Stand by Me





Speak your truth.

Listen when others speak theirs, too.

when you let go of fear, you will learn to love others;

and you will let them love you.

Do not be afraid of dying.

But do not be afraid to live.

Ask yourself what that means.

Open your hearts to love, for that is why you’r here.

And know that you are, and always have been One

with Me and all who live.

— Melody Beattie, author





Let us be united;

Let us speak in harmony;

Let our minds apprehend alike.

Common be our prayers;

Common be the end of our assembly;

Common be our resolution;

Common be our deliberations.

Alike be our feelings;

Unified be our hearts;

Common be our intentions;

Perfect be our unity.

—Rig Veda, Hindu


All people united in One World living in peace and harmony.

All people united in One World living in peace and harmony.


A semi- short serenade

Today was a busy one and one that I found troubling with news. When we human beings can’t  live as One on One World, then I turn to the music that feeds my heart. In memory of those who have died in the last few days senselessly, Rest in Peace. May your families find solace.  I hope all my readers enjoy the interlude. Namaste, Barbara
























Happy Hallowe’en

Happy Hallowe’en to all my readers and friends.


I’ve decided to be totally not serious, and not deal with reality in honor of it being Hallowe’en.


Some of you may remember these songs; for some of you they may be new.  But they’re some of my favorite “monster” songs, from when I was young.

The first is Vincent Price doing a wonderful cover of the Monster Mash.  For those of you who are too young to know the wonderful Mr. Price, he ruled the Horror films in the 50’s and 60’s, and did the ghoulish rap at end of Michael Jackson’s Thriller.


Flying Purple Eater is what was called a “novelty song” from the 60’s and it’s always been one of my favorites, never failing to make me laugh!


I have to go now, to chase the Zombies on the River!


Have a ghoulishly good day!


Monsterously yours,





Annabel Lee by Edgar Allan Poe


It was many and many a year ago,

In a kingdom by the sea

That a maiden thre lived who you may know

By the name of ANNABLE LEE;

And this maiden she lived with no other thought

Than to love and be loved by me.


I was a child and she was a child,

In this kingdom by the sea:

But we loved with a love that more than love —


With a love that the winged seraphs of heaven

Coveted her and me.


And this was the reason that, lonb ago,

In this kingdom by the sea,

A wind blew out of a cloud, chilling

My beautiful ANNABEL LEE;

So that her high-born kinsman came

And bore her away from me,

To shut her up in a sepulchre

In this kingdom by the sea.


The angels, not half so happy in heaven,

Went envying her and me —

Yes!–That was the reason (as all men known,

In this kingdom by the sea)

That the wind came out of the cloud by night,

CHilling and killing my ANNABEL LEE.


But our love it was stronger by far than the love

Of those who were older than we —

Of many far wiser than we —

And neither the angels in heaven above,

NOr the demons down under the sea,

Can ever disserver my soul from the soul

Of the beautiful ANNABEL LEE,


For the moon never beams, without bringing my dreams

Of the beautiful ANNABEL LEE;

And the stars never rise, but I feel the bright eyes

Of the beautiful ANNABEL LEE;

And so, all the night-tide, I lie down by the side

Of my darling — my darling — my life and my bride,

In the sepulchre there by the sea,

In her tomb by the sounding sea.







The Best Party Band in the Land

One of my favorite bands — and my sister’s very favorite — is Duran Duran, a band who has described themselves, many times, as the Band designed to make you Party.


The following video, party-ready, is from their 2001 tour and album Astronaut.  It includes the single Wake up to the Sunrise, one my favorite songs. My sister simply loves all their music. I hope you will enjoy it too.



I hope it makes you smile.



Paper Gods

I’ve always loved music.  Classical, Rock, Pop, Jazz, BlueGrass, Zydeco, Reggae.  I love the way it moves me, and makes me think.


My sister is the same way, and it’s a rare day when the stereo isn’t on in the house, or playing in our cars.


So it made sense that, over 30 years ago, my sister introduced me to her favorite band, which quickly became one of my favorites as well:  Duran Duran.


At time, they were the most popular band in the world, but you would be ridiculed for liking them.  But, as most of you know, I’ve never been that concerned about what other people think about what I think. We’re all entitled to our own opinions, after all, and no one has ever been able to scare me out of mine.


30 years after I first heard them, Duran Duran are still together, and still making records.


Yesterday, my sister introduced me to the title track of their new album, Paper Gods, being released on September 11.


If this song is any indication, we have a lot to look forward to!


I hope you enjoy it as much as my sister and I did.