It’s still hard to believe that it has been seven years since Michael Jackson’s death (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009).  I remember the day he died and I also remember a few family members and friends calling to check on me because they knew how big of a fan I still am of this iconic individual.  I think we all know that there will never be another to come and do it like Michael did it.  He mesmerized the world for the most of his life and truthfully he still continues to amaze.  Most artists will continue to tell you of the huge impact that Michael has on their music.  His music still sets the bar high….very high!  I’m posting MAN IN THE MIRROR for your enjoyment.

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(I’m frankly not interested!!!) #ITAIN’TTHATSERIOUS!   Also remember to take a fresh look at:  “THE MAN IN THE MIRROR.”


Personal Tribute To The Greatest – Muhammad Ali

Another one of the greats has now left his fleshly body and transitioned into eternity. RIP Muhammad Ali!

We Hold These Truths To Be Self-Evident

_87032434_mali2Then known as Cassius Clay, he competed in the 1960 Olympics and came home with a Gold Medal.   However, I first remember paying him attention during his second fight with Sonny Liston. I lived in Chicago then, and there were stories about people who went to the theater to watch the fight live.  It was an extra-long line waiting outside, and people were still waiting to buy tickets when the fight started.

People on the street started selling tickets to those in line so they could get inside.  What the people outside did not know was that the people selling tickets had already seen the fight.  Ali knocked Liston out in the first round.

The second time that I paid careful attention to Ali was when I was taken to a restaurant on the South Side of Chicago.  Turned out it was owned and operated by Muslims.  I enjoyed the…

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pencilI ran across this from some notes that I took in church one Sunday.  I’m not sure who the author is or who preached the sermon.  I just know that this was poignant enough for me to write it down and keep.  I hope you get the message and enjoy the remainder of your day:

A pencil-maker told the pencil 5 important lessons before putting it in the box.

1.)  Everything you do will always leave a mark.

2.)  You can always correct the mistakes you make.

3.)  What is most important is what’s inside of you.

4.)  In life, you will undergo painful sharpening’s which will only make you better.

5.)  To be the best pencil, you must allow yourself to be held and guided by the hand that holds you.