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Carly’s Violin

Posted in odds and ends, story with tags , , , , , , on July 1, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

Another short story I did for lasts years fiction class ….

Carly’s Violin

The wise, ancient, musky scented wood felt velvety against her pale cheek. How it glistens and gleams. Hollows like windows into the soul. Who owned that violin? Whose hands slid, who admired the body like you? Like strings, it can respond to a single touch, playing out the notes you desire to hear. The violin can scream and whisper in crescendos, and for your great amusement, it sings high, low, every note in between.

She ran her thin fingers over the grooves and indentations, as if she was following a map to her destiny. In many ways she felt as though it was … Her muse and her meaning. Each string was plucked once with careful precision, checking for clear, clean tone, which called out to her very soul. It was perfect. The girl inhaled, pausing in that essential moment before the fragile strings of the bow make contact with the instrument below. The two were like temperamental lovers, and she brought them together to make magic, and the sweet music was born.

The world was lost in the moment. Half notes, whole notes, quarter, eighth, sixteenth notes. Unlocking hearts she plays, her fingers shifted around the neck, shimmering and shaking. Her eyes were closed, and to anyone who looked upon her, she appeared as a angel. As the music trembled into silence, she was surprised to see a young man standing so close. With a reluctant smile, he held out his hand.

In a moment the violin was in his hands. The girl stood behind the boy, pressing his soft, powerful fingers against the hard strings, molding his opposite hand around the wood bow. Momentarily the staccato, col legno, vibrato, crescendo were mastered with magical hands. She breathed with him, moving together to create that special moment. The music burned between them, and special it was. They had not experienced anything like it.

The boy surrendered the violin back to the girl, his face elated even as tears formed in his eyes. Quietly he reached into the depths his pocket, and dropped a few coins into the ragged fedora on the sidewalk.

“Please, play on.”

And so the girl did …


Stained Glass You

Posted in quote(s) with tags , , , , , , on February 13, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

“‘People are like stained glass windows: they sparkle and shine when the sun’s out, but when the darkness sets in, their true beauty is revealed only if there is light within.’ – Elizabeth Kubler-Ross”

One Giant Slinky!

Posted in odds and ends with tags , , , , , on January 20, 2011 by Tim R Wilson

I would love to check this out!


“Russian architect Alexander Remizov made a prototype design he calls “The Ark” which he believes is the answer to the climate change and natural disaster problems, several international news sites reported.

The design resembles a giant Slinky toy, and was said to be able to withstand earthquakes, floods and tornadoes. It is independent of any external support systems such as electricity, allowing it to exist in any kind of climate.”

A Cool Treehouse in Sweden!

Posted in holidays, odds and ends with tags , , , , , , , on July 25, 2010 by Tim R Wilson

Where do I sign up?

This is one of six units in a “Treehotel,” which recently opened 40 miles south of the Arctic Circle in Sweden.The four-meter glass cube looks as spectacular in reality as it did in the rendering.

And what about the birds? According to Designboom, Lindvall says that a special film that is visible to birds will be applied to the glass.

Kent Lindvall, co-owner of the TreeHotel, has been quoted as saying:

“Everything will reflect in this — the trees, the birds, the clouds, the sun, everything. So it should be invisible nearly in the forest.”

“This is untouched forest, and we want to maintain it the same way. We decided, for example, to not offer snowmobile safari which is very common up here,” says Selberg. Instead, wilderness walks will be offered.”

Yep … Sign me up!

Mini Vacation: Portland, Oregon

Posted in Family, holidays, Photography with tags , , , , on September 9, 2009 by Tim R Wilson


We just got back from our vacation! We had a great time, relaxing, checking out the zoo (The zoo has over a thousand specimens representing two hundred species, 21 of which are endangered) and Portland Art Museum to check out the fantastic works of M.C. Escher! The Portland Art Museum is the oldest museum of its kind in the region founded in 1892.

And of course there was … Munching out … watching TV … You could say I was “happily slacking” on lots of stuff while we were away.


I’ll be back to what passes for regular posting soon …


Posted in Family, odds and ends with tags , , on September 6, 2009 by Tim R Wilson


Melissa, the kids and I are packed and ready to go on a mini vacation to Portland, Oregon! We’ve been looking forward to this for a few weeks! We will be checking out the Escher exhibit at the Portland Art Museum and also the Zoo on Monday. (Hannah is head over heels about the latter!) We’ll be back late Tuesday evening. I said mini vacation after all. See you then!


“The sadness will never go away”

Posted in Christianity with tags , , , , , , , on August 13, 2009 by Tim R Wilson


Kind of a downer subject…”The sadness will never go away.”-Van Gogh suicide note

I would think that life without God would be kinda lonely, incomplete… Yet Van Gogh did know God… I have to wonder why some push the self destruct button, while others carry on? God made everyone in His image, but do some have more God than others? Is suicide EVER an option?

Depression on this level is something I really don’t understand. Rather its only actually feeling it that I don’t understand. I know enough to know that it isn’t just having a “blue” day or something a person can just get over. God may just chose to heal someone of it, but to just dismiss it, as some do, as something that can just be cured or lost if someone seeks God enough doesn’t seem realistic. Nor does it show compassion, which is something we, as a Christian, should have…

The reason I bring this up as I’ve been thinking of a friend at work who committed suicide a couple of years ago. I wonder…where is he now? I am comforted by Romans 9:39. “For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus, our Lord.”

I think that as a Christian, we may step out of Gods will, but not out of His care. You know, I praise God I have not suffered serious depression, or feelings of suicide, but if I ever should, I know these will not separate me from the love of God. The victory and the glory of Christ cannot be snatched from Him because I go off the rails, in a matter of speaking.

Just some thoughts … have a blessed day everyone!