This past Holiday Season was hectic. Or is that something that we decide for ourselves? Hmmm, that could very well be. That whatever we choose to do and feel and think reflects our daily life ... in other words: if one decides to put too many to-do's on oneself, stressful is going to be one's everyday living.
How many "musts" could we cut out of our hearts? What kind of change would it be in your life if you decided to think that the expectations of others oftentimes start in oneself? I think communication helps here. How many gifts do we need? Each person on your list? Maybe they and we don't need as much as we think we do ... talk to them this year before anyone starts any gift list (whether it is a mental note one or a written-down one), and remember, the Greatest Gift has already been given to us:
So, what is this new year going to bring? Much of it is up to us, the Human Kind ...
I am wishing Each and All A Very Happy And Prosperous New 2019!!!!!!!!
No place in country music history is as revered as The Home of The Grand Ole Opry. I'm reading a book right now written by Dan Rogers and Brenda Colladay. It sets the "scene" (pun intended) perfectly: "Backstage At The Grand Ole Opry".
I'm only on page 26 of 144, but I've already experienced so many chills and gotten enough tears in my eyes, I have to stop reading for today.
Isn't the book inviting you to not only read, but to go? Actually, you can. They offer guided backstage tours.
I'm known for having a poetic touch to my lyrics. In this blog post I am going describe how it began - by reading and listening to the works of two national treasures of Sweden. It influenced my songwriting.
My mom and dad - but most and foremost my dad - had a deep connection with reading poetry and the appreciation thereof, most notably of the pieces by the skald Evert Taube and the poet Dan Andersson. In my parents' library, dad had a book with the complete Evert Taube collection and one with the Best of Dan Andersson. Andersson died in his sleep at a very young age (32) at a hotel in Stockholm, but he had already left a considerable legacy with his melancholy descriptions of life, living, people and knowing there was a Divine power.
The theme both poets had in common was their love for nature, but as Dan Andersson lived and worked in the heart of Sweden, his closeness to the land expressed itself in the fields and forests in his works, while Evert Taube's passion w…