11 December 2008

A New Chapter

The winter solstice is almost upon us; the rebirth of day is about to commence with the days becoming longer. This is but one of many forces that conspire to indicate the beginning of a new chapter in my life.

Sooo....

New blog title, new photos, new music. (the great photo of me in my studio is by my dear friend Stephanie: www.stephotographyonline.com) While a certain period of my life was mos appropriately titled, "A lover's quarrel with the world", and though I do still feel that strife in my soul, other reverberations feel more fitting these days.

"A memo to a higher office
Open letter to the powers that be
To a god, a king, a head of state
A captain of industry
To the movers and the shakers...
Can't everybody see?

It ought to be second nature
I mean, the places where we live
Let's talk about this sensibly
We're not insensitive
I know progress has no patience
But something's got to give

I know you're different
You know I'm the same
We're both too busy
To be taking the blame
I'd like some changes
But you don't have the time
We can't go on thinking
It's a victimless crime
No one is blameless
But we're all without shame
We fight the fire while we're feeding the flames

Folks have got to make choices
And choices got to have voices
Folks are basically decent
Conventional wisdom would say
But we read about the exceptions
In the papers every day

It ought to be second nature
At least, that's what I feel
Now I lay me down in Dreamland
I know perfect's not for real
I thought we might get closer
But I'm ready to make a deal

Today is different, and tomorrow the same
It's hard to take the world the way that it came
Too many rapids keep us sweeping along
Too many captains keep on steering us wrong
It's hard to take the heat
It's hard to lay blame
To fight the fire while we're feeding the flames"

- Neal Peart


I'm a most fortunate man. I'm grateful for all the good that has come - if you are reading this, chances are, you've been a vessel, bringing stocks of that goodness into my life.

Thank you.

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