Sunday, December 9, 2012

"Count your life by smiles not tears"

It came to my attention that yesterday marked the 32nd anniversary of John Lennon's murder. I've heard it said that, like the assassination of President Kennedy, everyone remembers where they were when they heard that news. Sadly I don't, I must have been very preoccupied. I do however remember where I was when I first heard "She loves you, yeah, yeah, yeah". I was coming out of my elementary school at the end of the day and a kid was singing it at the top of his voice. The words were so unexpected they struck me and stayed with me until I knew where they came from. Then, like any other baby boom era child, the Beatles and later John and Yoko became an intrinsic part of my evolving into a teenager and long beyond.

I heard that Paul McCartney asked his father for his opinion on the song "She Loves You" and his response was," it would be better, Paul,  to say She loves you, yes, yes, yes , " I love that story.... so English!

The first time we visited NY we made a pilgrimage to the Strawberry Fields memorial in Central Park, there are always people there taking photos and leaving tributes.

Imagine no guns....


  1. Hi Jill,
    It has been lovely visiting your blog, thank you so much for commenting on mine. What wonderful botanical drawings and paintings you do. Painting plants is a very special art; and it helps the rest of us pause a moment, go still, marvel, and really look at the little things that are around us. I still remember seeing a photo in an art book of the "Great Piece of Turf" by Durer, I was a young child at the time, but the image, and the special moment of seeing it, has stayed with me all these years. I also love the photos you have put through your blog, New York looks a wonderful place.

    1. Thank you, and likewise! Yes, the Durer picture is very beautiful, I'd forgotten. It was good to look it up and appreciate it again.