My Lazy Days of Winter

      

      

“Inspiration is a guest that does not willingly visit the lazy.”-Tchaikovsky

It has been 4 days since my last posting. Just didn’t know what to write about. Life has been OK, no emergencies…Mom’s doing all right, though she’s been in the house for weeks due to the weather and the mountains of snow; yet she doesn’t complain. As long as I always have library books for her and she does her daily crossword puzzle, she’s not bored. How lucky I am that she has never been a demanding person who needs to be entertained. Speaking of Mom, I’ve written before on the time she took me uptown to see a panel discussion on Civil Rights in the early 60s at the NY Society for Ethical Culture. The society is over 100 years old. I definitely remember Sydney Poitier and Harry Belafonte being on the panel and I think James Baldwin also was there among others. Well, today is Mr. Poitier’s 87th birthday!!!  I remember mom and I going to the movies to see “Lilies of the Field” and singing “Amen” along with Sydney Poitier and the nuns. I’ve seen every one of his movies. Today also marks the death of the great Frederick Douglass in 1895. It was a sudden death after having a very nice and productive day at a Women’s Rights conference. Folksinger, Buffy Sainte-Marie was born today in 1941. Always loved her music.

So, I found a little inspiration today to do my blog posting! Yay!

Hope all are well out there in WordPress Land!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

“Here’s To You”…Tom Paxton

“So here’s to you my ramblin’ boy

May all your rambles bring you joy.”-Tom Paxton

Songwriter/Folksinger/Activist…Tom Paxton was born today in 1937 in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Paxton is one of my favorite folksingers and I loved singing, “Last Thing On My Mind,” and so many other gems throughout the years. His creativity has given us serious songs about world events; songs about love, especially for his wife of over 45 years, Midge; fun songs for children and sing-alongs. It’s nice to know he’s still a troubadour and still out there touring with his trademark fisherman’s cap and moustache. Here’s to You, Tom Paxton, Happy 76th Birthday and May You Enjoy Many More Years of Ramblin’ Around The World singing your songs.

“In describing Tom Paxton’s influence on his fellow musicians, Pete Seeger has said: “Tom’s songs have a way of sneaking up on you. You find yourself humming them, whistling them, and singing a verse to a friend. Like the songs of Woody Guthrie, they’re becoming part of America.” Pete goes on: “In a small village near Calcutta, in 1998, a villager who could not speak English sang me What Did You Learn In School Today? in Bengali! Tom Paxton’s songs are reaching around the world more than he is, or any of us could have realized. Keep on, Tom!”citywinery

 

 

 

 

 

 

“We need better government, no doubt about it. But we also need better minds, better friendships, better marriages, better communities.”-Wendell Berry, American Poet, Writer, Essayist, Farmer, Voice of the People, Observer, Scholar, Teacher…

Award-winning poet, Wendell Berry is 78 years young today! He truly is a poet for the people and has been quite active and vocal on the environment, sustainable agriculture, doing away with the death penalty, advocating gay marriage, supporting rural communities and many more issues and concerns of the American people. Just google Wendell Berry and you’ll be able to read so many different articles on him, interviews with him, opinions about him and his opinions of which he has many!!!! 

The Peace of Wild Things by Wendell Berry

When despair grows in me

and I wake in the middle of the night at the least sound

in fear of what my life and my children’s lives may be,

I go and lie down where the wood drake

rests in his beauty on the water, and the great heron feeds.

I come into the peace of wild things

who do not tax their lives with forethought

of grief. I come into the presence of still water.

And I feel above me the day-blind stars

waiting for their light. For a time

I rest in the grace of the world, and am free.

Here’s a song I would always teach my students. I think Mr. Berry would approve: The Garden Song performed by its songwriter: Dave Mallett. Feel free to sing along.