Look To This Day

This is taped to the wall above my desk. It is an ancient poem by Indian poet Kalidasa. May it inspire you, help you through your moments of darkness and allow you to appreciate the gifts of today.

Look to this day
for it is life
the very life of life.

In its brief course lie all
the realities and truths of existence
the joy of growth
the splendor of action
the glory of power.

For yesterday is but a memory
And tomorrow is only a vision.
But today well lived
makes every yesterday a memory
of happiness
and every tomorrow a vision of hope.

Look well, therefore, to this day....

Pumpkin Chunkin

Well - who knew!
As the ignorant foreigner that I am what I envisioned when my friend told me we were going to a Pumpkin Chunkin thing in upstate New York was somehow a contest with people actually and physically - as in with their bare hands - hurling pumpkins across a field. And the winner would get -oh, I don't know, the biggest pumpkin of the lot and the highly coveted Pumpkin Chunker of the Year Award.

Instead I was confronted with this huge contraption that flew the American flag and, incongruously, a pirate flag at the end of its long tube. It's called an air cannon. Ah, yes, of course. And, weirdly, when the pumpkin was hurled into the air at a speed that made it almost invisible to the naked eye, I cheered at the sheer force of that cannon, and at the ridiculousness of it all, with the glee of a child watching fireworks.
Pumpkin Chunkin Air Cannons

The Independent Artist - Part 2

One-hundred-and-twenty-one mailers. Each one of them containing a copy of my latest baby - "Christmas In July". Sent out to press people all over the country. Hand-stuffed by yours truly, with a press release wrapped around them and extra postage stickered on the envelope, because stamps.com quoted me the wrong fee.

In a couple of weeks I'll start in on the radio promotion - another three-hundred envelopes to stuff - hoping that my promo copies won't outsell me on amazon and ebay this time around (the cover boasts the "promotional copy - not for sale" warning. so watch out, people who illegally sell promo copies online for 99 cents: it's really bad karma to do that!).

And then - off to the strange bubble that is touring. In the winter. In Austria and Germany. Oh the snow, the autobahn, the Verlängerter (espresso with milk), the shows and the audiences. Looking forward. It´s going to be a good one :)