Lifetime conducting titles do not always live up to their billing (see Karajan, Herbert von and the Berlin Philharmonic). So it was perhaps not surprising that Zubin Mehta, the music director for life of the Israel Philharmonic, decided to step down from the orchestra after half a century. Now his young successor has been named:
Renewable energy isn’t just the future–it is the present. Better for the bottom line and better for our environment. If you live in a city that owns its own municipal utility or in a community that gets its power from a private investor owned utility (IOU), press their leadership to go with renewables. Now’s the time.
PERSONAL EMOTIONAL UPDATE, THE STATE OF FELICIA:
Yesterday was a hard day. I sat on the couch of my new one sided friendship (therapist) and I cried and cried as I was asked to really lean in to my feelings around the arthritis in my hand (the cortisone shot, the hand brace, and the news that my body is of a 60 year old due in large part to my JRA and the long term effects of steroids for over 4 years dealing with the eye/brain tumors).
What will my body be like when I am 60? Will I then have the limitations of an 80 year old body? Will I even be around to reach 60? What will the long term effects be of the 24 chemo infusions (soon to be 28) if this is the effect of steroids? How will I write and ever be a writer if I can’t use my hands? What kind of work will I be able to do down the line if I can’t move my body in the ways I need to? Just how much more disabled will I be with all of these diseases and idiopathic issues?
In the end of the hour session it was revealed that overall I am tired…exhausted really by the lifelong limitations that my physical body has put on me. I always had dreams when I was younger where I was a runner and running for exercise. You know the leggings and the headband and the shoes. I knew it was always a dream. I’ve been able to be really be physically fit and jog or ride a bike for miles only a few times in my life. I think I was in the best shape of my life at 16 & 34- where to go for miles on my feet or wheels was a desire and a goal. Today at 41 my goals aren’t in miles but in steps, five thousand of them to be exact. Half of what everyone else around me tries to reach on a daily basis. I’ve been getting on my stationary bike every day this week, hoping and praying that my 10 minutes minimum will get some traction. Find athleta coupon code 20 to save money and get coupon code
So here’s to hoping that 50 may be my next best moment (I have 8 years and 3 months to get there), that 10 thousand steps is possible someday, that more than 10 minutes is doable and that in the end my body will be a little freer from the pain and discomfort that I have gotten used to. No one likes living in a broken home. But if it’s the only one you’ve got— let’s see what some new paint and some new appliances can do to make it still feel cozy.
October 3, 1955…Allman Brothers bass player and Gov’t Mule founding member Allen Woody was born in Nashville, TN. He began playing bass, guitar and mandolin at a very young age. He played in local bands growing up and would eventually major in music at Middle Tennessee State University. His early influences were Felix Pappalardi, Jack Bruce and Jack Casady. His big break came whole working as a salesman at Gruhn Guitar Store in Nashville. He would meet Lynyrd Skynyrd drummer Artimus Pyle and join his band. While with the APB, he met Butch Trucks who suggested that he audition for The Allman Brothers. Woody got the gig and would play in the ABB from 1989 – 1997. He formed Gov’t Mule with fellow Allman guitarist Warren Haynes and Dickey Betts Band drummer Matt Abts in 1994. What started out as a side project turned into a full-time gig, and in 1997 Warren and Woody left the ABB to commit to solely to Gov’t Mule. They would continue to tour and record until 2000. He was also a member of Blue Floyd, The Peter Criss Band and Montage. Woody was an astounding musician who played with the thunder and backbone that drove every band he played with. A great friend and father with a great sense of humor. I was fortunate enough to see Allen with both Gov’t Mule and The Allman Brothers. He left me speechless every time I saw him. Happy Birthday Brother Allen. He would have been 62 years old today. #allmanbrothers #govtmule #RIPallenwoody #artimuspyleband #bluefloyd #getbehindthemule #theroadgoesonforever.
There is some other insane Doctor Who spinoff media collector out on this side of town… I actually saw not one, but TWO Short Trips anthologies at the Half Price books. Of course, they were both ones I already own, but it’s virtually unheard of to find that sort of thing just on the shelf.
I think that this fight cannot, in the long haul, be won in the courts. North Carolina voters will have to mobilize in the streets and in their Gerrymandered districts to win. But, as reported here by Alan Blinder and Michael Wines, this decision — by a three judge court — that the districts violated the equal protection rights of NC people — is a great step. How goes the struggle in the streets and in the electoral process? Jeanne deWard, Erica Rapport Gringle and the rest of you tar heels? Take that, Elbridge Gerry!
After AJ Weberman went through Bob Dylan’s garbage, cops have taken the view that you and I have no privacy interest in our garbage (so they can search it without a warrant). Here, recently, police in Oregon searched a fellow officer’s trash which they claimed they have a right to do. Reporters tested this by searching the garbage of public officials. Read on.
Have you been following this? (I, only a little). The Israeli government has banned members of some groups critical of Israel from coming to Israel. The Israeli government is trying to strike back as people it perceives as supporters of BDS (Boycott, Divest, Sanction; a complex movement. You could look it up.). Is it the proper function of a democratic government to bar people from entering a country because they have and express views critical of that government? Me? I say it is not.
Great idea for helping diversify tech from Stevie Case and Twilio — share with anyone you think might be interested and qualify.
“Do you know someone looking for a gig in tech that has a non-traditional background, maybe went to a bootcamp and is trying to break in? My company has a very unique program called Hatch: a 6-month apprenticeship program that aims to equip individuals with non-traditional technical backgrounds to become full-time employees on a technical team. We encourage anyone from an underrepresented group in tech to apply for this position. This includes, but is not limited to, women (self-identified), people of color, LGBTQIA, people with disabilities and veterans. The cohort is currently slated to start in March 2018. Applications will close Friday, Jan 19th at 5pm PST.”