(from Cary) I pulled this song out to find some peace in light of the recent nightmare in CT
I grew up not far from Newtown in Westport, CT. My best friend growing up actually went to Sandy Hook.
This was from 9/11 but I still think there is some healing words in there ...
Obama quoted the first scripture I ever memorized - and my favorite to this day - from Paul's letter to the Corinthians (2 Corinthians 4:16-18).. Paul's words, God's words and Obama's words moved me deeply. .. So I was moved to share these words..
Cary blogs about his new favorite town and JP Destination, San Miguel de Allende www.carypierce.tumblr.com
I remember trying to find my Mom gifts as a kid. She got a lot of soaps and lotions but my fave was this 18x24 of a dude wearing riding pants, a tweed jacket and long leather boots. He was sitting on a Rolls Royce in front of a Downton Abbey-type manor and the caption said, "I've Been Rich & I've Been Poor........Rich is Better." We used to say that all the time in a silly British accent. She kept it in our laundry room when we lived in Atlanta. -Cary
I grew up in Connecticut.
We used to have open houses every year. They'd last all day. People would just come and go from 10 to 5. I had some of the most meaningful conversations with people I knew I would only see once a year. We had hot apple cider for the kids and some type of hot wine drink for the adults. Our living room had 20' ceilings so we always had the biggest Christmas tree around. Our house was built by an artist and a musician so there was a stage in that room with a grand piano. That's the piano that I learned my first chords and it's where I wrote "Vineyard" and many others.
Sooner of later everyone would gather around the piano and we'd fumble through some carols. My mom would play liberace style and make everyone laugh. She's quite the entertainer.
Our house was actually two houses put together. The first was a 200+ year old Carriage House to the mansion up on the hill. Our house is gone but the mansion still there today and sits atop Clapboard Hill in Westport, CT. The second was the one the Artist and the Musician built - and they connected it with a slate and glass atrium. When they bought the Carriage House, they found a bell. They literally built the whole house around the bell - complete with a bell tower and a 3 story spiral staircase leading up to it. So surely every hour or so someone would ring the bell. It was awesome. You could see Long Island Sound from up there. Everyone knew the "bell" house.