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Greetings! We didn’t get much rain in my neighborhood, but our neighbors to the north (Brattleboro, VT and right up the river in Turner’s Falls, MA) were underwater in a lot of places.  There has been a lot of flooding and a lot of tree damage, roads busted up, buildings traveling downstream. My family got lucky this time.

I am sticking to Music Monday in spite of the tragedy that befell many over the weekend and late last week. Trying to keep it light but deep at the same time.

How can you be unhappy when you hear Mahalia singing?

Now will you look at this

High heels and a dress, style, poise, bravado, braggadocio, electric guitar, and great gospel singing to boot! Still in the aquatic vein, Ladies and Gentlemen, Sister Rosetta Tharpe:

Before you get the idea that I think we are being punished by God or some higher being for some evil or other, I have a question: how does anyone know what God knows? Tell me your story and I’ll tell you mine.

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It’s the ocean today and the ocean tomorrow and this beach has a carousel. And beach rhymes with peach and you know I love peaches.

My kids are too old to ride the “Flying Horses” carousel, but we are going with a friend who has a 6-year old. Perfect.

This carousel claims to be the oldest of its kind in the US. These types of claims are made all over New England. Oldest this and first that and most, richest, prettiest, best. Who knows? I’m just happy to be here.

The carousel horses are hand-carved and their tails are made of real horse hair.

My mother called me yesterday in a panic that we might be caught in the upcoming hurricane. I see it’s not expected in New England until Sunday, but the predictions for NYC on Saturday are dire. I don’t mean to be flippant, but I have a hard time getting in a tizzy over these kinds of things (still, I’ll kick myself if we have a flooded basement over the weekend). Here in the motel, we have full cable and the weather people are falling all over themselves. It must be nice for them to have a story to sink their teeth into, but it’s pretty shocking how bad TV culture (and by extension, our country’s) is.

Thankful then that I don’t watch TV (for the last few years, not that I never have and not that I didn’t used to love it).

The waves were huge today, a bit beyond my comfort level, but the water was refreshing. Strange clouds and a spot of rain in the late afternoon, not sunny like in the photo below. I love being at the ocean and I’m grateful to live close (enough).

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