Tuesday, December 31, 2013

YT link...Mighty Mississippi...Jay Collins et al

We have had the honor of seeing Jay a  few times at Levon's.
Thanks for this link to his NYC music...
Great way to start to end 2013...

Monday, December 30, 2013

What the Frack, Dude?

Sometimes it is easier to adapt to the current speech,

What the Frack, Dude??

Addison Independent reported with a tingle of pride their big advertiser won a major hurdle.
The 3 man Public service board said,
Yeah, go ahead! Build that fracking pipeline! 

So of course, I commented & tweeted & took a long nap after missing a few hours last night.
The list serv to stop the pipeline is not too rattled.
There are more court challenges,
And the Corps o Engineers needs comments pronto
About all the wetlands planned to be violated.

Oh the next phase to go under Lake Champlain...is that considered wetlands?

So thought of posting this while fresh
And you can have an effect.
Link to a Times Argus article...

Write the corps of engineers,
Every wetland
Touches a lake or a stream
Or our food supply,
Our environment.

What the Frack, dude?

Sunday, December 29, 2013

For Lisa

For Lisa
We brought you some flowers,
My Lisa, My Friend,
Girly and we reunited,
We are grateful,
It is right.
We brought you some flowers,
and put them by the rainbow
by the rainbow where you sleep,
Girly said to thank you kindly,
we are thankful,
way down deep.
Girly sat with me,
by the fire,
we talked about you and she smiled.

Saturday, December 28, 2013

Psalm Challenge 136

Psalm Challenge 136
i joined robert's psalm challenge, first as an observer, then jumping in one day with my own entry, then afterwards as my own journey.
each week, as sunday commences, European time, the unwritten rule, interpret the song of the week,
do some bible study, read each psalm, one at a time, then the history of the songs, the translations, the viewpoints. Some themes run through the Psalm songs: hope and faith, redemption, love, music, prayer, God. Like strands, glowing strands of pearls, giving us hope for what is to come when
we suffer a loss or a great injustice.
i enjoy this public domain translation from 1899.

This translation omits the refrain in many of the versions:
His Loving Kindness is Everlasting

Psalm 136
Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

136 Upon the rivers of Babylon, there we sat and wept: when we remembered Sion:
2 On the willows in the midst thereof we hung up our instruments.
3 For there they that led us into captivity required of us the words of songs. And they that carried us away, said: Sing ye to us a hymn of the songs of Sion.
4 How shall we sing the song of the Lord in a strange land?
5 If I forget thee, O Jerusalem, let my right hand be forgotten.
6 Let my tongue cleave to my jaws, if I do not remember thee: If I make not Jerusalem the beginning of my joy.
7 Remember, O Lord, the children of Edom, in the day of Jerusalem: Who say: Rase it, rase it, even to the foundation thereof.
8 O daughter of Babylon, miserable: blessed shall he be who shall repay thee thy payment which thou hast paid us.
9 Blessed be he that shall take and dash thy little ones against the rock.

Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA) by Public Domain

Ice Movie

Fred drove and I shot some road footage.
Ice pretty mild here, thankfully.
Unfortunately, others have suffered more damage.

The music is borrowed
From you tube menu,
The sunlight, through frozen trees, is special.
I could have fussed and taken out the dashboard, power lines,
Roads, etc.
Oh, forget all that and call this a reality movie....

Thursday, December 26, 2013

Winter Morning

I managed to take some pictures after the ice storm.
Need a little more time to get that one together.

Wednesday, December 25, 2013

A Christmas Tail ... Monkton Chronicles

A Christmas Tail

Monkton Chronicles

My first Christmas away from Illinois was in frozen Monkton, Vermont.
I moved here after urging by my roommate who subsequently left the material plane, leaving me no option but to carry forth our dream.
My new home was an apartment above a garage next door to a large dairy barn.
I was eager to see all the sights there, on an Addison County dairy farm as they were in 1981.
My new roommate milked cows and she left for Christmas holiday.
My inner city girl pined a little as I looked out at the drifting snow and watched the farmhands haul hay to the barn and haul the manure away.
The milk truck came.
Then nothing. No sound. Quiet...
I had never heard that before.
I went down to talk to the farmhand. His weathered face, his Vermont dialect, some words I missed,
I had to utilize what I call word averaging. Nod, Nod to get him to talk. But beware you don't want to nod indiscriminantly and accidentally agree to something self incriminating.
My questions were all about cows, what do they eat, do they kick? Are they smart?
The farmhand enjoyed being the expert and sharing his understanding of the world.
Around Christmas, the subject came up somehow.
"They kneel down," he said.
"What?" I sensed a profound moment coming...
"The cows, they kneel down at midnight on Christmas."
"What?" I said, longer, with my eyes closed, as if that could focus my inner vision.
Thus ensued a back and forth verbal dance with him playing me and me playing along.
I did not believe him...yet I did not want to refute this man, salt of the earth.
So I carried on, trying to stay warm, writing letters, trying to stay busy.
On Christmas eve, all alone,
the darkness came so early up this far north.
I had to,
I had to sneak down to the barn,
at midnight.
Why do barns look so different at night?
The creaky door handles are oiled last.
I hoped no dog would start barking.
My weak flashlight did not help much.
all the time me wondering why I was doing this.
I had to go downstairs to the main barn.
all the while my anxiety building,
it was so dark.
The cows patiently nodding in their stanchions,
were they kneeling?
Well truth be told that is when I lost my nerve,
my path of least resistance was straight back out of the barn
and straight into my warm humble bed,
having faith those cows were all kneeling down
like Walt had said,
in the barn
on Christmas
at midnight.

Tuesday, December 24, 2013



Ice came to the North Country this week,
We got some but north of here got it worse.
Ice is a disabling, messy inconvenience.
Once it warms above freezing,
Ice melts.

Hope people are safe
And not walking under ice laden trees,
Or slip sliding along, on slippery paths.
Or taking risks fighting ice,
Frozen water,
Hope it melts.

Monday, December 23, 2013

Travelogue for the Universe: Sparkling Snow

The snow will be sparkling.
After the storm,
.waiting for the sunlight.
Reminded me of this poem...

Travelogue for the Universe: Sparkling Snow: Sparkling Snow re-run Sparkling Snow**all rights reserved by mary gerdt It happened today, when I thought some great thoughts, th...

Sunday, December 22, 2013

Beth Hart...More YT Links from across the Pond

This Beth Hart link won
when I pondered what to post on one of the three shortest daylight days...
Well in the Northern hemisphere that is.
This tune had just what I needed,
Hope, Light and Beth Hart's Beautiful voice...

Saturday, December 21, 2013

Psalm Challenge 135

Psalm Challenge 135

We endureth...

Psalm 135 (Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition)

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Psalm 135

Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)
135 Praise the Lord, for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Praise ye the God of gods: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Praise ye the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who alone doth great wonders: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who made the heavens in understanding: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who established the earth above the waters: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Who made the great lights: for his mercy endureth for ever.
The sun to rule over the day: for his mercy endureth for ever.
The moon and the stars to rule the night: for his mercy endureth for ever.
10 Who smote Egypt with their firstborn: for his mercy endureth for ever.
11 Who brought Israel from among them: for his mercy endureth for ever.
12 With a mighty hand and a stretched out arm: for his mercy endureth for ever.
13 Who divided the Red Sea into parts: for his mercy endureth for ever.
14 And brought out Israel through the midst thereof: for his mercy endureth for ever.
15 And overthrew Pharao and his host in the Red Sea: for his mercy endureth for ever.
16 Who led his people through the desert: for his mercy endureth for ever.
17 Who smote great kings: for his mercy endureth for ever.
18 And slew strong kings: for his mercy endureth for ever.
19 Sehon king of the Amorrhites: for his mercy endureth for ever.
20 And Og king of Basan: for his mercy endureth for ever.
21 And he gave their land for an inheritance: for his mercy endureth for ever.
22 For an inheritance to his servant Israel: for his mercy endureth for ever.
23 For he was mindful of us in our affliction: for his mercy endureth for ever.
24 And he redeemed us from our enemies: for his mercy endureth for ever.
25 Who giveth food to all flesh: for his mercy endureth for ever.
26 Give glory to the God of heaven: for his mercy endureth for ever.
27 Give glory to the Lord of lords: for his mercy endureth for ever.
Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)by Public Domain

Winter Solstice

Winter Solstice,
Earthly Pause.

Low in the sky, the sun dips down
pausing one day til the earth wobbles back
like she has done forever,
we feel the low light,
batteries drained,
pausing, to look at the horizon.

Friday, December 20, 2013

Friday Nacht Musik

From Beth Hart's You tube channel...




Thursday, December 19, 2013

Stellar Video Music Link

Stellar link to a night I cannot forget.
As I searched for Levon Helm & Sean Costello,
this came up as my favorite version...
on this cold vermont day, thinking of all my friends in heaven,
I wanted Lisa to find Sean and Levon, because I know she can trust them...
We were in Levon's Living Room,
This video from The Living Room in NYC...

I was never there,
but Anthony was.

Thank him.

for more levon helm merchandise for xmas...levonhelm.com


YT Link...Glenn Hughes..Mistreated Acustico

This link kept calling to me...
Acoustic Glenn Hughes... Mistreated...
Brazil YT link...wow...


Wednesday, December 18, 2013

Alberta Hunter in concert France 1983 part 3

Alberta Hunter in concert France 1983 part 3

You will have to search for this video, I cannot Link it...
Love Alberta Hunter, her natural style, engaging with the audience,


My Hip Friend

My hip friend Lisa taught me plenty about how to live to the fullest, to make the best of what God gave you, to help those less fortunate than yourself and
to always stay open to new music.
As much as I wanted to post some tragically hip for Lisa, I just could not do it.
Instead am putting up a photo of a cat we shared, Meridian, named after a tragically hip song,
today I learned was a euology. Fair journey, sweet Lisa. Thanks for sending me Meridian
just as I needed her comfort,
you always had a knack for that.

Tuesday, December 17, 2013

Crow Morning

Crow Morning

One Thing...Monkton Chronicles

One Thing...


If there is one thing that I can say,

We spoke up, I spoke up, did what I can,
a small speck of a person,
fighting against a senseless pipeline.
blew my mind when looking at our town website,
and saw VT gaz posted an unsigned mou there.
what gives?
Am too tired officially to fight this.
Let me post what neighbor,
Jennifer wrote and hope
if you are so inclined,
no matter where you are in the world,
you can comment on this fracking insanity.
We say no to the pipeline in Monkton, Vermont,
Will you join us?
reprinted letter from Jennifer, dutiful servant to the rigorous fight against fracking pipelines.
The Agency of Natural Resources is holding a public hearing on the wetlands permit application for the Addison Natural Gas Project on Wed. Dec. 18, 2013 at 6 pm at Champlain Valley Union High School in Hinesburg, room 160. This is a hearing to receive public input on the impact of the pipeline on wetlands (and also natural areas, and rare, threatened or endangered species of plants or animals). Of particular interest to ANR is any information that local residents, especially landowners along the route, can provide on this topic that may have been missed by either Vermont Gas’s natural resource assessments, or by ANR’s review. In the first petition filing last December, VGS managed to miss the entire salamander crossing project, so who knows what else they might be overlooking?
ANR has already signed a Memorandum of Understanding with VGS. If you are wondering if this sequence is out of order, that is, having the hearing after signing the MOU, well, you’re not the only one. The MOU can be seen here, and can also be the subject for public comments:
The hearing notification is here:
The entire permit application is here (there is a lot of info):


Christmas Carols

Link to Christmas Date Blues...


Monday, December 16, 2013

Archival snow pics

Snow pics

From the archives...too cold to go out

Looks like it will be a white Christmas...

Sunday, December 15, 2013



Cold air,
Descending on us like a frozen steam roller,
Chilling to the bone,
Shaking chills

Sorry to even
Even making that sound,
You probably understand,
It's a shaking sound,
Nonsensical un word,