Thank You!

January 21st, 2017 No comments

 I am proud of every woman worldwide who walked today.  those women walk for me and for my granddaughter and for every woman who wants to be known for more than someone to grab. 

Juliana’s 2 now! Ready for a Toddler Class. She waits patiently.

January 19th, 2017 No comments

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Old TV Shows

January 18th, 2017 No comments

I have been watching a lot of the old old old game shows on BUZZR TV.  It is great to see these icons of early  television in their prime. I especially enjoy match game, i’ve got a secret and what’s my line.  They do not have the polish and  production value that we see today in our slick and sleek game show such as wheel of fortune,  and often they push the line of what we would call political correctness. But they have a wholesome  quality about them, even in the contestants,  that makes us excuse much of what they do and say. 

 In an example of taking a positive and turning it into a negative, ha ha, I’m afraid I do it too often by googling the celebrities to see how  Life treated them during the 40+ years following the shows. Most of the time I am made sad  by the revelations.  Many of those beautiful people suffered greatly before they left this world.  On I’ve got a secret, Gary Moore is always puffing on a cigarette, he died of cancer. So did Richard Dawson. The handsome Bert Convy And dancer/celebs contestant Bobby Van, both died relatively young of brain cancer. 

 I was watching tattletales which was a show where a husband and wife had to guess how the other would answer questions. I looked up the couples’ names to see how well they did in their marriages and sad to find, they had all divorced and remarried.   

 I need to stop looking up these people because it can be quite upsetting, such as finding out that Dorothy Kilgallen on what’s my line, while writing  investigative journalism about The Kennedy assassination, died of suspicious causes.  

Sometimes it may be better not to know.

A Man of History

January 18th, 2017 1 comment

No one better fits the category, Men of History, better than Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.  

He left a legacy that has made a difference in this world. He did not blunder into this work for equality, but he stepped into history knowing someone had to take a stand.

The risks were clear to him.  Like Moses seeing the promised land but not allowed to enter into it,  Dr. King  knew the possibility was very strong that he would never see the promises fulfilled.

Just 39 when his life was cut short, this year he would have been 87.

If he had lived no doubt he would have been a source of wisdom and guidance in this administration. Whether Martin Luther King, Jr. is in the Oval Office next to the president or not, I am sure he is thought of often as an example of courage in the face of adversity, of facing fear and refusing to accept the label of not good enough, not right for the job.

The price was the ultimate sacrifice but the legacy lives on.

From the Lens of Bill Stice

January 13th, 2017 No comments

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293367_245847018779420_2765964_n“Portrait of a King Eider Duck male.

This duck nests in the Arctic Tundra and spends winters as far south as Maine in the North Atlantic. They are also found in northern Europe and Asia. They are primarily found on the ocean and not in inland waters.

This one was photographed at the Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park in Scotland Neck, North Carolina.”    Bill Stice

Bill Stice Observes Nature and Shares His Brilliant Photography With Us!

January 12th, 2017 No comments

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Bill Stice in Action” Nature often creates some interesting partnerships. Adult alligators will prey on fairly large turtles and large turtles will prey on small alligators. This alligator and these turtles must have temporarily called a truce to come out of the cold water and sun themselves on the same platform. This swamp (Audubon Swamp Walk at Magnolia Plantation Gardens in Charleston, South Carolina) has a limited number of spots to get out of the water and in early April the water is still fairly cold. Nature never ceases to amaze me!” Bill Stice

 
 
 

 

President Ford and Queen Elizabeth Cut a Rug

January 11th, 2017 No comments

Mister President, you are surprisingly handsome,

and really quite light on my feet!

 

The Poet and JFK: “Let the Word go Forth”

January 10th, 2017 No comments

From inaugural address of John F. Kennedy, January 20, 1961

“Let the word go forth”

by Jimmy  L. Simpson

One chilly January day,

I heard the voice of J.F.K.!

With strong and honest words he said,

The world was waiting to be led,

Against the foes of peaceful aim;

And hate by any other name;

Then onward to the tasks at hand,

That plagued this God directed land,

Like poverty, disease and fear,

Along with challenges austere;

And pled for unison to be,

A way of life for you and me!

He called for peace but stood to fight,

For principals he knew were right;

And said that we would soon explore,

Beyond the universe and more,

In freedom as a people can,

When wisdom is the goal of man!

His words reflected who we are;

This nation that has journeyed far;

And by the will of God must seek,

Compassion for the poor and weak!

Idealistic? Some think so,

Afraid to challenge? “I say no”!

Unrealistic? No indeed;

But ever faithful to his creed!

JLS – 11/13/10

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Scott Joplin

January 10th, 2017 No comments

Scott Joplin (1868 – 1917)

was an African-American composer and pianist, born near Texarkana, Texas, into the first post-slavery generation.

He achieved fame for his unique ragtime compositions, and was dubbed the “King of Ragtime.” During his brief career, he wrote forty-four original ragtime pieces, one ragtime ballet, and two operas.

One of his first pieces, the “Maple Leaf Rag“, became ragtime’s first and most influential hit, and remained so for a century.

Joplin had an amazing ability to improvise at the piano. He enlarged his talents with the music he heard around him, which was rich with the sounds of gospel hymns and spirituals, dance music, plantation songs, syncopated rhythms, blues, and choruses.

Julius Weiss, a German immigrant, gave the 11-year-old boy lessons without charge, teaching him music theory, keyboard technique, and an appreciation of  European music styles, folk and opera. As an adult, Joplin also studied at an all-black college in Sedalia, Missouri.

‘He composed music unlike any ever before written,’ according to Joplin biographer Edward Berlin. Eventually, ‘the piano-playing public clamored for his music; newspapers and magazines proclaimed his genius; musicians examined his scores with open admiration.’

Ragtime historian Susan Curtis noted:  ‘When Joplin syncopated his way into the hearts of millions of Americans at the turn of the century, he helped revolutionize American music and culture.’

Before his death at age 48, he worked on his second opera Treemonisha. It was a failure in its first concert performance in 1915, but was rediscovered and premiered in 1972.

Joplin’s music returned to popularity in the early 1970s with the release of a million-selling album of Joplin’s rags recorded by Joshua Rifkin followed by the Academy award-winning movie The Sting which featured several of his compositions, such as ‘The Entertainer’.

In 1976 Scott Joplin was posthumously awarded the Pulitzer Prize.

have you been to a movie lately?

January 9th, 2017 No comments

I had not been to a cinema in quite some time, but couldn’t resist an invitation from son Tim to catch a late night viewing of Manchester on the Sea in Long Beach.

after about 5 minutes into the film I thought, oh no, I had forgotten the language on unedited movies. Thus started me counting the number of times the F  word was used. I know, that is laughable to many people who don’t even notice any more, the are so used to the foul word. 

The movie was dark, with a guy in long term despair over tragedies in his past. Deeply felt and performed by Casey Affleck, it was believable and heart wrenching. No easy solution or a Hallmark ending, it left him where it started, desperately trying to live with his tortuous memories. 

 Last night Casey Affleck won a Golden Globes award for his performance. It was well deserved. I just wish it could have been performed  without having to say the F word 90 times. 

 

 

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