Found this little treasure in our garden last night. It’s a vitamin-sized leaf capsule created by an insect. Leaves have been carefully cut and fashioned into a tiny tube. I can only assume it holds an egg. Would love to know what this is! So amazing!!

*Post Update: Its a leafcutter bee capsule!

Vienna Waits for You

A couple of summers ago I was obsessed with the song “Vienna.” I watched a repeat of the film 13 Going on 30 (I know, I know) and it totally stuck out on the soundtrack.

The first record I ever remember listening to as a kid was The Stranger. The album cover freaked me out a bit. I don’t know why. Maybe because I was only four or five and Billy Joel looks sad (thoughtful) and there’s this clown-like mask... I still liked listening to that record though and I’d play it over and over. 

Man, I miss the sound of the needle just as you put it on the record. I haven’t heard that scratchy sound in a really long time.  Anyway, for some reason, “Vienna” has made its way into my consciousness again. Have a listen and let me know what you think.

Vienna” by Billy Joel, The Stranger, 1977.

Slow down you’re doing fine
You can’t be everything you want to be
Before your time
Although it’s so romantic on the borderline tonight

Too bad but it’s the life you lead
You’re so ahead of yourself
That you forgot what you need
Though you can see when you’re wrong
You know you can’t always see when you’re right

You got your passion you got your pride
But don’t you know that only fools are satisfied?
Dream on, but don’t imagine they’ll all come true
When will you realize
Vienna waits for you

(partial lyrics)

Say not, “I have found the truth,” but
rather, “I have found a truth.”
Say not, “I have found the path of the soul.”
Say rather, “I have met the soul walking
upon my path.”
For the soul walks upon all paths.
The soul walks not upon a line, neither
does it grow like a reed.
The soul unfolds itself, like a lotus of
countless petals.

~ Kahlil Gibran

Let It Be

As I was waiting to have some blood work done in the lab today (just an annual check-up), John Lennon’s song Imagine started playing on the sound system. I’ve been pondering The Beatles in general lately. I think they were so cool. Not particularly because of the men that they were, but because of the truth that many of their songs point to.

Their music appeals to such a large audience and depending on where you are at on your journey, the songs might have very different meanings for you. John, Paul, George, and Ringo were definitely on the spiritual path. They were sharing higher truth. I can see that now. In my youth, the Beatles’ songs I loved were appreciated at a simple (material) level. Now, I appreciate them for their deeper (spiritual) truths and I am grateful for The Beatles’ astounding contribution.

Just before I left the lab, the technician shared with me that her favourite Beatles song is Let It Be. I love that song too. It can be a useful mantra in times of uncertainty. 

“Let It Be” by The Beatles, Let It Be, 1970.

And when the night is cloudy
There is still a light that shines on me
Shine until tomorrow
Let it be.

I wake up to the sound of music
Mother Mary comes to me
Speaking words of wisdom
Let it be.

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
There will be an answer
Let it be.

Let it be, let it be, let it be, let it be
Whisper words of wisdom
Let it be...

(partial lyrics)