Song of the Day – “Good To be Alive Today” by Michael Franti & Spearhead

November 1, 2017

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My heart is heavy today. Two acts of violence struck much too close to home yesterday.

Yesterday morning I was awakened early by a text from my husband saying, “Is Colt okay?” I was not sure what he was talking about, but my heart sunk as I saw that I had missed a text from Colton that he had sent me at midnight my time, after I had already gone to sleep. I quickly clicked it open and it said,

“Hey, I’m safe btw. There is a shooting at campus …”

Luckily my son was off campus at the home of some friends when the shooting took place and they ended up spending the night there. As details came in, we learned that the shooting had been in the area of his dorm building, so I cannot even begin to tell you how grateful I am that he had not been there. It was such a tragedy and a young student lost his life that night. It was a shock to the system so early in the morning.

My day started out on that note, but it certainly got better. It seems as though life carries on even when bad things happen. Then, at 4:15 I got a text from a friend in Dallas. It read,

“You aren’t in lower Manhattan on a bike today, are you?”

My initial gut reaction was a happy, “Are you in town?!” Unfortunately, it was not a happy question, but a concerned check-in. She was not in town, but was making sure that I was not on a bike path where, not that long ago, we had taken her and her husband out on a bike ride.

I jumped up and looked out my window and saw multiple helicopters in the air over the West Side Highway in Lower Manhattan, blocks from my home. I had been home for only a short time before her text and I was not even aware of the evil that had just taken place down the road from me … in my city … on a trail I walk, run, and bike on regularly.

I was shocked, sad, confused, distressed, and angry all at once. It is amazing how you can have so many strong emotions all at the same time. I feel so much sorrow for the lives that were taken, and those that were changed yesterday. Still just so hard to comprehend.

I don’t understand how someone can think so little of another human life. Where is the love? I feel so tired of hatred and violence.

I thought this song by Michael Franti was the perfect message today. I don’t think there is another artist who exemplifies peace and love quite like he does. I was able to see him live for the first time in January and know that it will be the first of many. I hope the lyrics of this song resonate with you like they do with me.

“What if this song was number one? Would it mean that love had won? Would it mean that the world was saved and no guns were being drawn today? …

What if everyone could say that it’s good to be alive today?

I will continue to count my blessings every day and continue to give my love to the world. It is good to be alive today. ❤

 

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SONG OF THE DAY – “ZOMBIE” by The Cranberries

Halloween 2013

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HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
I thought this song was perfect for today, particularly with the Zombie fascination over the last few years. 🙂  I have to admit, Halloween has never been my favorite holiday.  Autumn is my favorite time of year and I love all the fall decorations, but Halloween … not so much.  I realize that for many people, Halloween is their favorite time of the year.  I think some people really like the idea of spooky things, but more than that, I believe that there are people who just love to have an excuse to dress in costume.  I am always amazed by the incredible creativity out there and the elaborate lengths that people go to for the perfect costume.  I’m impressed!

For about 8 years,  I truly enjoyed the holiday – during the years when my children were little.  It was such fun to dress them up, attend the school costume parades, visit the Pumpkin Patch, and show them off around the neighborhood during trick-or-treating.  But, those years passed [too] quickly and then my apathy about the holiday returned.  Favorite costumes:  For my son, it was definitely Sully.  He was the cutest furry monster I have ever seen!  He also made a great 2 year old cowboy … cowboy boots and all.  For my daughter, she was always so determined about what she “HAD” to be and those costumes were always the most difficult.  I created the perfect Tooth Fairy costume, complete with a toothbrush wand, wings, and toothpaste crown.  The year she wanted to be a lion was a challenge.  Who knew that a lion costume would be so difficult to find!  I finally bought a Simba costume and we added a bow – because she had to be a GIRL lion. 🙂  I have to admit, she also made a darling cowgirl too.