Monday, April 21, 2014

"World falling behind on climate change," U.N. panel says by Ed Adamczyk

Massive coal-fired power stations surround Yinchuan, the capital of China's northwestern Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region on September 26, 2013. China is the world's biggest carbon emitter ahead of the U.S. 

A United Nations panel in Berlin warned worldwide attempts to reduce the effects of climate change are falling short.

A report by a United Nations panel in Berlin said governments have not done enough to avert climate change, blaming the slowness of political leaders to address the issue.

The Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change, in the report released Sunday said greenhouse gases across the earth are increasing faster than ever, and although it remains technologically possible to keep planetary warming tolerably low, it will require and intensive push in the next 15 years to bring greenhouse emissions under control. The report said the emissions problem has caused atmospheric carbon dioxide levels to rise almost twice as fast, in the 21st century, as it did in the last decades of the 20th, reflecting an increase in coal-fired power plants in developing countries, most notably China.

It added advanced countries are making progress, but only slowly, in cutting their emissions levels. “We cannot afford to lose another decade,” said Ottmar Edenhofer, co-chairman of the committee which produced the report and a German economist. “If we lose another decade it becomes extremely costly to achieve climate stabilization.” 

The report noted that action is becoming more affordable. Solar and wind power costs are dropping dramatically, and tougher efficiency standards for buildings and cars are having a positive and measurable impact. Since the last time the intergovernmental panel issued a report, in 2007, many more governments have adopted climate plans, it said. 

The report is likely to increase pressure to secure a new global climate treaty to take effect in 2020.

Prophecy Song, Joanne Shenandoah

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

Written by Robbie Jo -- 

We all do and say things at times that hurt someone. We need forgiveness and we need to be able to forgive. Let us all pray for those who hurt us and ask God to give us the Grace to forgive them. Forgiving gives us relief from our hurt. When we can truly forgive, it allows healing to take place in our spiritual lives.

Without forgiveness life is governed by an endless cycle of resentment and retaliation. ~Roberto Assagioli

The Heart of the Matter (Forgiveness), Don Henley (Eagles)

Let It Go, Tim McGraw

What I Cannot Change, LeAnn Rimes

Passover Song

Midnight Escape, Yehudah Katz

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

The love Norman Rockwell captures as a couple grows old together is absolutely stunning.  Silliness and playfulness are so important --
to embrace one another's idiosyncracies and foibles -- eternal youth? 
Norman Rockwell's April Fool
How many silly things can you find?
And where are the words, April Fool?
Hint:  How do we know it's April 1st without keeping up with time?

Fools Rush In, Ricky Nelson

Poor Little Fool, Ricky Nelson

Everybody Loves A Clown, Gary Lewis & The Playboys

The Tears of a Clown, Smokey Robinson & The Miracles

Chain of Fools, Aretha Franklin

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

The Power of a Beautiful Melody, Tony Carey
When I heard the song, I Won't Be Home Tonight, my marriage was nearing its end. It was 1982, and I felt exactly like the song in my soul in that moment, though faithful to the end.

But, what was the name of that song?  Who was the singer?  It was Tony Carey on his album, I Won't Be Home Tonight, an album I'd play for the duration of that year and to this day.

What I'd rediscovered was the power of a beautiful melody.  It was before the internet, and no searching for lyrics.  One listened over and over and learned.

I'm speaking, specifically, about Carry My Love.  One would never think at first listening it's about a jailed dealer's relationship with his lover due to its lovely Celtic melody.  For anyone with the love of Celtic music, what a hook, considering the subject matter.

Carry My Love, Tony Carey

MTV was launched in 1981 and rocked our television sets.  In 1983 a video to the song Why Me? was often played.  And the was so familiar...Tony Carey-familiar under his pseudonym, Planet P Project.

Why Me?, Tony Carey under pseudonym, Planet P Project

A Boy Who Can't Talk, Planet P Project

With his well over 1,000 penned songs, below are just several.

I Won't Be Home Tonight, Tony Carey

The Cold North Wind, Tony Carey

No Man's Land, Tony Carey with Eric Burdon and Anne Haigis

Blue Highway, Tony Carey

A Fine, Fine Day, Tony Carey


And, with the band, Rainbow,

Can't Let You Go, Rainbow, Tony Carey (keyboards)

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Happy Spring!
ALL ONE TRIBE  is a melodic, spiritual rendering by Scott Fitzgerald joined by percussionist, M.B. Gordy.  It's a global journey from North to South America, the Caribbean, Australia, the Middle East and China for a modern interpretation of ancient tribal cultures.

These are just samplings found on youtube.  I purchased the cassette in 1993 and, since, have been an avid Scott Fitzgerald fan. 

The full list is: Side A  1. Dawn Dance 2. Secret Life 3. My Island 4. Beyond the Wall 5. Eyes of ; Side B 1. Wakan Tanka 2. The Passion 3. Original Memory 4. Aire Columbia 5. Great White Shame

Dawn Dance, All One Tribe

Secret Life, All One Tribe

My Island, All One Tribe

Beyond the Wall, All One Tribe

The Passion, All One Tribe

Original Memory, All One Tribe

Great White Shame, All One Tribe

And, spring wouldn't be spring without Cat Stevens' Morning Has Broken....

Morning Has Broken, Cat Stevens

Saturday, March 1, 2014

                                                   March 1st

Pisces Fish, George Harrison

...I’m a Pisces fish and the river runs through my soul
I’m a Pisces fish and the river runs through my soul

 I’ll be swimming until I can find those waters
 Of the one unbounded ocean of bliss
That’s flowing to your parents, sons, and daughters
 That's still an easy thing for us to miss

Blades go skimming through the water
I hear the coxswain shouting his instructions about
With this crew, oh, it could be a tall order
Have we time to sort all these things out...

I’m a Pisces fish and the river runs through my soul
I’m a Pisces fish and the river runs through my soul
I'm a Pisces fish and the river runs through my soul

My first haircut since a young girl, March 1977 

Sweet 16 with Ellen, Pat, friends & family, 1967 

Friday, February 28, 2014

More snow! Here's where I'd prefer to be again...

camp counselor at the New Boulevard Pool Day Camp, Bayonne Pool, 1968

Am revisiting, singing along in the sun with both the innocent and soul searching songs of summer 1968...

Lady Willpower, Gary Puckett and the Union Gap

It's A Beautiful Morning, The Rascals

Stoned Soul Picnic, The 5th Dimension

Grazing in the Grass, The Friends of Distinction

Classical Gas, Mason Williams

Mrs. Robinson, Simon &Garfunkel

Light My Fire, The Doors

Born to be Wild, Steppenwolf

Magic Carpet Ride, Steppenwolf

Sky Pilot, Eric Burdon & The Animals

Summer 1968