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    This morning Bucky burst into our bedroom with a bold announcement.  ”It’s SUNNY TIME”  Time to get up and get going…The Sun is Shining!!!!

    And it was…all day long.  Sunny time!!!  A four year old’s enthusiasm for life made it brighter, somehow.  Thanks Bucky for Sunny Time.

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    We celebrated my granddaughter’s birthday (Oct. 9th) today, along with my sister’s grandson Collin’s 3rd anniversary of coming to the planet.  A house FULL of family (love it) and presents (love ‘em) and food (that’s what I’m talkin’ about).

    I was particularly taken with Sadie’s MAIN present.  It was a little keyboard with mic and accompanying stool.  When I got a chance to check it out more closely I realized that it was a pretty sophisicated synth with all kinds of drum beats, tempo changes, sounds and a mic to really get the party started…

    She’s ONE!!!!  It was the right size for a one year old, and the right colors…but she’s ONE!!!   What freaked me out was how quickly she actually figured out what was going on with her little home studio and she started singing into the mic like a young Carole King introducing “I Feel The Earth Move Under My Feet”

    Sadie’s got pipes.  She rocked the house all night.   She’s destined to be the white Aretha Franklin…and it all started on her first birthday dinner at Tappaw’s and Nanny’s.

    When she goes to sleep I’m gonna see if I can figure out how to get the disco beat sync’d up with my old BeeGees records.

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    When I got back home today from Texas I found College Football Game Day in full swing at Scotshaven.  So many games to follow, and, oddly enough, soooooo much time to do so. All day in fact.  My son-in-law was the keeper of the clicker and thus switched from game to game throughout the day.   The game I was really interested in was UTAH vs IOWA STATE, mostly because my father is a former Cyclone.  He got his engineering degree from Aimes while serving in the Navy.  I wondered if he’d be conflicted in watching this game.  ”Not at all” he told me.  ”It’s Utah all the way!!!”  I wore my favorite UTE hat and only ate red m&m’s to show support.

    Man, he got that right.  Utah CRUSHED the Cyclones and looked great in the process.

    The problem is that there was so much other football stuff goin’ on.  #1Alabama was getting upset, Florida and LSU were tight, the Washington Huskies (where Alex got his PhD) had a big game, Penn State looked lousy….and the stories went on and on and on…just like the games themselves.  Then after watching all the games there was the post game analysis (not by ESPN) but by all the males in the house.   Too bad we weren’t recorded because we were BRILLIANT.

    But it was enough football already.  Truly. Enough.

    Til next Saturday.

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    Flew to the Dallas/Fort Worth Airport today for a Time Out For Women event in Plano Texas.  GREAT crowd (over 1,750) and lots of love.  I’ve never been really crazy about the landscape in Big D but I LOVE the people.  Friendly, gracious, funny, considerate, (with a little bit of sass) makes for good times and great friends.

    After the show I spent close to an hour with the attendees of the weekend conference.  We talked and shared stories and took pictures.  It was fun, and it was reassuring to rediscover that even though we’re all so different in so many ways, there’s sooooo much we have in common with everyone on the mortal journey.

    The theme for TOFW this year has been “Infinite Hope” and it’s been a good one for me…probably because in preparing myself for these adventures in performing I learn important lessons on the subject.  M2B:) lessons that carry me throughout the year.  Thanks Texas.

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    Probably because I’ve had to stay close to home to help out with the activities at the Scotshaven Home for Invalid Tennants (and Day Care Center) I’ve found great happiness in buying things over the internet.  And the part I really love is when what we ordered actually arrives at the house, yea, even at our very doorstep, without us having to schlep our way to a store, find a parking spot and hope we drove to the place that has what we need…in stock.

    For a guy who LOVES, LOVES, LOVES Christmas there’s something magical about having packages arrive and discovering what’s inside.  This has become ever more delightful as I become ever more forgetful of what it was I actually ordered a few days earlier.  I also think I love the disconnect between receiving an item and paying for it.  Somehow, it’s like the package is a gift from some wise, generous patron saint encouraging the artist to keep on keepin’ on.

    I know, I know…this kind of thinking is what gets people into debt if they’re not careful.  Still, I have to confess, the packages that arrived today made me giggle with glee.