Sunday Respite – Gypsy Autumn


We are starting to see some Autumn colors here, but so far it doesn’t look like we are in for a spectacular Fall. Wishing everyone a wonderful day. You may prefer watching this in full screen.

Today’s respite:

From the album  Gypsy Music From Eastern Europe,

Sergei Trofanov – Boucles D’O

I am not much for this translation, so this is my personal one!



Sunday Respite – “We Praise Thee’



For today’s respite I chose the Russian orthodox chant Chesnokov “We Praise Thee”

I find it brings me much peace. Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

Respite -The Times They are a Changin


I caught this old Bob Dylan tune on the radio this week. Seemed like a good pick for a Sunday respite.  It brought back memories. Good bad and indifferent.

At the time, our parents were worried about us. The Vietnam war, Lyndon Johnson, the bomb, and other things.

John Kennedy was assassinated. Bobby Kennedy, Martin Luther King. Kent State University when we learned the government in the form of the Ohio National Guard could turn on us, kill us, marching forward with fixed bayonets. A lesson never forgotten, seared white hot in our memory, for those of us who were on college campuses. For those of us who had a friend at Kent State.

My first political tome -The John Birch Society with “None dare call it Treason.” Of course it was tin foil hat material, or so they said. Was it? Were they?

Dylan came up with this tune and said it all, we thought at the time. We as kids were going to take on the world. Fix it.

Now forty years later the world is taking us on. And our kids. Now it is us that need to be the political activists. What happened? Who would have thought it was going to turn out this way?

Yet I would not change the time or place in which I had this life, not even for one nanosecond. I hit life’s jackpot.

I chose Peter Paul and Mary to do the song. I loved them, their folk songs and their concerts. I caught a concert in their early years with thousands of others, and lucky to catch them in the twilight year for Mary with a couple of hundred.

Only fitting that I choose a clip of them in their later years to sing it. Then, Crosby, Stills and Nash – Four Dead in Ohio. Here goes:

Senators Congressman do heed the call, don’t stand in the doorway, don’t block up the hall, for the times they are a changing.



Kent State University May 4, 1970. Are we going to go through this again? Four dead, 9 injured.

Four Dead in Ohio –



Sunday Respite – Autumn Equinox (Mabon) ‘She is dying’


On Saturday the Autumn Equinox took place. Many cultures celebrate this event and have for centuries, by many names. Some call it Mabon.

The Autumnal Equinox. Mother Earth gives up her bounty to us and prepares to go into her slumber to rest.

The Autumn Equinox divides the day and night equally, and we take a moment to pay our respects to the impending dark. We also give thanks to the waning sunlight, as we store our harvest of this year’s crops.

On Saturday, September 22, both the Northern and Southern hemispheres experienced an equal amount of daylight. For those of us in the Northern Hemisphere, it marks the beginning of fall, with daylight hours continuing to shorten until the winter solstice in December. 

The wheel keeps turning. Birth Death and Rebirth. For my respite I give you this. The song is by Clannad, sung in Gaelic, in the Donegal dialect. Have a wonderful day. You may prefer to view this in full screen.




Sunday Respite – Dawn



For today’s respite I chose Sergei Trofanov – L’aube (Dawn). Prayers go out for all those who are struggling with the onslaught of the Hurricane.

You may prefer to watch this in full screen.





Sunday Respite – Belle


For today’s respite I chose Richard Clayderman – Belle and the paintings are by Evgeny Lushpin. A bit different from my usual Sunday offerings of landscapes. I hope you enjoy the melody as much as I do. Wishing you a wonderful day. I suggest watching this in full screen once it begins.


Sunday Respite – Her eyes filled with tears


For today’s Respite I chose Stamatis Spanoudakis – Her Eyes Filled With Tears which seems appropriate for today. I suggest watching it in full screen. Wishing everyone a wonderful day.


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