Thursday, April 26, 2007

Thought for the Day

"The real measure of your wealth is how much you would be worth if you lost all your money." ....unknown

Thursday, April 19, 2007

Ape Gazzzzzzzzzzze



ape gaze


Belgium zoo bans staring at apes

BRUSSELS (UPI) -- The visitors to the Antwerp Zoo in Belgium are being faced with a new challenge, which is not making eye contact with the apes. The zoo's patron's are faced with signs telling them that if one of the apes makes eye contact then they should look away, The Daily Telegraph reported Monday. The staff said they think eye contact can result in the creatures losing their sociability.

"We are saying to visitors that, if our apes hold eye contact with them, then they should look away for a bit or take a step back. Our evidence shows that chimpanzees and other apes who have a lot of contact with visitors apparently tend to isolate themselves from their companions over the course of time," a spokesman for the Antwerp Zoo told The Daily Telegraph. But, some of the zoo's customers wonder if the signs aren't taking animal welfare a step too far. "When we saw the signs, we thought it was a joke," said teacher Dirk Woldt, who was visiting the zoo with his family. "The next thing you know, they'll be having to counsel the apes."

Copyright 2007 by United Press International




Don't you hate it when people stare?

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M

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

Hmmm....

You Are a Classic New York Cheesecake

Simple and sweet, you are a smooth operator.
You can get along with anyone ... though after a bit of time, you're too much to handle!

The Power Within Above

This morning I awakened very late. After the mad scramble to be where I was supposed to be by the time I was committed to appear and perform; I sit and write these words. Along the bustle of the morning commute, it struck me in the presence of my loss and need — give thanks. Yes all the sadnesses and loss were not good; but they could be so much worse. I could have been at Virginia Tech or been a young asian kid just thinking the wrong things and acting on them. My prayers are certainly with all the victims, their families and friends; but let's not forget that the parents and friends of him who has taken so much from so many. They certainly are or will be the victims of someone's scrutiny.

As for my own loss, I was reminded while looking at the casual bird drift on the morning air, by the pink blossoms swaying to the ochestra of the universe, by the millions of things I witnessed consciencely and unconsciencely.......give thanks. Give thanks, always stay in an attitude of thankfulness.

Dear God,
Thank you for the opportunity to watch over and guard such a wonderful pet and spirit. Thank you for the extended time that I am sure I had with her through your abiding grace. Thank you for a little life that touched so many. Thank you for the remaining lives we love, affect, effect and bless daily. Father; bless those personally suffering from the tradgedy in Virginia. Enable their families a spirit of healing and peace through this ordeal. We pray something good from the darkness. We pray thanks for the lives spared and restoration to those lost and grieving. May your will be to reconcile our hearts to your purpose and our minds to your understanding. Let us help our neighbors not only in their times of need and sorrow; but the days after. Our creator is always worthy of praise. I humbly recognize your hand in all things above and below and beyond my understanding. Thank you for all your graces, gifts and trials; but most of all for your unfailing love. Amen.


It is odd that we see the dark clouds in the sky and we think "it's going to rain." We see the winter snow fade, we think "spring is coming." We watch reruns of I Love Lucy or Andy Griffith because we "know" what comes next. How did/do we ignore the signs in our lives and those of our children or even this generation when deep down, we "know" what comes next? We know when the seasons change, we know what actions equal what results, we know when something is just "wrong" or about to "change;" but we easily ignore or dismiss tradgedy awaiting at our doorsteps. Hmmm....
We are all sometimes horribly broken.


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M

Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Monday, April 16, 2007

The Animal Within

caged baboons

I find this picture particularly interesting because it could mean so many things. Which one is behind the glass/cage? Does our perception of reality render us the same way; the truth trapped behind the lies, perception vs facts, reality vs tradition.... It even embodies the similarities among us all; yet our different ethnicities sometimes trap us in different worlds; or even our demographics etc make us unreachable by others without that experience. Another obvious attribute of the photo...isn't it always the child that bears the least fear, hesitation, most inquisitiveness, most forgiveness, least distraction by anything we adults give pause to. Children are untainted by the span of life that teaches we adults caution, distrust, suspicion or etc.

ape kiss

I watched old "Planet of the Apes" this weekend too...This one has far enuf depths to be examined about ourselves, perceptions, traditions, and lifestyles/habits. Didn't this image catch you off guard? What was your first 3 thoughts? Then what did you change them to?...but that is another blog for another day.

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M

Friday, April 13, 2007

IMUS Be Kidding!



Well there has been an 's-storm' stirred up by the remarks of Radio jock Don Imus' comments last week about the Rutgers women's basketball team were less than amiable. Who can argue that one?....or can we? I have typically noticed and said to younger sibblings growing up that "if you don't think much of yourself or what you have; then everybody else won't either." Oh you scoff at that remark. Hmm...isn't it odd that our own "mega rap stars" do the same or worse as far as our women are concerned, not to mention the statistics of deserted families and broken homes, drug usage and etc. Isn't it odd that 'gettin' money or die tryin' mentality is ok including black on black crimes or destruction of one's own neighborhoods. Isn't it odd that we all just want to be "pimps" and "hoes" so long as we get paid or can be in a video or my ever-popular favorite, "that's just how we roll." When will we not be afraid to "roll different;" (and obviously people do; but it seems that the "well noted in the news and in Forbes and various other spotlights" are a dying breed). Yeah, its good to see people doing better....I just wonder what's in the small print. What is the real interest rate? Are our families, homes, mothers, sisters and grandmothers grandchildren in hock over the pursuit of bling bling? I certainly am not saying we should ignore Don Imus. Much like noteable athleticly gifted questionable Titan of current scandal....you can only be in the wrong place once or twice; after that, folks aren't so willing to look the other way. Sooner or later, it is YOU in the video. Another interesting blog on this subject that I ran across: realpeeplz: Yall gone Actually Make me Defend Don Imus makes some good points. A FOX news story here Congratulations to the fine athletes of the Rutgers women's basketball team. You've come a long way baby and now your famous too! Hmmm....would you rather be famous or victorious? What determines "victorious"? You're winners in my book....no lazy people make it to the finals; only champions.

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M

Tuesday, April 10, 2007

I Am For Me; Aren't We?

my dark reflection


Aren't we, well I will speak for me, aren't I selfish? Take the fear of flying, for instance. I would not be afraid if you were flying somewhere. If I had a fear of flying or whatever; it really doesn't matter until it is in direct relation to "me." If "I" were flying; then I might have a "fear" of flying; not because the plane might crash; but because "I" would be "on" that plane and would suffer. In fact, many times, and old friends can verify, I have often said or remarked at good news or bad, "better you than me..." Am I alone in this guilt (even worse; no guilt, just admission)? I am just dumb enough to admit it outloud. What are you afraid of? Is it really about "it" or about "you?" Our own worst enemies are ourselves. The psychoseduction is that it's really "them" or "that" we fear; but I believe that problem is much closer to home....it's "me."

I am looking forward to the new Spiderman movie for a lot of reasons. I can only imagine how great it would be to have created something like that and live long enuf (shorter) for technology to get to a point that it can really bring it to life! Wow! Way to go, Stan Lee! Comics are BIG MONEY now; no longer relegated to "ole funny books," as my grandma used to say. What happens to us when we get out of balance or have a license to be unaccountable? Would you change if you were suddenly famous or won the lottery? Everybody says, "no;" but statistics suggest otherwise. If you were suddenly "spectacular" would it all be for just you? Would a sense of "the greater good" takeover?

Isn't it odd that most of us WANT the same things; but pretend that we don't or say we are better than we really are? Does this statement offend you? How difficult is it to confuse "oh" with "ouch?"

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M

Thursday, April 05, 2007

A Thousand Words....

Take a minute . . . and watch...

Wednesday, April 04, 2007

Moving Stillness



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Dizzy Spiral


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