New Car. I have had the new car for about a month. Just recently, as I was driving down a country road, the car let me know its gender and name. Gender: male. Name: Bolt
At the Bird Bath. Two Eastern bluebirds frequent the bird bath in the back of the yard. One perches on the side while the other splashes an energetic flurry of blue and white feathers and sun-flecked silver water!
Mouse. Near my back door on the patio lay a dead mouse. There were no signs of injury. It was about four inches long. The fur was shades of white and gray darkening to the blackish-brown of its back. It had a whitish-pink tail. I took it to the back of the yard, where I feed crows, that they might have it.
Feedings / Yard Colors. Stately decorum of black. Silvery revels. Staid and bobbing grays. Crows, squirrels, mourning doves.
Songs New To Me. The new car brought a trial subscription to Sirius Radio for both my car and iPad. I have learned four songs, new to me. “Big Ass Rock,” from The Full Monty, is a hilarious commentary on the extremes of friendship (assisting in suicide) and becomes a hustle to have a new person in a cast of male strippers. “Some Girls,” from Once on This Island, is a celebration of the feminine, a love song, and a proposal of marriage. “Winter’s on the Wing,” from The Secret Garden, uses a simple melody and specific images too show the effects of the anticipation and arrival of spring. “New Music,” from Ragtime, epitomizes the genre and its musical appeal. All can be found on YouTube. It will be difficult for me not to renew Sirius.
Pianist Rebecca Penney in Recital. Pianist Penney gave blessings for ear and soul with a big program. There were the clarity and elegance of the eighteenth century (sonatas by Soler and Scarlatti), the soaring feelings of the nineteenth century (intermezzi and ballads by Brahms and a nocturne and a waltz by Chopin), and imaginative and entertaining new music of the twentieth century (rags by Albright and Bolcom.) It was a grand way to spend the last night of September.
Notes on Reading. Nonfiction. James Beckett, The Path of Paganism. Llewelyn, 2017.
This excellent book presents spiritual values, not only in the various kinds of pagan practices and beliefs but also in religions in general. Readers learn qualities of good religions, including how religions help their followers. Beckett presents guidelines on which to evaluate the effectiveness of religions. He presents ways of developing spiritual lives, including dealing with uncertainties. He articulates advanced practices related to pagan beliefs. Beckett writes with authority and in a clear, articulate style.