Monthly Archives: November 2009

Live in Joy

Live in Joy, In love,
Even among those who hate.

Live in joy, In health,
Even among the afflicted.

Live in joy, In peace,
Even among the troubled.

Look within. Be still.
Free from fear and attachment,
Know the sweet joy of living in the way.


There is no fire like greed,
No crime like hatred,
No sorrow like separation,
No sickness like hunger of heart,
And no joy like the joy of freedom.

Health, contentment and trust
Are your greatest possessions,
And freedom your greatest joy.

Look within. Be still.
Free from fear and attachment,
Know the sweet joy of living in the way.

from the Dhammapada, Words of the Buddha

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SUNDAY MUSIC ~ End Of The Road

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This is as close to New Orleans as I’ve ever been! Good Jazz, damned American.


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Antique Postcards ~ HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Lots of old cards show kids riding turkeys, did they really do that?


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Antique Postcards ~ Pumpkin Man

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The Ballad Of Casey Deiss

One of my favorite old acoustic numbers. The orchestration adds a beautiful touch. This is a true story of the life and death of one of Shawn’s friends. I was lucky enough to see this live.

Sometimes music and the stories behind the music can change lives. The story below was forwarded by Shawn Phillips’ manager, Arlo Hennings. Wonderful story.

Hello Arlo –

I was hoping that you could get a very short message to Shawn Phillips for me –

 I am no one that he knows, but in a way, he saved my life and the life of my daughter – you see, I was a single parent in 1978 – my daughter was everything – but I had no one – no husband – parents wouldn’t speak to me – no one would hire me, because I was pregnant and would be leaving – and being pretty naive, I had no idea there was this ‘social services’ thing that would help me out –

however, while we were struggling and starving – I read a posting on the side of a building calling for people to attend open stage nights at a place called Studio One.

fortunately – it was *technically* a restaurant, because I had no sitter for my daughter, and took her with me – I was almost ill, because I was so nervous – but if Kelsey and I were going to survive – I had to find something –

that something turned out to be Ballad of Casey Deiss – a capella (I didn’t know how to play a guitar) and I won the open stage – I went back every week – sometimes 2 or 3 times a week if an unexpected expense came up – and although my list of songs got longer and longer – it was still ‘the ballad’ that made the *entire* place quiet down so that there wasn’t even a whisper. I won the open stage so many times with that song, that I could raise my daughter and by the time the place had closed down, a few years down the line – I had been singing enough to pick up gigs with people for backup and such –

that was a lifetime ago – 31 years – but, I am grateful that Mr. Phillips wrote/recorded a song that affected me so strongly, that I could pass that emotion and feeling to others through singing it and they responded to it –

my apologies for taking up your time – and I really do hope that you see fit to pass this along – thank you very much for your consideration – and most especially to Shawn Phillips for an amazing song 🙂




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SUNDAY MUSIC ~ When Jesus Comes Down

This is the Vaughn family from Salem Missouri. I look forward to seeing them at this year’s Katy Days celebration.

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This is an old kitchen tool.


This tool was used when an Ice Box was just that, a box that held a big block of ice.

Before refrgieration, if you wanted an iced drink, it was up to you to chip or SHAVE some ice for your drink. The Iceman would come to your house with his horse and wagon full of big blocks of ice.

The bottom of the ice shave shows the steel blade, just like a wood plane.


You pull out the bottom drawer of your ice box where the block is kept, then run the ice shave across the block until you fill your shaver. Next just open the top of your ice shaver and pour your fresh shaved ice into your glass. Well, unless you are using lake ice. In that case you might just forget the ice!


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Requiem Mass in D Minor VI – Confutatis and Lacrimosa

Mozart died before finishing the Requiem Mass, and his wife Constanze gave the task of finishing the work to a pupil of Mozart’s named Süssmayr. From the Sanctus onward, the Requiem is the creation of Süssmayr, though he did use portions of the Introit and Kyrie for the Lux Aeterna.

Despite, or maybe partially because of, the controversy surrounding this Requiem Mass, it is widely regarded as Mozart’s greatest masterpiece.

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A Pittance Of Time on Veteran’s Day

SOMETIMES, people say “everything happens for a reason”.  I say Bollocks!. This week, at Ft. Hood Texas, brave soldiers died FOR NO GOOD REASON. I hope that those surrounding those soldier’s friends and families have the good sense to NOT SAY “everything happens for a reason”.  Some things, very awful things like mass killings, wars, accidents and disease just happen.

Saying that everything has a reason implies some sort of  divine plan working it’s way in these awful events. I refuse to believe that. I am not one to evangelize openly, but if you’ve been reading here, you know my opinions are freely shared. My opinion is that the world is not a pre-ordained, set in stone series of happenings sending us into the “end-times”. My opinion is that God is not there to prevent these things, only there to help us get through him. I’m not suggesting that intervention never happens, for that is un unprovable hyposthesis. And plainly, I don’t have the answers!

SOMETIMES, things happen by chance that just seem to make sense. 

Earlier this week as I was hearing and reading the news of mass killings among our military, I opened an email from a dear “blog friend” and regular here at Kansas Mediocrity; Ann, a Scottish lady who has lived in Ausrtralia for quite some time. In that email was this wonderful song, “A Pittance Of Time”. Thanks Ann, very touching. Please take a pittance of time to enjoy the video.

I end my commentary with the shortest verse in the Bible; John 11:35……JESUS WEPT.


On November 11, 1999 Terry Kelly was in a Shoppers Drug Mart store in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia. At 10:55 AM an announcement came over the store’s PA asking customers who would still be on the premises at 11:00 AM to give two minutes of silence in respect to the veterans who have sacrificed so much for us.

Terry was impressed with the store’s leadership role in adopting the Legion’s “two minutes of silence” initiative. He felt that the store’s contribution of educating the public to the importance of remembering was commendable.

When eleven o’clock arrived on that day, an announcement was again made asking for the “two minutes of silence” to commence. All customers, with the exception of a man who was accompanied by his young child, showed their respect.

Terry’s anger towards the father for trying to engage the store’s clerk in conversation and for setting a bad example for his child was later channeled into a beautiful piece of work called, “A Pittance of Time”. Terry later recorded “A Pittance of Time” and included it on his full-length music CD, “The Power of the Dream”.

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