I don’t normally submit two posts. However, I had two very different sets of photos. 🙂 It’s also International Women’s Day. My other post had men. Lots of men. So here is a woman, sort of.
She is thinking spring. Power of suggestion, perhaps? If spring comes sooner due to the power of suggestion, I’m all for it.
When I was about fifteen years old, I heard Janis Joplin for the first time on the classic rock station. It was “Piece of My Heart.” I asked my mom, “Who is that?!!” She said in a very unexcited voice “Janis Joplin,” I sensed some eye-rolling in her tone. She wished that I was more into Simon & Garfunkel or something quiet and poetic.
A short while later, I bought my first CD. It was “Cheap Thrills” by Big Brother and the Holding Company. I felt like everything I was listening to at the time, with the exception of Motown and classic rock, was crap.
Why wasn’t I listening to stuff that was good? Well, I was a teenager and I listened to whatever was played on the top 40 radio station. Basically, they played crap and I bought into it. I’m not saying it was all bad. I’m just saying that a lot of it lacked substance. It wasn’t really heartfelt.
So Janis Joplin was my gateway into good music. Or at least discovering what other music was out there besides what the radio told me.
I also visited her hometown of Port Arthur, Texas. Seriously, the most twisted bridge ever is in Port Arthur. There isn’t much there. However, there is a museum with a section dedicated to Janis. I bought a postcard. The clerk wondered who those pioneers were on the postcard. It was Big Brother and the Holding Company with Janis Joplin.
Do you think you do a good job of keeping problems in perspective?
Sure, I can. Maybe not when I was 21 or even 31. Then when I was 32, I had an excessive amount of problems. Imagine that everything in your life has turned to crap. Life was like that for at least a year. It was two years before I could see a light at the end of the tunnel. So I went to a lot of therapy in order to cope with the stress.
I’m glad that I have learned to put things in perspective. When I was 21, I was a lazy, spoiled college kid. I didn’t know what real problems were. Maybe spoiled college girl problems, like I’m late for my class because I stayed up late either partying or cramming for a test. Or I can’t pay attention in class because I’m daydreaming about boys. I had no idea what pain was – physical or emotional.
I knew a little more when I was 31. However, I didn’t really have good coping skills. It was time for a divorce. And then what? I had no idea what to do next. So of course, I went right into another bad relationship. Then I got buried under a mountain of problems.
After that era, I am more aware of keeping problems in perspective. Not everything is a crisis like it was before. I have a bed to sleep in, a bathtub and my own toothbrush. You haven’t lived until you haven’t showered in several days because you are homeless and there isn’t anywhere to go. Seriously, I would not recommend it. But it was a life-changing experience. So now I have perspective, a different attitude and several extra toothbrushes. Just in case.
You meet an alien and need to explain to it blogging. Explain what blogging is (and what blogging means to you) without ever using the word “blog.”
A blog is a place online where a writer, photographer or artist can express their ideas to an audience. They can write about any subject. Some writers have written about comic books, movies, injustices in the world. . . The list can go on and on. The post can include videos, photographs and links to other websites.
There are also challenges that anyone can participate in on a daily or weekly basis. As far as photo challenges, I like to do Cee’s Black & White Photo Challenge, Ese’s Shoot & Quote Photo Challenge and the Travel Theme Photo Challenge.
There’s not a winner in the challenges. It gives everyone a chance to see what type of photographs other people are taking. There are so many ways that people can interpret one theme, like Red or Celebrity.
The audience is generally other people who have similar interests. It can be a great experience to share our ideas and artwork with each other.
(I only used the forbidden word once. I think I pass the challenge for today.)
p>Do you think it’s possible to ever truly see the world from another person’s perspective, or are we held so tightly to our own way of viewing the world?
If you had asked me last week, I would have said “Of Course, we can. Everything can be rainbows and unicorns.” However, after reading about all of the controversy regarding the Coca-Cola Super Bowl commercial, I am not so sure. I think that there is hope but it’s going to take a lot more work. Maybe more work than I ever imagined.
I watched the commercial. I didn’t see any terrorists. There were people, truly beautiful people.
I heard “America the Beautiful” sung in several different languages. In my opinion, it does represent what is beautiful about America. America is and will always be multi-cultural, whether anyone likes it or not.
The criticism of the commercial is so ugly and reeks of cowardice. I thought America was the home of the brave? It seems like there is a large group of people who dislike the cultures that exist in this country. I don’t understand why. I might not ever understand that point of view.
Seriously, who thinks “America the Beautiful” is the national anthem? They must really be proud to be an American. So proud that they don’t even know the national anthem. I’m sure that everyone knows by now that it is not the national anthem. Now their ignorance is on the internet forever.
I’m going to go drink a Coca-Cola, while translating the actual national anthem into Spanish and wearing those kick-ass Coca-Cola shoes. Maybe not but I could. This is America isn’t it?
The Real national anthem – The Star Spangled Banner
Write about an event that happened today. Now write about it from the perspective of someone else in the room — your child, your partner, a person dining in the same restaurant… your choice.
From my point of view:
Today was fairly uneventful. We took the movies back to Redbox. Whoever thought of the idea is brilliant. Of course, the screen said that the box was full. I tried it again because I didn’t believe it. It let me put four movies back even though it said it was full. Haha! Fooled you Redbox! Seriously, why didn’t I think of Redbox?
From the point of view of Lady in line behind me:
This lady is taking so long. How many movies does she have to return? She better not be renting movies too! I still have to go to the bank and the store. Plus, I have to make it home to get the kids off of the bus. There’s never enough time. Seriously, why didn’t I think of Redbox?