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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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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.

We Move Like Tigers

23 May

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We can’t dance. We don’t talk much.
We just ball and play,
But then we move like tigers on Vaseline.

Song Hang On To Yourself by David Bowie.

19 May

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I could do with the money.
I’m so wiped out with things as they are.
I’d send my photograph to my honey – and I’d c’mon like
a regular superstar.

Song Star by David Bowie.

Roseanne Barr

24 Apr

I really love this story that Roseanne Barr tells to author Judd Apatow in his book Sick In The Head.

I love the balls she had and her revenge. She wasn’t going to put up with anyone treating her like shit!

On her show, Roseanne, there were many staff members she wanted to fire but the executives told her these employees had to stay through episode thirteen.

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People Stared

20 Apr

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People stared at the makeup on his face.
Laughed at his long black hair, his animal grace.

Song Lady Stardust by David Bowie

One of the best songs and photos EVER.

Photo by Mick Rock

Calling From Inside

18 Apr

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I’ve got the love of a Hoochie Koochie woman—
She calling from inside.
She’s a-calling from inside
Trying to get to you.

Song It Ain’t Easy by David Bowie

Keep Me Satisfied

16 Apr

 

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Satisfaction, satisfaction…
Keep me satisfied.

Song It Ain’t Easy by David Bowie

Fantastic shot of David Bowie and Iman dancing. Do they look amazing dancing together or what?

Spring Kissed Me

15 Apr

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I stuck my head out the window

This morning and spring kissed me

Bang in the face.

—Langston Hughes

One of my favorite quotes.

Finally feels like spring.

Age Discrimination

13 Apr

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Nurse Jackie is one of my favorite shows. A couple weeks ago I finished watching the show; didn’t want it to end.

***SPOILER***

Loved this clip where character Gloria Akalitus (Anna Deavere Smith) is looking for a new job and the woman who is interviewing her doesn’t care about Akalitus’ life experience; the employer wants someone with a Master’s Degree.

Have you ever experience age discrimination while looking for a new job? It’s awful and so insulting.

I adore employers who hire human beings over 50-years-young.

 

 

 

Bitch For You

25 Mar

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I’m an alligator, I’m a mama-papa coming for you.
I’m the space invader, I’ll be a rock ‘n’ rollin’ bitch for you!

Song Moonage Daydream by David Bowie

Somebody People

13 Mar
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Prince Street, NYC, 1900. Near the neighborhood where David Bowie lived.

All the fat-skinny people, and all the tall-short people
And all the nobody people, and all the somebody people
I never thought I’d need so many people

Song Five Years by David Bowie

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