We got a lot to talk about this week friends so lets get started.
MUSICAL ARTIST OF THE WEEK: Jill Scott "Experience: Jill Scott 826+" I first heard this half poet, half soul singing sista from the streets oddly enough when a friend introduced her to us at a dance party in Australia. Now, if you can't handle soul and in your face feeling that drips off in globs I wouldn't recommend Jill Scott. Then again, get over yourself, you could probably use some Jill Scott in you life to put a little soul in your step you pansy. This album is a live album and her band is incredible as well. I recommend the song "Slowly Surely." The lyrics can get explicit sometimes so this one is for, as she calls them, "Grown Folks."
OLD PERSON PHRASE OF THE WEEK: "Horsing Around" If you have ever been caught horsing around or been warned not to, you now that the delivery of this phrase is crucial to the severity the warning. "Now I'm gonna run inside and pay for the gas, AND I DON'T WANT ANY HORSIN' AROUND while I'm in there or else!" I didn't know horses were so misbehaved.
A close cousin to this saying is "Horseplay" which you should never do on the wet ground surrounding a pool.
WEATHER ON NUNIVAK ISLAND: Currently we are at just 'bout freezing. Winds have been gusting up to 30 knots. We have been getting snow in feet not inches this whole week with 12 more expected tonight. On a slightly more global warming warning note, the locals can't remember this little sea ice in recent memory. We should be way more frozen up by now they say. You can still see the ocean, which hasn't happened in a very long time. (for you Aunt Beth).
ART UPDATE: I have been drawing a lot, I just finished a new one and will post it a.s.a.p. I have also discovered the wonderful world of Modge-Podge. I have been using old newspapers, school magazines, music and art magazines to turn a cigar box into a thing of beauty. As soon as it is done I will post pictures as well. Music has slowed to a stop, I can't seem to make anything worthwhile lately.
WEB LINK OF THE WEEK: www.kiva.org Unfortunately Oprah Winfrey, who I generally dislike greatly, was the one responsible for turning me onto this website (don't ask me why on earth I would watch that hypocrite). Fortunately it is a really unbelievably cool website. Basically, these people find and aid third world business owners (everything from snack carts in Peru to rug makers in India). Then they post their picture a their business info, and you can pick from industry country or need who you want to give a loan to. You can loan the person $25 bucks to $10,000. The coolest thing is that they have like a 98% payback, and when you get paid back then you can re-loan your credit to another business. It is really cool to read the bio's and pick who you want to loan to. You get to control where your charity goes. Check it out and let me know what you think!
BOOK OF THE WEEK: "The Science of Self Realization" by His Divine Grace A.C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada.
Have you ever gone to the airport and had those crazy middle eastern dudes (sometimes clanging bells and symbols) try to sell you a religious book for a "suggested" donation? Well out of uncomfortability and awkwardness I bought one in the Auckland New Zealand Airport many years ago for $10. In the theme that I think all religions are really just different wordings of the same thing, I like to keep my mind open. This book, although pretty out there, has a lot of really interesting comments on the cycle of life and man's role in it. Also it preaches a lot of peaceful approaches to our actions. I'm not saying become one of A.C's devoted bell clangers, but if you consider yourself an open minded person, buy one of these next time you see these strange fellows at the airport.
THOUGHTS: By the time Wednesday rolls around, I'm feeling somebody totally different then who I said I was on the MUSICAL ARTIST of the week. So from now on I'm going to have a MidWeekly Update on several things, mostly music.
ALSO DON'T FORGET TO VOTE FOR THE TOPIC OF THE WEEK #2 Costner's got a sizable lead.
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