A Case for Running Like a Maniac

A Case for Running Like a Maniac

When was the last time you ran? I mean really sprinted. If you watch kids, or your crazy neighborhood cat, they run all the time; sometimes just because they can and for reasons beyond our understanding. They dash madly to some unseen finish line with glee and purpose. Life asks that from us, at least from time to time.

Had the good fortune to meet and interview country/Americana artist CALEB CAUDLE this past week at Smith’s Olde Bar. . .

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First day jitters

First day jitters

First day jitters

Woke up at 4:32 am this morning and mind was racing. Ever have one of those nights? Well, I guess it’s good. I find some of my most creative ideas - though not always plausible - come between dream and wake. Last night was no different.

Must have solved 20+ problems and come up with all sorts of things that I could do that would be cool, fun, and interesting. The main topic was podcasting. If you haven’t realized it yet, GOOD GRACIOUS now has podcasts available to download or stream online. It’s been a lot of fun revisiting the past shows and creating podcasts from some of the acts. Unfortunately, not all of the acts lend themselves to audio (clowns and filmmakers especially).

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So you wanna be a star do you?

So you wanna be a star do you?

Hollywood cranks stars out like they’re Skittles. New York births fame like we spawn pollen. But how are artists really made? We’ve all heard about the overnight sensation that was 11 years in the making. The fame that lasts almost always is backed by serious talent and incredible tenacity.

Too often we tell our kids how great they are for small moments. We give trophies, ribbons, and medals at the drop of a hat. For many, these accolades are meant as positive reinforcement or support. Same as a pat on the back or saying “Good job” used to be. That’s all well and good – as long as everyone realizes that being Great takes hours of work, sacrifice, and grit to keep going – even when there’s no obvious carrot at the end of the stick.

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I'd like to teach the world to sing...

I'd like to teach the world to sing...

in perfect harmony.   Remember that catchy song from the 70s? Hearing it today still gives me a warm, fuzzy feeling. But what did it mean? Did they really want to teach the world to sing? 

I believe they wanted to do something more. They wanted to lift spirits, give hope, and bring the community of man together. In today’s mass media-driven world, that’s seldom the case. Politics are more divisive than ever. Facebook highlights either cute animal videos or virulent opinions (neither brings folks closer). And all our technological feats of majesty seem to create only more discord between us. Listen. Listen closer. Hear that? It’s singing.

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What’s your Labor of Love?

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We just celebrated another Labor Day – a day to celebrate the hard workers of this country who make it one of the best in the world. Do we really appreciate each other’s daily work efforts? Did you reflect on a year’s worth of labor? Is your work a Labor of Love?

I’m a big believe in following your bliss but that doesn’t mean “your bliss” has to be the same as your 9-to-5 job that keeps a roof over your head. If it is the same, then you’ll never truly “work” a day in your life, because you love what you do. No, your Labor could be an incredible hobby that recharges you after a hard week of work and gives you a sense of pride. Maybe your Labor is volunteering that improves the lives of others. For some, that Labor is simply keeping your family strong and connected whether near or far. If your daily job isn’t your Labor of Love, what is?

I know folks who play music in their spare time that I swear should be on the radio. Others give freely of their spare time creating mind-blowing services for those in need. Your Labor can be very personal and very focused. Nobody else needs to know but you. Do you have a Labor of Love? Or are you afraid to take that first step?

Challenge yourself this year to find your Labor of Love and celebrate it next September. We all deserve to feel fulfilled – life is short you know - and the world is just waiting for your particular set of skills to celebrate and honor.

Do you like purple?

Do you like purple?

Thought a little rebellion would be good on a Thursday. Found this by the side of the road this morning. Grabbed me by the throat and dared me to share with the world. Y don't have to be a woman to enjoy or even like purple!

WARNING by Jenny Joseph (from When I Am an Old Woman I Will Wear Purple)

When I am an old woman I shall wear purple
With a red hat which doesn't go, and doesn't suit me.
And I shall spend my pension on brandy 

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