Wednesday, August 31

Jai's new Balustrade

Stairs 02
Originally uploaded by bmitd67.

I designed it to be an art deco kinda thing.

Hi, I'm Johnny Cash

Johnny Cash Grafitti
Originally uploaded by bmitd67.

This is a bldg in downtown Nashville. It's had this grafitti for quite awhile.

New Orleans is Sinking...

and in chaos

My heart goes out to all the folks struggling in NOLA, one of my favorite places on the planet. I know people there and I know how tough it can be (I was there during Andrew) and apparently this is much worse.

Good luck to the uptowners and the downtowners and the NO Eastsiders and the Metarie people etc.

On this Day in Black History

1521 - Cortés captured Tenochtitlan, Mexico and set it on fire
1823 - Ferdinand VII was restored to the throne of Spain (Battle of Trocadero)
1836 - Henry Bliar patented his cotton planter.
1842 - Josephine Ruffin born
1870 - Maria Montessori born
1879 - Livingstone College founded
1885 - Dubose Heyward born
1887 - Thomas Montgomery Gregory born
1907 - Augustus "Gus" Hawkins born
1935 - Eldridge Cleaver born
1935 - Frank Robinson born
1936 - Marva Collins born
1945 - Itzhak Perlman born
1945 - Van Morrison born
1955 - The beaten and mutilated remains of Emmitt Till was discovered in the Tallahatchie River
1960 - Chris Whitley born
1961 - A concrete wall replaced the barbed wire fence that separated East and West Germany, it will be called the Berlin Wall.
1962 - Trinidad-Tobago proclaimed independent
1979 - Donald McHenry named to succeed Andrew Young as UN Ambassador
1983 - Brig. Gen. Hazel Johnson (the first African-American woman to reach Brig. Gen) retired from the U.S. Army Nurse Corps
1995 - The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum opened
1997 - James Brown became the first U.S. artist to appear in Lebanon following the recent lift of the ban on U.S. travel to the country.
1999 - R.L. Burnside underwent heart surgery
2002 - Eugene Bennett was inducted into the World Drum Corps Hall of Fame
2002 - Lionel Hampton died

Buddhist Thought of the Day

What is meant by nonduality, Mahatmi? It means that light and shade, long and short, black and white, can only be experienced in relation to each other; light is not independent of shade, nor black of white. There are no opposites, only relationships. In the same way, nirvana and the ordinary world of suffering are not two things but related to each other. There is no nirvana except where the world of suffering is; there is no world of suffering apart from nirvana. For existence is not mutually exclusive.
Lankavatara Sutra

Financial Matters

Well. The renovations are done and the piper must be paid.

To get all these renovations done I took out a home equity loan. No big deal except the renovations have now cost more than the loan. Not a huge deal b/c I can probably bump up the loan amt, we'll see. It's nervewrecking since I also unemployed.

With all of this in mind and my AMZ Music severance pay almost gone - it lasted about 50% of the time it was supposed to, of course, I did go on a honeymoon within weeks of leaving the company - Tara and I had our first budgeting talk and it went better than I expected. Like everything else Tara is organized like a mug when it comes to finance. There is no gray area, you do things by the book, you read and follow the fine print, etc. She's also quite miserly on some things, using coupons, waiting 10 days for a new movie so she can use a coupon, etc. I - as we all know - am not like that. I keep a balance on my credit card, although I go through very diligent periods, they are just that - periods. I don't every read fine print and most of the time don't pay attention to due dates.

So, we are are a disaster waiting to happen, right? Wrong. The conversation was calm and productive. The one thing we really don't agree on is that I think tithing is a nebulous concept, you don't have to give the full 10%, you don't have to pledge all the time. Tara is emphatic about maintaining the 10%.

On a side note. I find it so fascinating that as liberal as Tara and Susie are, as ethereal as their mother is, these two women are so church focused. I mean, I considered the priesthood from about 12-16 yrs old and now, I could care less about going to church.

Anyway, I think Tara and I are doing swimmingly and if anybody (in the Nashville area) wants to hire someone with 15 years of retail management experience, 5 years of office admin and music library experience and all sorts of random computer skills...drop me a note. ;-)

Tuesday, August 30

On this Day in Black History

30 B.C. - Cleopatra committed suicide.
1645 - American Indians and the Dutch made a peace treaty at New Amsterdam.
1682 - William Penn sailed from England
1797 - Mary Wollstonecraft Shelley born
1800 - The 40,000 slave revolt planned by Gabriel Prosser to attack Richmond, VA was delayed by a storm & betrayed by a slave.
1838 - The first African-American magazine, Mirror of Freedom(?), began publication
1843 - Blacks participated in a national political convention for the first time at Liberty Party National Convention
1852 - Henrietta Ray born
1854 - John C. Fremont issued proclamation (Fremont Proclamation) freeing slaves of Missouri rebels.
1856 - More than 300 pro-slavery activists attack John Brown's settlement in Osawatomie, KS.
1870 - Robert Abbott born
1881 - W.S. Campbell patented self-setting animal trap
1893 - Huey P. Long born
1901 - Roy Wilkins born
1904 - CPT. Michael Augustine Healy (model for Jack London's novel The Sea Wolf) died
1931 - Carrie Saxon Perry born. In 1987 she will become the first African-American woman to serve as mayor of a major New England city (Hartford, CT) .
1943 - Robert Crumb born
1944 - The American Negro Theater's Anna Lucasta opened on Broadway.
1953 - Robin Harris born
1965 - Thurgood Marshall was confirmed by the U.S. Senate as a Supreme Court justice becoming the first black justice to sit on the Supreme Court.
1966 Constance Baker Motley confirmed as U.S. district judge and became the first Black woman on the federal bench.
1966 - Michael Michele born
1972 - Cameron Diaz born
1983 - Lt. Col. Guion S. Bluford, Jr. became the first black astronaut in space as a member of the crew of the "Challenger"
1993 - On CBS-TV "The Late Show with David Letterman" premiered.
2002 - Alfred “Pepsi” Bethel died

Monday, August 29

"I Got a Woman"

Hall of Fame 'Can't Stop Loving' Ray Charles
an exhibit to open March 10 for a 21-month run at the Country Music Hall of Fame and Museum

Episcopalians Kick Ass

As a non-church going, Confirmed Episcopalian, I sometimes can't help but being proud of us...

Episcopal Church Blasts Plan to Set Aside U.N. Poverty Goals

On this Day in Black History

1533 - The Inca chief Atahualpa was executed by orders of Francisco Pizarro
1632 - John Locke (An Essay Concerning Human Understanding) born
1778 - The First Rhode Island defeated three assaults by British troops at the battle of Rhode Island (Newport).
1793 - Slavery was abolished in Santo Domingo.
1809 - Oliver Wendell Holmes, Sr. born
1817 - The Philanthropist, the first abolitionist newspaper, was published by Charles Osborn
1894 - E. Franklin Frazier born
1910 - Vivien Theodore Thomas born
1915 - Ingrid Bergman born
1917 - Isabelle Sanford born
1920 - Charlie Parker born
1924 - Dinah Washington (Ruth Lee Jones) born
1957 - Senator Strom Thurmond (South Carolina) set a filibuster record in the U.S. when he spoke for 24 hours and 18 minutes.
1957 - Congress passed the Civil Rights Act of 1957, the first federal civil rights legislation since 1875.
1958 - Michael Jackson born
1962 - Mal Goode became the first African-American television news commentator when he began broadcasting on ABC.
1969 - Me'Shell NdegeOcello born
1970 - One policeman killed and six wounded in confrontations between police and Black Panther activists
1971 - Hank Aaron became the first baseball player in the National League to hit 100 or more runs in each of 11 seasons.
1977 - Lou Brock of the St. Louis Cardinals surpassed Ty Cobb's stolen base tally of 892.
1979 - The first completely Black-owned radio network - "Mutual Black Network" - was purchased by Sheridan Broadcasting Corp.
1995 - Selma Burke died
1997 - Loud Records regional marketing and promotions director, Jessiah "Milk" Styles
reported that he was beaten by a group of individuals associated with rap group Wu-Tang Clan.
1998 - Detroit area police officials called for a ban on rap concerts following a series of fights at a weekend "No Limit" show headlined by Master P and Scarface.
2002 - Cam'ron (Cameron Giles) was arrested after his vehicle made an illegal lane switch without signaling. Inside the car, officers discover a loaded .22 caliber pistol, a small amount of marijuana, and a forged New York City Fire Department parking permit.

Buddhist Thought of the Day

The greatest support we can have is mindfulness, which means being totally present in each moment. If the mind remains centered, it cannot make up stories about the injustice of the world or one's friends, or about one's desires or sorrows. All these stories could fill many volumes, but when we are mindful such verbalizations stop. Being mindful means being fully absorbed in the moment, leaving no room for anything else. We are filled with the momentary happening, whatever it is--standing or sitting or lying down, feeling pleasure or pain--and we maintain a nonjudgmental awareness, a "just knowing."
Ayya Khema, "Be an Island"

Sunday, August 28


Last night we hosted our first "get together" and it was a smashing success!

Tara's birthday is 8/1 and lacking no ego she believes she can celebrate her b-day all month. Because of all the construction and school starting and whatnot this was the first (and last) chance for her to have a birthday celebration.

We had about 15 people come over for snacks and sangria. Tara wanted it to be a game night but that didn't work out because everybody was having such a good time hanging out. We had a fruit plate (cut & arranged by yours truly) and a veggie plate. We had chips, dip, salsa & guac all prepared by Tara (actually the salsa was mine). We had a cheese tray that included my favorite Manchego and we had my version of Sangria, which was the absolute bomb! Lastly, we had 2 cakes, a carrot cake for Tara, made by her Mom and a Choc/choc cake made by Sweet 16th.

Tara gave docent guided tours of the house, doing her best to explain how we decorated using Feng Shui basics and reclaiming Jai's old furniture. Everybody seemed to have a great time and they were amazed and awed by the house. All but 2 or 3 people were Tara's church friends and only 2 of them had seen the house prior to renovation. I got massive compliments on my kitchen lights and hall balustrade (photos will be posted this week); I say "my" b/c Tara had no desire for input on either element.

Anyway, it was fun to show off a little. It was fun to hangout with my new family & friends. And of course, Tara has already planned the next event!

Buddhist Thought of the Day

This itself is the whole of the journey, opening your heart to that which is lovely. Because of their feeling for the lovely, beings who are afraid of birth and death, aging and decaying, are freed from their fear. This is the way you must train yourself: I will become your friend and an intimate of the lovely. To do this I must closely observe and embrace all states of mind that are good.
Samyutta Nikaya

Send positive vibrations...

In a story published by the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Friday, Wilson said doctors told him he has three to five months to live.
Wilson's Cancer Diagnosis Saddens Theater World

Saturday, August 27

Yeah, she's just my Mom.

Yeah, that little boy (Maddox) is gonna have a complex...he'll be saying: "You're cute and I like you but you're just not as sexy as my Mom!" Posted by Picasa

Reflections on Allen Woody

5 years ago yesterday Allen Woody died.

Allen Woody was the only rock star I can really say I knew, and for a music geek like me, that puts him in a special place. I mean, I know other star quality musicians but Woody and I were real acquaintances, I'd like to say friend but I don't think that's honest.

It started when he was first hired for the Allmans back in 89/90. I was working at a Turtle's Record Store in Donelson, near Woody's home. He and his dad came into the store. I remember the first time I tried to help Allen, he asked for Mahavishnu Orchestra and I had no clue what he was talking about.

Fast forward to 96 when I became a taper. I was a whore for Gov't Mule. I drove from Maryland to New Orleans to Southern Illinois to Columbus, OH to see this band play and it was during this period that I got to know the entire organization. At this time they were very much a cult band, drawing a few hundred on a good night, and I was deep in the cult. As a taper I would get to shows hours early, if I was lucky I'd get there during sound check. I would set my gear up go get some food and come back for the show.

Two places I regularly went to see the band were Atlanta and the Louisville/Lexington trip the made. They always new lots of folks in Atlanta but in Lexington and Louisville there were just eager fans. It was in Lexington that I first ate dinner with the band, it was in Louisville that I first had some drinks with Allen after a show. Then Woody would start to visit me at the record store whenever he came to town.

When I first started listening to the Mule it was all about Warren but the longer I was there and the more I realized that it was Woody that was the cornerstone. He had the attitude, the humor and a great deal of the fragility that made this band interesting.

Yesterday I listened to the entire Live...With a Little Help from My Friends and Gov't Mule. On Gov't Mule in particular I realized how much he added to what I wanted and needed from this band. Periodically (and yesterday was one of those days) I realize how much I miss him.

It hurt more than I imagined when Woody died. I mean we'd never been to each other's houses, we'd only spent a few hours (in the grand scheme) together but he made an impact, a big impact.

I miss Woody, I miss Woody's music.

I've stuck with the band through the transition and they are still a really good band but I'm just not in the same place anymore. They are not the same, they are not what I want to listen to.

If you ever liked Cream or Jefferson Airplane or Hendrix (live) you should really check out Live...With a Little Help from My Friends and Gov't Mule.

Friday, August 26

On this Day in Black History

55 B.C. - Britain was invaded by Roman forces under Julius Caesar.
1017 - Turks defeated the Byzantine army under Emperor Romanus IV at Manzikert
1429 - Joan of Arc made a triumphant entry into Paris
1789 - The Constituent Assembly in Versailles, France approved the final version of the Declaration of Human Rights
1838 - John Wilkes Booth born
1847 - Liberia was proclaimed as an independent republic.
1867 - Robert Russa Moton born
1874 - Sixteen Blacks lynched in Tennessee
1900 - Hale A. Woodruff born
1902 - James A. "Jimmy" Rushing born
1905 - George Washington, founder of the town of Centerville (later Centralia), WA died
1918 - Katherine G. Johnson born
1920 The 19th Amendment was ratified
1925 - Robert H. Colescott born
1939 - The first televised major league baseball games (a double-header between the Cincinnati Reds and the Brooklyn Dodgers) were shown
1943 - William Dawson elected VP candidate (Democratic Party)
1946(?) - Valerie Simpson Ashford born
1960 - Branford Marsalis born
1964 - Fannie Lou Hamer led the Mississippi Freedom Democratic Party on to the convention floor with borrowed passes at the Democratic National Convention
1967 - Jimi Hendrix's "Purple Haze"(goes to iTunes page) was released.
1970 - Jimi Hendrix opened his recording studio (Electric Lady Studios) in New York City.
1970 - Jimi Hendrix made his last public appearance at the Isle of Wright Pop Festival in England.
1970 - Duane Allman started recording as a member of Eric Clapton's new band, Derek & the Dominoes
1991 - Carl Lewis set a new world's record by running 100 meters in 9.86 seconds
1995 - Ronnie White (the Miracles) died
1998 - U.S. Attorney General Janet Reno ordered a review of the assassination of Martin Luther King, Jr.
1998 - Sudan filed a criminal lawsuit against U.S. President Clinton and the United States for the bombing of the El-Shifa Pharmaceutical Industries Company. The Sudanese claimed that the plant was strictly civilian.
2000 - Douglas Allen Woody (Gov't Mule, Allman Brothers Band) was found dead
2001 - Tiger Woods won the NEC Invitational for the third straight year

Buddhist Thought of the Day

The whole world we travel with our thoughts,
Finding nowhere anyone as precious as one's own self.
Since each and every person is so precious to themselves
Let the self-respecting harm no other being.
Samyutta Nikaya

Thursday, August 25

Liberian soccer ace scores a political goal

George Weah has started his campaign to become the next president of a country ruined by 14 years of war.

George sent me this last week and I forgot about it.

I don't know much about the current state in Liberia but Weah is starting with simple concepts that will surely help him win votes...being a superstar doesn't hurt either...ask Arnold.

It's done!

The last contractor left my house at 5:30 today!

The only thing left is touch up paint and those guys will be here Monday...

7months and a small house note later...

Thank you!

Mama Don't Play

Not far enough...

MLS Select player Jason Kreis (center) and his teammates react after Real Madrid scored their fourth goal of the friendly match. Real Madrid would add one more through their captain Raul and finish off the rout with a 5-0 victory. How far has MLS come? Not far enough...
(ARMANDO FRANCA Staff /Associated Press)

This was sad to watch for MLS fans. Granted Real Madrid is the top of the top but they played like big kids beating up on little kids. MLS seems so solid but to put together an All-star team that gets schooled like this...we do have a long way to go.

Wednesday, August 24

A Beginner's Tool Box

Now that I am a homeowner and househusband I am also on my way to becoming a handyman.

I have painted furniture, designed and built a 1000+ CD rack, I have removed and remounted all sorts of doors, I have replaced 2 light fixtures, and I have replaced two showerheads.

My toolbox - I finally bought one - has most of the items listed. My birthday is 9/14 so you can always offer to buy me something I'm missing.

Cole Hardware's Quick Tips: Tool Box

On this Day in Black History

0079 - Mount Vesuvius erupted killing approximately 20,000 people. & burying the cities of Pompeii, Stabiae and Herculaneum in volcanic ash.
0410 - The Visigoths overran Rome. This event symbolized the fall of the Western Roman Empire.
1456 - The printing of the Gutenberg Bible was completed.
1759 - William Wilberforce born
1810 - Reverend Theodore Parker born
1814 - British troops under General Robert Ross captured Washington, D.C., which they set on fire in retaliation for the American burning of the parliament building in York (Toronto), the capital of Upper Canada.
1854 - National Emigration Convention met in Cleveland; William C. Munroe of Michigan was elected president
1854 - John V. De Grasse became the first African-American member of the Massachusetts Medical Society.
1867 - Fayetteville State University founded
1891 - Thomas Edison filed a patent for the motion picture camera.
1901 - Oliver Cromwell Cox born
1905 - Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup born
1919 - Harold Delaney born
1932 - Amelia Earhart became the first woman to fly across the U.S. non-stop
1936 - Dolores Spikes born
1937 - Chief Moshood Kashimawo Olawale Abiola born
1942 - Joe Chambers (The Chambers Brothers) born
1948 - Jean-Michel Jarre born
1949 - The North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) went into effect
1950 - Judge Edith Sampson was named the first Black representative in the U.S. delegation to the United Nations.
1963 - Stevie Wonder became the first artist ever to score a US No.1 album (Little Stevie Wonder / The 12 Year Old Genius) and single ("Fingertips, part 2") in the same week. This was also the first ever live recording to make No.1.
1965 - Reggie Miller born
1973 - David Chappelle born
1978 - Jomandi Productions founded
1981 - Mark David Chapman sentenced to 20 years to life in prison for the murder of John Lennon
1985 - 27 anti-apartheid leaders were arrested in South Africa as racial violence rocked the country
1987 - Bayard Rustin died
1998 - Charles C. Diggs, Jr. died
2004 - Brock Peters died

Poor guys.

Real was on fire. They ran all over the MLS defense, it was kinda sad.

Real Madrid routs MLS Select team

Told ya!

The woman was charged Tuesday with four felony counts of "perjury by false application for aid" and one count of "aid by misrepresentation," a violation of the state welfare code.
Jackson Accuser's Mom In Hot Water

Princeton Review stuff

What Sewanee Students Say About Sewanee.
Sewanee is "largely Episcopalian, and the overwhelming majority of students are Christian. This is, of course, to be expected considering the religious affiliation of the school." Most here "love the outdoors, love to have a good time, and know when to study." Undergrads report, "Although Sewanee is taking steps to attract a more diverse student body, the majority of students here are white Southerners." Preppy is still the predominant look on campus; "You will never see as many popped collars, polo insignias, pearl necklaces, seersucker suits, or bowties as you will see at around campus at The University of the South," observes one student. Not everyone here is happy about the school's "slow, but detectable" progress toward diversity; some worry that Sewanee's beloved traditions will disappear as its core demographic loses preeminence. Their worries seem premature, at least for the immediate future.
Princeton Review

Tuesday, August 23

Open mouth (on TV), insert foo

Granted this is not the first thing out-of-the-box by Pat Robertson but I think he's the "job" we need to "get it over with".
'It's a whole lot easier to have some of the covert operatives do the job and then get it over with.'
Robertson comments likely to aggravate U.S.-Venezuela tensions

On this Day in Black History

1755 - Jean-Baptiste Lislet-Geoffroy born.
1775 - King George III of England refused the American colonies' offer of peace and declared them in open rebellion.
1786 - Jean-Baptiste Lislet-Geoffrey became the first Black correspondent of the French Academy of Sciences.
1791 - International Day for the Remembrance of the Slave Trade and its Abolition
1826 - John Brown Russwurm received his baccalaureate degree Bowdoin College - becoming what is believed to be the first Black college graduate
1826 - Edward A. Jones received B.A. degree from Amherst College.
1853 - James Francis Shober born
1861 - James Stone, a light skinned fugitive slave passing for white, enlisted in the First Fight Artillery of Ohio - becoming what is believed to be the first Black soldier of the Civil War. His racial identity would not be known until his death nearly a year later.
1892 - O.E. Brown received a U.S. patent for a horseshoe.
1900 - National Negro Business League was organized. Booker T. Washington was elected president.
1904 - Undine Smith Moore born
1908 - Martha M. Franklin led 52 other nurses to form the National Association of Colored Graduate Nurses, to improve the status of African-American nurses
1917 - Race riot between soldiers of 24th Infantry Regiment and white citizens in Houston. Two Blacks and eleven whites killed. Martial law declared.
1924 - Wynona Carr born
1926 - Carter Woodson, the second Black to receive a Ph.D from Harvard, inaugurated Negro History Week
1954 - Philip Emeagwali born
1966 - The Beatles' movie "Help!" premiered in the U.S.
1967 - Cedella Marley born
1989 - Yusuf Hawkins was murdered by a white mob in the Bensonhurst section of Brooklyn, NY.
1993 - The first memorial to African-American soldiers (United States Colored Troops - USCT) in a national park was dedicated at the Civil War battlefield in Petersburg, VA
1998 - Michael Jones, a 16-year old boy, was shot when he refused to drop a water gun that appeared real to police officers.
2004 - The public dedication of the National Underground Railroad Freedom Center (NURFC) took place.

What Rare and Good News

Black Churches were once a beacon of advocacy and change but something happened...this is great news and surprising considering that Sudan is predominantly Muslim.

Black Churches Taking Lead on Pressing Sudan Issue

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Here the first things
for a discerning monk
are guarding the senses,
restraint in line with the Patimokkha.

He should associate with admirable friends,
living purely, untiring,
hospitable by habit,
skilled in his conduct.
Gaining a manifold joy,
he will put an end
to suffering & stress.
Dhammapada, 25, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Monday, August 22

On this Day in Black History

1791 - Benjamin Banneker issued his first annual almanac
1791 - Slaves of Haiti, led by enslaved Toussaint L'Ouverture, revolted to establish the first independent nation in the Western Hemisphere
1843 - A national convention of black men was held in Buffalo, NY. Henry Highland Garnett called for a slave revolt and general strike across America.
1844 - A mass meeting of blacks in Boston adopted a resolution declaring that segregated public schools in that city violated the State Constitution. Their request was denied.
1862 - Claude Debussy born
1867 - Fisk Free Colored School (started in October 1865) was incorporated as Fisk University
1880 - George Herriman born
1885 - John Artemus born
1895 - Fort Valley State University was incorporated
1904 - Deng Xiaoping born
1910 - Addie "Sweet Pea" Spivey born
1917 - John Lee Hooker born
1920 - Ray Bradbury born
1921 - Nellie Monk born
1934 - Diana Sands born
1950 - Althea Gibson became the first black tennis player to be accepted into a national competition.
1951 - 75,052 people watched the Harlem Globetrotters perform. It was the largest crowd to see a basketball game.
1958 - Vernon Reid (Living Colour) born
1964 - Benjamin Jefferson "Ben" Davis, Jr. died
1970 - Derek and the Dominoes began work on their first and only studio album, "Layla and Other Assorted Love Songs"
1972 - Rhodesia was asked to withdraw from the 20th Olympic Summer Games, due to its racial policies
1978 - Jomo Kenyatta, Kenya's president & founding father, died
1989 - Huey P. Newton was shot and killed

Woodworking 101

Woohoo! I finished my bookcase. It came out nothing like I planned but it will work none the less.

One thing to remember is measure at least 2x, I think I needed 4 or 5 measures…also, mark where you want to cut or drill.

And the 8-Fold path is...

  1. Samma-Ditthi — Complete or Perfect Vision, also translated as right view or understanding.
  2. Samma-Sankappa — Perfected Emotion or Aspiration, also translated as right thought or attitude.
  3. Samma-Vaca — Perfected or whole Speech. Also called right speech.
  4. Samma-Kammanta — Integral Action. Also called right action.
  5. Samma-Ajiva — Proper Livelihood. Also called right livelihood.
  6. Samma-Vayama — Complete or Full Effort, Energy or Vitality. Also called right effort or diligence.
  7. Samma-Sati — Complete or Thorough Awareness. Also called "right mindfulness".
  8. Samma-Samadhi — Full, Integral or Holistic Samadhi. This is often translated as concentration, meditation, absorption or one-pointedness of mind. None of these translations is adequate.
*The word Samma means 'proper', 'whole', 'thorough', 'integral', 'complete', and 'perfect' - related to English 'summit' - It does not necessarily mean 'right', as opposed to 'wrong'. However it is often translated as "right" which can send a less than accurate message.

Go to Buddhanet to learn more.

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Skillful speech not only means that we pay attention to the words we speak and to their tone but also requires that our words reflect compassion and concern for others and that they help and heal, rather than wound and destroy.
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness"

Sunday, August 21

Purple & Gold

Living Room 6
Originally uploaded by bmitd67.

Yea! Sewanee's Right! Although these are Sewanee's school colors this room was NOT designed with them or the Vikings or Omega Psi Phi in mind. Tara and I both love purple and Feng Shui said this room should be yellow or there you have it!

Blues & Greens

Originally uploaded by bmitd67.

Tara's choice of flowers combined with our new table, my old placemats and some wedding gifts (vase, napkins, napkin rings) make for a very cozy breakfast room, don't they?

On this Day in Black History

1789 - Thomas Garrett born
1831 - Nat Turner and seventy slaves began a three-day slave rebellion in Southampton County, VA
1863 - William Quantrill led Confederate raiders on a strike in Lawrence, KS
1904 - William James "Count" Basie born
1912 - Arthur R. Eldred became the first American boy to become an Eagle Scout.
1927 - Fourth Pan-African Congress met in New York City
1928 - Art Farmer born
1932 - Melvin Van Peebles born
1933 - Clifford L. Alexander, Jr. born
1936 - Wilt Chamberlain born
1938 - Fats Waller recorded "Ain't Misbehavin'"(links to iTunes)
1943 - Harriet M. West was the first Black woman Major in the Women's Army Corps (WAC).
1944 - The US Army started the “Red Ball Express"
1959 - Hawaii became the 50th state.
1982 - Calvin Simmons, conductor of the Oakland Symphony Orchestra, died
2001 - Robert Tools, the first man to have a self contained artificial heart implanted spoke for the first time on national television.
2003 - Gyude Bryant was selected to oversee the two-year power-sharing accord between Liberia's rebels and the government. The accord was planned to guide the country out of 14 years of civil war.
2003 - Wesley Willis died

Buddhist Thought of the Day

The mindfulness of in and out breathing, of body contemplation, of keeping consciousness of the moment, is a noble occupation and a sublime way, leading to independence of mind and to wisdom.
Samyutta Nikaya

Saturday, August 20

On this Day in Black History

1619 - The Dutch brought the first Black slaves to the colony of Jamestown, VA
1667 - John Milton published Paradise Lost, an epic poem about the fall of Adam and Eve.
1802 - George Bonga born
1830 - Richard Allen chaired the first National Negro Convention in Philadelphia
1831 - Nat Turner led the first slave revolt of magnitude
1856 - Wilberforce University established
1866 - President Andrew Johnson officially declared that the American Civil War was over
1899 - Roger Arliner Young born
1905 - Jack Teagarden born
1920 - Otis Boykin born
1939 - National Negro Bowling Association was organized in Detroit, MI and Wynston Brown became its first president.
1941 - William Herbert Gray III (Bill Gray) born
1942 - Isaac Hayes born
1944 - SS Frederick Douglass, the first ship named in honor of a black man, was lost in European waters
1944 - Anna Lucasta, starring Hilda Simms and Frederick O'Neal, opened on Broadway
1948 - Robert Plant born
1952 - John Hiatt born
1954 - Al Roker born
1955 - Bo Diddley made his first appearance at the Apollo Theater
1965 - KRS-One born
1967 - The New York Times reported about a noise reduction system for album and tape recording developed by technicians R. and D.W. Dolby
1969 - Frank Zappa disbanded the Mothers of Invention
1992 - Dr. David Satcher named director of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention
1996 - Snoop Doggy Dogg settled out of court with the Woldemariam family in a wrongful death suit
1998 - Rape charges against DMX (Earl Simmons) were dropped
1999 - Bobby Sheehan (Blues Traveler) was found dead
2000 - Tiger Woods won at the 82nd PGA Golf Championship in Louisville, KY

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Few are the people
who reach the Far Shore.
These others
simply scurry along
this shore.
But those who practice Dhamma
in the line with the well-taught Dhamma,
will cross over the realm of Death
so hard to transcend.
Dhammapada, 6, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

Friday, August 19

On this Day in Black History

1692 - Five women and a clergyman were convicted of witchcraft & executed in Salem, MA
1791 - Benjamin Banneker sent a copy of his new almanac to Thomas Jefferson, the US Secretary of State.
1814 - Mary Ellen "Mammy" Pleasant born
1826 - Mansfield Tyler born
1848 - The discovery of gold in California was reported by the New York Herald
1884 - M.C. Harvey received a U.S. patent for a lantern.
1919 - Malcolm Forbes born
1921 - Gene Roddenberry born
1924 - William Marshall born
1926 - Theodore "Tiger" Flowers became the first African-American to win the world's middleweight boxing title
1929 - "Amos and Andy," the radio comedy program, debuted on NBC starring Freeman Gosden and Charles Correll.
1934 - Adolf Hitler was approved for sole executive power in Germany as Fuehrer.
1936 - Frederico Garcí­a Lorca was shot by Franco's troops after being forced to dig his own grave.
1940 - Johnny Nash born
1940 - Henry Hampton born
1946 - Major General Charles F. Bolden, Jr. born
1946 - President William Jefferson Clinton born
1950 - Edith Sampson became the first African-American appointed as a US delegate to the UN.
1951 - Sheila Evans-Tranumn born
1954 - Dr. Ralph Bunche named undersecretary of the United Nations.
1958 - NAACP Youth Council began series of sit-ins at lunch counters in Oklahoma City.
1970 - Fat Joe born
1977 - The Rev. Joseph Lowery named president of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference
1989 - Archbishop Desmond Tutu defied apartheid laws by walking alone on a South African beach.
1989 - Lil' Romeo born
1991 - Gavin Cato was killed in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, NY, inciting a confrontation between area blacks and Jews.
2001 - Betty Everett was found dead

Want a piece of Sewanee? Bring it on

The University of the South - more commonly known as Sewanee - is searching for a season-opening opponent for 2007 and Florida State has been sent a invitation.

Buddhist Thought of the Day

The right attitude for studying the way is just complete spontaneous acquiescence. Who cares whether it takes twenty or thirty years—you'll be naturally at peace, without the slightest bit of doubt or confusion. How can there be any obstruction again after spontaneous acquiescence? How can anyone arrive by way of externals?

Thursday, August 18

25 Signs You're A Grownup

From my 30 year old brother-in-law:

1. Your houseplants are alive, and you can't smoke any of them.
2. Having sex in a twin bed is out of the question.
3. You keep more food than beer in the fridge.
4. 6:00 AM is when you get up, not when you go to bed.
6. You watch the Weather Channel.
7. Your friends marry and divorce instead of "hook up" and "break up."
8. You go from 130 days of vacation time to 14.
9. Jeans and a sweater no longer qualify as "dressed up."
10. You're the one calling the police because those %&@.. kids next door won't turn down the stereo.
11. Older relatives feel comfortable telling sex jokes around you.
12. You don't know what time Taco Bell closes anymore.
13. Your car insurance goes down and your car payments go up.
14. You feed your dog Science Diet instead of McDonald's leftovers.
15. Sleeping on the couch makes your back hurt.
16. You take naps from noon to 6 PM
17. Dinner and a movie is the whole date instead of the beginning of one.
18. Eating a basket of chicken wings at 3 AM would severely upset, rather than settle, your stomach.
19. If you're a gal, you go to the drug store for ibuprofen and antacid, not condoms and pregnancy tests.
20. A $4.00 bottle of wine is no longer "pretty good stuff."
21. You actually eat breakfast food at breakfast time.
22. "I just can't drink the way I used to" replaces "I'm! never going to drink that much again."
23. 90% of the time you spend in front of a computer is for real work.
24. You drink at home to save money before going to a bar.
25. You read this entire list looking desperately for one sign that doesn't apply to you and can't find one to save your sorry old butt. Then you forward it to a bunch of old pals & friends 'cause you know they'll enjoy it & do the same.

On this Day in Black History

1227 - Ghengis Khan died
1774 - Merriwether Lewis born
1859 - Our Nig by Harriet Wilson, probably the first novel written by an African-American woman, published
1887 - Eatonville, Florida, an all-black community, founded...see Zora Neale Hurston
1920 - Tennessee ratified the 19th Amendment (right of all American women to vote) to the U.S. Constitution
1921 - Howard Jones born
1921 - Warren G. Harding Lee (Lee Jackson) born
1933 - Roman Polanski born
1934 - Rafer Johnson born
1935 - Gail Fisher born
1935 - Simmie Knox born
1945 - Nona Hendryx born
1956 - "Hound Dog" by Big Mama Thornton released
1962 - Ringo Starr debuted with The Beatles
1963 - James Meredith became the first African-American to graduate from "Ole Miss" (University of Mississippi)
1964 - South Africa was banned from the Olympic Games
1969 - Edward Norton born
1970 - Malcolm-Jamal Warner born
1973 - Hank Aaron set a major league record with his 1,378th extra base
1976 - Vice Admiral Samuel L. Gravely, Jr. assumed command of the U.S. Third Fleet
1981 - Herschel Walker (UGa) took out a one million dollar insurance policy with Lloyds of London
1987 - Earl Campbell announced his retirement from the National Football League
1996 - The San Jose Mercury newspaper linked the Central Intelligence Agency to drugs brought into black Los Angeles by Nicaraguan Contras
2000 - Jimmie Lee Robinson, Chicago bluesman and APO Records artist, started a "hunger fast" in an effort to stop the University Of Illinois At Chicago's south campus expansion plans in the city's Maxwell Street district

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Trivial thoughts, insignificant thoughts,
When followed they distract the mind.
Not understanding those thoughts
The roaming mind runs back and forth.
But by understanding those thoughts
One ardent and mindful restrains the mind.
An awakened one has overcome them completely
So they do not arise to distract the mind.

Wednesday, August 17

On this Day in Black History

1786 - Davy Crockett born
1790 - The Capital City of the U.S. moved to Philadelphia from New York City
1837 - Charlotte Forten, poet and diarist, born
1844 - Blacks protested Boston's Jim Crow schools at mass rallies. They began a series of meetings to fight the segregated school system in Boston.
1849 - Archibald Grimké born
1882 - Samuel Goldwyn born
1887 - Marcus Garvey born
1894 - Texas College founded
1903 - Joseph Pulitzer donated a million dollars to Columbia University. This started the Pulitzer Prizes in his name.
1906 - Members of the Niagra Movement conducted a historic "Barefoot March" down the hillside to the site of John Brown's raid at Harper's Ferry.
1917 - John Lee Hooker born.
1931 - A'Lelia Walker, daughter and heir of Mme. C.J Walker died
1932 - First Gospel Choral Union was organized.
1939 - Luther Allison born
1943 - Robert DeNiro born
1948 - Frank Wills born
1961 - East Germany completed the construction of the Berlin Wall
1969 - The Woodstock music festival ended
1973 - Paul Williams (the Temptations) died
1990 - Pearl Bailey died
1993 - Jackie Joyner-Kersee won her 17th consecutive heptathlon in the world track and field meet in Stuttgart, Germany.
1998 - President Bill Clinton admitted to having an improper relationship with Monica Lewinsky, a White House intern.
2002 - Alfred Ligon, America's oldest continuously operated Black bookstore owner, died

Newlywed Bliss?

Now comes the period of adjustments, right?

Since I am the househusband I am the one cooking dinner and therein lies a point of concern, or at least it has become a point of concern. I am having trouble putting together a properly balanced, properly proportion meal for two that includes enough food for leftovers.

See, Tara follows a very defined diet, everything. She plans thoroughly and executes completely. I, on the other hand, fly by the seat of my pants (what does that mean exactly?). Tara's diet is based on "Eat Right 4 Your Blood Type" and something else that defines proper proportions.

As best as I can figure, I am having trouble absorbing how much food two people need to eat (regardless of Tara's dietary guidelines) AND consider for the next days lunch. See, before I got married I would very rarely cook per meal. I would make a big pot of soup or beans and eat that till it was gone. It would include veggies and meat so I didn't have to think about how much veg, protein or starch was included. I'd put it in those 2 cup tupperware things and that would be it for tomorrow's lunch or dinner. Tara doesn't eat this way.

Over the past few days I have been cooking various things that she gets from Avalon Acres or that we got from the grocery and I guess what is happening - and I can totally see why housewives become lushes (not that all do but, you know, the stereotype) - is that, because I am, to continue the flying theme, flying blind as far as this portion and dietary stuff, I am not giving her enough for a proper dinner and subsequently lunch. This is, of course, stressing her out b/c she needs to have enough leftover to make her lunch the next day, which for many reasons I am not familiar with. Tara wears her emotions on her sleeve so I know when she's not happy and this, in turn, frustrates, angers or upsets me too.

I won't go into all the peripheral things that might be adding to the frustration but there are (always) other things going on that exacerbate any point.

So, tonight maybe we'll eat her beloved ground lamb.

Buddhist Thought of the Day

The Buddha was invited by a Brahman to have a meal in his house. But when he arrived, the Brahman greeted him strangely, with a torrent of abuse.

Politely, the Buddha asked,
“Do visitors come to your home, good Brahman?”
“What preparations do you make for them?”
“We get ready a great feast.”
”What happens if they don’t arrive?”
“Then we gladly eat it ourselves.”
“Well, Brahman, you’ve invited me for a meal and you’ve entertained me with hard words. I want nothing from your preparation. So please take it back and eat it yourselves.”

“Never retaliate in kind,” the Buddha told his followers. “Hatred does not come to an end through hatred but can only cease through generosity.”
Jataka Tale

Tuesday, August 16


Kosh & Stu 30 - Mr & Mrs Watts
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So, yesterday was the 4th wedding of a 1970s Edgehill United Methodist women... apparently Tara's church had a very active youth group when she was a kid and now many are getting married. First there was Tara, then Perri, then Meshon and now Akoshua. Pretty amazing for one Summer. Next Spring will bring the wedding of yet another from the group, George.

There are a few left but I won't name names.

Congrats to all of us!

How and Why Organic Farming Must Become the Norm

Organic farming produces the same yields of corn and soybeans as does conventional farming, but uses 30 percent less energy, less water and no pesticides, a review of a 22-year farming trial study concludes.

FDA Bans Veterinary Drug

The Food & Drug Administration has banned the use of the antibiotic Baytril in poultry because it causes resistance to emerge in Campylobacter bacteria. Campylobacter in poultry is one of the most common causes of severe bacterial food poisoning in humans.

Hands of Music

Hands of Music
Originally uploaded by bmitd67.

Adam Carlos is a college (University of the South) classmate of mine and has had wonderful opportunities to sketch the hands of wonderful artists, including Vassar.

I stole this from Adam's website. Talk to him about buying a true copy.

A Master gone


Vassar was an amazing musician and an enormus influence on stringed instrument players and those of us who love music. Vassar was the first fiddle player I ever heard who played with soul. His music was an indication that he was pure. I saw him play several times and was always awestruck. Stylistically he added jazz to his bluegrass creating a style all his own.

Vassar we already miss you.

They don't call it beautiful for nothing

Watch soccer, shed violence: Thai minister

Sunday, August 14

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Subhuti asked: "What does buddha mean?"

The Buddha answered: "Buddha is reality. One who thoroughly comprehends all the factors of existence is a buddha

Saturday, August 13


I have decided that 1Sep05 is when I will start studying the GRE crap.

With no job it’s hard to set times to do anything but now, that the remodel is almost done and should be all done by 1Sep05 I have set a date.Keep posted and remind me when the time comes.

Buddhist Thought of the Day

At the time for initiative
he takes no initiative.
Young, strong, but lethargic,
the resolves of his heart
the lazy, lethargic one
loses the path
to discernment.
Dhammapada 280, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu

Thursday, August 11

Support Your Local Farmer

Through Tara's church we are getting organic, farm fresh food.

It's a Community Supported Agriculture thing with Avalon Acres farm. So far we've gotten eggs, chicken, peas, squashes, potatoes, various peppers and various herbs.

If you can't find a CSA group go to your local Farmer's Market or roadside produce stand...


You'll notice a lot more photos.

I am making a concerted effort to keep my camera with me. It's a little bulkier than the camera phones but at least it's not an SLR, which would be REAL bulky. Who knows? If I keep taking photos, I will be able to justify a digi SLR...fingers crossed.

Besides, if I'm in a "flickr fan" webring I should take photos, right?

St. Ann's Episcopal

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My home parish.

I haven't been active in 15 or so years but this was my got wrecked during the Nashville Tornado back around 99 and they rebuilt. It doesn't look like a church to me anymore...

Notice how early the "late" service is. The church is located about 2 blocks from the Titans Coliseum.

Inglewood Library

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Bonnie's Gardens

My mother-in-law's backyard retreat... Posted by Picasa

Buddhist Thought of the Day

Though in thought we range throughout the world,
We'll nowhere find a thing more dear than self.
So, since others hold the self so dear,
He who loves himself should injure none.
Samyutta Nikaya

Wednesday, August 10

Why we don't do what we should

From the guy that brought you Getting Things Done...Now comes his synthesized list of the nine reasons we don't do what we should, in all aspects of our lives, in what I think is order of prevalence.
1. Fear
2. Lack of Self-Confidence
3. Lack of Knowledge
4. Trying to Do Too Much Alone
5. Trying to Do Too Much
6. Loss of Self
7. Lack of Energy
8. Lack of Reward
9. It Can't Be Done
And I would have to agree that most of these apply to procrastinators like me.

Then comes the wedding...

My wedding day started as one of the most frustrating, tiring days I had had in a long time. I stayed up late after the rehearsal dinner not to party but to pack. I think I ended up in bed at something close to 3am. The packing itself wasn't that bad, it was all the crap I had to do to prep the kitchen for the two weeks I'd be gone which was also the two weeks contractors would be around without me.

I got up around 8am b/c I had to meet my DJ at the reception hall at 9am. I didn't have time to get a good cup of coffee so I was dragging ass to begin with. I get to the room and I see that I have to rearrange tables to make room for the DJ. I could feel my jaw tightening as the clock ticked. I knew I had to get back to my house and take a shower/shave, get my clothes and bags and whatnot and be BACK at the reception hall by 10:30. I was out of gas and I wanted coffee, food and sleep.

I finally get back to the reception hall and I was wound up tight! Tara was the calm one. I told her I needed gas and I asked where I needed to be after that. She said we'd meet at Calypso Cafe and I left. Now, most of us are creatures of habit and when you are frustrated the habits take control. I went for gas and I went to Calypso #1. Nobody is there yet so I figure I can run across the street and pick up the Scofield album that I'd just heard about on NPR. I pick up that and a couple more disks and get back to my car. Still, nobody is there and then I think...wait, I bet they went to Calypso #2 and since I don't have a cell phone I had to go with that. Thinking that b/c that's the area of town Tara is from, when she says Calypso that's the location she means (not to mention it is between the reception and the wedding halls).

I start driving and I am fighting myself the entire way. In one of my other posts I mentioned that yoga has taught me how to get my mind redirected on the task at hand and the drive from one Calypso to the other was me constantly redirecting my mind from the "what a shitty day, what a dumbass I am" thoughts to the "this is my wedding day, this is going to be the best day ever" thoughts. As I was walking into the other Calypso and saw my entire wedding party in the window I realized that the day was a good one and, secondly, I realized that I was thinking only happy thoughts!
- The mind is a powerful weapon -
Our wedding party ate lunch together and then went to the church to finish decorating and dress. By now I was smooth as silk. I am not one prone to outward displays of emotion nor am I prone to get terribly frazzled. The guys got dressed and proceeded to hang out. I went out and talked to my Auntie Dear and Tia (Rosa). Then I came back in and hung out by the door, not realizing at the time that I was greeting people as they arrived at MY wedding.

We seated the family. I did double duty by seating my Aunt (my Mom's only sister) and Godmother (my Mom's best friend and the woman responsible for introducing Tara and me) as "Mothers of the Groom". And then we were off.

The ceremony was very comfortable and I enjoyed standing up there watching the crowd, seeing faces and whatnot. Everything happened as it was scheduled, the women walked down the aisle and each one of them was beautiful although I did particularly notice Kosh and Pauline's shoes (I am a sucker for some little strappy high heels). And then the doors closed and my beautiful, elegant bride appeared. I'd seen Tara in all manner of dress but this was absolutely the most beautiful I had ever seen her. The dress was beautiful, her hair was all up and sexy looking and I could see her cute feet and sandals peeking out from under her dress. Now, you have to understand that Tara doesn't get dressed up for anything and the couple of times she has gotten dressed up she didn't seem too comfortable. On this day, despite her extreme nervousness, she looked comfortable and I will be the first one to tell you that Sexy is as Comfortable does!

I didn't know how I was gonna react during the ceremony. I didn't think I'd cry but I just didn't know. Almost as soon as I saw her I got chocked up. One of my former coworkers got married a couple of weeks b4 us and he said it was the strangest feeling he'd ever had and I completely agree. I felt excited and nervous and overwhelmed all at once. On a couple of occasions during the ceremony I fought hard not to just bust out and cry.

The ceremony itself seemed to go by very quickly but it also seemed to be dragging on. I was trying to calm Tara during most of it and Bill Barnes, our officiant, was trying to keep us focused and entertained. At one point he said something like, "I know I'm not that pretty but turn toward me." Toward the end he said we were "in the ninth inning" and lastly, before we kissed he told us "if we were gonna kiss we better do it now." He said all of these things in such a quiet voice that none of the wedding party heard it. He really helped ease the tension.

After Joel walked out with Anne-Marie & Marie on his arms the whole wedding party clapped and laughed all the way to the back room. We really enjoyed ourselves. The photos took too long but we were still having fun. And now that I'm thinking about it I need to call Artis, see where my pictures are!

Tuesday, August 9

#10 in the Nation

This just in:
Grimey'’s was just featured in the current issue of Rolling Stone magazine. Nice national exposure that we're very proud of, never mind the fact that they claimed we were the "best record shop in town" and a "“paradigm of indie and vintage goodness". You can read the piece on our website here: Grimey's Press. Also, we just discovered that the RS piece, which is called Schools That Rock” is an excerpt from a full-length book just out by the same title. In the book, Grimey'’s is listed as being in the Top 10 Record Stores in the country!!! (we'’re #10, behind such luminaries as Amoeba, Waterloo, Other Music, Vintage Vinyl, and other amazing stores) Whoa. I don'’t know about that just yet, but we sure are giving it "the old college try" and I deeply appreciate the recognition. All this means is that the game is ON and we'’ve got to continue to step it up. So let'’s get it on...
Big Up to these guys!

They have worked hard to give Nashville a real music geek hangout and record store. Because I've know Grimey (Mike Grimes) since he was a lowly record rep back in the early 90s I've always made a point to go by and at least say hi. He won't remember this but he was one of the last people I saw in Nashville before I moved to Baton Rouge. I've loved this place since he was in the tiny little house over by 100 Oaks and I always spend too much time and too much money when I go in there.

Mike along with D-Funk andmade rest have mede this place work b/c they really know their shit, they all are excited about music and they carry all the cool stuff.

So, when you come to Nashville and wanna buy some music or soak up the vibe...

Buddhist Thought of the Day

A man long absent
comes home safe from afar.
His kin, his friends, his companions,
delight in his return.

In just the same way,
when you've done good
& gone from this world
to the world beyond,
your good deeds receive you--
as kin, someone dear
come home.
Dhammapada, 16, translated by Thanissaro Bhikkhu.

We miss you Jerry.

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Monday, August 8

Sad day for Language Arts

Tonight everybody should watch ABC's World News Tonight and rent or buy Buena Vista Social Club

Ibrahim Ferrer Dies at 78

Passing of an era - and an urbane anchor (Peter Jennings)

Recycle Nashville

Recycle Nashville
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The new stove

The most adorable woman ever. Tara is christening our new stove with some scrambled eggs. Posted by Picasa

Jesus Te Ama

This church has been in East Nashville forever, it used to be Inglewood United Methodist or something. Anyway, it was transformed into this Hispanic church many years ago and I don't think they have ever changed the message. Posted by Picasa

Buddhist Thought of the Day

It is very important that you do not compare your actions to your partner's or judge your partner's behavior as unskillful. Rather, focus on your own actions and take responsibility for them. Recall those times when you looked into your partner's eyes and saw the pain you caused this person you love to suffer. If you can admit your own faults, if you can see how hurtful your actions were and tap into a sense of concern for your partner's well-being, then compassion and loving-friendliness will flow.
Bhante Henepola Gunaratana, "Eight Mindful Steps to Happiness"

Saturday, August 6

Guest Bedroom

Guest Bedroom
Originally uploaded by bmitd67.

I've uploaded some photos from the house remodel. I will be adding more as more rooms are completly decorated. I will also include vendors when appropriate...

Friday, August 5

I Feel So Bad...

just like a ballgame on a rainy day

I was fortunate enough to see Milton a on few occasions and after his first performance with Gov't Mule I actually got to meet him.

Little Milton dies at 71

the Artist: Little Milton
the Label: Malaco

You should definitely check out his albums on Chess. The stuff like "If these walls could talk" and "I feel so bad" is some of the best blues you will ever hear. He was an extraordinary singer and a great guitar player...

Just remember:
"if I don't love you, grits ain't groceries, eggs ain't poultry and Mona Lisa was a man"
And Milton, we will see you again.

Thursday, August 4

We are DONE!

Except for some touch-up and a balustrade my house is remodeled!

The last of the appliances was installed about an hour ago. It took three tries and 2 refrigerators but we have all new appliances!

Details to follow.

I am sooooo happy and relieved!