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May. 5th, 2011


When I was 15 years old...

My father dismissed me from school one day and dropped me off at my first organ lesson. He never even asked if I wanted to go. We both knew that I needed to be there. My teacher was also the superintendent of music in our public school system. Boy, was he scary!

So much of who I grew up to be creeped into my soul on the wings of a song.

This piece of truth came to me in a high school chorus much like this one.

No Man is an Island

May. 2nd, 2011


for whom the bells tolls...


"No man is an island, entire of itself; every man is a piece of the continent, a part of the main. If a clod be washed away by the sea, Europe is the less, as well as if a promontory were, as well as if a manor of thy friend's or of thine own were:

any man's death diminishes me, because I am involved in mankind, and therefore never send to know for whom the bells tolls;

it tolls for thee."
John Donne  Meditation XVII

Apr. 23rd, 2011




Updated: April 22, 2011 6:00 pm ET
Indeed, it has been a very active month full of violent and destructive severe thunderstorms. this month will likely go down as having the most tornadoes of any April in history!

As we look at the forecast into early next week, it appears the atmosphere will stay in a "supercharged" state to close out the month.

Apr. 16th, 2011



The good news?

Life goes on in "Tornado Alley".

The bad news?

More good news?

Danny, our neighbor across the street, has a big "mothah" chain saw and heats his house with wood!

Lizzie thinks that all this is one big circus with a yardful of stuff and "guys" to play with!

Apr. 15th, 2011


Chasers are a crazy bunch!

2 people killed as storms tear through Oklahoma

The Associated Press
Thursday, April 14, 2011 8:29 p.m.

"A large tornado ripped through a tiny southeastern Oklahoma town late Thursday, killing at least two people and leaving more than two dozen others injured, authorities said.

The state Medical Examiner's Office confirmed two fatalities in the town of Tushka, about 120 miles southeast of Oklahoma City, the Oklahoma Department of Emergency Management said."

Apr. 14th, 2011


Anybody wanna watch with me?


The middle of Nowhere, OK...

is actually a wonderful place to live.

We've been here since 1997. The climate here is the epitome of the word "moderate".

We get a little snow in the winter, usually about 5"... once.

In the summer we get a couple of "OMG hot as Hades" days over a hundred degrees... but only a couple.

There's a touch of color in the Fall, not enough for this transplanted New Englander, but some.

And in the Spring we get a lot of thunder storms... yes, only thunder storms... so far.

But... we do live in what they call "Tornado Alley"... and that's not for no reason. There was once a tornado touchdown down the road from my house less than five miles from here about 15 years ago so we know that it can happen...

But in the 14 years that we've been here... it hasn't.

We feel pretty safe here (and we do have a storm cellar just in case).

But... every Spring the weathermen remind us almost daily. When you guys see a weather map on TV, the red spot right in the middle of your screen almost always falls over our house.

You shouldn't worry. We don't. We may live in "Tornado Alley" but all that means to us is that we need to pay closer attention to the weather... and that's not a bad thing.

Weather is an awesome thing to pay attention to... and when it's good, it's very, very good.

So far... through fourteen wonderful years... it's been very, very good to us.

Apr. 13th, 2011


This is the moment!

April 13, 2011 6:07:20PM

I just got buzzed by my first hummingbird of the season!

I put the feeders out yesterday. I just stepped out the back door in my red shirt and a male ruby throat tasted my shoulder on his way from the feeders out front up to the apple tree out back.

Winter is officially over in Oklahoma.

Life goes on and life is good!

Apr. 11th, 2011


Still standing...

We were awake until about 4AM watching storm trackers on TV, listening to golf ball size hail knock at the windows and restocking the storm cellar (just in case) so I'll be sleeping away most of this day.

The good news is we got more than 2" of rain, everything is green again, and we're not in Kansas, Toto.

All's well that ends well!

Mar. 29th, 2011


Our drought is finally over...

I'm old... I watch a lot of TV. It takes me to the strangest places.

The Real Tuesday Weld are a British band, fronted by lead singer and founder Stephen Coates. They are known for producing jazzy cabaret-style music with subtle electronica influences, a style dubbed "antique beat" by Coates.

The band is named after American film actress Tuesday Weld. Coates once had a dream involving Weld and '30s vocalist Al Bowlly. Coates and others often cite the dream as inspiration for the band and its particular style.

In 2011, Chevrolet began airing commercials advertising the Traverse, featuring their song "I love the rain."



Can't really see yet. Heart doc has to clear me for procedure. He's wicked busy so that happens tomorrow. Then, if I'm OK he'll let them fix my eye. Who knows when I'll get an appointment then? Cat says I'm holding up the sky. *snickers*


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