Have you ever thought about the fact that our bodies can make other human beings? Well don’t, because it will completely make anything else you ever do seem very trivial. Not only that, but these days you can give birth to a large object and virtually feel no pain. Yesterday I got to witness such an event. My first nephew, Owen, came into the world mid-afternoon and I was lucky enough to be there to see it happen. My only other live birth experience was with my niece Anna almost four years ago. There is a magical moment when you hear that first cry…almost as if a new soul is screaming out in joy. It is the closest thing I can think of to a true spiritual experience. Well, that and the end of a life. That too is a powerful moment like no other. What a gift it is to be here in this body, with so many loved ones.

Do you ever feel like you are having flashbacks from your future self? I do often. I can hear a little voice in the back of my head saying – enjoy this moment. Enjoy who you are. Enjoy the daily struggle, because no matter how hard it seems…one day I will want it back. The music, the trees, the coffee shops, my mid-thirties self… I am literally living a dream. Remembering that makes me want to stand up and dance.

Speaking of dancing – we’ve officially purchased our Bonnaroo tickets for 2014! Even though they haven’t announced it yet, I feel like I am going to love next year’s lineup much better than 2013. So many bands that I adore have released new albums, it is almost a no-fail situation. (Knock on wood.) On that high note, we did get a few bits of sad news last week. Bubble didn’t make it into a few fests that I was really hoping for. BUT, that’s ok. We have many more pending, and our festival experience so far has been pretty epic. It’s competitive out there. I thrive on the challenge.

Speaking of which, I am very close to having my short film first draft completed. Working on this short has also made me start structuring an outline for the feature. I hope to start writing that as well in the next week. If I stay on schedule (no if!), I should have close to 15 pages by December 31st. Very exciting. 2014 is going to be a strong year.

Love at first sight.

Love at first sight.

Baby Owen!!

Baby Owen!!

Christmas friends.

Christmas friends.

My dear stocking.

My dear stocking.

Trouble.

Trouble.