Backward glance

August 22nd, 2014

Wrapping up the week.

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We went into the last weekend of summer holidays with fresh haircuts, hot-off-the-press class schedules and new teacher reveals. As exceptionally sweet as this summer has been, the boys seemed content and maybe even a little excited to start the new school year. 

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Saturday was a museum kind of day. In the morning, I attended a genealogy workshop at the military museum. My obsession with dead relatives has been on the back burner while I’ve been growing tomatoes and painting bedrooms this summer, but you can count on it cranking back up as those things wind down.

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That afternoon, I took all three boys to the Clinton Presidential Center to catch the Dale Chihuly glass sculpture exhibit. I invited the teens to bring their girlfriends along. Whatever it takes to get them to spend a Saturday afternoon with their mom.

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Oh, yeah, and I cut my bangs really short. I’ve been trimming them a tiny bit every couple of weeks for months, but I clearly got overconfident. Also, I did this hours before a big party that night. I may have thrill-seeking issues.


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Oh, well. It’s just hair, right? It will grow. If someone will lock the scissors away.

back to school

With the kids back in school, I’ve been able to get back to writing. I’ve got a new desk arrangement in our bedroom, and it’s working quite well for me. There’s a green hummingbird that comes to visit me at the window every day. I’m turning into a person who watches birds, grows tomatoes, and attends genealogy workshops. If it weren’t for my maverick home haircutting tendencies, life would be altogether too tame.

Except that this one time, Billy Bragg made a surprise appearance at the Whitewater Tavern in Little Rock, and I was there. Last night.

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Having grown up in a home where Woody Guthrie was revered as a household god, most of what I know of Billy’s work is from the Mermaid Avenue sessions. But after last night, I’ll be putting some serious time into getting to know the rest of his catalog. It was a generous performance in an intimate setting, and I place it among my favorite concerts ever, with Leonard Cohen at the Fabulous Fox Theatre in St. Louis, and a Pogues concert hall gig in Toronto in the late 80s. 

Billy Bragg is on the road (with touring partner Joe Purdy) for a photo and film documentary in connection with Aperture magazine, and has been doing these pop-up gigs along the way. If you hear of one anywhere near you, don’t miss it.

A pretty good week, rogue bangs notwithstanding. Hope your weekend is wonderful.

And all creeds and kinds and colors
Of us are blending
Till I suppose ten million years from now
We’ll all be just alike
Same color, same size, working together
And maybe we’ll have all the fascists
Out of the way by then
Maybe so.

Woody Guthrie, “She Came Along to Me”


2 Responses to “Backward glance”

  1. marilee pittman says:

    like looking through the looking glass..

  2. I think if you cut your bangs a bit shorter it will look like a chic French sort of cut and not an oops moment with the scissors, (they look fine to me as they are, not oopsy at all) but if you want to make a big statement for the seasonal change get the scissors back out and channel your inner Audrey Hepburn. 🙂

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