Week 14, The 52 Project


This is Week 14 of The 52 Project and this little guy is one of my two favorite boys in the world, my g’son, B. He is a blessing from my oldest daughter, B. and her husband K. They live in LA in a cool house with a big backyard that includes lemon and mandarin trees. Given LA’s temperate weather, there is fruit on the tree most of the year, and B. loves to pick his own mandarins to eat. In this photograph, he is taking a break from his task to stand for a photo. For some reason, it reminds me of a painting.


Creative Writing Saturday

Blue skies

Blue skies (Photo credit: Ennor)

In considering the post for today, I read stories, essays, poems, haiku’s and more, looking for something that is, to me, both meaningful and relevant. As I did so, music played in the background and I could not resist singing along to some of the lyrics–that’s when i hit me. What is more creative than song lyrics written by musical artists and their muses?

Perhaps, I am simply aging myself, but this week, I am posting the lyrics to a song from one of my favorite musical artists of all time, Marvin Gaye. He was an artist long before his time and based on information obtained here on Song Facts, considered himself “a student of Don Juan and Carlos Castaneda.” He published this prophetic song in 1971, but it still holds true 43 years later. I share in his lament and I hope that you will too.

Mercy, Mercy Me (The Ecology) Lyrics

“Woo ah, mercy mercy me
Ah things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Where did all the blue skies go?
Poison is the wind that blows from the north and south and east
Woo mercy, mercy me, mercy father
Ah things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Oil wasted on the ocean and upon our seas, fish full of mercury
Ah oh mercy, mercy me
Ah things ain’t what they used to be, no no
Radiation under ground and in the sky
Animals and birds who live nearby are dying
Oh mercy, mercy me
Ah things ain’t what they used to be
What about this overcrowded land
How much more abuse from man can she stand?
Oh, na na…
My sweet Lord… No
My Lord… My sweet Lord”

If you haven’t had the pleasure of hearing him sing the song, you might enjoy hearing and watching this video. I urge you to listen to it and tell me what you think. (I apologize in advance for the preceding commercial, but you can skip it in a matter of seconds.)


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