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Definition Of Abuse

6 Mar

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“The modern definition of abuse is “anything less than nurturing.”  

—Ashley Judd

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Get Back

4 Mar

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“Her whole world, what was left of it, was here, and there was no way to get back to where she had been before.” 

A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

We Remain In The Stories

2 Mar

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“We remain in the air, the empty space, in the dusty roots and deep earth, in the echo and stories, the songs of the time and place we have inhabited.

—Bruce Springsteen – From his book Born To Run

Fantastic photo by Danny Clinch

Everything Flies

28 Feb

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“Nothing is absolute. Everything changes, everything moves, everything revolves, everything flies and goes away.”

― Frida Kahlo

Photo is of Lexi Jones and her daddy, David Bowie.

Tell Your Story

26 Feb

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“Your possessions tell your story.”

—Pat Cleveland

Some day when I’m gone, my family can come to my house and learn my story from going through my possessions. Even though I have a house and many valued possessions now, a hundred years from now all that will be left of me (my legacy) are stories about me, my posts on the internet, my photography, my art I have drawn, art that’s hanging on my walls now, and some other little things. It depends what my relatives choose to keep.

All that remains from relatives who lived 100 years ago is some journals, letters, and photos. No furniture, no vases, no artwork!

What do you want to be left of you after you pass on?

Best Salt and Pepper Grinders

20 Feb

The OXO Good Grips Salt & Pepper Grinders are the best! At Sur La Table they cost $25 for two. Screen Shot 2018-02-18 at 2.58.38 PM copy

***No one has asked me to endorse this product.***

Put On Your Shield

16 Oct

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“Put on your shield and armor when you enter your workplace. Everyone should learn how to create a psychic shield. Imagine that you are surrounded by an outer shell that is made of a solid material —so strong that nothing can get through to hurt you. Some people prefer to imagine a protective golden light, but I think the solid shield is stronger. Take two or three minutes to put on your shield, every day, before you enter the workplace.” 

—Cathy Goodwin, Ph.D.

Be Fire

28 Sep

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“Nothing says hell has to be fire.”

From the book A Reliable Wife by Robert Goolrick

 

Like A Laugh

14 Sep

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“[Why are we so afraid of joy?] We think right behind joy is a knife that will cut your throat if we really feel it. It’s almost like a laugh—your chin goes up and your throat is exposed. If I laugh too loud, someone will slit my throat. That’s the terror of joy.”

—Judd Apatow

Master of Yourself

12 Sep

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Be sure to read the book that Gloria Vanderbilt wrote with her son, Anderson Cooper, called The Rainbow Comes and Goes.

Necessary Preparation

5 Mar

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“Leisure is a form of that stillness that is necessary preparation for accepting reality.”  

— Josef Pieper

Illustration by Mary Royt

Not Been Paid

1 Feb

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“For all of you “housewives” out there, which of course is a term I employ that means anybody who has ever had to clean up somebody else’s shit and not been paid for it…”

— Roseanne Barr

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Chuckle With Glee

29 Nov

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Some Beach In Mexico

21 Nov

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I Could Weep

17 Nov

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Perhaps Some Day

13 Nov

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Forward No Matter What

9 Nov

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Illustration by Edmond Gray. What an amazing illustrator!

Mess

13 Oct

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It’s ok. You can be a mess. And it’s fun when your family points it out to you!

11 Oct

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“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.”
― Albert Einstein

Last week I had a day where I made a lot of mistakes and my new boss was pointing them out to me. The mistakes were all things I had never dealt with before, or little comedies of errors.

Part One: Judith Hill + Meron Bekure + Kirk Johnson

7 Jul

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I had no idea that Prince and Judith Hill were lovers. They were in a relationship for two years. Buy why should I know that? Prince was a very private person and I didn’t hang with him.

While Prince was alive, I wasn’t paying attention to “who is Prince’s girlfriend right now?” Up until he passed, I thought he was with Bria Valente. Prince and Bria Valente started working together in 2007. She became a Jehovah’s Witness (like Prince). Her debut album, Elixir, came out in 2009. Try as I might, I didn’t like the CD, even though Prince produced and played guitar on it. In 2012 they released more music together. And then, poof, she was gone. She married Alex Reece in 2013. I don’t think she has made any comments about Prince’s death. Interesting how she is keeping silent. His second wife Manuela Testolini did speak up.

Back to Judith Hill—On October 23, 2015, Prince and Judith released her Prince co-produced album Back in Time. It was recorded at Paisley Park. Here is a cute video of Prince and Judith where she locks him out of Paisley Park. They kept their relationship on the low-down.

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Even though Prince was heavily involved in her CD Back in Time, it doesn’t mean Judith will become a success. Even with Prince producing her, I don’t think she has found the right producer or songs yet.

New York Times article about Judith Hill I Was On That Fateful Flight With Prince: A Protégée Tells Her Story is fascinating. That’s where I learned that she loved Prince and their relationship was more than her being his “protégée.” I learned she was on the airplane with him, saw his “eyes fix,” realized he was unconscious and got him immediate medical attention. Also on the airplane was his aide Kirk Johnson.

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Kirk Johnson

After Prince’s death, Judith had some tour dates she decided to fulfill, and now there are no mention of future tours on her site. I am sure she needs time and privacy to mourn her lover’s death.

In the New York Times article, she said Prince never mentioned to her he was in pain; although she had been with him for two years. Is it possible for severe pain to be hidden for two years from someone you love? That’s a long time to hide anything. On top of that, he was hiding an opiate addiction too. But other friends of his knew about his pain and addiction.

The private plane finally returned to Minneapolis, and soon after, Judith returned to Los Angeles. But not before she realized that Prince was downplaying the overdose, so she notified others of his condition and that he needed help. In Judith Hill’s New York Times interview, she didn’t use verbiage of someone who was in love, i.e. she wasn’t gushing profusely about their relationship or crying during the interview, but she probably is choosing to say the bare minimum right now. She does look upset in the photos of Prince’s cremation.

Stay tuned for Part Two.

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