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I has big news!! On Sunday, March 7th 2010, at 2 pm, I married my favorite person in a private ceremony by the ocean! WE'RE MARRIED!! We've got a few pictures now (more on the way).



Love to all!

Merry Christmas!

Good wishes to all.



<3

Album'd!

I put together a solo covers album, From An Open, Uncertain Heart. If you want a copy, send me an e-mail - KindredChord@gmail.com

Each track consists of 2 songs

1) What a Good Boy / Wake Up Time
2) Drift Away / Got To Begin Again
3) Flyswatter / Soulshine
4) Kozmic BLues / Life Is Sweet
5) Somebody To Love / While My Guitar Gently Weeps
6) Done So Many Things Wrong / Empty
7) Dreams To Remember / Black
8) Love Rescue Me / Simple Man
Playing three nights a week now. Practice, practice, practice!

Day 10617

Well, I'm now a professional musician, assuming the threshold is when one is paying their rent through musical means.

Financial life is still omgstresszorz, but the line has finally been crossed between 'just enough' and 'not enough', and the long-term trend is still upward. *whew* I don't know why I thought relocating to an entirely new town and state would be easy, but...well, I did.

*chuckle* And I suppose I could have understood that putting myself in a position where I 'needed' to be a musician in order to make it was going to require, mmm, practicing. Or maybe even something resembling a plan. Heh.

But it's all starting to make sense. I always loved the sing-a-long piano vibe (high school memories, anyone?) and that's what I've finally come back to as a musician. It's fun!

Between that and tutoring, I've put together a viable enough life here in Wilmington that I think I'm getting to the point where I'll be ready to start considering the deeper issues of life purpose and social needs again. I'm sure I'll have a lot to say when I start putting a contemplative pen to paper fingers-to-keyboard once more. Hopefully it won't be too long coming. I miss you all.

In the meantime, here's a cat rolling a watermelon out of a lake.

Huh, what?

Hello, everyone.

Life continues to be extremely hard, but then that's what I signed up for. The economy being what it is, and a town filled with college kids year round, makes for a local economy that doesn't need to pay someone smart with office experience - they can always find someone willing to work cheaper than me. Hmph.

So, as I desperately try to make ends meet, I've come to work at the Rum Runners dueling piano bar. I'm just getting started, but this past Wednesday I played a fantastic set with the other two guys, and they told me to go home and celebrate the start of a new life. What a great time, and so clearly something I need to be doing!

Celebration, unfortunately, is not really on the agenda, as I've got...lets see...about $50 and a negative bank account, but I like what I'm starting to do with my life.

I had to give up on being a martial arts school owner, sadly. As time went on, I began to realize that I was signing up for a life in which I wouldn't have the time to be with the woman I love, and...that just wouldn't do. I'm not sure what the future will hold for me and Hap Ki Do, but hopefully I'll manage to get my life under my feet soon, and then I'll be able to think more clearly about adding aspects to my time.

I spent a lot of my life not really thinking about what I wanted to do with myself. I mean, here we are on this planet, and...so what? Ok, sure, survive. Ok, sure, help people. Ok, sure, be happy. But, to what end? So, lately I've been thinking about what I really want out of life, and it's a lot. I'm glad I've put myself in a position where I have to make a life work that involves playing music for money, because once I get that going, I'll be able to spend the time on the other things that I want to accompish.

Hopefully, my posts from here on forth, however sporadic they may be, will show progress down this path, and not be more desperate pleas for aid. Today is hard. Tomorrow will be harder. Next month, maybe will be easier.

Love from the trenches,
James

May. 10th, 2009

Hi guys.

This is not my most favorite bright and shiny moment. I don't ever feel good, or right, about asking favors from people.

But if anyone is a financial situation where they'd be able to help me out, I could really use the help.

My heart is good, life with K is beautiful, and the shape of my life is coming together rapidly. In a monthish, I'll be set. But for right now, I've fallen short of ways I can be clever to get from here to there, and I don't have any idea how I'm going to bridge the chasm. Time and options have run out.

So, yeah, thanks for listening. My number's still 410-365-six three four four.

<3

Huh, what?

I imagine having puppies is a lot like having children; you don't get any sleep and spend much of your time making sure they don't get into trouble.

Pups

Orion and Athena are a pair of mixed puppies K and I just adopted on Thursday.

We worked with local animal rescue through petfinder.com to locate this brother/sister pair in need of adoption. K had the bright idea to adopt a pair, as they'd be good company for each other, and when we saw their pictures, we loved them.

The mother was a form of terrier - possibly Wheaton Terrier. Orion, the male, is brownish and his father was probably a German Shepherd. Athena, the female, is a dark chocolate that appears black, and her father seems to have been a lab. I didn't realize before that dogs can have multiple fathers in the same litter.

Born December 3rd, the pair can't decide if they would rather share space or fight about it. They make noises while play-fighting that sound a great deal like demonic possession, and love to go in opposite directions when we try to herd them, but otherwise are always by each other's side. At this stage in their lives (8 weeks) we pretty much have to monitor them every waking minute.

The hardest part about having two hyperactive puppies so far? Waking up in the early morning.

Speaking of which - goodnight!

New puppies!

Meet Orion and Athena!


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