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Missing Dan

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loveintimesmIt’s been almost two years since Dan Fogelberg died, succumbing to prostate cancer at 56 years old. While I’ve never been one to fawn over celebrities, his death hit me hard, as I related here.

His wife, Jean, just released a new album of his music that he finished in 2006 while fighting the cancer, then put them away. He asked her to release the album after his death.

The digital files were available on Aug.13, what would have been his 58th birthday. I downloaded the files today, and honestly, it was so classic Fogelberg and so wonderful and so sad and so evocative of so many memories, that I actually teared up.

Remarkably, the songs do not seem introspective for a man who knows he’s dying. When I heard that a posthumous album would be released, I presumed Dan would look at the process he was enduring and bleed it into his music… like he’d done with struggling with his fame, new love, lost love, divorce, the state of the world, the environment, etc. Instead, he seems focused mostly on the present and his wife.

From what I’ve read, some of the songs were projects he’d started a while back, and after he became sick, he wanted to finish what he’d started. Perhaps he was just too sick to start navel gazing.

Anyway, the only song that falls into a “goodbye” category is the last song, Birds. While Dan wrote all of the songs except two, this one was penned by Neil Young. Doesn’t matter, I think it was his message to his wife, to us his fans, and to life.

The thing that made me tear up is the very last, sustained chord of Birds, the last song on his last album… it’s the same chord that starts his first album, the first song To the Morning… my favorite as I mentioned in my previous post. What a perfect circle. Thanks, Dan and Jean.

“In a spiral never-ending are we drawn toward the source,
Spinning at the mercy of an unrelenting force.
So we stare into the emptiness and fall beneath the weight
Circling the Nexus in a fevered dance with fate.
Wealthy the spirit that knows its own flight
Stealthy the hunter who slays his own fright
Blessed the traveler who journeys the length of the light”

From the song, “Nexus” by Dan Fogelberg

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August 21, 2009 at 6:50 pm

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Squirrels Just Wanna Have Fun

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For those of you who haven’t seen it yet, there’s a funny story about a squirrel that jumped in front of the camera of these two folks  vacationing in Banff. Seems they had taken a series of shots using a remote device for the camera, so they never had to approach the camera to reset it between shots. The squirrel heard the noise of the shutter release and was fascinated by it. Then suddenly, he jumps into the shot!

Of course, now, he’s showing up in shots everywhere! See Jeanne Moos’s funny segment about it

And wouldn’t you know it, when I took a photo of Sandee and me at the lake, that camera hog jumped right in!!

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(You can squirrelize your own photo here.  Note: It has to be on a host server. Can’t do it off your personal computer. Sorry. )

Of course, as wildly popular as this squirrel is, it’s hard to beat the dramatic prairie dog, as mentioned in Jeanne’s clip!

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August 20, 2009 at 7:34 pm

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Favorite Quotes (and Stuff)

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quotation marksHere are three of my favorite quotes. I’d love to hear some of yours!

Be the change you wish to see in the world.
–Gandhi

Do not sacrifice what you want most for what you want right now.
–can’t find author, although I’ve heard it attributed to Eleanor Roosevelt

I saw an angel in the marble, and I carved until I set it free.
–Michelangelo Read the rest of this entry »

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August 19, 2009 at 6:55 pm

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On Blogging

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“Mary” who commented on my last blog post, asked me, rather harshly, I think, why I blog. I’ve addressed before that I view this blog as a journal. Sometimes, I’m more inclined to write than others, and thus, the breaks between blogging episodes. What I’ve written about before is how when blogging becomes journaling, the issue about private thoughts becoming public ones can be frightening. While I enjoy it when people read and even more when they share their own thoughts, it really doesn’t matter to me if anyone reads it or not.

The same commenter, for reasons unknown to me, took my blog post about how fascinated I am by the science of the brain to mean that I elevate science over God. Maybe I do, but I think that most people in our society, if they were honest with themselves, do to some degree. When people get sick, sure, they’re very likely to pray for healing, but they are just as likely (if not more so), to make sure they take their medicine, visit the doctor, have tests done, etc. But God, in whatever form that Spirit might exist, can just as easily work in and through science. They don’t have to be mutually exclusive, and in my opinion, they are not. Can one not be fascinated with science and at the same time be fascinated by spiritual things? I’ve read my blog over and over and tried to find where I intimated anything that would indicate otherwise. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 18, 2009 at 6:47 pm

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The Nature of Us

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brain_power_memory_2_3For a Saturday night and Sunday morning, during which I rarely think about anymore profound than what movie to watch and whether to have brunch or lunch, this particular weekend has been rather “deep.”

It started off Saturday afternoon when I watched a PBS show titled “Scientific American Frontiers,” hosted by Alan Alda. I think I might have seen bits and pieces of it before, but never watched an entire hour of it. The theme of this particular show–memory, consciousness, dreams, and learning–was fascinating.

One of the things that struck me as remarkably uncommon was, despite their obvious intelligence, each of the scientists engaged in the discussions and presentations of their theories and experiments seemed humble, with an attitude of “we still don’t know exactly how these things work.” They realize that with every answer, the doors to more questions are opened. Read the rest of this entry »

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August 16, 2009 at 9:55 pm

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Amazing Artist

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Now THIS is what I consider the height of creativity! I stumbled upon a news story about the winner of the Ukrainian version of “America’s Got Talent,” and was totally mesmerized by what this woman does.

The particular video I saw was the one that clenched the competition victory for her… a “sand animation” telling of the invasion of the Ukraine by Germany. It’s art, it’s storytelling, it’s choreography… all at one time and done in what I can only imagine, must be a difficult medium to master. The way that the figures morph from one image to another is the most amazing part.

I went to YouTube today to watch other works of hers, but none were so moving as the first one, shown below. It’s kind of long, at a little over eight minutes, but when you have the time, do yourself a favor and watch it. I think you’ll be impressed. Let me know what you think.

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August 15, 2009 at 2:06 pm

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Other People’s Children

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Yard monkeys

As most of you know, I do not have children. I have nothing against well-behaved children, as a matter of fact, I enjoy being around them most of the time. When I was considering moving into this neighborhood, I knew there would be several children around my cul-de-sac, but it didn’t really bother me.

What bothers me now, and what compels me to write to ask for advice, is that these children (an average of six to ten children, ranging in age from three- to twelve-years old) are playing in the road!!

Rarely are the parents ever monitoring the situation, especially during the time when people are getting home from work. You can see on my neighborhood illustration (near the bottom of this blog) the layout of the road I live off of. Yes, it’s a double cul-de-sac, but it’s still a travelled road… not a playground!! Read the rest of this entry »

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August 14, 2009 at 6:47 pm

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