May 11th, 2024

“ Dobroho ranku”, or “Good Morning!” in Ukrainian, an Eastern Slavic language spoken mainly in Ukraine.  I have decided that the UJT will remain focused on Ukraine until we can all rejoice at the end of hostilities.  It has been 829 days since Russia invaded Ukraine.

This week I learned some stuff:

    • I am continuing to pursue phyisical therapy for my hands. I am not sure what I should expect but so far, I have done what I am told to do. mostly and am awaiting some kind of substantial change.
    • Our vertical garden looks very cool. Now if we can just keep most of the new plants growing!
    • I cannot remember if I mentioned that I am getting more exercise these days. Beyond the obvious health benefits, I have also gotten to hear more of my iTunes library so we might get to hear some deeper cuts these days on UJT Radio.
    • You can find out all about today’s history here.

This week’s Website Update: 

    • No new recipes this week.
    • The Home Page quote this week is one of my all-time favorites. It comes from William W. Purkey: “You’ve gotta dance like there’s nobody watching, Love like you’ll never be hurt, Sing like there’s nobody listening, And live like it’s heaven on earth.

Writing, Bonsai Trees, Stained Glass, and Painting Update:  

    • The 2 bonsai trees I started last week are still alive but looking shaky! You have to accept that sometimes the change is just too much for the little guys to make it. I hope that is not the case here.
    • I enjoying the work on the tulip stained glass piece. I have the glass that I can reuse out and have cut most of the replacement pieces. I will start foiling and soldering them today.


    • One of the unintended consequences of all of our technological advances in medicine is that we get much more information about what may be killing us. In grandparent’s time, one simply got sick suddenly or slowing and usually died not really knowing what got finally them. Today, at a certain age, every test seems to reveal a new possuble new candidate that has to be verified or eliminated. I remember as a younger person, we would discuss the pros and cons of various methods of demise. “Would you like to know that you were going to die in a certain period of time or simply pass without warning?” was a topic friends may discuss over cards and drinks. The fact of theater is no one ever gets a choice. If you know what and when its coming you might be able to prepare better. But I think it is better to live “prepared” so no matter what happens you and those you love are ready. Remember, no one gets out alive.

Music Update:  

Here is some music that has crossed my path this week that I wanted to share with you.

For your listening pleasure:  This week’s UJT Radio Program:

    • Love — Always See Your Face   I think that this band and Albert Lee, never got the attention they deserved. My friend Duane Tannebaum found them and turned me on to their music. This one is from their, “Your Sail” album released in 1969.
    • The Droge and Summers BlendSad Clown — This little known band was short-lived but did good work.  This is a great cut from their“Volume 1” album released in 2009.
    • The Doors – The Crystal Ship — This was a beautiful song from their debut album in 1967, “The Doors”.  The story is it was a love song from Jim Morrison to his first girlfriend after they broke up.
    • Savoy Brown —  Sunday Night— This band impressed me from the start. I love the intro on this one espeically. This was released on their, “Lookin In” album in 1970.
    • Stephen Stills & Judy Collins — So Begins the Task — Two old friends sharing a song. Stephen amazing playing has matured so well.  This is from their 2017 release, “Everybody Knows”This one of the songs that Stephen wrote when he and Judy broke up back in the day.
    • JimmyBuffett — 12 Volt Man — This one is one of my favorites of a almost endless list of favorites by Jimmy. This one is from his,  “ Songs You Don’t Know by Heart” album released in 2020.  This one is even more special than the original version to me. His voice is not as crisp or strong but it moves me more.   

That’s it… Do the best you can; Laugh every chance you get; Always remember… The best is yet to come! As always, thank you for being my friend!