It Takes a Lot to Laugh, It Takes a Train to Cry

Lately, I’ve been feeling like a train. Kind of moaning and wailing my way around. Rattling. Things breaking down. Falling apart. You know how it is. You get a certain age and things just start to slip a bit. More wrinkles, less get up and go. But thanks to the wonders of modern medicine, I’ve got a brand new hip and now that I can actually get around again, I’m starting to find my mirth. It’s easier sometimes to sit down and cry, but laughing is a whole lot more…

How to Make it Through When You Can Barely Make It

Hello Y’all! So yesterday was one of those days that didn’t work out for doing much of anything but zoning out and hoping for a better tomorrow. But when you have an autoimmune disease, those days will come along. So I admit I didn’t listen to any of Autoimmune Revolution tapes yesterday. But I thought I’d share with you how I get through the really bad days — the ones where answering the door, checking the mail, or even moving is agony. One thing I decided very early on after…

Jason Isbell’s Something More than Free

Poetry is a form of literature that uses aesthetic and rhythmic qualities of language—such as phonaesthetics, sound symbolism, and metre—to evoke meanings in addition to, or in place of, the prosaic ostensible meaning. This is the wikipedia definition of poetry. I would argue that all poets are song writers. But not all songwriters are poets. Jason Isbell is a poet. I’ll admit I was worried about his new album. How do you follow up a work like Southeastern with its tight writing and subject matter? A work that opened up his life…

Songs for a Crazy Christmas

We all have Holiday rituals. Every year on the day after Thanksgiving, I begin the season by listening to Elvis Presley’s Christmas Album. I rock out to Santa Bring My Baby Back to Me and Santa Claus is Back in Town. Then I shed a few tears when I listen to Blue Christmas, I’ll Be Home for Christmas, and If Everyday was Like Christmas. Next, it’s on to The Carpenters’ Christmas Portrait and Merry Christmas Darling along with their wonderful renditions of classics like Christmas Song (Chestnuts Roasting on an Open…

Love Bugs and Love Songs

Those of us who live in the South know them well. Those pesky little creatures that fly around in pairs, attached to each other like teenagers to their cell phones. They’re back! Love bugs tend to come around in early spring and fall. They make a mess of your car, your outside living space and are a general nuisance. While swatting them away this morning, I thought it might be interesting to come up with a list of love songs to go with their infestation. Maybe it was the humidity…