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* I've been quiet here because I've been feeling quiet. Contemplative. Things have become so unpredictably strange. I no longer know what is expected of me or how I am to respond to these vague expectations. I'm feeling an intense need for solitude.

* D took a bunch of young folks down to the creek for a long camping weekend. He and Kidling1 drove down together and I rejoice at this father/daughter time. Kidling2 and his gf followed with a half dozen friends. It's been overcast but I hope they have some warm hours.

* Kidling1's internship is going well. At the end of the first week they asked that she move out of misdemeanors and into felonies. So that's great! She already sounds so so so much better. Being busy is good for her. Being engaged to something mentally is keeping her grounded. She's making me laugh during our daily phonecalls. Crazy funny stories. Life in da Big City. Of course things are still odd at D's mother's house....but that's not my story to tell. This week she's going to take D's truck instead of my car because she's riding the Light Rail. Parking downtown is $170 a month! The Light Rail pass is $55.

* I really had fun writing for Idol this week. Tried to stretch a wee bit. Out of the lyrical and into the practical.

* I have fallen hopelessly in love with the poet Gregory Orr and am devouring his body of work. In the most gifted of ways, he also talks about poetry in addition to penning gorgeous haunting poems. So, I'm reading Poetry As Survival and am being transported. His understanding of poetry is akin to David Whyte's grasp but with this underlying personal tragedy that has shaped his life. Guh.

* Because I'm feeling down I went for my TV comfort food and rewatched the first season of The Vampire Diaries last week. It holds up to repeated viewings.

I'm always stunned to discover in this neo-folk times how little knowledge there is of truly astonishing outings in the 20th Century. Case in point, this absolutely gorgeous female version of Will Ye Go, Lassie, Go by Judy Collins -

And what the MASTER Van Morrison did with the same material -


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May. 28th, 2017 04:58 pm (UTC)
Sorry, you're in a strange mood right now.

Glad Kidling 1's internship is doing well!

Yeah, Vampire Diaries season 1 was when it was at its best.

May. 28th, 2017 05:25 pm (UTC)
Solitude is good for us. It is healing, and grounding, and restorative. When we need it, we need it. Have you read Solitude by Anthony Storr? Just had a quick check on Amazon and he has another as well, Solitude: A Return to Self. I read the first years ago, and still have it--I hope--somewhere. What you are doing is good, necessary for those of us who lean toward the introverted side of life.

It is so frustrating trying to read minds, isn't it? Hugs

The camping weekend sounds wonderful!

I'm delighted Kidling1 is doing so well!

Will be checking out your poet. This Idol season I have written more poetry than I have in decades. It's a bit like relearning an old language. Mind you, I stopped writing poetry when I judged my efforts as self-indulgent crap. I'm not sure I was wrong, but it's has been fun to revisit it again.

"TV comfort food!" Yes! That's it exactly.

Enjoyed the Van Morrison version of Will Ye Go. One of my favourite Scottish folk songs. Sadly the Judy Collins version was "no longer available." May try a search on YouTube later 'cause my curiosity has been piqued.
May. 28th, 2017 05:42 pm (UTC)
*Hugs* maybe you need some time away from the internets.

Glad that the internship is going well.

Glad you had fun with Idol, looking forward to reading your piece.

Ah TVD, S1 does hold up. It is something, the whole show could've been so much more than what it was.
May. 29th, 2017 12:17 am (UTC)
So glad the internship is going well. And that she has a better solution to parking. Wow.

It's nice to take a few steps back and have time to yourself I think. Healthy for sure.
Jun. 7th, 2017 08:43 pm (UTC)
I'm sorry about the mood, though it doesn't surprise me. Sometimes, you just have to survive, what ever it takes.

I didn't know Kidling1 was down here. Sounds like she's having a great time at her internship! Our oldest did Light Rail for two years of high school internship because of those parking costs. The governor's office had some reasonable parking fee, so she drove last year. This summer? It will be mass transit all the way in DC. That will include things like grocery shopping, so she's in for a jolt about the hassle factor there!

Groceries and laundry were why I was so glad to have a bicycle in college. And a rack over the rear tire, to strap things down to.
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