What a long strange trip this has been so far. On June 14 I learned my old friend T was facing cancer surgery to remove his prostate & another surgery to repair or replace a Stent in his right kidney. He is alone in Florida, & intended to do this whole thing by him self.
That just seemed wrong to me, I wouldn’t want to do it by myself, & I knew he wouldn’t heal as well being alone at home. So the next day I booked a flight (you all know how much I love to fly)..so I could be there.
We haven’t seen each other in close to 30 years!
I started the trip from home to Santa Rosa with Russel driving on June 25, then shuttles to SFO forDelta flight to Atlanta. All went good so far & I even had a good seat mate…a graphic designer & coder.
By now I had ‘been on the road’ for a day & a half. Atlanta flight to Fort Myers was delayed 3 times, gates changed 3 times, and was a 4 hour wait. Got me finally into Fort Myers at 3am. Called for my shuttle to the Hampton…but was told to get a taxi, and they were all gone. But was rescued by Hampton manager who lock ed up and came to pick me up. By the time I got to my room it was 4:30am and fried beyond belief.
This is a rough draft part 1 being written in hospital waiting room on my new Samsung Galaxy Tab 4.
Every year we watch the pregnant does and wait patiently for her to feel safe enough to bring the fauns up to visit. Today was the first day I have seen them.
I don’t know if these 2 are both hers, or is she is baby sitting for the other doe who was pregnant. They were here together all fall & winter.
And did I mention that a week ago in the morning, we had a young fox hanging out by our living room slider door. I didn’t get a photo..but it was really beautiful.
The hills are full of wildlife right now.
Look what we opened the curtain to find yesterday morning! I sure hope he/she makes a habit of coming around. We have a terrible vole problem in the gardens this year.
When Bruce Cockburn comes to the Mateel Community Center I am elated. This is my community and my backyard, or living room — how ever you want to look at that. This is exciting in so many ways.. being able to experience Bruce with a lot of friends and fans makes it all that more enjoyable and uplifting.. and he rocked and swooned the Mateel Hall and held us in his hands like putty for the whole show.
What makes this an even more special event for me, was Bruce and I were able to sit and talk with each other for a couple of hours. How lovely that was, and how gracious of him to spend a little time with me. My heart soars.
We arrived early enough to catch up with Kathy & Riley from Arcata, and a bit later with Russ & Jan, & then so many locals. Taun being at her first ever Bruce show, and Dian, Kate, Brian, Margriet, Alicia, Lily, Liz & Charlie… I would really have to name at least half the folks in the hall. But that made it so much more fun.
I am not going to go into every song, suffice it to say it was an excellent Setlist. Agnes Patak – Mateel Photo set was there taking incredible photos so I mostly let my camera sit until the after show meet & greet.
So many people were taking so many photos at the meet & greet signing that I haven’t even seen them all yet.
But what follows were taken by me or Russel or Jan.. and is a fun way to wrap up what a wonderful night it was for all.
Russ & Jan
Bruce Cockburn & Jan Bramlett
What a fantastic night!! Thank you Bruce !!
I also updated the www.cockburnproject.net with a west coast tour wrap up.. lots of photos.
Tickets just went on sale for Bruce’s show on April 16 at the Mateel Community Center. This will be a seated show, which will be great for me.
I am so happy to have Bruce back here in my own backyard! It will be more like having a party with Bruce than going to a concert feel, I expect. I hope to connect with him of course, but one never knows for sure what the timing will be like.
What can I say? Friends and fans are coming from near and far – I am excited!
Love this Fire & Light company!
Russel treated me, with the beginning of my collection:
These are seconds!
Spent a wonderful sunny day in Arcata then had dinner at Kim and Tony’s and went to Eureka’s Arts Alive. Very fun. Life is good.
Helen Stowe with cactus 1998
Helen would of turned 86 tomorrow, December 19. I miss her more than words can express. I mentioned here how she had just returned from spinal surgery.
Here I am with her, shortly after she came home from the Garberville hospital.
Sadly, it was a short lived reprieve, and her pain came back with a vengeance. She was in and out of hospitals and had full on 24/7 care by local angels of mercy, with Ascha maintaining what ever kind of balance could be found.
Helen died on August 18, 2013 at 9:49am, surrounded by loved ones.
I know she wanted to leave her tired worn out and painful body, and the last few weeks had been especially hard. I hope now she is resting in peace and laughing till tears run down her face.
I will always love you Helen, thanks for being my friend.
Helen Stowe’s Obituary
We had some snow in December 2013, but only one or 2 small rain events since. Humboldt County is now (Feb 2014) in a full on drought. This is going to be a very water-less spring-summer. We may not even do any gardening.