Autumnal thoughts…

My writing mojo seems to have abruptly departed and we have gone from balmy days with the ceiling fans gently stirring a subtle breeze to having had to turn the heat on, and all before the end of September.

I cannot recall ever having to turn the heat on this early. This does not bode well at all, Gentle Reader…

Can you say “High Heat Bills”?

That thought does not thrill me so this weekend I am doing some major winterizing, or at least acquiring the necessary supplies with which to do so! My hope is that Fickle Summer will tease us again with warm days and balmy nights before Old Man Winter settles in for the duration!

I was surprised how many leaves are already turning, seemingly overnight. However, on my drive to work there is a smattering of brightly colored trees, the unwitting sentinels of the arrival of autumn. I will also take a bit of a drive this weekend to see if I cannot capture some of their majesty in picture.

I leave you with the genius of Chet Baker and Paul Desmond and their rendition of Autumn Leaves… enjoy.

Have a great weekend!

Let Freedom Ring

I recently heard this on NPR and I found myself moved by both the story and song. Therefore, you can only imagine my surprise upon hearing that many were outraged by Rene Marie’s rendition of The Star Spangled Banner.

Outrage? Seriously?

I guess I just don’t get it…at all.

What in this is outrage worthy?

I ask you, what is there to be outraged over in the words she so eloquently sang?

I am proud to be an American, and extremely proud of the ability that we all have in our freedom of speech that our Constitution upholds for us!

I will leave you with the youtube video of Ms. Marie singing along with the annual tradition that NPR has of reading the Declaration of Independence.

Have a safe and blessed fourth!

Lift every voice and sing, till earth and Heaven ring,
Ring with the harmonies of liberty;
Let our rejoicing rise, high as the listening skies,
Let it resound loud as the rolling sea.
Sing a song full of the faith that the dark past has taught us,
Sing a song full of the hope that the present has brought us;
Facing the rising sun of our new day begun,
Let us march on till victory is won.

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