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We all shine on…some more than others! Be a Lighthouse…



Music that makes you think and feel, reflect on  your own life and the lives of those you love.  John Lennon was and still is an artist who truly had a gift, one that keeps giving.  As we live this life that we are so generously given, it is part of our journey.  Make the most of the time you have, shine while you have the chance.  So many waste the opportunity to shine “…like the moon and the stars and the sun…” until the next phase of their journey. 

Right here, right now is the time to shine, not only for those you love, but for yourself.  That inner glow, that light that draws people to you is so special.  We all have it, we just need to ignite it and let it shine.  Do whatever it takes to let your light shine, hang your freak flag high for all to see.  Have as much fun during this life so that when you leave…it is like a shooting star streaking across the sky in all it’s beauty and awe.

Teach you children to be creative and innovative and to always learn from every experience they have to become a better person.  Give them this spark and their light will guide their life and spill over for others.  Even during difficulty, let your light shine to help you and others to endure.  Don’t be selfish with your light, share it with everyone…even strangers.  You never know when your goodness can make a change for someone else.  The smallest gesture of kindness can have the greatest impact. 

Be that person, be good to yourself, give that light freely and see how much you can impact others. May “We all shine on” forever. Peace and Love, Mama 

Today in ROCK history: 1970 – John Lennon writes and records “Instant Karma (We All Shine On).”


People are Strange…Days are Strange…


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.

Might as well jump…


Van Halen

Everything old is new again…and so, here comes VH reunited and touring.  To me, something about the band has a lot to do with the look.  Now I know that none of us look like we did 25 years ago.  It’s just that in the 80’s, the look was HAIR.  That’s what I associate with so many of the bands from that time. 

For many bands the “look” was part of the complete package.  I can’t think of any band that this is more true about than KISS.  Now they sound the same without the makeup and costumes, but it’s just not the same without the makeup and costumes.  It is part of who they are.

Speaking of makeup and costumes, here we are with our grandkids and daughter on Halloween:

If you love VH and plan on catching them on tour I’m sure it will be a great party.  They should join the lineup with the sixthman cruises – http://www.sixthman.net/events.  Now that would be a party!  Have a ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1984 – Van Halen’s biggest commercial success, “1984,” is released. The album contains “Jump,” “Panama” and “Hot For Teacher.”

Can we work it out? The Beatles say YES…


Pre-ramble: We recently adopted a 6-year-old Great Dane, his name is Zeus.  After losing our lab over the summer, we decided that we would not get another dog…it’s just so hard when they go.  We changed our minds and are sure glad we did, this guy is a hoot!  Happy New Year from Zeus and his people…as you can see he is a party dog!

On this New Year, I think back over my life and wonder…what if I had done things differently.  Not the small things, but the big things, the things that really made an impact on my life.  I guess this is a time when we reflect on the past and look toward the future.  Life is so full of change, everyday we make choices that affect us, and others.  Why is it that so many people have an aversion to change?

I would have to guess that it has a lot to do with complacency.  We get set in our ways, and it is comfortable.  Why rock the boat?  Rockin’ the boat is the spice of life.  Life can be lived in the safety of complacency, I guess many are quite happy there.  I prefer to be spontaneous and free, to live on the edge.  Now I’m not talking about extreme situations. There was a story last night about a rock climber, just watching it made me queasy.  I’m not much for heights!

I’m talking about how you think and how you act.  Everyone has their own philosophy about life, I don’t want to test the water with my foot, or jump in off a cliff…I want to glide over the surface like a wave and be the water.  I want to experience what things are like and enjoy being me!

Can we work it out?  Each of us has the ability to decide for ourself.  So, yes…We Can Work it Out.

Today in ROCK history: 1966 – We Can Work It Out (The Beatles) was a hit.

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


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.”

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


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.

Childhood Memories


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