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Everything Changes

The more messed up this world gets, the more God makes sense.

It's Beginning To Look A Lot Like... Spring!

Thursday, April 17, 2008
First day back at the park!

(Well, actually... I went to the park yesterday to take a few Spring pics.)


So... first day back at the park to sit on my favorite bench, drink a Tims and enjoy the sunshine!

Welcome back, Spring! I missed you!

When Kids Were (Allowed To Be) Kids

Monday, April 07, 2008

(Received this today via email.)

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED the 1930's 40's, 50's, 60's and 70's!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant. They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can, and didn't get tested for diabetes. Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-based paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had no helmets, not to mention, the risks we took hitchhiking. As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, booster seats, seat belts or air bags. Riding in the back of a pick up on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and NOT from a bottle. We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and NO ONE actually died from this. We ate cupcakes, white bread and real butter and drank koolade made with sugar, but we weren't overweight because WE WERE ALWAYS OUTSIDE PLAYING! We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on. No one was able to reach us all day.

And we were O.K.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times, we learned to solve the problem. We did not have Playstations, Nintendo's, X-boxes, no video games at all, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD's, no surround-sound or CD's, no cell phones, no personal computer's, no Internet or chat rooms... WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them! We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We ate worms and mud pies made from dirt, and the worms did not live in us forever. We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes. We rode bikes or walked to a friend's house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them!

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn't had to learn to deal with disappointment. Imagine that!! The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever! The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas. We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned HOW TO DEAL WITH IT ALL!

If YOU are one of them . . CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good And while you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave (and lucky) their parents were.

Kind of makes you want to run through the house with scissors, doesn't it?!

Mama-se Mama-sa Ma... Makoosa

Friday, April 04, 2008
Makoosa = (I) dance

Well, not I dance, cuz I don't really dance. Unless, of course, I was listening to Don't Stop The Music by Rihanna. THAT just might make me want to put a little boogie in it. But that's not really the point.

Is there really anything original out there? Wanna Be Startin' Somethin' is a 1983 single released from Michael Jackson's multi-platinum selling 1982 album Thriller. Some think he was the first to Makoosa. Even Rihanna sampled Michael makoosa-ing on her song.

But apparently Cameroonian saxophonist Manu Dibango was the first to Makoosa 10 years earlier. Dibango broke into the American market in 1973 with his classic song Soul Makossa. Some sources even say that Manu successfully sued Michael for plagiarizing his Makoosa. Which probably means that Dibango is one rich dude. Especially now that Rihanna is sampling Jackson, who sampled Dibango, who, apparently, has had his Makoosa sampled by many others.

Are you confused yet? I think it's time to dance.

After all, "there is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven..." (and there is) a time to Makoosa! [ Ecclesiastes 3:1-4 ]