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It’s . . . Food Day! October 24, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Food & Drink, Health & Wellness, Sustainable Living.
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IMGP3175bDid I hear someone crowing  about  FOOD?

I did!

It’s the first annual Food Day!

Time to celebrate the power and possibility of food while working to create a healthier food culture.

Want to participate?

From potlucks to film screenings to special farmers’ markets, there are thousands of Food Day events to attend.

* Visit foodday.org to find an event near you.

* Cook with your kids!  Eat real!  Try a new recipe.

* Incorporate the 6 Principles of Food Day into your daily diet.

Aah . . . that’s better!

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Accepting Friends At Cyber Value October 24, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, People, Writing & Writers.
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Wikipedia ~ Pinocchio (in Public Domain)

In the real world, we learn to accept others at “face value,” but what about cyber friends we’ve never met in person?

Those, we must accept at “cyber value” since we have no other frame of reference.

Andalib Marks is a case in point.

At first, I accepted who she said she was without question.

Over time, she began to seem more like a soap opera caricature than a real live girl.

A bit like Pinocchio.

Despite my misgivings, I accepted what she shared without worrying much about whether it stemmed from fact or fiction.

Others did the same.

And then the house of cards Andi built started to collapse.  So she headed for the exit . . . taking her tall tales with her.

At that point, one after another of Andi’s readers came forward to say . . . “I’m not sure that she ever really existed.”

Must have been disheartening for her creator, eh?

No rules . . . just write!

E. L. Doctorow opined that . . . “Writing is a socially acceptable form of schizophrenia.”

Do you agree?

Related posts:  When A Cyber Friend Goes Missing * She’s B~A~C~K!!! * When A Cyber Friend “Dies” * There’s Naught So Queer As Folk * Horcruxes & The Deathly Hallows * I Don’t Care Anymore

Music Monday ~ Five Blasts From The Past October 24, 2011

Posted by nrhatch in Blogging, Music & Dance, Word Play.
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Maggie wrote a thought-provoking music post last week, Popular Music These Days.  In it, she said:

[T]here’s something vaguely unsettling about current popular music. Perhaps it’s the terrible grammar the artists use in their lyrics, the subject matter, or even the fact that each song is played ad nauseam on a seemingly continuous loop.  Read More.

In response to Maggie’s observations about current Top 40 Hits, I replied:

First, I listen to the melody and the beat.

If I like how a song makes me feel, I tune in to the lyrics. Lyrics either enhance the song due to the innate intelligence and wisdom being shared, or they detract from my enjoyment as a result of being insipid, shallow, or downright stupid. ;)

Fortunately, we are building on a solid base of hits from the 60′s, 70′s, 80′s, and 90′s ~ so if today’s tunes turn us off . . . we can turn the dial and get a blast from the past.

Today, I’m turning the dial . . . here’s five blasts from the past of the 60’s, 70’s, 80’s, 90’s, and 2005:

1960’s:  Rolling Stones ~ Wild Horses (1969)

1970’s:  Pink Floyd ~ Comfortably Numb (1979)

1980’s: Bruce Hornsby ~ The Way It Is (1986)

1990’s:  Dave Matthews Band ~ Ants Marching (1994)

2000’s ~ Anna Nalick ~ Breathe (2 A.M.) (2005)

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