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Music – always an answer!

Another day when I can say music once again makes the grade and makes the day. Music is such a powerful healer and comforter. It helps me work, helps me change moods, helps me wake up, helps me stay awake on a drive it’s just got such power. I have several posts here already about my love for music and I’m sure there will be more in the future. Music really is the essence of my mood at any moment and can lift my spirit. Most of my friends have a favourite artist or a favourite type of music. I love so many types of music I can’t even fathom being limited to one genre. Between YouTube Music and Spotify and MixCloud – well I have my ears full. The last couple of weeks whilst reading and studying I’ve gone back to classical and I can instantly get in the zone to read. I’d prefer to be able to read in silence, but when there is other activity around that I need to block out the classical has been perfect. I have 2 playlists on spotify that are my reading playlists. They are both classical music – this one is the longer of the 2 playlists. I have another playlist that is over 25 hours long that I call the ‘everything playlist’ it’s got the sort of music that I think most people can relate to. Some of the music I like is too much for most people so my ‘Everything Playlist’ bridges the divide. I like all the music on it but there are a lot more the classics on it than I listen to these days. Great music of all genres from the 50s. 60s, 70s, 80s, 90s and today but all of a feel that can meet...

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Gratitude for the Dog-Sitters

It’s always hard to go out of town without the pups and this time around it’s turned out to be an extended time away. I have 2 friends who have been really helping me out with the dogs and making it so much easier for me to be where I need to be, helping the parents out at a time of need. Jason and Chris have really come to the rescue for me. Chris was available at the drop of a hat on a very last minute scenario and Jaason, well Jason actually called me before I knew I was going to need to go out of town to let me know he was available and the dates. I wrote the info in my calendar when he called but I hadn’t anticipated needing his kind services. As it turns out my trip was rather last minute and after a quick walk-around of the property Chris and his dog Chance agreed to take the first stint of my time away. Then Jason came for a few days and will be returning again before I come home. One of the things that makes my time away a little more bearable is the ability to be able to look in from time to time and see the pups chilling or playing in the back yard. Here are a couple of clips of their fun times. Chance is the big white dog that belongs to Chris – he seems quite happy to be a part of the pack during my time away. Thanks Jason and Chris for coming to the rescue. I know the pups are just as grateful as I am!!

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My introduction to John Lennon & The Beatles

I was in Grenada when the Sergeant Pepper’s Lonely Heart Club movie was released in 1978. The summer of 1978 whilst visiting the states my sister and I got to go to the movie with my mom. I remember really enjoying it. Great music and fun. I have no recollection of the story only of loving the music and the movie. Back in Grenada it had also become a very popular movie and one of the guys at the school even owned the record which came with a huge fold out poster inside of the album of the Bee Gees. At that time in my life I had absolutely no knowldege of the Beatles or that the Bee Gees were simply playing covers of the Beatles songs. In 1979 my mother and us kids moved to the USA to avoid the political unrest in Grenada. I worked after school and had saved up to buy my own radio which I would secretely listen to every night under my pillow. I wasn’t allowed to have a radio but this radio meant everything to me. Hours and hours of entertainment overnight as I would be whisked into the world of so many options and varieties of musc. I was listening the night John Lennon was shot. The DJs interrupted the music to give the listeners the tragic news. I had no idea who the Beatles were or who John Lennon was. All the music in this country was so new to me at the time I had a true smorgesboard of new music to take in. That night of John Lennon’s tragic death was the night I learned who the Beatles and John Lennon were. I think I became hooked on discovering all the music of the band the beatles and then...

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Osprey Photos from June 2022 @ PSPHarbor

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Sunsets and music

I’ve found life has a way of making us stop and smell the roses or get pricked by their thorns. Sometimes the thorn prick is the wakeup call needed to reevaluate objectives and perspectives. Really though, it is the smell of the flowers and the lush beauty of the wonders around us that can ground us whilst simultaneously uplifting us above the fog of cloudy visions that would impede progress. Music has been a staple of mine throughout my life. Music has always dissipated any fog that might seemm to block the view. I can get lost in music it’s like a dream that surrounds me and transports me almost anywhere. As a child in Grenada I would love to go to bed early on a weekend night, not because I wanted to sleep but because I could listen to the music from the parties I would have to stretch my ears to here. The variety of combo bands or steel band practice music was my heaven. Nights with particularly loud music which I know my parents didn’t care for because of the loudness were my favourite nights. When I came to the USA, right after I got a job a job as a janitor, my first purchase with my new found wealth was a small portable radio which I had taped to my industrial size vacuum cleaner. That radio and I were inseperable, I slept with it under my pillow at night and would stay up to all hours of the night tuning into some new type of music. In Grenada there were only a few am radio stations on island and then one FM radio station we could tune in from Trinidad on weekends sometimes. The variety of music on the radio in the States was amazing to...

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Sleep versus rest

I think rest is more important than sleep and to be honest I think I am getting more rest in spite of what might seem to be less sleep. Of course then again, if I’m asleep do I know I am asleep? This quest to get Ambien and caffeine out of my life sent me to bed around 2 in the afternoon yesterday just for a nap. I wound up with some great rest and I suppose this also effected my ability to sleep last night. This is of no consequence to me since today when I got up I feel pretty well rested and I actually remember having dreams and can even remember some of the dreams. I havn’t had or at least remembered a dream in years so this is something new to me. When I was younger my dreams were crazy borderline terrifying. One thing I did value in my dreams of my youth was my ability to solve Maths problems in my dreams and almost (not quite) put those solutions on paper when I awoke. I remember trying to get back to sleep to finish remembering a Calculus solution that I couldn’t square away in my mind once awake. The good thing about today is the headache is finally gone that seems to be a symptom of caffeine withdrawal. I hadn’t intended to give up caffeine in this process to start with but now, judging by the fact that it took two days for the symptoms of caffeine withdrawal to set in after I quit using any caffeine, it makes me realise how much it must have been in my system. To be fair to the process of having more restful sleep / any sleep or rest it seems important to eliminate those things that could...

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The quest for sleep (getting rid of Ambien and caffeine)

There’s a number of reasons why I seem to have, over the years, developed the inability to fall asleep naturally on my own. In the more recent years I have been able to attribute those reasons to shift work. All the other stresses and issues that could have been a source for sleep depravation from my youth to my adult years I feel I have handled and moved forward from with the last piece in the puzzle being the reliance on Ambien to fall asleep and then again to go back to sleep. About a year ago I tried to give up Ambien an was mildly successful as I recall by using an alternative sleep aid like ibuprofen pm but was having to take too much and feeling too groggy as a result so I gave it up. About three weeks ago I started the journey again. During my time off from work (which is 8-9 days) I decided to go without Ambien. This didn’t mean I was getting sleep I was just napping overnight but I was doing ok during the day so I went with it. I also started taking melatonin, 5mg gummies. (They are quite good so I would eat 5-6 of these so about 25-30mg of melatonin). It kind of helped. This week I am trying a new tactic. A friend gave me some hibiscus tea to try. In Grenada we referred to it as sorrel and made a Christmas drink from the hibiscus flowers. I never knew that there is some sleep benefits to this basically from what I’ve read, lower the blood pressure type stuff. It does seem to to be quite relaxing as a hot tea so whether or not it helps with sleep is still to be determined but the relaxing effect...

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Another year around the sun – ‘what you think, you are’

“You’re not what you think you are, but what you think, you are” -William James So today marks that all important date – not that important to me but a worthy tool, my birthday. I’ve never been big on birthdays – (I mean never since I’ve been an adult). We didn’t make a big fuss when I was a kid over birthdays either, but certainly, as a kid birthdays seemed pretty important. As I’ve gotten older and wiser, birthdays have become a good time to reflect and consider activities of renewal. I’m only a few years away from the big 60 and so the inclination might be to start thinking in terms of concerns over “aging” but this isn’t the outlook I want to embrace for myself or for others for that matter. Age is nothing more than a number. How can a number define me or anyone else? To accept or act like there is a disadvantage to getting older is to embrace the idea of limits and limitations for yourself and others. Instead of thinking of how old myself or another person is, it is really about the significance of becoming more aware, more wise and knowing. Advancing in a manner measured by years and numbers doesn’t have to define a cycle of anything short of improvement. Instead of thinking, advancing years, just think ‘advancing’ and, defining ‘advancing’ in terms of forward movement and motion, is a good thing worthy of gratitude for each moment in life. I think back at my younger years when I didn’t seem to know how to be grateful for the moments. The moments, hours, days and years just seemed a culmination of bad things. I would dwell on the things that went wrong instead of finding the little things to be grateful...

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Mrs. Ball – One of a kind Teacher

‘A teacher affects eternity: he can never tell where his influence stops.’ –Henry Adams Education: The latin root of the word education means “to lead out” As you may know from other posts on my website I grew up on the little island of Grenada one of the Windward Islands in the West Indies. Mom home schooled myself and my brother for my early childhood but eventually when I was about 9 or 10 I think, I was enrolled in the primary school, Westmoreland. I was initially placed in 3rd form which I think was a year behind for my age. I guess overall I did well but my maths was a little behind. The school decided to move me into 4th form but I had to get tutoured after school by Mrs. Ball in Maths. I don’t remember much about the what I learned in the tutouring other than it being Algebra and that it involved me standing beside her desk as she instructed me. Imagine being new to a school, then new to a more advanced class and then learning that somehow letters have some mathematical meaning. Learning this from someone you are terrified of -well it was a do or die Maths experience for me. I wound up doing quite well in Maths overall after I got the hang of Algebra and Mrs. Ball really was instrumental in my understanding and appreciation of the subject. Every student of Mrs. Ball’s was affected for eternity. She may have terrified us in our youth but I think we all appreciated and respected her immensely as we have aged to adults. Mrs Ball was a teacher with an overload of personality and I doubt that there was a single student who wasn’t terrified of her and simply wanted to do...

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Be the healing – Be the flower in the gun!

What has become of this country that there can be so much dysfunction, hate, so much mental instability. The latest tragedy in this seeming never ending list of tragedies is now the shooting in Uvalde, Tx. 19 children and 2 adults lost their lives at school! It must be so hard for any parent to send their kids to school in this day and age. School where you should be learning about your studies to further your life and career, they are now taught lock down procedures and have to practice for potential active shooter scenarios. I’m 55 years old. I have never had to practice for an active shooter scenario. How do you explain and then teach this to children? This is a tragic state of affairs in this country. I am not here to say I want to take away your guns – I get guns are a hot topic for every legal gun owner out there. There are so many responsible gun owners who feel now even more so, that they need their guns, to protect their children and loved ones. The following is a video and song – Michael Franti & Spearhead – The Flower (feat. Victoria Canal). It’s from Jan 2019 but remains so appropriate. We can each do something in our lives and communities. It takes a neighbourhood to raise a child. Everyone matters. Let’s care for one another and be those example role models for the children, be the lending ear to those who need our support children and adult alike. The video isn’t about taking away your guns. It is so touching and poignant. Please consider giving it 5 minutes of your life.

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