It’s Been A While!

I know its been a while since I’ve written a blog.  It’s been a busy 2 months since the New Year arrived upon us.  I moved the first of February into a new house and getting it packed away and settled, plus working full time, has made for a busy month.

Hard to believe Monday marks the 1st of March.  Which by the way, will make me 10 months television free.  Still don’t miss it much, I’m way to busy to sit in front of a television anyway.  And as the country song says ‘315 channels of nothing on”.

Planned a trip in the mean time.  Cruise on Liberty of the Seas.  Looking forward to that with some good friends.  Looking forward to getting away down South.

Well, gotta go!  This is a big house.  More cleaning to do.

I won’t wait so long to write next time.  What have you been up to?

Darlene

How Are You Doing With Your New Year’s Resolutions!

I have been putting a bit of pressure on myself to write my first blog of 2010, and then I realized, that if I had made a resolution to write at least once a week, I would have not succeeded.  And I didn’t want to get discouraged.  So it got me thinking!

Today is Thursday, January 14th and do you know that 75% have hit a snag by now, and that by March, that same percentage of people will drop them.   You know the drill.  We have all done it.  We get up January 1st and we are losing weight, getting in shape, eating better, taking more time for myself, reading more books and the list can go on and on.  Or, you could be like my sister, who insists on starting her New Year’s resolution on the first Monday following New Years Day.  Oh yes, this year Jackie started on Monday, January 4th.  After all, she wasn’t losing 3 whole days of eating.

The problem with people setting a ‘time to start’ of say 3 days ahead, you know what happens.  You eat more in that 3 days than you normally would, reassuring yourself you are going to start Monday, and by Friday, you have fallen off that bandwagon faster than a dog can lick himself!

My resolutions this year were pretty simple.  I wanted to travel to someplace new, which I am working on right now, going to make that happen in March with my 2 fabulous friends Maureen and Judy.  And I wanted to continue working out, something I started back in August of 2009.  And I’m proud to say in the last 14 days I have worked out 11 of them.   I kept it to two, and kept it pretty simple.

I hope you are taking the steps, baby steps even, to accomplishing even one of the things you set out to do in 2010.

Thanks for Reading

Dar

Are You Ready for Christmas?

I wish there was something I could do to help some people relieve the stress of Christmas.   I do my part for needy families and charities, but I’m talking about everyday people like you and me who seem to get over-whelmed this time of year.  From co-workers to friends, you hear about the ‘stresses’ of Christmas and the pressure to get the hottest most expensive items.  What if everyone made it a point to bring Christmas back to a simpler time.

Case in point.  When we were young we were given a few gifts, which included pajamas, one toy of choice, socks and a few other goodies.  I would never dream of asking my parents for a computer or anything that cost in the range of $700.  In our stockings we received an apple, and orange, some candy canes and a choclate Santa.  My favorite part was the 5-point apples (as my dad used to call them).  The Red Delicious apples that my mom and dad only bought once per year.  It was my favorite part of the stocking.  There were no $200 mp-3 players in our stockings, our total gifts didn’t come to $200.   We just didn’t have it. 

And the thing is, we weren’t poor, we were middle class.  and I know our salaries have not increased by 500%, so why has our spending for this season increased by 500%?

It’s up to each and every one of us to simplify this holiday again.  Enjoy it…please!

Darlene

Michael J Fox – 2 Inspiring Books

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I have just finished reading both of Michael J Fox’s books, Lucky Man and Always Looking Up.   I enjoy autobiographies very much, and these are two of my favorites.

The first book, Lucky Man, tells of his rise to fame to his diagnosis with Parkinson’s Disease.   It is well written, funny, sad and poignant.  In his own words he tells of his struggles and triumphs.  A great book, worth passing on.

The second book, Always Looking Up – The Adventures of an Incurable Optimist focuses on the last 10 years of his life, as he retires from acting, starts a Foundation and starts his journey to help find a cure for Parkinson’s Disease.  As with the first book, it is well written, and I found myself going to YouTube and watching the interviews that were mentioned in the book.  Especially the one with Katie Couric.

These would be great gifts for people, as they are inspiring, funny and thoughtful.

Enjoy

Darlene

Marty Stuart shines in St. John`s

I had the priviledge Friday night of being in the Holy Heart Theatre in St. John`s to watch Marty Stuart and the Fabulous Superlatives.   It was one of the best country shows I have ever seen, and working in Country Radio for many years, I have seen many shows.

Before going in, I reflected on the fact that Marty Stuart played in Johnny Cash`s band, was married to his daughter Cindy, went to work for Lester Flatt at the age of 13, has played with Travis Tritt, Emmy-Lou Harris and many more, and probably doesn`t throw the word `Fabulous`around a lot, especially where it pertains to country music.  So I was looking forward to seeing him with the Fabulous Superlatives.

And I wasn`t disappointed.  From Marty Stuart`s known favorites like Tempted and Hillbilly Rock to some great classics like Long Black Veil and A Satisfied Mind, this was one great performance.

Hats off to the Superlatives, Paul Martin, Harry Stinson and `Cousin`Kenny Vaughn, who I had the great honor of sitting down and having a conversation after the show.  Playing with greats like McBride and the Ride, and back-up to many more, I took this quote from the Internet

Stuart is on a creative hot streak and, with guitarist Kenny Vaughan acting as his 6-string compadre, his mojo is at epic proportions.

It was indeed a priviledge.

Darlene