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Squirrel At The Acorn Festival

 

These are my friends. I am grateful.

Amy, Me, Kathryn

AMY, ME, KATHRYN – 2015. MY FRIENDS.

Everyone should be so lucky to have such friends. High school graduates of the early/mid-1980s, chums through college years and beyond, most of our relationships date back 35 years – several go back a good deal longer. It had been five years since last we spent time all together, but many of the core group just met up and I was as gleeful as a squirrel at the acorn festival.

My Friends - 2015

MY FRIENDS – 2015. (Photo by P. Palermo, President of Hamburgers).

We lovingly reminded one another of the people we once were. We reminded ourselves of the people that we imagined we once were.

MY FRIENDS - 1987.

MY FRIENDS – 1987.

The pleasure of sharing these memories and imaginations together, in person, is shuddering – more than once as I looked around at the group I was seized with delight, overwhelmed by utter happiness.

GOT MY INVITATION TO THE ACORN FESTIVAL.

GOT MY INVITATION TO THE ACORN FESTIVAL.

Beyond sharing old stories and memories, there is the satisfaction of seeing at first hand the resiliency of this group of extraordinary people in their growth – the people that they have become – because of course, life has hurled its shining joys and passions at each of us individually, but also its punishing losses, illnesses, and cosmic catastrophes.

Music provides me a healing power because one of the things it does is remind me of my friends. I think music is as much a part of our shared memory as anything. Time travel through songs suffices sometimes, but there is no substitute for being able to actually throw your arms around people and feel the smiles radiate and bloom through your whole being.

MY FRIENDS - 2015.

MY FRIENDS – 2015.

These are my friends – my brothers and sisters. I am thankful for them.

Sometimes we feel lost, but we will each always find our way – we have each other as guides, compass points, and celestial poles. Here areJarboe, Gira, and the gang covering Blind Faith.

These are my friends – my brothers and sisters. I am thankful for them.

Sometimes we feel lost, but we will each always find our way – we have each other as guides, compass points, and celestial poles. Here areJarboe, Gira, and the gang covering Blind Faith.

Can’t Find My Way Home by Swans from The Burning World (1989 Uni Records).

Things are always better when my friends are around. They shine like the sun.

Shine On You Crazy Diamond by Pink Floyd, covered beautifully here by Viktor Kraus and Shawn Colvin from Viktor Krauss II (2007 Back Porch/EMI).

“…I can’t see the future, but I know its got big plans for me…all of my old haunts are now haunting me.”

Laughing With A Mouth Of Blood by St. Vincent from Actor (2009 4AD).

Seems Like Old Times by Carmen Lombardo and John Jacob Loeb, performed by Diane Keaton from Annie Hall (1977 MGM).

I Am The Past by Eleanor Friedberger from Personal Record (2013 Merge).

Experience these crystal bowls in person sometime if you can. We did, and it was great!

Crystal Bowls link to ‪Mandala Quartz Crystal Singing Bowl Energy Healing.

4 Sept 2015

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