Archive for May, 2012

Recently, I have been finding myself pondering about some of life’s bigger questions. Yes, this sounds cliche but it is true. The biggest realization that I came to was the value of time.

Time can not be made up for. When one thinks about the phrase make every second count it should light a bulb in their head. Because once that second it gone, it is gone forever. This is pretty heavy stuff especially if you have a lot to plan for and are running a regimented sort of life. Making every second count can be stressful but more importantly you want to make it worth something.

Yet, many of us get up in worrying about the past/present/future paradigm. Why? Thinking about one’s past, especially if it is a bad one, can bring on depression. The future is a mystery because it has not happened yet! However, so many of us stress over what want to be doing. This can be both stressful and depressing.

This leaves us one state… the present.

Some may frown upon the present moment but if one thinks about it, the present is all that we have. We can waste the present moment lamenting about the past and worrying about the future. Since time keeps on ticking the present moment wastes away. Why would one want to live like this.

We need to make the most of our present moment. Living in the moment is so liberating if one can put the whole concept of time in its proper perspective.

Live for the moment since it is all that you have. If you start to live in the moment then everything else will start to fall in to place.

Today’s FYI: Our government is broken. Are you the reason why?.

It seems like the Roman Catholic Church is in trouble once again, this time with banking. As if the Church is not in enough hot water for its past discretions, i.e. the priest sex scandal to name one. It appears that the butler for the Pope passed along damning evidence which alleges corruption within the Vatican bank. It seems that the Church plays by its own rules and just hurts its situation. The butler has been arrested for his acts and who knows if there will be more blow back. The Roman Catholic Church needs to stop being so secretive and be more transparent in its business dealings. If these actions are true, for an institution which admonishes its followers to lead just and moral lives, the Church needs to literally practice what it preaches.

It seems that Massachusetts Democratic U.S. Senate nominee, Elizabeth Warren’s claim of Native American heritage is starting to unravel. Let’s check out the facts. She admits to being 1/32 Native American. 1/32? Sounds pretty diluted to most observers, so what is the other 31/32? Also, she has probably never spent a day on an Indian reservation or participated in any sort of function. Yet, Warren claims Native American heritage at every chance she gets. The campaign of incumbent Republican Senator Scott Brown, has accused her of using this claim for unfair advantage.

Though it may be speculation the senator’s campaign, the idea of this can not be set aside. Many people have made certain claims to get ahead, we are all human and not perfect. But if one is going to represent us and make decisions critical to our nation’s future, you would think that they would be more honest and open about themselves.

Hey, what am I thinking? An honest politician in Washington, DC? I know I am a dreamer but keep getting smacked in the face with reality of politics where honesty and character are traits which do not seem to exist anymore.

I was checking out iTunes today to see if there is any good music coming out. Low and behold I started my search by genre and then by group and then by list. Ironically, the more that I searched the less I seemed to care. There is nothing out there today that sounds remotely interesting or original.

No wonder so many of today’s listeners are going back in time. Many preferring classic Motown and rock of the 60s and 70s back when music was still fresh and not as stale as today. Myself, I am a jazz head and love the works of Miles Davis, John Coltrane, Thelonious Monk, and Herbie Hancock to name a few.

The popular music of today is all about style over substance. One does not really need to be particularly talented to land a recording contract, if you have the looks then the record industry wants you. All you have to do is turn on the television set to see the likes of Justin Bieber and all who look the part and not much else.

This is a sad statement considering the number of talented musicians out there who can barely pay their rent or buy a meal doing what they love the most. Perhaps, if they were more handsome or pretty then the record companies would take notice.

That is why a couple years ago when Esperanza Spaulding (jazz musician) won the Grammy for artist of the year, I was thrilled. Finally, someone with real talent was recognized. But of course, the self-aggrandizing pop critics called her victory a travesty in the light of true talents such as Bieber.

Right there, it should give pause to anyone with half a brain that they pop music industry has no clue about talent. They just want to continue with their bogus practice of style over substance. Me… I will stick to my Miles Davis and Thelonious Monk CDs.

1,500 customers!!! Do that many people go to McDonald’s at the same time? The poor Olympians seem like that all they can do is chow down on Big Macs and Quarter Pounders. Or would that be Royale with Cheese?

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The largest McDonald’s in the world – expected to seat 1,500 – is being built in the Olympic Village for the London 2012 games.  McD’s will be the only brand name food sold in the village.

On the one hand, it’s a strange juxtaposition between fast food (remember SuperSize Me?) and finely tuned Olympic athletes.  From a practical standpoint, an Olympic Committee spokesperson says “Without our partners such as McDonald’s, the games simply wouldn’t happen.”

 

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