Daily Prompt: Sail

via Daily Prompt: Sail

Sail on- lyric to song from 70s.  who sang that? Now i have to look it up in google or as we say, google it.  Google is a verb.  is it in the dictionary yet?  Oh gosh, it was the Commodores, Lionel Richie, never a favorite but it did play on the radio a lot so i can sing along to it, that’s for sure.  That was back in the day when we listened to 40 songs over and over and over and over and over and over and over again.  “Crimson and Clover, over and over” until you wanted to scream.  But you did become familiar with lyrics and artists.  Now, i don’t know what folks do.  They seem to know these bands at the Grammy’s.  I am up to the 90s bands now but only because an IT guy typed in Classic Indie into the Pandora browser.  Changed my life.

Sail.  really, the 1st thing that popped into my head was sailing with my father on a little 15-foot sloop rig yellow Chrysler Mutineer sailboat on Lake McBride, a small lake in Eastern Iowa.  That is a long story and i still wasn’t happy so i don’t even want to tell it.  Who could complain about summers sailing with their father?  Me.

this was incoherent but fun.  It just sailed right along.


In the dark

Not to get too heavy on ya, but I really think that was a BIG part of what the cultural revolution was about— exposing the truth— stop hiding

The talk show came around in the late 70s—Oprah and Phil Donahue— omg, what a revolution there, too.


Back in the olden days, when cities had walls, they could throw you out of the city and not let you back in if they wanted to.  Then you would wander on very dangerous roads to the next city and maybe or maybe not they would let in a stranger.  Them was tough times.  So, a lot of pressure to hide whatever was going on behind the walls of your home if you could.  A lot of fear.

And it was dark.  No electricity.  Really dark, like can’t see your hand in front of your face, dark.  Can you imagine?

And banks are relatively new.  I didn’t know that.  You borrowed money from the rich guy in town, based on your reputation and your family name.  So if your reputation was damaged no one would lend you money.

These are just discoveries I’ve made in the past few years that made me understand why we put on airs, and fake stuff and hide stuff and don’t tell our neighbors what is going on and try to conform—fear being different.


Thanks for listening.  See, I have to get all this stuff outa my head.  You don’t have to read it, though.  I’m doing it for my own sanity, now.  Cuz nobody wants to hear my ideas.  Or if I share information like that, the room goes silent.  I really know how to kill a party, let me tell ya.  It’s all so whack and out of context and random.  But these are the things I think about.


Have fun at the gym.

Collecting Words and Sentences

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My college roommate and I used to collect quotes for one another. We’d write inspirational words down on Post-its and keep files where we regularly stored our favorite messages that we’d stumbled across. We both agreed: words are powerful.

When someone expresses an observation that we identify with, a sense of validation and synchronicity arises within us. We’re reminded that we’re not alone, that someone, somewhere else in the world, has discovered the same truth that we’re living or perhaps arrived at a conclusion we needed to hear ourselves.

Make your own Bible. Select and collect all the words and sentences that in all your readings have been to you like the blast of a trumpet.
-Ralph Waldo Emerson

I came across the quote above from a fellow quote-collector, journaler, and generally uplifting blogger, Gala Darling. In her “30 Days of Radical Self-Love Letters,” she talks about starting a…

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The Good News Is…



I scanned this from my Equal Exchange Fairly Traded Organic Chai Small Farmers Big Change tea packaging.  It is a picture of a brown person ‘slaving’ and i don’t know why that is in quotes because working on a plantation in modern day is still slavery, slaving away picking tea on a tea plantation.  I was so encouraged to learn that this woman is toiling now under a new model, a co-operative, so she gets to share in the profits from her labor.

OK.  So why do i write today?  Because we can say, THANK YOU, for the plantation.  Not the brutal, violent, exploitative, arrogant, elitist, capitalist, system that brought the tea plantation to us, but now that it’s there, well, now we have the field cultivated and the system in place to grow, market, sell, and distribute the crop.  Thank you Queen Victoria.

no, that is going too far.  but, oh…. what DO i mean?  Turning poison into medicine.

Take WalMart.  WalMart is ‘everything wrong with America’ as was stated by a good friend of mine.  It turned supply-side economics on its head.  Now instead of a manufacturer saying, this is how much it costs me to make this product.  I will sell it to you for $x amount.  Walmart said, this is how much we will pay you to make this product.  And if you can’t make it that cheaply then we will buy it someplace else.  We own you.   It caused good manufacturing jobs to be shipped overseas where there are no labor unions, no environmental regulations, no OSHA, no paid leave, no workmen’s comp, no child labor laws, no 40-hour work week.  All those people wanted jobs though and now they’re part of the machine…. but i digress.  Not only that, it put mom and pop stores out of business, destroyed our small towns, and flooded our homes with cheap ‘stuff.’

So, now what?  Don’t shop at Walmart.  OK.  Don’t shop at Walmart.  Good for you.  But the truth is, we lost that war.  Walmart has been here for 20 years (30?) and it is not going anywhere.  What’s next?  Well, the good news is, if WalMart decides to change one thing, then the change ripples through the whole globe.  Good things can happen as well as bad.  For example, they decided to reduce waste in packaging.  That has an enormous impact on our landfills.  If they decide to raise wages and benefits, then millions of employees benefit.  If they decide to sell locally grown organic produce, then organic farmers will benefit.

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