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06-08-2006, 06:37 PM
Snippets of the Stevie Nicks song “Landslide” keep running through my mind of late. In particular, the refrain: “Children grow older and I’m getting older, too” repeats itself regularly.
Time marches inevitably on, some say. But I prefer to view life as a great river flowing always toward the sea – sometimes gently and slow along quiet meadows; sometimes rushing loudly among rapids, splashing against boulders and down waterfalls.
As these pages are going to press, I sadly mark the passage of two wonderful souls whose lives touched mine and others along this ride in the great river of life:
Thames Wedgewood and Deb Davies.
Thames, or Tim or often Tims, was the talented musician with the popular band Vinegaroon. Among his instruments was the banjo but he will be especially remembered as a percussionist whose instruments included everything including the kitchen sink but more likely kitchen chairs or any object handy to beat out a complicated and complimentary rhythm. His talents also are reflected in the Albuquerque science museum for kids, Explora! Tims had a wonderful sense of humor, a quirky kid-like quality that showed his zest for life.
Tims helped design and create the first Steppin’ Outs, and designed the original logo for this magazine. I learned a lot from him and I’m still learning.
Deb Davies, acting manager of the Bosque del Apache National Wildlife Refuge, also loved life and imparted to those around her the quality of life that celebrates the beautiful.
And that great river of life keeps flowing. I’d be remiss in a personal column if I didn’t mention another part of my river: the birth of my newest granddaughter, Trinity Jean born June 3 to Nicki and Richard.
Steppin’ Out is changing, too. This issue, we welcome the addition of Greg Platt as publisher-in-training. Greg is webmaster of SONewMex.com and has agreed to take on more of the print-issue responsibilities as well. Coerced is probably more apt. Still, the idea is to allow me to quit being peon and concentrate on more important matters – like being a grandma. With that in mind, I changed my title to Founder, C.E.O. and Bottlewasher.
Another song which has been playing in my mind is more upbeat: “Everything is beautiful, in its own way.” Summer’s heat is well established already this year and we are hopeful that the gathering clouds mean the drought is weakening its grip. Some great art events are scheduled in the cool pines for summer getaways.
Steppin’ Out is made possible by the generous support of its advertisers, all of whom we personally recommend as offering only the best and the most beautiful, be it art in a painting or in the presenting of great food or a great overnight stay. Really.
And so, as the great river of life keeps flowing taking us all along its way, remember to practice random acts of kindness and senseless acts of beauty.
Until next time,
Or just call me Gramma Gwen.
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