As I reflect on the events of this year I'm soooo grateful to my Creator for giving me the patience and skill to care for my God Mother on her farm in Louisiana.... Dementia is taking the brain disease , it jumbles the thought processes and you lose bits of yourself till you wither away.... For eleven months I have cared , cooked, colored the hair, cleaned clothes  ......and walked, sat,  and slept beside this woman I came to know 25 years ago ... Such a beautiful vivacious and spirited woman! Mama Viv is what we all call her in the Theater .... Always there for us ... Now this year has been for her and her companion of many years .... being on her Homer (Claiborne Parrish) Farm has been an amazing  experience ... The beauty of the countryside comes flooding back as I hear the screech of tires and sirens not to mention the energies in the atmosphere ... I am still in awe of the beauty of nature and all of creation.... The many nights of summer storms that are hot and steamy downpours than the sound of everyone outside conversating about the storms..... I'm talking the birds in the trees the crickets, the frogs and snakes, the cows and the dogs all up and down the Springlake road!

It was totally amazing and then to join in the conversation and sing with them was a joy! Out in the wilderness with the starry skies and moonlit nights .....soft breezes at sunset in the humid western glow it was awesome.... Mama Viv loves music and has her staunch favorites too! Anything soothing is good to her she says now.... But back in the day she would cut a rug and wear that purple lipstick all while listening to Etta James and Frank Sinatra... To hear her tell it she was one of those upscale women that liked being down to earth! Now here she is saying  "I'm old, tired and worn out!"    ....... And a moment later she'll tell you "Oh I'm easy as Sunday Morning" .......Always some music ..... I can't bear to see her demise from this disease ... So I sing and speak on the love of all man/womankind.... Life is too short to squander away ....Slow down and enjoy it all ...The good  the bad and the ugly and sickness is an ugly on the course of life...."Slow down!" I can here her now "Child slow yourself down!" ......Healing Music is the key to so many beautiful souls around the world and right here on the farm.....The Cows loved "Mister Magic!" and the Black Labs love their cracklin's ...farm dogs ..... they are so free and loving and they liked my harp playing ...It always felt good to blow my harp on those warm summer nights ...... Now it's to recording and making music from this madness we're living through Let Love abide a while .... That would be nice ....

Let Love Abide A While ......

HAPPY HOLIDAYS

MECHELLE LACHAUX

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