Yesterday D sent me a link to the amazing performance above. It’s the kind of music that’s good for whatever ails you (or not). Relatively short and mesmerizing. Don’t miss it!
This morning I got up early to go to the hospital for another routine blood draw. This was a bit more difficult than usual due to all-night floodlights and a huge crew of workers, equipment trucks and drilling right in front of our house. It went on without a break through the night, and will continue indefinitely. Yes, we were notified months ago that this would happen sometime this summer. We were not, however, prepared for the all night drilling and floodlights!
So far this morning I’ve given up two vials of blood, done a big load of laundry, cooked a pot of quinoa, filled the bird feeder and changed out the bird bath water. I also read more from W.E.B. DuBois’s book, The Philadelphia Negro, and walked nearly one mile (goal: at least 2 miles).
As for yesterday’s post about fireworks, there was an attack last night at a Philly party that had drawn scores of neighbors. The owner of the small eatery had invited the neighborhood to a free meal. A way of saying thanks for their business. When the attack began, most attendees thought it was fireworks. It was not. Two are dead (including the owner of the eatery); one remains hospitalized. The police ran out of their 100 bullet hole markers.
We never know what a day will bring. Nonetheless, I pray we’ll find threads of acceptance and peace, no matter what our situations may be.
© Elouise Renich Fraser, 6 July 2010
Thanks to YouTube for the mesmerizing performance of Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star.
Loved the performance yet again as I caught it online too. Wept over a kind deed by a grateful gentlemen gone awry by violence. Of all things in the “City of Brotherly Love”.
Shalom (in the fullest sense of the word), Lorraine
P.S. Did I update you about coming back to the apartment and Friday’s visit to the orthopedic surgeon?
Every time I watch the “Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star” performance, I crack up! What a gift he has.
Last night’s tragedy doesn’t exactly enhance our reputation. Though this week we did have two remarkable happenings. The Proud Boys arrived to do their thing, but Philly residents turned them away. The second was about another misdirected plan to cause disruption. Also shut down by Philly residents. Yes, we could all use some of that Shalom you reference.
As for an update, I’d love to hear what’s happening. I’ll look for an email. 🙂
That is heartbreaking news. We here in Australia have violence and occasional gang shootings, usually between themselves, using guns illegally acquired. But the level of gun violence in America is perplexing. We follow the arguments for gun ownership with open mouths. Two wrongs making a right?
Lovely piano rendition.
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Indeed. In my lifetime we’ve been descending into ballistic madness. Money. Votes. Fear. All this and more drives a lucrative and horrifying market. An open sore that just keeps getting deeper. As does a false sense of security (or power) because of closets full of guns–locked and unlocked. Trump played right into this market. It’s one thing to own a rifle used for sane reasons–such as legal deer hunting in some states each fall. It’s quite another to foster the feeling that we need to arm ourselves for battle. It makes Twinkle, twinkle little star all the more beautiful! 🙂
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Please take care, hope you’re doing alright. Also, the music is incredible!