Sunday, February 02, 2014

Moments Of Mouthy

This past week I felt like being a little mouthy, climbing up on my soapbox to rant.  As always, my opinions run the gamut.  I always appreciate feedback, encouraging all to participate.  I am thoughtful – respectful of all viewpoints.  Well, the majority of the time.

As I always like to say, we all have a point of view to express, and let’s share it with the understanding of agreeing to disagree, if needed. I might not consent to your politics, but that will never stop us from being friends, coworkers or neighbors. Never allow one single topic to define your human spirit, but be open to all possibilities.  Cheers! – paerki

My Visit To One World

Guacamole and carrot sticks with a side of vegan chili, and a glass of Malbec… The perfect meal! The entertainment was special – extra special. People watching/listening is the best.

You’re vegan and joyfully made a statement to the person next to you that you’re on a heart-healthy diet (two years strong), and yet you smell like a human ashtray. I don’t understand.

You just came in from work to sit at the bar and have a cocktail. You drank four glasses of wine in 45 minutes. It’s apparent you were full of rage. You’re vegan and a yoga instructor. I don’t understand.

No judgments, but we can always learn something from others. The moral of these stories: We all have a cross to bear. Change doesn’t come quickly. Patience is a virtue. Listen and learn because if that person isn’t getting it, maybe you will. I often think fate brings us to the right place, at the right time.

There was a lesson for me. Mind your own damn business and eat your food.

The Man In The Glass (Peter Dale Wimbrow, Sr.)

When you get what you want in your struggle for self
And the world makes you king for a day
Just go to the mirror and look at yourself
And see what that man has to say.

For it isn’t your father, or mother, or wife
Whose judgment upon you must pass
The fellow whose verdict counts most in your life
Is the one staring back from the glass.

He’s the fellow to please – never mind all the rest
For he’s with you, clear to the end
And you’ve passed your most difficult, dangerous test
If the man in the glass is your friend.

You may fool the whole world down the pathway of years
And get pats on the back as you pass
But your final reward will be heartache and tears
If you’ve cheated the man in the glass.

Exercise

The bottom line... EXERCISE! A simple walk does the body good. Diets are the enemy. Think moderation and balance. Sadly, many are overweight and unable to make practical, responsible choices because of depression. Even if it’s less than mild and manageable (so you think), it will make itself known – e.g. stress, in your attitude and with weight fluctuations. This is not gibberish. I speak from challenge and experience. A daily, 30-minute walk can do so much for your disposition, attitude – your self esteem. Try doing that three times a day. You’ll notice a difference. All bodies are beautiful. They really are! However, one must never lose site of longevity. The average life span – 75 years! Be kind to your body now because as you gain age, it’s definitely going to get harder. Keep moving, America! Watch your booze intake too! Drink plenty of water!  I’m not preaching. I genuinely care about mankind.

Thank you for adding your positive energy, Sarah! “It's not about judgment, it's about feeling great, being kind to yourself, and avoiding painful, heart-breaking chronic conditions.”  (Reference: Exercise to Age Well, Whatever Your Age)

Climate Change

Climate change is real. Learn the science and stop listening to other people who don't know anything about it.  (Reference: For Already Vulnerable Penguins, Study Finds Climate Change Is Another Danger)

Pope

I appreciate and admire his humility, empathy and compassion. I'm in awe of this Pope. However, child molestation is still an issue with priests. What are you going to do about it, Super Pope?  (Reference: Man Of The Year Not Enough? Francis Now Super Pope)

State Of The Union

Love or hate this man, your choice. I support my President. This Congress has done him a disservice. They've done me (us) a disservice. Call it what you want, but time will tell the truth, and your prejudice will be revealed. Social issues aside, we are still moving forward, standing tall. Join the cause. We can't go back. Stop fighting a lost cause. White people, our numbers our dwindling, and that's a good thing. I love and appreciate diversity. Join me. Join us. Stand tall. Be proud.

The Diversity Of The Arts

There is no need to apologize. If you don't want the award give it back, but you still own the title of best rap album of the year.

As for the comments to this post... Do you hear yourselves? Such ignorance!  With the arts comes a wondrous curiosity. No matter who you are, explore and by all means – white, black and everything in between, cross those boundaries every chance you get in life. That's the gift of music. Just when we think we have nothing in common, there is music and art, and that bridges the gap. It heals the world. Don't destroy what's meant be shared and improved upon.

Everyone has an opportunity to bring his or her talent (gift) to a genre. It saddens me this has become an issue. Music is love. Art is love. Don’t take that away from the masses. There is no debate here.

When competing – do your best and if you don’t succeed – try harder. Healthy competition is everything. Don’t destroy it with these petty arguments. Don’t prove the naysayers right.  (Reference: Finding A Place In The Hip-Hop Ecosystem)

First Amendment

I don't need a study to prove hateful speech is harmful. However, I live in the United States, and freedom of speech without censorship is extremely important. It's all or none.  If reprehensible and minority views are stifled, I am afraid the criteria can be easily moved around to disenfranchise other groups.  There is no law against stupidity, thus groups who promote hatred and ignorance have as much right to exist as groups that promote diversity and tolerance through education.  (Reference: Should Neo-Nazis Be Allowed Free Speech?)

What would life be like without memories? It’s fair to say, there would be no life at all. Memory is our communication, reason, coherence, our action and more importantly, our feeling. Memories create our path in life, developing our psychology and leading us emotionally.

One of the best ways to create and store memories is with video. These simple effortless little snippets of time create diaries and become perpetual time capsules, which justify our walk on earth, telling all with great enthusiasm… I was here! I mattered! I lived! Please, don’t forget me.

Share your views, thoughts and opinions in the written word. Snap photographs so that your eyes can travel back in time, remembering the happy and sad moments that made you the person you were, are and became in life. But, whenever possible, capture video to enhance the memories you leave behind, so that others may pass the essence of your life on to future generations.

Homeland

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Baltimore City (Maryland)

World AIDS Day (Dec 1, 2013): Many scientific advances have been made in HIV/AIDS treatment. There are laws to protect people living with HIV/AIDS, and we understand so much more about the condition. But despite this, there are still individuals who do not know the facts about how to protect themselves and others, and... Continue Reading

Evergreen Museum & Library

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Baltimore Book Festival

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Station North Arts District

A 'Seagull' Of Memories (Mar 7, 2010): When I see gulls (known to many as seagulls), I think of the shoreline. I have wonderful childhood memories of playing in the sand in Ocean City; building sand castles, and coming back later in the day to watch the waves crash into my creativity, only to go back the next day to... Continue Reading

H.P. Rawlings Conservatory & Botanic Gardens

God Worthy (Jan 15, 2013): This is your religion. Believe what I say. Ask no questions. So many were raised this way. Our heads were filled with a mishmash of information, controlling minds and for what? I would have appreciated learning more about all faiths, instead of being told – this is bad, and this bad, etc., but... Continue Reading
I love photographs! They have this amazing ability to tell stories of fun places, special moments, memorable events, and exciting places. They give us reason to pause and remember friends, family, coworkers and so many others. One photograph can conjure up a flood of memories taking us on a journey. They help us remember the past, enjoy the present and ponder the future.

On a cold and rainy day I love sitting in my living room with a roaring fire, a glass of wine, classical music playing in the background and my many photographs scattered about me. I love sifting through what I call my special collection, which refers to my favorites. They remind me of the saddest and happiest moments of my life. They remind me of challenges and overcoming.

My large collection of images are a testament to a life lived. Life happens all around us so it’s important to collect special memories, and what better way than with a photograph.

Edith Ann

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Peabody Institute

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Sherwood Gardens

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Browns Orchards

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Patterson Park

Selfie (Jan 19, 2014): I was asked the following question by one of my Facebook friends… "I have to ask you this Paul, do you have a personal photographer who is with you constantly?" This question is worthy of a blog post, so here it goes. Enjoy! Good question, and one I am asked often enough and don't mind answering... Continue Reading

Charles Village Festival

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There are many people in the world affected by disease. I never thought I would be one of the many. However, at any given time life can change. Mine did! There were many twists and turns, but I made it through and you can too. I am a Celiac on the move living life one meal at a time. Learn more about my life as a Celiac. Celiac Disease is a lifelong, digestive disorder affecting children and adults. In short, I have an allergy to gluten, and the treatment is a lifelong scrupulous avoidance of it.

No matter what, know this: You are never alone. There are people out there who’ve struggled, endured, made it through and are sharing their message of survival. No, they might not be at your side, but their spirit is out there in words, attempting to help others on their journey. Let’s all unite by sharing our individual stories, remedies for healthy living, food and recipes to keep us strong, and let’s find the laughter too because it can be some of the best medicine. Always remember, there is power in numbers. Check me out: A Celiac On The Move

Stony Run Trail

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Holi

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Alpaca / Lama Farm

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BMA (Sculpture Garden)

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Jones Falls Trail

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Country Drive

A Happy Life Begins At Home (Apr 19, 2010): My home is very important to me. My life between these four walls of privacy I value like no other. It’s immeasurable, and absolutely priceless. It’s an oasis with a cocoon-like feeling, shielding me from the outside manipulative forces of violence and pollution. It allows... Continue Reading
"I distrust those people who know so well what God wants them to do because I notice it always coincides with their own desires." - Susan B. Anthony

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