A Smile A Day – Day 5 – Traffic Stop

This was recently brought up to the surface and so i have to repost….

Trent's World (the Blog)

800px-LED_traffic_light_on_redEveryone in the world
Seems out on the road
Cars full of people
Trucks carrying a load

We’re all in a hurry
We just can’t wait
To get to our homes
Can’t you see that I’m late? 

The light turns green
And everyone goes
The car in front of me
Starts but then slows 

With a wave of thanks
A car leaves the store
He’s been waiting to go
For ten minutes or more 

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Sean (Part 2) – The Old Mill

(This is the latest installment of the series that starts with The Old Mill.  The previous chapter was  Sean (Part 1).  The Table of Contents is here)

(Note – this is part 2 of a two part chapter.  Part 1)

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A hand fell heavily on my shoulder.

“Hey Gill, having trouble finding them?”  It was Bill’s voice.

I was looking into an empty black space, no people were visible, no woman and no children.  I turned to look at Bill.  There was only him there, no other men.

“Uhm yeah, Bill.  Coming in from the bright outside my eyes just didn’t want to adjust.  I’m still a bit blinded.”

“Here they are.”

Several garden rakes, a hoe, a spade and a yard rake were leaning against the wall just inside of the entrance to the main building.

“Oh, I must have walk right past them.  No wonder I didn’t see them.  I was looking over there.”  I pointed past were the woman and children had been, into the dark far corner of the building.

“Here, I’ll grab a couple,” he said.  “You take the rest.  Let’s go, the air in here is unhealthy.” Continue reading

I Want Your Smiles! #weeklysmile 67

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

Weekly Smile #WeeklySmile

A little poem for the day.  Nothing too broad or deep, but sometimes simple is best.

Never ending change
The seasons of life
We go through it all
Good times and strife
But I have found
To be worthwhile
To face every turn
With a great big smile

Smiling here on this fine day.  Happy Easter, Passover, Spring Equinox or whatever you celebrate!  And if it is just celebrating a new day, go ahead and celebrate!  But do it with a smile :) Continue reading

If We Were Having Coffee on the 15th of April, 2017

Moog and Morning Coffee

Hello and Welcome!  Come in out of the… oops, sorry, it’s colder inside than outside.  I turned off the heat the other day when it was so warm (in the 80s F and upper 20s C).  I can’t turn it on yet, even though it has been cold at night, so the house is frigid…  It has been beautiful, though, and today will be warm so I can open windows.  Tomorrow may hit 80F (27 C) and so the house should get nice and warm, though I might have to turn the heat on again :(  Oh, you are asking where I am?  If you’ve been here before, you may recognize that photo of the beautiful synthesizer as having been taken up in new Hampshire.

Work was busy, but not insane.  We may get to insane levels later, but for now it is workable.

I got some stuff done around the house.  Mostly it’s been getting the house ready for spring.  I removed the plastic from a few windows so I could open them (see here for what I am talking about).  I put away the humidifiers and some of the space heaters.  Switched winter wardrobe for summer (I have a large cedar chest that keeps 6-months of off season clothes).  Other such stuff. Continue reading

Music That Means Something – Recap!

Pyschodelic Music

I recently finished the “Music That Means Something” challenge.

Don’t know this challenge?  Here is the basic idea:

Post a song a day for five consecutive days.
Post what the lyrics mean to you.  (Optional)
Post the name of the song and a video.
Nominate 1 or 2 bloggers each day of the challenge.  –>Well…, All of you! :)

I was “volunteered” by Sue Vincent ;) And I did it my way (like Frank, both Zappa and Sinatra).  Because of that, I felt I needed a little nightcap.  Uhm, I mean I need a little recap….

Here is the Intro I did for this.

And here is the list, with links, of posts:

First, you’ll noticed I chose entire albums, not songs.  I also posted videos instrumentals (OK, since I ended up posting the entire of Shine on You Crazy Diamond there were lyrics). Continue reading

Music That Means Something Day 5

Pyschodelic Music

This is Day Five!  I’ll tell what album I chose in a minute.  Look here for my intro.

Don’t know this challenge?  Here is the basic idea (which I’ll semi-ignore):

Post a song a day for five consecutive days. (will do, well album, not song)
Post what the lyrics mean to you.  (Optional) (nope – instrumental)
Post the name of the song and a video. (will do – a song from the album)
Nominate 1 or 2 bloggers each day of the challenge. (Well…, All of you)

(I was “volunteered” to do the challenge by Sue Vincent ;) )

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In my teen years I continued my search for electronic music, but I also got drawn deeper into the world of harder rock.  I soon began to listen to what would later be called “Progressive Rock ” – the name existed back then but had a very different meaning.  I liked Genesis, but my favorite was Yes.  And yet, these bands just didn’t go far enough into pure electronics…

At the fringes of Prog-Rock was a blues based band that didn’t push as deep into the classical or into the bombastic.  They didn’t show off their skills just to show off.  Back then I heard this band described as a Heavy Mental band (notice, ‘mental”, not “metal”), but usually not a “progressive rock” band.  But they created one of the best electronic rock albums of all times.

Pink Floyd, Wish You Were Here. Continue reading

Sean (Part 1) – The Old Mill

Old Mill on two Rivers

(This is the latest installment of the series that starts with The Old Mill.  The previous chapter was  Bill Wallace.  The Table of Contents is here)

(Note – this is part 1 of a two part chapter)

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Bill pulled into my driveway at almost exactly 8:30. I was out of the door before his truck came to a stop.  I climbed in and set my travel mug next to his.

He almost immediately started talking about a neighbor of his that I didn’t know very well.  It was typical small town gossip and complaints.  He had barely gotten out of my drive before I picked up my mug and sipped my coffee, just nodding at the appropriate places and saying, “A-huh,” when needed.  I only half noticed that we were headed up to Amesbury Center until we turned to take the road that avoids the main village.

“We’re going to the Goode Mansion, aren’t we?” I asked.

Bill smiled.  “Ay-yup.”

I had wondered why he asked me to come with him; now I knew. Continue reading

Music That Means Something Day 4

Pyschodelic Music

This is Day Four!  I’ll tell what album I chose in a minute.  Look here for my intro.

Don’t know this challenge?  Here is the basic idea (which I’ll semi-ignore):

Post a song a day for five consecutive days. (will do, well album, not song)
Post what the lyrics mean to you.  (Optional) (nope – instrumental)
Post the name of the song and a video. (will do – a song from the album)
Nominate 1 or 2 bloggers each day of the challenge. (Well…, All of you)

(I was “volunteered” to do the challenge by Sue Vincent ;) )

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When I was a freshman in high school I used to tag along with my brother who was a senior that year.  This was very true during marching band season (not football season ;) ).  I remember one night sitting in the back of his car while a group of us were out doing stuff.  Someone put a tape in the player (cassette tape – if you don’t know, Google it – I’m old).  I closed my eyes.  I rarely have synesthesia, but I had it that night.  The music came to me as colorful geometric patterns.  They swirled and danced according to note, harmony, instrumentation, etc.  I kept bothering my brother after that about that tape, but I didn’t hear/see it again.  Until Christmas, when the vinyl album was waiting for me under the tree (notice this was the third Christmas present in this series? And the last was me to my brother).  And what was this magical album? Continue reading

Enigma – #writephoto

enigma

Tortor was a warrior and understood how the world worked.  He shook his head as he looked around the earthworks and the stones.  He approached the man who was obviously in charge.

“Hey you, what’s your name?”

The man slowly turned and studied Tortor as if he were an insect.

“They call me Tim, Tim the Enchanter.  What do you want, Tortor the Stonehead?”

Tortor’s mouth dropped.  It wasn’t just the insult, but he had no idea how the man knew his name.  Regaining control, he tried to drill holes into Tim the Enchanter with his eyes.  Failing that he said, “Look here, Tim, I know a thing or two about defense.   The ditch needs to be on the outside of the earthwork, not the inside.  What good is this going to do when the defenders can’t reach the wall and the attackers will just climb right over it as if they are out for a Sunny-day picnic?” Continue reading