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Archive for March 17th, 2012

Straight to Happy

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

LynnH wearing Colorama Shawl, singing at East Lansing Arts Festival 2011

Derek Sivers was the founder of CDBaby, an online music outlet for independent/indie musicians.  He has since sold the business and written a book, and is generally a fascinating and intelligent writer. I just read an interview of Mr. Sivers. In it he says:

The purpose of money is to trade for things that make you happy. So if you can bypass money and get directly to the happy, you’ve saved a lot of trouble.

Love that. Happy I’ve got these days. I wish the same for you.

(Yes, he is assuming that basic needs are taken care of… food, shelter, clothing. Just the same, I once bought things to make me feel better. Now that I’m happier, I have relatively few impulses to pursue “retail therapy” these days.)

Photo: Me wearing a Colorama Crescent shawl… designed by me, knit by Diana Troldahl/Otterwise (a designer in her own right). I was playing on stage at East Lansing Arts Festival, with Brian. It was a good day, speaking of “directly to the happy.”

Violet and Green St. Pat’s Yard

Saturday, March 17th, 2012

Oh, I love my violets so! They grow in our small slice of a side yard. We have a small microclimate there, where the snow thaws faster than in any other yard on the street. The violets get more beautiful every year.

We have not had a full week without one flower or another peeking out this year. It’s been very warm. Our typical winters for the last 20 years or so have been a cycle of snow, melt, snow, melt, snow. Last year it felt as if it would never melt- it was mean. This year has been gentle and pleasant for the most part.

This week we are on our 4th day in a row of open-the-door weather. During the day, I turn the furnace off and open the windows. I have been able to wear my African clothes as I love to do in the summer. I’ve been working on the hammock on the porch (never take the miracle of laptops and wireless internet for granted).

Welcome Color

But back to the violets. I’m told that they are weeds. I’m warned that they are “invasive.”

This is a corner lot, it’s not as though a neighbor is getting invaded. As for me, let the lawn-chemical-spraying trucks stay far away! If I have a full yard of myrtle/periwinkle and violets, it’s more beautiful and less work. I’m all for it!

Brian and I (The Fabulous Heftones) sing a lot of songs about flowers and springtime. If you’d like to be serenaded today, you can
listen to “April Showers” by clicking here.

Though April showers may come your way,
They bring the flowers that come in May (March?).
So if it’s raining, have no regrets,
Because it isn’t raining rain, you know, it’s raining violets.

And when you see clouds upon the hills,
You really see crowds of daffodils,
So keep on looking for a bluebird,  and listening for his song,
Whenever April showers come along.

I hope my photo brings you some ColorJoy, no matter what the weather is in your corner of the world.