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It’s In The Hole! September 19, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Humor, Mindfulness, People, Poetry.
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Wikipedia ~ Golf (in Public Domain)

Sunday in July
Golfing at Bel Air
Jim let out a sigh
Of contented air

He and son Andrew
Had finished Hole Ten
He shifted his view
To Flag Eleven

Approaching the tee
A sudden waver
Last time here: Bogey!
Not a thought to savor

Wikipedia ~ Home of Golf (in Public Domain)


Jim studied the breeze
He tested the wind
He scanned the tall trees
“Okay, let’s begin”

Jim stepped to the tee
Knew just what to do
He pitch-wedged that ball
It flew straight and true

As Andrew looked on
And said “Nicely done!”
Jim’s ball was long gone!
A fine hole in one!

Aah . . . better than a bogey!

Music Monday: 3 More Favorites September 19, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Happiness, Mindfulness, Music & Dance.
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In response to a recent WP Prompt which suggested writing A Top Ten List of Favorite Songs, I posted 10 Favorites.  After reading Creating Reciprocity’s recent post about the amazing benefits of music, I decided to share 3 more:

1.  Al Stewart ~ Year of the Cat 

Al Stewart, a Scottish singer-songwriter, paints poetic images with lyrics.  In Year Of The Cat, he encourages us to accept  what is being offered, here and now, without obsessing about the future and its inherent uncertainty.  

Highlighted with romantic piano runs and soaring saxophone interludes,  here’s Stewart sharing . . . a morning from a Bogart movie in a country where they turned back time:

When we take time to enjoy the journey . . . we’re so engrossed, we barely notice  that the bus and the tourists are gone.

2.  Simply Red ~ Holding Back The Years

Simply Red were a British soul band that sold more than 50 million albums over a 25-year career. Their style drew influences from blue-eyed soul, new romantic, rock, reggae and jazz.

Since their early days the main driving force behind the band was singer Mick Hucknall, who by the time the band broke up in 2010 was the only original member left.

Listen for the horn solo and keep holding on . . . 

3.  John Lennon ~ Watching the Wheels 

Lennon, of course, needs no introduction.  His song, Watching the Wheels,  serves as a simple reminder that we must measure success in life using our  internal barometer . . . without worrying about what other people say about the choices we make:

I’m just sitting here
Watching the wheels go round and round
I really love to watch them roll
No longer riding on the merry-go-round . . .
I just had to let it go.

Aah . . . that’s better!