“In the place my wonder comes from, there I find you. In your heart where the world comes from, there you will find me…When you be beside me, I am real.” – Bruce Cockburn/Love Song
This post was written on 8-18-16:
Fourteen years ago today I married Julia Ann Bordenaro in the Stephen Mather Redwood Grove and Amphitheater in Berkeley, CA. It was an enchanted day and certainly the sweetest decision I have ever made. Certainly the grove of trees provided the perfect sheltering atmosphere and the amphitheater held a theatrical flair that was open for us all to enjoy. The breeze, the music and love floating through us and our company of cherished family and friends was like the summation of a Shakespearean comedy. Still, the decision I made was to become a soul mate. Not to be completed by but to make the commitment to a partner who would not settle for less than my true authentic being.
Julia and I have formed a bond that is not conventional and yet feels like we are home, regardless of where we are. Six years ago, we left our comfort zone in California and embarked on a quest to play music full time together. We continue to succeed and manage to uplift one another, even while we spend most of our time together on and off the road. Our policy of only one of us getting to go down the rabbit hole at a time has been very effective. That way one of us can hoist the other up out of the pit of doubts and other beasties the mind can concoct to throw us off course.
We continue to see each other, regardless of how we may be seeing or not seeing ourselves from day to day. The journey has weaved us in and out of various circles with many beautiful people assisting and joining us as we strive to be the bridge between communities.
To commemorate our time together I will share snippets of some of our lyrics with you:
“You’ve got to move to change the state you’re in.”
“Hold my hand, and I will lead you to a quiet stream. Together we will understand the meaning of this dream.”
“I can see you are me in disguise.”
“I am one of many, I’m not one alone.”
“There’s an intricate weave between seen and unseen, pulsing life into winter until white becomes green”
“When I step out of the story, then I get the chance to see…there’s a bigger picture here, something more than me.”
“Hope brings motion, motion brings change, change is your friend when the going gets strange.”
“I can bench press the world by just letting go.”
“I’m all things at once and I’m nothing at all.”
“Be the particle and the wave.”
“A smile is forgiving.”
“Hey, let’s be big today, we’ll travel all around chasing troubles away.”
“I am here and I am needed, I will stand up and be greeted by what comes my way. I will fill my day with love.” – The Levins
I am so grateful to continue to have Julia in my life.
May your bonds be fulfilling and invite you to be a soul mate to yourself, wholly committed to life and spilling over the side; barely contained ; )
“With love, with love, with love”