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He will be missed…

Posted in Current events with tags , , , , , , , on November 5, 2011 by Mj Rains

I often on a Sunday night would try to catch at least the last ten minutes or so of 60 Minutes, just hear the cantankerous voice and gruff opinions of the indomitable Andy Rooney, a guy who’s inspired and made me think my entire life.  He was a household name and at the ripe age of 92 he passed away due to complications from surgery. He retired from CBS in late September of this year.  Shit! The world feels like a different place knowing this old dude is gone.  Here’s a link to the Times Global article and full story.

And now a few great quotes in honor of this cool journalist:

“If dogs could talk, it would take a lot of fun out of owning one.”

“Anyone who watches golf on television would enjoy watching the grass grow on the greens.”

“Computers make it easier to do a lot of things, but most of the things they make it easier to do don’t need to be done.”

“Happiness depends more on how life strikes you than on what happens.”

“I didn’t get old on purpose, it just happened. If you’re lucky, it could happen to you.”

“If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it.”

I smiled as I typed out all these quotes…and no one else was in the room…thanks Andy! 🙂


Good to Go show

Posted in Current events with tags , , , , , , , , , on October 13, 2011 by Mj Rains

…a mishmash of performance art including stand-up sketches, comedy, gripping drama, and burlesque-type choreography, all at the Bowery Poetry Club, where artists in the making still find their home.

More at Notes From the Underground

They looked gorgeous…

Posted in Current events with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , on April 29, 2011 by Mj Rains

Kate’s gown (and her sister Pippa’s) was designed by Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen. The tiara was her “something borrowed” from the Queen, which had been give to Elizabeth when she was 18.  What can I say? I watched, I enjoyed, and they all looked gorgeous….

Call for Creative Thinking…

Posted in Current events on March 20, 2011 by Mj Rains

My dear friend Raymon Grace has issued a Global Call for Creative Thinking….

for this evening, March 20, 2011 at 8 p.m. EST. Please think about spending  few

moments doing whatever you do to bring yourself into the spirit of the world.

There are no set parameters to do this. You can pray, meditate, dance, jog, laugh,

write, hug someone…whatever you wish, but think of how you’d like to see the

world globally when you do it.  This focus of many in unison brings a movement

in energy that is astonishing.  Read the Global call link above for more information,

and please consider joining in.  Here are some words by Faye to guide you:

Where ever you are we ask you to join us and feel the energy of wholeness within you. Feel joy, happiness, balance and wholeness, and from that place think about those people, places and things you want to send energy. The best way of creating peace is to be in a place of peace in your heart, so do something that brings joy and peace to you. As you think about it, visualize the earth and those you love, being vibrant, pure, in peace and balance, doing the things they choose to do in joy, with respect for all other beings and things; the air clear, clean and refreshing; the water sparkling as it plays over the rocks, crystal clear and a wonderful environment for fish and plants and people to frolic in and have fun; with each and every person being their most authentic self, taking full responsibility for their own life and having respect for all others. See each being living life to the fullest, being fully aware and conscious, enjoying each moment of our existence here on the earth in harmony with nature and with each other.

Groundhog Day

Posted in Culture, Current events, In Pennsylvania with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 2, 2011 by Mj Rains

Yeah, so we live in Pennsylvania, and the half of us think this is such a stupid thing…though it makes one wonder how a day, which is not a holiday that celebrates a country’s liberation, a religious saint, a religious holiday, a famous person who changed world, nor a President, could actually exist…and honor a rodent no less….but here we have it in western PA, Groundhog Day.

I’m not sure if this is a nationwide celebration, or if anyone from other parts of the world know of this holiday…strange. Perhaps Katie can let us know if you guys down under have ever heard of this furball, Punxsatawny Phil.  These top-hatted dudes get up way before sunrise in Punxsatawny, Pa,  and hoist the sad little creature from his well cared for domain (meaning cage) and see if he sees his shadow.  How does one know if the rodents sees his shadow?  It is a mystery, a mysterious mystery that only handler John Griffiths is keen to I’m sure. I’ve heard that the 14 members of Phil’s club are the ones that decide our mysterious fate.  If the rodent see his shadow, we get 6 more weeks of winter, if not, an early spring is forecast.

This Pa tradition is based on an old German superstition that if a hibernating animal comes out on Feb. 2, a holiday called Candlemas, and sees his shadow there will be 6 more weeks of winter.  Well, today, February 2, 2011, Phil officially did not see his shadow, which could be due to the rain, sleet, and snow, and constant cloud cover we are experiencing today due to that double wammy storm.  Very mysterious….

In any case, I love animals in general, and even though I call him a rodent, I think he’s darn cute.  I think these stupid top-hatted guys are pretty cool anyway, and admire the tradition, strange though it is, which is perhaps why I admire it, and all those people who fight the cold and weather and come out in wee hours of the morning on this one day a year, without liquor mind you, it’s a dry celebration by law, and see Phil make his appearance.  What can I say? I love the weird in Pa.

And, this means we get spring in a few weeks!!

Ah, fat chance people….

Love the movie Groundhog Day with Bill Murray. Very funny, and brought fame to this strange little sort of kinda almost holiday.

Peace…and Happy Groundhog Day.

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