Monthly Archives: December 2011

What do you keep in a bottle? My latest tattoo…

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Do you save or collect things?  Do you proudly display them, or pack them away?  What is it that compels us to love something so much that we collect it, no matter what it is? 

Years ago when I was in my early twenties, my dad passed away after years of dealing with cancer.  For the last six months of his life he lived with me.  Just before he died, he gave me his small elephant collection.  Three brass elephants that he had carried with him on his cancer journey.

At the time I did not collect anything.  After he died, I slowly began to add to this collection that he had bequeathed me. 

When you are a collector of anything, it makes it easier for those you know to buy a gift for you.  So over the years I acquired many elephants.

Recently, I got my favorite elephant, the one that means the most to me (not counting the three my dad gave me.)  After losing my brother almost three years ago to cancer, I realized that I wanted to do something personal as a remembrance of my Dad and his namesake. 

Both having the initials FJB, my husband and I designed an elephant tattoo with their initials as part of the body.  Needless to say this is my favorite tattoo and elephant.  I had it placed on the bottom of my left leg just above the ankle.  To me the left leg symbolizes the fact that they never left me, and the lower leg is like they are walking with me and keeping me grounded.

All of my tattoos have special meaning to me, otherwise why get one?  Every time I look at this special tattoo it is like having Time in a Bottle and it makes me smile.  Whatever you collect or treasure, make it meaningful in your life so that it will make you smile too.

Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1973 – Jim Croce hits #1 with “Time In a Bottle.”

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A little more than Cat Scratch Fever

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During the holiday season, we spend time with family & friends.  We reflect on the year gone by.  We are hopeful in anticipation of the coming year.  We bake, decorate, give and receive.  We are blessed.  We may be reflecting back on loved ones that left us, many too soon.

I can’t help but be alarmed at all of the loss and violence that this season has also cast upon us.  Daily, the news  seems to bring us some tragedy that is amplified by the time of year. 

The holidays can be wonderful, can be depressing, can be uplifting, can be devastating.

As I take time to think about what the holidays were like when I was a kid, I realize that of course it was a different time, no instant worldwide news at your fingertips, but I can still recall all of the above as a child.  Not on as grand a scale, but it was there. 

So I question if the holiday season is all that it is made up to be? 

I know life is what you make it, but you are not in control of so many things.  So I try to take the good things in life and make them the focus.  I try to deal with the cruel things as they happen.  I try to enjoy things and make the most of any given situation. Cup half full…

I hope that regardless of what is happening in your life: if your cup runs over, if your cup is empty, or half full, you always give yourself the option of rose-colored glasses!  It seems to me that people are too hard on themselves…life is hard enough. 

So be good to yourself.  Treat yourself with love and kindness. Enjoy all the little things. Smile, breathe, be calm.  Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama 

Today in ROCK history: 1975 – A guy points a gun at Ted Nugent during a Spokane concert and is brought down by security and audience members.

What are the Sounds of Silence?

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After a wonderful and busy Christmas time, I’m not ashamed to say that I am enjoying some quiet time.   Nowhere that I have to go, no presents to wrap, no food to prepare since we have lots of leftovers, just some stillness in our home.   Time to read and write.

Is there really a time when we have silence?  As I sit writing, I hear the clicking of our dogs toenails against the wood floors, then the sound of him lapping up his water (it sounds as if he is inhaling a whole lake.)  The ticking of the clock as it marches forward through time, and the fire crackling and popping in the wood stove. 

Are these the sounds of silence, or is the continuous chatter within our heads the sounds that cannot be escaped from.  Images, thoughts, songs, memories, worries, plans, regrets, dreams, and hopes dashing through ones brain, like the processor of a computer, storing, filing, deleting items.

If, like me , you are someone who meditates, you know that it can be difficult to learn how to stop the frantic process that is our mind in order to find some deeper peace for yourself.  It takes practice and determination…but oh the rewards are so sweet!  Real peace and quiet, relaxation and enjoyment are right there and the benefits are remarkable.  Give it a try, you’ll love the experience.

So when you are enjoying some quiet time, really listen to you heart and soul, it has a lot to say.

Today in ROCK history: 1965 – The Sounds of Silence (Simon & Garfunkel) was a hit.

Nikki Sixx Dead or Alive: too interesting to pass up!

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This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx

If you are older like me, you would have experienced SO much great music, have gone to tons of concerts, and still have a thirst for the music of your youth.  I’m not saying that I do not also like many of today’s artists, but I LOVE older music – it is a part of me.  Is that to say that you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?  Not at all, a prime example of that is Nikki Sixx formerly of Motley Crue. 

If you have not experienced him as an author, you need to check out his books!  Now this is not conventional reading so be prepared or pre-warned, which ever the case may be, but it is worth it.  This Is Gonna Hurt: Music, Photography and Life Through the Distorted Lens of Nikki Sixx is an incredible read.  It is also a teachable lesson to everyone, which in itself is quite shocking.

Take some time to get to know yourself through exploring things that are outside of the norm for you.  This is what life is about, stretching our boundaries in order to be more compassionate humans during our lives.  It doesn’t matter how you expand your mind as long as you do, ABC, Always Be Consuming new information.  It pays off in more ways than you can imagine.  Don’t limit yourself, set yourself free on this wonderful journey called life!  Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1987 – Motley Crue bassist Nikki Sixx dies from a drug overdose. He is pronounced DOA in the ambulance before two adrenaline shots in the chest revive him. Later, he checks himself out of the hospital (ignoring medical advice) and goes home where he records an answering machine message. “Hey, it’s Nikki. I’m not home because I’m dead.” He then takes more heroin and passes out again. Good times.

Too Old to Rock-n-Roll: to Young to Die!

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Always have fun!

Are we ever too old to ROCK, I don’t think so…being in my early 50’s, I still love good music.  We should never be too old to enjoy the things that we love, age is just a number.  No matter how broken down our bodies become with age, our minds are free to be what ever we want.  Feed the mind, feed the soul! 

I love to read, I love to listen to music, I love to write, I love to watch great movies, I love to do puzzles, I love being in love, I love to sing…I guess what I’m saying is treasure the things you love, do what makes you happy, be free with your enjoyment of the things in life that are meaningful to you. 

I am currently teaching myself to speak spanish, I found a site online that has free lessons, it is fun and keeps me stimulated.  I am also teaching myself guitar, I try to practice everyday.  Learning something new at any age is what helps us to realize our own potential is limitless, you can teach an old dog new tricks!  There is a site called Luminosity that has mind function games, now they want you to buy a membership which allows you to have full access, but there are a number of free games too.  I just do the free ones and it helps to keep your mind sharp and alert. 

What ever you do to continue learning, make the most of it, enjoy it and let it help you to continue to strive for your best self.  Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1967 – Ian Anderson and Glenn Cornick form Jethro Tull. The name is taken from an inventor of farm tools.

Childhood Memories

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We all have memories from childhood, some good and some bad, nothing triggers more memories for me than hearing a song that is embedded deep in the brain, and then you have a reminder.  That is one of the reasons that I love doing the rock history every day, for example today’s song.  I have not heard or thought about this song since I was a kid, it was popular and was often played at the roller skating rink, and I skated a lot.  Skating was definitely a Friday night social event for my girlfriend and I, a great place to meet boys…I feel sorry for pre-teen girls today, what fo they do to express themselves and have fun.  Roller skating will always be one of my great memories from childhood.

There were so many standard songs that they always played and you could sing them and know every beat of the music and dance and skate at the same time.  Now that was fun, showing off your skills and just being a kid with no worries for those 2 hour Friday night sessions, or the all day Saturday skating.

Just last night while searching through Netflix, I discovered all the episodes of Dark Shadows, a t.v. show I loved when I was young.  I watched the first two episodes last night and had to laugh at how hokey the show was, but the music and the setting were so familiar and I will probably watch it all over time just for the hell of it. 

I hope that you have happy memories to visit and that you take the time to reminisce and be a child again.  I’m sure most of us have things that aren’t so pleasant from our childhood, but if we focus on the parts of the past that made us happy, and deal with the parts of the past that were difficult, we often find that the past has lots of treasures to dig up, and some things that should just remain buried!

Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1071 – Brand New Key (Melanie) was a hit.  http://youtu.be/ZIFknAdVvNM

Do you Fly?

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Our BIG boy…

We all need someone or something that inspires us and lifts us up, the air beneath our wings.  If we could only Fly Like an Eagle, we would feel so free to be who we really are.  Life is like being able to fly, we can soar high with the things that we do and the love that we have for one and other.  Happiness is our wings and love is our wind.  Make sure that you spread your wings everyday, make the most out of this chance we all have, live life to its fullest.

Dance, sing, smile and treat yourself with love and kindness, if we all do that everyday, we will overflow the world with our spirit and make everyday Christmas.  It is so easy to get bogged down in the daily grind, make sure you look at the bright side of every situation, make it a positive in your mind and you will send out positive vibes that will be returned in abundance.

“Don’t worry, be happy” is a great saying, things will always be better for you and your family if you relieve stress and rejoice in all that you have.

So spend some time up in the sky with your wings spread and a song in your heart. Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1976 – The Steve Miller Band‘s “Fly Like An Eagle” album is in stores.