Bill Clinton Part 2

   Bill Clinton and myself in St. John’s, Newfoundland, Canada

Hi Everyone, just got the picture back where I had a chance to meet former President Bill Clinton in St. John’s, Newfoundland on Thursday, May 28, 2009.   He was extremely gracious as I got a few moments to comment on the charity work he has been doing since he left the White House.

“I started CGI in 2005 to help turn good intentions into real action and results.”    William J Clinton

A little about the Clinton Global Initiative from the website. 

CGI Annual Meetings have brought together more than 100 current and former heads of state, 14 Nobel Peace Prize winners, hundreds of leading global CEOs, major philanthropists and foundation heads, directors of the most effective non-governmental organizations, and prominent members of the media. These CGI members have made more than 1,400 commitments valued at $46 billion, which have already improved more than 200 million lives in 150 countries. Commitments made at the 2008 Annual Meeting are expected to impact almost 160 million people.

You can check out the wonderrful work this charity is doing at www.clintonglobalinitiative.org

They have done wonderful deeds like provide clean drinking water to millions of people and aided with malnutrition for millions of children.

Hat’s off Mr. Clinton.

Darlene

Susan Boyle Is Still A Winner!

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By now, headlines around the world are screaming that ‘Boyle foiled’, Britian’s Got Talent Susan Boyle came in second place to the dance group Diversity.  In my mind, Susan Boyle is still a winner.

This is a 48-year old woman, who lived in a small village with her cat Pebbles, and literally overnight, became a media sensation.  With over 100 million hits on youtube, she suddenly became the focus of the paparazzi.  And we all know how kind the paparazzi can be, especially overseas.  Let’s not forget Princess Diana. 

So she lost her cool.  Now, when you and I lose our cool, it doesn’t make international headlines.  I say this.  Let the first person who has never lost his or her cool, be the first one to stand up and take a cheap pot-shot at this lady.

Diversity is a great dance troupe, and I wish them all the success in the world.  I don’t want to take anything away from their talent and success.  But Susan Boyle is still a winner in my eyes, and if someone is smart enough to give her a recording contract, I will be one of the many people taking their hard-earned money and buying that cd.

Susan Boyle, you were fantastic!

Darlene

Former President Bill Clinton

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Former U.S. President Bill Clinton was in St. John’s today, and not only did I have the priviledge to hear him speak, I also got the chance to meet him, speak with him and have my picture taken with him.  I will post that as soon as they send it to me.  You see, you don’t use your own camera, and have a buddy take the picture.  It’s his photographer, etc.

But let’s get back to the real reason I went to see the former President speak.  I thought he did a great job of tackling some of the current day issues, but what was most impressive was the fact that he spoke very well in laymens terms, so that everyone in the audience could understand what he meant.

He touched on issues like North Korea, Pakistan, Afghanistan and Iran.  But mostly, he spoke on making a change in the world, and how everyone can play a part in that.   I liked his message about how the global economy and climate change are weighing heavily on people’s minds, and that cynicism and pessimism causes people to do nothing.

He talked about some of the work his charities have been doing in poverty stricken countries, and took a moment to thank Newfoundlanders for the part they played on 9/11, and how they opened their hearts and their homes to people stranded on the 77 flights that made emergency landings in Newfoundland.

A great day – the sun was shining and I got to meet a former President.  Not bad!

Darlene

Kanye West is an Idiot!

First of all let me apologize to the regular readers… I never wanted to turn this blog into a lot of negativity.  I wanted to share triumphs, great books, good movies, and thoughts on different topics and current events.  However, too often I go on to peruse one of my favorite sites and this guy is there with a temper tantrum, or a sookie moment,, and now, he  has shown up on the Time Magazine’s website with this ludicrous quote. 

KANYE WEST, who is publishing his own book
Time Magazine, shame on you for printing this.  I know I am going to get some back-lash but I am willing to chance it.  I won’t even publish his picture.   If you have kids, my wish for you is that this is not one of their role models.  It doesn’t surprise me, that he doesn’t believe in books, unless I’m sure they are about him!!
 This is a guy who
** 2 years in a row at the MTV Video Music Awards, throwing temper tantrums, threatening not to return, BECAUSE HE DIDNT WIN!
** Leading up to the 2005 Grammy Awards, he was in the news again, complaining he wasn’t getting enough press!
** One of my personal favorites of how egotistical and small a person he is, came during the 2006 European MTV Music awards, when after losing, he jumps on the stage during the winner’s acceptance speech and starts yelling that he deserved to win.  This guy is NUTS!
With an ego like that, I wouldn’t be surpised to find that he Googles his own name every day.  Please let him come across this small little blog.  He’s an idiot, and magazines, entertainment shows and news shows should stop giving him press… then maybe he would just become that crazy ‘has-been’.
My apologies for the vent.  I promise the next blog will be a more positive, up-lifting subject.
Darlene

Susan Boyle Wows Again!

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If anyone was ever afraid to dream a dream, you should check out this clip on Youtube.

www.youtube.com/watch?v=9lp0IWv8QZY

It is the clip of Susan Boyle’s breakthrough performance where she stunned the judges and the audience members of Britain’s Got Talent!     She knocked another one out of the ball park with her rendition of ‘Memory’ from the musical cats.  Check it out.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_d_5LDPP_7E

If you and your dreams have been silenced due to naysayers, check out these video clips, and never be afraid to dream big.  She was almost 48 years old, unemployed, and because she never stopped believing in her dream, became an over-night sensation.  Let’s keep our fingers crossed that she gets to live her big dream – singing in front of the Queen.

Go Susan Go!