Looking in the Mirror

June 30, 2009 | filed under challenge, moment of truth, what my world sounds like | 3 Comments 

michael jackson

A few weeks before Michael Jackson died, I have a strong suspicion that people would’ve offered more cruel words than they’re willing to now that he’s passed. Initially, I was bothered by this, thinking that most of them were just hopping on the MJ bandwagon. A few months ago, after one of my friends told me he was going to start working with Michael, I wrote to ask him, “You don’t think he’s weird?” The next time we talked, he told me that the media painted an image of Michael that was different than who he really was and that he looked beyond that; my friend didn’t judge him and believed that he wasn’t trying to recreate the pain he’s experienced.

After several days of being inundated with Michael Jackson news, music, videos and movies, I began to truly realize why his passing was such a big deal to people. Troubled or not, he was unarguably one of the biggest icons the world has ever known; at some point in many people’s lives since 1964, he provided the soundtrack. I started reminiscing on my own MJ mania and remembered just how much his music meant to me and how much he meant–and means–to generations of people.

Pretty much everyone is troubled with something, regardless of how privately they struggle. Read more

Goodness in the blogosphere…

June 25, 2009 | filed under goodness in the blogosphere, inspiring, random, read this | 2 Comments 

Make a wish…but don’t close your eyes

June 9, 2009 | filed under inspiring | 2 Comments 


by Janeen M.

In the past few years, I haven’t made a wish that wasn’t focused on Janeen Anita. Besides the obvious birthday wish blowing my heart over candles over a yellow cake from jewel. On the day to day, it is “I wish I would close on this sale so I can buy some Crème La Mer” or “I wish that fly guy at Starbucks would turn around and see the flecks of gold sparkling in my brown eyes” or “I wish I can win the lottery and give a middle finger to everybody—and their mama too.”

But this past Saturday, I got to work on the front lines with Make-A-Wish Foundation and granted a wish to a ten-year-old boy named Chuck who was diagnosed with leukemia. I have been a volunteer with Make-A-Wish Foundation since April of this year—a volunteer wait list (one year!!!) and a background check later, I was selected and I knew it would be phenomenal.

I didn’t know that one Saturday afternoon, would give me so much perspective.
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Did you know?: Fish have a purpose

June 8, 2009 | filed under do your research!, learn something, moment of truth, pay attention, watch this | 1 Comment 

A few years ago, I semi-seriously inquired about the evolutionary purpose of fish. I still don’t have the answer, but I suspect that will change soon. Today is World Ocean Day and the new documentary, The End of the Line, debuts, answering that question and addressing the very quiet issues concerning the deteriorating state of our fisheries.

It turns out that 90% of the sea animals caught in the fishing industry are “bycatch: dumped dead or dying into the sea, or turned into fertilizer, pet food and fish food.”

As a semi-vegan/pescetarian, I think I might need to add a little diversity in my fish choices, skip it altogether, or eat Whole Foods quality farm raised. The sacrifices we all have to make so as many people as possible can enjoy this planet for as long as possible…they’re really not that big.

Source: Ode Magazine

What My World Sounds Like: “Get Up”

June 5, 2009 | filed under what my world sounds like | 1 Comment 

What are you thinking?

June 3, 2009 | filed under listen | 1 Comment 

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TONIGHT’S TOPIC: Thought processes and personal philosophies. What’s the purpose and importance of each? How do you examine your thought process? How do you build a personal philosophy? Tune in and share your thoughts and experiences.

What My World Sounds Like: “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”

June 2, 2009 | filed under what my world sounds like | 1 Comment 

Kanye West

People love to hate Kanye.  I get it.  He’s not for everyone.  Then, again, no one is.  Regardless of one’s personal feelings towards the man, I think there are some incredibly valuable things we can learn from him.  I’ve said it before, but he’s an excellent testament to what’s possible when you believe in yourself and relentlessly go after what you want, all while working to constantly grow and improve.  He was saying he was the best before it was really possible to understand why he thought so, yet steadily improved. So…now you can’t tell him anything.

If you need a little self pep talk, count him among your musical pals.

Kanye West – “Can’t Tell Me Nothing”

“To whom much is given, much is tested.”

“This is my life, homie. You decide yours.”

“You can live through anything if Magic made it.”

Goodness in the blogosphere…

June 1, 2009 | filed under goodness in the blogosphere, inspiring, random, read this | Leave a Comment