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Monday, October 24, 2016

Bob Dylan, A Sweet Sound of Humility, in Concert at Winstar

Bob Dylan, the spokesman for a generation, played with a sweet sound of humility at the Winstar in Oklahoma, after recently winning the Nobel Prize in Literature.  The closest photograph I could take of Bob Dylan was the sign in front of the entrance to the seating area.  In big letters was NO PHOTOGRAPHY!  Since my number one goal was to take a photograph I was a little disappointed.    It is historic Dylan won the Noble Prize in Literature and I wanted to record a little piece of history.




 People in the elevator said after the concert,  "He didn't mention the prize.  In fact he didn't even speak to the audience."

I said, "He seemed very humble."

Sometimes silence is more powerful than words.  We don't know publicly what Bob Dylan is thinking about being the first musician to win the Noble Prize in Literature.  Perhaps later he will do a Barbara Walters interview.  I'm sure deep down it  made him a little happy.  He isn't revealing his thoughts and feelings about it right now.   But what is so terrible about that?  His words in his songs express his feelings for the past five decades.

So as a first hand witness to his delightful concert at the Winstar, a place to escape,




 I want to give my impressions.  Mothers and daughters were sitting side by side.  The lady in front of me had a garland of dried flowers embracing her head as a symbol, I'm apart of the flower child generation. I remember when he fought for equal rights and was a symbol of the movement.  Her daughter gently fixed her flowers so it was ever so perfect right before the concert.  They looked at each other with loving eyes to know I understand how special it is to be in the audience.  It was a memory they will cherish forever.

I saw  men and women coming together as  unified groups saying,
" I love his lyrics and can't wait to hear his passionate voice say them with honesty."

I saw loving couples of men and women sitting side by side, holding hands.   The lady next to me said I don't know how much my husband paid for the tickets but I'm so glad he bought them for me.  She gave one of those yells from deep in her belly that said Bob Dylan brought back a truck  full of happy memories.

He sang for ninety minutes of sure bliss.  Each song was a surprise as the chords of the tune trickled hints of the melody to come.  The seventy five year old musician's voice was a little raspy but it made the words to his songs resonant with purity.

 The vibe in the audience was electrifying as he opened with "Things have Changed."
by Bob Dylan
 Worried man with a worried mind
No One in front of me and nothing behind
There's a woman
Got white skin got assassin's eyes
I'm looking up into the sapphire tinted skies
I'm well dressed, waiting on the last train

Standing on the gallows with my head in a noose
Any minute now I'm expecting all hell to break loose

People are crazy and times are strange
I'm locked in tight, I'm out of range
I used to care, but things have changed

This place ain't doing me any good
I'm in the wrong town, I should be in Holly wood
Just for a second there I thought I saw something move
Gonna take dancing lessons do the jitterbug rag
Ain't no shortcuts, gonna dress
Only a fool in here would think he's got anything to prove
'

Dylan chose for his grand finale "Why Try to Change Me Now?"  As he sang the song he seemed so sweet, not angry.  It was as if to say I am who I am.

Why Change me Now originally by Frank Sinatra
I'm sentimental
So I walk in the rain
I've got some habits
That I can't explain
Could start for the corner
Turn up in Spain
Why try to change me now

I sit and daydream
I've got daydreams galore
Cigarette ashes
There they go on the floor
I go away weekends
And leave my keys in the door
but why try to change me now

Why can't I be more conventional
People talk
People stare
So I try
But that's not for me
Cuz I can't see
My kind of crazy world
Go passing me by
So let people wonder
Let em laugh
Let em frown
You know I'll love you
Till the moon's upside down

Don't you remember
I was always your clown
Why try to change me now
Don't  you remember
I was always  your clown
Why try to change me
Why try to change me now

The audience in Oklahoma gave Dylan a standing ovation and cried for more.


He came back out for his last song of Blowin in the Wind, my favorite..   He sang the lyrics like true poetry.
I came a little closer so I could get a closer look from my C section position.  He moved from mike to key board so gracefully.  As if the instruments were an extension of his being.

Fans lined up to get the latest TShirt with his face etched in the fabric.  Leather bracelets were sold with a silver emblem of his name.

The last time I saw Bob Dylan was at the Bronco Bowl in 1980.  He was just as delightful as years in the past.  He has aged with wisdom but I think a big dose of humility is sprinkled to make the seasoning just right.  Go see Bob Dylan in concert if you get a chance.  It's well worth it!!!! 

Sunday, October 16, 2016

Bob Dylan Wins Noble Prize In Literature

It was announced Bob Dylan won the prestigious Swedish  Nobel Prize in Literature for having created new poetic expressions within the great American song tradition.  The Nobel Foundation thought Dylan deserved the honor because of his choice of words, which turned him into an icon. His work became popular for human rights in the turbulent 1960's and his ideas of revealing the human condition span six decades of potent lyrics.   The last American who won the prize was Toni Morrison in 1993.  It was the first musician who ever received the award making the win even more extraordinary.   Bob Dylan said his lyrics to his songs painted pictures.   

Blowin In the Wind by Bob Dylan  It shows the ability to question everything around you.
How many roads must a man walk down




Before you call him a man?
How many seas must a white dove sail
Before she sleeps in the sand?


Yes, and how many  times must the cannon balls fly
Before they're forever banned?



The answer, my friend, is blowin in the wind
The answer is blowin in the wind.

Yes and how many years can a mountain exist
Before it is washed to the sea?


Yes,  and how many years can some people exist
Before they're allowed to be free?


Yes, and how many times can  a man turn his head
And pretend that he just doesn't see?

The answer, my  friend, is blowin in the wind
The answer is blowin in the wind.

Yes, and how many times must a man look up
Before he can see the sky?


Yes, and how many ears must one man have
Before he can hear people cry?
Yes, and how many  deaths will it take til he knows
That too many people have died?

The answer, my friend, is blowin in the wind
The answer is blowin in the wind.

If You See Her Say Hello by Bob Dylan

I see a lot of people
As I make the rounds
And I hear her name here and there
As I go from town to town
And I've never gotten used to it
I've just learned to turn it off
Either I'm too sensitive
Or else I'm getting soft.

The Times They are a Changin by Bob Dylan

Come senators, congressmen
Please heed the call
Don't stand in the doorway



Don't block up the hall


For he that gets hurt
Will be he who has stalled
There's a battle outside
And it is ragin'
It'll soon shake your windows
And rattle you walls
For the times they are a changin


By Bob Dylan
Let me ask you one question
Is your money that good?
Will it buy you forgiveness
Do you think that it could?
I think you will find
When your death takes its toll
All the money  you made
Will never buy back your soul




Mr. Tambourine Man by Bob Dylan
Yes, to dance beneath the diamond sky with one hand waving free,


Silhouetted by the sea, circled by the circus sands,
With all memory and fate driven deep beneath the waves,
Let me forget about today until tomorrow.



Gotta Serve Somebody by Bob Dylan  Written after he saw Jesus in a hotel room.
You may be an ambassador to England or France


You may like to gamble, you might like to dance
You may be the heayweight champion of the world
You may be a socialite with long string of pearls

But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes
Indeed you're gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're gonna have to serve somebody

You might be a rock n roll addict prancing on the stage
You might have drugs at your command, women in a cage
You may be a business man or some high degree thief
They may call you doctor or they may call you chief

But you're gonna have to serve somebody, yes you are
You're gonna have to serve somebody
Well, it may be the devil or it may be the Lord
But you're...




Slow Train by Bob Dylan
Sometimes I feel so low down and disgusted
Can't help but wonder what's happen-in to my companions
Are they lost or are they found?
Have they counted the cost it'll take to bring down
All their earthly principles they're gonna have to abandon?
There's a slow, slow train comin up around the bend



I had a woman down in Alabama
She was a backwoods girl but she sure was realistic
She said, "Boy, without a doubt, have to quit your mess and straighten out
You could die down here, be just another accident statistic
There's a slow, slow train comin up around the bend

Man's ego is inflated, his laws are outdated, they don't apply no more
You can't rely no more to be standing around waiting
In the home of the brave, Jefferson turning  over in his grave
Fools glorifying themselves, trying to manipulate Satan
And there's slow, slow train coming up around the bend.

Big time negotiators, false healers and woman haters
Masters of the bluff and masters of the proposition
But the enemy I see wars a cloak of decency
All non-believers and men stealers talking in the name of religion
And there's slow, there's slow train coming up around the bend.
'
People starving and thirsting, grain elevators are bursting
Oh, you know it costs more to store the food than it do to give it
They say loose your inhibitions, follow your own ambitions
They talk about life of brotherly love, show me someone who knows how to live it
There's slowl slow train coming around the bend.

Well, my baby went to Illinois with some bad talking boy she could destroy
but there was nothing I could do to stop it
I don't care about economy, I don't care about astronomy
But it's sure do bother me to see my loved ones turning into puppets
There's slow, slow train coming up around the ben.


Monday, October 3, 2016

Monarch Butterflies Flutter Across Texas in Autumn

Monarch Butterflies must begin their journey each fall ahead of cold weather.  They travel 3,000 miles from their summer home in the Rocky Mountains and migrate south to Mexico for warmer weather to wait out the winter months.  They fly through Texas in the month of October.
North American Monarchs are the only butterfly that make such an incredible journey.  Butterflies that emerge from Chrysalises in late summer and early fall make the journey.  They are born to fly and know the changing weather means its time to prepare for travels.
They love to sip nectar from purple flowers for energy.  It took several generations of butterflies living their cycle for a period of one year to prepare for just the right Monarch to hatch.
It will be the great grandchildren to make the trip.  They open their wings to feel the warm sun.
The average life span in the wild is 6 to 8 months.  The wingspan is 4 to 10 inches.  Flutter is their group name.  They are about the size of a tea cup.
The butterfly lays their eggs on milkweed plants.  The larvae enjoys eating the green plant and becomes beautiful caterpillars.  They create a hard shell and enter the pupa stage.  They emerge as black, orange, and white adults.  They have an interesting pattern on their wings.  The black etching makes the Monarch Butterfly easy to recognize.
So when you see orange and white polka dotted butterflies flutter by, remember the journey they must make to get there.  

Saturday, October 1, 2016

Autumn at the Arboretum Follow the Pumpkin Trail

Follow the pumpkin trail at the Dallas Arboretum to celebrate a fall tradition.   The nationally acclaimed pumpkin village contains 90,000 pumpkins, gourds, squash and bales of hay with cornstalks.  Enter the gate to see assorted pumpkins greeting guests.
Walk down the winding path to see Cinderella's carriage waiting to pick you up to escort you on a magical adventure.
Step into fairy tale pumpkin land where thousands of pumpkins are there to play with, hold and touch.
Children are fascinated with the different shapes of pumpkins.  One looks like a white snowman.
Another pumpkin says "quack quack." as they are protecting their ducklings from the crowd.
Enter the doorway to pick out your favorite pumpkin for fall.
Follow the pumpkin trail of all sizes and shapes of orange spheres.

Along the way you may hear a bee buzzing.
It's part of the celebration of autumn at the Dallas Arboretum.
Birds want to chirp to say it's fall and everything is beautiful.
Monarch Butterflies want to sip nectar from beautiful yellow flowers.
Follow the pumpkin trail to designs of white and orange striped pumpkins.
Horses built with hay will carry you on a magical ride of pumpkin delight.
Circular designs of gourds, squash and white pumpkins with stripes fill you eyes with orange visions.
Which pumpkin is perfect for carving?
Some pumpkins must stay to keep the walls of the pumpkin house free from falling.  
Other pumpkins are stacked in rows of white and orange.
At the Dallas Arboretum pumpkins line the road to say it's fall and the weather is getting cooler in Texas.
Gourds say it's harvest time.
The days are getting cooler and soon it will be Thanksgiving.  
We followed the pumpkin trail of orange spheres with a brown stem on top.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Fort Worth Water Gardens

The Fort Worth Water Gardens is an urban water oasis in the middle of downtown.

  New York Architects Phillip Johnson and John Burgee designed the park as an escape for urban life.  It opened in 1974 as a renewal project to revitalize the downtown area. It was constructed by Thos. S. Byrne General Contractors based in Fort Worth.
The main attraction of the Water Gardens is the Active Pool.  Visitors can walk down steps into a small pool at the bottom.
People experience the power of rushing water crashing around them.
The blue meditation pool is surrounded by cypress trees with walls covered with a thin layer of water.
The water falls at a 90 degree angle into the sunken pool of reflective water.
Spray fountains that look like trees of mist form the Aerating Pool.  
The water of spray mist forms a bridge of delight to others.
The Water Gardens is free with the help of the Amon G Carter Foundation.  Amon created the Star Telegram, the newspaper that enriches Fort Worth with news of the day.  The Water Garden is open for all seasons to the public located between Houston and Commerce Streets.

Sunday, July 24, 2016


Magnolia Market is a Delight of the Senses

 A trip to Magnolia Market reveals the joyful atmosphere of Chip and Joanna Gains amazing creativity. They united as one to provide products everyone can use in their home from the inspiration of their HTV Show, Fixer Upper.   I got addicted to the show as I visited my elderly mom. We stayed in bed as we watched a marathon of episodes.  Each one tells a story of family.  The show unites all generations of decorating enthusiasts.  Chip and Joanna picked the name from their courtship days. He picked white Magnolia blossoms as a symbol of love for Jo.


Giant white washed silos are the landmark of the market standing tall and Texas proud located in the heart of Waco. I was grateful my husband had business in Waco so I could tag along and visit the shop. The couple had a vision to transform a former cottonseed mill to a thriving market place.
The theme restoration seems to be the foundation of everything they do.  Magnolia Market was one of their biggest fixer upper jobs to date.  They literally started from scratch, removing trash to transform the buildings to a thriving market of fresh and simple products.  Chip and Joanna are both Baylor grads and got married in 2003.  Chip began buying and renovating homes as Joanna used her talent of design to marry their gifts of imagination to form their company, Magnolia Homes.  
As you walk into the front door you are greeted with hanging sprays of yellow tulips.  
Green shiny vases contain simple white flowers.
Fragrant candles stamped Magnolia are stacked with a partner of white and yellow vintage vases filled with rosemary.  Jo wants to give respect for old objects.
Soap with fragrances of Mint and Rosemary fill the air with aromatic delights.  I bought the soaps to give to friends and family and everyone comments on the potent smell.  My 94 year old mom keeps it by her bedside to smell fresh mint.  They only sell for 6.00 dollars.  You can buy the products online for a wonderful treat in your bathroom.  

The store is full of cooking items to grind herbs from the garden.
Lip balm is sold in glass jars for 8.00 dollars.  It goes on moist and flavorful.  My lips have never felt so pampered. 
Words of encouragement seem to be very important to Chip and Joanna.   Sayings can be purchased for your home to bring joy and positive messages.  Act justly, love mercy, and walk humbly is a favorite.
Soft ivory pillows hang in the air of Magnolia Market saying I'll be great for your sofa as you relax.  
A green painted chest holds candelabras for soft lighting.  Magnolia has branched out into furniture to go with the theme of hospitality.  I can just picture a lovely carrot cake or appetizers for a party placed on top.  
Magnolia has provided many jobs for locals who live in Waco.  I was greeted with a friendly Texas smile from a sweet girl who answered my questions.  She talked me into buying the scented candles and aromatic oils.  I have them in our bedroom for lovely scents.
Each area of the store has artistic displays revealing the creativity of Joanna Gains.  
Baskets of white flowers filled bins.  
Joanna's artistic talent was supported by her husband Chip during their first year of marriage.  She had a list of dreams she wanted to accomplish and he has supported her all the way.  It reminds me of my husband when he passes out Ducks In My Pool business cards to co passengers on a plane.  He tells them of my books I created for children.  

Demo Day is the highlight of the Fixer Upper Show because it is out with the old and in with the new.  The area of the store reveals tools, nails and other items for demo day.  
Its like a hardware store of useful parts.  
Magnolia Market is always filled with customers.  Many come from all over the United States and the world just to see Chip and Jo's products.  
Dogs are welcome to explore the market.  They are an important part of families.
A warehouse is attached to store products for high demand in every season.  
Words made of iron can be purchased to hang on your walls.
The theme of an active family life lays the foundation of Magnolia Market.
T Shirts are for sale along with ceramic mugs.  
Words of faith, family and gatherings are part of the lifestyle of the Magnolia Empire. Chip and Joanna Gaines will  launch a magazine in the fall of 2016.  Meredith's publishing house will feature topics that are similar to Magnolia Market.  They want to highlight food, decorating, entertaining ideas, and show real life homes, for the purpose of creating spaces loved ones will enjoy.  


Hospitality was shown as I purchased my carefully chosen items by friendly sales staff. 


I placed my little treasures all over our home and thought of the inspiration of Magnolia is the love of family.   The pink creamer was a perfect vase for pink roses fresh picked from our garden.

As time goes by I believe Fixer
Upper will continue to be popular because it's based on the lives of real people who want their home to be restored.

The white Magnolia flower shown on the candle glowing in our home stands for purity and perfection.
The parking lot is always full of people from all over the world to catch a glimpse of the love of this amazing couple.