Saturday, July 16, 2016

Opera: Sorrowful Mysteries


Lifted, by Palmistry


Every Breaking Wave / The Troubles, by U2 


Solomon, by IKON


The Renaissance, by Tomi Thomas


Bittersweet Symphony, by The Verve


The Five Sorrowful Mysteries:
The Agony in the Garden // The Scourging at the Pillar // The Crowning with Thorns // The Carrying of the Cross // The Crucifixion

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Friday, July 15, 2016

Concert: Chemistry's Mysteries


Lady Jay - Oh My My My


James Blake - The Wilhelm Scream


St. Beauty - Holographic Lover

A side-note on referrals:
I don't always remember the history of how I "discovered" a particular track, album, or artiste, but for the above three I have names and dates: Tec, Ghost, and Janelle Monae - beautiful discoveries yielding beautiful discoveries.


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Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Embossed

Stopped by this little store near my house to buy (a bag of pure) water.
The owner also stocks greeting cards - birthday cards and such - remember those?
http://www.terapeak.com/worth/vintage-birthday-greetings-girl-pink-dress-roses-flowers-embossed-card-unused/272263329357/
 Remember the pure pleasure of the thick card paper and embossed pink flowers and sparkly lettering on the front of the card, to start with? 
https://www.artfire.com/ext/shop/product_view/patternmania/339213/vintage_dear_daughter_birthday_card_embossed_flowers_sparkle_dress/vintage/ephemera/cards
The preferably-not-icky poetry inside. 
http://www.papercards.com/sp/CD11354.asp
 Cards were Hallmark or budget or something nice-and-in-between;
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Female-Birthday-Greetings-Card-JJ8887/dp/B00HRVTSCQ/ref=pd_sim_229_5/277-3309754-6488729?ie=UTF8&dpID=51xKiipBUtL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR120%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=A1NX26ANA732AXD884SE
or (starting in the late nineties) sometimes afrocentric and handmade. 
https://www.google.com/search?q=handmade+cards+birthday+nigeria+craft&client=firefox-b-ab&tbm=isch&tbo=u&source=univ&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiblenMoe7NAhXG0xQKHTkEDlEQsAQIHQ&biw=1525&bih=745&dpr=0.9
Real cards were just such a great idea, before e-cards, before no-cards. 
https://www.amazon.co.uk/Someone-Special-Birthday-Purple-Flowers/dp/B009YFDYVE/ref=pd_sim_229_1/277-3309754-6488729?ie=UTF8&dpID=51UH%2B-kf5nL&dpSrc=sims&preST=_AC_UL160_SR107%2C160_&psc=1&refRID=A1NX26ANA732AXD884SE
I'll have to find an excuse to give a card again sometime.  
http://adventuresofmel.com/2014/01/5-steps-to-help-you-remember-and-organize-family-birthdays-valuecards.html
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https://www.google.com/search?q=embossed&client=firefox-b-ab&source=lnms&tbm=isch&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiLq6z5mO7NAhVsBsAKHbYSApoQ_AUICCgB&biw=1525&bih=745&dpr=0.9
P.S. To everyone who loves me (yeah, you), thank you for loving me.  

Friday, July 08, 2016

Come on, Andy. Let's go, Roger.

Another one of the best tennis stories I know is Andy Murray.  He worked/works super-hard.  He was too little at first, then he became strong; then he was ruthlessly criticized for not feeding his country's enormous hopes and dreams, but he ate all that up and in return won big at home: Wimbledon, and Olympic Gold.
On his own terms, I would say.  And this is life. 

Some of the best writing in the world is about tennis, and indeed I've said (written) this before, some of these guys should win a Nobel Prize.  The campaign is on - Steve Tignor and Peter Bodo of Tennis Magazine, for a major literature / writing award.  It's not an entirely selfless campaign: if a tennis writer can win the Nobel, then so can a blogger like me, right?

Read this, please.
And remember this

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Sunday, June 26, 2016

New Normal

Was there daylight savings ( ) or something?  I think I lost a day this past week.  Watching Korean drama series - again! - would do that to you.
Life on Pause.
I have also rediscovered sleeping for about 8 hours daily. It doesn't feel like enough sleep yet.  I'll try to improve. Sleep is the answer // sleep is the future.  Don't second-guess yourself. 
 
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