Saturday, July 23, 2011

...bless the beasts and children III

...what can I say?
I am not saying that drugs had anything to do with the devastating loss of unique, talented, pop iconic Amy Winehouse, the beehived soul-jazz diva whose self-destructive habits overshadowed a distinctive musical talent, but I am truly saddened by the loss as she was found dead Saturday in her London home, police said. She was 27. "Everyone who was involved with Amy is shocked and devastated. Our thoughts are with her family and friends," said Chris Goodman, a spokesman for her publicity representatives. He said her family will issue a statement when they are ready.
The British singer's record label, Universal, confirmed her death.
"We are deeply saddened at the sudden loss of such a gifted musician, artist and performer," the statement read. "Our prayers go out to Amy's family, friends and fans at this difficult time."
Please add prayers to KK's cousin, who died last evening from a drug overdose. We were going to go to the beach and enjoy the hot sun, but instead, funeral arrangements must be made.
"Just say no!"
I wish that it were that easy.

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

...clear sailing

Yesterdays drive into work was fast and clean. It seems that most everyone is out of town. Maybe that or people are taking the Paris metro. Unlikely because it doesn't run from Kimberton to Valley Forge. But on this day in 1900 the first line of the Paris M├ętro opened for operation, instantly liberation people and enlarging their geographic lives. Anyway, the Paris metros' architecture was influenced by Art Nouveau. The network's sixteen lines are mostly underground and run to 133 miles in length. It is the second largest metro in the world, Moscow being the first. Please send out positive thoughts and prayers to wonderful MW who was just diagnosed with breat cancer.

"I have the body of an eighteen year old. I keep it in the fridge."
Spike Milligan

Tuesday, July 12, 2011


Flip Wilson, comedian and a regular on 'Laugh-In' often declared that "the Devil made me do it". On this day in 1843 Joseph Smith, Jr., founder of the Latter Day Saint movement, allegedly received a revelation wherein Jesus Christ proclaimed that anyone who rejected polygamy would suffer damnation and would not "be permitted to enter into my glory". Hmmm. To each his own. I would like to see the day when everyone of legal age is able to obtain a marriage license. Somewhat ironically, on this day in 1979, "Disco Demolition Night" at Comiskey Park Chicago, IL was a promotional event that took place during which a crate filled with records was blown up on the field. The event has been characterized as the "emblematic moment" of the anti-disco "crusade". Shown today, "Straight Valance".

"I choose my friends for their good looks, my acquaintances for their good characters, and my enemies for their intellects. A man cannot be too careful in the choice of his enemies."
Oscar Wilde

Sunday, July 10, 2011

...out of Africa

Oftentimes, people claim that I must have been born under a rock. I have a Birth Certificat that proves otherwise, but I have no memory of that day. On this day in 1997 in London, scientists reported the findings of the DNA analysis of a Neanderthal skeleton which supports the "out of Africa theory" of human evolution placing an "African Eve" at 100,000 to 200,000 years ago. They think that is where all humankind originated. Fine with me, as we are all one anyway. I swear that I found another sister on Friday. We are so similar that we even adopted the same, rare kind of dog. Our skin colors do not match, but so what? Maybe they match more than I have ever imagined. Embrace the day, our differences and keep your eyes opened to the fact that we are more similar than we might think. "Black and White" Powder Room shown today.

"Don't go around saying the world owes you a living. The world owes you nothing. It was here first."
Mark Twain

Thursday, July 7, 2011

...since sliced bread

When you measure your interpersonal relationships, who can you really trust? They say that if you have 5 friends that are completely trustworthy, you are very lucky. I have more than that so I must be 'Pot o' Gold' special. They also say, "keep your friends close, and your enemies closer" which also makes sense. What a way to live! Is friendship the next best thing to sliced bread or does the bread take second place? That's up to you to decide. On this day in 1928 , sliced bread was sold for the first time by the Chillicothe Baking Company of Chillicothe, Missouri. Hopefully the first person to buy the sliced bread had a bunch of friends with whom he/she shared it.

"Love all, trust a few, do wrong to none."
William Shakespeare

Wednesday, July 6, 2011

...clearance $ale at Thomasville Furniture!

By now everyone is sand deep in their Summer season, some still recovering from their 4th of July festivities. Thomasville Furniture has brought many brand new and some slightly owned upholstered pieces to their showroom floors for quick sale and delivery. Even though your minds may be on your current or fast approaching vacations, please keep this in mind. Clearance does not mean unattractive. Sometimes a designer can rush and turn a lovely custom sofa with black leather into a lovely cream sofa with the click of a keypad or a transposed digit. Your Summer home, impending dorm room or your year 'round home may need a piece or two. Check out the Thomasville Furniture and Design Showroom nearest to you, or call any of them for a speedy rundown of what they have on their floor that should be sitting on yours! On this day in 1785, the dollar was unanimously chosen as the monetary unit for the United States. Now is the time to drop a few.

"Always do your best. What you plant now, you will harvest later."
Og Mandino

Monday, July 4, 2011


Are you feeling free today? How about independent? The boys have their red/white & blue bandanas on and are raring to go. Aside from the leashes and the fact that they rely on me for their food and water, they are as independent as it comes, and it was not their choice that they are domesticated. The true definition of Independence is "Not governed by a foreign power; self-governing." This definition is followed closely by:
"Free from the influence, guidance, or control of another or others; self-reliant: an independent mind."
"Not determined or influenced by someone or something else; not contingent: a decision independent of the outcome of the study."
Today is the 4th of July, also known as "Independence Day" and is a Federal Holiday in the United States. We adopted something known as the "Declaration of Independence" on this day in 1776, declaring independence from the Kingdom of Great Britain. I was a mere tot in 1776, but somewhat remember the excitement and pride felt when the document was signed.

Free your minds, be thankful that we have the right to bear arms to protect our independence and, as Kate Perry says,

"Do you ever feel like a plastic bag
Drifting throught the wind
Wanting to start again

Do you ever feel, feel so paper thin
Like a house of cards
One blow from caving in

Do you ever feel already buried deep
Six feet under scream
But no one seems to hear a thing

Do you know that there's still a chance for you
Cause there's a spark in you

You just gotta ignite the light
And let it shine
Just own the night
Like the Fourth of July

Cause baby you're a firework
Come on show 'em what you're worth
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
As you shoot across the sky-y-y

Baby you're a firework
Come on let your colors burst
Make 'em go "Oh, oh, oh!"
You're gonna leave 'em fallin' down-own-own

You don't have to feel like a waste of space
You're original, cannot be replaced
If you only knew what the future holds
After a hurricane comes a rainbow

Maybe you're reason why all the doors are closed
So you could open one that leads you to the perfect road "

Food for thought.

"Character is like a tree and reputation like a shadow. The shadow is what we think of it; the tree is the real thing."
Abraham Lincoln