I was Looking a Long While by Walt Whitman
chants—and now I have found it;
It is not in those paged fables in the libraries, (them I neither accept nor reject;)
It is no more in the legends than in all else;
It is in the present—it is this earth to-day;
It is in Democracy—(the purport and aim of all the past;)
It is the life of one man or one woman to-day—the average man of to-day;
It is in languages, social customs, literatures, arts;
It is in the broad show of artificial things, ships, machinery, politics, creeds, modern
improvements, and the interchange of nations,
All for the average man of to-day.
Sing to the LORD a new song,
for he has done marvelous things;
his right hand and his holy arm
have worked salvation for him.
The LORD has made his salvation known
and revealed his righteousness to the nations.
He has remembered his love
and his faithfulness to Israel;
all the ends of the earth have seen
the salvation of our God.
Shout for joy to the LORD, all the earth,
burst into jubilant song with music;
make music to the LORD with the harp,
with the harp and the sound of singing,
with trumpets and the blast of the ram’s horn—
shout for joy before the LORD, the King.
Let the sea resound, and everything in it,
the world, and all who live in it.
Let the rivers clap their hands,
let the mountains sing together for joy;
let them sing before the LORD,
for he comes to judge the earth.
He will judge the world in righteousness
and the peoples with equity.
We had full dress rehearsal tonight at the church for the Big Shows this weekend. I am continually amazed at the talent that is part of my church family. 6 vocalist from 11 to 40 bringing me to tears, flutist and violinist accompanying a band that has no boundaries sending chills over my skin, dance, acting, lighting, sets, direction. How God has gifted this fine people and how those gifts are given freely in His name. I can’t wait for Friday! My talent? Putting a total of 1800 candy canes into baskets for 3 different shows so that every member of the audience enjoys a sweet treat as they leave the building and making sure that the children passing them out is at his/her post on time. Dealing with children is not my gift, so it should be an exercise in patience!
Being as Little Children by Raymond A. Foss
Wonder, amazement, at the littlest thing
marvels in all of creation, faith, attachment
in the sound of familiar voices,
Voices of mother, of father, drawing the
head, their eyes, tilting to the common timbre
the nurturing of their parents
Another parent, more loving, eternal
calls us too, to know us, and us them
to turn our beings, our gaze
our lives toward them, to
loving guidance, ageless lessons
distinguishing good from evil,
paths to follow, to avoid
lessons for life, best heard,
when we are open, humble
as little children
These lovely young ladies are watching the older girls dance and are awaiting their cue to go on stage.
I am running a couple of days late in posting; so darn busy! I have right around 45 photos loaded into Ps for re-sizing and watermarks and maybe a couple of edits but this is all I am catching up with. Tomorrow will come soon enough and I can post the other three that I will be owing to myself then. Right now, I am aching to look at the backs of my eyelids.
Day 103 – Today we had a wonderful artist, Bruce Langton, come into the library to do a presentation for the kids. I have worked with Bruce many times in the past when I ran my old bookstore and asked him to come in for book signings and he is one of my very favorites. Bruce is a wild life artist who has also illustrated many books for Sleeping Bear Press, including H is for Hoosier, Win One For the Gipper and Full Count; a Baseball Numbers Book. We have 8 of his books here at the house, all signed for the kids.
During the program, Bruce gave the kids a short drawing lesson and they all cartooned a lady bug (the library got the drawing Bruce did!) and I took quite a few photos. This is one of my favorites.