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THE DNC…the Democratic National Convention…is Mitt Romney’s money clean…SERENA & the U.S. Open… Aretha…
But 1 thing is for sure just as it was 4 years ago… I am still an Obama girl.
As in all campaigns there are some hits and misses… so too here. But when you stack it up side by side of DNC vs. RNC… it was the Democratic National Convention hands down over the Republican convention.
Well, for 1 thing most of the Republican speech givers must have taken a score of creative writing classes… because for the most part most of their speeches were all… for lack of a better word… creative. Very creative indeed.
Nothing like taking on a bit of self-responsibility…or in this case Party responsibility. The Republican Party lacks the desire to do anything but win. It does not matter to them how they win… they just want to win.
It must be sad that the only points you can give to your team are points that you have to make up. Creative 1.
Creative 2… you forget any role in anything.
Creative 3… and you pretend as though ‘we want to help you.’
When I think about Mitt Romney it is a marvel to me as to how he has gotten this far?
And THEY called Jim Kerry the ‘flip-flop’ kid. Romney is the master at it. No, I take that back… because it seems to me Mitt does not master anything. He just says 1 thing now… tomorrow he’ll say something that contradicts that… and say he didn’t say that of do that. Or he just allows his money to speak for him or do what needs to be done… and he goes from this to that saying-
And a lot of times when he gets caught at something and doesn’t know what to say… he just looks plain lost.
Either Mitt Romney suffers from the same thing as Clint Eastwood… or the last ship just pulled out of Pennsylvania Avenue. Which happens to be a major street way… as in roadway… not a water way. But to those suffering from some bout of disillusion… as a Mitt Romney or an aged Clint Eastwood it may seem like a major water way. Because the Republican Party for sure is up a creek without a paddle… with a man who seems to have nothing else going for himself except ‘money.’
I think that it is sad when you are asked to go to a convention and cheer for a man you don’t even like.
I must admit though that the Republicans who decided to throw in their hats into the ring as contenders to become the nominee for the Presidency on the Republican ticket were… Well, they were slim pickings. There is no other way to have put it. And out of that bunch of slim pickings came Mitt Romney, who gave an acceptance speech as their choice for candidate to run against President Obama… not because Mitt came with a whole lot of credentials… but rather money.
In fact, Mitt Romney has no real credentials that would make him eligible for any job. His stint as Governor of Massachusetts was a joke. The man was hardly there… and when you boil it all down… Mitt Romney did absolutely nothing for Massachusetts. Mitt Romney did zero… a big fat NOTHING.
I love when people pick up and move to some place just to run for political office. Hillary did hit when she and Bill departed the White House, moving to New York. Jeb Bush did it when he up-rooted himself and family from Texas to go south to Florida… where they by the way fixed the 2000 Presidential Election so his brother could win the Presidency. But Mitt left whatever state he came from to move north to Massachusetts.
Massachusetts is known for a great jumping off point for potential wanna-be Presidents. I cannot begin to tell you how many Presidential candidates have run from the state of Massachusetts… including Kennedy and Adams who both won. Dukakis ran… that guy with the red hair ran… Ryan I think his name was. And I don’t know how many others.
So, along came Mitt with his Presidential dreams… seeking to springboard himself into the number 1 seat in the White House from a state known to be a good launching pad… Massachusetts. Mitt did not move there… or rather set up a residence there by mistake.
Now, we are into 2012 and Mitt is running for that mantle for his fireplace up in the Alps. He likes titles… he wants people to call him ‘Mister President’ ‘Commander’… but he has not a plan… and we won’t take about ’a clue.’ Which Mitt doesn’t have either. He just has money… and lots of it.
Herein lays Mitt’s dilemma… 1. Why should any American citizen want to even consider a man… much less vote for him… who has money locked away in a place-
Excuse me… I meant locked away in ‘not in a place’… but in an entirely different country other than his own… and paying no taxes on it?
2. Why does Mitt not want to divulge how much money he has?
Well, the only people I know… I mean whom I have heard about who do that with money who are criminals… big time drug dealers, thieves and robbers etc…
So, I’m wondering which 1 …or if Mitt Romney is them all?
Because if the money is clean… legit… then I can’t understand the problem Mitt is having releasing financial his information?
I mean we all know that there are rich people in this world… and some a lot richer than others. But they do not appear to be evading the issue of their net worth. So, why is Mitt?
You know when you live in the hood and hear all of those stories about how ‘the real’ drug dealers are not the ones walking the streets day and night trying to sell the stuff. That is really the truth. It is those big time Wall Street type… the type that have big jobs, lots of money and live in penthouses… who can afford the secret air strips and pilots it take to fly that stuff in. But the drugs never actually touch their hands …they just finance it.
They own the planes that fly the drugs in, the places where the drugs are cut or cooked, packaged and then disbursed. They reap all the real benefits of the drug trade… (if you want to call it that) but none of its negative publicity, images, hardships or dangers. The money goes to them… the real money… and they sit on top of the whole sha-bang looking as clean as a whistle.
So, Mitt where did you get all your money from?
I am more curious than ever… because try so hard to hide something there is usually a very good reason. And when you are dealing with a guy who seems to have an endless supply of money… such as a Mitt Romney… I think somebody should be asking him some intense questions about his finances.
Out of 6 or 8 other Republicans who ran along with Mitt to become President… Mitt just simply out spent them all. He had more money to spend than any of them. Which is the only reason Mitt Romney happened to get this far. And it has been his money that has kept him for his entire political life.
The Olympics take money… you can’t be a promoter of something like that without some really big capital to even consider financing it. Running in all the political campaigns for as many years as Mitt has …it had to cost him some major capital.
Good investments are 1 thing… but lots of people have made good investments and evidently do have what Mitt has by way collateral.
Mitt just how did you get all your money?
Rick Santorum vowed that he was staying in the race… that Romney’s money was not going to force him out of the race. But in the end even poor Rich just could not stand the test of time. He simply did not have that Mitt had… by way of money.
So, 1 by 1 all the other GOP would-be nominees bailed out. Mitt Romney it can easily be said won by default. And it happen because of a money deficit on the other’s sides. They just could not hang with Mitt and all the money he was spending.
Now, it’s Obama and Mitt. And I will say it… hands down its going to be Obama.
A Paul Ryan/Mitt Romney ticket cannot compare to an Obama/Obama/Biden ticket in anybody’s book.
Though I realized upon hearing about that HBO had a show about a Mormon family… from the moment I heard about it I knew what that program’s purpose was all about. It was designed to show America that Mormon families are just like everybody else. But they are not. And a show created to sugar coat real Mormon life …and designed to desensitize Americans to the real ways, religion and practices of Mormons was all done to make way for a Mitt Romney win into the White House.
That show was as much a ploy… and I should political ploy whose purpose was as much a form of propaganda movies during the Cold War. It came about to get people to feeling and saying-
“Oh, they are just like us.”
And if anyone looked real deep… they might even find out that it may have been financed either part or in whole by somebody tied to Mitt Romney or by Romney himself.
Inside the Mormon world …their close-knit families… their families are not just like ours. Their families look nothing like ours. They live by entirely different set of rules… and they believe differently.
Their worship is not the same… because their root beliefs are different. And their concept of family is different.
It is funny that when you google ‘what do Mormons believe’… it is interesting that there is no clear answer. But a variety of varied responses… like they believe in God, Jesus and the Holy Ghost. And so does the devil.
Okay, then maybe you should ask what do they practice religiously?
I am thankful that my God gave me the freedom to be more than a baby factory…not to be just somebody who turned out child after child. Because that is pretty much the lives of Mormon women. It is a man’s world as James Brown used to sing in his song by the same title. The men within their group love that… so much so that age means nothing to them in consider to their pleasure and choice of wives.
So, I really do not understand any man who is supposedly running for the top political position in this country ….who does his banking in foreign banks… in order to hide his money. And I do not understand any man or woman who would want to lift up a man to rule in this country …who belongs to an organization that is very much a cult… and where the spirit and minds of women is stripped from them.
Came across a quick note about Patti LaBelle… and I was surprised to read it. I never thought she cussed or became so enraged that she would totally loose it. Never really seemed to be the type. And I must say that I have met her… and I found her to be quite nice.
It all happened in a confrontation with a woman… who I believe may have been pregnant… if I remember the story right. But was outside of a building that Patti was either entering or exiting and something or other happened that caused Patti to show a side of herself that I never would have never thought in her.
The confrontation cost Patti $100,000 in an outside of court settlement. Can’t imagined what happened that would have been worth that kind of payout… but Patti must have gone berserk… when she threw water on the woman and a few choice words.
Perhaps Patti reflected on it and felt so real bad about her poor behavior… and the possible shame of having this type of case go to court where people just like me… would have never thought Patti could have done such a thing… stare at her with their mouths wide open in disbelief.
But sometimes it is just a matter of it being a bad day… a very bad day. I do not know if you have ever had 1… but I have. The incident occurred while I was teaching in high school. My son had done something which had really upset me… and here came this student that had been acting stupidly in my class. Earlier in the day the actions of this boy I had let go by… I was being professional and I had not yet spoken to my son. But by noon I heard of something about my son that had worked me up… and here came this boy… and he either said something to me or did 1 last thing… and I said to him-
“I’m so mad I could leap up in the sky and kick you right in the face.”
It is when I realized that I was not cut out to be teacher material. So, when the school department tried to offer me another contract to teach the following year I said no. Besides I wanted to work on shooting my film and that had not become my focus… and goal.
Now, it wasn’t that I couldn’t handle it… teaching… or that I did not have control of my classes. No, nothing like that.
Students respected me and I respected them. But on that day… that boy crossed me at the wrong moment… and all my professionalism left me. When I went into class the next day…. I will tell you this… I was afraid his parents were going to be there waiting on me. I would have if my child had come home and told me a teacher had said such a thing to them. But evidently that boy never told it to his parents.
So, what I am saying here is that there are times when any 1 of us can lose it. But the difference is our names are not Patti LaBelle. And that does make a difference. But does not any less make such times less embarrassing… or just as shameful.
Talking about shameful. Happen to come across this picture of Patti and wondered if she is going through mid-life crisis?
I do not believe this looks decent even when the kids dress like this. So, you know seeing this photo was a thumb down from me.
It Patti is not going through some type of mid-life crisis… between this dress and her law suit actions …I do not know what is going on? I cannot figure another reason for Patti flashing as much flesh as this. Personally, I like the classy Patti better. I really think it is ridiculous when the young girls do this… and cannot understand any woman… older woman wanting to follow what the kids do.
When I heard Jesse Jackson answering a question about his son recuperating in an interview recently… I thought that it was that his son had had a stroke or something. The way that Jesse spoke about it and how he was smiling I would have never known anything otherwise.
I would never have thought that the Senator or Congressman… whatever he is… Jesse Jackson, Jr was in rehab due to a problem with drugs. He always seemed to be so on top of it… sharp …clear and on point about what he was doing… saying and about his service to the people he was voted to represent.
Hard to believe. But we pray that it all comes back together for him. And if it was just an illusion… that he gets it together for real.
Well, Serena is tearing up the tennis courts in New York at the U.S. Open. It is win…win ….win. And that she is … and she appears to be more determined to continue to do so.
Serena is going after her opponents with more power… and her mental game is so strong that the other female tennis players might as well not even walk onto the courts to face her.
Serena Williams is #1 in the world. The #1 female athlete. Highest grossing woman in sports …and the least celebrated. But she is slamming it home… ‘I’M #1!’ Respect me… fear me… and and try to beat me if you dare. And she is menacing threat because she is relentless… and packs as much physical strength as she does mental power.
And I noticed that ain’t nobody said nothing about Serena’s hair. Oh, I forgot she’s from Compton.
UPDATE: SUNDAY, SEPTEMBER 9, 2012…Well, she is taking it home. Serena won it all once again… not only the top women’s trophy …but the big check that went along with it. She was a little more challenged in her final game, 6-2, 2-6, 7-5, but rose to meet the challenge.
I guess you could say-
“Another one bites the dust.”
Proud of this diva…for 1 thing because she never did what a lot of other artist have done or are trying to do. She has never forsaken her base of fans trying to seek after something else. Because ‘Retha already knew she had what she had… and if that wasn’t good enough too bad. (I’m smiling because I know how Aretha thinks) That’s what makes her the Queen…and she is second to none.
Thanks again to those of you who have purchased my book, THE BISHOP’S WIFE. As I said in my last blog it is amazing… I cannot not believe how much my book is moving …and I thank you from the depths of my heart. Please let me hear from you regarding my book. I would love to know how you liked it… or didn’t like it… or whatever…. either way.
And if you have yet to purchase my book I found this link over the internet via barnes&nobles.com where you can read bits of a couple of my chapters.
Sent most of day resting today. Had been busy this week… but glad to now be able to rest. Hoping you get your rest on this weekend too. Because the body does need rest… so give yourself some. You probably deserve it too. I know that I do.
Well, God bless… its TGIF… so I hope you enjoy your weekend.
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Add a comment September 8, 2012
They say a picture speaks a thousand words…
Allyson Felix…got it! She’s going home with gold.
Gabby Douglas…got a $90 million endorsement deal with Kellogg’s. Didn’t you…
and don’t you still love Kellogg’s’ corn flakes?
The tag team known as Serena and Venus…took away the gold
in the Women’s Tennis Doubles. And
Serena sweep the Women’s Single’s to walk away with its gold.
Yeah, I do…think it. A picture really does say a thousand words.
Well, God bless…
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Add a comment August 8, 2012
Wow, over the period of a few short months it is amazing how quickly things can change.
I just finished getting a text from a friend… and she began laying out to me just how very different this summer has been for her …juxtapose to last summer. Last summer we were breezing around eating hot dogs and ice cream cones here and there. While this summer we have yet to even see 1 another… and she just told me why?
The other thing is she has also been shuttling her daughter around… because her daughter’s car blew its engine. And they kindda just within a few months or so… just bought her that car to get around in at school.
And on top of all of this …she has her own health issues… and to top it all off… just last year her mother passed.
Did somebody say, “When it rains it pours?”
I guess my friend can attest to that.
And I thought I was facing something.
While sitting there texting back and forth with my friend with her laying out her summer woes to me… some workers on the college campus came in and sat down in the school cafeteria near me. And Jim, 1 of the workers, began laying out his summer to me… saying what a nightmare it has been for him on the job.
It seems that the whole campus heating system blew… which also effected the school air conditioning system. This in turn it seems forced all the summer classes to be placed in his building… the building he cleans. Which meant that while most of the summers he has only had to strip floors and do some waxing here and there at his leisure… not so this summer. This summer the floor stripping and waxing had to be put off… as his cleaning responsibilities had been far more than just doubled … say trippled by the additional people now using his building for classes.
But what Jim also told me kind of gave me reason to pause. He said that the school heating system was going to cost the school $2 million to replace… and that the school just did not have the money to get it fix. Jim also said that this winter students may be sitting in the cold all over the campus.
Wow… and I thought I was dealing with something.
Two million dollars????
And I thought I had heating problems.
While sitting there texting my friend and talking to Jim… I then got a phone call from a niece asking for some money. She said she was short on her rent, and that she had no money for food.
It is funny just how quickly your prespective on your own problems can change… when you come to realize just what other people are going through.
You know what?
I just realized just how blessed I am.
I am blessed. I am truly blessed… doesn’t matter what it looks like… or what it sounds like …land court… foreclosure notices… bills… repo’s… shut-off notices… etc…etc…etc. I want you to know that I AM BLESSED.
Hey, I would like to take this time to acknowledge all of you who have purchased my book, THE BISHOP’S WIFE… can’t believe it. I definitely hope that each of you are enjoying it and have found it to be a good read. Please let me know what you have to say about it… I would love to hear from you. You can reach me by either emailing me… of which my email address appears in my book. Or you can just leave a comment right here on my blog.
Well, it looks like rain… so I have to get out of here gotta get downtown to pay something on my parent’s taxes.
Well, God bless… and enjoy your weekend. I need some real rest. Lately been waking feeling tired…but I guess if you went to sleep most nites after 3 AM you would be too. But I think that I am going to try and take it this weekend… in between pulling out and trying to kill some weeds around the yard.
The Olympic Games… haven’t said much about them… because I no longer watch much tv. But happy about Gabby grabbing that gold… hadn’t missed that since it is all over the internet. She is stepping in the steps of another great gymnast… Dominique Dawns. And what a champion she was… and still is.
Usain Bolt “the Bolt” proved again during the Olympic Games that he is unbeatable. He is the world’s fastest man… nobody can even touch him. “The Bolt” is in a class all of his own… just proves what ‘yard’ cookin’ (as they say in Jamaica) …and having to walk for miles can build strength like nothing else can. Yea, Jamaica!
And I really cannot say enough about Serena this year… she has turned it all the way up. In spite of earlier health issues she has the determination of a true winner to not give in to it. Because to win… to win big… and to continuously perform on a very high level takes a lot… and whatever that lot is… lets say it is desire… a deep desire to win… and a desire to win all the time. Truly Serena has it.
But what amazes me more and more about the Williams Sisters is their great passion not only for the game of tennis… but for each other… and their family. What a family… It is wonderful to watch their great out-pouring of love for one another and dedication. Even though their mother and father are no longer together it has never prohibited them, mom and dad… from being in stadium for their daughters.
I like through thick and thin stories… and this Olympic Games has more than a few of them. Truly all the athletes are to be applauded. It takes a lot of lonely hours… mixed with sweat to be at the top of your sport… and they do it. They do what it takes to not only get to the top… but stay there.
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Add a comment August 3, 2012
Because she could. And because that is what the law tells them.
You know the law?
The law that prohibits parents from chastising their children. A law which many times clearly has made parents victims due to unruly children. Because if the child doesn’t like what the parent has done …or says… all they have to do is drop a dime… or in other words… pick up the phone and call the police on their mother or father… or both of them.
The information when this story broke was that Creflo and his daughter had been in a dispute… which arose upon his daughter asking him… her father… if she could go to a party.
I have heard of many children who wanted to go against their parents … then decide that they would settle the matter simply by picking up the phone and calling the police on their parents.
So, of course… I thought this was just 1 of those stories. Where a 15-year-old spoiled child decided that she did not like that her father told her ‘no’ she could not go to the party. So, she therefore picked up the telephone of him… or popped open her cell …and called the police lying on her father… telling them that he had choked her.
That is what I believed and that is how I thought that it had happened.
So, I never felt that Pastor Creflo Dollar had really done anything wrong.
But it was not until I heard his recounting of the incident before his congregation… and after listening to his daughter’s 911 phone call… that I must say that I am not entirely sure that maybe the daughter did lie.
Here is her 911 call:
Now here is Creflo’s account of that situation:
Since I know neither of the 2 parties it is hard to determine what and what is true. But it was Creflo’s own words and how he just seemed to literally throw his daughter up under the bus regarding the whole incident while speaking to his church, in his accounting of what his daughter said had happened, that stuck me as… hmmm. He virtually called her a liar and continued to pounce upon her. And that is what I felt was odd.
I do not believe a loving father… or any parent angry or not get before people and begins to pounce upon their children making their child appear bad or evil.
As a parent I have at times found myself angry at my son… and didn’t like something that he said to me . But there are ways that parents handle these type of things privately. Though at times I have had to admonish my son that he needed to tread lightly a couple of times while in public… as since he has reached his 30′s he has at times needed to be reminded ‘that I am still the parent.’
While speaking Creflo took the opportunity to turn his message on its heels making himself the victim.
There is no doubt that this present system of taking the control out of the hands of parents to properly chastise their children… has made many parents almost helpless when it comes to their interactions with their own children.
It is clearly stated in the Biblical text that parents should not spare the rod. Without following the instruction of God our children will become unruly… untrained… disorderly… and lack moral standards. But with proper training… love… and guidance our children will make us glad. It is Biblical text…
I knew a young mother… she had at lease 4 children and I doubt that she was older than 24 or 25. One day in passing she informed me that she was having problems with her youngest child in school. And she told me that they wanted to medicate him… I counselled her against that.
The little boy was bad… and very busy. But I told to not let anyone give any of her children anything that would alter their mind… because it would rob her children of their lives. And she told me how her oldest boy had call 911 on her… and how afraid she now was of trying to disciple any of her children in the least.
I was shock as her oldest child, who was at the time was just about maybe 9 or 10… was a very likeable and handsome boy. He often stopped by my yard to speak with me as he passed by. I found him very pleasurable… and never would have thought that he would have imagined to do such a thing. But he had… the that incident scared his poor mother enough into not doing anything for any 1 of them, for fear of 1 of them ever picking up the phone on her again… and her children being taken away.
It is clear that the law against parents chastising their children binds the hands of good parents… people who love their children and only want to see that they do well.
No one enjoys little children who have no training at all. They are like little animals… and as they grow up to they become even worst.
I was once investigated. My son and I laugh about it today… but when it happened that thang scared me to death because all I could see was that ’they’ were going to remove my son from our house. That would have destroyed me… I doubt that I would have stayed around to let such a thing happen to my child.
But the investigation was dropped when it was discerned that it had no merit.
My investigation stemmed from my son not doing academically well in school. So, the school suggested that I allow them to test him to see why. I was young and foolish then… don’t let the school do any type of psycho-analyzing of your children. Because they sit in rooms asking your children about everything but what they told you they were going to do. And that is what brought about my dilemma… my son had not called anyone on me… but the school began questioning him about me… whether I whipped him or not etc…etc… etc…
Needless to say I have since learned. I am not the smartest but that situation taught me something… and I learned it shortly after I gave my permission for that school to tell me why my son’s grade were not so good.
How innocent was that?
That nearly had my son removed from our home… and placed into foster care. There is something wrong with this system… and it truly works against parents… good parents.
I did not stop chastising my son… but I did tell him that if he ever told anyone that I whopped him that I would kill him. And that is what we laugh over today. He tells me that I was always threatening to kill him…
“Boy, I’m going to kill you!”
It was kindda the way folks spoke back then. Most parents said it… but none really meant it.
However, the world has changed today… different kind of parents. And that is truly sad… and what has brought about this problem.
Just in case I don’t write anything else for a while let me just include this.
Serena Williams took Wimbledon winning the Women’s Single… then turning right around and grabbing the Women’s Doubles title with her sister, Venus.
Venus was turned away in having lost early in the Women’s Single matches… largely due to her illness which renders her to be tired. But the illness did not stop her when it came to the Women’s Doubles finals match, where both little sis and big sis walked away with the big one together.
I am very happy for them both. I love their family. Just love seeing the love… appreciation and unity they all have… and through the situations and turmoil they still WIN!
Together Serena and Venus have won 13 Grand Slam Doubles titles together… and with Serena’s Wimbledon Single’s win a couple of weeks ago… the have between them 10 Wimbledon Single wins… with each of them having amassed 5 a piece.
Now, how good is that????
Add a comment July 23, 2012
I don’t know maybe it is because I have become somewhat disappointed in both Serena and Venus in the last few months… that when I looked at my blog stats yesterday…and the day before… I just never paid any attention to all the hits for info on them. As a rule I do pay a lot attention to what people are hitting my blog in search of. But for some reason not to the hits for information of the William’s sisters.
But this got pass me…until today when I happened to see the title of an internet news headline… reading that Serena was sick.
The story read that Serena had to go into the hospital following the Oscars due to a blood clot in 1 of her lungs. And it said that this past Monday it seems that Serena had to undergo…what they called ‘medical treatment’…. but sounds more like surgery for what they are calling ‘hematoma.’
It definitely sounds serious… and certainly reason for great concern.
We certainly pray for Serena and her family.
No matter how much money we may amass… it may aid in getting the best possible medical attention… but it cannot compensate for life without pain or health issues.
What would you rather have… money or life without pain or illness?
In looking over other news pieces over the internet lately… which has basically today has become my only primary means of regularly reading news… it seems to me that most of it is geared towards todays new up and coming rising athletic stars. Be it football or basketball… or whatever have you… though mostly football and basketball… it strikes me like…
Well, to me… like they are robbing candy from a baby.
Most of these new talents are nothing more than just kids that they are running after today… many are barely in junior high… or what they call today… middle-school. And they are running after them waving money… jewelry… and everything else that they can in order to get the young hopeful’s attention. And that of their parents also.
In fact, 1 mother was so gun-ho over what they were promising her and her son… that she signed his papers for him. They call that forgery… and it is punishable by the law. And she did it so she could commit her son to a certain college.
And today it is such a big thing just watching to see what school certain of these young hopefuls will be going to. And it means big money… endorsements… and all kinds of business to certain schools. Not to mention the attention media and otherwise to the school and/or college campus as well.
Whether it is an athletic franchise… or national pro team… or some high and mighty college… these young kids… babies really are being sought out and after to their own demise whether they know it or not.
A young kid in junior high… or–or in middle-school, if you must… has no business having his or head turned towards looking for a big pay-day sometime in their foreseeable supposed future. Rather their minds should be centered on their education. They should be concerned about making good grades and getting out of grade school… and then on to college.
These kids today… the chosen few… are being scouted far too young. They are being spoon fed on a bunch of hopes and far away dreams that may never come into being. The promises may simply not materialize for most of them. And this is a very real fact.
Where will they turn?
What will become of their lives?
Sure LeBron made it. And so didn’t Moses Malone.
But success is certainly not guaranteed to a bunch grade schoolers who may show promise today… but may not be able to step to the mark as they continue to grow and develop physically. Or not grow… or not be able to stand up to the pressures of pro sports and all the baggage that those pressures bring into the life of many professional athletes.
And these kids are developing over inflated egos… and attitudes that will sooner or later destroy them and kill any promise that they may or may not have really had. But mouth and arrogance got in the way of what might have become.
A key basketball player at Brigham Young University found out the hard way… that the same way they can put you up… they can take you down. And even if it costs them a season.
There is a message to the below story LINKED here. Never get too big for your own breeches… because somebody inevitably will show you who is really the boss.
There is just so much extreme extremism in America… it is just hard to believe.
What crazy church would want to picket the funeral of U.S. military men and women who have sacrificed their lives for this country… to be outside the funerals carrying signs decrying America …and saying things like-
“Thank God for 9/11.”
Or… “God hates America.”
What sick perverted people would be doing that?
It is as insane as saying you are pro-life and you go out and blow up an abortion clinic filled with pregnant women in it.
It is contrary…and insane. And it certainly is not Christianly.
There is nothing about such acts that can be proclaimed as being holy or saintly. The people who set about enraging people to go out and to do such things are just people who are full of nothing but the devil.
And though I usually do not speak in such terms… the truth is the truth. And this is truth telling-time.
I felt the same way about preachers who loaded up buses to take people to Capitol Hill to protest gay marriages.
These things are just foolish.
Putting people of buses and travelling to the state capitol did not change 1 thing.
There is ‘sin’ in the land. There are ‘evils’ in the land. And none of this extremism attitude is addressing any of the real issues. This is why the devil is called ‘the great deceiver.’ He takes people’s eyes off what they really should be paying attention to.
There are some real core issues in this country and around the world that are in dire need of addressing. And they …these issues… go beyond self perceived notions of what is or is not sinful… or a greater sin.
Why should every American soldier have to endure a bunch of crazy people targeting their funerals in that small Kansas town… or anywhere is this country… causing nothing but more grief for their already grieving families and friends?
Is there not enough chaos and unrest all over the world without us here in America causing ourselves any more than what is necessary?
Soon people will be in the streets searching out their neighbors… and brother will be against brother. It is prophesy.
So, some berserk preacher… and it is funny all these little un-named and unknown preachers coming out of the woodwork wanting to make some kind of stir that will land them on ‘Good Morning America’ or ‘Nightline’… or some other television show. Then they’ll write a book …get an agent and go out on tour.
Going back to my original thought… these berserk little preachers trying to make a name for themselves… go out and stir up their congregations feeding them false doctrine… and backward ignorant thinking.
We serve a God of love. Who tells us to seek peace with ‘all’ men.
During Biblical times were there not homosexuals?
Did Jesus target them?
Did he set out to get them?
Did Jesus even preach against them?
No. Because we serve a God of love. Who says with ‘love and kindness have I drawn thee.’ And do note those words… ‘drawn thee.’ Not tried to chase you away… or antagonize you… or belittle or berate anyone.
And anyone who acts in such a way is not of God. But serves that other master… no matter how much they would debate this.
Well, God bless…hope you enjoy the rest of your evening. It is now March… time certainly is marching on… and seems to be getting away from us. It is flying by so quickly… fleeing.
Some time during the course of your day just take the time to look up and observe the beauty has planted up there for you to enjoy.
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Add a comment March 3, 2011
Okay…okay…maybe it was because I just can’t seem to agree with the skimpy clothes or skin-like almost naked look of Venus’ under garments of her tennis outfits. But that does not mean that they are not the best…or perhaps the greatest sister act to ever hit the World Tennis Courts.
So, then why did the Austrian Open fail to include their names. Venus and Serena Williams… in its list of ’the ten most beautiful women?’
Beauty can be measured in a number of ways. But if you are looking at beauty as it pertains to women’s looks… then you certainly cannot overlook the Williams sisters. And they are more than just physically beautiful.
Some people even believe that a good mind is beautiful. And if you are one of those then… they are beautiful even in that.
Some believe that having height is beautiful. I love height. And if you think that being tall is a sign of beauty… then you can agree here. That the William sisters are beautiful.
Some people look at your skill and ability, and find beauty in that. Maybe, you are one of those. Certainly, it cannot be said that they… neither Venus nor Serena are lacking in either of those departments. In fact, they possess great skill and ability in all the things that they do… be it designing jewelry, or designing sets for television or video productions… or designing clothes …or slicing tennis balls straight down the court and making Aces.
Yes, the Williams sisters possess talent, skill, ability, smarts, intellect, height, charm, elegance… and everything else.
Well, you figure that one out. I have my own opinion on the matter already… and you probably know what it is.
All in all… whether they were picked or not for that list… what can you say except… they are still winners in everybody’s book. And very much still at the top of their game.
Now, how could your overlook that?
Who says that the under pants to Venus’ tennis outfits have to be only white?
Evidently, it is not in the rule book.
The other young ladies on the tennis court wear white under garments and nobody says that they are trying to give off the illusion of being naked…being that they are white. So, why then should we perceive that Venus is trying to give off an illusion of being naked… even though that might have been what she expressed when she was confronted by a bunch of foolish questions concerning the matter.
Can you believe that an article states that when Venus steps out on the court at the US Open this year…she will do so as the ‘under-dog?’
Clearly, many in the tennis hate the Williams sisters…and simply just wish that they would just disappear.
Well, hope that you enjoy your weekend this weekend. The kids are back at school here on Monday. Unlike when I was growing up you don’t really see parents out shopping for school clothes the way they used to. My son says that it is because kids wear uniforms now.
Then today too… many kids have to supply themselves with their own notebooks, pens, pencils, and paper… etc…etc…etc…
And everybody is wondering why they kids are not getting the education that they should?
What tools are we giving them so they can?
So, why does the public school system feel that they do?
Where are all our tax dollars going?
Today, the kids have no lockers in their schools to even hang up their coats… or to place their books in… if they were given any. They have to furnish their own pencil sharpeners… art supplies …everything. All of which were given to us when I was in school.
For every class I had… I had a corresponding textbook. These books were given to me as my personal possess for the year, and at the end of year I had to return them back into the possession of the school. But today’s kids don’t have anything like that. Their books can’t leave their classrooms.
So, what happened to all that lotto money?
Why do kids have less in school today than we did yesterday?
And in this environment of less… how can we possibly expect or hope for them to do just as well or even better than we did yesterday?
Now, so much for me standing on top of my soap box.
Enjoy your weekend… and hopefully each and every one of our children… and they all are ours… will have a great and tremendous school year this year.
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Well, God bless…
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2 comments August 28, 2010
When I read the story I knew I was going to be writing a blog on it. At first I chalked it up to something not clicking in their heads. And I said ‘they’… because first it was Serena and her nude layout in Esquire magazine.
Now here comes Venus with her illusion.
I thought about my young indiscretions. Things I did in my youth that I would never do or think to do now. Foolish things…some even down right ridiculous. But I did them.
And I wasn’t embarrassed about either…nor did I think anything wrong about me doing so. Getting almost naked…top off and letting it all hang out while I laid in the sun and walked along the rolling waves.
So, when I thought of this I re-thought what I was going to say in this blog. I am now a little more tolerant of youth…and yes they do…do crazy things…we all sometimes do and have too.
Yes, I think it bad taste the choice that Venus made in her design of her tennis outfit for the French Open, in making it appear that she wasn’t wearing underwear…and thinking that it was cute… or comical… or sassy…or sexy… or even stylish.
I would never, however, compare my removing my top and enjoying a day out on the beach to being on center court in Paris at the French Open with tons of TV and news cameras flashing at me.
In fact, thinking about it made me think of Josephine Baker and her bananas…and the scathy way she used to dress when she performed. I very much think that if Josephine were alive today that she might re-think wrapping bananas around her waist and shaking her stuff like she was crazy.
I have always held that both Venus and Serena were great role models in all aspects of their careers…not just for young girls and the young ladies within our own race, but also to those outside of it as well. That is…up until Serena posed naked and now Venus stepping out on the courts wearing something…wanting to give the illusion of being naked.
It is all rather a bit too much for me to take at this time.
They have burst my bubble…
What are they thinking?
First Serena…then Tiger…and now Venus.
It was nice while it lasted. It used to be such a pleasure picking up the newspaper…or watching the news…or catching stuff over the internet about them. Now all 3 of them seem to be falling from the mark… loosing their barings…and the standards they once set for themselves… that they once up-held. And that they are now dropping down by the wayside.
My father would call it…going out of the world backwards. He was great at saying that…and especially to me. Perhaps, it has much to do with why I am as I am today.
But maybe it’s been too much money?
Too much fame?
Or maybe it is just their youth…
Or too much pressure being Black…and being so in sports that many Black people did not participate in…and then landing on the top of it. Sports which had typically been dominated by non-Black athletes…and here you go ending up being the top money makers…highest paid athletes in their games…grossing the highest earnings as a male atheletic… and as female athletes.
What an achievement. I am sure that it must come with plenty of scars… hurt… and lots of anguish. Particularily, when you were just starting out. Nobody within those circles liked you then…much less loved you. You were just a dark spot coming into a lilly white game that nobody believed would bloom and grow up dominating…and then becoming number 1.
Yeah, that had to be hard. Going out on courts where everybody snubbed you…and didn’t want you anywhere around in their ‘white only’ club houses. But then gradually over time and championships all of that changed. They came to know your name…wrote stories about you… wanted private interviews with you… and a few even sought you out for sponsorships. But not as many as you could have gotten…and should have gotten…if you were white.
But you aren’t white. Never been white…and I’m hoping never wanted to be white. But now you are ‘in like Flen.’ They can’t deny your talent… or your gifts from God. But you still remember the pain…the time when… When things didn’t seem that they were ever going to get to where they are now…but yet you kept pushing… kept reaching …striving… and achieving.
At the time it may have seemed like a great idea when Venus sat down and decided to design it… but to take black lace and create something which looks more like a ladies bustiea was never ever a good idea…when it was her intention to wear such an outfit out in public.
Why would Venus want to go out on center court…on a world stage looking like a cheap downtown hustler or prostitute?
All I can say is…. blame it on her youth…perhaps the times.
Nor do they see anything wrong or filthy in wearing their pajamas out in street. Or the boys with their pants hanging down to their knees.
There is something very wrong with the way culture and fashion seem to be clashing today. Standards in etiquette, style and class have all taken a back seat to the tasteless, classless and raunchy. And it doesn’t seem to matter how much money you make… or whether you are our new set of athletic supper stars… or new found musical talents and movie stars of today.
All tattooed out from head to toe…and pierced all over the place. There was a time only a chosen few rebellious outcast doorned the way out hair, blacken fingernails, body piercing and tattoos. But not now. It’s your daughter and my nieces and some nephews…and practically all the guys who play professional basketball and everything else. And every drummer…and groupie alike.
Used to be that everybody was searching for their own ‘unique’ them. Now it seems that everyone wants to be like everyone else. Marked up and grossly ‘un-individual.’
No one could ever say that she wasn’t a class act. No, they could never say that about Lena Horne. Always beautiful…and sassy… she had an air of proud-ness about her that could not be mistaken.
Can’t say I personally met her…but I once did have an opportunity to catch her in a performance at McCormick Place in Chicago. It was an opening when the seniors of Sixth Grace United Presbyterian Church decided to sponsor a trip to catch Lena in her finale show she was on tour with. Though I didn’t really want to go…by the time I got in my seat and Lena started to perform I was more than happy to be there.
I had never really thought much about Lena Horne as she was before my time. But the show was a retrospect of her life in the entertainment business, obstacles she had encountered, her determination to make it to the top in spite of…and it was filled with plenty of spunk and humor. I thought about Lena for days after that show… I loved it. I had absolutely loved that show and fell in love with Lena. And all those seniors who dragged me there loved it too.
I remember Mother Emma Turner so well. She just would not let me say ‘no.’ Nor would Mrs. Ripperton…Minnie’s mother…they teamed up on me. And so I got a wonderful opportunity to see and hear a legion. Someone I think I had seen her on the old Ed Sullivan Show several times…and had certainly seen in a couple of old movies. But that night even as an older woman…Lena was radiant and still just as beautiful.
Lena Horne passed recently a few days ago…and I had never known she was a native New Yorker. A Brooklyn girl in fact. I guess that accounts for why she had so much spunk and a wonderful attitude. And boy….did she have attitude…and in a good loving way.
Got a ton of hits today regarding this story. So, I decided that I would comment on it.
This is the story about the ex-Detroit Mayor, Kwame Kilpatrick who just got thrown back in prison by a Judge who decided that Kwame hadn’t really learned his lesson…though he contended that he was changed and had become a ‘good guy.’
So, Kwame hires her as the personal assistant to the Mayor. And somewhere along the line they began carrying on romantically…texting messages and meeting up in various hotel rooms…then chatting about it in their text messages…him and Christine.
All of this while Kwame was taking the city for a ride…and living large…and I guess a little too large. For which the City of Detroit is demanding restitution. Well, they demanded it back in 2008 when the city took him to court…sued him… and then sent him to jail for 2 months. But Kwame after paying $140,000.00 against a $3 million debt…claimed that he had no more money. And did not the court find out otherwise.
Now, he is back off to jail again. And as you can see in the top courtroom picture of him…he is none too happy.
“When you are voted in by the people you have a moral responsibility to the people.”
And you also have a debt of service…which should not be converted into a self-serving attitude.
There is something about power…if you are not careful you can become too full of yourself and abuse it. I think that is what happened to Kwame…he became too full of himself. And then started thinking he was untouchable.
I have to say that after watching this footage I feel sorry for her… Christine Beatty. Almost everybody deserves a chance… and an opportunity to be forgiven. We have all done some foolish things. I know that I have.
It is highly unlikely that Ms. Beatty will resume her studies in law…or become that lawyer. But perhaps she will… sometimes these kinds of things come to prove to us who God is… and to make us better…stronger and more determined to succeed… and to labor to do the right things.
I wish her well… both of them really.
Some of us have to rise up out of the pits of hell to find ourselves and our true calling in life.
Worst oil spillage ever?
I thought that the oil spill that hit Alaska some years ago was the worst. And based upon what I hear the effects of it are still being felt. Perhaps it is time…or way past time that a little more time and oversight should be spent on ensuring that these type of things just do not happen. And at the very least certainly not to this extent.
The oil spill that hit Alaska in 2009 was due a boat transporting oil owned by Exxon. The Exxon Valdez ran aground spilling nearly 11 million gallons of oil upon a clean and scenic Alaska water way. Now the BP oil company is currently dealing with a oil rig which exploded killing 11 of its workers releasing an inestimable amount of crude oil which is now beginning to wash up on the shores of Louisiana and Florida. And is threatening to not only damage the Gulf and its coast line but also that of shores on the Atlantic Ocean side.
It is terrible seeing the birds covered with oil trapped down under the weight of it covering them, near dead in the muck of muddy tar like waste just waiting to die. The pollution that has filled their air, shores and an ever enlarging area destroying lives…and undoubtedly causing plenty of soon to come health issues. And while destroying the beauty of our dear Mother Earth.
Besides having to deal with the news of the oil spill President Obama was at West Point this past weekend delivering their Commmencement Speech. He has grown to not look Presidential but also sound it.
Though in reading the story I could not help but notice how whenever the writer spoke of the President…he always used the lower case ‘P’ …like when he wrote ‘and the president…’, as opposed to a capital ‘P.’ Which in the past has always been the custom in this country when referring to our Presidents in print. And that is why it always leaps out at me now whenever I come across it this way. Because I am not accustom to seeing that done at any other time in reference to the President of the United States.
It would the equivalent of using a lower case ‘q’ whenever someone wrote something in reference to ‘the Queen.’ Which is a definite no-no…just ask the British. You never see that…nor did I ever see a lower case ‘P’ ever being used in newspaper articles or anything else in reference to our other Presidents… past Presidents of the United States prior to Barack Obama. That is until this time. To be sure Barack Obama is ‘our’ President…and he definitely got voted into the White House. He is owed the respect that is due him as any other man who has operated in that capacity. And I have read several articles now written with that lower case ‘p’ when referring to him…and I find it to be a slap in his face…an insult and total lack of respect.
It speaks volumes as to the state of mind and hidden agendas… and bias feelings which still exist here in this country. And I do speak of racism.
At least Barack Obama got voted in…whereas George W. Bush stole his way into the White House. And what a set-up that was…not to mention a mess he created of this country under him.
Now, if they…those newspaper columnists and others could refer to George W. Bush in their writings…their news articles and the like with a capital ‘P’…then I see no reason why they have a problem and cannot do so when referring to President Obama. Who by the way…got voted in…and by a resounding number.
I started this blog near 7 PM and it is now 5:45 AM. And I really can’t go a step further.
I can’t do it now…because I just can’t keep my eyes open. It gets like that sometimes.
But I just had to try to finish this as so many people have been hitting my blog to check on some things. Now, I feel much better…because it is done. And if I think of anything else I will add it later. Good-night….
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2 comments May 26, 2010
I was shocked to read that Serena Williams had done such a thing as allow any magazine or anyone photograph her…and put such a photo on the cover of their magazine. I don’t care who they told me was going to do it. They would have gotten a ‘no’ out of me. And that would have been a definite ‘no’…and don’t ever ask me again…kind of ‘no.’
This edition of the magazine had other athletes doing the same thing…I guess. Well, kind of…sort of…some of them did have something on down bottom. But not so for Serena. She is totally nude.
I mean…how do you justify that?
I mean…I know that Serena is proud of her body.
I am embarassed for her…even if she doesn’t have enough sense to be embarassed for herself. Some things are just plain dumb. And that was a dumb thing to do on Serena’s part.
And I am not going to show that picture. If you want to see it google it. That is how I happened to find it.
Okay, I’ll give you the link…but not without duress. Now, judge it for yourself. What ashame. But I guess it was just a matter of time before it happened…given some of the photos that I have seen that Serena has taken…and some of the clothes she wears.
I really didn’t like her explosion on the court where she yelled some vulgar things at the lines woman. But I can understand pressure…and having taken some things…until you can’t take them any more…and finally blow a gasket, as they say. Been nice…and been quiet for some time…just riding along and taking it…untl you finally explode. Because you just can’t take it any more.
It happens. I have had it happen to me too. I took things for a while…then became angry…and then starting tapping things and wanting to fling them over my should as walked passed them. Yelling at the top of my lungs…and feeling like I wanted to smash up the place. It can get like that. It happens. But you don’t go on and do ridiculous things like stripping off all of your clothes and allowing your naked body being exploited by being exposed upon the cover of magazines.
How dumb is that?
At some point you have to take yourself seriously…even when nobody else does. You have to. And you take that attitude of pride and strength…mantain it…and walk around in it…and in your dignity…making others take you seriously too. But you can’t do that by making a fool of yourself.
You do it by continuing to be your best. By continuing to out perform them. But you don’t start crackling and falling apart…into pieces. Crackling and falling apart is easy. We can all fall apart and go to pieces…and most of us have. But sometimes you have to fight falling apart…and particularly in the public eye. And especially among those who disrespect you…and don’t give you your just due.
But you simply cannot fall apart in the public eye. Or do stupid things.
You don’t set yourself up to have people to be whispering about you behind your back.
Nor do you set yourself up to have people smirking and smiling…and laughing at you behind your back…and in ways that are less than flattering.
YOU DON’T DO IT.
How do you go into a room full of decent people and your naked body has been plastered all over magazine covers?
You can say-
“It was art.”
Maybe in Greece and Rome in the 16th through the 18th Century. But not today. A nude body in…or on a magazine…or in a music video…is not considered art…not today. It is considered what it is…sexual in nature. It is not meant to bring about artistic appreciation…but bring about certain emotions…and desires.
So, why set yourself up for that, Serena?
It is not sexy. And certainly not an intelligent thing to do.
And certainly not something to do for somebody who considers herself to be a role-model to young black women and girls.
At any rate…that explosion of words directed at the lines woman… on the part of Serena is going to cost her more than the $5,000 fine levied against her during the US Open in New York City, this past summer. It looks as though they are not going to allow her to play in the Australian Open either as an additional pentalty for her outbursts…and a supposed threat to kill the lines woman. Or something that the lines woman claims she took as a threat against her life.
DOUBLE CLICK a few times to see the below video…and just ignore the text which will appear in the box.
Both Serena and Venus are breezing their way through the Australian Open… hopefully they will continue to do what they both have more than proven that they are exceptional at… and that is play great tennis.
I had said that winter was going to be early this year. And guess what?
I was right. Earlier last week it started snowing.
So, I definitely hope that you are preping yourself for it. Might not be a bad idea to start stocking up on some key things…like extra toilet paper, can goods, tea, coffee or hot chocolate etc….and can milk etc…for just in case. And maybe a candle or 2…and matches.
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Well, God bless…
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3 comments October 23, 2009
Busy in New York City, Venus and Serena Williams are at it again. Busily working their way through the Women’s Single and Doubles tennis matches…truly they are a force to be reckoned with.
Though injured…Venus limping and with a heavily bandaged knee…yet a true fighter all the way, she is refusing to give up…or in. Determined to not let a little thing like severe pain or a weak knee stop her from attempting to take yet another grand slam tournament title. While all the while…her little sister is hoping for the exact same thing.
Currently ranked Number 2 & 3 in the World of Female Tennis players…clearly Venus and Serena can be ranked right up there with all of the top all time tennis greats such as…Althea…Martina and Christie…and Billie…as being not only highly talented athletes…but gifted as well.
They really should be making lots more money for what they have managed to accomplished… not to mention for the beauty and excellence that they both have brought to the game of women’s tennis. Venus and Serena are truly endowed with that something. And I think that Billie Jean Kings says it best in the article linked below…if you care to read it.
UPDATE (September 7, 2009): Venus is out in the 4th rounds of the US Open…and Serena is still in after having won her match.
There is no doubt that going in…Venus knew that her shot at another championship was going to be an up-hill battle…due to the problem with her knee. But she didn’t let it deter her.
She went for it…and took the pain fighting her way through every round…every point…and every game. She didn’t cry about it. She went out there on the court knowing what it was that she had to if she wanted to make it into the finals…and she almost made it.
Packaged as the ‘all American girl’, Melanie Oudin an attractive young blonde from the deep south…is being touted at as ‘the Great White Hope.’ A tennis power house who may be able to do for those too shallow to feel that they can cheer whole heartedly for 2 young sisters born and raised in a ghetto in the worst side of Los Angeles, CA…known as Compton.
Yeah, they come from Compton…though they currently live in Florida. Compton with police helicopters patrolling the neighbors night and day…one of the toughest and most dangerous areas in L.A. The home of hard core rappers like Snoop Doggy Dog, Ice Cube, NWA…etc…etc. But yeah…it was the place of their humble tennis beginnings. And some how they beat those mean streets of southern California.
It is sad that since the days of Jack Johnson the heavy weight boxer of the 1930′s. ..many white people in this country still feel that it goes against their grain to totally except and celebrate anything or anyone but someone who looks like them. The same is even quite evident in how many in this country feel about Barack Obama. Many have yet to truly embrace him as President of this country. And are strongly oposed to him…and intended to do everything they can to make it as hard on him and his administration as possible…with a sincere desire to undermind his ever move and effort. This kind of thinking is truly sad…and quite sick.
Oh, sure they love to win the games and do take to the athletes who possess the skills to make it happen for their favorite teams. But it is the white players on the team that they make the coaches…move to the front of the team…and put in front of the TV and newspaper cameras…etc.
It is sad that as much as Venus and Serena Williams have managed to do…and from very humble beginnings…without the benefit of suburan country clubs and well kept tennis courts. They are a true American success story…and well worth celebrating and holding up before the world as the stars and champions that they truly and really are…and gracious and humble young women regardless of their vast success both on and off the tennis courts.
You can read the below story on Oudin by CLICKING the LINK below…to clearly understand my statements regarding this issue of ‘the Great White Tennis Hope.’
UPDATE: (September 8, 2009) Serena is on to the Semi-Finals…and the predictors are saying that she is on her way to taking her 3rd Grand Slam win this year…having take both the Australian Open and Wimbledon.
Turning 28 on the 28th of this month, Serena has won 11 Tennis Grand Slams, 2 Olympic gold medals and over $25 million…having become the first woman athlete to win over $22 million a few months ago. To date Serena has won the US Open in 1999, 2002 and 2008.
She and Venus are on their way to taking the Women’s Doubles at US Open, Wimbledon and the Australian Open…etc…etc… Venus who is 29 years old…and yet they continue to keep reeling in the wins. And as a team they are unbeatable. CLICK the LINK BELOW to the full stop and to see video footage of the Open.
Didn’t know though that Venus and Serena are part owners of the Miami Dolphins. Wow…they are really smart. Not to mention being authors having written some books…Serena working on a screenplay…and Venus working doing interior designing and fashion. And I almost forget…Serena designing and selling jewelry (as you caught in the video above). But check out their videos below and Serena will tell you all about it herself.
I am really happy for them. I like to see successful people…and they also give back to their community via their tennis camp for inter-city youth. Bravo!
UPDATE: (Women’s Semi-Finals…September 13, 2009) Evidently Serena had some type of melt down today during her semi-final match against Kim Clijsters. Maybe it was bound to happen at some point or other. I mean how long can you just sit around…or go out one game after another…come out the winner and never get the claim or fame …or the real big bucks for having done so?
How many times can you get called the “N word” during a tournament…heckled…boo-ed…or look into the eyes of your opponents knowing what and how they really feel about you. On top of that…to be ignored by the tennis world in general…who run after the young blond haired girls with their batting blue eyes…with their microphones and cameras…and can’t seem to get enough of them. And they didn’t have to do half the work or win a game…but reap all the fame.
How long can you tolerate that…and not experience some type of emotional melt down?
It is unfortunate, because it is what they had been waiting. Something to tarnish your squeaky clean image…taint your name…some character fawl to justify why they haven’t cover you the way they cover your white opponents…plastered your face over all the popular magazines…or offered you some of those major big dollars advertising contracts.
Oh, they were waiting alright. And finally the right button was pushed…the straw that broke the camel’s back…and the flood gates burst open. And all those nasty little words started flowing out…and when the flood gates opened up…all you had been trying to hide and hold back for months just came rushing out.
Who could tell you more about that than John McEnroe?
Who by the way said what amounted to that Serena’s behavior was shameful. This from a man who never walked out on the court without wild outbursts and one swear after another.
I am certainly not condoning Serena’s behavior…but I have seen a lot of black folk who after awhile just got plain fed up. And once they did… Well…you can figure out the rest.
Baby, it is just hard to contain them…until they get it all…and I do mean all…off their chest.
I don’t know…I guess as we all get older we start to think more and more about our health. Maybe it has something to do with seeing others go through some many different kind of health issues…that we suddenly begin to think about our own mortality more and more.
Whatever the cause that brings us into a mind that we need to start taking better care of ourselves…it is all for our good. And hopefully for a better and healthier future…or for our continued good health.
As women our schedules, families, jobs…and various other choices all sometime supercede us taking care of us. But the truth of the matter is this…if we’re not in good health…nothing else can operate well either. And everything comes to a halt.
I now find myself listening to my body. Mostly, because my body now has began to make me listen to it. Whereas I used did not…I now have to. Otherwise, my body will put me out of commission for days…and I do mean days. And in a way it is like listening to your car.
Who doesn’t listen to their car?
Only a fool wouldn’t.
In the link below…listed are some warning signs that women should pay close attention to in regards to on-coming heart attacks. One of the first keys to prevention is being informed. Information is important…then paying heed to it can be essential.
I set my glasses down the other day…then carelessly knocked them over onto the ground. While searching for them…I stepped on them. Now, I am working with a pair of broken eye-glasses. What a cross to bare…when I have so much work to do. And can barely read a thing with these lopesided glasses.
But the weather was great…and I am trying to soak up as much of it as I can…as I believe that we will be in for a very cold winter this year. Sorry, I know your probably did not want to hear that.
I have read and heard too many stories about faulty fireplaces to want to risk it.
So, I am going to go back to working on my website now that I have completed my book trailer for youtube. And I will also finish the radio commercial that I intend to air in various markets to promote my book. Since I have to wait…I might as well use this time well. Because when my book is finally pubished…I will have to hit the ground running. And I won’t have a moment to spare.
Well, God bless… and enjoy the rest of your weekend.
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Add a comment September 6, 2009
Finally adding the final touches to my youtube book trailer for my book, THE BISHOP’S WIFE. And it feels good to be about through. Then I will complete my radio spot for the airwaves…and then on to launching my website. All of which I am hoping to completed before the end of August…plus have the book out. Now, that would be lovely.
Snatching Wimbledon from Venus who was going for her 5th Women’s Final title Win…what a thing if that would have been…and particularly since Venus has matched Martina Narvatilova, Billie Jean King, Christie Everette, Steffie Graf…everybody else in wins on the courts of Wimbledon. And along…comes Serena…. who in 7 matches at Wimbledon had 72 Aces, which set a new Championship record.
Then to top it off…Venus and Serena won their 4th Wimbledon’s Women’s Double. Wow…what a duo.
Little wonder that Serena is in the catagory that both she and Venus are both in. It is just too bad that the tennis world has yet to recognize them for the stars that they truly are. But with each step they set out on a court…they never cease to prove it over and over again. CHECK out BELOW the video of Venus and Serena @ Wimbledon 2009.
In case you may be considering being in Jolly Ol’ England next year for the 4th of July…tickets for Wimbledon are already on sale now. Just check out the prices below.
God bless…and thank you for bearing with me while try to finish off all the things I have to do for my book. And as soon as I done I will be back to writing more regularly…like before.
Well, enjoy your weekend. I intend to. A couple of my niecces and a nephew are in a play this weekend…and I can’t wait to see them. I hear they are knocking ‘em dead with their performances. I only wish my mother and father could be here to see them too.
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Add a comment July 24, 2009
Just finished reading that between them Venus and Sererna have amassed over $50 million in tournament earnings. Wow…that really should motivate some people to get up and go out and learn how to play tennis…big time. However, as strong as they may be on the court the endorsement dollars still have not totally represented who they are and their standing in the tennis world.
Considering the fact that there are other players who have yet to see the type of wins and tournament money that Venus or Serena have managed to win…yet they have not been able to match their court success with bigger endorsement dollars…unlike some of their white counterparts.
For example Maria Sharapova reportedly has earned about $30 million in endorsements while having won only a mere $10+ million in tennis tournament money.
It seems to me that something is terribly wrong with that picture. Considering the fact that Serena Williams most recently became the highest grossing female athlete of all times. Based upon this fact alone the ad agencies and major companies should be running to her to sell or aid in branding their companies and/or products. But this is far from the case.
Perhaps, Venus and Serena aren’t complaining about it. Maybe through the years they have come to grips with the way the world is…and how it operates. But it is a shame that with all their skills and finesse upon the tennis courts…the mega ad deals and corporate sponsorships have not come their way. Clearly they have earned the right to reap the full benefits of their labor…not just the tournament wins…but lots more of that other money too.
In her joyous victory over Serena in the Women’s Final, Saturday, Victoria Azarenka of Belarus jumped for joy…she managed to do what many wish to do. She beat Serena. 6-1, 6-1.
Wow…what a lost.
This past weekend Serena and Venus had another finals show-down. Playing down in Florida in the Sony Erricsson tournament, They played hard…and in the end Serena won over Venus, 6-4, 3-6, 6-3…in the Women’s Semi-Finals.
It is amazing how they can compete against one another and not let it interfere with their love, appreciation and respect for one another. It is just amazing…truly in their own rights they are not only great sports women but also fantastic role models for how siblings should feel about and treat one another.
Oftentimes, when one isn’t playing…the other is up in the stands cheering on and rallying support for her sister…which ever one it may be whether she is awaiting her turn to play…or out of the tournament because she lost. As well as, their mother, Oracene, and other family members…including their father…who by this time has probably married his young girlfriend (that is in another blog along with a picture or 2). As he had planned their wedding for the end of March or sometime during the first of April.
Of which…being that the young woman isn’t much older than them…or somewhere near Venus’ age…and for other obvious reasons the girls…Venus and Serena were not quite tickled pink at the announcement that their father was heading to the altar with the young woman whom he has been seeing for some time now. And it seems that she loves to shop…which means…spending their money.
Mighty Michelle…that is the name that the folks abroad have dubbed
her. She was indeed stunning…with beauty and brains to match it is hard to beat First Lady Michelle Obama. And with his hand in hers…and hers in his they looked liked 2 teenagers in love over in Europe.
The Queen too was smitten by the Obama aura…something which seems to have swept the world. France’s President Nicolas Sarkozy loves him…and calls Obama friend.
Who would have thought that a man who many had debated whether he would be able to answer the call if a call came in the wee hours in morn concerning some type of U.S. calamity. They questioned his…what they called ‘his lack of experience.’ They questioned his ability to be able to handle foreign affairs…and how he would be able to handle himself around other world leaders.
Well, Obama put all those fears to rest this past week during his first visit to Europe for the G-20 Summit. For a guy who many scoffed at…and grinned over what they called ‘his lack of credentials.’ Told him that ‘he was wet behind the ears.’ I don’t know…but maybe that community organizing stuff that people laughed about paid off this past week…when Obama managed to mediate between a riff that developed between France and China during the summit…when both men became angry at one another and were nearly about to fight.
Obama not only managed to calm them both down but also got them talking and they came to some type of an agreement.
You know what?
There are benefits to learning how to work with people in the community that can really pay off when you come together with world leaders…and it is called knowing how to break up a fight…how to negoiate…and things like that. You can’t learn that sitting in some office shoving papers all day and playing like politics is all there is.
Imagine…at his first time on the world stage as President of the United States, President Obama brokered a peace agreement between 2 nations…that were well on their way to disrupting the entire G-20 Summit by having a fist fight. That’s pretty good. Better than good…for a man who many questioned whether or not he was qualified.
At the location where I am currently working to launch my website…there is this guy name Josh, who coincidently shares my birth date…he was telling me the most interesting story about his little niece, who happens to be the apple of his eye. He says that every time she sees Obama on the television she begins pointing at the television screen saying gleefully-
She is only about 2 years old…and can’t pronounce ‘Obama.’
Well, that will clearly change as she grows up. She will learn in history that one of them started the war and that other one put an end to it. As I am sure that the history books will be filled with information on the controversy that the Iraqi War brought not only to this country but around the world.
After 8 days of trying to re-new the spirit and trust of foreign leaders in this country…Obama paid a surprise visit to Iraq. There is something about going somewhere in order to get the full impact of the real situation. I found that out for myself following my mother’s passing.
I had relied upon others…my siblings…as we spoke on the phone or during my weekly visits home…which would always be on one of my days off from my job…but I depended upon others to be my source for what was happening at home…in the house with my father once my mother had passed. I never would have believed that the sources of my information were anything but truthful. It was not until I was forced to go home to stay amid my father being what literally amounted to kidnapped…by another sibling (who was more interested in his money than him)…that I found out the truth…and nothing but the truth…as it started to be revealed to me slowly over time.
Had I never been forced to return home…I would still be living in oblivion and listening to lies about what was really going on at home.
Going and seeing for himself…was something that yes…President Obama had to do. And judging by the pictures…the troops were happy to see him…greet him…and take pictures of him. All of which was something I never saw in any of the media stuff when Bush went to Iraq.
The job that those young people and others have been forced to do was huge and the outcome was never one that was going to be good. For one thing though no one says it…it was an act of aggression on the part of the George Bush Administration to initiate a strike against a country that posed no possible immediate threat or otherwise to us. Thus, there was and is no way that what started off as being bad in the first place could possibly be turned around…as nobody who lost their life…or a limb…or mental or physical state of being…or other problems or complications due to that war…there is never any way that they…or their families…or their love ones will ever be the same. Nor this country…but perhaps somebody thought this when we dropped that bomb on Hiroshima …and then on Nagasaki.
When President Harry Truman, in August of 1945, made the decision to bomb Hiroshima and Nagasaki following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. Like Bush…Truman had committed political suicide by believing war and killing people is the real show of power. Truman’s fear of communism…the Red Threat…and whatever else that was running through his head at the time…including like Bush…he too had a plunging voter approval rating.
It is interesting how past Presidents used war like some type of commodity to use at will…as a means of vamping up their voter approval. War to them has long been held as a means of engendering country loyalty and solidarity. And they used war also as a means of creating jobs…and all with little care for the lives these wars would exact in return.
The unleashing of the single most dangerous weapon known to all of mankind…the atomic bomb by Truman was the most atrocious thing that any country could do to any group of people. And from that time to this…this country has sought to wide the memory of it from history.
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It is my hope that such weapons are totally removed from society…as the technology is entirely too dangerous…to even be used as an energy source. And as it renders those countries which have it trying to monitor and prohibit others from obtaining it…which speaks to the fact that the world would be a far better place without nuclear weapons.
But I applaud President Obama for being strong willed about bringing to an end a war that never should have been started in the first place.
I really do not know how long the Somali pirates believe that they can continue to interfere with the waterways by pirating ships?
At some point somebody…some country will not take it. And frankly, I do not believe that Obama is somebody to be played with. I know that there might be those of you who have a different opinion of him…but I can tell that he is nice and easy-going as long as you do not cross him. It was in the way he looked into the camera and kind of smiled one morning…though you knew he really wasn’t smiling…and then he said-
“Leave my wife and my children alone.”
You do remember that…that is when the Republican party during the campaigning period decided to go after Michelle Obama. Once Obama stared into that camera and said what he had to say…that campaign launched against Michelle Obama came to an abrupt halt. An immediate halt. I couldn’t blame them…you could tell that Obama meant business. And that is why I say-
“Obama is not a man to be played with.”
Yes, he can kid and joke with the best of them. But for anybody who believes there is not another side to him…look out. Everybody has another side…even me. And as kind as I am (lol)…I have scared my share of people…and still do…when I have taken all that I was or am going to take.
It would be very foolish of the people of Somali to believe that the events that happened when that Black Hawk aircraft was shot down in their country years ago under Carter…will ever be allowed to be repeated again…with them dragging the bodies of Americans through their streets.
No…I don’t think so. America is not going to take that twice.
First Lady Obama, Michelle’s mother, Marian Robinson, is gracing the pages of Essence magazine. Didn’t like the make-up job though…or maybe it was the photoshop touch-up…but she is still beautiful. And Michelle looks just as beautiful sitting beside her mother.
I have said it before…and I am going to say it again.
“What a family.”
It is great to see the type of black families I have known all my life finally hit mainstream media in a continuous manner.
I think that the above story is sad. The Shriners Hospitals are really just too valuable to allow them to close…even one of their facilities much less 5 of them. There must be someone who is capable of aiding them. The number of children who need special medical care is growing…and the Shriners Hospitals because they are made to service children their medical facilities are happier and brighter places for children who have to be hospitalized due to a variety illnesses and accidents…burn victims etc… And can provide them with long care treatment right in their hospitals.
I have a younger cousin who fell out of a 3 story window years ago. She had to spend a very long time in the Shriners Hospital here. The injury impacted her growth andshe had other medical problems which were brought about due to that fall. It caused her to have to stay there for quite a while. That hospital provided for her a happy atmosphere with a great team of care providers who really know how to deal with every need of children from fear…to tears.
There have often been times when I wished I had money…so I could give it away. This is one of those times. I would give it to them.
If you would like to make a donation or contribution…you can do so via their website… http://www.shrinershq.org/
Or by contacting: Shriners International Headquarters
2900 Rocky Point Dr. Tampa, FL 33607
Well, today is so beautiful…that I shouldn’t even tell you about it. But just keep it to myself…and not share it with anyone…as if I could bottle it up and store it somewhere.
Was in New York yesterday. Bought some things for Easter. I decided that I wanted something new and springy. So, I settled on something yellow and can’t wait to get my hair done and put on my new earrings and new wears.
I am looking forward to Easter…not because I want to show off some new clothes…but because I am just so thankful that God loved us enough to endow us with a special gift…his son. And that his son in turn loved us so much…that he laid down his life that we might live…might walk in liberty and free from the yokes and bondage of all the things we once allowed to hold us hostage. And if you did not understand that…you should get yourself a Bible and begin to search it out for yourself. It is something that I am still doing…and have no doubt that I will be doing for the rest of my life. Continuing to read and search it out for myself.
And to all of those of you abroad serving this country with pride and dignity…I wish you well. And with God’s speed hopefully you will soon be home.
Well, it is just about Easter…
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Add a comment April 10, 2009
I was irritated that my son under any circumstance would find it okay for Chris or anyone of the male species to do what that boy did to that girl. He beat her…and one could say it was almost unmercifully done so.
I have really been trying to stay away from the subject because I do not know either him or her…nor much about them or their careers outside of this incident. But what did bother me was my son’s attitude and position on the subject.
I did see the pictures which had been released by the police showing how badly Rihanna, a young singer, had been beat at the hands of her boyfriend, Chris Brown. As young role models for thousands of teens who follow them closely…the incident sets a bad example and sends all the wrong messages to young teens regarding dating, abuse, power and acceptable male/female interactions…as well as, how to resolve issues and problems in a relationship.
Rightfully so, everyone with endorsements behind Chris Brown should drop him…as I have heard that for the most part they have.
I have no doubt that it has made Chris Brown think twice about his actions concerning taking his fist to fight his girlfriend…when males possess more than enough power to restrain and resist any attack against them from most women. So, yes…I believe that loosing all those endorsements have given Chris much to pause and consider.
So, much so that I have no doubt either that it has mostly been him trying to re-unite with Rihanna and get back their little relationship…because when you loose the kind of money I hear that Chris has lost since the story surfaced…not to mention his music being pulled from radio stations…and police charges.
If they don’t play you over the radio…your videos…it is all that is wrote for you…it is goodbye from there…the career is over.
You have got to have air time in order to sell music or anything else. Not to mention the legal charges. Yeah, I am sure…Chris went running to patch up that little miss understanding between him and Rihanna. I am sure…and real quick.
I wonder if he bought her a rock the size of the one Kobe bought for his wife?
Clearly, the type of anger exhibited by Chris Brown, a very young man of about 19 years of age…shows that he is indeed in need of intervention before it is too late…because someone at such an early age like him who exhibits that kind of rage or anger…may kill the next woman.
And my son has it all wrong…and I don’t care what he says.
And I better not catch him out there trying to beat up some woman. Or he will have to fight his mother next.
I think they are a beautiful couple.
Stop trying to bad mouth them with a bunch of nasty little rumors.
The Bible says…we can speak life or death into any situation…by the sheer power of the tongue.
What do they have to prove to us?
There are some people just jealous…and they seek to destroy any and everything thing or anyone they envy.
Out of all those Hollywood families…and Hollywood types…you do not see Will or Jada hanging out…or getting into trouble. Nor is there any bad press about them anywhere…or has there ever been. And then…along comes these ugly rumors.
Well, if you can’t find anything bad…I guess you just want to create it.
I admire and respect the Smith’s…Will and Jada…and their beautiful family. They are wonderful parents and excellent role models. I guess that might be why…the real reason why the rumors are flying.
Can’t believe that there are decent people in the world. But there are…look at the Obama’s another example of a great black family.
We do exist.
Biggie’s mother said, “Lil’ Kim is a white woman in a black woman’s body.”
How sick is that?
Since, Lil’ Kim showed up on Dancing with the Stars…with her new nose…people have been buzzing. In my opinion she has already wrecked the good looks she used to have…when she did the other things that she had done…including the over-sized boob job. If she keeps it up…she’ll be another one who won’t be able to leave the house without people running from her in fear…like Michael and some others.
Who in their right mind would really want to do this to themselves?
I didn’t see the movie…but my son is pretty good critic when it comes to some things. And I just happened to overhear a conversation about the movie…and everybody was agreeing on the same things. So, it has to be true.
And yes, the women on the tennis circuit have a good reason to be concerned over the 22 year old German, Sarah Gronert, who was born having both the male and female sex organs. Though a couple of years ago she had the male organs removed…she still remains stronger than any average woman because of her biological makeup.
Because of her biological makeup…having been born…both male/female…she does possess greater strength and endurance than
other woman could possibly have. And this would, therefore, give her a greater advantage over all of her contenders. Though they state that she has only won 2 tournaments since becoming a pro-player…it doesn’t mean that she wasn’t holding back her added strength until she really stepped into the big time…as she is only listed as being seeded as #619, compared to Serena being #1…and Venus #4 in the women’s world of tennis.
This reminds me of that story I shared with you a while back in another blog about the woman…who was really a man…who came to Salsa Soul, a lesbian organization, and joined…well, sort of. She had gotten really involved in the organization for a few months before the story of who she really was got around to all the members. Or I guess I should say…what she really was got around to all the members.
Though like Sarah has done…she was planning on having the operation. But unlike Sarah, however…she had not been born having dual sex organs…what they call in the new articles…male and female genitalia.
As I mentioned in my original blog on that story…the reason I refer to him as ‘her’…is really because that is what I met him as. Up until that point I had not met anyone like her. He was highly confused as I have come to now know and understand…as well as, I was. He wanted to live his life as a lesbian.
Yes, that is what I said…you have to read my original blog to come to understand the story.
But it was when she was appointed to become a board member of Salsa…that is when all the sisters and what was left of the founding mothers of the organization flew into Salsa one night and demanded a special meeting. They were not having it…and finally had it voted upon…that no one other than a ‘biological female’ from birth could become a board member of Salsa Soul Sisters, Inc.
Though she looked on the surface like a woman…I have no doubt that she possessed superior strength…but mentally could never really think like a woman…because it was not who she really was. All of her experiences had been different etc…etc… And besides…legally he was still a man…at that time.
My opinion on the subject. God does it best.
Even in regard to all that plastic surgery…God does it best.
The body is in constant evolution…from the time we are born until the day we die…our features change…age…mature. Sometimes for the best…many times for the best…but to some who would like to keep what they have…sometimes for the worst. But yet…God does it best.
Finally, I found this article to be highly bias and racist.
Here it is a woman journalist writing that women’s tennis has become boring and that women should not be paid the same amount of money as the men players. Had the top female players not been black…er- African Americans…I wonder if anybody would be complaining about the amount of money they were paid for winning tournaments?
I highly doubt it. These issues only come up when it is about us. It is a shame that we cannot celebrate each other…and our gifts…without bias-ness and racism showing its ugly head.
And he signed the agreement without the knowledge of his 2 other siblings…Martin the 3rd and Bernice King.
So, yes…little greedy Dexter is still at it.
How unfortunate for the other 2…but it is a wonder how the mother, Coretta Scott King, had removed Dexter from the foundation following several disputes with him over the direction he was trying to take the Dr. Martin L. King, Jr. Center for Non-Violence… at that time of which she was highly not in agreeance with.
Why would she have restored him as the head of the center if she knew then the type of disagreeable and selfish spirit that Dexter possessed?
So, Martin and Bernice…never become discourage…fight to the end. And even then continue to fight…because the tide always turns.
There was a point in our family matters…that I was told by my son-
“Ma, you’re not going to win. You should just go back to New York.”
At that time everyone on the planet would have agreed with my son. But God turned the table around. All the road blocks and stumbling blocks were swept away…and I am the one left standing. But for more than a few years it seemed that everything and everyone was against me. But it is true…you don’t need anybody else as long as you have the Lord on your side.
But I had considered what my son said…but conscience wouldn’t let me do it. It would have been far easier to have turned and ran from what was going on with my parent’s estate…and I figured- No, I knew…I was part to blame as I had never tried to intervene from the on-set though I was aware of the problems. But it was easier for me to look the other way at that time…until I was forced to come home and confront all the issues and problems that I had tried to avoid and had looked upon blindly for years.
I have had to pay for my errors…and have to work to build the bridges to bring our family back together. But I am the oldest and it is my responsibility…to not allow us to all fall apart from one another. Families are important…not really should they be allowed to be torn apart. But there comes a time where every ill thing must be addressed and corrected…and fallout does happen. In the end the family will be a lot stronger for it if it survives. But it has to happen…if indeed the family is to survive at all.
I have been so busy working on building my web site. As Fridays have rolled by…I have pushed hoping that by that weekend I would have at least posted a page or 2. It is not that I have not completed more than a few pages…but I am just such a stickler about everything. Everything has to be right…perfect…correct…the music…the photos…the navigation system…the color schemes etc. You name it and I become obsessed with it…but at the end of the day…you will not only like the site…but enjoy it. And that is all I will say on it for now…and hopefully by this Friday…I will have some pages posted. I’ll be working on it…believe that. Enjoy…
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