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Sunday, September 22, 2013

Sunday Arts - Evidence of Autumn

Today, in recognition of the 1st day of Fall, I present one of my favorite songs from the 3 man era line up of Genesis:  Evidence of Autumn.  By the way, I will be seeing former Genesis guitarist, Steve Hackett in concert this upcoming Friday.  After seeing Peter Gabriel last year, I suppose that's about as close as I'll get to a Genesis reunion. 

I love the sound of the keyboards on this  song.

Enjoy and have a great Season ahead.

Sunday, September 15, 2013

Sunday Arts

Hello all,

For my Sunday Arts feature, I would like to provide a link to a friend, Roy Mitchell's  blog: MANDALA/ART/MEDITATION

http://mandalaartmeditation.blogspot.com/

His latest work is the latest in his series of Dream Paintings.  Roy describes the paintings:

In our dreams the faces, and the situations we encounter seem to be "real."  Yet the DREAM WORLD has a logic of its own.
 
Enjoy his works found on his blog. 
 
Steve
 

Mr. In-Between

Here we are, the 15th of September, smack dab in the center of the month.  Officially, the calendar still reads that we are still in Summer season.  Fall will be here soon as the autumnal equinox, that equal day of sun and darkness falls on Sunday, September 22.

Already, the inevitable signs of the Fall season are clearly apparent: the shortening of the daylight hours, the subtle change of color on the leaves of some of the trees in the neighborhood and the return of children to school.  I am a father to 3 school age children.  One of my children started 2nd grade and my other 2 kids, twins, began 1st grade. 

This "In-Between" season lends itself for reflection.  I think of how fast my children have grown and all that they have yet to accomplish.  Additionally, I reflect on my own hopes and dreams.  I look back on the professional changes I have made since 2006 and I'm pleased at the resiliency and strength it took for me to accomplish my goals.  I have to thank my wife, Aimee, whose encouragement and support, before and since our marriage, gave me the incentive to try and ultimately achieve my goals.

For a Cliff's notes version, In 2005, before our first child was born, I decided to return to school with the goal of changing careers.  A year later, due to certain circumstances, I left a job which provided zero in terms of personal satisfaction.  I completed my degree in 2010 and am in a field where I can hold my head up high and witness, daily, the impact I have on others as a teacher. 

For a long time, I was "In Between," seeking which path was right for me.  It took the impending birth of my first child to put aside all the excuses I've used before to forego any movement and to not stay the safe unchallenging course.  It wasn't easy leaving a comfort zone, I suppose it never is, but I did it and that's what counts.

Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Music Video Wednesday - 9-11

Here's a song that I remember replaying in my head during the events of 9-11, twelve years ago.  It was eerily prophetic, written four to five years before the event. 

Let's never forget those that perished on that horrific day.