If music be the food of love

Music has been part of my life since I can remember, though I was raised on a pretty strict diet of classical, ‘contemporary Christian music‘, and children’s songs circa the 50’s. From that (actually, no, I absolutely cannot bring myself to label classical music ‘spartan’) auspicious start, I was introduced to pop/rock as a tween,…

Happy Mix-tape Birthday, Precious

  Dear Precious I realise this is something of an ‘open letter’ format (a vehicle I’m still not entirely sure I like, though I admit it serves its purpose) but in writing this post in this way, I have the opportunity to spin words around you in a shimmering cloud, creating the illusion of intimacy,…

Ten Things of Thankful #60

Hello from the Emerald Isle! Top’o’th’ marnin and any other (racist? moi?) stereotypical quips you’d like to bandy about. I’m at ‘home’ with Husby’s family in Ireland this weekend, for his Dad’s 70th birthday, which promises to be a fun weekend of meeting more of his extended family and trying to convince my lovely MIL…

They WILL honour me

Everyone is quiet, unsuspecting, going about their daily business, with little clue that I’m watching them – I see their every move, and most of the time they entertain me. They remember me when they want, and please me with flattering gifts and fine words. They pour out offerings of fine wine, and offer their…

Shadows and Stardust

Have you ever experienced a moment in life where something caught you *so* by surprise that you could barely breathe for fear of breaking the moment and having it end? I’ve had a few, and they stay with me, tucked away in my memories in a snug, tiny box marked ‘Here be Treasure’. When you…