Monday, November 30, 2015

Advent Music: Mariah Carey Christmas




Thanksgiving is in the books and it's time to embrace Christmas season with both reindeer antlers.

Which is difficult, when I've spent the past month willfully ignoring red and green store displays with scrooge-like vigilance.

So I like to kick things off and get snowball rolling with what is indisputably the best album in the history of Christmas CD's.

Overstating it, you say? Tell me, why do you hate Christmas.

Overplayed, you say? Well there's a reason you're hearing it everywhere -- because it Spreads Joy.

Here, have another sugar cookie. I'm off in search of greenery and sparkly ribbon.


Mariah Carey - Merry Christmas
Amazon


All I Want For Christmas Is You
Youtube





Joy To The World
Youtube




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Sunday, November 29, 2015

Grace: from Advent Hymns


Advent grace from favorite hymns:



Come, Thou long expected Jesus,
Born to set Thy people free;
From our fears and sins release us,
Let us find our rest in Thee


Saturday, November 28, 2015

Wildcat Sports: Football Rivalry Week and Basketball Marches On






One of the biggest sports weekends of the year, and I'm afraid the blog is on Turkey hiatus.

Just a few notes --

I'm glad the football team had fun last week. It was good to see that.

But part of me keeps thinking -- did that seem like a real game? it just didn't seem like a real game. I mean, UNC-Charlotte only moved to FBS this year...

So I hope that it was a confidence-builder that will carry them into the game today. It will be the real test for the new lineup -- fingers crossed they rise to the occasion, and we will have another game to look forward to before closing down the season.

In basketball news, the kids are still working out some kinks, of course, but I am loving this team and it just makes life so much sweeter when Rupp is open for basketball.

Catch up on the commonwealth sporting news with the usual suspects, and I will see you next week!

Kentucky Sports Radio

A Sea Of Blue


Friday, November 27, 2015

Endeavors: T-Shirts with Teespring





I've been working on some new crafty projects with the idea of opening an etsy shop, but running a business is a bit out of reach in the short term, with my limited energy and unpredictable good days vs bad days.

But then I found Teespring, and the pieces came together. 

It's but it's been fun to get a little creative in a way that doesn't also create a mess to clean up.

Teespring works sort of like Kickstarter for T-shirts. As long as they reach a profitable number of orders before the end date they will accept payment and ship. But if the goal isn't met no-one is charged, and the campaign ends.

They handle all the payment, printing, and shipping on their end, which makes it super easy. This is my first experience with them, but it's been great so far!



Check out my first tee spring t-shirt:


Give Me Hills To Climb

I used to love this quote by Arthur Guiterman back when I was an avid hiker, but it became more meaningful after my battle with a chronic illness. The hills I climb may be smaller now, but I am grateful for them and grateful for the days I have the strength to climb them.





Thursday, November 26, 2015

Grace: A Month of Thanks


Prayers of Thanks from the Book of Common Prayer.



We thank you for the blessing of family and friends, and for the loving care which surrounds us on every side.


Wednesday, November 25, 2015

Turkey Wednesday: Oh The Humanity


It's Turkey day tomorrow. Some people pre-game with pizza night or frantic last minute trips to the grocery store. I suggest a re-watch of last week's Kentucky vs Duke game to remind you of everything we have to be thankful for, and then the best Thanksgiving TV moment in the history of turkey television.


You know, most turkeys don't make it through Thanksgiving. As God as my witness, I thought turkeys could fly(Speaking of Howard Hesseman, why isn't Head of the Class on Netflix? Somebody start a petition asap.)





Bonus: the Geller Cup episode of Friends, with a tale of siblings at Thanksgiving that I'm sure I don't relate to at all:



Monday, November 23, 2015

Music: The Head and the Heart





All my feelgood travelling jams are moody. True story. But 'Rivers and Roads' seems especially appropriate for a week when so many folks are doing ninja-style battle through highways and airports. My kingdom for a fast-speed train system criss-crossing the southeast.


Head and the Heart
Amazon

Rivers and Roads
Youtube




Lost in My Mind
Youtube



Down In The Valley
Youtube



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Sunday, November 22, 2015

Grace: A Month of Thanks


Prayers of Thanks from the Book of Common Prayer.



We thank you for your Son Jesus Christ, 
for the truth of his Word, and the example of his life; 
...for his dying, through which he overcame death, 
and for his rising to life again, 
in which we are raised to the life of your kingdom..


Saturday, November 21, 2015

Wildcat Sports: The Cats Beat Duke and I'm Happy Til March.


Kentucky beat Duke Tuesday night and whatever else happens this year, I'll be a happy girl the rest of the season. (Until the tournament, of course. This feels like a good year for a National Championship to me....)






I'm still basking in the highlights. And reading the recaps. I anticipate a re-watch over Turkey weekend. Because Kentucky Basketball.

Then Friday night we invited Wright State to hang out and we played like like it was a pub shuffleboard match. A win but Cal wasn't happy, which is always reassuring. A happy Cal this early in the season would worry me..

We also scored some big recruits this week, but to be honest I don't really track that stuff. Vivre l'instant

This week's games:

Tuesday: Boston U 9:00 @ Rupp
Friday: South Florida 5:00 @ USF


There may or may not have been a football game last weekend, but if there was it was beyond painful.

The worst part is that they keep giving me hope, only to pull it away (link especially appropriate given the role of special teams in the ridiculousness last week. Just sayin.)

This week the cats take on the mighty Charlotte something or others and they're starting the other QB.

Today: 7:30 @ New Commonwealth



I still hold out hope that they will take my wish-list under advisement. But beating Duke really puts everything in perspective, ya know? I mean, hey, it's only football. 



Friday, November 20, 2015

MinM* Books: Ann Romney - In This Together


My last trip home, Dad found a new addition for my Misadventures in Medicine book-list. I had heard of Ann Romney's journey through MS, and the remarkable way she had beaten it back with a combination of conventional medicine, horseback riding, and alternative therapies. But I didn't know much more than that, so I was excited for the chance to read more about her, especially through her own words.

In This Together
Ann Romney

It's a quick and easy read, and one I'd recommend, with a few caveats:

First -- put politics aside. While she touches on things that happened in the campaign, it's her story, not Mitt's.

Second -- at different points I struggled with thinking: this is not my story. Not my disease. Not my faith. Not me

Even though my symptoms look like MS, and there are pieces that have labels (migraines), 'looking for answers' or deciding how to move on without them is different than accepting the diagnosis and moving on with treatment. But I was glad I got past that because her story is remarkable, and she has a valuable perspective on living with chronic illness and seeking healing.

Third -- I wished she had spent more time on the early years of diagnosis. It's one thing to say you were angry or frustrated, it's another to allow people to journey through that with you and see how it was in the moment, not just in hindsight.

But there was a lot that was good about this book. She has an inspiring story and I am glad she is sharing it.

My suggestion is this: Read the Afterword. 

If you pick up this book in a store, with no intention of buying it, flip straight to the afterword and read it.

If you buy the book and settle into a cozy chair, read the afterword and then go back to the beginning.

I wish it had been structured so that the points in the last section were spread throughout, and the stories linked directly to each one. But it wasn't; so that's my suggestion: read the afterword first.

It included some great strategies for dealing with serious, chronic illness, and I am thinking about setting up a journal based around them.

And one of her suggestions was to create a Well-List, of big and small goals that would mark healing, and it really made me think of what a well-list/wishlist would look like for the new year.

Strategies from the Afterward:
- Deal with depression
- Make and strengthen connections with others 
- Make achievable goals 
- Identify your strengths 
- Take Action
- Express Gratitude
- Use Your Faith or Spirituality
- Maintain Hope
- Give
- Use Humor
- Experience the full range of emotions 
- Maintain your Health

One theme that ran through them was making the effort to keep from cutting yourself off from the world. That illness can be an isolating thing, and can be life-shrinking. To push boundaries, make connections, and not to cut yourself off from emotions -- cry, get angry, yell, smile, laugh...

But I especially liked what she said about giving, and how that links back to staying connected to others:
"giving forces you to engage in the world... too often people who face challenges don't want to participate in the world; they want to be left alone. Forcing yourself to give whatever it is you have to offer can change your entire attitude... the most valuable thing you can give is your time....for people facing serious issues, the world continue to move forward without them. Forcing yourself to participate in that world, even when you don't feel great, can make a huge difference" 

One other thing that hit home was realizing that unlike cancer or other illnesses, there's not a standard set of therapy protocols for MS -- different doctors treat patients differently. Which, I have to say, is ridiculous, though not surprising. In my very long-winded list for the fixing of medicine, a systematic way of defining and treating undiagnosed illness is tops, so I can both relate to and be frustrated by her very different experiences with different MS doctors.


In short, a good easy read that's an interesting look into a patient who's been successful at overcoming her disease. I'd recommend it to anyone dealing with life-changing illness. (But skip to the ending first.)


*Misadventures in Medicine
*Strategery: tools and strategies for dealing with it

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

10MC*: Mini Magnets

*10 Minute Crafts

I am really struggling lately with having so many things I want to do, but not having the energy to do them. And especially with the holidays coming up, that list includes a ton of fun crafty projects.

So I came up with the idea of "Ten minute crafts".

For the record, I just want to say that you know you've hit a certain level when you're making up guidelines for arts and crafts you can do at your dining room table. I realize it's ridiculous.

But I am terrible at knowing my limits, and tend to get in over my head and then use up my energy on mod podge, foam core, and ribbon instead of stuff like cooking dinner. These days I live and die by the timer. It's frustrating, but true.

So.....

The 10MC Ground Rules:

Self-Contained: I put all the supplies in a box that I can just grab with everything in it. (Which saves me from searching for Modge Podge in the back of the closet.)

Simple: nothing with too many steps. ('Following directions' is not my best feature right now.)

Scalable: multiple stopping points (If step 1 is easy, I can just do that for awhile, pack it away and come back to it later.)

Stop(pable): at 10 minutes, stop. Put down the crazy glue, and walk away.



10 Minute Crafts: The Mini Magnets




Supplies:

(The supplies I used were from my craft-closet stash; they probably came from ACMoore originally. Links are to similar options at Amazon)

- 3/4 inch hole punch

- mod podge*

- foam craft brush

- scrapbook paper

- 3/4 inch magnets

- clear glass (flat) marbles




Steps:

1. Punch out circles from scrapbook paper

2. Glue paper circles to back of glass marble

3. Glue magnet to back of circle

4. finis.






*Note: I used Matte Mod Podge because that's what I had.. I have no idea what happens if you use Gloss

A better blogger would probably come up with a bunch of helpful tips, but the great thing about this is that it's an easy learning curve, and if you mess up a few, you haven't lost the whole project.

I was able to do about 4 or 5, start to finish in 10 minutes. There's a version where I used maps instead of scrapbook paper, but it's a lot more labor-intensive vs scrapbook paper.


I would love to find more activities like this (or tips for turning bigger projects into smaller ones) -- if you have suggestions, share them in the comments!


Monday, November 16, 2015

Music: Days Like This




Last week was just one of those weeks when I was done. Done with not feeling well; done with doctor appointments... tired and frustrated and impatient to get on with life. And I've got to admit, I'm having a little more trouble than usual bouncing out of it.

Luckily, there is music for days like this.

It's a new day, and a new week. Go out in joy. Be led forth in peace. From the dark end of the street. To the bright side of the road.


Van Morrison
Amazon

Days Like This
Youtube





Bright Side of the Road
Youtube






Sunday, November 15, 2015

Grace: A Month of Thanks


Prayers of Thanks from the Book of Common Prayer.



We thank you for those disappointments and failures that lead us to acknowledge our dependence on you alone.

Saturday, November 14, 2015

Wildcat Sports: The Great Basketball Kickoff. and then there was football.





It's a big triple-game weekend for the cats, but I've got to admit, I didn't watch the Albany game very well, with half an eye on the events in Paris; just stunned and dumbfounded that a coordinated attack of that magnitude could have been carried out and so many lives lost in one night.

Experts are comparing it to the Mumbai attack in 2008 because of the coordination and complexity. My question is whether the August train attack could be somehow related (testing responses, etc) but the folks who would know aren't suggesting a connection, so maybe it's clear that August was an isolated event.

Solid reports I'm following: Threat Matrix and Bill Roggio will be on All Things Considered at 9:30am today

"We are going to fight and it will be ruthless..." - French President Hollande

Paris is a beautiful and resilient city; praying for their safety, strength, and healing in the days to come.





Basketball Notes:

Great win against Albany, and even if it was messy, the kids are a joy to watch. The fouls (T's!), and turnovers make me nervous, hoping to see a cleaner game against NJIT, and that we can shake off a few more cobwebs before Duke on Tuesday.

Another Albany Recap: Hello Derek Willis (also: Jamal Murray)

And so much to love about the season ahead

NJIT: Tonight @ 7 8:00
Duke: Tuesday @ 7:30 
Wright St: Friday @ 8:00






Football Notes: 

In football news, I've officially flipped the switch to basketball, and that's probably a good thing.

Not that I'm entirely abandoning last week's wishlist and of course, the chance to go bowling still looms over every game. But I think I'm in a better place emotionally, where a win will be a pleasant surprise, and a loss will be 'meh, it's UK Football'.

This week's drama: the haircut heard 'round the (blue) nation - A few years ago, around this part of the world, an interview went viral featuring a NC gentleman who had perhaps sampled a bit too much of his own 'shine, reporting a Sasquatch sighting. And now anytime someone talks about a guy's hair, this is what I think of. Sorry PattyIce, it's not personal, it's just that it cracks me up.

The Must-win Commodore Preview

Vandy: Today @ 4:00



So to recap: I'm hopeful we'll do well against Vandy, anxious about securing a bowl spot, and interested to see how the QB situation shakes out.... and bring on the basketball.

A great weekend to be a UKWildcat fan. #LetsGo #Allin #Stillin #BBN


Friday, November 13, 2015

MinM*: The Fixing of Medicine (a work in progress)


Since September of 2013, I have gone from being a girl who hardly ever went to the doctor, ever, to a girl who has seen over a dozen doctors in two different states.

How The System Works has been a huge shock. And a huge learning curve.

One of my coping skills is my Medical Manifesto.

It's a work in progress and can always be found under the 'Life and Medicine' link. But I though it might be a good time to share the latest version.

The NIH has put out a call for papers on research and treatment for undiagnosed patients. I flirted with the idea of sending something in, but whitepapers are not really in my wheelhouse (need some help with your latest software release - I'm your girl); and my experience with the medical world and how it works is still very new. But fortunately, that's why I have a blog --


My growing plan for world domination the fixing of medicine:
Guidelines and Procedures for identifying, grouping, and treating long-term undiagnosed patients (Meaning: there should be some.) 
Including:
- Criteria for classifying undiagnosed patients, either by symptoms, history, timeline, or some combination, for the purposes of finding effective treatments, ongoing search for diagnosis, and broader research into these new or uniquely presented conditions
Leveraging new technology -- doctors have rejected older computer-based diagnostic systems because of the cumbersome interface -- having to type everything in for each individual patient. As the Internet of Things grows and becomes better connected, and cloudspace can consolidate records over different practices, hopefully an enterprising startup will build a better mousetrap soon. 
- Biggest opportunity: not the app, but the translator. Something to take information from whatever format it's coming from (fitbit, iPhone, patient's handwritten notes...) and translate it into something useable. On the other side of things, doctors will need help knowing what to do with the sometimes random data they are presented with. Even if it could be helpful, doctors are not used to basing treatment decisions on the tracking data patients bring them. Side note: I foresee a big shift in the way medicine is taught and the way conditions are defined. 
[I don't know how many blank stares I got when I tried to hand doctors my mish-mash of symptom diaries and calendars. And it was many months before I was in a mental state to deal with the data myself. What I needed was for someone to recognize what I was trying to do and give me the tools and guidance to make it happen; and then the ability to put the results to work.]
- Caveat: things should not be so locked-in that it becomes impossible to go to a new doctor with a clean slate. Around this part of the world, the two big players - Baptist and Novant - are fully integrated within themselves, but there's a firewall between them. Which, from my perspective, is a good thing. If I want a second opinion, I want it to be a truly new look at things, and not influenced by what's already been said and done.
Care Management Coordinators -- Someone to manage a patient's care across doctors and hospitals, who would be able to identify which doctors would need to be seen, schedule appointments, keep an eye on prescriptions, give helpful tips (and possibly hand-holding) during difficult procedures. The role of medical caregiver has grown to the point that it is a full-time job for family members, and often exceeds their abilities. I'm not sure what group this profession would extend from but I'd bet money Nurses or PA's would be best at it.
- Better information exchange -- related to Care Management Coordinators: creating a better environment for both getting and giving information to patients. Doctors are notorious for interrupting patients, and in my experience are especially bad at asking the wrong questions. Pre-appointment checklists often miss key data points for a variety of reasons. On the receiving end, patients are often told contradictory information, especially in hospitals, and caregivers are on their own to collect and share information between themselves (ie: instructions about diet, medicines, therapy options). Even something as simple as providing a notebook for families visiting in the hospital to record important notes and the medical team's updates and instructions. 
- Filed under: Miscellanea 
- Hospitals, assisted living, and other places that tend to have large numbers of patients in wheelchairs should have pictures and windows at wheelchair-level height. I'm just saying.
- But the number one thing people need in life, let alone medicine, is a broad and deep network. A friend of a friend who is a nurse; A second-cousin who is a doctor; An aunt who went through a similar illness and can offer guidance and advice... With very few exceptions, the best doctors I've had by far are those with whom I've had even a superficial relationship before our first appointment. 
There are many ideas and strategies out there for helping under-served groups gain better access to medicine -- cost is undoubtedly a factor and I'm not denying that. But so much can be solved is best-solved with expanding the depth and diversity of people-networks.

The flip side of all of this is that there are some fantastic entrepreneurial groups working on a lot of these issues. One big hurdle they face, though, is getting solutions into the patient community and getting doctor buy-in to recognize them as opportunities and not another headache-causing process they will have to adopt. Especially as an undiagnosed patient, I was in limbo without even a patient support network for a long time, and am only now finding that 1. many of my frustrations are shared and 2. there are some great groups out there trying to solve these problems, it's just that I would not encounter them in my doctor's office, if that's the only place I was looking.


*Misadventures in Medicine

Wednesday, November 11, 2015

Vets Day: Read, Watch, Act. Bridge the Gap.


The local Veteran's Day parade was cancelled last weekend because of weather. Which is understandable, the weather was miserable.

But it raises a good question -- how to spend Vet's Day. Regardless of your local hometown events, bank holidays, or weather, 11/11 is a great opportunity. The military-civilian culture gap is huge. Here are 11 ways to Bridge the gap.


READ:

The Long War Journal -  My go-to resource for understanding the GWOT.

Charlie Mike: A True Story of Heroes Who Brought Their Mission Home - The story of the founders of The Mission Continues and Team Rubicon. (Note: I've heard good things, but haven't read it yet; there's a backlog as I'm trying to finish the book that will not end.)

Diary Rooms: Being Human on the Front Line in Afghanistan - a project out of GB -- they built huts at outposts in Afghanistan, where soldiers could write. And what they wrote was incredible. Glimpses of life on the front lines. Poetry, sarcasm, letters home... If you have the patience for digging through the archives, I recommend the blog



WATCH:

Debt of Honor - A Ken Burns documentary on disabled vets, featuring one of my favorite veterans, Col Gadson. It's a serious movie about a serious subject, but I want to point out that Gadson is also now part of a Saturday morning TV show, which should immediately be added to his 'greatest hits' collection, along with Battleship.





Last Patrol - from the makers of Restrepo and Korengal; in their words: After extensive experience in combat and the loss of good friends, all four men declared they never wanted to go to war again. The goal was to get to know America again after a decade of war, and discuss why combat is so incredibly hard to give up.





Enlisted Three brothers get assigned to the same rear-d group. Hilarity ensues. The first episode is full of ridiculous errors that most of America won't notice, and will drive military folks nuts. (Ranger UP turned it into a drinking game. I'm sure I don't know that means.) But when they realized they got it wrong, they went back to the drawing board and got it right. And then they cancelled it. Luckily, it lives on in Amazon downloads (and possibly Youtube bootlegs, but I'm sure I don't know how that works.)







ACT:

Team RWB - connects veterans and civilians through running, crossfit, and other fun border-line cult activities.

The Mission Continues - organizes vets and community members for local service projects.

Team Rubicon - sends quick-deployment teams of vets, first responders, and other folks ready for a challenge, to do hard-core emergency response for stuff like the Haiti earthquake and SC floods.



Extra Credit:

The Liberation Trilogy - I started Army at Dawn twice, before getting detoured into a string of biographies. But it's first on my list of 2016 reading goals

Lunch with your favorite Vet - Shout-outs, high-fives, and free coffee's alright, but better yet, take him/her to lunch and ask good questions (without grilling) -- like where they were stationed, what their job was, how is life different now, what they miss (or don't miss) about the military...


Monday, November 9, 2015

Music: Chris Stapleton



As a rule, I tend to avoid award shows. There's always so much awkwardness with the speeches, and I almost never agree with who wins...

But they do have one redeeming feature, which is that the after-show buzz usually reveals something I should start paying attention to. (I've fully accepted my status as a late adopter. 'iPhone', you say? Sounds swell.)

In the case of the CMA's last week, that buzz was the incredible Chris Stapleton.




My invaluable research assistant (aka: Dad) stumbled on this excellent write-up of Chris' CMA victory party, from the Washington Post

And then found this wonderful Tiny Desk (NPR) performance. (I really should give him a raise..)

In spite of the New Artist award, Stapleton's been hanging out in Nashville for a while, writing songs for folks like Alison Krauss and playing bluegrass with the Steeldrivers. (The Steeldrivers, sans-Stapleton, were just in Muscle Shoals, btw).

The album at Amazon: Traveller

Tennessee Whiskey is the obvious first choice

But my second might be When The Stars Come Out





Sunday, November 8, 2015

Grace: A Month of Thanks


Prayers of Thanks from the Book of Common Prayer.



We thank you for setting us at tasks which demand our best efforts, and for leading us to accomplishments which satisfy and delight us.



Saturday, November 7, 2015

Wildcat Sports: Georgia Gameday. And Then There Was Basketball




Welcome to Georgia Gameday, yal

I'm not going to sugar-coat it, it's been a rough couple weeks and the bulldogs are going to be a tough game. But the football cats taking the field today are the same ones who beat SC and Missouri, so Anything Is Possible, and I will keep telling myself that as long as I can.

A lot has been said about the individual players (QB, especially), but for me it comes to this -- I can handle a tough loss, and I can handle mistakes -- we're still building a team, after all. But the thing is, even when we win we don't always look like we know what we're doing. It's like our entire strategy is: 'get out there and try something'.

Win or lose, here are the things that I'm hoping for today:

- Fundamentals. Like, say, correct number of players on the field (looking at you, special teams). Or the players lining up right. Or knowing who they're covering. I'm just sayin, if we've got to start somewhere, it's a suggestion. Maybe even pick a junior coach and give him a checklist.

- Back-to-basics play calling. I swear it's like someone ripped up the playbook, tossed it in a helmet, shook it up, and then coach pulls one out and says 'nah that's too obvious'. And then does the opposite. If we lose by running smart plays, so be it, but please lets start basing them on things like field position, and time left on the clock.

- An overall game-wide strategic vision. I'm not saying we should ignore the chance to use good players who are having a great night. But we need to get into a rhythm, so the players are able to get a feel for what's going on and there's less confusion. Seriously, there are times when I swear the players look as confused as I am about what happened. And that's not good.

Break it down. Get back to basics. Get a big-picture strategy.

If we lose games playing good football I will feel like we are at least building a good foundation for next year. 

The good news is, this is a young team with a lot of potential that has another year to grow into themselves. They've already come a long way, and it's been a long time since Kentucky fans have had much to love about football season.

But enough talk of losing games - it's a good day to #BeatGeorgia!



The Saturday notes: 

- Apparently there was a Player's Only meeting called. I have no idea what that means, but every time I hear about it I think about this

Who are the UGA Bulldogs. Well, apparently they had a weird week of their own....

Weird enough we might have a shot.


And then there was Basketball

- I'm always nervous about how the new group will work everything out in the first few games, but this team is already so much fun.

The potential threats looming over the season ahead. Hint: watch out for el nino, it'll sneak up on anybody

- And a good look at the nonconference games


Football kickoff: 12 noon @ Athens, Georgia
(Whew, that's early! I really got used to the night games and having all day for chores... and sleeping in...)

Basketball: the 13th and 14th in the Naismith games



Friday, November 6, 2015

The Stewardship of Glorious Days: a Late Fall Ramble at Reynolda





After days of dreary rain, arrived what was surely the last beautiful day of fall.

And me, without the energy to do it justice.

Yet equally without the will to stay indoors, I found myself on familiar ground.

Settling for the short walk to the quiet bench (instead of traipsing round the meadow);

To spend a good hour reveling in the glory of a late autumn afternoon;

Watching the leaves fall, opening up the sky piece by piece.

Then finally gathering up toward home;

Tired, worn... happy.

Glad to declare one corner of the day well-spent.





Reynolda Gardens and Trails

 *SoGD: the Stewardship of Glorious Days

Wednesday, November 4, 2015

GuiltyTv: Shows, Sick Days, and Comfort Food




If it seems like I'm phoning it in this week, it's just because I am. A couple days spent on the other side of 'well', and life, the blog, and everything, are all a bit askew.

Monday was good for nothing but sleep, but Tuesday was spent deep-diving into Amazon and Netflix. Here's the sick-day comfort-food shortlist, and I will seeya on Friday:



- Maxwell and King: One fleeting season... All the pieces for something great, but just didn't take off. Edgar, especially, is a character that needs to be somewhere.

- Leverage: So many crazy heists. So many crazy connections to other shows. Especially Star Trek. I know, right?

- The Librarians: A lighthearted mashup of Indiana Jones and Dr Who, from the folks who brought us Leverage.

- Seriously, there's a Bermuda Triangle of cast and crew for these three. One of my back-burner data project ideas is based on it. Sort-of. Long story, for a less fuzzy-headed day.

- Add to that a good dose of real food and sleep, and hopefully I'll be on the mend post-haste.



- Hon. Mention: If tomorrow's not a well-day, I think a binge-re-watch of Emma - the 2009 version, is in order...


Monday, November 2, 2015

Music: James Bay - Hold Back The River


kid from GB, who's been putting out songs for about a year. For some reason I feel like there's a quiet British invasion going on... Bastille, that kid with the house in Budapest, I guess the 'Geronimo' kids are Australian, but still... 'accents', etc. further investigation req.

actually, British Invasion November has a good ring to it...


Chaos and The Calm - Hold Back The River 
Download from Amazon
Watch on Youtube





Sunday, November 1, 2015

Grace: A Month of Thanks


New for November: Prayers of Thanks from the Book of Common Prayer.


We thank you for the splendor of the whole creation, for the beauty of this world, for the wonder of life, and for the mystery of love