the weather has cooled off a bit -
temperatures are in the lower 80
which is about 15 degrees
lower than they have been
and the humidity is about normal again.
Evenings are cooler and I've been having apples and cheeses
as a light dinner when I get home from work
The tansy is blooming in the fields. I love it's little yellow buttons
it looks so pretty next to the Queen Anne's Lace.
I went to the Salem Jazz and Soul Fest on Saturday with my mum and sister.
My brother is a co-founder of the event.
We ran into some cousins from my father's side of the family while we were there.
We hadn't seen them in years and years!
Sunday my eldest daughter and I went to Theatre in the Open
to see a very intimate production of King Lear
in the park.
I snapped a picture of my daughter while she wasn't looking.
She's so beautiful and smart.
One evening about ten years ago, my brother and some friends were sitting at a bar in Salem, MA
lamenting the fact that there were no good music festivals there.
So....they started the Salem Jazz and Soul Fest.
Ten years later he is now one of the co-founders and the executive director.
They have donated over 50,000 dollars to the North Shore public schools music programs!
My sister was here over the weekend and we brought her dog, Sadie, to Dog beach!
Although we had a doggie frisbee and a tennis ball, Sadie preferred to wade into the water,
find a clam shell, drag it back in with her feet, duck completely under water, and then pick it up
and run into shore with it!
So silly!! the random
Yesterday while I was there with my mum and sister,
we bumped into some of our Claflin cousins!
We hadn't seen some of them in over 20 years!
Turns out one of them was volunteering at the SJSF that afternoon!
Sing praises to God, sing praises!
Sing praises to our King, sing praises!
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My brother is a founder and creator of the Salem Jazz and Soul Fest in Salem, MA.
Every summer they put on a series of free concerts
culminating on the third weekend in August in Salem Willows
from 11:00 to 7:00 on both Saturday and Sunday!
They work with Berkley school of music in Boston
and have many really great bands from all over the country.
Salem Willows is a huge park which sticks out into the Atlantic ocean
so the stage is surrounded by beautiful majestic scenery.
But, the most important part....
All monies raised go to the Salem public schools music department!
They have raised thousands of dollars in the ten seasons they have been doing this!
It's very exciting!
Hear my prayer, O Lord,
and give ear unto my cry;
Hold not thy peace at my tears:
For I am a stranger with thee,
and a sojourner,
as all my fathers were.
Jesus sought me when a stranger
Wandering from the fold of God
O to grace how great a debtor daily I'm constrained to be!
Let thy grace now, like a fetter, bind my wandering heart to thee
Prone to wander Lord I feel it, prone to leave the God I love
Here's my heart, O take and seal it, seal it for thy courts above.
Come thou fount of every blessing
tune my heart to sing thy grace
early morning sunlight
I bought the chair for twenty-five cents at a tag sale
my sister and I stopped at after visiting our mum one afternoon.
I love to imagine it as part of a matching set around an old wooden table
somebody's grandmother spreading cherry preserves on a piece of homemade toast
and hanging her apron over one of the posts.
At my house it captures the early morning sunlight
jars full of green and blue sea-glass on the windowsills
frisbees brought in from the evening prior
and an old crazy quilt I keep meaning to finish....
It's one of my favorite pieces of furniture in the house
and it's just a little thing