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Childhoods revisited

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There are many milestones that mark a person’s life, some are happy and some are not.  To realize that we are an amalgam of all of life’s experiences is to embrace that life is not a bowl of cherries.  Life, it turns out is often at its most important when we are letting go.  Sure the good times are special and help in determining who we are…but the difficult time are there to prove who we have become. 

Now I know that everyone handles the good and the bad in different ways.  We are all individuals who help to shape the world around us and make it more interesting.  If we were all to live within our “Strawberry Fields Forever,” we would never get the chance to make the mistakes, the lessons in life that we learn from.  Perhaps we would not be able to love to the fullest because we had not experienced loss.  Would we be able to enjoy the highs if we had not lived through the lows?

Grab hold of all the moments that you have, experience them to the fullest, grow and give of yourself to those you love.  We have such a short time together, experience with an open heart and remember that we are all just human, no one is perfect.  Make sure that you take a firm hold of your life, be in charge of your feelings, and always put yourself in someone elses shoes before you decide how to feel about them.

So living in “Strawberry Fields” might be nice and nostalgic, it does not represent what our experience is supposed to be.  Like the saying goes “It’s a nice place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there.”  Live in the moment, let life sweep you away on this journey of highs, middles, and lows.  Ride that big mother of a wave like it is the best one of the set and don’t look back to see what is coming…just go for it!

Have  a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1967 – The Beatles release “Strawberry Fields Forever.”

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Long Live the QUEEN…

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I had never heard about the ancient healing art of Tibetan Cranial before last week.  This is a Mind, Body, Spirit approach to healing – or helping many pain issues.  I have found an “Apprentice” in my area who is nearing the end of her training.  I have met with her and had one session, for many people this is all they need to experience results.  In my case, she advises that we do at least 5 consecutive sessions and then see where we are.  This was without any information from me regarding my personal specifics, just knowing that I have pain issues.

The session itself was very relaxing, although the table that is used for treatment was almost unbearable.  It is a solid flat wooden table and with my injuries I had my reservations about laying there for 45 minutes.  The treatment itself started with a gentle placement of her hand placed on each wrist and ankle independently.  Then the fingers were gently placed on the top of my forehead.  She then began using here hands to ever so gently manipulate my head, neck and back.  During this treatment I was to meditate and use a mantra of my choice and she did the same. 

The time went quickly as I got into the repetitive and soothing nature of my mantra.  It wasn’t until the very end when the treatment was over that she covered my eyes and asked my to continue with my mantra that I felt the severe affects of having laid on the table for so long.  She quietly left the room for I’m guessing 10 minutes.  During the treatment I had been able to not focus on the rock hard surface that I was on, now it felt like torture to me.  I was not able to maintain my dormant position and I was unable to focus on my mantra. 

I have tried various applications of treatment from: conventional, chiropractic, acupuncture, and singing bowl sessions…I meditate and use singing bowls regularly.  I have yet to find any real relief from my chronic and severe pain issues. I look forward to trying this TC approach as it is inline with who I am.  I am definitely not looking to cover up my pain issues with prescribed medications, although I am currently doing so on a moderate level.

I look forward to a wonderful experience and have high hopes that this will be a helpful and healing time for me.  If you are interested in this 3000 year old technique I encourage you to look it up.  If you have had any experience with TC, feel free to share your experience with me; I would love to hear about it!

I hope you have a day full of wonder, Mama 

Today in ROCK history: 1981 – While touring South American soccer stadiums, Queen performs in Sao Paulo, Brazil, to the largest crowds of paying fans ever to witness a concert.

Don’t look so sad…a journey with death.

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For my Mom: Kris Kristofferson’s For the Good Timeshttp://youtu.be/Ovb_iRWcqsc

Life is a beginning, a middle, and an end, the time frame for each of us is different.  Even when we are fully aware of the end, it is almost always still a shock to our soul.  We are not equipped to breeze through the end of our loved ones life.  No matter how much lead time we have, no matter how long we have been preparing, our minds, hearts and soul are left wanting. 

Each time that I have dealt with loss has been traumatic for more reasons than the loss itself.  My realization must than be that death brings out the worst in many people.  For reasons, sometimes obvious and sometimes not, there always seems to be more obstacles in death than there are in any other time of our lives.  Now maybe it is just me…but I don’t think it is.

As I just shared with my loving cousin this morning: Today I will just focus on the love I have in my life and smile at my sorrow. My meditations have taught me to live in the present moment as it is the only moment we truly have, yet when times like this are upon us, it is hard to follow the path of our own philosophy.

I guess that stumbling through these difficult times is the learning experience that is supposed to enrich us as human beings, I say they just suck.  None of us are perfect, our views of others are also flawed, how can we truly know someone when we are constantly learning about ourself.  If we are always changing and evolving, the best that we can hope for is that those who love us, will always love us, not always the case in life, but we can still hope!

As a teen I used to be woken up on weekends to my Mom blasting Kris Kristofferson on the record player and singing loudly with each song.  I would toss and turn in bed, wanting nothing more than a few more hours of sleep.  Finally I would have to give into that music, get up and start my day.  If you are reading this, please take a moment to listen to this song, and lovingly think about all the many ways that your parents tortured you.

Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Rock-N-Roll Quilt…Animal Farm – Pink Floyd

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On Friday I finally got in to see a Neurologist for  my migraines.  I am trying a treatment that was just approved by the FDA in the fall…so that means that if you qualify, more than 15 severe headaches per month, you can get Botox injections in nerve spots all over your head, neck and back. 

Since I have headaches nearly everyday, I am hoping that this treatment will help.   I was told that it could take up to a week before you will start to feel the advantages of the treatment.  Keeping my fingers crossed!

I recently started making all of my own products, such as: soap, lotion, lip balm, deodorant, laundry soap, shampoo and conditioner.  So far so good, I love knowing that there are not any chemicals in my items.  I love everything that I have made so far so I will continue to experiment with this new hobby.

I also decided to try to make a quilt. I have never made one before but so far it is going well.  Of course this will be a Rock -N-Roll quilt made from t-shirts.  I’ve got all my blocks cut and interface material put on the backs to give the blocks more stability, since t-shirts are rather flimsy.

I wanted to make my blocks 15 1/2 inches square.  To by a guide that size costs around $40, I went to Michael’s and bought a piece of foam board, had them cut it to size and it only cost $1.50 and I have enough left over to make another guide that will be 12 1/2 inches for future quilts!  The guide that size cost $22, I love to save money!

I will post pictures as I complete steps on the quilt, above is the layout we decided on.  Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1977 – Pink Floyd releases ‘Animals,’ a bleak concept album that appears to have drawn on author George Orwell’s ‘Animal Farm’ for inspiration.

People are Strange…Days are Strange…

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My beautiful cousin Jill…gone too soon!

I’m sure that we all have Strange Days every now and then, I prefer to have them all the time!  Normal sucks, I have always been a bit strange and I like it.  Life is so short, we never know how long we have, so why not have fun while you have the chance. 

Many people, like Jim Morrison, leave us too soon.  To me, it is strange to think that so many people who die too early often leave the biggest impact on others.   Now that is not to say that those who are around for a long life don’t also have a huge impact…

When I think about the music of so many great artists who left us long before their time, I think how lucky we are to even have had them to begin with.  This applies to our own loved ones too.  We are so lucky to have the experiences that we have had with family and friends.  They leave us with memories, that like music, we can always enjoy. 

However you feel and whoever you’ve lost, honor them by remembering them as they were, loving, funny, smart, talented, giving, and yes, even STRANGE!

Today in ROCK history: 1968 – The Doors score again when their sophomore album “Strange Days” goes gold.

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.”

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.