Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Celebrate Who You Are!

If  I were to name the theme of my 1st BJP year, it would be Discovering Who I Am.  This year I have named my theme Celebrate Who I Am. 

 Remember after my rather dark February post I promised something fun this month. Taking another item from my "list" I decided to choose music.  I love just about all kinds of music. I especially love guitar blues.  I could listen to Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck and oooooo.....Stevie Ray Vaughn all day long.  I like lesser known artist also.  One I like a lot is a guy out in California, Cody LePow.  I am also compelled to tell you that my very favorite song of all time is Harlem Nocturne by the Viscounts. Fantastic Sax!

BUT, one of my Go To albums is Santana's Supernatural.  This album was marketing genius. In his comeback album, Carlos collaborated with a different popular artist on just about every cut of the album.  My favorite three cuts are
Love of My Life, Smooth,  and Put Your Lights On.

Put your lights on
Put your lights on

There's a monster living under my bed
Whispering in my ear
There's an angel with a hand on my head
She says I've got nothing to fear.

Did you worry about monsters when you were a kid?  The first monster show I saw was The Tingler with Vincent Price.  Pretty hokey, even then.  But the  movie that scared the crap out of me back then was The Creature From The Black Lagoon.  I remember being scared to go in our basement after I saw it, and our basement was like another living room with tile, light green walls  and a ceiling!!  I must have been pretty young then,  because I remember loving to stay up and watch Creature Feature on WGN transmitting from Chicago.

I'm sure I probably looked like this when some scary scene came on the screen.  But I still LOVED  scary movies.  I grew up on Bella Lagosa (Dracula), Lon Chaney (the Wolfman) Vincent Price (perfect in any spooky role) and Frankenstein and his Bride.  When I got older they made scary movies like The Texas Chainsaw Massacre, Friday the 13th and Halloween. And THAT is when I stopped watching scary movies.  When they became BLOODY movies.

So here is my piece inspired by the song.  Me and my Monster are created from Shrinky Dinks.  Don't you just love to say "Shrinky Dinks"?  Doesn't it just make you chuckle?

I celebrate me by making fun of my childhood fears and hopefully I have shown that even though I am a pretty serious person, I DO have a playful side.

What would YOUR monser look like?

Monday, March 15, 2010

Snail Mail/ E-Mail--What do YOU think?

Do you watch 60 Minutes?  Well, I do sometimes.  Sometimes the best part of the show is the Andy Rooney Commentary.  I liked the one about the Christmas gifts he has accumulated over the years.  And the one about how many pairs of shoes he has.

Last night his commentary was about the U.S. Post Office and the plan to close a lot of postal stations.  In part, he said this:
"We have a lot of things that need cutting, but Post Offices are not among them. There's something special about a letter, we all like to get them. An e-mail on the other hand has all the charm of a freight train. When I was growing up, we all knew when the mailman was coming, and we waited for him, even though we hardly ever got a letter. People actually wrote letters to each other though, which they don't do as much anymore. They e-mail each other. I would rather have a mailman or a woman, deliver junk mail to me, then to get an e-mail."

He illustrated his comments with a picture of a housewife from the 40s waiting at the end of her sidewalk waiting for the mailman.  You know, she looked like the Father Knows Best wife dressed in a nice dress.  You know, the same one she wore when she washed walls, floors and dishes.  My mother was that kind of mother.  It was her generation.

  Snail mail is from that era too.  Today, we want to save paper to save a tree.  We NEED to get our messages out there as soon as possible.  We want to be heard today and we want it to be free.  (Forget it that we pay a monthly fee for internet.) Don't you love to get an email from friends or acquaintances?  I do.
Just because someone sends you an email, does not mean they can't be bothered  with paper mail.  If it weren't for e-mail, we would miss a lot of correspondence with friends.  Lets face it, who has time to send a paper letter.  Who wants to spend the money on a the stamp?  Who wants to waste a tree?

On the other hand, I am thrilled when I get a snail mail letter or card from a friend.  To me, it still says they care enough to take a moment to stay in touch.  Its a generational thing.  My grandkids would rather text than talk on the phone. Thats the NEW generation.

So, just because you are special to me, if I have your address, you will be getting a little note from me when you least expect it. If I don't have it, and you want a note, send me an email (~crrrrrrkkk, email get it?) with your address and I'll send you a note so you can have snail mail.

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