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I’m a bit late to this musical party but I just discovered Lost in the River: The New Basement Tapes.  Now, I’m trying to find some place to purchase/watch the documentary that aired on Showtime last November.  In the mean time, thanks to Spotify, I have the CD.  And my goodness is it good.  The group consists of Marcus Mumford (of Mumford and Sons), Elvis Costello, Taylor Goldsmith (of Dawes), Rhiannon Giddens, and Jim James.  Someone unearthed lyrics Bob Dylan wrote back in 1967 and brought these guys together with producer T Bone Burnett.  If you haven’t listened, make sure you find a copy!  I’ve been listening to it all weekend and watched as many of the documentary bits as I could find on Showtime’s YouTube.

Another thing I’m pondering today: how time flies.  I have a niece who just turned seven.  She’s my oldest niece and I remember holding her for the first time when she was a week old.  Now, she’s blossomed into this sassy seven-year-old, full of creative spirit and hopes and dreams.  Our conversations have changed from digging for bugs to talking about her favorite shows, movies, music, and more.  She loves to show me her latest drawings or tell me about her latest book she’s ‘published’.  She’s very much like her mother, too, which is neat.  The other night, I was watching her and she came out in flip flops to play in the yard.  I told her go put shoes and socks on.  I went in to supervise and she was quick to say “you’re annoying me”.  I had to laugh, because that’s what her mother says, too, about some people.  Then, in the next turn, she wanted to give me a great big hug.  Her favorite birthday present was her very own, pink, sparkly stapler.   Someone get me the last seven years back, okay?  It’s fun watching her grow and I can’t wait to see where she goes in the coming years.

Here’s a quick preview of things coming on the blog this month and next:

A review of Rhonda Helm’s “One Broke Girl”, a book that left me grinning from ear to ear.

Musings on this journey I’m taking as a writer.

Rejection: it sucks but it’s part of being a writer.

And, of course, other random musings as they strike.  If you’ve been reading for a while, you know I’m terrible at keeping to a blogging schedule, so if you’re new, be patient =). These things will come, but it might take me a while. I’m a little slow on here sometimes.

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