One of our neighbors is selling his hot air balloon. He asked for permission to inflate it outside our house to show a prospective buyer. Of course, we said yes and were treated to a colorful spectacle right outside our front door.
I've written songs from many different points of view but never from that of a young man who can see the future! I have far too many songs already - which is why I'm working on two albums at once - so I doubt you'll be hearing this any time soon, even though it was one of those rare times when the lyric and music were born simultaneously. If it refuses to be kept waiting it just might push another song off one of the discs - we'll have to wait and see. Something this young man didn't have to do...
When my husband died, because he was so famous and known for not being a believer,many people would come up to me - it still sometimes happens - and ask me if Carl changed at the end and converted to a belief in an afterlife. They also frequently ask me if I think I will see him again. Carl faced his death with unflagging courage and never sought refuge in illusions. The tragedy was that we knew we would never see each other again. I don’t ever expect to be reunited with Carl. But, the great thing is that when we were together, for nearly twenty years, we lived with a vivid appreciation of how brief and precious life is. We never trivialized the meaning of death by pretending it was anything other than a final parting. Every single moment that we were alive and we were together was miraculous - not miraculous in the sense of inexplicable or supernatural. We knew we were beneficiaries of chance… . That pure chance could be so generous and so kind… . That we could find each other, as Carl wrote so beautifully in Cosmos, you know, in the vastness of space and the immensity of time… . That we could be together for twenty years. That is something which sustains me and it’s much more meaningful… . The way he treated me and the way I treated him, the way we took care of each other and our family, while he lived. That is so much more important than the idea I will see him someday. I don’t think I’ll ever see Carl again. But I saw him. We saw each other. We found each other in the cosmos, and that was wonderful.
- Ann Druyan, talking about her husband Carl Sagan
Spiral Galaxy M74. Considered by many to be the most impressive image captured by the Hubble space telescope.
Click on this quote to read the wonderfully frank and honest article by Mr Buffett in today's New York Times. It's about time someone who knows what he's talking about challenged the Republicans and their idiotic pledge to Grover Norquist.
I am so lucky to be able to say that I have four very special guitars that Linda has made for me over the years. Each one of which features this beautiful inlay of a dragon and a phoenix on the fingerboard - which appears on no other guitars she has made.
Here's a great interview she did recently. I particularly like the quote from Pat Metheny. It's true, I have always said that Linda's guitars are "full of songs".