre of music we know.  One of his favorite songs to sing when he walks with us on the trail.......It's A Great Day to Be Alive.  He sings it at the top of his lungs, and when he is really happy, he has been known to make up a couple of verses of his own.

I heard the song on the radio today and smiled.......for the rest of my life, anytime I hear that song.....I will always think of Jordan and how much fun it is to walk the trail with him.  He also sings She's A Lady......to his big red dog, Lady.  When I am down, all it take is a few minutes with Jordan to brighten my day.  Amazing what a six year old can do for your spirit.

It's Friday night, I hope that means for most of you a week end break from your normal Monday through Friday gig.  Once again the weather guys are teasing us with the threat of rain.....it is so dry and dusty here......I hope the fall monsoons set in.  Ya'll help me do a rain dance!
Goodnight, Sweet dreams.

Thursday, September 25, 2014


There are days, I see so much pain in faces that I hurt physically just from seeing it.  There are days that I see fear, and self-loathing and my arms are not long enough to give a hug big enough to help.
I come home, bone tired, wear of body and spirit.

But even on those days, there are bright moments.  Seconds when you see a sparkle in someone's eye, or the first real smile spread across their face, and then you tell yourself maybe just maybe you helped.

This has been a week for many good byes......I watch them leave my room, fearful, hopeful of the life they will soon start......of the pieces that they have to pick up.  I understand the words, pray without ceasing......I do it everyday, many times at night when I wake up and think of someone or see their face.  Prayers that they are happy, they are healthy and safe.....prayers that they find the life they so desperately crave.

I need my warm cozy bed, I need some rest, and probably a few prayers myself.
Goodnight, Sweet dreams

Wednesday, September 24, 2014

Energy Shift

Nothing like a new haircut to make a woman feel better......the only thing that can top it in my book,
a new pair of shoes.  Taz agrees.  There was an energy shift in my life today.  I felt it around noon.....
my body feels better, my spirit is lifted......I am grateful.

Maybe it was the haircut this morning or the fact that I am finally catching up on my class work......but it felt as though the universe itself got a tune-up.  I hope that everyone felt the good energy.....may it spread to where ever you are tonight.

When I woke up this morning, I realized that Taz had brought me a gift and placed it  on our bed......one of my favorite Jack Rogers sandals.  She does seem to have a leather fetish.
She doesn't chew or destroy......she lays across the leather, makes cooing noises and licks it.
Though I only wear a  size 5 shoe, it is almost as big as she is.  Our bed is three feet off the floor......I can't imagine how she jumped that high, with the shoe......but she did.

I hope the transformation that I felt today will come your way soon.......maybe we are all ready for the change of the season.......
goodnight, sweet dreams