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Happenings Ten Years Time Ago

Happenings Ten Years Time Ago” was a song released in 1966 by the British rock band, the Yardbirds. It featured both Jimmy Page and Jeff Beck on dual lead guitars-a powerhouse!

I have always been intrigued by the song’s title, so I thought about ten years ago-what a difference!

Looking Back a Decade

Looking back a decade, I had just finished seven weeks of radiation with three chemo treatments. It’s all a blur now, but I was (unknowingly at the time) fighting stage four cancer. Strangely, I was not fearful-just gave it to God. I owe my healing to God. Sure, my family was there for me and I don’t diminish their invaluable help, but God performed a miracle on me. He wasn’t finished with me yet!

My dear Grandmother Elizabeth passed Oct. 31 that year. She, like dear Grandmother Edith, lived on this earth 93 years! Autumn 2009 was indeed a dreary time.

Forging Onward

Forging ahead, I returned to my very physical workplace. We traveled to Alaska and Hawaii with my parents. I ramped up my album production, probably averaging one per year since then. I retired from my mundane job to now doing what I want, no longer taking life for granted; appreciating each day-an empty canvas:

Empty Canvas

© 2019 J. Mark Witters

Greet an empty canvas every day.
How I’ll choose to fill it, cannot say.
But it can be fulfilling if your hands are willing.
Keep it all distilling in your mind.
One need not be ready. Sobering, yet heady.
Deliberate and steady right on course.
Inching forth, eventually your masterpiece is born.
It will only take a little while to take its unique form.

Slowly you will build your gallery.
Forever onward an unbridled legacy.
Art not superficial. Heavy, yet ethereal.
Many in a serial of your life.
Showing all emotion. Recorded upon notion.
There is no magic potion at its source. (It’s God!)
Greet an empty canvas every day.
How I’ll choose to fill it, can never…

© 2019 J. Mark Witters Skyypilot Media Skyypilot.com

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