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My Christmas List

Well, it’s that time of year. I’ll be honest, there’s not much on my list. I’m fortunate to have the love and support of family and good friends, my health, and a cozy place to call home (bonus that it’s in a tropical locale).

Oh wait, I do have one wish, that all of you have a wonderful holiday season filled with love!

“All I want for Christmas is a real good tan
Take me to the Islands, put my feet in the sand
Rockin’ to and fro with the rhythm of the ocean
Singin’ Silent Night with the palm trees ablowin’Ooh, don’t you think it’s a pretty good plan?
All I want for Christmas is a real good tan”

And yes, I do have a pretty good tan. 😉

Saltwater Gospel

I was so happy to return home and hit the beach again. The sea is where I go to soothe my soul. I know the sense of calm is produced by the negative ions released from the crashing waves but there is still something mystical about it.

I love this song as it captures that feeling pretty darn well (and it works whether you believe in the big G or little g).

“When I go down and sink my feet in the water,

And I soak up that sun and I watch it set,

Yeah, I can feel the power of the saltwater gospel,

I’m as close to God as I can get…”

It’s All Going to Pot

To say that this year has been incredibly challenging thus far, is an understatement. And the hits just keep on rolling.

My friends in Oregon had to evacuate yesterday, chased out of their homes on the (normally damp) Central Oregon Coast by the Echo Mountain Fire Complex. Other friends are on alert and ready to go if necessary. Here’s hoping they all stay safe and that the damage is minimal.

Though Willie and Merle recorded this song five years ago, it seems even more appropriate now. With only a few months left, I shudder to contemplate what 2020 has left in store for us.

“Well, it’s all going to pot
Whether we like it or not
The best I can tell
The world’s gone to hell
And we’re sure gonna miss it a lot”

Slack Tide

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Slack Tide, Treasure Island, Florida July 2020

At my favorite sunset spot at John’s Pass last week I caught a photo of slack water (or slack tide), the calm period between the change in tides. It brought to mind the song “Slack Tide” off Jimmy Buffett’s new album, Life on the Flip Side. Though Jimmy Buffett wrote these lyrics before 2020 and recorded this song in January it is fitting for this chaotic time we’re living in:

“Well we could use some quiet
We could use a little calm
Find the good in everybody
Share that “one love” balm…

I wish the whole wide world could swim along, at slack tide”

Don’t Lie to Me

“Don’t lie to me, it makes you look bad,

don’t lie to me, it’s all that you have,

don’t lie to me, you’re never gonna live it down”

I know I shared this song not that long ago, but sadly, it is all too relevant to my life right now. Lying, to me, is one of the Unforgivables (borrowing a term from the Harry Potter universe).

Aside from the little white ones we all tell to smooth societal interactions, of course. I am a very forgiving person but once you’ve lied to me about anything important you’ve revealed the truth of your character. And that, I won’t overlook. I’ve learned the hard way, there’s just no room in my life for anyone like that.

On a positive note, it’s a damn good tune!

 

Tiny Bubbles

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Colorful Bubbles, Treasure Island, Florida April 2020

When conditions are just right, the sea floats foam onto the shore. When the light is just right, the bubbles in the foam iridesce. I’ve been fascinated by these ephemeral phenomena for years. I first captured some on the beach in Carpinteria, California in 2006.

When I lived on the Oregon Coast in 2018 I was fortunate to be treated to not one but two sightings. Because I’m such a music lover this song pops into my head every time…

Under My Lone Palm

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My Siesta View, St. Petersburg, Florida March 2020

Until I received clarification from the sheriff about the county-wide beach closure I avoided my beach for an entire week. Considering that the beach was the main reason I moved here and that I only live two blocks from it, it was quite a challenge.*

On the plus side, the rule forced me to explore some nearby areas that I had been ignoring. Thankfully, I discovered a sweet little spot on Boca Ciega Bay where I could hang my hammock and relax (while practicing safe social distancing). My view of the sky reminded me of a Jimmy Buffett song…

“From under my lone palm I can look out on the day,

Where no bird flies by my window,

No ship is tied to my tree…”

 

* Please note, I am not making light of COVID-19. And I sincerely hope that you and all your loved ones are well.

Free Roaming Bovine

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Obviously, we all need something to smile about these days and if this story doesn’t moove you then I don’t know what will! Apparently this speedy and wily girl has been roaming the streets since late January and as far as I can tell, she’s still on the lam(b). Run, cow, run!

This story brought to mind a fun song I was introduced to years ago when Dana Lyons held a concert in Tucson. It was a catchy tune filled with puns so, of course, I loved it! Believe it or not, Cows with Guns actually charted in England back in the 90s.