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October 31, 2009

Happy Halloween!

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:10 am

The ghosts and goblins are out in full force today on Cape Cod.  Expecting a whole host of costumes, such as Joe Lieberman going as the Grinch; John Baener as a glass of orange (it’s not just for breakfast anymore) juice; Mitch McConnell sporting his George Clooney outfit and ex-Vice President Dick Chenney as “the Penguin”–which I think is a personal foul against the arctic bird.  Yes, Washington D.C. will dress itself up as an effective governing body of caring souls who will once and for all pass health care in the United States of America.  Back here on Cape Cod, I will be attending a party in Hyannis, with several hundred other folks dressed up for this holiday that celebrates the kid in all of us.  Kids still trick or treat in my neighborhood, providing a good dose of glee to see that despite all of the negative rhetoric and blatant fabrications going on in our nation’s capitol–citizens of this great nation still know how to have fun.  Hoping you have a spooky and safe Halloween!  Peace~ M

October 30, 2009

Change

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 6:37 am

Why is it that leaves can change, in fact it is as natural as the wind, yet people have such a difficult time with it?  That is one of the many reasons I love New England so much–change.  The seasons on Cape Cod are extraordinary–with Spring bringing flowers and hope; Summer, gentle breezes caressing the soft, white sand dunes; Fall displaying vibrant colors of yellow, orange and red; and the Winter clarity of white snow falling gently on a dory.  The ever changing weather patterns give one permission to stop and enjoy the moment– be it tanning on the beaches of Nantucket or driving through the abundant snow on route 6A without another soul in sight; just you, the seals and the stars.  Looking ahead to this historic vote in the United States House of Representatives and Senate regarding something as important as your health and your family’s, it seems our elected officials could take a lesson from the Oak tree’s playbook on change–get on the right side of history before it’s too late.  This is not about war, it’s about saving people’s lives–if you can look into the camera and tell the truth that you just don’t care, most of your electorate would have more respect for you, rather than just ignoring the flagrant lies you and the insurance cartel spread like manure on a fine golf course.  Have a great week end!  Peace~ M

October 29, 2009

Pumpkin

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:24 am

Pumpkins are a big part of Cape Cod in the Fall.  Traveling down route 6A, as you head east from Barnstable village, there is a pumpkin patch that would make Linus smile.  It is loaded with pumpkins of all sizes, shapes and colors, although most of the colors are your traditional orange.  Due to the lack of water in many parts of the country the pumpkin supply and, more importantly, the pumpkin size, are both smaller than in previous years.  It doesn’t seem to phase the children, however, with Halloween right around the corner, the costumes are being prepared in earnest.  Who should I be this year?  Joe Lieberman might be a good choice.  The good Senator from my childhood home of Connecticut seems to be getting his holidays mixed up, as he prepares to become the “Grinch who stole the public option from the American people” and giving all of his candy to part of the insurance cartel –Travelers, Cigna, The Hartford, and Aetna–conveniently located in the dowtown Hartford area, 6 miles from where I grew up in Simsbury, Connecticut.  Suffering succatash Joe, say it ‘aint so, you knucklehead!  Stay tuned!  Have a wonderful Thursday.  Peace~ M

October 28, 2009

Birch

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 8:35 am

The rains came down with authority last night, as I attended the 48th annual Cape Cod Writer’s Conference at the Yarmouth House in Yarmouth.  Yarmouth is a little town just east of Hyannis and the Yarmouth House is a landmark on the Cape, especially around Christmas time.  The lights of the place are incredible, as this famous restaurant illuminates the Nantucket Sound with white fireflies reflected on the gentle waters.  The author of “The Dust Bowl”, whose name escapes me at the moment, was the keynote speaker.  He spoke of the struggles that our fellow countrymen went through, as they stayed put in the dust through this challenging time for our country–in the midst of the Great Depression.  He spoke of the resiliency of the American soul and its’ will to march on in the face of adversity and doubt.  The health care debate was our dust bowl of 2009, and with a little help from above, the public option will be a significant part of the final bill that will pass through the House of Representatives and the United States Senate within the next few months.  God, we need all the help we can get.  Have a great Wednesday!  Peace~ M

October 27, 2009

Fall Colors

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:47 am

Yes, it is finally getting to look like Fall on the Cape.  Fall and Spring come later on Cape Cod and the Islands, as the warm and cool temperatures of the water affect the seasons’ development by slowing down the process of the trees’ annual cycle.  In the spring, the leaves come out in earnest a good two to four weeks earlier in Boston, whereas in Osterville, the growing season is a little slower to come to fruition.  I hope you are having a good morning wherever you may be, with the sun shining and perhaps a bird or two chirping in your general direction…Have a great Tuesday!  Peace~ M

October 26, 2009

Teddy Bear

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 8:22 am

Along the board walks that journey one through Armstrong-Kelly Park here in Osterville, one might run across a small teddy bear sitting off to the side of a choo-choo train amidst the towering Eastern White Pines and lush undergrowth of this mystical park. As we roll through another week, I hope there is plenty of love, light and frogs for you to enjoy along the way. Have a great week!     Peace~ M

October 25, 2009

“Our Lady”

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 6:25 am

On a rather warm morning here on the Cape, I bid you a happy Sunday.  We sing today at “Our Lady of the Assumption”, and I always feel better after doing so.  I had the good fortune of being introduced to music very young in life, second grade, where I picked up the Viola, and studied it religiously, so to speak, for many years.  Music is the universal language, knowing nothing of race, gender, religion, politics or anything else that “separates” us from each other.  The mysticism that occurs when music is related to a parish or any group is astonishing, as it opens up a portal that takes one out of the mundane that many of us find ourselves in, and transforms us into what we really want to be–even if it is only for a few moments.  I hope you find some solace today, wherever you are, and take some time for yourself.  Perhaps even listen to some of your favorite music, for music knows no bounds of time, space or circumstance.  Have a blessed Sunday.  Peace~ M

October 24, 2009

Wake Up!

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 6:50 am

Can I help you with something?  Shammy, or Chamois, a standard poodle I babysit from time to time, asks a profound question, as he lounges on my bed a few days ago.  Dogs don’t have much use for politics, nor debate over critical issues facing this country (such as health care, the economy, the job front, foreign wars, global warming, H1N1, or who the heck in America has talent), nor should they.  It’s in their contract.  No “Countdown with Keith Olberman”, “Bill Moyer’s Journal”, “This Week with George Stephanopolous”, “Face the Nation”, “The Rachel Madow Show”, “The News hour with Jim Leherer”, or any other credible news source–real news offered juxtaposed to bias, opinion or worse.  No, the average dog is content with running on the sand, sniffing around the kettle ponds and lounging on the bed, taking in some much appreciated ZZ’s.  Have a happy Saturday!  Peace~ M

October 23, 2009

Swimming Strong

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 6:53 am

On this windy Friday morning, I bid you a good one.  I hope you are well, wherever you are.  Washington D.C. may have hope left after all.  The word is out, regarding the public option in the monumental health care debate.  The free health clinics that Keith Olberman, of MSNBC’s “Countdown with Keith Olberman”, sparked on his show a week ago are a on.  The amount of money that has been raised, thus far, exceeds 1.2 million dollars and counting…not bad for an ex-sports caster from ESPN.  His “special comment” towards the insurance cartels, who are parasites getting fat on other’s misery, helped turned the tide.  George Bush, the first one, called Keith and Rachel Madow, of “The Rachel Madow Show”, “sick puppies” (he might want to read recent Presidential historical perspectives more often) recently, as President Obama called Fox “news” out on the fact that they are actually puppets for the ultra conservative branch of the Republican party.  A fact that cannot be shot down if you truly listen to any of the noise and nonesense the Fixed News station offers on a daily basis.  Stirring up fear in the electorate, so as to defeat any real health care reform in this country, is their brand and for what?  To maintain the exemption of anti-trust laws; that every other industry in the United States must adhere to, to block any competition to said “insurers” by way of a public option, and to bilk the American public of it’s hard earned dollars so as to pay outrageous bonuses to it’s top executives.  Who in their right mind would want that status quo?  A very small and powerful minority, that’s who.  Don’t allow them to keep America sick and uncared for. WRITE YOUR ELECTED OFFICIALS!  Pass the public option, or medicare for everybody who qualifies.  This is the most important issue facing our country today and we must not be the silent majority any longer.  Your family, your friends, your co-workers, your kids and your conscience demand it!  The pen is mightier than the sword.  Excersice your rights as citizens of this great union.  “Don’t tread on me”, Mr. Insurance Cartel!  Have a great week end!  Peace~ M

October 22, 2009

A Day at the Beach

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:36 am

The temperatures are going to be in the 70’s today here on the Cape, a good day for the beach!  With all of the hub bub that is going on in Washington D.C. over what really matters, HEALTH CARE, it is good to see why we are fighting so hard for this cause.  The answer is right above you.  Keeping kids safe and healthy is my prayer and it should be every elected officials goal in this country.  I cannot put it any plainer than that.  Write your congressman, as Washington is an old boys club, with old school rules of engagement, i.e., the written word.  The more you get your name in front of a Senator, a congressman or even a local politician, the stronger the message is, the more it can’t be ignored.  Play by the rules of the game and leave the results up to a higher authority, after all, these “elected” officials are just simple men after all.  Have a great Thursday!  Peace~ M

October 21, 2009

Gabriel

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 6:55 am

The Ark Angel Gabriel adorns many roof tops on Cape Cod.  I’m not sure why, but it is reassuring none the less.  The sun did come out yesterday, as we have had two Nor’easters hit the coast this past week, perhaps a harbinger of things to come…not to bring up health care again, but…the American people are beginning to see the light in regard to this contemptuous issue.  As the opposition to any kind of REAL health care reform falls by the wayside, the call for real competition in the monopolized market of “health care” delivery, in the way of a public option, is gaining traction.  Most of the elected members of both the House and Senate are probably thinking to themselves, as they wake to another day in Washington D.C., do I really want to be on the wrong side of history?  Do I want to be remembered as the Senator who shot down health care reform, just to appease the insurance cartels–to allow them to continue the stranglehold they have right now on the American electorate?  Do we really want to contest a Harvard study that recently stated that over 45,000 people die every year because they don’t have health insurance?  Do we want to deny coverage, as the insurance company “Rocky Mountain Health” did, to a little baby who was a few pounds overweight?   Are you kidding?  When people really see what these elected officials are doing behind the scenes, taking money from the insurance lobby in Washington and ignoring the life and death issues that face their constituency, there will be a revolt against it.  So take heart America!  We still have a voice~  Have a great Wednesday!  Peace~ M

October 20, 2009

Labrador

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:29 am

“If there is a heaven on earth, this must be the place”, said the black lab to himself, as he watches his buddies retrieve a small, yellow sphere from the ocean’s depths.  The life of a dog puts it all in perspective when you observe the lack of inhibition and pure joy that emanates from this sporting breed, when they are free to be what they are–dogs.  Dogs bring it out in me all the time.  I can’t help but have a smile on my face, when I am with these guys, running at full clip over the sands of Dowses Beach, the woods of Joshua’s or swimming the channel of Crosby’s Yacht club as seen here…the world would be a better place if we all incorporated that attitude of BEING.  Have a great Tuesday!  Peace~ M

October 19, 2009

White Lights

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:36 am

After a Nor’easter hit the Cape Cod area yesterday, the sun will shine once again on the Nantucket Sound, as captured by the image above.  That’s the beauty of New England weather, if you don’t like what you see out your window, wait a minute, it will most assuredly change…A happy Monday to you, as the country wakes up to another week of high drama in Washington D.C., what will this week bring?  The water is so muddy now, that it is hard to see the truth under all of that muck.  When one looks out at a vision like this, a clear, calm sea that is devoid of half-truths and special interest, one might be able to gain a foot hold onto the mountain this nation is trying to climb, i.e. health care for all–diving into the solution, resolving the problem once and for all.  Clarity, it’s not just for breakfast anymore…have a great day!  Peace~ M

October 18, 2009

Sunday Morning

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 6:30 am

The rain is heavy this morning.  After taking in Dowses at 5 a.m. and grabbing some coffee here in Osterville, I’m sending out another one of our white steep led churches that line route 6A along the northern shores of the Cape.  The construction of these ancient churches dates back to the early settlers of this geological wonder created by the last Great Ice age 11,500 years ago.  According to the Farmer’s Almanac, this is supposed to be the coldest winter in 50 years.  Climate change, or more to the point, global warming due to the increase in carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, is changing weather patterns at alarming speed.  As mentioned before, the summit on climate change will take place in Copenhagen, Denmark in December of this year.  I implore you to say a little prayer, or a big one, for Mother Earth.  You never know who is listening…Have a wonderful Sunday…      Peace~ M

October 17, 2009

Orange Glow

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 8:48 am

As we near Halloween, I was happy to get my pumpkins yesterday.  Not only was I happy to get those pumpkins, I was even happier when I looked at the size of them!  It doesn’t take much to make me smile.  I watched “Bill Moyer’s Journal” yesterday on PBS, the antidote for FOX “news”, and the last story gave an expose on the city of Santa Ana in Orange County, California.  The piece revolved around the plight of children and the lack of space for them to be just that–CHILDREN.  Having lived in Newport Beach and Laguna Beach, which are on the opposite spectrum of Santa Ana’s 70 percent Latino population at or near the poverty level, I know first hand what these neighborhood’s look like.  Chain link fences that keep children out of vacant lots that go unused is not only the saddest story I have ever heard, but it might be the most immoral.  With childhood obesity and diabetes on the rise–partly due to the lack of playgrounds in the heart of the cement sea that is a reality for millions of children throughout this country–it is up to community leaders like the woman who was profiled on Bill Moyer’s show last night to step up to the plate and fight a Goliath like city hall.  She stood up and WON.  One small piece of land–dusty, dirty gravel–in the roughest rated city in America to live in, is now the oasis of play for thousands of children who live in that one small neighborhood of Santa Ana, California.  “One small step for man, one giant leap for mankind,” indeed.  Have a wonderful Saturday!  Peace~ M

October 16, 2009

Moon over Dowses

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 6:57 am

I just returned from the Nantucket Sound at 6 a.m., on a very windy, rainy day here on Cape Cod.  With temperatures in the forties and coastal flooding a good possibility, it is a good day to catch up on current events…let’s see, what could possibly be going on in the news that would be worth mentioning, oh yeah, Keith Olberman reached the million dollar mark in his cause for creating free health care clinics in the states I mentioned yesterday.  People like Keith, as opposed to others, whose only word that’s spoken is no, are making a world of difference in this “debate” over health care in the United States of America.  The insurance cartels will be exposed for what they are, as the American public wakes up to the reality of their greed and more importanly, their overall lack of compassion for the average American just trying to live another day…It is simple really, a healthy America is a productive America.  Take the baby in Colorado, perhaps the cutest baby I’ve ever seen, who was denied medical coverage because of his weight at birth, 17 pounds.  Have we come to this?  That we deny a baby’s health care?  Was he supposed to start working out?  Write your elected “leaders” and tell them to get out of bed with the insurance industry.  It is paramount to the success of all.  Have a nice week end!  Peace~ M

October 15, 2009

Morning Star

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:16 am

The sun did rise this morning, right on time, and it is always a pleasure to watch it rise above Dowses Beach here in Osterville.  The light is on, shining like the brilliant star it is.  Are any lights on in Washington D.C.?  My friend Keith Olberman, of MSNBC’s “Countdown, with Keith Olberman,”  has done a great service for the people of this country, by providing free health clinics in the states where the “gang of six”, who were the architects of the latest health care bill to come out of the finance committee, are currently Senators of–Nevada, Louisiana, North Dakota, Montana, etc.  The goal is to relate to the real issue of health care in those key states, to put a face on the problem of the LACK of real health care for our citizens and to step up the debate, bringing it into the light and asking ourselves as citizens of this great country, do we want to continue subsidizing the “health care industry” with our tax dollars, an industry that is not regulated and has become a run away monopoly devoid of any anti-trust laws, or do we want to provide real care to people in need of doctors, nurses and TLC?  Keith Olberman has raised over $800,000. for this cause, thus far, and is a hero in my book.  It begs the question, how many Senators from the Senate Finance Committee does it take to screw in a light bulb?  None, they don’t have any light bulbs, as the budget for said light bulbs, was blown on an all expense trip for the CEO of AIG and his VP’s destined for Bora Bora, where they plan on meeting up with the boys from C street for a “fishing expedition”…stay tuned.  Have a great Thursday!  Peace~ M

October 14, 2009

Saint Francis of Assisi

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:14 am

Saint Francis of Assisi was known for his love of animals.  Or rather, their love for him.  Animals can see auras, they can sense things that we human beings cannot…Perhaps, they saw what we know now, as the beauty of his words, “where there is darkness, may I bring light, where there is sorrow, may I bring joy, where there is hatred, may I bring LOVE…”  Imagine a world where these words were part of our everyday vocabulary, part of our primary vocation.  What would it look like?  Imagine Christmas time, not the cliche of rushing around to “get it all done”, the pressure of buying the “right” present for someone, the lack of the Christmas spirit as we look for “it” out there…think for a moment, being by yourself, next to the Christmas tree on a cold winter night, the twinkling of the lights, the scent of the evergreen, the moment you let yourself go and really feel the love within.  Now, think even further, to picking up the phone and calling someone, calling someone who may be in the darkness like you, but lacking the inner wisdom to see the light within themselves.  Imagine, bringing that inner light to them, sharing it, thereby, bringing something far more valuable than gold or silver, the sense of belonging, that they are not alone, that they too count, that they too have value, that they too are loved…what a world it would be.  That is what St. Francis was trying to convey, that the central message we can give to our brothers and sisters in this world is LOVE…a gift that keeps on giving all year long, if we only allow it to BE.  Have a beautiful Wednesday!  Peace~ M

October 13, 2009

Woof!

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:46 am

Hello Tokyo!  Getting a plethora of tourists from all over the world here on Cape Cod…even in the off season.  On a windy, rainy day here on the Cape, greetings and salutations.  I hope all is well wherever you are.  The Red Sox lost to the Angels last night.  I have been a Sox fan since I was a little kid playing t-ball before launching my unsuccessful baseball career that culminated in a .200 batting average and a very big right field.  There wasn’t much call for baseball in England where I went to high school and the only baseball on television, as there were no major league baseball squads in the U.K. or anywhere else in Europe for that matter, only cricket, were tape delayed and usually involved the New York Yankees…so when the Red Sox won the World Series in 2004 and then again in 2007, there was a real reason to celebrate.  So, here’s to the Los Angeles Angeles, I’ll be rooting for you!  Peace, M

October 12, 2009

Swim!

Filed under: Blog — Michael @ 7:03 am

On a clear Monday morning here in Osterville, Columbus Day, the kettle ponds are still the playground of dogs of all sizes shapes and colors.  When I take my black lab for a walk in the woods next to my house, usually with several “guests”, I am amazed at the world they live in.  Every scent, sight, sound, touch and taste is all encompassing into one adventure with no thought of the past or concern for the future–it is right here and right NOW.  As hard as it is throughout the day to remember that lesson, fighting through doubt and the pre-programming of our modern day world, I take a step back and think of Allie and her friend, swimming out to retrieve a tennis ball in the water, the freedom in it, and the joy intrinsic within.  Somehow, everything else seems to carry less weight.  Have a great week!  Peace, M

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