adventures in dysthymia

Thursday, March 27, 2008




Your Thinking is Abstract and Random



You are flexible, adaptable, and creative.

There's many ways that you can learn - and you're up for any of them.

You relate well to other people, and you do well working in groups.

You can help people communicate together and work with each other's strengths.

You don't work well with people who are competitive or adversarial.

You prefer to work toward a common goal... not toward conflicting goals.

Tuesday, March 25, 2008

NO MORE freezing weather, okay? It's almost April after all and this is Florida, y'know! It's Spring and it's time to get out the shorts and pack away the jackets. And go places!

Unfortunately, I probably won't go to Dunnellon for the Will McLean Festival this year. The logistics may just be too much for me to handle it. I've been there the last six years and hate to miss my perfect attendance record. I should have a gold star by now!

Naturally, I do intend to make it to the Florida Folk Festival in May. I've made it there for seven years in a row and don't want to break that record. Even if it's only for one day.

Looks like a much better year -- so far -- for growing things around here. No drought like last year, though we are moving into the drier season. Lots of things are blooming and sprouting around here. The azaleas are out, of course. The privet should bloom soon. Surprisingly, the pear was rather sparsely blossomed this spring. Perhaps the stress of last year is to blame. And I don't think my hazelnuts are going to revive. I nursed them all last summer but it looks like it was to no avail. Maybe I'll try them again next year.

On a completely different note (which creates a new chord, right?), I've started another blog that I've named The Metanoist. It's supposed to be in conjunction with the magazine. Sort of, anyway. I know 'metanoia' is a term used more by theologians than by artsy types, but I thought it appropriate.

BREAD

Making bread, I could
think deep thoughts, compose
poems, symphonies,
create best selling novels.

Instead, I lose myself
in the wordless prayers
of kneading; the silent songs
of my soul shall rise

with the loaves. In time,
I will be satisfied --
this work of making bread
may be a humble art

yet it fills a hunger.

Stephen Brooke ©2008

A simple little piece (in trimeter, more or less) and probably a bit pat (and even veering toward cliche). But what the heck, I was kneading bread and I did write a poem! :)

More posts shortly -- I've a backlog of stuff I should be writing about.

Saturday, March 22, 2008

Okay...I haven't tried this before but let's see if it works. A video of Mary and Frank James at the Florida Folk Festival last November:

Tuesday, March 11, 2008

religion, poetry
and a good joke ~
some get it

and some forever
will go huh?

Stephen Brooke ©2008

PANHANDLE PARADISE

vs 1
From Tuscaloosa to Montgomery,
Or Nashville, up in Tennessee,
Summer's here and it's far too hot --
I reckon Florida is our best shot.
Down the Interstate, it's not so far,
a couple hours in an over-crowded car,
So load up the kids and don't forget Gramma
we're headin' for Baja Alabama!

vs 2
Down on the Panama City beaches
Kids will swim while Daddy fishes;
Later we'll watch the Florida stars,
Evenings of beers and oyster bars.
Hear those cool Gulf breezes callin'
Before you know it, you'll be fallin'
In love and never want to go
Back to Birmingham or Tupelo.

chorus
We don't need to visit Disney,
We don't need Miami's lights,
When we can sit on a white sand beach
And be amazed by a Gulf sunrise.
It's the Redneck Riviera,
A bit of Panhandle paradise;
Come on down and get your share
Of sunny days and starlit nights

vs 3
Girls in bikinis go strollin' by
While country boys give them the eye;
The surfer dude, the farmer's wife --
Mix 'em all up and call it life!
Every day is a carnival;
Have your fun before it's Fall.
Summer's short, each sun must set,
but we'll be back, you can bet!

repeat chorus (or something like that)

Stephen Brooke (c)2008

Yes, a song, and extremely rough and first draft-y at this point. A bit of a lightweight, throw-away concept too but the words were in my head and I had to get rid of 'em. Btw, I am no longer posting any of my writing over at 360. If and when the 'universal profile' debuts, maybe I'll do something there.

In other news...well, there's not much other news. I'm semi-busy doing the home-manufacture of CDs thing for a client I recorded some time back. I should be recording and manufacturing my own, shouldn't I? :(

addendum, later in the day...I changed the line 'cool Gulf breezes' to 'cool sea breezes.' 'Cool Gulf' was unsingable, at least for me. And it is a song now, tune, chords, etc. I may change the place names in the first line yet, if I can come up with better ones! (In part, because I'm thinking of using the phrase 'from Tuscaloosa to Tallapoosa' in a different piece and in part because of the slightly forced rhyme of Montgomery and Tennessee)

Saturday, March 08, 2008

I NEED to stop trying to change channels with my cordless phone. Though the people I might get on a wrong number may be more interesting than most television programs. The repair-person came and got my satellite dish working properly again yesterday so now I once again have 200-some programs available to not watch. I really only have the dish for my mom (who is doing better, though recent events got her rather confused) and am still thinking of going back to an antenna in a couple months.

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I'm glad to hear that Waris Dirie was found safe and sound. This world needs all the Really Good Looking Women it has and it doesn't do to go misplacing them. Doesn't it seem like that Somalia-Eritrea-Ethiopia area has some of the best looking women in the world? No wonder Solomon fell for that gal from Sheba.

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So John McCain will be running as the Republican candidate. I must admit that if I were to vote for a Republican (hey, stranger things have happened!) he would have been my choice. Oh, I guess none of them was all bad. Except Giuliani, who is, of course, the anti-christ. But, as I must ask every four years, where is Dwight Eisenhower when we need him?

Tuesday, March 04, 2008

THIS WILL be a bit of a hit and run post -- just haven't had the time and desire to organize my thoughts and post the last few days, as I've been mostly dealing with taking care of my mother. Things are (I hope, anyway) getting back onto a more even keel there. At least I haven't tipped over and drowned yet.

I give up on Yahoo's SiteBuilder software. It was so seductive...so easy to use...but it really only works well with a small site, not a sprawling monstrosity like mine with various and sundry subdomains and forwarded domain addresses and so on. The links and images have never wanted to work properly, especially if I use a subdomain address. So I'm going back to a simpler program with fewer features but which I know works. I guess that means I'll be pretty much wiping the site clean again and starting over...oh, dear, what am I getting myself into?