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1 Good Thing June 22, 2010

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Because sometimes, one is enough.

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3 good things (hot shower version) June 15, 2010

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Since I am currently spending the nights at my in-laws in order to help out with a post-op recovery, I don’t always take the time to shower after I get home  in the morning. Today I did. For some inexplicable reason, it was an especially luxuriant experience today.

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1. The subtle, provocative aroma of lavender suds

2. The silky, sleek sensation of my hair when rinsing out the conditioning lotion

3. The squeaky softness of my face following a cleansing scrub

3+  Streaming hot water gliding over every nook and cranny, waking while warming me

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OK OK so I cheated–but it was all too good no to include!

3 good things (personal support version) April 2, 2010

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I checked in to my own blog today and realized it had been a while since posting here. Only a little over a week in fact, but in many ways it feels like forever. My last post still captures my background mood–mourning over the loss of our healthcare freedom–but it also reminded me of the importance of starting each morning acknowledging at least 3 good things.

1. Jang Geum — an inspiration in relentless integrity; art which achieves its fundamental purpose.

2. My mother-in-law–for loving me in spite of our political differences, and being the friend and mother I hope to be

3. My virtual friend Lynne–whose recent email allowed me to experience the emotional sustenance possible from someone applying the trader principle and the virtue of justice to spiritual matters as well as the material.

3 good things (Now’s the Time Version) March 11, 2010

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1. The sun is out.

2. My husband is at work. The kids are at school.

3. The house cleaners just left.

I have a sparkling clean, neat, quiet home for at least an hour until my daughter comes home from school.

Visit NOW!

It won’t last.

Next chance….two weeks from now.

3 GoodThings (Really Cool Version) January 24, 2010

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How often do you stop to think about how really cool this universe is?  I’ve had a few great reminders lately that I’d like to share with all of you out there in bloggy-land.

#1. Simple Pleasures and Gratitude post by The Thinking Mother.

On the importance of paying attention to the small joys we encounter, because they add up to something huge: your life!

#2. Aerogel.

Never heard of it? It is the lightest solid in the universe. Read about it in a post “Playing with NASA’s Solid Smoke” at Bashing in Minds. And while you are there marveling at this amazingly weird stuff, be sure to notice the quote by Captain Hammer at the top of the blog.

(And if you don’t know who Captain Hammer is… Dr. Horrible’s Sing-Along-Blog should be  #2.5–a fun story and great music–I just wish it had a different ending.)
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#3. Amy X Neuberg and Solstice

Last night, my daughter and I drove 1 1/5 hours to see her voice coach’s a capella ensemble perform with an avante-guarde singer-composer.

The first part of the program was a set of songs by Solstice. Two of my favorite songs are Hotaru Koi, a Japanesechildren’s song about fireflies, and Ergen Deda. (Scroll down on this page to find them.)

The second half of the performance were pieces from Fill as Desired, a work of Amy’s commissioned by the Jewish Music Festival. From last night’s event program:

The songs are based (very!) loosely on selections from “In Memory’s Kitchen” (ed. Cara de Silva, 1993, used with permission)–a collection of recipes that were discussed and documented by women of the Terezin concentration camp during WW II. The additional English texts are Amy’s own musings on fantasy as a means of survival.

The music is definitely something different–a combination of melody, harmony, off-beat rhythms and atonal vocalizations —all mixed and layered using a computerized  live-looping technique which is unique and fascinating.  It’s not classically beautiful or soothing, but the end result is awesome—awesome in the inventiveness and the technical expertise necessary to create and perform a composition this complex. Constantly attention-grabbing, and occasionally haunting– it brought me a slice of joy and definitely belongs on this list.

Sample of the Fill as Desired music: Flaky Strudel

Amy also performed one solo piece. Listening to “Every Little Stain” will only give you an inkling of what she is doing. Her performance last night was a capella…..but by using the live looping technique, the end result created a depth and fullness to the music that approached that of a symphony orchestra.  I wish the sample I link to above did not have any instrumentals in it so you could experience the amazing sound she was able to create by layering only her voice…but it does come close. She also has a visual presence, and way of gesturing that adds to the overall experience. None of the video clips I could find presented her well enough to link to–so you will just have to imagine a petite, graceful woman with hands, face and swaying body as expressive as her voice.

You still have time to catch them —performances in San Fransisco tonight and next Friday.