Better than summer, writer’s block, ‘Between Us’

Golden November — Unusually warm weather has settlled in this november making for rich evening sunlight. Here, Hereford cattle graze in a view looming north from the Wet Mountain Valley.
Golden November — Unusually warm weather has settled in this November making for rich evening sunlight. Here, Hereford cattle graze in a view looking north from the Wet Mountain Valley. Click on photo to enlarge.

Writer’s block, anyone?

There have been comments about the lack of anything new on the site this past week. I suppose there’s plenty of excuses, including not wanting to be handcuffed to a plastic box while the weather is this nice. Consider these November conditions: Warm days and cool nights, little wind, no lightning, no rattlesnakes (well, I haven’t seen one since early October, but I suppose there’s no reason they couldn’t be out on these warm days). So I’ve been trying to spend as much time as possible enjoying this lingering autumn.

I suppose I’m a little bit blocked. This happens from time to time with writer-types. It sometimes feels like there’s all sorts of stuff racing around in your head but few of these things represent actual coherent ideas that can be put on the proverbial blank page. Sometimes an idea strikes that’s worthwhile, but slips away before it gets bookmarked in my brain.

My health adviser Dr. Phil Maffetone attributes this to stress. Maybe he’s right. I’ve worked with Phil since 1998 and he usually is right about these things.

Today I ran in the sunshine and rounded up our cattle from the back of a burro. Perhaps the cobwebs are breaking loose.

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Speaking of Phil, he and partner Coralee Thompson have a new and wonderful music album out. It’s called “Between Us” and is available for download or purchase from his recently reworked and much improved website, where you can also find useful health and fitness information. On this new album I especially like the tune “Garbage,” but it might just be that the opening line has certain implications to my present career situation: ”Oh Lord please get me out of the garbage.” I also like the guitar track on that one.

Coralee’s vocal on “A History of Secrets” is strikingly beautiful, and who can’t apppreciate a song about “The Middleman” these days.

One disappointment is that my favorite of their songs, “If I Become the Wind,” is not on the album. However, you can listen to it directly from the site. Go to “Music” and pull down to Phil and Coralee; you’ll find the player near the bottom. When Phil and Coralee were visiting here summer before last, they played this song in my livingroom and I got to play the chords (with instruction from Phil) along with them on the keyboard.

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