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Things I Wish I’d Known Before I Went Out In The Real World

Wednesday, October 21st, 2009
  1. Any and all compliments can be handled by simply saying    “Thank you”
  2. Some people are working backstage, some are playing in the  orchestra, some are on stage singing, some are in the audience as critics and some are there to applaud. Know  who and where you are.
  3. When baking, follow directions. When cooking, go by your own taste.
  4. Never continue dating anyone who is rude to the waiters  and doesn’t like dogs/cats.
  5. You need only two tools. WD-40 and duct tape. If it doesn’t  move and it should, use WD-40.  If it moves and shouldn’t,  use the tape.
  6. The five most essential words for a healthy, vital relationship  “I apologize” and “You are right.”
  7. Everyone seems normal until you get to know them.
  8. When you make a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier  to eat crow while it’s still warm.
  9. The only really good advice that I remember my mother ever  gave me was, “Go! You might meet somebody!”
  10. If he/she says that you are too good for him/her- * believe it.
  11. I’ve learned to pick my battles; I ask myself, ‘Will this  matter one year from now? How about one month? One week?   One day?’
  12. Never pass up an opportunity to pee.
  13. If you woke up breathing, congratulations! You have  another chance!
  14. Living well really is the best revenge. Being miserable because of a bad or former relationship just might mean that the other person was right about you.
  15. Knowing how to listen to music is as great a talent as knowing how to make it.
  16. Work is good but it’s not that important.
  17. Never underestimate the kindness of your fellow man.
  18. And finally… Be really nice to your friends. You never  know when you are going to need them to empty your bed pan.

How Can I Build My Confidence With Music?

Wednesday, September 23rd, 2009

by Gemma Lee

Learning how to play an instrument is certainly a difficult task. Not only do you have to master reading the music, but learning and building the new skills required to play music is also an arduous process. You will certainly need a great amount of determination, patience, co-ordination and a positive mentality to learn a new instrument. But the most important thing you will need is confidence. If you are not confident about playing your instrument, playing music will not only become a lot more difficult, but you might also begin to dislike and not enjoy music altogether. Building confidence is definitely a critical aspect to playing and enjoying great music.

Here are some simple ways to build more confidence with music:

  1. PRACTICE, practice, and more practice!!!

    Practicing your newly found skills every day will not only get you more comfortable with your skills, but it will also build more confidence in yourself. You will begin to feel more confident about playing your music if you practice. Practicing for as little as 10 minutes a day will make a big difference in your skills, and you will quickly become more comfortable with playing music. Try it! It is a simple and sure way to help build your confidence with music.

  2. PERFORM your music skills in front of others.

    Playing in front of other people, whether it is your family members, friends, or even your pet cat, will boost your confidence immensely. You will not only overcome your lack of confidence, but you also get practice in showcasing your skills in front of an audience!

  3. COMPARE your progress with your previous skills.

    Reflecting back on when you started and comparing that with where you are now will help you see the results of hard work, and along with lots of practice, it will help you realize your true potential. You will find that you really have come a long way and have progressed deeply in playing music. This will certainly give you much encouragement to learn and practice even more.

  4. LIST REASONS as to why you are a good musician.

    Listing reasons as to why you are good at playing music before you start your practice sessions will make it far easier to help elevate your confidence in yourself and your skills. Try telling yourself “I am a good musician. I love music, and I have improved a lot since I first started playing. I have great potential to learn more and improve my skills”. It will not only give you much needed confidence when you feel down, but it will also help you calm down to set your thoughts straight so you can move forward.

  5. RECORD yourself when you play music and LISTEN to it.

    This is a great way to improve your music skills! By recording yourself and then listening back on it, you can pick out your strengths and weaknesses. Improving on your strengths and fixing up your weak points will give you more confidence, and it will surely make you an even greater musician.

  6. SET A GOAL.

    Think of a goal or an aspiring musician you want to be like. Setting yourself a goal and disciplining yourself to train to achieve that goal will help you gain confidence in yourself and your skills. Think about how pleasant it would be when you reach that goal! Encourage yourself and keep building on your skills, and you will have reached your goal in no time!

  7. BELIEVE in yourself and HAVE FUN!

    The most important thing to building your confidence in music is to believe in yourself, your skills, and have fun! You should play music with passion and really enjoy it to boost your confidence levels.

Remember, you ARE a good musician; you HAVE IMPROVED immensely since you first started, and you have great POTENTIAL to further develop and fine tune your skills! So be confident about yourself and your music skills and have fun!

About the Author
Registered Teacher and Musician

Our Only Hope

Wednesday, August 19th, 2009

jesus is my hope

I thought this was an interesting variation on a theme.  Especially, when it comes to hope.

Why are you cast down, O my soul?
And why are you disquieted within me?
Hope in God;
For I shall yet praise Him,
The help of my countenance and my God.

Psalm 43:5

You can get this on a tee-shirt by going to

Government Mandated Low Milage Vehicles

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

As the US Government takes over the auto industry and as they make more stringent requirements on low gas mileage, here are some concept vehicle that we can look forward to. Many of you have already seen to face of the future as you have seen The Smart Car.
what we will be forced to drive quite soon.

But look at all of the ‘great new choices’

we will have from ‘The SMART Car’….

Smart Car

Smart Car

The Smorvette!



The Smaudi A3 AWD!

Smaudi A3

Smaudi A3

The Smamborghini!


The Smorsche!


The Smerrari!


And last, but not least,

The Smustang



Of course my favorite is the Smustang but where is the trunk to carry my luggage?

One sheet of paper

Saturday, July 18th, 2009

Entries for an art contest at the Hirshorn Modern Art Gallery in DC.

The rule: the artist could use only one sheet of paper.

Paper Butterflies

“Creativity is thinking up new things. Innovation is doing new things.”
– Theodore Levitt


“Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way.”
– William James

Ballet Dancer Paper

“Creativity is inventing, experimenting, growing, taking risks, breaking rules, making mistakes, and having fun.”
– Mary Lou Cook

Paper Bridge

“Creativity is seeing something that doesn’t exist already. You need to find out how you can bring it into being and that way be a playmate with God.”
– Michele Shea

Paper Art Footprints

“God is really another artist. He invented the giraffe, the elephant and the cat. He has no real style. He just goes on trying other things.”
– Pablo Picasso

Paper Art Snowball Avalance House by Lake

“If you hear a voice within you say, ‘You cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”
– Vincent van Gogh

Paper Art Cutout Person Laying down

“I began by tinkering around with some old tunes I knew. Then, just to try something different, I set to putting some music to the rhythm that I used in jerking ice-cream sodas at the Poodle Dog. I fooled around with the tune more and more until at last, lo and behold, I had completed my first piece of finished music. ”
– Duke Ellington

Sitting Skeleton Paper Cutout

“Creativity is contagious. Pass it on.”
– Albert Einstein


“An idea that is developed and put into action is more important than an idea that exists only as an idea.”
– Edward de Bono

Spider on a Flower

“You can’t wait for inspiration, you have to go after it with a club.”
– Jack London

Daddy Long Legs Spider

“There is no doubt that creativity is the most important human resource of all. Without creativity, there would be no progress, and we would be forever repeating the same patterns.”
– Edward de Bono

Spider and Butterfly

“Creative power, is that receptive attitude of expectancy which makes a mold into which the plastic and as yet undifferentiated substance can flow and take the desired form.”
– Thomas Troward

Humming Bird and Flower Paper Cutout Art

“Every day is an opportunity to be creative … the canvas is your mind, the brushes and colours are your thoughts and feelings, the panorama is your story, the complete picture is a work of art called, ‘my life’. Be careful what you put on the canvas of your mind today … it matters.”
– Innerspace

Skeleton Cross Spooky Tomb

There is no use trying,” said Alice. “One can’t believe impossible things.” “I daresay you haven’t had much practice,” said the Queen. “When I was your age, I always did it for half an hour a day. Why, sometimes I’ve believed as many as six impossible things before breakfast.”
– Lewis Carroll

Water Fountain Ray of Hope Dove

“When you are describing, A shape, or sound, or tint;
Don’t state the matter plainly, But put it in a hint;
And learn to look at all things, With a sort of mental squint.”
–Lewis Carroll

flowers house

“Life is trying things to see if they work.”
– Ray Bradbury

Wedding Dress

“An artist paints, dances, draws, writes, designs, or acts at the expanding edge of consciousness. We press into the unknown rather than the known. This makes life lovely and lively.”
– Julia Cameron

Boat Canoe River Paper Art

When I am working on a problem I never think about beauty. I only think about how to solve the problem. But when I have finished, if the solution is not beautiful, I know it is wrong.
-Buckminster Fuller

Tall Tower Building

“Happiness is not in the mere possession of money; it lies in the joy of achievement, in the thrill of creative effort.”
– Franklin D. Roosevelt

Tree in Frame

“All children are artists. The problem is how to remain an artist once he grows up.”
-Pablo Picasso

Hang On I've Got You

“Genius means little more than the faculty of perceiving in an unhabitual way. ”
-William James

Man Stand Skeleton Shadow Paper Cut out Art

“The best way to get a good idea is to get a lot of ideas.”
– Linus Pauling

Clouds Sheep

“Creativity comes from trust. Trust your instincts. And never hope more than you work.”
– Rita Mae Brown


“You become more divine as you become more creative. All the religions of the world have said God is the creator. I don’t know whether he is the creator or not, but one thing I know: the more creative you become, the more godly you become. When your creativity comes to a climax, when your whole life becomes creative, you live in God. So he must be the creator because people who have been creative have been closest to him. Love what you do. Be meditative while you are doing it – whatsoever it is!”
– Osho

Man Standing in Fractured Landscape

“Creativity arises out of the tension between spontaneity and limitations, the latter (like the river banks) forcing the spontaneity into the various forms which are essential to the work of art or poem.”
– Rollo May

Paper Cutout Castle

Here’s to the health benefits of Laughter

Monday, June 15th, 2009

Laughing is a good thing. It make one feel great and now we can see the health benefits of laughter. Here is a clip I got from Dr Mercola’s site. I though you would really enjoy it.

Laughter has a real beneficial effect on your physical health, according to research. In the study, subjects were observed as they watched both serious movies and comedies. During the comedies, their arteries dilated and their blood pressure dropped, suggesting that laughter can in fact be a powerful medicine indeed.

The study looked at 20 healthy participants with an average age of 33. The results showed for the first time that laughter is linked to healthy function of blood vessels. It appears to cause the endothelium, which is the tissue that forms the inner lining of blood vessels, to dilate or expand in order to increase blood flow.

The study also showed that the opposite effect occurred when the subjects watched suspenseful films, suggesting a link between mental stress and the narrowing of blood vessels.

How did we do it?

Friday, March 13th, 2009

Here is a copy of an email I received.  Being a part of this group I can say I did survive.

TO ALL THE KIDS WHO SURVIVED THE 1930’s, 40’s, 50’s, 60’s and 70’s!!

First, we survived being born to mothers who smoked and/or drank while they were pregnant.

They took aspirin, ate blue cheese dressing, tuna from a can and didn’t get tested for diabetes.

Then after that trauma, we were put to sleep on our tummies in baby cribs covered with bright colored lead-base paints.

We had no childproof lids on medicine bottles, locks on doors or cabinets and when we rode our bikes, we had baseball caps not helmets on our heads.

As infants & children, we would ride in cars with no car seats, no booster seats, no seat belts, no air bags, bald tires and sometimes no brakes.

Riding in the back of a pick- up truck on a warm day was always a special treat.

We drank water from the garden hose and not from a bottle.

We shared one soft drink with four friends, from one bottle and no one actually died from this.

We ate cupcakes, white bread, real butter and bacon. We drank Kool-Aid made with real white sugar. And, we weren’t overweight. WHY?

Because we were always outside playing…that’s why!

We would leave home in the morning and play all day, as long as we were back when the streetlights came on.

We would spend hours building our go-carts out of scraps and then ride them down the hill, only to find out we forgot the brakes. After running into the bushes a few times,we learned to solve the problem.

We did not have Playstations, Nintendo’s and X-boxes. There were no video games, no 150 channels on cable, no video movies or DVD’s, no surround-sound or CD’s, no cell phones, no personal computers, no Internet and no chat rooms.

WE HAD FRIENDS and we went outside and found them!

We fell out of trees, got cut, broke bones and teeth and there were no lawsuits from these accidents.

We were given BB guns for our 10th birthdays, made up games with sticks and tennis balls and, although we were told it would happen, we did not put out very many eyes.

We rode bikes or walked to a friend’s house and knocked on the door or rang the bell, or just walked in and talked to them.

Little League had tryouts and not everyone made the team. Those who didn’t had to learn to deal with disappointment.

Imagine that!!

The idea of a parent bailing us out if we broke the law was unheard of. They actually sided with the law!

These generations have produced some of the best risk-takers, problem solvers and inventors ever.

The past 50 years have been an explosion of innovation and new ideas.

We had freedom, failure, success and responsibility, and we learned how to deal with it all.
If YOU are one of them? CONGRATULATIONS!

You might want to share this with others who have had the luck to grow up as kids, before the lawyers and the government regulated so much of our lives for our own good.

While you are at it, forward it to your kids so they will know how brave and lucky their parents were

‘With hurricanes, tornados, fires out of control, mud slides, flooding, severe thunderstorms tearing up the country from one end to another, and with the threat of bird flu and terrorist attacks, are we sure this is a good time to take God out of the Pledge of Allegiance?’
Jay Leno