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12-20-13-My Morning Thoughts: Bobby Kennedy

12-20-13-My Morning Thoughts: Bobby Kennedy I was watching this special on Bobby Kennedy a couple of weeks ago and his kids tell of a story while their dad was running for president. He was visiting a poverty stricken town in Mississippi and he could not comprehend the despair that he witnessed. Children that hadn’t eaten the entire day…not in some village in a faraway world but in Mississippi! Anyway, the kids start talking about when Bobby returned home from that trip and walked into the house they were all at the dining room table eating dinner. Bobby walked up to the table and while noticeably shaking, started saying “you kids don’t know how lucky you are”. He said he had just witnessed these endless towns in Mississippi that were barely surviving in poverty and families bigger than his (which is very large) living together in an area smaller than the dining room your sitting in right now…the Kennedy kids said they never forgot that moment in their childhood…during his early campaign for senator Bobby was asked why would you run for senator of NY when you’re not from here…Bobby response; there’s two things I could do at this point in my life…retire and live off the money my father has because he’s done pretty well (which got a laugh) or put my efforts into helping others the best way I know how…Bobby never needed to do anything in his life, let a loan work for the public sector…but he did…plain and simple.

12-18-13-My Morning Thoughts: “The Artist”

12-18-13-My Morning Thoughts: “The Artist” You know how some are very good at certain things and some are very good at other things? Some are good readers and some are just smart but in my opinion everyone’s an artist. I mean anyone can sing or write a song or poem or draw something or create…theirs just different levels of perception of the art created, that’s all. What I think is genius you might think is junk. It’s all about taste and perception, and it’s so interesting to see how popularity probably plays the largest part in it because what some might say is…the best, or number one, others may not. Take music for instance, if there was a way to erase my brain from all music that I’ve ever listed too, would I still think the music I’ve called my favorite music still be my favorite? What if the only thing I ever heard was say “tip toe through the tulips” or something…would I be a huge Tiny Tim fan?...incidentally, he was a genius in his own slice of the world way…but anyway, if I later heard say “a day in the life” for the first time would I be sitting here arguing between the two?...popularity, perception, creativity…just all opinion I guess, therefore, I proclaim everyone is an artist…simply because, we all are…plain and simple.

12-17-13-My Morning Thoughts: “The Crush”

12-17-13-My Morning Thoughts: “The Crush” Why is it that some of us get these childhood crushes’ on teachers? Is it because we are so young and look up to these figures of authority? Maybe we just looked up to their figures? Maybe we just knew that they knew more and they were so much taller than us they must be right?…I had a crush on my second grade teacher…I will never forget that when I was in 4th grade she got married!...thinking back, had I known she wasn’t married in the 2nd grade I would have perused that quest with more vigilance!...I know I’m not the only one with this crush thing…at least I hope not because that would be kind-a weird wouldn’t it?…plain and simple.

12-16-13-My Morning Thoughts: “Early Stories”

12-16-13-My Morning Thoughts: “Early Stories” Love-da-childhood stories! Good, bad, indifferent…it matters not. You know how when something is said and it kicks in some memory from the past that so many can relate too?…and most of the time it’s something we completely forgot but then BAM!…it’s back! Them’s the stories…like the other day somebody mentioned to me how kids use to eat the glue in elementary school, well I imagine some eat it in high school too…but anyway, I remember those young friends that did and really liked it. I wasn’t much for eating the glue though I did use more magic markers than most…ha ha…can’t ya tell…plain and simple.

12-13-13-My Morning Thoughts: Friday

12-13-13-My Morning Thoughts: Friday Everyone has struggled at some point in life. It’s never perfect and surely not always easy though we seem to get through it one way or another. I tell ya, when I hear of other’s hard times that dwarf my struggles of the day, the perspective just swings back in place like a sling-shot…it’s a shame that other peoples trials and tribulations have to slap me in the face to realize how lucky I am sometimes. I would imagine several have had some kind of trepidation when it comes to others misfortunes with questions of how can those things happen to anyone but clandestinely feeling uncomfortable because it’s not us, but deep down we all know it could have been us at anytime. I believe there are no guaranties in life and you do the best you can to live life like you know that, it’s just a way of me trying to remind myself of how life is limited and not to waste too much of it you know…anyway, moments are extremely precious and I pray that I use mine as such…everyone have a great weekend and remember we can get through most anything…and we absolutely can…together…plain and simple.

12-12-13-My Morning Thoughts: ?

12-12-13-My Morning Thoughts: ? In one split instant the world can change completely. There are a billion reasons out there that can change everything we’ve been taught instantaneously! How hard would it be to start over again? Who would survive? The toughest maybe, the smartest maybe? Some may not even want to start over?...one thing seems clear this fine chilly December morning…something will inevitably start over somewhere...and they better get along with Keith Richards, cause he will still be here so I’m told…LOL…plain and simple.

12-11-13-My Morning Thoughts: “Coffee Shortage”

12-11-13-My Morning Thoughts: “Coffee Shortage” “There is one chance to get it right, all other attempts are wrong”…does that statement make any sense at all? I won’t tell where I got this but to me its nuts! First of all a “chance” is a possibility and a possibility leaves an opportunity to try again until you get it right I would think, right?...which makes the second part of this sentence even crazier to me because all the other attempts are chances or possibilities until they’re wrong or right…right?...I guess what I’m trying to get to here is without attempting to get something right (no matter how long it takes) we would become a stagnant mess in my mind and we would quit after failure which would get us nowhere fast…I have an idea but I’m not positively sure where I’m going with this today, sometimes it just comes out flowing like a mudslide…S.O.S…should be N.M.C…need more coffee…plain and simple.

12-10-13-My Morning Thoughts: “Is It Real”

12-10-13-My Morning Thoughts: “Is It Real” I’m not an economics person by any means, but I was told yesterday that the deficit is a façade and is really nothing to worry about at all…this is the fuzzy math part that I wish I could use at my household!...let’s see, we borrow money that really isn’t there, we pay interest on that borrowed money with money that’s worth less than the numbers printed on them, we take in revenue witch is less money than we owe…aaaaannnnnnnnd…nobody seems to care!…this sounds like a great party to me! I might just run for congress!...the only problem with that is I would have to be there the rest of my life probably because…there aint no term limits!...plain and simple.

12-09-13-My Morning Thoughts: “and the world will live as one”

12-09-13-My Morning Thoughts: “and the world will live as one” On December 8th 1980 John Lennon was murdered. I was and still am a huge Beatles fan and John was my favorite. Through the years they have probably all been my favorites from time to time but John was number one to me back in the day. As I get older and think about why I enjoyed the music so much it probably wasn’t just the music, it was the entire package. Wit, style, freewheeling…I mean who was cooler than John Lennon during an interview? He held nothing back; he said what he felt even if it got him (or them) in a bad light…Even in my small world I sometime hold back what I truly feel to prevent the uneasiness of an argument…but John, in front of millions, called-em like he saw em!...that’s a lot of cockiness and balls of confidence to be sure! Anyway, fan or not…he did make a statement during his short 40 years on earth and that’s tough to dispute and for me, hard to forget…PEACE…plain and simple.

12-06-13-My Morning Thoughts: “Another Day”

12-06-13-My Morning Thoughts: “Another Day” What a difference a day makes. When we do get a chance to really stop and smell those roses its well worth it! Life is at times…like a rat race and I guess most get wrapped up in it at one time or another. Searching for answers, wondering why me, is this all there is type of stuff. But when you really look at the wondrous things offered to us each and every day, it is quite astonishing. Simple things sometime do mean the most and if nothing else puts the big picture in clear perspective. Watching children play, the changing of seasons, a text from your family…ya just wonderful simple moments in life like that you know…hope everyone has a fantastic weekend and grabs one of those moments in life for yourself…plain and simple.