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A few years ago, our daughter and her husband moved to the frozen lands of Minnesota. They bought a business that makes warm clothing. How smart is that? And, their products are made from organic wool, recycled sweaters and repurposed buttons. Truly fabulous.
Watch this video that explains it all.
Check out Northern Woolens website to order.
Tonight I watched a tribute to Levon Helm call “Love for Levon.” A whole slew of grey-haired musicians like Roger Waters, Greg Allman, Joe Walsh, and many more sang their hearts out for Levon and his music for a couple of glorious hours.
I remember back in the early seventies in Austin. For about a year, there was a bar called Bonnie’s (I think) that became ‘the place’ to be on Wednesday nights. It was a little ramshackle place with a large outdoor patio. Beer was a quarter or fifty cents–what ever was really cheap back then. At the end of the night, every time, whatever band was playing that night, played the Band’s “The Night They Drove Old Dixie Down.” The whole audience sang along. That song signaled the end of the evening and if you didn’t have someone to go home with yet, that was the cue to find someone fast.
The tribute to Levon, made me cry. It made me miss my youth. Now, I’m OK with who and what my life is now, but really, those were the days.
So, I’m gonna take a load off fannie (mine being considerably larger these day), have a beer, or three, and watch that show again.
Dear Northeast Baptist Hospital,
You may be “tobacco-less”, but your employees and others are not. Since there is no trash can or ashcan nearby, smokers walk over to the edge of the back parking lot, down the walkway leading to Los Patios and the Greenway trails path. Here they drop their cigarette butts and trash. This picture shows a small area of the litter.
Richard and I go walking almost every Sunday (and some other days) on the Salado Creek’s Greenway Trails. This is a San Antonio City project, paving trailways through natural areas alongside Salado Creek. The trails are walk, run, bike and dog friendly. And, the people are friendly. There’s always a “good morning” or wave whenever you pass. We catch the one down behind NE Baptist Hospital at Los Patios and walk to Lady Bird Johnson Park and back. Check out this link to see where you can find the trail nearest your neighborhood.
We see the seasons change and wildlife like deer and birds–including big vultures.
Here are a few pictures from this morning.
Richard and I went to the Texas Book Festival – San Antonio Edition today. It was held at the Central Library and at the Southwest School of Art, which is right across the street. Lots of books, booths, activities, speakers and such. My friend Mary Cantu, founder of Spareparts, was there with her reuse, re-purpose, recycle art projects for the kiddies and adults alike.
We brought her some of Richard’s best shortbread, chocolate topped cookies for her eating pleasure.
It’s nice to see books and reading encouraged and authors sharing their stories. Most of them were from San Antonio and Texas from what I could tell. That’s a big Yippee! too.
When I was growing up, every new year’s day my mother made all the family–and anyone who came over–eat black-eyed peas for good luck. It’s a Southern thing. If you didn’t like black-eyed peas, you had to at least eat a spoonful because it was too risky to tempt fate.
So as tradition dictates, each new years day, I eat black eyed-peas. I also attempt to make a realistic New Year’s resolution. I give it considerable thought, as I wish to continue improving my character flaws, lose weight, and/or cultivate more brain power.
I found some very good suggestions floating around the internet I’d like to share.
Here’s one entitled “12 powerful resolutions you should make every year” by Marc and Angel Hack Life. These two consistently put advice for personal improvement in easy to follow steps. I especially like the one about ‘balancing life with necessary rest.’ I see many people forget the importance of Sabbath time–the time to reflect and listen and have some quiet time in your brain.
This blog post, “Zen and Art of Credibility Maintenance” by Gary Whitford helps create good resolutions for any level writer. Good communication is a major key to success and personal credibility.
The website “Statistic Brain” gives you all the data you every wanted to know–or not–about making resolutions. How does your favorite rank?
This is a little prayer-like resolution from me. Remember to say “thank you.”
Every time I am ungrateful, you give me more. Every time I panic, you give me calm. Every time I whine you let me remember how blessed I am. Thank you, Lord.
What’s your new year’s resolution?