What's running though my mind comes through in my walk / True feelings are shown by the way that I talk. ~MCA Adam Yauch 1964-2012

Friday, June 26, 2009

Michael Jackson, pop music legend, dead at 50 - CNN.com

Michael Jackson, pop music legend, dead at 50 - CNN.com

I know Michael Jackson was weird. I know he had his issues. After the allegations of child abuse, I chose not to follow him or his music, but at the same time, I find myself sad that a man who was a large cultural icon of my childhood is gone.

I tend to look at Michael Jackson like two different people. The Michael Jackson of the Jackson 5 era, or the "Off the Wall" and "Thriller" eras, is how I chose to view him and his musical genius. The Michael Jackson that was larger than life, the one that made one stand in awe of his talent.

I think that Michael Jackson was a victim of his own fame and family. It's a shame he could not overcome them.

Sunday, June 21, 2009

Ch...ch...ch...changes....

First of all, let me wish a very Happy Father's Day to all the fathers out there....it reminds me of a quote I have heard;
Any fool can be a Father, but it takes a real man to be a Daddy!!

It makes me think of all those fathers, not just the biological ones, but the stepfathers, the life partners, the uncles, the grandfathers...any man that has stepped in to be a caring, supportive, role model to a child so that child feels protected and loved. It also makes me think of all the single moms who have to be both mom and dad...to all, this day is for you!!

It is also the first day of summer, the summer solstice, and to Pagans, Midsummer. Here is an article about the Pagan holiday of Midsummer. To all my Pagan friends, a Blessed Midsummer to you all!!

I have been scarce and my family has been through a lot of changes as of late. First of all, we have moved into the city, which is new to me seeing as I have always lived in the country. It is nice though. We live in a great section of town and the kids love it. The other place we lived was not a good fit. It was too small and the fact that we had neighborhood kids that tended to be hoodlums didn't help either. No, we are happier here than there....each boy has a room and this place has a better feel to it...more like a home.

We have also made a decision for me to go back to work and to end our homeschooling journey. My boys are now 16 and 12 and it seems that we need to find a new direction in their education. With this decision, my oldest can attend BOCES for auto trades. Both of the boys have toured their new schools to be and seem to be really excited about it...which is a relief as I have had periods of swinging from being excited about this new chapter in my life, to complete and total guilt of not homeschooling anymore, but I think we had a good time while it lasted and we have more exciting things to come.

Well, it is off for dinner...take care all!!