Tuesday, May 29, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Wednesday, May 23, 2007
This post was in my "drafts" folder from a few months back and I decided the time was right to use it. It has been expanded upon from it's original text.
I was recovering from 2 broken ribs . During that period, I feel like all I did was age - my mind was numbed from the pain killers causing me to wander in my thoughts - I could not focus - not on prayer, not on reading & not on any movie with the hint of a storyline.This past week, I felt that I could begin to wean myself off the mind bending pills, as the pain had subsided quite a bit - I told the dog that it was time to take a walk together - we have a park in our area with primative, unpaved trails through acres of native Florida plants - as we walked, I noticed that Diva (my dog) would stop & tilt her head as her ears stood up - as the drug induced fog in my mind began to clear, I realized that there was much to be heard in my pristine surroundings - she had heard a native black snake (non-poisonous) rustling through the dry underbrush - it was sunning itself and was apparently startled at our approach - the sounds of the wind through the brush, dried leaves and trees as well as the chirp of cardinals and scrub jays became a part of God's orchestration and the walk took on a whole new character for me. It reminded me of the Gospel of Luke ....... Jesus was being praised by His followers and the Pharisees became indignant that they would do such a thing and called for Jesus to rebuke them. Jesus replied to them saying "I tell you if they keep quiet, the stones will cry out." My heart which had been quite silent for the past 6 weeks or so did not wait for the rocks to sound the call to worship and I praised Him for His creation and Who He is .... and to think my dog snapped me out of my pity party.
Saturday, May 19, 2007
Sunday, May 13, 2007
In anticipation of Joanna's arrival, Don had this beautiful oriental name painting of our family created and framed. It is rich in symbolism and oriental heritage. This type of art has been handed down from generation to generation for over 1000 years. There is a legend that an Angel descended from heaven riding on a rainbow. The Angel painted her name using the colors of the rainbow before she vanished through the clouds. The Angel's name has been used over the years to convey love and feeling to family and loved ones. Each letter is hand fashioned using symbols that convey meaning. The bamboo tree conveys intelligence and integrity. The artist used the bamboo tree in the letters B and J. The rainbow which you see in the O and E represent promise, love, hope and peace. Each symbol has meaning. I can't wait until Joanna is old enough to understand the rich heritage of her lineage.
Thank you Don for a gift that is not only beautiful but will be precious to our family over the years.
Thursday, May 10, 2007
A sad day - Thursday, May 10 - after 9 weeks of recovery from 2 broken ribs, it's back to the old grind at the US Airways ticket counter at Orlando International Airport. I have been spared bad weather and the start-up of a new (perhaps primative would be more appropriate) computer system while absent from work. If I had a desk job, I most probably wold have been back a little over a month after the accident, however slinging bags and lifting heavy non-ambulatory passengers could have damaged them further - so alas, the time has come - poor, poor Don.
Sunday, May 06, 2007
Jose Feliciano was quite remarkable as he performed for the fans at EPCOT. Seated throughout the entire 30 minute shows, JF made his way through his own tunes as well as those of others from the 60s & 70s with his own unique style. The man nailed every note and still plays a hot guitar.
Petula Clark is the only female headliner on the Flower Power concert lineup for 2007 and she proved that she could stand firm against the big boys. The overture was a trippy pastiche of themes from her big hits accentuated with offstage vocal inserts from her very familiar pipes. The themes eventually melded together as one and formed the basis for the melody of "Who Am I" which led to her entrance. The substantial breeze blowing it's way across the lagoon added lift to her flowing gown and cape (good thing the wind was in her favor) and the songstress had the audience in her hands.
Making her way through "This Is My Song", "My Love", Don't Sleep In the Subway" and of course "Downtown" she tried her best as she belted with the best of them, sustaining several song endings a considerable length of time. Her mid range and lower register were weak on the more delicate passages and she spoke some of the lyrics as it appeared she had some vocal fatigue. But this was a legend - a 74 year old legend - and we were there for the event ....... and so, we skip merrily through the adoption waiting room.
Wednesday, May 02, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
I have a few items in my 'drafts' folder awaiting tweaking & fine tuning - so, in the meantime, enjoy the photography of JoAnn, a wonderful gal from our church choir. These images were taken at our Easter Sunrise Service at Lake Down in Windermere, Florida. We sang in the choir, but it was dark as pitch out when the choir did it's thing, so ..... no pics.