Kirsten gets the credit for bringing me the news. 😉
Congratulations to all the outstanding company I found myself amongst. Wow!
Thanks Blake and the perhaps one person who nominated me!
I really love the write-up Blake gave me. If those aren’t your reasons, and you have no good ones of your own then perhaps you don’t need to read me. But if they are ….
Hopefully not a factor at all but in the spirit of openness, Blake and LISHost are my hosting service. I recommend them highly.
This really made my day as I headed out of the house about noon. As many of you know I haven’t been doing too well for awhile now, and this year (although I have been somewhat mute about it) has really gotten off to a crappy start. So this was kind of like a 2nd New Year’s Day for me.
I haven’t given up yet and a new start to the year helps a lot.
I left for class after a leisurely morning in 18° sunny weather shortly after finding out about this. It was actually pretty nice out for semi-cold day; no wind). And I chose the music perfectly as I started American Beauty, which begins the immensely apropos “Box of Rain“:
… any morning, any evening, any day
Maybe the sun is shining
birds are winging …
Look into any eyes
you find by you, you can see
clear through to another day
I know it’s been seen before
through other eyes on other days …
Walk into splintered sunlight
Inch your way through dead dreams
to another land
Maybe you’re tired and broken
Your tongue is twisted
with words half spoken
and thoughts unclear
What do you want me to do
to do for you to see you through
a box of rain will ease the pain
and love will see you through
David Dodds, The Annotated “Box of Rain”
David Dodd’s assessment of the connections between this song and “Ripple” are the exact same ones I have made for decades. And first song on the respective sides of the album; that way of knowing is pretty much gone, sadly. And while unclear thoughts are not exactly broken thoughts, there is some kind of connection, in my life at least.
There are, of course, many other wonderful tie-ins to a sunny day, a new beginning, an awakening.
Thanks again, Blake.