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Because typographer
The claim we hold is good as gold
Hand in hand we built this land
the Ponderosa Ranch
Our birthright is this Cartwright
We here belong and standing strong
Wrong ain't got a chance.

Day by day, work or play
Ready side by side
Hello friend, come on in
The gate is open wide.
Bound to be a fightin' free
Singin' pines are boundary lines
For the Ponderosa Ranch.

Every tree and flower is part of our
With stars at night, the morning light
The waters in the branch.

We ride along, four men strong
Every plain and ridge is our heritage
The Ponderosa Ranch.

Day by day, work or play
Ready side by side
Hello friend, come on in
The gate is open wide.
Bound to be a fightin' free,
Singin' pines are boundary lines
For the Ponderosa Ranch.

Today they showed a news story about six dolphins who were washed out of their aquarium into the Gulf (where it's dangerous for dolphins). The six pampered pets managed to find each other, and work their way back to where they came from so their trainers could find them and take them home. Cool.

Today I read an article in the NY Times that pissed me off. I know that the Vatican is usually about 300 years behind the times, but GOOD GOD, as long as a priest has chosen to be celibate, what does it matter whether he's a celibate gay or celibate straight? I feel for the good, honest, gay priests who have taken their vows seriously and ARE chaste. They're being punished, just the same as any good soldier who just told. Stupid, stupid, stupid!!! I just hope that every giant step backward that's being taken will lead to a gigantic tilt in public opinion. Something has to give. I keep waiting for the pendulum to swing back the other way...

Fortunately, my morning was saved by this article, to which I say, Go Massachusetts! I particularly liked this comment: "Today, gay marriage is the law of the land," Mr. [Senator Brian P.] Lees [Republican] said, noting that same-sex marriage became legal in May 2004. Voting for the amendment, he said, would mean "taking action against our friends and neighbors who today are currently enjoying the benefits of marriage."

I know it's extremely selfish of me, but I'm really, really, REALLY sad about the upcoming probable-retirement of honky-tonk singer Dale Watson. For those who don't know him, if you like real country music, FIND HIM. His music is about the best there is, and last year's Dreamland is probably the best honky-tonk album ever recorded. Dale recently announced he's taking a break, possibly a permanent one, to go and live with his children (by his first wife) in Maryland. He's leaving Austin, and I never got a chance to go see him play there. :( Selfish, as I said. I know it's going to be good for HIM, and since I like him personally, too (he's always been a top-notch gentleman to me and we've exchanged a few nice emails), I do want him to be happy. But it's another bad blow to the forward movement of country music.

At least I still have Dave Insley. (Said with same selfishness.)

On the other hand, another true gem is the upcoming release from Billy Joe Shaver, The Real Deal. Billy Joe is one of the finest songwriters living today and he's in top form on this one.

Stolen happily from doll_paparazzi:

Your past life diagnosis:
I don't know how you feel about it, but you were male in your last earthly incarnation. You were born somewhere in the territory of modern Philippines around the year 1100. Your profession was that of a builder of houses, temples and cathedrals.
Your brief psychological profile in your past life: Ruthless character, carefully weighing his decisions in critical situations, with excellent self-control and strong will. Such people are generally liked, but not always loved.
The lesson that your last past life brought to your present incarnation: Your lesson is to combat violence and disharmony in our world, to understand its roots and origins. All global problems have similar origins.
Do you remember now?

Past Life Diagnosis

No, I can't say I do remember that. In my odd times when I think I HAD a past life at all, I believe I was a cowboy--just the normal working kind, no one of significance. I had a dream once that filled in a lot of the details, and I get that "raven-on-grave" feeling whenever I'm in The Birdcage Theatre in Tombstone. Then at other times I don't know that I do believe in past lives. Hard to say. We once knew an Indian (Acoma, I believe) who read auras and did such spiritual things, and he informed me my spirit was very young, so if there are past lives, I don't think I was around back in 1100.

I was trolling around on the web to see if I could find an old, old album we had when I was six or so, back in Zuni. It had been done by a local group, so I wasn't sure if I could, but I did manage to track it down by the title, which I remembered. I found a shop that apparently specializes in the extremely obscure and Indian music, and then discovered the address: about five blocks from here, at 16th Street and Indian School. Weird. I haven't had a chance to swing over and check it out. I just am happy to know it's there.

Three mice infected with the plague have gone missing from a lab. The scientists say they're likely dead and pose no threat. That's comforting.

I want fried chicken.


Sep. 16th, 2005 04:15 am (UTC)
The only images I have that would remotely qualify as potential past life memories are of a jungle-like area with ravines, possibly in South America. There was a stone fountain with carved faces there, and my dad let me drink the water from a collapsible cup. (I don't think that fountain existed around Joliet when I was young, but I could be wrong.) There was a burned-out building that was some sort of theater or former community center. There was a fall from a bridge in a ravine (but I think that was actually inspired by my childhood fear of the Joliet bridges, which opened for barges). I suspect these are probably all some sort of childhood dream memories.
Sep. 16th, 2005 11:52 am (UTC)
That's always possible, too. ;) I can't deny that I sometimes wonder if it's my authorial spirit that causes these ideas to come to mind.

I answered your other post before I realized it was directed to nutmeg3, so I deleted it...
Sep. 18th, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
Eh, answer anything you want, I don't mind...

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