First post from my phone, just watching the Kentucky-Louisville replay and taking it easy. My review of Hunger Games ***1/2 and talking about watching the movie before the book can wait.
Finishing my 2nd day off today.
Been very sad and sleeping a lot.
Thought of this beautiful song by the Cox Family from “My Brother Where Art Thou” .. “I Am Weary (Let Me Rest)”. I also think it’s something Walter would love.
Poutine is magically delicious late night crave food from Quebec.
It’s simple .. gravy, cheese curd, and fries that sounds like it might be good, but it’s just awesome.
Had some at Frog and Turtle for the first time in a long time and very happy I did.
I need to drink beer there and have poutine more often. Although Allagash White fits it’s flavor much better than an IPA.
You know you want some.
This has been a very tough week for my family.
My father in law, Walter Maheux was diagnosed with lung cancer that has metastaticized to other parts of his body.
The prognosis is not good.
One of the things that has helped me as it always does is music.
Specifically the music of Johnny Cash.
I think he may be even passing Bob Dylan to be my favorite artist of all time, and certainly the one I have turned to most during this crisis.
Here are some of the songs I have found powerful.
It’s also appropriate because my father in law is a huge old school country music fan.
What I am listening to right now is possibly my favorite Johnny Cash song, his amazing Nine Inch Nails cover, “Hurt”.
Beautiful and haunting.
Another song that made me happy and sad, was Cash’s beautiful cover of the Beatles, “In My Life.” His rich life takes this gorgeous song to a whole new level of richness.
Here start the tears, just gorgeous, a song about living a rich life.
Next is one of my favorite songs ever, one of I have loved forever in the Simon and Garfunkel version, “Bridge Over Troubled Water.” Johnny Cash gives a whole new gravitas, to a gorgeous song.
Another gorgeous Johnny Cash cover is his version of U2’s “One.”
Lovely cover, of what I think he said may be the best rock song ever written.
And one of my favorite Johnny Cash songs came from his last album American VI: Ain’t No Grave, and one of my personal goals to have a “Satisfied Mind”.
I have no doubts that my father-in-law Walter Maheux has a satisfied mind. He is living a rich life, with a wonderful family and friends, and so much love.
And thank everyone for your thoughts, prayers and best wishes, it means a lot.
I had a real treat tonight.
I was listening to WMPG on the way home and heard Blunt Youth Radio having a 1 hour show about poetry.
They played some of their favorite poems, had local youth and Portland poets out there including Nate Amadon, President of Port Veritas, and amazing local poet, Zach Dickie.
Was impressed with the love of poetry and as always how great Portland’s youth poets are.
Was also happy to find out there was just a Falmouth youth slam, would love to have gone.
Poetry makes me happy.
Hearing love for it makes me happy.
Also love the a youth poet already won a monthly slam at Port Veritas this year.
Seeing our young wordsmiths, makes me think we can have a better future.
Children are our future, teach them well, teach them to love words, teach them to love poetry.
You never know what you can get.