But I Do

I turn to you

And I know I shouldn’t

He treats me fine

But you show more attention

Little messages during the day

And chats at night

That something extra

When you call me dear

 

I turn to you

And I know I shouldn’t

That getting to know you rush

In discovering things in common

The connection to you

That I cannot explain

That something extra

When you say you missed me

 

I turn to you

And I know I shouldn’t…

 

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A to Z Challenge – Technology

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T is for technology

I will admit I struggled a little with what word to write about. I do however rely a lot on technology.  I spend a lot of the day on my laptop reading posts and posting on WordPress.  I connect with friends and family on Facebook and I try to keep up with my email.

There is also my phone.  A smart phone that lets me take and edit pictures, there are games to play, I can access WordPress and email if I am away from my laptop, I have access to all the internet offers, and oh yeah, I can call and text people.

I stream movies on Netflix and watch a little digital TV.  Oh and there is the WiFi that I use for both my laptop and phone.  I have a few ebooks and audio books I “read” during the day.  And music… it is available in so many forms.  As I write this I have Pink Floyd’s The Wall in my ear from the millions of videos on YouTube.

I am one who has fully embraced the computer age and wanders through the maze of the internet.  Who would have thought it all started with an Atari (yes, Atari) computer my Dad bought when I was a teenager?  Are you plugged in a lot too?

 

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On The Beach

She turned to him and asked, “Would you do my back?”  Then she handed him the bottle of suntan oil.

“You know this stuff is bad for your skin?  This is like zero SPF you have,” he said taking the bottle and looking at the label.  “You might as well use baby oil.”

“My mom used to when she would suntan as a teen.  She is looking a little aged these days.”

“How about you use my SPF thirty and take a little better care of your skin?”  He smiled and added, “Please turn around,” and began applying the lotion.

 

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A to Z Challenge – Semicolon

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S is for Semicolon

April 16th was Project Semicolon Day.  I am sure a lot of you are unaware of what that is.  It is about an awareness of mental health and suicide.  It is the semicolon in the story of your life that means your story is not finished yet.  I stumbled on the site a few years ago and since suicide has touched my life in more that one way I connected with the project.

Every year I do some kind of a post for the day and I draw on the semicolon on my wrist until I can actually get the real tattoo.  Because my story is not over yet.

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Remember if you are troubled and need help, seek medical advice.  If it is an emergency call 911 immediately and if you just need someone to guide you through a rough patch call the 24 hour lifeline of the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline at 1-800-273-TALK (8255).

 

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Mumbles … Partisan

I am not one who is really very outspoken with my political views.  Maybe it is because I have never really had a candidate, I thought 100% should be in office for whatever they were running for.  So, when I read the word for the day from Fandango… I was sure I could not do a poem for it.  I looked up a definition for a sample sentence and synonyms to maybe trigger something for a flash fiction piece.  As you can see here, I have resigned myself to just babble a little about it.

According to Google there is more than one definition.  I think I will talk about the first noun definition that states it is “a strong supporter of a party, cause, or person.”  Like I said I have never really been a partisan for a person.  I am a middle of the road Independent for the most part… if I have to pick a party it would be Democratic.  Now a cause, that I can get behind.

I have very strong beliefs on a couple of things.  Same sex marriages (for it), right to choose (pro-choice, and MY choice would be adoption, but I want that right to decide that) and reform on drug laws (I believe pot should be legal for medicinal purposes for all states and recreational too.) Of those three I am strongest about marijuana.

I know a couple of people who use it (one legally and one not) and it does wonders for their health.  I feel it would only benefit the local economy to legalize it.  Reduce the number of prison spaces we need.  And over all make people happier.  I have never been around a mad stoned person, but lots of angry drunks.

So, I guess I did have partisan inside of me… I will step off my soap box now and go on about my business.  Have a good night/day!

 

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A to Z Challenge – Records

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R is for records

I grew up with lots of records (or vinyl for you youngsters).  We had albums, 45’s and my parents even had some 78’s.  We would stack them up 2 and 3 deep to play lots of songs.  But sometimes with three of them the record would lag a little and sound bad… but then it was a J C Penny’s stereo too.  As we got older my sister invested in a nice stereo when she saved up money from her first job.  I was so jealous of her… it was a very nice stereo system.

We had rock, country, dixieland, classics, Christmas and even a couple of comedy records.  My parents love of all kinds of music (Elvis to Bing Crosby, Chuck Berry to Herb Albert) lead to my love of all music.  The variety of music that played on the stereo shaped my life.

I saved my allowance to go to the local Musicland store to get the latest hot album I couldn’t live without – The Kiss solo albums, Foreigner, and Billy Thorpe just to name a few

.  I even got a couple of albums that weren’t exactly hit albums – John Travolta’s and Jeff Conaway’s to name a couple.

As I grew older country had a big pull on me and I have some promotional give away albums for The Oak Ridge Boys, Lee Greenwood and Alabama.  And that is about the time I discovered soundtracks – The Rose, Grease, Sooner or Later.

My records are still with me.  Even have a couple I’ve gotten autographed.  And now with the resurgence in vinyl I may have to look into a modern day turntable.

As a special treat here is a sampling of John’s album at a very young age in 1976…

 

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A to Z Challenge – Quotes

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Q is for Quotes

I had to think about this one for a while.  I could have gone with qi that nice little two letter word I love to play in Scrabble or Words With Friends.  I thought about one of my top 5 music artist Queen.  But I am going with Quotes and share of few that I like.

“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched – they must be felt with the heart.” – Helen Keller

“The future belongs to those who believe in the beauty of their dreams” – Eleanor Roosevelt

“Faith is taking the first step even when you don’t see the whole staircase.” – Martin Luther King Jr

“It does not matter how slowly you go as long as you do not stop.” – Confucius

“Those who do not remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” – George Santayana

I could like a whole lot more, I am often going to Brainyquote to find new ones.  And I do get a daily quote in my email.  There has been a lot said in the past we should pay attention to.  I will close with one of my favorites…

“No matter what people tell you, words and ideas can change the world.” – Robin Williams

 

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