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Dear friends, visitors, caterpillars, butterflies, crusty moths and a certain roach,
I had out-patient surgery this morning, so am not feeling 100 percent. There is lots going on, so feel free to post whatever you want to discuss or express in the comment section.
The song “Wake Up Everybody” song by Harold Melvin and the Blue Notes, was released in 1975. The video below was recorded in 2008 for a PBS Special. The lyrics still apply today.
“The world won’t get no better if we just let it be.”
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Rockford, Illinois has an airport.
It’s one of those airports where planes fly people for vacations, such as Apple vacations. In other words, you can’t book a flight to New York or Texas or Atlanta to visit with family, attend funerals — stuff like that.
The airport used to have an air show each year. The last air show was in 2015.
My son, who served in the United States Air Force, loves jets. At the age of 6, he sat in a pilot’s seat and fell in love. He probably loves a bicycle if it could fly. When he was home in 2010, we attended the Air Show.
The event is one where you bring your own camping chair. That is pretty common in Rockford. Our entire family has folding camping chairs with their own carrying bags that you can sling over your shoulder. We used to take them to On the Waterfront, a musical, eating event, but that too was cancelled after 2012.
Rockford organizers of events seem to be out of touch with the interests of its citizens. For example, I remember attending On The Waterfront one year. The Spinners performed, and a man swaying and clapping next to me, who was dressed in overalls and a plaid shirt said, “Why can’t we hear more music like this around here?”
The next night, The Vanilla Fudge performed, and a woman doing the dance “the jerk” said it was the best $8 concert she ever attended. (I was doing the Boogaloo.)
Although Rockford is located in Northwestern Illinois, the music that overwhelms the airways, in bars, and even for karaoke, is Country-Western. On The Waterfront brought in some big names for Country and Rock artists, but soon abandoned R&B and artists of the 60’s, 70’s and 80’s.
The Air Show was different. There was food and souvenirs, but the best part were the jets – unless you had to use the restroom. Read the rest of this entry
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Oh how I wish I had the gift and power of resurrection.
Looking back at the year that was and remembering the long list of people that were famous, known nationally, and recognized; 2016 saw the deaths of an unusually long list of political titans and sports icons, famous musicians and Hollywood greats. There was the boxer nicknamed The Greatest, the musician known as Prince, the revolutionary leader Fidel Castro.
– Muhammad Ali, the heavyweight boxing champion who transformed himself into a global hero, died June 3 at 74. Ali, who fought a high-profile battle with Parkinson’s disease, died of septic shock.
– George Michael musician, front man for the group Wham.
– Natalie Cole, musician, daughter of the great Nat King Cole.
– Maurice White, songwriter, producer and founder of Earth, Wind, and Fire.
– The death of Fidel Castro, the cigar-chomping despot who ruled Communist Cuba for nearly half a century, sent shock waves around the world. Castro died Nov…
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The snow might look pretty, but with the cold and ice, it’s nothing to play with. Please people, stay calm, safe, and warm.
A winter storm of snow, freezing rain and bone-chilling temperatures socked the nation’s mid-section and East Coast on Saturday, causing hundreds of accidents on icy roads and putting a crimp on Christmas shopping.
At least five deaths were blamed on the slick roads and authorities were investigating a few other traffic fatalities as possibly weather-related. Perhaps the biggest accident happened in Baltimore, when a tanker carrying gasoline skidded off a highway and exploded, authorities said.
Two people died and at least 15 were injured in the 55-vehicle pileup on Interstate 95, Baltimore City Fire Chief Roman Clark said. He said it was too early to determine the cause of the crash.
“We have nothing but sheets of ice throughout the city, sidewalks,” Clark said.
It was unclear whether the pileup started before the tanker crash or was caused by it. The northbound lanes of I-95 were closed…
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Rich Hall brought black and white together during the height of the Civil Rights movement, and he did it by creating music that we still hear today. He did it in Sheffield, AL, in Muscle Shoals Studio along the Tennessee River.
According to history passed down through the generations, when a Native American named Te-lah-nay was born, her grandmother placed her umbilical cord in the Tennessee River, making the river her sister. Te-lah-nay was displaced during the Trail of Tears which forced the relocation of Native Americans from the Southeast to Oklahoma following the Indian Removal Act of 1830. Te-lah-nay spent 5 years walking back to Tennessee River. There is now a wall in that area, recorded in the Library of Congress to commemorate Te-lah-nay’s walk. It’s called the Wichahpi Commemorative Stone Wall.
The Yuchi tribe called the river “nunnuhsaw” which means the singing river. They believed a woman resided in the waters, guiding them with her melodies.
Musicians recording in Muscle Shoals have long proclaimed the mystical inspiration from the Tennessee River. Even if one does not believe in mystical inspiration, one cannot deny the musical impact created along the shores of the Tennessee River. Aretha Franklin, Mick Jagger, Percy Sledge, Gregg Allman, Clarence Carter, Etta James, Cher, Wilson Pickett, and Alabama all recorded in the Muscle Shoals studio, sometimes with nothing more than a verse of song. When the musicians started to play, the song came together. Read the rest of this entry
I first became acquainted with NavyDad in 2012. His twitter handle is (@ILoveMyWife0007)
I became acquainted with his wife in 2013 after I opened an account on Twitter.
They are wonderful people, dedicated to advocating equal justice. I’ve known them to also help others. You might have seen his comments on this blog. They are appreciated supporters.
Through the years, a known cyber-harasser has doxed and mocked them. The harasser has posted their names, photo, address and telephone number on the internet.
The couple has 5 children, the youngest being 2 years old. The wife homeschools and NavyDad works full-time. They have a disabled son.
For months, they have looked for an affordable residence that will accommodate their family, including their disabled son. They finally found an apartment that will accomplish that, but need financial help to make the move. They are $3,000 short.
and their move-in date is December 1st. (Writer’s error) It’s a one-time financial need.
They have opened a GoFundMe account which you can access by clicking here. If you can help by donating, please do. No donation is too small.
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Caterpillars, butterflies, moths, a certain roach, and all creatures great and small,
Here’s a heartfelt welcome and thanks to all subscribers and visitors. Your support and interest is greatly appreciated. I do try to get around to visiting new subscribers who have blogs as soon as possible, but have fallen behind. In the last month, we have picked up 50 new subscribers in which the majority are bloggers. I’ll be around to visit as soon as I can.
I’m not on Twitter much, but when I am I tweet links to other blogs of posts that my Twitter followers might find interesting. If you have a Twitter account, please consider following me on Twitter @XenaBb7. I will follow back.
I was humbly blessed by blogger supabutterfly who honored me with a post of accomplishments. He dug out things I did not know, such as having this blog cited in a footnote in a book published by the University of New Mexico Press. Here’s a huge thanks to supabutterfly for his encouragement and support. Read the rest of this entry
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Butterflies, caterpillars, moths, a certain roach, and all creatures great and small,
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There’s a lot of news and rather than writing separate posts, here are some summaries.
Hat tip to chuquestaquenumber1 for the following;
Trenton Forster, 18-years old, has been charged with first degree murder for shooting death of St. Louis County police officer Blake Snyder. Officer Snyder was 33-years old, a husband and father of a 2-year old boy. Officer Snyder was shot at point blank range.
Forster is a high-school drop-out with a pending felony marijuana charge. More on this at Heavy.com.
R.I.P. Officer Snyder. Our condolences to your family and friends.
Independent autopsy of Keith Lamont Scott shows 3 gunshot wounds to his left upper back, left lower abdomen, and left wrist. He suffered fractures in his ribs and vertebrae. Scott was fatally shot on Sept. 20 by a Charlotte police officer. The independent autopsy was requested by Scott’s wife, Rakeyia Scott, on Sept. 29 and performed the next day.
Charles Monnett, one of the attorneys representing the Scott family, said the Scott family “was forced” to request the independent autopsy because the Mecklenburg County Medical Examiner’s Office in Charlotte “refused to release even the most basic information.” ABC News has more on this. Read the rest of this entry
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Here is President Obama’s conference on Hurricane Matthew. If those in its path in Florida get instructions to evacuate, please do so. You can replace property, but not life.
Sam Cooke wrote and sung the original “A Change Gonna Come.” The video below is a live performance of the song by Al Green.
Rachael has been a supporter of this blog going back to 2012. She was a strong advocate for justice for Trayvon Martin, and she has a sensitive heart that loves and desires equality for all.
Yesterday, Rachael contacted me. She has a health issue that placed her in the hospital and required surgery. There’s a chance that she will be released from the hospital today, but she still has a road to go before being fully recovered.
I asked for, and received her approval to post this, and ask that you send positive thoughts her way and if you’re a praying person, pray for her healing, strength, and encouragement. We love you, Rachael.
Caterpillars, moths, butterflies, a certain roach, and all creatures great and small,
I had an out-of-town guess this weekend so am behind in blogging. Today, I came online to write a post about Michael Jackson. It seemed like yesterday when the news reported his death. Then, I read the news about Gene Wilder. He passed today at the age of 83. When I read the book It’s Always Something by Gilda Radner, it gave me a view about Gene Wilder that I had not known. Gilda loved him dearly. I remember the chemistry he had acting along with Richard Pryor and Cleavon Little. It’s rather strange that on August 29, 2016 as we think about Michael’s birthday, that Gene Wilder would cross over to the other realm.
One of my favorite videos/songs by Michael Jackson is They Don’t Care About Us. It was released in 1996, and today in 2016, I think the song was really saying that Black lives matter. Michael did two videos for that song. Here they are.