‘We are on a great journey’

i’m publishing this a day early because it is world oceans day. i thought i’d get the word out.
new-heart-banner5-from-worldoceansday.org

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carole-king-tapestryit was the best of times, it was the worst of times: the seventies, especially the music: the stones, carole king, james taylor, yes, led zeppelin, pink floyd–but also neil sedaka, the partridge family, the carpenters, and other crap. and disco. my only positive disco memory involves the very undisco-ish smoke on the water. oh, and the camp cook pretending he was mick jagger singing miss you (the only good disco song–you gotta watch this). i should get a t-shirt made that says ‘i survived disco’. the other day we were listening to a seventies #1 hits stream. no disco, but it was hit-and-miss. ford-pinto-side-in-motionby-judy-lapalmeafter three misses in a row, we switched streams. but the seventies were more than music. remember harvest gold, avocado green, woodtone brown? throw pillows and shag carpet? the pacer. the pinto. vietnam. watergate. yep, some things in the 70s were like the pinto: unsafe at any speed.

Music

songza-1previously, i featured music from tiny desk and the signal and other CBC streams. this week, i present songza, which has hundreds of streams, like…

quiet-and-crispQuiet And Crisp,

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newgrass-nation-from-songzaNewgrass Nation,

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the-celtic-spirit--from-songza

or The Celtic Spirit.

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songza-2to find your own, start at songza’s homepage.

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bola-sete-1967

1967

Bola Sete, Tour De Force.

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hwHawksley Workman has a new record out, and three videos: We’re Not Broken Yet, Make Up Your Mind Tonight, and Don’t Take Yourself Away (Instant Nostalgia).
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allmans, into the mystic-screencap by pklAllman Brothers, Into The Mystic.

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AufgerichtetesholzBruce Cockburn, Gavin’s Woodpile. ‘There is plenty in life to protest, but I did not write ‘Gavin’s Woodpile’ (or anything else) as a protest song. It was a personal lament, a cry of spiritual angst that arose from feeling helpless in the face of endless assaults against people and the land.’ Rumours Of Glory 147

Musician Bruce Cockburn is shown in a handout photo. When  Cockburn first began crafting his 30th record, he planned to embark on a pretty radical departure.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Kevin Kelly

Fast-forward a few decades.

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michael-hedgesi love serendipity, like discovering michael hedges doing wondering where the lions are…and more, much more!

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Larry Carlton and Robben Ford together jamming-screencap-by-pklor larry carlton and robben ford jamming.

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by Janet Spinas Dancer. This file is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic license.Classic Cockburn, Nicaragua.

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Images

Gustav Vigeland 1929Gustav Vigeland (1865-1929) and some of his sculptures in Frogner Park, Oslo, Norway. After high school, Bruce Cockburn toured it. He calls it ‘one of the great wonders of human achievement…. His sculpture garden might best be viewed as a war memorial, commemorating man’s [sic] regenerative spirit.’ Rumours Of Glory, 47.

Frognerparken 20090312-4monolith-and-others-in-vigeland_installation

Oeuvre de Gustav Vigelandfountain-in-vigelandsanleggettwo-people-in-vigelandsanlegget

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Tuesday, 2015 June 2

Royal Tyrell fossil mammalreading about gustav vigeland (above); watched fossil wonderlands (the mammal hothouse).

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Wednesday, 2015 June 3

vanier-from-jean-vanier.orgVanier writes, ‘If we see housework or cooking simply as chores that have to be done, we will get tired and irritable; we will not be able to see the beauty around us. But if we [live]… in the present moment, we become peaceful. We stop looking to the future, we take time to live.’

Thursday, 2015 June 4

RumoursOfGlory_BookCover_500-from-visiontv.caCockburn writes, ‘We are on a great journey, through darkness and dawn, across time, though sometimes I fear that our journey is about to end. We must not succumb to fear or avarice; we must continue to embrace life, seek light, and gather in the charity of the night.’ Rumours Of Glory, 20. perhaps the journey continues even after my life on earth ends, though i may never know. so maybe the best thing is to make the best of things right now, to eat, drink, and be mindful. to love.
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the-boathouse-logodinner at the boathouse. the agenda (waste not).

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Friday, 2015 June 5

linday-coulter-of-dsf-and-sonJode Roberts, of the David Suzuki Foundation, writes, ‘When we started the #gotmilkweed campaign last year, we weren’t sure whether people would want weed…. Well, they sure did.’ Lindsay Coulter (pictured), also of the David Suzuki Foundation, writes, ‘If it’s radical to choose products without toxic ingredients … then YES! I’m proud to be radically Canadian!’

gc-cupcakesin the morning, coffees at grounded where we caught up with jf. in the afternoon, browsing a games store. in the evening, susan to the mcc with vb, me reading about sister simone campbell.

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Saturday, 2015 June 6

Delio-from-ncronline.org

reading about ilia delio, who takes ‘the long view: 13.8 billion years long, to be exact. The age of the universe. From her perspective, what may seem like upheaval and uncertainty … is just a natural stage in an unfolding evolutionary process.’

Epiphytes (Dominica)‘We often overlook the millions of people that live in the rainforests. Did you know that there are about 50,000,000 tribal people living in world’s rainforests? These people depend on the forests for their food and shelter. As we cut more and more trees and destroy more and more of the forests, we are also killing people. Many native tribes have been exterminated already because their governments failed to protect them from logging companies, the mining companies and the slash and burn farmers.’

Sunday, 2015 June 7

Richard-Rohr_home-view-from-cacRohr writes of letting go: ‘In a consumer society … more is supposed to be better…. [But] freedom is letting go of wanting more and better things, and it is letting go of our need to control and manipulate God and others. It is even letting go of our need to know and our need to be right.’
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Monday, 2015 June 8

better-bag-challenge-and-baby-sea-turtleToday is World Oceans Day. David Suzuki writes, ‘Canadians love their oceans and want their abundantly rich ecosystems to get the care they deserve…. Let’s honour our coastal waters and all the creatures that depend on them–including ourselves.’

Marywollstonecraftreading about pioneering feminist mary wollstonecraft (pictured) and her daughter, mary shelley, author of frankenstein.

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