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Rod’s Pink Cadillac Ranch

“Life has loveliness to sell-

All beautiful and splendid things,

Blue waves whitened on a cliff,

Climbing fire that sways and sings,

And children’s faces looking up holding wonder like a cup.

Life has loveliness to sell-

Music like a curve of gold,

Scent of pine trees in the rain,

Eyes that love you, arms that hold,

And for your spirit’s still delight,

Holy thoughts that star the night.

Spend all you have for loveliness,

Buy it and never count for cost;

For one white singing hour of peace

Count many a year of strife well lost,

And for a breath of ecstasy

Give all you have been or could be.”

– Sara Teasdale

I am making a short documentary about my grandparents, and as I was sorting footage I decided to cut some  together and make a short intro.

The Sightless Strength

Read the story first and then watch the video:

The man turning the handle is a friend of mine; he is a Second Mate on a ship.

About a year ago his leg was snapped in half like a lobster claw in the hands of a starving man. His bone exited his skin like a flamingo falling through a tent. He on his motorcycle, and a pick up truck, were both heading through an intersection from opposite directions, but as he went straight, the truck turned left infront of him and launched him into a strenuous new life with a broken leg.

One long battle of a year later, and a metal rod through his bone, he can walk and rock climb. He scaled a rock cliff that I could not. It is a miracle really that he can use his leg and turn the handle of that little music box.

Think about music as being a sightless power, think about the invisible power we all have in ourselves to persevere in life, and think about the amazing fragility of Life.

Even though it is only one song, all of us experience and remember different things when we hear it. Saying something that small can change the world, is like saying a little kid can stop a war. It is sightless power.