Friday, July 29, 2011

Hallelujah chorus

Check out my latest  post at the Uncontainable Truth, in which I talk about my favorite Hallelujahs. You'll see.

Happy Weekend! 

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

This must be the place

Saturday, July 23rd. Liz and Reba's last weekend in the apartment. 

Over the weekend, I went to Birmingham for a dear friend's wedding, but also to say goodbye to a place that I called home for many years. The apartment on Cahaba Road held witness to only about 2.5 years of my life while I lived in Birmingham, but since Liz and Rebecca have continued to live there since my move to Nashville, I've now spent nearly 5 years sleeping on its couches and stealing snacks from its kitchen. Its kitchen table and front steps have been the place of many a monumental conversation (and many not-so-monumental). It was my home when I decided to change my career, go back to school, and later move away from my friends and comfort zone to another state. It was the only house I've ever shared with two best friends who have been a huge part of my life, as close as family, for more decades. And it was a house that always welcomed me back home to Birmingham with open arms. So now that Liz getting married next weekend, times are a-changing, and new folks will be moving into Apartment A. 

I hope it's as good to you as it was to us, new folks. Also - hope you enjoy all the bobbypins.

Brings a tune to mind....

Home is where I want to be, but I guess I'm already there.

Monday, July 25, 2011

Heard that

I wrote a while ago about my love/hate relationship with cover songs. And just a moment ago, I heard a song that in my mind, unmistakably belonged to my dear Dolly Parton. In fact, as it was on her White Limozeen album that served as my first introduction to Dolly, it's a song I hold near and dear to my heart. Imagine my surprise when I found out SHE was covering REO Speedwagon! Really, I didn't know. I don't know everything, people. Here are the two versions. I vote Dolly. But of course, that's a given.

The original:

I also remembered another "classic" cover over the weekend that I failed to leave off of my list of favorites.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Red Rocket Blaze Over Cape Canaveral

Just minutes ago, NASA successfully launched Atlantis into space, its final space shuttle mission.

Atlantis prepared for launch yesterday, via

I'm listening to the live stream of affirmations that all is well as it flies away (at 15,000 miles an hour!!!), and I can't help but feel so very American. I'm reminded of watching fireworks Monday with friends, all oohing and aahing, with someone noting how rare these moments are that we all feel truly connected with everyone around us. Obviously I can't pretend to have grown up during the race for space. There have always been space shuttles and astronauts during my lifetime. I'm sad for a future without shuttle launches.

On another related note, I never did get to go to Space Camp in Huntsville, which is pretty much a must-do for any kiddo, and especially any kiddo growing up in Alabama. BUT - I just looked it up, and THEY HAVE SPACE CAMP FOR ADULTS! Who wants to fund a trip for me? I'm serious.

Regardless, I have chills and a big, goofy grin on my face after watching it take off. I feel nostalgic for days I only experienced through others' words in books like Rocket Boys, Homer Hickam's memoir about growing up in the Space Age with rocket science hopes and dreams. The movie October Sky was based on it. It's a good read.

So if you missed it, the video is here, and the final countdown begins at 59 minutes.

And I'll be listening to this for the rest of the day. It's a personal favorite and quite poignant today.

Saw the stars get smaller
Tiny diamonds in my memory
I know that victory is sweet
Even deep in the cheap seats