Celebrating a Year

Blog year 9 ends ~ Happy birthday to me!

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October 16, 2017 at 9:53 am

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October 15, 2017

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A rainy day, the last one of my personal year. I spend today catching this blog up to date, transcribing poems scribbled on scraps of paper, assembling photos that show the progress of time. Tomorrow is my birthday, and also it’s the 9th anniversary of this blog. I have struggled of late to keep my posting up to date, but I am still unwilling to give it up. We’ll see what the future brings.

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October 15, 2017 at 6:04 pm

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October 14, 2017

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And still a few obstinate flowers bloom in my yard. I dread the day after the first frost, when there will be no more of these pleasant surprises.

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October 15, 2017 at 5:59 pm

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October 13, 2017

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Happy birthday to my son today. Far removed from this age, and far across the ocean, I send some photos in a text to remind him of when birthdays were magic, with handmade hats and crepe-paper-wrapped chairs.

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October 15, 2017 at 5:57 pm

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October 12, 2017

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I return for a concert at my old school tonight. The music is good, but best is the look of delight on my former students’ faces when they see me walk in. They gather around at intermission wanting to know what I’ve been up to. China, Brazil, music, books published… “I want to be retired,” exclaims one. Sorry, my teen-aged friends, but it takes alot of work to get here. I miss teaching, miss the routine of the semester, but not the aggravation of campus politics and dealing with administrators uninterested in music. For those reasons I am well out of it, and will just have to find a new avenue to fill up young minds with knowledge.

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October 15, 2017 at 5:54 pm

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week 470 ~ aorta cut pain spurting

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aorta cut pain spurting
is this my happy way home
look up blank stare truth blurting
aorta cut pain spurting
no process for what’s hurting
fragile lies come packed in foam
aorta cut pain spurting
is this my happy way home

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October 15, 2017 at 5:45 pm

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October 11, 2017

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What a crazy fall! Rehearsal with my group this evening, not with the heat on but with windows open! I wonder when we will get a frost. My day has been spent designing a postcard for next summer’s mandolin camp, using this painting-plus-real-instruments. Good to be immersed in music and art today as the clouds hang heavy on my horizon.

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October 15, 2017 at 5:39 pm

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