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Tuesday, April 22, 2008

Do You Know The Secret To Rhonda Byrne’s “The Secret”?

Tell me something, my dedicated and loyal readers, are you a fan of the book “The Secret” by Rhonda Byrne? It must be a fine book, well at least babygirl Oprah Winfrey thinks so. “So you believe everything Oprah Winfrey says, huh”, I hear you...but, maybe you are really expressing your own reliance upon Miss. Winfrey’s guidance, which is usually beneficial - indeed. Now...now...now, before you all say I’m being alittle too defensive - I mean you no harm fair ones. I’m just presenting my views, I love you guys. Next.

Rhonda Byrne, author of “The Secret”, must have hear and read the ideas contained in the book, I for one surely have. And I heard them a long time ago and I ain’t the only one. This is not a knock on Rhonda Byrne or her popular book, “The Secret”. Again...I’m only expressing a personal view, but true view, and nothing more. Now I will reveal where I first discovered the thoughts and course of action prescribed in “The Secret”. There are to famous books from days gone by that present the same program that makes up the contents of Rhonda Byrne’s book. “Think & Grow Rich” by Napoleon Hill, the other by Claude M. Bristol called “The Magic of Believing”, both books - gems in the field of personal development and self-help - contain what you see and read in “The Secret”. Take a look.

Now, know this, Rhonda Byrne has done a great service by reigniting the flame of personal development and self-help. “The Secret” is a valuable book for our personal development if put into action - put into action - being the real “secret”. It is valuable in that it has awakened interest in mankind’s inner resources, in his ability to totally change his life for the better solely through using his god-given will-power. There is certainly room on the shelf for “The Secret”, it deserves a spot along side its predecessors: Napoleon Hill’s “Think & Grow Rich” and Claude M. Bristol’s “The Magic of Believing”. Oprah’s with it for some reason - remember - she definitely doesn’t need the money.

Monday, April 21, 2008

Federal Reserve Chairman, Mr. Bernanke, On US Economy

Yes, as you’ve noticed, I’ve been away a bit. You guys didn’t get too lonely did ya? I’m OK, I‘ve just been busy, busy, busy...but I’m back now and here’s the scoop: The economy is in bad shape. I hope that bit of top secret info didn’t cause you guys too much shock, they(the Feds, etc.) have pulled the wool over our sweet little sheep eyes again. I remember hearing the Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke, say in the latter part of last year that we were not in for a recession, but I knew from the looks of things - jobs, gas, housing - that oh yes, we were in a recession in 2007 and certainly now in 2008 - the Feds always have a way of hiding the truth. It’s called lying, oh my, such a dirty word. You mean the federal government, our fine and distingished statesmen lied to us. Why treat us like this, we sheep haven’t done anything wrong, we’re always good little blind and nieve creatures...Why?...Why?...Why?

America might be the “promise land” but we don’t always get everything we’re promised. Mr. Ben Bernanke , our beloved Fed Chairman, has finally admitted what most of us knew all along - we are in - okay, we are heading in the direction of a recession. Whoo...I think I need to wipe my face after that one. You would have thought Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke was pulling teeth - but whose teeth, ours or his? Any way folks, we going to be alright. Right?

Of course, I must, I must, it’s my solemn duty to leave you with some bountiful, uplifting thoughts to lighten your load. Even though our most honored and respected Federal Reserve Chairman, Ben Bernanke has given us some rather foil news - we must not let that send our minds and hearts into a pessimstic dungeon. This is a first time we have experienced quite a few times before, a recession, a downturn in the economy, and surely it won’t be the last. This United States of America will make it through these somewhat turbulent times and each and everyone of us loyal sheep will take our part in this country’s recovery. We will make, we will make it. We all should focus on what we as single individuals can do to make America, our glorious country, what it has always been - The world’s strongest nation. Stand up and salute this wonderful place called the “United States of America”. I leave you all with this.

Saturday, April 12, 2008

Leona Lewis, Jimmy Kimmel & Carson Daly Ain’t Playing

Leona Lewis, I saw Leona Lewis last night on “Jimmy Kimmel Live”, he and Carson Daly’s “Last Call” really put on recording artists that people want to see; even if they are not widely known. They also put on our favorites too - singers other shows won’t book. Theses telecasts give new artists some very valuable exposure. Leona Lewis is the latest beneficiary, she performed on the hip show “Jimmy Kimmel Live” last night, she seems like she really wants to be a big rock star. What? Every singer wants to be a rock star or singing star...we all want to succeed and succeed big. Man, was I surprised...the woman is gorgeous, I mean drop-dead gorgeous - and you wonder why I’m in this business?**### - just kidding.

Hey, how about “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and Carson Daly’s “Last Call” though, them cats doing it. Right? I mean they “on point” with bringing on them acts - and that’s real. They’re giving the “rock star” feel or favor. “Jimmy Kimmel Live” even has real outdoor concerts, I mean real stage shows, first time I saw that on a late night show. Or was it Carson Daly’s...? Oh yeah, how about Jimmy Kimmel’s Matt Damon skit, that’s so funny, poor Matt Damon, if only they had enough time. Like I said, “Jimmy Kimmel Live” and “Last Call” ain’t playing peoples, they pulling out all the stops and I, for one, love it. Their musical guests is what’s powering both shows, and that’s okay with me...I can go to David Letterman or Conan O’Brien for my chuckles...

Now, this Leona Lewis is nice to look at, I would like to inspect and observe this specimen again. Can some one tell me where I can do that? He, hee...Leona Lewis, you looking good girl...

Shout-Out To America And The Soldiers In Iraq

This isn’t going to be a vote for or against the war we find ourselves in over in Iraq, instead I want to show my gratitude for the people over there who are sacrificing everything for this country. I want them to know that I think about them a whole lot, and that they are doing a very admirable job - protecting this country - our beloved United States of America. What greater love can a man or woman have than to lay down his or her life for his brother.

Many of you soldiers are coming back to America, your home, in an impaired condition. Some of you aren’t returning at all. I think of your courage and love for America - you all make me proud to be in America - the greatest country of all.

Soldiers, know that most people in America and elsewhere see as I do. Let not the word Vietnam shed darkness and dishonor over your so honorable actions in Iraq, you brave men and women are obeying your Commander-in-Chief like a good knight would serve his king. I stand and give each and everyone of you a round of applaud for keeping this country strong. So, soldiers feel good about yourselves for we appreciate the work you do - Protecting the United States of America. Thank you so much.

Tuesday, April 8, 2008

Maybe The Poetry Of Alfred, Lord Tennyson Can Help

Want to lift you spirits? Well, how about this? - let’s learn to jot down some poetry - poetry can really bring a dull mind up, and help one see life from a whole new spectrum. Most of you reading this think you would only be wasting thy precious time reading poems and writing poetry - I beg to differ. Alfred Tennyson, Robert Bly, David Thoreau, William Blake, Emily Dickinson, James Joyce, Joanna Baillie - all great poets who found great dimensions in the use of the written word. These poetry lovers and many more just like them, see here: all about poets, thought man could, and can see more into his existence by expressing himself through the written word. Go there and find wonderful poets and consciousness-raising poetry that I’m sure will enlighten your mental state. Words can hurt - but they can also heal.

Poetry is founded not just on the the abilty to rhyme words, that’s not the sole reason or foundation for the creation of poetry. A poet attempts to convey his or her inner perception - their soul - regarding a given subject or subjects. Poems are his medium.They want to communicate their feelings in a direct way - away that can startle and confuse our so mudane minds. Take this, read this sampling from Alfred, Lord Tennyson(1809-1892):

“Ring Out, Wild Bells"

Ring out, wild bells, to the wild sky,
The flying cloud, the frosty light;
The year is dying in the night;
Ring out, wild bells, and let him die.
Ring out the old, ring in the new,
Ring, happy bells, across the snow:
The year is going, let him go;
Ring out the false, ring in the true.
Ring out the grief that saps the mind,
For those that here we see no more,
Ring out the feud of rich and poor,
Ring in redress to all mankind.
Ring out a slowly dying cause,
And ancient forms of party strife;
Ring in the nobler modes of life,
With sweeter manners, purer laws.
Ring out the want, the care, the sin,
The faithless coldness of the times;
Ring out, ring out thy mournful rhymes,
But ring the fuller minstrel in.
Ring out false pride in place and blood,
The civic slander and the spite;
Ring in the love of truth and right,
Ring in the common love of good.
Ring out old shapes of foul disease,
Ring out the narrowing lust of gold;
Ring out the thousand wars of old,
Ring in the thousand years of peace.
Ring in the valiant man and free,
The larger heart, the kindlier hand;
Ring out the darkness of the land,
Ring in the Christ that is to be.

See how this poet used his soul speech to take us whirlwinding through the mystical wonderland of a great poet, this is poetry to shake the “soul”. I bow to you in thankfulness, oh Lord Tennyson. You have just entered the inner sanctum of this great poets mind, time has no influence here, his dear words are as powerful today as they were when first put to paper in the year 1850 - be assured, time carries no strengh in these realms...dear one. And another by Emily Dickinson(1830-1886):

“A Day”

I'll tell you how the sun rose, -
A ribbon at a time.
The steeples swam in amethyst,
The news like squirrels ran.

The hills untied their bonnets,
The bobolinks begun.
Then I said softly to myself,
"That must have been the sun!"

But how he set, I know not.
There seemed a purple stile
Which little yellow boys and girls
Were climbing all the while

Till when they reached the other side,
A dominic in gray
Put gently up the evening bars,
And led the flock away.

How she touches the mind and senses so delicately, how we flow innocently into the living streams of her so fulfilling utterances. This be fine poetry, indeed. But, mind you; not all poetry is so lightening, so soft - some poetry hits like a sledge hammer - calling for movement, action on the part of its receiver. No...no...no...some poets seek to get us to act , to move in a certain direction. Oh yes, my friend, becoming a poet will take all of you and that is what life asks of us - ALL.

Friday, April 4, 2008

Ashanti Is Releasing New Album

Word just in - Ashanti to release new album titled “Declaration” in June, so let’s all get ready. My woman is going to hit us up real good this time, just wait and see. Ashanti is hungry and badly wants a hit, so I’m sure she’s done her best to make this - one off the chain joint.

I do hope Irv Gotti had a lot of production on this album though. He, Ashanti, and Jarule make a good team - hope they got back together. Well, we’ll just have to wait and see. Good luck Ashanti. Damn! I lov u girl.

Look at her in her Pocahontas attire(back n da day):

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Showed The Way

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. was assassinated on April 4, 1968 - the day America will always mourn - one of its most courageous and upright citizens was killed by a sniper’s bullet. Since the horrible slaying of Dr. King, this nation has certainly progressed in racial relations, which shows what a positive and noble aim can accomplish. America is a better country from the work of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. and others like him.

This United States of America has always been a country known for great its commitments, innovations and accomplishments - and equalizing the rights of all of its populace was one of its most ground-breaking actions. Its corrected civil rights policies have gone a long ways to improving this nation and making it a true “melting pot”. And individuals like Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. are the founding fathers of these civil right statutes. Our many races are now living far more harmoniously then before changes to the civil rights laws. Great nations do great things.

So lets remember the death of this great and intelligent man and continue to improve our nation’s racial and social issues. Let us remember the sadness of this day, but let us also remember the joy that this man has help create in all of our lives. We, along with the “DREAM” of one Dr, Martin Luther King, Jr., can do it. We just have to want it. Think about it.

Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.

Mariah Carey Is Into Personal Development And Loving It

"Touch My Body"

What did I say in this post?: Mariah Carey Does It Again!, go read it again. Yes, I predicted this current episode of Mariah Carey’s success, it just goes on and on. I said that “Touch My Body” was going to be big, and it is at the top of the charts. My baby Ashanti, keep your head up...you are due for a comeback too, take some time to study Miss. Carey. She has a strong will(she must be into personal development), I like that; she refuses to lose. Ashanti - stay positive baby. Alright, this post is about Mariah Carey isn’t it? So read about what she went through here: Bad news for Mariah.

Mariah Carey's "Glitter"

As we know, Mariah Carey was written-off after the unsuccessful “Glitter”, an album and movie that just didn’t go over well, it shocked the industry and Mariah Carey herself. But boy, how things have changed? She’s back to breaking records and things, Mariah Carey is totally back ya’ll; she’s done it again with “Touch My Body”; I for one knew she would return to her glory, she seems to always give her best, that is what personal development and self-growth is all about: doing your best and overcoming your failures and obstacles. Mariah Carey has made it through her so-called breakdown after the “Glitter” debacle and now she is flying high. Take note peeps, this woman is tough, no doubt. She has triumphed. Alright Mariah.