Monday, June 17, 2019

Monday Musings

I watched an excellent movie:  Echo in the Canyon.  The musical goings on in 1965 through 67 in Laurel Canyon, Los Angeles.  If you were influenced by Buffalo Springfield, The Mamas and the Papas, The Byrds, The Beach Boys, this movie is for  you.  Jakob Dylan produced the movie and does the interviews with Jackson Browne, Brian Wilson, Steven Stills, Michelle Phillips, Eric Clapton, Roger McGuinn, and David Crosby.  Mr. Dylan produced a concert featuring current musical artists singing all the old folk/rock songs.  Funny thing, this movie really changed my perception of the Beach Boys.  I won't give away why, but watch it yourself and see.  It was also very nice to get out of the house, be on my own for the afternoon.

I had brunch with Dad, Mom and Sister for Father's Day.  We ate upstairs, though Dad is  really bored with the standard Sunday buffet fare.  Far easier, however, than getting out to a restaurant!    This is one of my favorite photos of Dad and me, and it was taken about 7 or 8 years ago when we were at a baseball game, which we used to go to often.

We had recently moved to Sacramento, and Mom was barely mobile at that point (after her second hip break) so Dad and I would go to the games.  

I'm not a huge fan of organized sports, but I'd go for him, and the pork sliders and the $2 beer.  Good times.

The things we do for those we love, eh?

I've been doing a lot for my husband over the years -- all the mundane but necessary tasks to keep hearth, home and health in good shape.  He did a lot for me as well. I shared this life with someone who enjoyed many of the same things I enjoyed, and whose values aligned with mine.  Who is smart, and funny.

He gave me a life that was comfortable and financially secure -- for the first time in my adult life I wasn't living paycheck to paycheck.  It was a welcomed relief. Sure, he has his quirks, but do I.  Welcome to the human race! I thought we had a good life.  I thought I had found my forever partner.  We had each other to rely on.  Now? Not so much. 

I turn once again to Pema Chodron for some good heart advice. 

“If someone comes along and shoots an arrow into your heart, it’s fruitless to stand there and yell at the person. It would be much better to turn your attention to the fact that there’s an arrow in your heart.” 

 And here I am.  Paying attention to my heart.


  1. The way you ended your post today took my breath away and then tears welled up. Yes. Pay attention to our hearts. No matter what happened, is happening, or will happen.

    1. yes. it's the only thing we can do, and will be the path of least suffering I believe.

  2. Yes, pay attention to your heart, Tara.

    I have a story for you about that movie. There was a four night movie premier of Echo In The Canyon in Los Angeles a few weeks ago. My sister and a dear friend had tickets on the fourth night. It was grand. Jakob Dylan spoke after the showing. On the first night I think she told me that Stephen Stills and Ringo Starr played music for the audience after the show. What a scene that must have been. I cannot wait to see this movie. It's the soundtrack of my early formative years.

    1. oh, to have been at that premier! The movie was such a profound experience, a mix of emotions that run from high to low. The collective energy of those artists change the music in America, and then the world.

  3. I'm really looking forward to that movie. I love that you recognize the arrow and the need to pay attention. Still sending positive vibes.

    1. that movie knocked my socks off!

      Thank you, Carolyn, I'm lovin' those vibes.


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