Saturday, July 05, 2014

This is Longview

A slide show of iconic areas and buildings in Longview

Longview Named 'prettiest city' by Forbes

A Portland OR news station visits Longview after Forbes named it one of the prettiest cities in the country.

My cousin's son is interviewed.  It's his brother's wife who is taking me running.  Their family grew up less than a block from Lake Sacajawea.

Flying Over Longview, Kelso, Kalama WA and Raineer OR
and the Columbia and Cowlitz Rivers

This is long and a bit herky-jerky in places but worth it for some of the awesome views of our river valley.  Unless you are especially interested in planes and flying itself, skip ahead to the take off more than ten minutes in.

Driving over the Lewis and Clark Bridge from Raineer Or into Longview WA

Also known as the Longview-Raineer bridge, this is an iconic image for our town.
A swarm of memories from the 1960s to the present were triggered by watching this.

  • Watching from the back seat as my Dad paid the toll in the mid sixties.  
  • Being driven over it at break-neck speed at age 14 by the drunk father of the kids I'd been babysitting.  
  • Driving over it for the first time myself at age 20.  
  • Riding beside Ed on our Honeymoon--our motel was in Longbeach WA but the better road along the Columbia, especially in winter at night, is on the Oregon side so it is common to cross over to Oregon at Longview and back to Washington via the Astoria bridge near the mouth of the river.  Which I'm pretty sure is what we did the evening of December 2nd 1978 as I do remember the winter storm that lashed the windows of our room that night and the thrumming of the strong surf in my bones.


Friday, July 04, 2014

Longview, Washington's Go 4th 2014

I didn't get to go to Longview's Go 4th celebration again this year so I experienced it vicariously.  Watched vids from previous years on the 4th and then those from 2014 later. I'm prepping this days later as I'm still running behind on getting my posts up.

The north end of Lake Sacajawea where the festivities are held each year is only blocks from Mom's house.  The 'party' is held nearly a mile from here in a several block swath on both sides of the narrow lake near the middle of it's length, centered on Martin's Dock and Lyon's Island.

Vendors set up days in advance and there's a timber festival with logging competitions:

and a cardboard boat regatta:


Thursday, July 03, 2014

Someday, Somewhere, Sometime

Jackie Evancho - Somewhere w/Barbra Streisand

This child has an amazing voice.  Not just strong and pure but expressive.  She brings me to tears with this song every time I listen.

Tho I admit that's at least partially due to how personal the words are to my current situation.  14 months since I watched Ed standing on the porch of our house in southern Oregon watching my sister back the van out of the driveway with me in the back seat.

If I'd known then it was going to be this long and still with no end in sight....

Longing is the only note my heart has played from that moment to this...


Wednesday, July 02, 2014

Living Wholeheartedly: Brené Brown TED Talk

Brené Brown at TEDxHouston
Living Wholeheartedly
The Price of Invulnerability

I lost count of the ah ha! moments these twenty minutes gave me.

In a nutshell:

  • We're born to be connected.
  • Interpersonal disconnect defines our current culture.
  • What breaks interpersonal connection aka relationship?
  • Shame. Guilt. 
  • Why do some weather encounters with shame and guilt while others are sunk by it?
  • Those who are sunk have a deep-seated sense of unworthiness while those who weather it have a pervasive sense of worthiness.
  • That sense of worthiness keeps their hearts whole and resilient.

How do the wholehearted live?

  • With the courage to be imperfect.
  • With compassion and kindness beginning with themselves.
  • With connections rooted in authenticity--able to let go of shoulds be who they are
  • Believing they are enough just as they are
  • Embracing vulnerability--seeing it as the source of their beauty
  • With willingness to takes risks--love with no guarantees
  • Releasing need to be in control
  • Practicing gratitude and joy

Those without the skills of wholeheartedness attempt to escape the pain by numbing the difficult emotions through:

  • Addictions
  • Perfection
  • Control


You cannot numb selectively.

Attempts to numb sadness, shame, grief, anger, fear...
Will also numb love, joy, peace, gratitude, hope...

Without emotions life looses meaning and purpose.

Don't be satisfied with my synopsis tho.  Listen to her presentation.  The story she tells about the course of her research is priceless.  And there are plenty of points I didn't include.  Plus I paraphrased in places.

And she's funny.


Tuesday, July 01, 2014

Soothing Gregorian Chant Mix

Masters of Chant
Gregorian Chant Jazz Mix

Gregorian Chant accents familiar songs.  

I'll just let the music speak for itself.


Monday, June 30, 2014

One Word 365

One Word 365
One Word 365 suggests that instead of New Year's Resolutions we choose one word to make the theme of our year, to focus on daily in whatever way encourages an increase in or fulfillment of its essence.  

To further such an aim they have provided a kind of social network/support group for those who'd like to give it a try.

I'm thinking of joining and if I do I'm choosing JOY as my word.

For obvious reasons I think.  And the pun is fully intended.

JOY because it is the light at the end of the tunnel of depression which has been my struggle for decades.
JOY because it is my name and thus my sense of self, my identity, my life theme, my aspiration.
JOY because, whether having lost myself stole my joy or having lost my joy hid my self from my sight, seeking after either joy or Joy has to be the path toward reclaiming both and I've come to believe I can't have one without the other.

As you might imagine, I've been collecting 'joy' themed things for decades knickknacks, jewelry, art, quotes, songs, movies, crafts, stories, poems...

Assuming I'm about to join this challenge, I'll begin by resharing a poem I wrote about a moment of joy I experienced that happened to be captured on film:

Joy Splashed
by Joy Renee

_________________________________  spring
_______________________afternoon at Seaside,
__________________Oregon, while walking
_______________barefoot upon damp sand
_____________at the edge of a rising tide,
___________dabbling my toes in timid
________wavelets and kicking liquid
____diamonds at purple-tongued
______Tia, who distributes them freely
_____with shakes of her shaggy mane,
____I looked up to watch clouds cavorting
___over cyan canyons dodging the tickling
__fingers of shadow and light and gulls performing 
_their errant air-ballet upon the fickle breezes. With my 
gaze thus engaged, the sea embraced me round my ribs with salty 
ecstasy, lifting me for one eternal instant out of the grip of gravity.



Sunday, June 29, 2014

Sunday Serenity #395 Running Blind

See Joy Run

Running was once one of my passions and I thought for years that because I was so severely visually impaired now I would never run again.  But I learned that it was possible with a running partner and a safe location so in January I put it on my Bucket List.

Then in April I shared with my 2nd cousin's wife (a runner) about my running history and she offered to take me running after she finished the May half marathon she was training for.

Finally last weekend I shopped for running shoes.

Today Mary took me out to the west Longview dike to run.

Well, run-walk.  And it might have been first cousin if not sibling to jogging. I could not sustain the sprints past 30 seconds. Which is just a guess.  I just know they were short.  50-70 paces maybe.  But several of them over the nearly mile long stretch.

Baby steps.


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