Lyrics Post: “Bravado”

Yet another RUSH song, yet more sounds and words the soak deep into me over and over again. It fortifies me.


“If we burn our wings
Flying too close to the sun
If the moment of glory
Is over before it’s begun
If the dream is won
Though everything is lost
We will pay the price
But we will not count the cost

When the dust has cleared
And victory denied
A summit too lofty
River a little too wide
If we keep our pride
Though paradise is lost
We will pay the price
But we will not count the cost

And if the music stops
There’s only the sound of the rain
All the hope and glory
All the sacrifice in vain
(And) If love remains
Though everything is lost
We will pay the price
But we will not count the cost”

Writer(s): Neil Peart, Geddy Lee Weinrib, Alex Lifeson


Considering the heat of the day lately, I’m pretty comfortable working in the garage. Glad there’s a fan blowing.

Considering how long we’ve had our refrigerator, pretty stoked the ice maker started working again.

Considering these old boots, they still come on handy when I’m working around the yard. Not the best traction, but they protect my feet really well. And with new laces? Snazzy.

And with new laces? SNAZZY. You know, for old boots.

Considering it all? I like old things.

Summer Solstice, Downhill

From here on out in the year, the days get shorter. It’s downhill to year-end, good momentum now.

Let this fact be a spark for you, for me, that we will see, make the most of each hour, each day.

Listen to the birds sing a little more. Worry a little less.

Let gravity do its thing, pulling you along, give in to the good around you.

Sit in the yard, on the curb, a little more with your friend, your kids, think about productivity a little less.

Don’t let the ruckus, the chaos, all those things you can’t control, overwhelm.

Roll down the hill head over tea kettle, laughing and feeling you insides spin. It’s ok.

Let it all fall aside, let your breathing slow more often, enjoy more often, just be, a little more often.

Another Go, Remembering Howie

He’s been gone a little more than two years now, my old man, Howie Lud. Seems like it’s been closer to four years tho’, after he stroked on New Years Eve 2015.

I miss him a lot.

So as I look back on Father’s Day 2020, I hope I’m doing right by him; I hope I’m doing him proud.

I think back to my childhood, and it was filled with a sense of love and security because of my dad.

I hope I’m doing the same for my kids. I pray that every day. Amen AMEN.

“Kept All In Her Heart“

Book of Luke, Chapter 2, I believe is one of the few stories from the New Testament that talks about Jesus as a youth.

The story goes, he and has family had gone to Jerusalem for annual Passover Feast. They stayed there for the whole of days, and traveling with a large group, departed.

After a day of travel they realized Jesus was not among them; and returning to Jerusalem found him in The Temple listening to the teachers.

And the big insight near the end of the passage, Jesus says essentially, “Why were you worried, I was in my father’s house.” And his mother kept all these things in her heart.

This is the line that gets me. She kept these things in her heart. Sometimes that’s fine, keeping thoughts, observations, perspective to yourself. But as for me, keeping things to oneself for “the right time”, or “another time”, or because you’re not sure…I just don’t think that’s right. I’ve made that mistake too many times.

And so the insight of Jesus’ wisdom and understanding as a youth, and awareness of somehow his special connection to God as father; that’s swell and fits with Father’s Day…aware of God our Father…but let’s not keep it to ourselves in our hearts, let’s share it with the world.

In Honor of Juneteenth, A Reading

So this particular day, the 19 of June, is Juneteenth; and thus, a reading the words of the Emancipation Proclamation.

MICHEL MARTIN: By the president of the United States of America, a proclamation, whereas on the 22 day of September in the Year of Our Lord 1862,
a proclamation was issued by the president of the United States, containing, among other things, the following – to wit…

NOEL KING: That on the first day of January in the year of our Lord 1863, all persons held as slaves within any state or designated part of a state, the people
whereof shall then be in rebellion against the United States, shall be then, thence forward and forever free.

SAM SANDERS: And the executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authority thereof, will recognize and maintain
the freedom of such persons and will do no act or acts to repress such persons or any of them and any efforts they make for their actual freedom.

RODNEY CARMICHAEL: That the executive will, on the first day of January aforesaid, by proclamation designate the states and parts of states,
if any, in which the people thereof respectively shall then be in rebellion against the United States.

JUANA SUMMERS: And the fact that any state or the people thereof shall on that day be, in good faith, represented in the Congress of the United States
by members chosen thereto at elections wherein a majority of the qualified voters of such state shall have participated shall, in the absence of strong
countervailing testimony, be deemed conclusive evidence that such state and the people thereof are not, then, in rebellion against the United States.

DWANE BROWN: Now, therefore, I, Abraham Lincoln, president of the United States, by virtue of the power vested as commander in chief, of the Army and
Navy of the United States in time of actual armed rebellion against the authority and government of the United States and as a fit and necessary war measure for
suppressing said rebellion…

AUDIE CORNISH: …Due on this first day of January in the year of our Lord 1863 and in accordance with my purpose so to do publicly proclaimed for the
full period of 100 days from the day first above mentioned, order and designate as the states and parts of states wherein the people thereof respectively are this
day in rebellion against the United States the following, to wit…

TONYA MOSLEY: Arkansas, Texas, Louisiana – except for the parishes of St. Bernard, Plaquemines, Jefferson, St. John, St. Charles, St. James Ascension,
Assumption, Terrebonne, Lafourche, St. Mary, St. Martin and Orleans, including the city of New Orleans – Mississippi, Alabama…

BRAKKTON BOOKER: …Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina and Virginia – except the 48 counties designated as West Virginia and also the
counties of Berkley, Accomack, Northampton, Elizabeth City, York, Princess Ann and Norfolk, including the cities of Norfolk and Portsmouth – and which excepted
parts are, for the present, left precisely as if this proclamation were not issued.

KORVA COLEMAN: And by virtue of the power and for the purpose aforesaid, I do order and declare that all persons held as slaves within said designated
states and parts of states are and henceforward shall be free.

GENE DEMBY: And that the executive government of the United States, including the military and naval authorities thereof, will recognize and maintain
the freedom of said persons.

CHERYL CORLEY: And I hereby enjoin upon the people so declared to be free to abstain from all violence, unless in necessary self-defense, and I recommend
to them that in all cases when allowed, they labor faithfully for reasonable wages.

ERIC DEGGANS: And I further declare and make known that such persons of suitable condition will be received into the armed service of the United States to
garrison forts, positions, stations and other places and to man vessels of all sorts in said service.

AYESHA RASCOE: And upon this act, sincerely believed to be an act of justice, warranted by the Constitution, upon military necessity, I invoke the
considerate judgment of mankind and the gracious favor of Almighty God.

WALTER RAY WATSON: In witness whereof, I have hereunto set my hand and caused the seal of the United States to be fixed. Done at the city of Washington,
this first day of January in the year of our Lord 1863 and of the independence of the United States of America the 87th.

By the president, Abraham Lincoln.

The reading of the Emancipation Proclamation to commemorate Juneteenth today, also known as Emancipation Day or Black Independence Day.

“FREE AT LAST”, Oh, I’m free at last, free at last.

To listen to the reading — well worth it — check it out via the following link.

Running To Stand Still

An old song by the band, U2, an oldie but a goodie, as they say.

Sometimes we feel that way, we’re going as fast as we can to keep up, but only just staying in the same place.

Sometimes we do the best we can and it falls short; sometimes it’s chronically short; sometimes it’s terminally so. Terminally so.

And it is in the crucible, this struggle, this place is the very fountain source of grit; to persevere even though it is hard; to carry on because you know it’s the right thing to do, striving for improvement, striving, ever striving,

Ever striving.


Lyrics Post: “The Enemy Within” by RUSH

Lots of RUSH, lately. It’s been good for my soul. Much needed. Maybe odd, but what can I say, RUSH, it goes deep.

“Things crawl in the darkness

That imagination spins

Needles at your nerve ends

Crawl like spiders on your skin

Pounding in your temples

And a surge of adrenaline

Every muscle tense to fence the enemy within


I’m not giving in to security under pressure

I’m not missing out on the promise of adventure

I’m not giving up on implausible dreams

Experience to extremes

Experience to extremes…

Suspicious looking stranger

Flashes you a dangerous grin

Shadows across your window…

Was it only trees in the wind?

Every breath a static charge,

A tongue that tastes like tin

Steely-eyed outside to hide the enemy within

To you, is it movement or is it action?

Is it contact or just reaction?

And you…revolution or just resistance?

Is it living, or just existence?

Yeah, you! It takes a little more persistence

To get up and go the distance”

It’s here! “New Dad Lessons”

Yes indeed, blog peeps, I’m gonna go off normal script here as we hit mid-week and quickly approaching Father’s Day.

I published my first book a couple weeks ago. I’d love to have you all check it out.

An old friend who did the original illustrations for the book had this to say about it:

“A great Father’s Day gift. My long time friend Jeff Ludlum wrote this book. I had the special opportunity to illustrate it. Light, thoughtful, grounded and personal. New dads, young and old will enjoy.”

You can check it out here, e-book or paperback:

You all have been very generous with you Likes and a few comments over the years, so just had to share this news too. Share with your networks, I’d be honored and humbled by any such gesture.

Father’s Day, everyday, make it GOOD.