Behold the amazing work of a gifted time-lapsed photographer, and drink in the perceptive words of a smart little girls and a wise old man. Have you looked outside your window today, and noticed the sky and the wonders around you? Take a look. And be grateful.
Liza with a Z. And with everything else. Why do I love her? There’s the talent, of course. But more than that, there’s the guts. Let’s face it; a lot of people thought she’d go down the same path as her brilliant but troubled, mother, Judy Garland. Indeed, Liza has gone through several addictions (not to mention husbands.) But through it all, she fights back, and REFUSES to be a “victim.” Need proof? Here she is on today’s Good Afternoon America show, belting out her signature New York, New York. She can’t dance like she used to (she’s had hip replacements), so she gets talented young dancers to strut for her. And she focuses on what she CAN do–belt that baby out of the park.
So here’s to Ms. Minnelli–a Fabulicious survivor if ever there was one!
I love discovering new music. I also love the classics. So, when a new young band reinterprets classic genres in creative ways–well, I’m over the moon. Such is the case with The Carolina Chocolate Drops. Here, they take an Ethel Waters standard and make it their own. Somehow or other, I can also see Ella Fitzgerald and Sarah Vaughn smiling down from heaven. Take a listen and enjoy.
Here’s a photo of people taking their sweet time walking up a mountainside in China. But to me, it’s more than that. I wonder how long it took to build those steps. And how do you say, “Watch your step” in Chinese. But then again, aren’t we all climbing our own mountains in our own way? Aren’t we a little freaked about falling? Here’s to those of us who are worried, but find ways to keep climbing anyway. If nothing else, the scenery makes it worthwhile.
What do you think of when you see this photo? I’d love to hear your reply.
Lucille Ball was let go from acting school. They told her she was wasting her time.
Walt Disney was fired from a newspaper job. They said he wasn’t imaginative.
Abraham Lincoln? Well, let’s just say he was lucky they didn’t have 24-hour news in his day.
Get the picture? They failed–miserably. But they didn’t let failure stop them.
I was recently fired from my job. Does it feel good? No. But honestly, it just wasn’t a good fit for me, and I’m starting to think it’s one of the best things that has happened to me. It has pushed me into trying new and different things–like this blog for example.
So, failure is Fabulicious. Because, as you’ll see in this video, if you haven’t failed, you haven’t lived.
The Fourth of July in America: time for friends, family, and fireworks. And it’s a time for music. The American music that stirs me the most are songs honoring “we the people.” I’ve put together a little sample below, ranging from the more traditional (Morton Gould’s American Salute) to more recent tomes that pay homage to our resilience by speaking truth to power (Bruce Springsteen’s Born in the USA and Levon Helm’s Poor Old Dirt Farmer.)
So, Happy Birthday to America–and to her people.
IMHO, no one sings this like Ray! Enjoy.
Oh readers, I can hear you now. “Rejection is Fabulicious? PUH-leze.”
Well, I admit, I was rejected today. I’m a writer, and I almost got a really nice paying gig. I made it through two rounds of interviews where the client seemed enthusiastic. In fact. the last interviewer even told me the name of the “top-tier” person I’d be speaking with next–the last person I’d need to impress before everything was a go.
Then suddenly, and before I even met The Decider, I get this: “Thanks, but we’ll pass.” No explanation beyond that. Oy.
Now, I could be all frustrated and pissed at the universe. But I’m not. Ever since my rejection today, I’ve been thinking about that Sex and the City episode where Carrie discovers she’s been dumped–by reading Berger’s Post-it note. Cruel? Of course. But Carrie’s a survivor. She doesn’t mope. She goes right to her girlfriends for support.
At least I was rejected in person. They were polite, and I was, too. And at the risk of sounding cliché, maybe it just wasn’t meant to be.
So IMHO, rejection is Fabulicious, because if you look at it the right way, it won’t defeat you. It makes you stronger. Look at Carrie. She didn’t get her Berger. But she did eventually get her Mr. Big.
How have you handled rejection? Feel free to share in replies.
When it comes to compassion and kindness, I’m not convinced that us humans are the most evolved creatures on earth. Thank goodness we can learn from animals, like this Boston terrier and guinea pig. Differences, schmifferances. These two just know how to enjoy each other’s company. Can a world that has such pure joy really be all that bad?
Hey, gang. It’s Friday. And with it, it’s time for some let-your-freak-flag-fly-and-be-yourself kind of music. Here are three of my favorites. And if you’ve got some of your own, let me know by replying (with a YouTube link, if possible.) Because one can never have too much Friday music. And a world with all these crank-it-up tunes really can’t be all that bad.
Peace out, friends!