Life at Midlife
I am no longer waiting for a special occasion; I burn the best candles on ordinary days.
I am no longer waiting for the house to be clean; I fill it with people who understand that even dust is Sacred.
I am no longer waiting for everyone to understand me; It’s just not their task
I am no longer waiting for the perfect children; my children have their own names that burn as brightly as any star.
I am no longer waiting for the other shoe to drop; It already did, and I survived.
I am no longer waiting for the time to be right; the time is always now.
I am no longer waiting for the mate who will complete me; I am grateful to be so warmly, tenderly held.
I am no longer waiting for a quiet moment; my heart can be stilled whenever it is called.
I am no longer waiting for the world to be at peace; I unclench my grasp and breathe peace in and out.
I am no longer waiting to do something great; being awake to carry my grain of sand is enough.
I am no longer waiting to be recognized; I know that I dance in a holy circle.
I am no longer waiting for Forgiveness.
I believe, I Believe.
~ Mary Anne Perrone
If you’ve ever wondered how some kids learn to play music, here’s one way it’s done. Johnny Chapman’s son, Tristan, is currently fascinated with guitars. His papaw Eric has plenty to choose from, as you can see, and his dad is happy to show him what he knows. And he knows a lot.
Johnny is an incredible multi-instrumentalist with a voice that will knock your socks off. He is an equally gifted songwriter and producer, too. There’s really nothing the man can’t do. He played a preview of his upcoming album for me last Saturday. It’s gorgeous. It has a maturity and depth that surpasses most music today. Tristan is lucky to have such a generous father, and he comes by it honest what with a generous mom and dad. They’re a truly beautiful thing, the Von Chapman Family. What a gift they are to me.