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Stoners and Jocks and Geeks…Oh My! Add a little Frankenstein…

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Remembering back to when my older brother was in High School, there were groups of students that fell into different categories (as there always has been and will be.)  There were the Frats, the Pits and I’m sure the Geeks. My brother was a Frat…kinda clean cut, into music, basketball and girls.  The Pits were more like the Greasers of the 50’s, slicked back hair, comb in back pocket, tough guys.  The Geeks, well no need to explain!

Then, when I went to H.S., there were the Stoners, the Jocks and the Geeks…well I wasn’t a Geek and I didn’t play sports.  I only participated in the classes that I enjoyed and I ditched a lot.  Still got decent enough grades, but really didn’t try.

Now, why the trip down memory lane?  My husband is a H.S. Language Arts teacher (use to just be English when I went to school.)  This is his third year in education.  So I feel like I’m back in school again and I realize that by not putting any effort into my education, I missed out on a lot.  Since I love to read, I have decided to try and read all of his assigned reading.  Now I have to mention that he teaches Freshman L.A., Sophomore L.A. and AP Lit…so there is a ton of stuff to read.  Like I mentioned, I love to read so I am also reading for pleasure at the same time.  Currently I am reading Frankenstein and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  Reading most of the assigned books makes me realize that I did miss a lot of excellent reading back then.  I have to say that I did read back then, just my own choices.  Nobody was gonna tell me what I had to read! 

Besides reading, I have also begun to write, I started with poetry, which if you have read my previous blogs you would know that I recently lost all my computer files to a vicious virus.  Seven months worth of poetry gone!  I am also writing a story, trying my hand at a novel, I was able to save that file at the last-minute. I have a hard copy, but would have hated to retype 67 pages. 

Now as if that is not enough, I have also decided that I would like to draw.  Haven’t drawn since I was a kid and doodled cartoon characters: Snoopy, The wizard of Id, Top Cat.  I did my third sketch yesterday, I try to write a poem or journal entry to go with my drawings, this time I wrote the poem first, the night before and then the drawing.  I don’t think it is too bad for a beginner but I know it could be much better.

I am also teaching myself to quilt and am currently working on my blocks.  This will be a much slower process as I can’t sit at the sewing machine forvery long.  I hope to have it done before summer. This first one is a 54″ by 72″ Classic Rock quilt.  Didn’t want to start too big until I knew what I was in for.

I hope you all have a full and ROCKIN’ day, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 1979 – “I Fought The Law” is the perfect U.S. debut single for The Clash.

 

Grey skies are gonna clear up!

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Today is cold, snowy and the skies are grey.  I have enough wood brought in to have a beautiful fire in the wood stove.  I’m thankful for that!  I’m currently reading two books, Frankenstein and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.  It may be a snuggle on the couch and read kinda day.  Anyway…

I know that by this age, I should have everything figured out, and I do have a firm grasp on a lot of things; but I still need time on others.  It’s hard to be everything you want to be.  It’s not easy to finally decide that who you are is alright!  With all of our faults also comes all of our perfections.  We seem to always focus on the faults.

I say we try to focus on the things about ourselves that are great…on what ever we do well, and what makes us happy.  If by what ever age you are, you still have faults and things you wish you could change, just embrace whatever it is and forget about it.  We are usually our own worse critic.  Embrace everything about yourself and soon you will find that the things that you use to focus on are pretty minor in the scope  of who you are.

Make 2012 the year that you are kind to yourself, with this new-found attitude you will also find that your new focus will make others want to be more like you.  Happiness and Love, Mama

Today in ROCK history: 2000 – Sharon Osbourne resigns as the Smashing Pumpkins manager for ‘medical reasons.’ “(Frontman) Billy Corgan was making me sick,” says Osbourne, who was the group’s manager for less than four months.

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.