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What is the last song that inspired you?

What is the last song you listened to that you did not like?

Yusuf Islam – Maybe There’s a World

Hoy Vance – Gabriel and the Vagabond

Robyn – Dream On

Dream ON

Thugs and badman
Punks and lifers
F@#ked up interns
Pigs and snitches
Rest your weary heads, all is well

You won’t be strip-searched, torn up tonight
you won’t be cut up, bleeding tonight
you won’t be strung out, cold, shaking to your bones
wishing you were anywhere else but right here
So dream on

Thieves and muggers
Tricks and hustlers
Cheats and traitors
Scum and low-lifes
Rest your weary heads, all is well

You won’t be sad or broken tonight
you won’t be squealed on, ripped up tonight
you won’t be back-stabbed, double cross, face down
teeth knocked out, lying in a gutter somewhere
So dream on

Freaks and Junkies
Fakes and phonies
Drunks and cowards
Manic preachers
Rest your weary heads, all is well

You won’t be pushed or messed with tonight
you won’t be lied to, ruffed up tonight
You won’t be insane, paranoid, obsessed
aimlessly wandering through the dark night
So dream on


The Teresa Carreño Youth Orchestra conducted by Gustavo Dudamel

Some Poems from The Poetry Foundation

Letter Composed In The During A Lull In The Fighting 

I tell her I love her like not killing
or ten minutes of sleep
beneath the low rooftop wall
on which my rifle rests.


I tell her in a letter that will stink,
when she opens it,
of bolt oil and burned powder
and the things it says.


I tell her how Pvt. Bartle says, offhand,
that war is just us
making little pieces of metal
pass through each other.
by Billy Collins
I pour a coating of salt on the table
and make a circle in it with my finger.
This is the cycle of life
I say to no one.
This is the wheel of fortune,
the Arctic Circle.
This is the ring of Kerry
and the white rose of Tralee
I say to the ghosts of my family,
the dead fathers,
the aunt who drowned,
my unborn brothers and sisters,
my unborn children.
This is the sun with its glittering spokes
and the bitter moon.
This is the absolute circle of geometry
I say to the crack in the wall,
to the birds who cross the window.
This is the wheel I just invented
to roll through the rest of my life
I say
touching my finger to my tongue.

Today is the first day in a long time that I woke up in a funk.  Totally and completely unmotivated.  This only happens to my a few days a year, the other 360 I am up and roaring to meet whatever new adventure awaits me.  Today I feel like just staying under the covers.

What gets you feeling motivated when you just don’t want to face the day? 

For my Christian friends who use the Bible what is the passage that helps you out of a funk the most?

When I visited the blog of my friend Gitzengirl (Sara).  Seeing the pictures of her companion Riley (don’t call him a dog) did bring a smile to my face. 

However then I realized I would have to actually expend energy to make breakfast, so I waited for the local Chinese restaurant to open and order enough for breakfast, lunch and dinner.  There is nothing like egg rolls and fried rice for breakfast.

I found a neat site yesterday where you can make your own Superhero. The Hero Factory  .  Today I need the superpower of unlimited energy but it wasn’t on the site.

 What superpower would you like to have?

Super Senior Ed

Super Senior Ed

Music is my antidote for everything so I will inject some into my soul through my iPod.

Disabled Surfers Association of Australia

A group working with people who have spinal cord injuries “The Life Rolls On Foundation”:


“LRO is the story of able-bodied individuals, working in concert with those with spinal cord injury, to motivate each other with the inspirational message of achievement in the face of extreme adversity. Life Rolls On utilizes action sports through our flagship program, They Will Surf Again, which pushes the boundary of possibility for those with spinal cord injury (SCI).”

Ambassador for Life Rolls On Foundation Briana Walker – :


Briana Walker

Briana Walker

(Okay this was excuse to get a picture of a hot babe on my blog)

Type of Injury: T11/T12 as a result of car accident, August 11, 2002. Driving in Orange County, Briana fainted at the wheel causing her to drive head on into the center divider pillars at 75 mph.

What Motivates You: Before my accident I waited for life to happen and let things just fall where they may. Now, I am making life happen for myself and getting the most of out every single day.

“Instead of giving up on her passion for dance, she acted on her personal mantra, “No matter what life throws at you, choose to dance anyway,” and founded the first wheelchair hip hop dance troupe with Auti Angel, a wheelchair dancer who inspired Briana.”

A blog in the Christian Science Monitor, by Mary Wiltenburg, has a story, and video, of advice to President Obama from the children of Georgia’s International Community School.

These kids have some pretty adult advice

“Second graders want him at their birthday parties. Sixth graders want to end homelessness. Third graders worry about job loss. Kindergartners are eager to come to his house and play. For the past month, students at Georgia’s International Community School have been sharing advice and messages for President Barack Obama, collected in our latest slideshow.

Much of it comes from personal experience with issues of global importance.

“My uncles go to Iraq and have war. One of my uncles died before,” a fourth-grader explained, “and I really want you to stop that, because I’m from Iraq, north Iraq.”

Kids related their families’ struggles with unemployment, housing, and utility bills. Students born in Somalia, Iraq, Sudan, and the US begged Obama to end fighting in different corners of the world.

In addition to serious worries, kids were entranced by the first family. They complimented Michelle Obama’s dresses, shared messages for Malia and Sasha, and empathized with the challenge of choosing a First Dog. One second grader with an impending birthday had thought through the logistics of inviting the president.

“You can bring your guards,” she assured him, “and you can sleep over.”

What advice would you give President Obama?

Mine has nothing to do with policies.  It’s a problem I have seen with every President, losing touch with the people.   It is all to easy for Presidents to surround to themselves with people who think like they do, tell them what they want to hear, and not what they may need to know.

The White House, and Capital Hill, can be a very insular places.  It is far to easy to become seperated from the reality that every day Americans live in.  How much it actually cost to buy food and clothing. 

My simple advice is don’t lose touch with the people in the street who voted you into office.   They are the real America, not the politicians in Washington.

After reviewing all the world events looking for something to post about, and finding nothing that inspires me, stock market is down, politicians fighting in Washington, which actress is too heavy or too thin or has fake boobs, I found one thing that could inspire me – Cupcakes (Fairycakes to the Brits).

Cookie Monster Cupcake

Cookie Monster Cupcake

From Wikipedia –

In the early 19th century, there were two different uses for the name “cup cake” or “cupcake”. In previous centuries, before muffin tins were widely available, the cakes were often baked in individual pottery cups, ramekins, or molds and took their name from the cups they were baked in. This is the use of the name that has persisted, and the name of “cupcake” is now given to any small cake that is about the size of a teacup. The name “fairy cake” is a fanciful description of its size, which would be appropriate for a party of diminutive fairies to share.

The oldest cupcake recipe from 1796:

“A light Cake to bake in small cups.
Half a pound sugar, half a pound butter, rubbed into two pounds flour, one glass wine, one do. [glass] Rosewater, two do.[glass] Emptins, a nutmeg, cinnamon and currants.”
American Cookery, Amelia Simmons, 2nd edition (p. 48)

The best cupcake blog appears to be “All Things Cupcake”, , which has a contest running now where you can win a “Julius The Monkey + Cupcake” watch:

Julius The Monkey + Cupcake Watch

Julius The Monkey + Cupcake Watch

They also have a page devoted to cupcake tattoos:

Cupcake Tattoo

Cupcake Tattoo


When was the last time you had a cupcake?

I bought some cupcakes from a local bakery yesterday.

Any memorable cupcake moments from the past?

The best moments I can remember as a child were spent in my grandmothers kitchen watching her prepare food, which of course included cupcakes.

I don’t have any creative talent. I have never written a song, book, no photo albums, performed on stage, or painted, other than my grandfather’s dog Bart one St. Patrick’s day. 🙂

I think I have a creative imagination and enjoy songs, ballet and those works of art that represent what is seen in the mind as oppose to every day life.

The following video demonstrates the creativity of two dancers, one without an arm, the other without a leg, who incorporate their loss of limbs into a ballet.

My favorite genre of paintings is surrealism.  A good example is Salvador Dali’s “The Persistence of Memory”, created in 1931. From the Wikipedia article on the painting:

 “The well-known surrealistic piece introduced the image of the soft melting pocket watch. It epitomizes Dalí’s theory of ‘softness’ and ‘hardness’, which was central to his thinking at the time.”


The Persistence of Memory

The Persistence of Memory

One of the most creative artist the US has produced is Louis Armstrong,  who help develop that original American musical style Jazz,

I think one reason I started this blog was to express my creative side.

How do you think you have express your creativity?

If you have a blog why did you start it?


The grace and beauty of ballerina Polina Seminova


Jamey Johnson “That Last Lonesome Song”


Georgia O’Keeffe – Notable New Mexican

Who is/are your favorite dancer(s)?

What is the last song that thrilled you?

What is your favorite art, or craft, to make, or own?

Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882)

Charles Robert Darwin (12 February 1809 – 19 April 1882)

Charles Darwin’s revolutionary theory of evolution knocked mankind of it’s pedestal as being the highest form of life on earth.  We vain humnas believed that while God had dominion over the Universes, Man had dominion over all the other creatures that populate our planet.

Nicolaus Copernicus demonstrated in his revolutionary theory that the Earth was not the center of the Universe.  With evolution Darwin showed that humans were subject to the same process of reproduction and survival as every other species on Earth.

As I see it evolution has nothing to do with the question of whether God exist.  I don’t think science can either prove, or disprove, whether God exist.  What evolution challenges is the doctrine of some religions.

I don’t have sufficient knowledge of evolution or religious doctrine to debate the subject in detail.  I do believe that the humid species did evolve from an early species.  I don’t believe that a God(s) exist.  I have a bias towards theories validated by the process of science.

According to one poll 51% of Americans believe God created humans in their present form.  Another 30% believe humans evolved but that God guided the process.  Only 15% believe that God did not guide this process.

Do you think a person can believe in both God and evolution?

You can follow the day to day diary of Darwin’s voyage on the HMS Beagle, which lead to his theory of evolution, at the following site.  It’s a good adventure story whether you believe in evolution or not.

Another interesting article talks about Darwin’s wife.  He married his cousin, Emma Wedgwood, whose family made their fortune in pottery.  She gave birth to 10 children, 7 of whom lived to adulthood. 

As a man I can’t relate to the pain of giving birth to one child, let alone 10.

“Emma  — granddaughter of pottery manufacturer and industrialist Josiah Wedgwood — was educated and well-traveled. In her youth, she studied piano in Paris with composer Frederic Chopin.

Like other Victorian wives of her social background, Emma ran a household and carried out charitable activities. When she died in 1896, 14 years after her husband, she left behind 50 years of records of kitchen expenditures and other domestic costs, including wages for the female servants. Her well-kept domestic account books include 20 budget categories for commodities such as meat, candles, soap, loaf-sugar, tea, eggs and bread.”

“They were wealthy, but, in a sense, plain-living. They weren’t the type to have a menu to impress. They didn’t entertain in a glamorous way,” she added.”

What the family ate was influenced, in part, by Charles Darwin’s health. History shows he was plagued by chronic stomach pains, vomiting, trembling, headaches and heart palpitations. He couldn’t keep down a lot of foods.”

“His symptoms were well-documented. Typically, he had four physicians that played against each other,” Janeway said. “Some say he had Crohn’s disease (an inflammatory disease of the digestive system) or a tropical disease, but no disease has been proven.”

Emma Darwin (née Wedgwood, 2 May 1808–7 October 1896)

Emma Darwin (née Wedgwood, 2 May 1808–7 October 1896)

The story of Muki Baum is one that demonstrates the potential we all can have to make the world a better place.  Muki Baum has physical disabilities.  He also has the dreams and hopes we all have.  He has a very supportive mother, Dr. Nehama Baum, who has never accepted the word handicapped for her son.  Together they have brought this message of hope to others with physical disabilities like Muki’s.

The web site of the Muki Baum Treatment Center in Toronto, Canada.

“While in her pregnancy, she was a member of a governmental committee with a mandate to initiate and organize services in the State of Israel for children with Cerebral Palsy. In a twist of fate, in 1959, she gave birth to her own son, Muki, who was born suffering from Cerebral Palsy and deafness. Dr. Baum was able to use her professional expertise to enable her son Muki to learn and develop. She also used her expertise to help other families in similar situations and to mobilize the educational system in Israel to enable it to help such children.

Muki was the first child with Cerebral Palsy to be accepted to a specialized pre-school at the age of only three, rather than the age of five as was the custom at the time. Later, Muki was the first child in Israel with such complex handicaps to be integrated into the public school system.

Realizing that she was Muki’s lifeline and appreciating her own mortality, Nehama Baum felt that she needed to be seeking the stability of a more established, integrative life system for her son. She moved to Canada with Muki in 1976 while her husband stayed in Israel. In Canada, in spite of his physical and sensory handicaps and only after a few years, Muki became completely independent and eventually moved to his own apartment. He became a contributing member of society in his fundraising efforts on behalf of the organization that carried his name.

“In January 2000, Muki’s health deteriorated. He lost all of his body functions and was near death. He was diagnosed with cervical spinal cord injury and had to undergo a very risky and complicated surgery. Following that, Muki endured almost a year of rehabilitation in the hospital. He lost his ability to live independently and had to move back to his parents’ home upon his release.”

“Nehama Baum has had a lifelong belief in the arts as an important tool in the fulfillment of an individual. Her background includes twelve years in the theatre as a child actress, through the Military theatre in the Israeli Army, and in professional commercial theatre. She has a BA in Art History (Hebrew University), and two years of training in clay modeling and sculpture at the Bezalel Academy of Art, Jerusalem. With her son and at MukiBaum she put her beliefs to practise. She encouraged Muki, since his childhood to utilize his artistic talent. He is a clay creator and sculptor and to this day continues to work in an art studio on a weekly basis.”

“True to her commitment, Dr. Baum continues her work, improving the lives of people affected by multiple disabilities. She is an inspiration to countless professionals and parents of people with disabilities in Ontario and around the world. As MukiBaum Treatment Centres continues to grow and change, Dr. Baum is looking into the future full of promise – for the Association she has built and for the hundreds of individuals and their families whose lives were forever changed by her professional skill, knowledge, love and dedication.”

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