Sunday, November 22, 2009

Friday, November 6, 2009

Cowgirl In The Sand


Hello cowgirl in the sand. Is this place at your command? Can I stay here for a while? Can I see your sweet, sweet smile? Old enough now to know your name, when so many love you, is it the same?

Neil Young

Monday, September 28, 2009

The Key


This weekend, someone walked ito my life again.

Not because he had to,
he did.

Not because of what I've done,
I have.

Not because he owed it to me
he does.

Thirty four years ago two boys dribbled their way into my life.
Together we did great things, among them was to forge a friendship.

Two days ago, two men came back.
Not because they had to,
because they wanted to.

"The key to a peron's heart is an unexpected gift,
at an unexpected time." William Forrester

If you think basketball is about dribbling,
you're wrong.

If you think sports is about winning,
you're wrong.

If you haven't experienced the movie, Finding Forrester,
experience it.


For Willie and Edwin,
who have taught me so much,
and continue to do so.

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Expectations


"He wanted what I wouldn't give,
I wanted what he didn't have."

Clara, describing why she wouldn't marry Gus
Lonesome Dove
The quintessential American western.

Friday, September 11, 2009

September 11, 2001 Never Forget


All Gave Some,
Some Gave All.

We Will Never Forget

One Tin Soldier (The Legend of Billy Jack)
by Lambert-Potter, sung by Coven

Listen, children, to a story
That was written long ago,
'Bout a kingdom on a mountain
And the valley-folk below.

On the mountain was a treasure
Buried deep beneath the stone,
And the valley-people swore
They'd have it for their very own.

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won't be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgement day,
On the bloody morning after....
One tin soldier rides away.

So the people of the valley
Sent a message up the hill,
Asking for the buried treasure,
Tons of gold for which they'd kill.

Came an answer from the kingdom,
"With our brothers we will share
All the secrets of our mountain,
All the riches buried there."

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won't be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgement day,
On the bloody morning after....
One tin soldier rides away.

Now the valley cried with anger,
"Mount your horses! Draw your sword!"
And they killed the mountain-people,
So they won their just reward.

Now they stood beside the treasure,
On the mountain, dark and red.
Turned the stone and looked beneath it...
"Peace on Earth" was all it said.

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won't be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgement day,
On the bloody morning after....
One tin soldier rides away.

Go ahead and hate your neighbor,
Go ahead and cheat a friend.
Do it in the name of Heaven,
You can justify it in the end.
There won't be any trumpets blowing
Come the judgement day,
On the bloody morning after....
One tin soldier rides away.

Thursday, September 3, 2009

They say it's your Birthday, Happy Birthday to you!

Memories of a Life through the songs of my life.

"It was the third of September, a day I'll always remember."
The Temptations

"I'm in the middle, the middle of life. I'm a boy and I'm a man, I'm eighteen and I like it!"
Alice Cooper

"4 and 20 years ago, I came into this world, the son of a woman and a man who lived in strife. He was ired of being bored, and he wasn't into selling door to door, and he worked like the devil to be more."
Neil Young

"Mother mother ocean, I have heard your call. Wanted to sail upon your waters since I weas three years old. I made enough money to buy Miami and I pissed it away so fast, never meant to last, it's never meant to last. There's nothing to plunder the cannons don't thunder, I'm an over 40 victim of fate. Arriving too late, arriving too late."
Jimmy Buffet

I wonder why no one's ever written a song about being 55?

"Will you still need me, will you still feed me, when I'm 64?
The Beatles

Wednesday, July 8, 2009

Always do right.
This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest.
Mark Twain (1835-1910)

Tuesday, July 7, 2009

Fountain of Sorrow, Fountain of Light

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Life is not a Box of Chocolates, it's a Fountain of Sorrow.

"Now the things that I remember seem so distant and so small.
Though it hasn't really been that long a time.
What I was seeing wasn't what was happening at all
Although for a while, our path did seem to climb.

But when you see through loves illusions, there lies the danger.
And your perfect lover, just looks like a perfect fool.

So you go running off in search of a perfect stranger.
While the loneliness seems to spring from your life,
like a fountain from a pool.

Now for you and me it may not be that hard to reach our dreams.
But that magic feeling never seems to last.

And while the future's there for anyone to change, still you know it seems
It would be easier sometimes to change the past."

Fountain Of Sorrow
Penned by Joan Baez, covered by Jackson Browne.
Track #8 on my playlist

Monday, July 6, 2009

Ft. Myers Beach Crabhouse
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Sunday, July 5, 2009

Ospreys Nesting, Sanibel Island






Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did.

So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails.

Explore. Dream. Discover.
-- Mark Twain

Monday, June 29, 2009

It was 30 years ago today...

Karen's 30th Surprise Birthday Party.

Thursday, June 25, 2009

Kodak done took my Kodachrome away!

It "gave us those nice bright colors, the greens of summers. Makes you think all the world's a sunny day...so Mama don't take my Kodachrome away." Paul Simon, 1973

For the full story of the American iconic slide film that captured virtually any memorable image you have seen in the last 74 years including the Zapruder film of the Kennedy assassination, the Afghan girl on the cover of National Geographic and other memorable images produced by the world's greatest photographers.

To view Kodaks tribute Gallery go to: http://homepage.1000words.kodak.com/default.asp?item=2388083

Saturday, June 20, 2009

Somewhere over the rainbow, 189 miles off the coast of Florida lies a special place. So close, yet so far away...!

Wednesday, June 17, 2009


“A Native American grandfather talking to his young grandson tells the boy he has two wolves inside of him struggling with each other.
The first is the wolf of peace, love and kindness.
The other wolf is fear, greed and hatred.
"Which wolf will win, grandfather?" asks the young boy.
"Whichever one you feed!"

WHITE WOLF
Far across the plains, I heard the lonesome cry,
of the white wolf, as he sings his lullabye.
I looked out across the meadow, and saw him standing there.
He looked into my eyes, as if my soul was bare.

The beauty of his eyes, went straight to my heart.
Just the wolf and I, as if we were one part.
We understood each other, as things are meant to be.
Just the wolf and I, we were one family.

So every night I wonder, as I look up to the sky,
and hear the mournful sound, of the wolf's lonesome cry.
Is that the white wolf, I did one day see?
The white wolf who went inside my heart, and became my family!








Monday, June 8, 2009

Perspective:
the juxtaposition of illusion against reality that destroys the perception we call stability.
JdeCastro

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