Nowhere Man (Beatles Cover)

A garage song today. This is me strumming out my rendition of the Beatles’ legendary tune. Such a great song. It’s really about the individual and self analysis, not judgment of others. I use as my support for that the line that reads “Isn’t he a bit like you and me.” We point fingers and it’s really we who are the nowhere man. We are “here” he is “there” but in the truth of this song we are both here and there, as is he. When we think of the nowhere man, we are imagining the “other.”
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Chocolate Cake from Staters

photoLast night I was swimming as I am wont to do on a Friday night and I got a sudden craving for chocolate cake. The only problem was I didn’t want to drive to get some. I got out and opened the sliding glass door to mention my impromptu vision with my wife. She them yelled to our son that I wanted said yummies and he agreed to run get it. This was one of the first times since my son got his driver’s license that I really truly wanted to thank the DMV. He effortlessly jumped in the Jeep and brought back the most amazing, rich, and sweet chocolate cake I think I’ve ever tasted.

I was glad we were able to get the Jeep cleaned up and put new tires on it so my son could drive. Otherwise I wouldn’t have enjoyed this cake from Staters quite as much!

Kindness Shortage

tumblr_mqf5cau04C1qz4d4bo1_500.jpgin 2002 I was hired as a teacher in the High Desert town of Adelanto. There were tumbleweeds rolling down the Main Street when I went into a small building for the interview. After moving up here, I was in a meeting where the Superintendent at the time, a Mr. Steve Vaughn, told us all to be kind with kids, parents, anyone. He said that 80% of his job consisted of repairing situations where people had not been kind. That resonated with me.

Now, I must tell you I am not always kind, but I aspire to be. Kindness heals and strengthens bones. I think it’s easy to convince someone to be kind when everything’s going her/his way. The grandest charge however is to be kind in all situations. It will send out a reverberation and cause people to take notice. In theory, it will catch on and we’ll all feel it coming and going. Do you know someone who is genuinely kind? Emulate that behavior. After all, 80% or more of the world’s problems are likely caused through a kindness shortage.

Make Today Great, The Choice is Yours

555638_10150800451356117_849061364_n.jpgTuesday I woke up feeling good and most the day I had hope running through my mind. Sometimes that stuff is not automatic though. I met the parents at back to school night and realized I am getting older. That was tickly but as I’ve said here before, maturity has its advantages. It’s nice to hear a parent earnestly ask if their kid is ok and, because of my years, I can answer “yes.” (Or “yes and this year were gonna gain even more success.”) I thought about my guitar last night. What if I was playing a coffee house or a bar instead of an open house night?

I played my “Morning Positives Song” on my Autoharp for the families and I felt it connected my dreams to theirs for their children. We need to share positives with each other. Let me be frank with you on this blog, I can be a bitter, pissed off, negative person. I know however that I have a choice to act in that way or sing a positive to someone else. The choices are much clearer when Im rested. Tomorrow is a new day. I’m writing my life as I go. No one can write it for me. Sound good? Well it takes a lot of work sometimes. Knowing the goal helps.

Try

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I once had a coach who told me he’d rather have a no-talent kid who tried than a gifted one who didn’t. As a teacher of 15 years I can say I feel the same way. Like the tortoise and the hair, arrogance eventually loses. So how about you? Feeling defeated, like you lack the talent, the health, the ability to make the grade? Think again. If you can take a breath you can sing a note. If you can put one foot in front of the other, you can walk across the floor. Don’t let those who are too rich define your pursuits. The same with super talented people or those who just seem lucky at whatever you’re interested in doing. Don’t study the guy who recorded an album in his parent’s garage and became a household name. Instead, be the girl or guy who kept at the craft of songwriting and after a while earned her place in the rock and roll hall of fame. Continue reading

Relax Brother Relax

tumblr_mimojrP4vH1qeoxqgo1_500.jpgMy neighbors sometimes play loud music I don’t dig. I’ve learned to get over it if I want to spend time in my backyard. He’s started playing it at a lower volume which is greatly appreciated but you’d swear it was recorded on a copper wire by a drunk karaoke patron. Hard to tolerate. There are other categories in my life I need to let be. My 16 year old’s xbox use, students that won’t respect each other, dumb story lines on shows I watch, and other stuff. Continue reading

Chill With Change

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Adapting to change is a true key to success. I think the fear of change all around us is really the fear of the unknown and it causes most people to stress out. If you think about it though, change must always happen for new things to come. There are very few human systems that remain unchanged over time. Since change is then inevitable, what if you could use your imagination to “be cool with it.” If you were optimistic about the impending change, it would take away your stress and anxiety.

Take your job for example, when I was in high school through the mid eighties, our counselors told us we would have 4-6 different jobs in our lifetime. So far that has been accurate for me. But the next generations are looking at 10-20 jobs in their lifetimes because of old technologies becoming obsolete. What if you planned to be better as a result of a job change? What if you could see the growth you’ll encounter as a result if changing jobs? Think of how anxiety would fall away.

Be optimistic about inevitable change and you’ll defeat a lot of stress and anxiety. Moreover you’ll be strong and positive down the road that change will bring. Fear change or accept it, the choice is yours.

Online Diary Irie

522189_10150791266936117_610382242_nAt some point in the 2000′s Facebook and Twitter really took off and now they host micro online diaries for millions (like me). I like that. The world is more connected. Online diaries as a prose genre have existed for much longer, since at least 1994. As a community formed, these publications came to be almost exclusively known as online journals. Today they are almost exclusively called blogs, though some differentiate by calling them personal blogs. Continue reading

Heap Big Camping Trip at Silverwood Lake

IMG_2325Actually, the title is irony: there wasn’t anything heap big about it. Twas quaint. It was close to home and we did very high impact camping, in other words the kind with a restroom and a firepit. For 3 days we’ve been on a family camping trip. The first day, the campsite looked like paradise. My wife is great about packing us food and necessities but they were late in coming since she was set to meet us there later. This brings up an interesting point: How well do my wife and I work together. We’ve grown through the years and we are a very productive team. We’re still working out the kinks though. Continue reading

How Unions are Like Warranties (Infographic)

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My wife was returning some Samsung tablets that were defective Christmas presents for our daughters last year. The lady on the phone was so helpful and I got to wondering why unions are not respected as much as warranties these days. They are very similar in function and benefit to society. Support your local union! They make good things happen.

Stay Thirsty My Creative Friends

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I read this list on tumblr one day and got really excited. We creatives need lists like this. Often we get so into our projects that we let ourselves slip. The result? Bad ideas or no ideas. We’ve got to be stoking the coals all time if we want to make great art. And by that mean the art of our lives, not necessarily visual or recording arts.

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Digging Deep for What I Stand For

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It isn’t until you come face to face with a threat that you realize what’s worth fighting for. A 16 year old kid doesn’t know how to ask for the manager and sell himself to get a job, Unless he’s hungry, then you will see the sense of urgency come out. A seasoned teacher won’t get involved in his union until a grossly unfair contract is foisted upon him, and on it goes.

When the anthems are playing and you’re partying your life away, you sing along. But when life becomes like the song, you have to live what it’s saying, going out in a blaze of glory. Continue reading

Being Sick can Open Ones Eyes to Much

I woke up with a headache which culminated in me driving the porcelain bus more than once. Sick days are not fun and I had a very not fun one today. Nonetheless I was strangely enlightened about humanity, an odd byproduct of the flu I know.

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