Getting Real

What is really real, really true in my life?

So Who Wins AGT's Big Prize Tonight?

[Edited to add: Okay, so go ahead and rub salt in my wounds . . . I guessed wrong. But I don't care, because I liked all the final acts!
     1st=Grimm :)     2nd=Evancho     3rd=Defying Gravity     4th=Poppycock     ]

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In just a couple of hours, America’s Got Talent will announce the million-dollar prizewinner on national TV. Three of my favorites made it to the final four contestants. I really think Jackie Evancho will be the overall winner!

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Real Life vs. Slavefic (1/?)
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JUMP ON THIS! New Song: "Hidden Away" (co-written by Josh Groban)
Edited to add this note from Groban's website:
"This free download is only available until 9/14 at 10am PST!"

The first time I heard Josh Groban was on the radio, singing "O Holy Night"--in tones so pure it brought tears to my eyes. His voice is so astonishingly beautiful, and so is the new song he co-wrote, "Hidden Away." Something inside me just thrills when I hear this! OMG, I wish I hadn't sold my guitar! I want need to learn this piece!

He's coming out with his new album, Illuminations, in November and I can hardly wait. "Hidden Away" is the opening track, and (for now at least) you can download it for free at Click on "Get Started"--it's pretty easy.
I also received a unique ID for referrals, but I'm not interested in tracking myself on the "Leaderboard" thingy. But if you have fun with that kind of thing, drop your referral ID into all your communiques and see what happens! You'll get the ID when you download the music.

But anyway, hurry, because in the email I received with the ID, it said my friends would only be able to download it till Sept. 14th, which is tomorrow already--and I don't know it that applies to the official website as well, or if it's only for my referral ID.

P.S. One more little thing: If you download the song, would you listen especially to the second line? I wrote out the lyrics for myself so that I can learn the song by heart; but danged if I can figure out the second line, particularly the first couple words.

[Edited to add: Never mind! I should've figured that the words would be out on the lyrics sites! LOL! I'm still going to have to hope for the correct lyrics to be included with the album though, because there is a boatload of disagreement between the words on the various lyrics sites as compared to lyrics posted by various folks on YouTube. Argh! A month and a half to wait! ;D ]

Rosary for the Bishop
I learned this morning of an organized effort to remind Catholics to pray for their local bishop. It started in 2005 in Madison, WI, and was successful there. They opened it up on behalf of bishops all over the U.S. and many other countries at the end of 2009.

Here's a blurb from the website:

"Catholics from Madison, Wisconsin, have started a website encouraging the faithful to pray the rosary for their bishops. At, you can choose which days you would like to pray for your bishop. The site can send an optional reminder email so you don't forget, and statistics are available about how many other people are praying, including a world map of participating dioceses. It's time to start praying for our shepherds, and Rosary for the Bishop a great way to do just that."
Seems like the right idea to me, so I signed up.  The stats are a fun feature, too.  As news spreads and more people join, we can keep track of the growth.  :)

A New Little Willie Poem

Time to lighten up a bit, eh? So, I offer for your amusement my newest poem about that horrid little rotter, Little Willie:


Willie is such an adorable child;

He just drives his twin sisters wild.

They’ve survived this long—year after year—

Because one guards the front and the other the rear.


I’m in such a weird mood right now. Last Friday was my cousin’s funeral (only in his late 20s, he laid down with a headache and never woke). This is the first July 4th in years that my brothers didn’t set off fireworks in front of the house. We might have to move next fall. I really need to pay better attention to my health and my finances. I’m on the front end of several projects. And I’m busy laying the groundwork for a new business.



I've got to set aside some time to just sit and mull things over, see if I can make some sense out of everything, and pick a direction to move in.




The Man Who Was Thursday
Yikes! I just finished reading the novel by G. K. Chesterton. It left me feeling unsettled. It's the same kind of feeling I get watching horror flicks, where some good eventually resolves itself, but you just know that evil is still creeping about somewhere near.

I am a huge fan of Chesterton's benevolent Father Brown character; but the characters in "The Man Who Was Thursday" really didn't click with me.  Most of them are introduced as being evil and threatening; but it turns out they are undercover, spying against an evil organization. It's just that their descriptions and dialog are still so peculiar that I couldn't warm up to the good in them. They still felt suspect.

Maybe that's just me. I have a hard time trusting anyone not to hurt me if I let them get to close.  I have an even harder time with the "reveal all" expectations of American culture; in which you are expected to submit thoughts, opinions, and even intimate feelings to the judgment of complete strangers. It just does not feel safe to me, even in fiction, since my "thick skin" seems to be lacking or defective.

Also, my actions aren't matching up very well to my professed beliefs in some key areas. I came away from this story with the uncomfortable feeling that I am not what I should want to be, and that that makes me a peculiar character.

Oh, well.  Chesterton did warn . . . he subtitled his novel "A Nightmare."

It Takes Money to Make Money

I haven't posted for a while.  I've been working on a project.  But I thought I'd post this bit of goofiness for you:


by Shel Silverstein


My dad gave me one dollar bill
'Cause I'm his smartest son,
And I swapped it for two shiny quarters
'Cause two is more than one!


And then I took the quarters
And traded them to Lou
For three dimes -- I guess he don't know
That three is more than two!


Just then, along came old blind Bates
And just 'cause he can't see,
He gave me four nickels for my three dimes,
And four is more than three!


And I took the nickels to Hiram Coombs
Down at the seed-feed store,
And the fool gave me five pennies for them,
And five is more than four!


And then I went and showed my dad,
And he got red in the cheeks
And closed his eyes and shook his head--
Too proud of me to speak!


So let's get on the ball here, folks!  Just by following this guy's example, we should all be able to at least double or triple our starting investments; and perhaps even aspire to quintuple our money, just as he did!   ;D

Happy Easter!
To my fellow Christians, Alleluia!  If you are not Christian, then I wish you the joy of the day!  Blessings to all!

Happy Belated April Fools Day!

[Dang it!  I wanted to post this yesterday, but I was way to sick to be online.]

I love “stupid people” stuff:  dumbest criminals, candid camera, hoaxes—mostly because it’s really easy to pull the wool over my eyes and I have to reassure myself that I’m not the only (or biggest) idiot on the planet.  My nephew sent me a link yesterday to “Top 100 April Fool’s Day Hoaxes” (here) from the Hall of Fame on the website Museum of Hoaxes (here), which was created in 1997 by Alex Boese and “dedicated to promoting knowledge about hoaxes.”  My sides still hurt for laughing!

The first entry on Mr. B’s list was “The Swiss Spaghetti Harvest.”  I looked up the BBC clip on YouTube, if you’d like to see it for yourself (
here).  The actual video and the sound don't kick in until about 0:31, but this clip has better sound and picture quality than the others I found.

The next time you need a little humor break, the Museum of Hoaxes would be a fun place to go.  ;-)



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