Daily Archives: October 10, 2014

Distance – In my sky at twilight


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Our Twilight – Photograph by Stacy Alexander
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In my sky at twilight

You are like a cloud
and your form and color are the way I love them.
You are mine, mine with sweet lips
and in your life my infinite dreams live.

The lamp of my soul dyes your feet,
the sour wine is sweeter on your lips,
oh reaper of my evening song,
how solitary dreams believe you to be mine!

You are mine, mine, I go shouting it to the afternoon’s
wind, and the wind hauls on my widowed voice.
Hunter of the depth of my eyes, your plunder
stills your nocturnal regard as though it were water.

You are taken in the net of my music, my love,
and my nets of music are wide as the sky.
My soul is born on the shore of your eyes of mourning.
In your eyes of mourning the land of dreams begin.

Welcome to the Dinner Party Download



One of the luxuries that I afford myself while John is away teaching, is listening to the radio as I fall asleep at night.  I can’t really listen to it during the day because I have to concentrate on school and work, so as a reward in that last hour before I fall asleep, I love to listen to the Dinner Party Download from my bed. This is a light, interesting, funny and entertaining program that imparts a lot of knowledge into a one hour format.

I’m sure there are other ways to find it, and I think you can even pick it up online, but I use the Tunein Radio app on my phone. After the app is open, I click “Talk” then “Arts & Culture” and finally, “Dinner Party Download.”  The program is hosted by Rico Gagliano and Brendan Francis Newnam who have formatted it so that listeners can “win” their dinner parties.  That is, the entire program is much like a dinner party itself.

The show always begins with a corny icebreaker….just some dumb joke told by a celebrity…a one-liner, usually at about a 4th grade level.  After that, listeners hear news headlines for the week.  Then comes a bit of trivia or interesting history.  For instance, last night’s program was about this week back in 1849, when the great gothic horror writer Edgar Allan Poe headed off on his last business trip. What happened after that remains a mystery… except for the fact that he died.

So, after every detailed historical trivia story, listeners are taught how to concoct their  own  appropriate cocktails from  bars that have something to do with the historical story that was just told.   The Poe-related cocktail was from a bar named after his famous poem, Annabell Lee….and the bartender talked about how the cocktail was developed and how to make it.  Each week, it is something different.

The show talks about books, food, films and has great musical guests that select THEIR favorite songs that they deem appropriate to play during a dinner party.  Some of the playlists are great, and I’ve added them to my own iTunes playlists.  The tastes are always eclectic and usually very interesting and good.  Quincy Jones was on a few nights ago, and talked about his idol, Clark Terry.  There are new musicians, old musicians and everything in between.  It is a great way to learn some musical history and to get turned on to some great music that you might not have known about previously.

Mia Wasikowska was on the program talking about her film work.


Steve Martin talked about his endeavors playing the banjo.  Geoffrey Rush was on.  Mads Mikkleson.  The guests are interesting, and they talk about things from unique angles.  It isn’t one of those trite celebrity gossip shows.  The entertainment is pithy and gives in depth looks into these people’s lives and work.

This show is a winner, folks.  I highly recommend it.


The Right to Bare Arms


I have started doing these arm exercises every morning.  The video is only 12 minutes long and it is at a beginner’s level, so not that difficult to do, but I could begin to tell a big difference after only one week, so thought I’d share it with my readers.  Tracy Anderson takes a different approach than most fitness gurus.  I think you’ll enjoy this.




When I’m 74

When I’m 74

John Lennon would have been 74 today.  I saw him play with the Plastic Ono Band back in the day, at Madison Square Garden.  I saw him play with the Beatles when I was a kid.  I wonder what kind of old man he would have been….not that 74 is old…but what if he had lived to be 94 or 104?


I miss his intelligent subversive self.

Happy birthday, John-o.

 P.S.  to Steve M. – May I interest you in a John Lennon memorial bloody mary?  <—(Still embarrassed…but thanks for the reminder.  🙂  )