I wish it wasn’t true: Tom Petty not with us any more

I wish it wasn’t true: Tom Petty not with us any more.

I made this sign for my car on Tuesday October 3, 2017:

I spent Monday afternoon in anguish after hearing that he went into the hospital. Reports were flying around online saying this and that. I refused to believe any of it until official confirmation came out. I wasn’t going to believe anyone, only family, his manager or a band mate. I couldn’t. I refused. It can’t be true. I kept searching online for a story to refute it all, to say he was fine, that maybe he had a heart attack but was awake now. Nothing.

Today I’m vacillating between disbelief and depression. Some anger is creeping in. It’s too soon for him to go. Too soon.

 

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October 4, 2017 at 2:39 am Leave a comment

Tom Petty Concert 40th Anniversary Tour

I’ve been to many Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers concerts: back in the 80’s for the “Long After Dark” tour; “Wildflowers” in the 90’s; and the most recently, the 40th anniversary tour.

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We’re all a little older, and there was less jumping around on stage and for me in the audience, but the band delivered a great performance as always. I wouldn’t criticize anything about the show because I’m a fan, not a critic. I loved every song they chose to play, and like everyone, lamented a personal favorite song they didn’t play. But that’s okay. I’ll take what they give me. If they only play smaller venues from now on, that great too. I’d love to see them in a smaller setting.

I remember the specific, life-changing moment I first heard a Tom Petty song: It was “Refugee”. I was walking through the living room while my mother had some talk show on TV. I think it was the Mike Douglas show (not Michael Douglas the actor), and they played a video of “Refugee.” This was before MTV, and we didn’t have cable TV anyway. The only music videos I ever got to see were on a show called “Friday Night Videos” or if I was at someone else’s house.

I literally stopped in my tracks. That music and the lyrics hit me and resonated on deep levels I didn’t even fully know about at that moment. But I became an instant devotee. He’s my number one rock and roller. I love his attitude, the sound of that Rickenbacker guitar, and his constant striving for freedom and great rock ‘n’ roll.

Their music sustained me, guided me and confirmed my feelings and view of the world. Back when there was real radio, I used to get into my old Chevy and turn on the radio. In the 80’s, radio played Tom Petty a lot, and I would turn the dial from one local rock station to another, searching for a Tom Petty song. Whatever lyric I heard served as a horoscope for the day. If he was singing, “Even the losers get lucky some time”, I would vehemently agree, “Yes!” and drive out of my raggedy ass part of town to the beach or school, determined to make my life what I wanted it to be. And I am.

Thank God for Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers!

 

October 1, 2017 at 5:45 am Leave a comment

Blooming Poinciana Tree

Typically the Poinciana tree (Delonix regia) blooms in May and June, but it was later this year. I took this photo July 11, 2017

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It was beautiful in the morning sun. I just had to stop and take its picture.

August 27, 2017 at 10:23 am Leave a comment

Story “The Arboretum”

“The Arboretum”

By Marie Etzler

“Mom, turn on the radio,” Patrick yelled from the back. “It’s so boring in here.”

“Don’t yell, Patrick,” his mother, Charlotte yelled. Veronica turned around and squinted at her older cousin, Patrick, studying him and hoping that his family wouldn’t move to Florida with hers, too. She turned back around to watch as her aunt Charlotte reached out her slender wrist with the thin black watch band and turned on the radio and rotate the dial from a news report about where President Ford was going that week to some music.  . . .

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July 19, 2017 at 5:33 am Leave a comment

The Rescue of Mteto, Baby Elephant, in Tsavo

More good work by the David Sheldrick Wildlife Trust in Nairobi, Africa:

The rescue of Mteto – 6/8/2017 – watch the video here

This orphaned elephant baby, about 10 months old, was found in the Tsavo East National park, near a carcass of an adult elephant killed for its ivory. Members of the Trust, fed the baby, hydrated her and they continue to care for her and many other orphans at the preserve.

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The organization was founded in 1977 by Dr. Dame Daphne Sheldrick D.B.E, in honour of the memory of her late husband, famous naturalist and founding Warden of Tsavo East National Park, David Leslie William Sheldrick MBE. They also help move elephants from farm land to reduce conflicts between people and the animals. I’m proud to sponsor them and encourage others to also.

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June 22, 2017 at 12:15 pm 1 comment

Their Chaos will not Reign

Don’t take the bait.

The current administration wants to undermine our belief in the existence of truth, in news, in journalists, and facts by issuing a barrage of bullshit via social media. By not using official White House communication methods, they’re attempting to imply that they’re better because they’re outside the establishment. And it’s also an attempt to assert that the established institutions are not valuable or needed.

This is horseshit.

Do not accept their snow job. Don’t take their chaos toboggan ride down their mountain of b.s.

Stay calm.

America and democracy will survive. We are stronger than some selfish real estate developer.

Continue to keep an eye out. Analyze. Don’t accept everything they shovel. Act locally. Watch globally.

 

January 30, 2017 at 3:18 am Leave a comment

I Hope the Russian Bread isn’t Stale

When the economy slows down, we can all get jobs building the pipeline. Then we can get jobs cleaning up the toxic spills from the pipeline. Then we can get jobs burying the bodies of the animals and people killed by the toxins. Oh, wait, we’ll be dead by then from working in contact with the toxins because the EPA will be run by a guy who removes all protections. Neither we nor our families will be able to sue or get any financial reparations or help because they will probably change the laws to make it unlawful to sue. Then there won’t be any medical treatment for the illnesses because the hospitals will have closed due to lack of funds after the ACA is ended. The oil pipeline construction companies won’t offer healthcare or have other labor laws in place to help workers. After spills from pipeline that runs through farm land destroys crops, there won’t be any food to eat. We’ll need to import food, but no one will sell us any because the asshole in Washington will have alienated every other country, except Russia. I hope the Russian bread isn’t stale by the time it gets here. I’m sure the asshole in Washington eats the finest caviar – imported of course. Why would he follow his own “buy American” command?

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January 27, 2017 at 3:37 am Leave a comment

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