Jo Mayne Casey

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blue moon…

In Uncategorized on August 31, 2012 at 10:08 pm

aren’t you supposed to make a wish on this sort-of-rare occasion?  there are 2 full moons occurring in one of our calendar months every 33 months or so, about every 3 years.  we call it a blue moon, but it is Not Really Blue, except in my imagination…

there is no dark side of the moon really…matter of fact, it’s all dark…

seriously…

In Uncategorized on August 29, 2012 at 8:30 pm

it’s nearly over and i’ve managed to Not Watch a single minute of TV coverage of the R convention.  smug as i am about only reading my news, thereby avoiding all negative/angry vibes that would slime through my video, i must make a confession:

after reading the articles, i can’t turn away from the angry comments…i find myself irate over what these anonymous assholes write, appalled at their flagrant hate, anger, and psychotic reasoning…   it scares me, both their ranting and my inability to turn away…  i was actually kinda glad that isaac took up a lot of the newsprint…

so i got to thinking about hurricanes vs. tornadoes…i’ve never been through a hurricane, but i’ve been perilously close to tornadoes.   if they could use one of those little tracking modules to predict a week in advance that a tornado was gonna be passing through, i think i’d pack up and go camping for a while.    but then again, casey would probably want to stay and hold down the house…  my heart goes out to all the folks affected…

and we’ll get our share of isaac this week-end, just in time for labor day, thank-you…

week-end wrap-up

In Uncategorized on August 26, 2012 at 9:29 pm

fridays i’m running straight from school to the track, but next week-end is the last of live racing at ellis.  i’m off saturday and sunday to celebrate jr’s birthday, as well as to actually Watch a Race Face-to-Face, not on TV where I’ve watched the last 100 or so…  if you’re in the area, why not consider meeting up with us next sunday…really, why not?  we’ll be snagging a couple of picnic tables early and we’d be happy to see All of you.

we spent yesterday trimming and planting, harvesting some nice-looking little veggies, if i do say so myself.

my legs and back are complaining today…  never let anybody say that just because a plant is a perennial it’s low maintenance…ha!  i deadheaded the coneflowers Again, cut back the bee balm Again, moved some container plants into the ground, filled in some burnts spots of rudbeckia…etc.   the hummingbirds are acting so aggressively territorial that one ruffled my hair as it dive-bombed the feeder.  it’s dangerous out there…

facebook is Really Not publishing my blog directly any more.  i thought that was happening when i said farewell several months ago…it took them this long to force the timeline on me.  i Do like the timeline (now that i’ve gotten accustomed to it) but i’ll have to learn how to post a link there…  so if you’re reading this, you’re either a faithful follower, or i figured it out …   this ought to separate the cream from the…whatever the phrase is.

have a happy week, however you found me.

let’s jubilee…

In Uncategorized on August 16, 2012 at 9:51 pm

I am officially declaring my 33rd year of marriage, 8/15/12–8/15/13, a JUBILEE YEAR… 

it works pretty well with my compulsion to have everything equally divisible by 3, since my 60th birthday will be included in that year

i wish our culture celebrated jubilee years like the Hebrews did…every 50 years was a year of rest, all slaves were set free, all debts were cancelled, all land was untitled.  can you imagine?  the roman catholics celebrated a jubilee year every 25, but all they gave out was indulgences (passes to heaven) and i’m pretty sure you ultimately paid for them.

what i had in mind was more on the order of the queen’s jubilee, though, with lots  of Events…multiple venues…lots of adulation from the crowds…music..art…party-ing…rest/peace…

selah…amen…

 

day #82 of 82…

In Uncategorized on August 12, 2012 at 11:35 am

82 days ago i started my summer-blogging project, cleverly called “82 days”.  the goal was to blog every day of my sabbatical, keeping you abreast of my deep thoughts and meaningful activities.  i Have managed to share 68 of those 82 days with you, more or less, so i’m calling it a success.  to wrap it up, today’s post is about yesterday,  mostly, with a little bit about tomorrow.

we’d planned all summer to head down to cheekwood botanical garden in nashville to see their Treehouse display and the date we had set was last sunday…who could have guessed that we’d get rained out?!  Rained Out!  so we carpe’d the diem yesterday, a day custom-made for being outside.

the treehouses were actually a disappointment, not at all swiss-family-robinsonesque…  but we love cheekwood and grabbed a box lunch and a couple of beers and had lunch on a roomy bench in the seasons garden…

we stopped at the parthenon, hoping to catch a glimpse of the goddess or at least some illuminati, but it was closed for renovation (hmm, sounds suspicious).  beautiful park…

then it was down to broadway, our favorite part of nashville…  many new things down on broadway, lots of folks enjoying the music that pours from every door as you walk down the street.  this was new:

we must try this sometime

we did our usual stop by robert’s..

and had the World’s Best BBQ at jack’s…

then cruised back to henderson to join donna and her adoring hubby, lennie, at the bluegrass festival.  surprise, surprise, lana and charley were there, as well!  good music, beautiful evening…

back home at sonnystone after the festival, we headed down to the meadow to watch the perseid meteors…counted 25 between 1 and 1:30am.   verry cool…

i’m off to the track today and back to school all day tomorrow, setting up my office and getting ready for 6th-grade orientation tomorrow evening.  i’ll be working every day for the next 13, but i’m looking forward to it…  it’s been a great summer vacay…

in case you haven’t noticed…

In Uncategorized on August 7, 2012 at 1:58 pm

i’m going on retreat for a couple of days… with so few days left of the 82, i’m going to stop and Think about what i’ve done with this precious gift of Time.

it’s actually cooled off enough to head down to my campground area and spend some time off the grid, doing things like writing some poems in cursive, listening to music, reading, grilling…and looking out for birds and deer and squirrels and raccoons and other things that go Boo! in the night.   yesterday i upgraded my Droid so i will be in touch with the Outside World…(otherwise known as facebook) and you can Always call.

see ya’ll later…

badminton??

In Uncategorized on August 2, 2012 at 5:34 am

still keeping up with the Games, in between cleaning and sprucing up the dump;  this disqualification of 8 badminton players—i’m shaking my head…it was actually for trying to deliberately lose a game in order to placed in a more favorable position…like i said…badminton???  it makes the whole thing more like theatre…   the gymnasts, swimmers, divers, beach and regular volleyball—all of the athletes are  keeping me cheering (and occasionally tearing)…

i’m feeling these last days of my 82-day sabbatical flying by quite quickly now.  in addition to playing a lot of piano (jazz standards), reading my usual mysteries (nero wolfe and inspector lynley), i’ve begun “twelve steps to compassion” by karen armstrong.  i’ve read several of ms. armstrong’s books and especially enjoyed “a history of god”.  this one is different, though, since it stems from a $100,000 award she was granted to promote an idea that could “make a difference in peoples lives”, so she got together with spiritual leaders throughout the world and across many different faiths to develop a Charter for Compassion.  this was back in 2009 and the website www.charterforcompassion.org has the charter and lots of other helpful reading—its motto:  peace starts here.   the charter states, in part:

 compassion impels us to work tirelessly to alleviate the suffering of our fellow creatures, to dethrone ourselves from the center of our world and put another there, and to honor the inviolable sanctity of every single human being, treating everybody, without exception, with absolute justice, equity, and respect. 

the book is supposed to be used like a 12-step program, but it’s really 2 steps:  learn the golden rule and then live it.  in this time of  polarization in our country, this is the perfect antidote.  check it out.  i know many christians don’t go for anything that is so tolerant, but just try peace on.  see if it fits.  if it doesn’t, check your bible, i’m sure you’ll find some passage that condemns even the golden rule…  but please don’t report back…

i’m obviously not sleeping well, another clue that it’s time to get back to school.  13 more days…

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