Category Archives: Music & The Arts

What Were the Best Commercials of Super Bowl LI

Besides the upcoming movie trailers, the automobile industry came up with most of the best. Honda’s CRV’s talking yearbook and 84 Lumber’s immigration story were the most inspirational.

Kia’s ad with Melissa McCarthy scored big in USA Today’s annual meter. http://www.usatoday.com/story/sports/ad-meter/super-bowl/2017/02/06/melissa-mccarthy-kia-ad-captures-2017-ad-meter-title/97540302/

“If that car is a Buick, my kid is Cam Newton,” remarks a parent as his child morphs into last year’s Super Bowl quarterback.

Avacados fr0m Mexico featured a member of a Secret Society streaming their activities during a meeting on his cell phone.

Busch beer placed a man disturbing nature while opening up his hissing beer can.

It’s a 10 Hair Care had over a dozen attention-getting styles flashing during their 30 second spot.

The Fabreze commercial reminded viewers to get the air freshioners set up for the rush-to-the-bathroom halftime break.

Skittles showed a young Romeo tossing candies through a second floor window not only to his love but members of her entire family.

This year, for once in the 51 year history of the Super Bowl, the game itself was the highlight of the day! Whether you like the Patriots or not, you have to admit that their comeback was the greatest comeback of all times.

 

 

 

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Lesson from “The Five Owls” – 3-Step Process for Children Literacy

Credit for this should be given to Holly and Dan Dailey, who worked tirelessly in Minneapolis on this project between 1980 and 2005:

Step 1: Make time for reading with your children.

Step 2: Create an environment for reading.

a) Read aloud to kids everyday,

b) Discuss stories, events, and the world around them,

c) Encourage children to learn letters and words,

d) Take children to libraries and bookstores, and

e) Encourage reading and writing as free-time activities.

Step 3: Read good books and talk about them

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This information came from Becoming a Nation of Readers – A Simplified View

from the editors of The Five Owls.

 

St. Dan Louis’ Web-Blog from Estella Vista, West Texas (written by St. Danny in 2009) fyi: DLD passed away on 11-22-2016

My older brother had a thing about numerology, anniversaries (Kennedy assassination conspiracy theories, etc.), justice particularly for minors with a real rough childhood, and establishing a safe haven for those that could benefit from “getting away from it (rat races) all” where the southwest Texas desert air and mountains offer a respite that will last an improved lifetime.

 

If you have never red any of his writings, now is the time to also pray that Dan L. has no more time to spend in purgatory, which he believed was only a Catholic myth. Enjoy his style and messages often hidden within the paragraphs and diagrams:

“Estrella Vista”

HC-65, Box 243 A

Alpine, TX  79830

 

432/ 371-xxxx

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Factors of Senior Health & Safety & Happiness Longevity

Factors of Senior Health . . .

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Item #A – “Seniors”, for lack of a better term, have some commonalities:

  • Set in own ways
  • Know what they like.
  • Some level of frustration with their loss of skills and physiological facilities:

Physical, psychological, cognitive thinking, and others

 

 

 

Item # B – Issues: What is real?

Righteous expectations.

Re think…

Is it time to embrace change?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Item # C – Solutions may be a combination of these eight dimensions of wellness ^ ^ ^ (courtesy of the I.U. School of Public Health).

“What is the greatest of these,” Jesus Christ might ask?

 

 

 

Item # D – Whatssup?

 

Apply :

  • Wisdom,
  • Experience,
  • Senior ingenuity,
  • Veteran skills,

 

 

 

Item # E – Senior Ergonomics

Use of tools, techniques, resources, and cognition to make living tasks easier.

 

  • Loss of hand strength >>> easy open bottles, cans, medicines
  • Loss of teeth>>>> select recipes that can be easily chewed and digested; cut foods into smaller bites;
  • Loss of mobility >>>> walkers, canes
  • Loss of cognitive skills >>>> use of wisdom, experience, senior ingenuity
  • Loss of taste>>> spices

 

  • Loss of dexterity >>>> tools, methods
  • Loss of sight >>> glasses, virtual reality goggles,
  • Loss of hearing >>>> aids, signage, vibrations

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Sainthood

Celebrating the 800th Jubilee (1216-2016) 

Three major Dominican saints are celebrated this week.

Thursday, April 28th is the feast of St. Louis Marie Grignion de Montfort (1673-1716). He was ordained in 1700 in France and entered the third order of Dominicans. He preached  the rosary and devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout France.

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If you are looking forward to a special spiritual journey, pick up the Total Consecration to Jesus Through Mary. The next Preparation period is July 13th for Consecration on the Solemnity of the Assumption of Mary, August 15th.

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April 29th is the feast of St. Catherine of Siena (1347-1380). She was born the 24th of 25 children in Siena, Italy. She went on to counsel popes and princes in war-torn Northern Italy. She helped to end the Babylonian Captivity when the pope was in Avignon, France. She died in Rome and is buried there in the church, Santa Maria sopra Minerva. We will visit her on our pilgrimage. Her famous work is The Dialogues and she is a Doctor of the Church, one of the first women so honored.

April 30th is the feast of Pope St. Pius V (1504-1572, pope: 1566-1572). He became a Dominican priest in 1528 and taught in Italy for sixteen years. He spoke and wrote against the Protestant reformation and became inquisitor for Como, Italy.

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Pius V became Cardinal, but fell out of favor with Pope Pius IV. He was elected pope after Pius IV and continued the reform of the Church after the Council of Trent. He is famous for seeing in vision the defeat of Islamic forces in the Battle of Lepanto on October 7, 1571.

Today: A Higher Meaningfulness for 4-20

GOLDEN GATE PARK, S.F. – April 20, 2016, 1200 hrs. PDT –

‘man, did you catch the buzz?!?

“… and sure, I try a rice crispy AND a bit of brownie.”

 

‘Dunt have pictures to prove it, but we were there in Sharon Meadow of Golden Gate Park; USA – 4:20 p.m. comes a little late in the sunny day, but you can light up at the same time, man.

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St. Thomas Aquinas

January 28 is observed as the feast day of this great writer and theologian.

He was born in Italy during 1225 and passed on March 7, 1274, after also living in France.

Check his writings out: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Thomas_Aquinas

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Stained Glass Window at the Rear of Menlo Park Presbyterian Church

7 + 8 = 2015 Hangover (But this living in the past, rather than in thee moment, is mindblowing)

Hadn’t had a hit all morning

It is true; I haven’t had a hit all day.

St. Mateo, pray for us.

It is a day to be on time in St. Palo.

You’ve probably heard very little about Saint Palo Alto the patron saint of Stanford University. Seems like ol’ Mrs. Leland Stanford moonlighted with her Presbyterian church in Menlo Park.

It may be best to be back among the brethren to living in the present. Remember, don’t space it out. Got the women waiting. Time to reveal all. Please try to be modest, sexy, hot, discrete, and understandable.

9:29 a.m. and all is a little blurred suddenly at this moment.

Good thing that I took a hit before leaving the train depot. Some sort of Sativa lozenge… honey-lemon they call it. Very tasty, fruitful, with a pleasant grassy taste.

The plan is simple. Heal thyself by the grace of God.

Which Way To Go?

Which Way To Go?

Take energy in an efficient way and rechannel that into the plan. Use 10% of brain cells to manage the execution.

Upon arrival at St. Palo we stumbled into the esteemed Opportunity Center for the Homeless. No way to see a counselor, so staff urged me to hangout and wait for something or other to happen; waste time.

Not to be deterred, I rambled out the door toward the ladies’ medical office. Time. OK. On time.

 

But this living in the past, rather than in thee moment, is mindblowing. Even if my consciousness was not too stoned, maybe I would not be so concerned and perhaps very, very, worried.

Grateful Dead Back! In Case You Missed It…

Fare Thee Well!

Fare Thee Well!

After 50 years, the playlist from the first of the five “Fare Thee Well” shows is below.

Friends report that attendees at last night’s Saturday show received roses as they arrived.

Stage at California Premier June 27, 2015

Stage at California Premier June 27, 2015

The Dead played the following standards during their first concert together in years:

“Truckin’”

“Uncle John’s Band”

“Alligator”

“Cumberland Blues”

“Born Cross-Eyed”

“Cream Puff War”

“Viola Lee Blues”

“Cryptical Envelopment”

“Dark Star”

“St. Stephen”

“The Eleven”

“Turn On Your Love Light”

“Drums / Space”

“What’s Become of the Baby”

“The Other One”

“Morning Dew”

and the Encore: “Casey Jones”

Keepsakes

Keepsakes

Set 1: From the first concert in Chicago 7/3/15:

Box of Rain (lead vocals: Phil Lesh)

Jack Straw  (lead vocals: Bob Weir and Phil Lesh)

Bertha (lead vocals: Trey Anastasio)

Passenger (lead vocals: Bob Weir and Bruce Hornsby)

The Wheel (Jerry Garcia song)(Phil, Bob, Trey, and Bruce shared vocals) (>;

Crazy Fingers (lead vocals: Trey Anastasio) (>)

The Music Never Stopped (lead vocals: Bob Weir)

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Set 2:

The last California Show

Second concert playlist: June 28th

Set One
Feel Like a Stranger
New Minglewood Blues
Brown-Eyed Women
(Bruce Hornsby on lead vocals)
Loose Lucy
Loser (Jerry Garcia song) (Bruce Hornsby on lead vocals)
Row Jimmy
Alabama Getaway (lead vocal: Trey Anastasio)
Black Peter
Hell in a Bucket

Set Two
Mississippi Half-Step Uptown Toodeloo
Wharf Rat
Eyes of the World
He’s Gone
Drums (with Sikiru Adepoju on talking drum)
Space
I Need a Miracle
Death Don’t Have No Mercy (Reverend Gary Davis cover)
Sugar Magnolia

Encore:
Brokedown Palace

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The final concert in Chicago on July 5, 2015 included these songs:

Set One:

China Cat Sunflower

I Know You Rider,

Estimated Prophet,

Built To Last,

Samson & Delilah,

Mountains Of The Moon

Throwing Stones

Set Two:

Truckin’,

Cassidy,

Althea,

Terrapin Station >

Drums >

Space >

Unbroken Chain,

Days Between >

Not Fade Away

Encore:

Touch Of Grey

Encore2:

Attics Of My Life

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Best Advice I Have Heard All Day

“Accumulate for yourselves

treasures, where moth and

rust do not destroy, and

thieves do not break in and steal.”

photo by D. A. Dailey of stained glass windows at St. Catherine of Siena Church

photo by D. A. Dailey of stained glass windows at St. Catherine of Siena Church

~ Jesus Christ as recorded by St. Matthew 6:19-24