Higher Powers

the perfect transparency

of my beautifully

lived life available

to all with free

wi-fi and a working currency

the goddess of exchange

the goddess justice

they are weighing

the immaterial

there are no more souls

to balance and damn

no heaven to acquit

no purgatory to rectify

debt and I have derived

myself from my parents

and all I took

unwitting in

my skin “alive

with mouths”

I fed for years

on bad air and lotions

modern potions

for capturing

what I wanted

o slave o me

self-traded along the oceans

of I want I want

but not to desire

is to die

or to reach

enlightenment

as the eastern

as they used to call them

sages said

~Maureen N. McLane, as found in NY Times Magazine: A Picture and a Poem

Quote ‘o the Day

“Everyone must leave something behind when he dies… . A child or a book or a painting or a house or a wall built or a pair of shoes made. Or a garden planted. Something your hand touched some way so your soul has somewhere to go when you die, and when people look at that tree or that flower you planted, you’re there.

“It doesn’t matter what you do … so long as you change something from the way it was before you touched it into something that’s like you after you take your hands away. The difference between the man who just cuts lawns and a real gardener is in the touching… . The lawn-cutter might just as well not have been there at all; the gardener will be there a lifetime.”

Ray Bradbury in Fahrenheit 451

Rock ‘n Roll Roots

This morning while I was running, I felt the urge to publish some of my favorite rock bands I listen to while I’m working out –  running, lifting weights, kundalini yoga.  It’s like, the rhythm of the music aligns with the rhythm of my heart.  Maybe it’s the other way around.  But the way I experience it, it’s as if the two become one.

Crosby Stills Nash & Young "De ja Vu"

Crosby Stills Nash & Young “De ja Vu”

CSNY – This was the first album I ever bought, sometime in high school.   It remains one of my very favorites.  The songs on it remind me of the ideals of peace and love and rebellion and free thinking… and just makes me feel good when I hear it.

Van Morrison "Wavelength"

Van Morrison “Wavelength”

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Van Morrison “Astral Weeks”

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Van Morrison “Astral Weeks: Live at the Hollywood Bowl”

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Van Morrison “The 1967 New York Sessions”

Van Morrison

Wavelength was the second album I ever bought.  It was a favorite then and it’s a favorite now.  In fact, Van Morrison is without question my absolute very favorite singer/songwriter/musician.

Janis Joplin

And somewhere in between, or around that time, I was rocking out with Janis Joplin’s Greatest Hits on 8-track, in my dad’s convertible Cadillac.  She was so rockin’ rebel blues-y and who could have known back then, that I would become a southern girl myself, all these years later.  (And driving an old 1985 Mercedes Benz!)

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Janis Joplin – Greatest Hits Album

Annie Lennox "Medusa"

Annie Lennox “Medusa”

Annie Lennox – Medusa album.  This album really keeps me running!

Pink Floyd "Dark Side of the Moon"

Pink Floyd “Dark Side of the Moon”

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Talking Heads “Little Creatures”

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Talking Heads “Best of Talking Heads”

David Bowie "The Next Day"

David Bowie “The Next Day”

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Led Zepplin “The BBC Sessions”

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Led Zepplin “Led Zepplin I”