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Amazing NPR Interview

You have *got* to listen to this interview by Scott Simon with 9-year-old journlist Brennan LaBrie.

Just makes you smile your a** off.



Flute Sharing

Had the chance to play my Native American flutes at St. Elmo's CoffeePub last Friday. The picture's courtesy of staff member Brett, who had posted it at Elmo's Facebook page. (Fan them!)

I answered lots of questions. Lulled some kids to sleep (that's a good thing). Got into a couple of pretty cool and deep improvs.

I am so grateful to be in this neighborhood that gives me the chance to stretch my wings, uh, fingers, uh, breath. All that stuff.


Thank You

Thank you to Ted Kennedy and all the Kennedy's who have given so much to the cause of public service. Thank you to the people who worked so hard to organize everything today. Thank you to the many people who visited him at the library and the church and the Capitol steps and the streets through Washington and across the bridge into Arlington Cemetery. Thank you to the military personnel who move so gracefully and precisely and beautifully and in the true spirit of protecting those who should be protected and honored. Thank you to the pilots who flew everyone around safely today. Thank you to Chris Matthews of MSNBC for saying what I'd been thinking all day, "I've never seen so many good-looking children in one place." Thank you to the congressional staff for their service. Thank you to those who revealed stories of his sailing and his love of the sea. I understand now. Thank you to President Obama for your grace and beautiful smile and empathy.

And gently, into the good night.


Dads Today

So cool how comfortable they are with their children.

One tiny girl in her father's arms as they leave the frozen custard shop.  He talks baby-talk to her and she laughs. Her older sister, lanky in that pre-teen girl way, reaches up to link her arm with his and they all walk down the street.

A dad carries his young son through the coffeehouse. The boy cries because he can't stay to pet the dog out on the sidewalk. Dad says "Wait until we get home. Remember, we have a doggie at home. It's okay."

A dad cradles his newborn, out on the sidewalk by their condo. The modern-day equivalent of driving the kid around in the car at night with the windows open.


A Path of Nations

Was out on my bike ride this mornng on the W&O trail through Alexandria into Arlington.

In the space of about 100 yards, I passed the following:

1) a man speaking Spanish into his phone

2) another man speaking Arabic

3) an older couple speaking French

4) a man speaking Italian.

All this within 100 yards! I laughed to myself as I pedaled on, now occasionally crossing a splot of graffiti from our local MS-13 gang.

There are all kinds of ways to communicate, it seems.