I am still.
The cool unbroken surface touching up under my chin.
The Night is quiet, mourning the noise of the Day.
Hovering above, my motionless form hidden floats below.
But for the blink of reptilian eyes, the body is still.
Ghosts of the before drift foggishly past my stoic stare.
Silently I calculate the course that brings me back to this sacred place.
Passion is spent.
Agony aches in the wounds of battles fought again and again, still not won.
What remains undone that would break the mirror surface of the coolness taking hold in my chest?
Come to me in the Night.
Whisper the key my Soul yearns for.
I am in need of being undone.
What is it that this way comes?
Pray be faithful lest what rises be the tide, not this sun.
I Am. Still.
Charles “Chuck” Foley
(September 6, 1930 – July 1, 2013)
“Co-inventor of the game Twister, Foley was born in Lafayette, Indiana and before he was 10 years old made his first invention, a locking system for the cattle pen at his grandfather’s farm. He attended school through the eighth grade and as a young man he worked as a salesman. He served in the Michigan Air National Guard and worked on the assembly line at the Ford Motor Company before taking a job at Lakeside Toys in Minneapolis. He moved his family to Minnesota in 1962. Foley invented dozens of other toys and games. He had 97 patented inventions. In 1995, Charles Foley’s son Mark Foley and Douglas Farley founded Doumar Products Inc. and its heptane-based Un-Du adhesive remover.
His granddaughter, Meagan Foley, represented Texas in the 2007 Rose of Tralee festival in Ireland. Foley had lived in North Carolina for years, but his son said he returned to Minnesota in 2005 when he began to have health problems and to be closer to his family. Foley’s wife, Kathleen, died of breast cancer in 1975.
Foley died July 1, 2013 at the Golden Living Center in St. Louis Park, Minnesota. He had been suffering from Alzheimer’s disease. He was 82 and is survived by six sons and three daughters and grandchildren, as well as two brothers and two sisters.”
Toshi-Aline Ohta Seeger
“Toshi-Aline Ohta Seeger, the wife of folk music legend Pete Seeger, has died at the age of 91, reports Billboard. Ohta Seeger was an activist and organizer and has long been credited as a foundational figure in her husband’s success.
“Without Toshi’s counsel and support, and always outspoken and direct opinions, it’s clear to anyone who ever met these two remarkable people that, without Toshi, Pete would never have had the foundation and freedom to do the work that made him so legendary,” said Sing Out, a magazine she and Seeger helped cofound in 1950.
She was born in Munich to an American mother and Japanese father, and the family relocated to the U.S. before her first birthday. She grew up in New York, where she met Seeger, and the couple married in 1943 when she was 21.
Ohta Seeger was a woman of influence who played a key programming role for the Great Hudson River Revival. She was aware of talented artists “long before they were on most people’s radar, even before most of the members of the Festival planning committee had heard of, say, Tracy Chapman,” said Persimmon Tree’s Sue Leonard.
She was also involved in film. Her 1966 film “Afro-American Work Songs in a Texas Prison” is based on prisoners chopping trees and singing their traditional songs; it is in the Library of Congress archives.
Ohta Seeger died on July 9th, nine days short of what would have been hers and Seeger’s 70th wedding anniversary.
Sources: By Erin Coulehan (Rolling Stone) July 11, 2013 9:20 AM ET: http://www.rollingstone.com/music/news/toshi-seeger-wife-of-pete-seeger-dead-at-91-20130711#ixzz2YzcNLFIF; Toshi Seeger and Pete Seeger Photo by Bennett Raglin/WireImage
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