Thursday, March 31, 2011

Top Ten Things I like about Gaga

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Given this Internet Age and millions of admirers who follow her through this medium many younger ones would consider the only one they're familiar with,  I thought of writing a dissertation on Lady Gaga, in essence to validate her___ but I thought it would be best to assume the manner of simply enumerating the Top Ten things I like about her, knowing that most of you reading this piece would be 'attention-deficited' by now.

So here it is, the Top Ten Things I like about Lady Gaga:

1. Her unconventional wisdom.
2. Her fierce l*o*v*e for the underdog. (zzzzzo gayzzz)
3. Her sense of humour. (Yep!  She's got it!)
4. Her sense of artistic creativity and freedom. (Who can wear shoes like that?)
5. Her appreciation for Life. (I don't think she's the suicidal type!)
6. Her mother's love. (She has a lovely looking mother!)
7. Her fearless approach to life balanced with a clearly "thinking mind".
8. Her political incorrectness. (not at all Conservatory of Music, are we?)
9. Her "beat" which is to say her pop music. (I don't know of anybody who literally *can't* sing any of her tunes!)
10. Her "sit-down" presence. (She really is a good interview. I know I know, You can thank me later.)

I guess it's safe to say now: you should Google her some more!
"I'm coming!"

Wednesday, February 2, 2011

A Poem for Andre before Dying

Nov. 14, 1997-Feb. 2, 2011
A kiss goodnight for my dying dalmatian dog Andre who dies...
And a poem to keep his memories alive.
May you truly go to your place in the sun.
If I never really gave you proper dog training,
and kept you wild at heart and spirit
In death I am indebted to your childlike behavior
and total loyalty
and so you will remain forever in my heart.

For the best-looking dog
in the whole neighborhood,
...those round brown eyes
and a coat of well-distributed spots of black on white
and my best guard against the stupid stray cats
not to mention the stupider turkey who used
to be in your place,
May you rest with memories of a happy adoptee.

I love you Andre!  Goodnight.

(I hope the writer doesn't mind)
Until winter relaxes her long thin fingers
When will we taste again our favorite fruit?

Come, wrap your hunger around you.
Arm yourself with emptiness.
Magnify the quiet echos of sunlight that are left in your veins.
Push away the noise of your life - shhhhhh!
Uncover the seed that you planted - remember?
See it, still there, waiting softly, like a wish.

Shots in the desert;
Young girl, blackbirds, ten thousand fish,
Lifeless, they voice the same prayer,
Venerable emissaries, they tell us;
All is beautiful here - open your door and hold it wide;
Nothing, noone should be left outside tonight.

This Candlemas night, join me.
Hour eleven, the theater will open.
Eleven cents is the cost of entry;
A penny and a dime.
The theatre closes at one.
Revisit the old playground where we learned to die together`
Eleven years ago.

Friday, January 14, 2011

My New To Do as Excerpted!

50 Lessons Life Taught Me
By Regina Brett

To celebrate growing older, I once wrote the 45 lessons life taught me.

 It is the most-requested column I've ever written. When my odometer rolled over to 50, I updated the list.

Here it is:


Life isn't fair, but it's still good.

2) When in doubt, just take the next small step.
3) Life is too short to waste time hating anyone.

4) Don't take yourself so seriously. No one else does.

5) Pay off your credit cards every month.
6) You don't have to win every argument. Agree to disagree.

7) Cry with someone. It's more healing than crying alone.
8) It's OK to get angry with God. He can take it.

9) Save for retirement starting with your first paycheck.

10) When it comes to chocolate, resistance is futile.
11) Make peace with your past so it won't screw up the present.

12) It's OK to let your children see you cry.

13) Don't compare your life to others'. You have no idea what their journey is all about.
14) If a relationship has to be a secret, you shouldn't be in it.

15) Everything can change in the blink of an eye. But don't worry; God never blinks.

16) Life is too short for long pity parties. Get busy living, or get busy dying.
17) You can get through anything if you stay put in today.

18) A writer writes. If you want to be a writer, write.

19) t's never too late to have a happy childhood. But the second one is up to you and no one else.

20) When it comes to going after what you love in life, don't take no for an answer.
21) Burn the candles, use the nice sheets, wear the fancy lingerie. Don't save it for a special occasion. Today is special.

22) Overprepare, then go with the flow.

23) Be eccentric now. Don't wait for old age to wear purple.

24) The most important sex organ is the brain.
25) No one is in charge of your happiness except you.
26) Frame every so-called disaster with these words: "In five years, will this matter?"

27) Always choose life.

28) Forgive everyone everything.

29) What other people think of you is none of your business.

30) Time heals almost everything. Give time time.

31) However good or bad a situation is, it will change.

32) Your job won't take care of you when you are sick. Your friends will. Stay in touch.
33) Believe in miracles.
34) God loves you because of who God is, not because of anything you did or didn't do.
35) Whatever doesn't kill you really does make you stronger.

36) Growing old beats the alternative - dying young.

37) Your children get only one childhood. Make it memorable.

38) Read the Psalms. They cover every human emotion.
39) Get outside every day. Miracles are waiting everywhere.

40) If we all threw our problems in a pile and saw everyone else's, we'd grab ours back.

41) Don't audit life. Show up and make the most of it now.

42) Get rid of anything that isn't useful, beautiful or joyful.

43) All that truly matters in the end is that you loved.

44) Envy is a waste of time. You already have all you need.

45) The best is yet to come.
46) No matter how you feel, get up, dress up and show up.

47) Take a deep breath. It calms the mind.

48) If you don't ask, you don't get.
49) Yield.

50) Life isn't tied with a bow, but it's still a gift...
Regina Brett is the author of God Never Blinks: 50 Lessons for Life’s Little Detours. Her book is an inspirational collection of essays and stories about the lessons life taught her along the detours of life. 
She was named a Pulitzer Prize finalist twice, in 2009 and 2008 for columns she wrote for The Plain Dealer, Ohio’s largest newspaper. Learn more at

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