Wednesday, March 30, 2011

...This Might Be It...

After a great deal of contemplation over a long lingering issue, it just kind of came to me...
Every challenge is a step to wellness.
There are no victims; either you fight or you lose.

"Last Hope" by AlexMDC

Imagine hearing this song for the first time on vinyl...
Elsiane - Mend (to Fix, to Repair)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

...This is Good Journalism...

I tried to find a time when journalism was a completely unbiased observation and reporting of the facts.
No luck.
Turns out the best journalist ever wasn’t even human. Or technically real, but he was still one of the best that ever did it.

Reporting on Rapunzel

Reporting on Sleeping Beauty

Reporting on Humpty Dumpty

He also apparently had a side career as a talented singer
(African Alphabet)

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

...Chris Brown is his Own Enemy...

For the life of me, I can’t find this clip anywhere online but does anyone else remember Martha Stewart getting testy on the Early Show?

She was there doing a regular cooking segment when the little upstart known as Jane Clayson tried to grill Martha on her role in the ImClone scandal. But you can’t grill a domestic goddess like Martha. Ms. Stewart answered by expressing her feelings on the matter and her hopes for a speedy resolution.

When Jane pressed the issue, Martha stopped her chopping and with knife still in hand pointedly faced Jane and said, “I just want to focus on my salad.”


G’on girl.

That definitely made headlines at the time, and it was entertainment, but let’s not miss the lessons:

  1. Martha Stewart loves her some salad.
  2. Reporters need to ask themselves if they’re willing to be stabbed on live TV to make a name for themselves. (Jane Clayson was booted from the show less than 5 months after she started and played the “chick card” claiming to have given up her career for family. Sure she did.)
  3. An older white woman wielding a knife and stern tone is still not as scary as a young, virile, strapping, black buck, I mean, black man doing …pretty much anything.
Remaining poker -faced and holding your composure is a hallmark of black folk. That’s why our blood pressure is always so high.

But once you master it, you’ll find some sort of pleasure in staring into the eyes of someone you know is trying to incite you into hysteria and watching the expression of disappointment slowly spread across their face when they realize they won’t win.

My sister Cass is one of those people that blows up, changes colors, shoots tear rockets, and practically flips herself inside out like the original Rumpelstiltskin (what a provocative name) whenever she gets upset or feels attacked. The problem is she often gets upset and feels attacked.

But here’s why:

Sunday, March 20, 2011

...I Need a Dog...

We should all be so lucky as to have a friend as wonderfully loyal and committed to our relationship as this dog.

According to this article, both dogs have since been rescued, are receiving care, and are on the mend. The article also features a translation of the voiceover, but even without understanding the language, the dogs do a great job of making the message clear: we are responsible for each other, and a good friend will always be with you.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

...Anything is Good...

I have heard it said before that almost any lifetime can be divided into two parts: before and after.

We can only hope that the event that divides the lifetime doesn't break us down too much.

Japan before

Japan after

I have also heard it said that the spirit can withstand a great deal of shattering, and still survive. There are never too many pieces to reassemble, even if it feels like it as you reassemble.

How you can help reassemble. ~Anything you can do is a contribution~


Sunday, March 13, 2011

...Sometimes Life Gets in the Way...

I absolutely love this scene from the movie "Up."

I don't cry much in movies, but this is so very well done, that I admit that it gets me a little bit misty-eyed every time I watch it.

It reminds us how quickly the days can slip away and how the day-to-day of living can become its own distraction from what we believe to be our great plans.

If you've never seen this movie, I would highly recommend it. Because it also reminds us that our dreams never go away, that it's never too late to go after them, and happiness can also be wherever  you choose to find it.

Look up and ahead, but don't forget to appreciate where you are now, too.

Friday, March 11, 2011

...(What the Hell?!)...

Let's call it incompetence.
I want to call it something different, but it’s late as I write this and I’m trying to keep calm.
This is the sort of stuff that happens all the time, and then sometimes, someone happens to have a camera.

Let’s see if we’re thinking the same thing…
  • Why didn’t they get their lazy effin’ asses out of the car and chase him on foot?
  • He’s not running into traffic for fun, he’s being chased by a two -ton vehicle.
  • The man is on the ground with his hands on his head, then the cops are on his back and neck, and get one hand cuffed. How friggin hard is it to get the other hand cuffed on someone who’s disarmed and disabled on the ground under the weight of two people?
  • All three of them pull out their tasers within seconds of getting to him while he’s already on the ground.
  • How many police officers does it take to get into a locked car? One to yell for someone else to unlock the door, and the rest to once again tase the kid hand-cuffed on the ground.
  • They must have all been absent on the day they covered handcuffs and car door locks.
  • At the end she says, “we’re not trying to kill you, you idiot, we’re trying to help you” really, so using a taser on a person is helpful is it?

Still not pissed off yet? Watch it now with the unbiased news report voiceover. If you close your eyes, you’re likely to visualize something different, say like multiple officers at the mercy of a crazed, raging lunatic.

At one point, the voiceover says he fights back when the video clearly shows him not moving with both hands on the ground.  She also says it takes 6 officers to subdue him. Perhaps the other three are invisible to the rest of us.

By the way, this video was taken by the local ABC affiliate station news crew who happened to be onsite for another story about the police chief being fired earlier that same day. The arrest and the chief’s termination had nothing to do with each other. Apparently just some wicked timing.

Wednesday, March 9, 2011

...(And Another Thing!)

This title is kind of an inside joke. It was common to have long weekends or weeks at a time during the summer when our two closest cousins would stay with us. The four of us could get a little out of control and my mom would have to get on us about cleaning up the place. Sometimes when she would really get going, she would leave the room and keep coming back with something else.

I don’t remember whose idea it was, but at some point, anytime she would come back into the room to add something, someone would say, “and a-nother thing!” (emphasis on the “nother” for some reason.) So even though I just let loose a few random ramblings not long ago, I have a few more goodies floating around in the old noggin mixer, and they're ready to be served.

= Man, What a Loser =

I have the strangest feeling that people wouldn’t be hanging on every word if the content coming from Charlie Sheen was coming from, oh, I don’t know… say, Kanye West. Which I guess works well for Kanye since I’m reasonably sure the only reason people are watching Charlie around the clock is to see if he drops dead in the middle of a sentence. At the rate he’s going, I wouldn’t be surprised. Haha. He might even pop back up and say, “and another thing.”

Part of me thinks that he committed a crime and in anticipation of being caught, he’s trying to build his insanity defense. The other part just doesn’t give a flying fruit nugget.

=Worst Drivers in the World – (semi) Official List =

Women with kids in the car – all that zigzagging around trying to get the juice box out of little Timmy’s backpack from the backseat is going to get us all killed.

Smokers -Because there’s hardly any places for you to smoke anymore, you resort to your car. Focus on the road, not the tobacco.
And stop flipping your butts out the window toward my vehicle. If you don’t want the remnants of your nasty habit what makes you think the rest of us want it? Thank goodness no one has a gas leak.

Sunday, March 6, 2011

... "I Would Just Love a Duck Dinner" ...

This will always and forever by my all time favorite Bugs Bunny cartoon, and possibly favorite cartoon ever. What’s not to love? Between the “pronoun trouble” and all the different ways Daffy’s beak is blown, the script and details are crazy funny.

Unfortunately, it tends to pop off and on the internet and can be hard to find, but woohoo!, here it is. (Watch is now, before it gets away: Rabbit Seasoning) Enjoy!

Vezi mai multe din Desene animate pe

Tuesday, March 1, 2011

...Today is Self- Injury Awareness Day...

This butterfly was drawn by UnrealityXX for the Butterfly Project for Self Injury prevention.

“The Butterfly Project is where you draw a butterfly on your wrist and if you don't harm yourself before it washes away that means it's lived a full life and flew away happy.”

Upon further research I’ve found that you can draw the butterfly anywhere that you feel compelled to injure or cut yourself, and the only rule is that you can’t wash it off or do anything with the intent to make it disappear faster.

Everyone can participate- - Draw one for a friend! And don’t worry if your butterfly doesn’t turn out as artsy as this one.

I’m wearing mine as a show of support but there was a time when I really needed it.