We returned to the pristine National Lakeshore yesterday and once again had the shore to ourselves.  This time we brought along Christy.  It made for a great time since all we women, including our girls, jumped in right away while Erick watched the baby and Sarah’s son.  We stayed in the water as long as we were there, except to alternate who was watching the baby until she blissfully fell asleep in the shade and we played football for a while.

The water was warm enough and clear.  It felt magnificent to be suspended there, over the sandy bottom, beneath a summer sun and bright blue sky.  I could think only of how fortunate I was to be there, enjoying those moments.  And it lead me to some clearer thinking about the simple things in life.  Even Erick as we entered the woods said, “I have to admit, I had a really good time.”

In other news, I finished my book on Friday.  I’ve not yet written a conclusion to wrap up the text, but I think writing the conclusion will fit more appropriately after I’ve revised once over, maybe a few times, and know what stays, (what is added) and what goes.  Still, it felt good (and strange) to pack up the Underwood until my next project.

We were in the RE again on Saturday.  An article ran about a friend who is in remission after battling Leukemia.  We were photographed together.  It’s a really nice photo.  She’s an amazing woman.

All last night we ragged on Christy for not being familiar with Joni Mitchell.  I played “Clouds” (Both Sides Now) for her, but it didn’t ring any bells.  I realized even my horrible blog subtitle is influenced by Joni (I look at life from blog sites now).  I know PE is important in school, but music with real soul can do more for a person than a petty game of dodge-ball any day.

The joy in someone not being familiar with these great artists is in watching their introduction to them.  To be in the presence of someone first moved by a musician’s words or music is like seeing that person in the museum completely enthralled with an image; lost in it.  So here’s a question for the general audience, What music moves you?

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