I try, and hope to ... learn something new every day. Perhaps this is more a "realization" from not reading instructions, rather than learning something new. I realize that I have been incorrectly replying to people who make comments in my blog ... yay! If I "reply" in the correct place, if you leave your email addy, I believe you get a notice that I have "responded" to your comment.
Last night was a fun, full night of entertainment. A local natural foods/coffee cafe has free (free will donations) music on Thursday and Friday evenings from 7-9 pm. I stopped in because I knew there was a christian-based bluegrass band scheduled. I am so pleased that I did ... the band, This Side of Sunday, were awesome! Not only did I enjoy them, but also found out they are from my hometown - how fun to have some hometown boys perform here. I got to chat with each one, introduce myself and got to toss around a few hometown "names".
After leaving there, I went to a SQUARE DANCE ... yes, me, a square dance. It was also fun, but I was there with a purpose. I've been doing a lot of genealogy recently and have found some of my parents' cousins. Marlin Spellmeyer, a cousin on Mom's side, just happens to "call" square dances, so I went to see and hear him "call" this dance. It was definitely a hoot!
According to Wikipedia @ http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Alter_ego
An alter ego (Latin, "the other I") is a second self, which is believed to be distinct from a person's normal or original personality. The term was coined in the early nineteenth century when dissociative identity disorder was first described by psychologists. A person with an alter ego is said to lead a double life.
A distinct meaning for alter ego can be found in literary analysis, wherein it describes characters in different works who are psychologically similar, or a fictional character whose behavior, speech or thoughts intentionally represent those of the author. Similarly, alter ego can be applied to the role or persona taken on by an actor or by other types of performers.
Alter ego is also used to refer to the different behaviors any person may display in certain situations. Related concepts include avatar, doppelgänger, impersonator, and split personality.
First of all, I cannot believe I'm wasting my time, efforts, opinions, and my space here to even discuss Nicki Minaj and her "alter ego", Roman Zolanski! In the pre-Grammy red carpet walk Minaj was escorted by a man who was dressed as a pope. Then ... on stage she levitated, spoke in tongues and acted possessed - a Broadway type spectable (debacle) of an exorcism.
I feel the performance (more like a train wreck) was disrespectful, absurd, disgusting, irreverent, and ridiculous - on so many levels! And to do it at the Grammys, especially, considering the turn of events prior to the show. I am not a huge fan of hip hop and rap music anyway; this has left me with an even more bitter taste of it. Personally, in spite of my distaste for that music genre, I think Nicki has brought down the already bad image of hip hop and rap music.
Doesn't the producer of the Grammys even chek the content of the performers who are cast each year? Shame on the music industry for even allowing such a profane display. And the introduction by MC, was certainly is undeserved. I'm in agreement with those who were, and are, outraged by this person, her alter ego, and this Grammy performance. It restores my faith in the human spirit.
Then, to top it off, GMA blew it again for me (like when they hired Elisabeth Hasselbeck). They actually had Nicki Minaj and Ricky Martin on the show today - promotiong some HIV-AIDS project they're doing together - not here in our country, but in Latin Ameria. Don't get me wrong; I appreciate what they are doing. It's great that (supposedly) 100% of the proceeds of her Mac Viva Glam lipstick will go to charity. But why be a foul-mouthed, loose-moraled, outrageous b**** ... why not be a more positive influence on these kids she speaks of, and says she wants to help ... seems a bit hypocritical to me. There are much more positive, clean, and charismatic ways to get one's point across, rather than SHOCK tactics like she uses. She says she believes in ABSTINENCE, hmmmm ... in spite of my opinion of her, she seemed quasi normal in her GMA interview (compared to her on-stage performances).
I got a phone call from a close friend last night, with news of a marriage proposal. They are such a special couple in my life. What I love about it is they're not young; they're not pregnant. They have been together for quite some time now, and simply love each other enough to make a commitment of marriage.
Even the way he proposed was not just heart-warming, but cute. He's always had a great sense of humor and he used it when he proposed. First of all, it was her birthday. He drove into the parking lot of the business where they first met, back in the '70s working at the same company (and became friends). He got out of the car, got an envelope out of the back seat to give to her. Inside were a few photos that she had been wanting him to print - along with: a photo of a sheep, a photo of her, a picture of "Mary", and a photo of him. She was happy about the photos of her kids - the rest - she told him, "I don't get it." He told her, "Read them." EWE ... YOU ... MARY (MARRY) ... ME? I love it!!! (My apologies to them if I didn't get the story exactly right, but you get the basic idea.)
I can't help but think that there will be some surprises in the wedding as well. He has definite ideas about it already. Today, being Valentine's Day, they will go and look at rings. How very sweet, and special. She said she is honored he has chosen her to be his wife. I told her, "He is equally lucky to have a good woman, like you." I'm so happy for them. Congratulations to my friends, and their upcoming unity in marriage!
What is love? What does love mean, to you?
Anybody care to share their thoughts and feelings on this age-old subject?
Happy Valentine's Day!
"When I decided to be a singer, my mother warned me I'd be alone a lot. Basically we all are. Loneliness comes with life." ~Whitney Houston
"I finally faced the fact that it isn't a crime not having friends. Being alone means you have fewer problems." ~Whitney Houston
"I decided long ago never to walk in anyone's shadow; if I fail, or if I succeed at least I did as I believe."
"When I heard Aretha, I could feel her emotional delivery so clearly. It came from down deep within. That's what I wanted to do." ~Whitney Houston
"I'd rather be alone than unhappy." ~Whitney Houston
"Contrary to belief, I do the hitting, he doesn't. He has never put his hands on me. He is not a woman-beater. We are crazy for one another. I mean crazy in love, love, love, love, love. When we're fighting, it's like that's love for us. We're fighting for our love." ~Whitney Houston
"Nobody makes me do anything I don't wanna do, it's my decision. So the biggest devil is me. I'm either my best friend, or my best enemy." ~Whitney Houston
Very well done!
My condolences to Whitney Houston's mother, Cissy Houston; daughter Bobbi Kristina; cousin Dionne Warwick; and God Mother Aretha Franklin ... and other loved ones.
After listening to nearly 24 hours of coverage of the loss of Whitney Houston, I was suspect that maybe the Grammy show would be more like a memorial of her. I was pleasantly surprised. It was very tasteful. I like that they paid tribute to all those we lost in the past year, and not just Whitney. Jennifer Hudson's performance was so very touching, and heart warming ... beautiful performance.
Being a Hawthorne High School alumni (same high school as the Wilson boys), I was thrilled with the tribute and reunion of the Beach Boys ... what a flood of "de ja vu" for me. Thanks, guys! And Sir Paul McCartney's new love song, with the incredible back-up musicians, was so enjoyable. I was not that familiar with "Adele", but am certainly a fan of her now - good stuff, Maynerd! Congratulations, Adele, and welcome back!
Well, they're at it again ... or should I say "still at it"!
I am aghast that SPLENDA is now adding a line called "Splenda Essentials" ... attempting to add fiber, vitamin B, and anti-oxidants. If that's not like an oxymoron ... or maybe just "moronic" ... what a bunch of crap!!! And because of what I call "subliminal seduction" in advertising, the lay public EATS IT UP, so to speak! Shame on them. And what quote are they using? "Get more out of your cup of coffee." ... c'mon ... gimme a break! Let's encourage the continuation of bad haibits.
Like him or not, I agree with Richard Simmons when he says "live it", not "DIET" ... change your lifestyle and have quality of life. Having said that, if I'm going to be a "bad" girl, I want to make it worthwhile ... with food - give me all the sugar, all the fizz, all the salt, etc. ... I binge. Of course, I pay for it - but it's like a treat, to be bad once in a while. It has been my experience that people have more problems with "diet" ingredients than they do with just simply drinking or eating too much. "Anything" in excess is unhealthy, but believing that something "diet" is more healthy and gives you justification for drinking or eating those foods, is just plain naaive, or ignorant. I am finally at a place where I've given up some things that are not good for me - like SODA - I went from a 12-pack of Coke in a couple of days to drinking 2 quarts of GOOD water per DAY. I have not quit, but have lessened the amount and frequency, of other foods I know are hard (if not toxic) to my body. I am doing more juicing, to get the foods I need that I don't consume enough of (i.e. veggies). It's amazing how much better I feel just with those kinds of lifestyle changes. I am still working at it. It's tough being raised on things that now have been proven we should not have so much of - old habits die hard, as they say.
"The bottom line is that sugar upsets the body chemistry and suppresses the immune system. Once the immune system becomes suppressed, the door is opened to infectious and degenerative diseases. The stronger the immune system the easier it is for the body to fight infectious and degenerative diseases."---Nancy Appleton, Ph.D.,
I would consider this a "sister" article to the link I posted yesterday. It seems we're in a world of having to research and find the "truth" for ourselves since we can't depend on those very agencies that are responsible for "safe" food. You often hear in the media about us being an obese nation. Yet, if you want to eat a healthy, it costs more to do so. I've always been told that if people do it anyway, then the "supply and demand" increases, and prices decrease. Even during the hippie days of communes, group gardening, and advocates (like Euell Gibbons, wild food guru) of eating "natural", that theory has never played out. I've yet to see that theory work. Here we are, an obese nation, and not only is it more expensive to BUY natural foods, but also the things that are needed to GROW your own, are not cheap either. We are a starving nation despite, or because of, so many unhealthy choices at our fingertips. Yes, we humans have "free will" - but if you choose the "wrong" things, you will may eventually be denied insurance and/or medical help (because of no insurance). It looks like a no-win situation to me. I'm saddened, frustrated, and afraid - they gave us all this temptation, for greed, power, and money. Isn't that a "crock" ... and not one full of Mom's homemade "chicken soup"!
For those of you who are too young to know who Euell Gibbons was, I have included a few links about him, and his influence during the hippie era. He was a very "colorful" person, who definitely walked to his "own drummer", as were so many of the influential people of the 1960s and 1970s culture.
Who is this little girl?
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