Today’s January 31, 2010. In less than 2400 hrs, it will be the first day of February. The last week of January was one that made me happy, made me cry; it was a week that just burned my hash browns. Here’s a small list of the last week of January that will always stay with me forever.
- The death of author JD Salinger. —- As an anime fan, I always stay up late to watch the anime lineup on Adult Swim when I get a chance. It was on the cyberpunk anime Ghost in the Shell: Stand Alone Complex that got me hooked on the novel The Catcher in the Rye and its author JD Salinger. I wanted to know what the novel and Mr. Salinger had on the anime. I went to the library and checked out the novel. I was soon sucked into the world of New Yorker teenager, Holden Caulfield. After I read the last page, I knew that Holden was just like me and everybody young and old. It was one of a few books of JD Salinger’s that moved me. I was in the middle of reading another of Salinger’s works Nine Stories when the newsbrodcasted was made that Mr. Salinger expired. Although Mr. Salinger didn’t like fans nor fame(and he hated being mentioned by anyone), deep down, he knew that the young people and the world liked his stories. It was one of the many reasons that he hid himself from the and stopped writing. Whatever is in Mr. Salinger’s safe, it doesn’t matter. JD Salinger was one of a few authors that broke the line of childhood taboos. If anyone talked about how good a genius he was in life, Mr. Salinger would had said: ‘Goddamn it, I know that you people love my books! Thank you, now leave me alone so I can be in peace in Heaven!‘
And now, JD finally has found that peace he always wanted
- The Irish Angel —- When 15–year old Phoebe Prince moved from the green hills of Ireland, she had always hoped that the American Dream she had always read and heard about would be a land of rock & roll, hamburgers and beautiful boys with white teeth and a smile to die for. When Phoebe came to Massachusetts, she was caught up in an American nightmare. Phoebe was bullied by and group of mean girls who didn’t know her. It wasn’t until one of the mean girls sent her a chilling text message that told her to go hang herself. sadly, Phoebe wanting to escape the American nightmare did just that. No one hasn’t been punished nor anyone has come forward, fearing they will end up just like her. Phoebe left behind a mother, father, and three sisters and a brother. Bullying is on the rise in this country. Bullying isn’t an American nightmare, it is a worldwide nightmare. It is just sad that not enough funding is being offer to end the epidemic. How many more people will die in vain from bullying before we as a group have to act?
This week is the last week of January 2010.
I know that the Valentine items are on the selves and that the world in tying to recover from a recession.
The show Heroes is taking the season off, and Lost is signing off forever.
And I can take a hint that you people haven’t started on your New Year’s resolutions.
As January comes to a close and the month of February begins, it’s not too late to start on your resolutions.
As a person who’s made a 5th list of resolutions, I have to take one step at a time.
Resolutions are not easy to keep up with.
It takes commitment and practice to complete your list of goals.
Don’t jump off the cliff just yet.
Get back in the ring and finish what you had started.
Don’t make up excuses, just do it.
Make that ‘someday’ today!
Hang in there!
A new category just popped up this week. Just the facts is a post that are about real facts that are really true. So far I’ve only got one hit on the facts I posted. More facts will be arriving soon.
You can’t always rely on technology, only you with a mind of your own can solve the problems without a machine. —- Author unknown (circa, 1993-1994?)
I saw the television show VR Troopers as a kid. I don’t know who the real author of the quote that Tyler Steel said to his son Ryan. Whoever the author was, the person was ahead of their time in the ’90’s. Maybe we as a human race can use this quote in our everyday lives. A pen/pencil and a sheet of paper sometimes works just best than a computer.
Here’s a list from the news that will make you—- think. These facts are not intended to offend any minority groups.
- More women than men are now the breadwinners in the household. The men are now the ones looking for Miss Right. But there’s a catch: The women that men want to marry are highly educated and have the cash money. Girls and boys, are you reading this post? If you drop out of school now, it is more likely that you will miss out on a lot of opportunities and a chance on a successful future in the world. No matter how hard it is in the world, please stay in school. Don’t believe the bozos that tell you you’ll make it without an education, get that degree and give your future a chance.
- A Caucasian woman with an education and a career is more likely that an African American with a successful career and an education to get married. Women who live in poverty are much more likely to become bitter and spiteful to their own race and the race of others. The same is that with men who are living in poverty as well.
- Light-skinned African Americans are much more likely to be successful than dark-skinned African-Americans. People with a strong lexicon and knowledge are twice as likely than people with a weak lexicon to turn to drugs or other vices.
- People who limit their t.v. time or don’t watch t.v. at all are more likely to be happy, smart and less judgemental than those who watch t.v. for more than one hour. Oh, yeah: T.V. burners are less likely to become obese.
- In an unknown poll, the country of Denmark was rated the happiest country to live in. Besides being the happiest people; the Danes are the most consumers of confectionaries than any other country in the world. I think Willy Wonka just booked a flight to Denmark.
I know what you’re thinking.
And my answer is yes.
My drawing Yumiko was based on a real little Japanese girl I met at a summer festival in Charlotte of ’06.
Her name was Yumiko and she did wore a kimono.
I only met her once, but she stayed in my mind.
I often think about the young woman who I’ve met .
Has she cut her hair?
Is she really a tomboy and didn’t like wearing kimonos?
Whatever happened to Yumiko, I’ll never know.
I had a hit on my drawing.
I wonder if that person who viewed my drawing was the little girl I met at the festival was Yumiko herself?
Please keep Haiti in your thoughts and in your prayers!
Open your hearts and your minds to what is going on.
Please don’t shut out the pleas for help.
For Teddy Pendergrass!
Rest in peace!
These are some tips that were found in an Essence magazine. However, I cannot use the author’s name. Please enjoy these ‘Tips’!
- Show them that there is another life out there and tell them, ‘you can do it’.
- Don’t run from responsibility, run to it.
- Work on the inside. The outside will show up and show out.
- Failure is not an option.
- Don’t do anything less than 100 percent.
- No matter where you come from, you are called to be a leader.
Hey there, morning glories! So sorry that I missed you! I’ll got some great news just for news(and a tip line, too). Enjoy!
The crisis in Haiti
The country of Haiti is all over the news. Millions dead/missing; the country is in shambles and the problem won’t go away anytime soon. It is a dark day in Haiti. Loved ones are dead or missing; many don’t have any forms of communication because they are so poor. We as people must help the Haitian people and tell them that we care about them.
Please send money and aid to Haiti today. Be blesses that you have a home to go to, a family that loves you; food to eat and a nice bed to sleep in. religious or not, count your blessings and pray. If you get a chance, read your Bible or what ever book your religion has to offer. You have a good life, please be thankful for it.
Success is best when it’s earned. —- Mary J. Blige, singer.
Miep Gies passed on.
It was on the morning news when I woke up.
Ms. Gies was a secretary who hid the Franks and their friends in an attic for two and a half years.
When the Franks were found in the attic and sent to a prison camp, Ms. Gies was the one that saved Anne’s diary from the hands of the Nazis.
Although Anne died in vain in a death camp, Ms. Gies urged Anne’s father to publish it.
To this day, Anne’s diary stood the test of time. It was the work of Ms. Gies that Anne’s voice and spirit will live on.
Miep once told a classroom of children in 1997 that she wasn’t a hero; Miep told them the reason she hid Anne and her family in the attic, she knew it was the right thing to do.
At 100, Ms. Gies always talked about her friends and about Anne until she took her last breath.
Miep, you were a hero to everyone. We’ll never forget your courage and sacrifice. Thank you!