Joey:

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What would we do without our great technology??  Would we become better “people”?  Have we lost the art of interpersonal communications. I talk a lot about emotional literacy. It is a real reason people just don’t get me I guess. It is only gained from experiencing emotions from interactions with others. REAL Interactions… real Discourse. Something that people do not know how to do. The ability to disagree in an agreeable way. The ability to agree to disagree…. but that sharing of different opinions is like traveling the world. WE LEARN. How you think is different from others and how others think is different from you… I am the strangest bird of all because I never run away from a healthy exchange of ideas no matter how esoteric they may seem… I encourage you to do the same.. to grow beyond your confines… to fly like I know you can and to have adventure that others cannot even dream of because of their myopia… are you willing? 

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You need to watch this:

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Transcription: 

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I have 422 friends, yet I am lonely. I speak

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to all of them everyday, yet
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none of them really know me.
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The problem I have sits in the spaces between, looking into their eyes, or at a name on a
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screen.
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I took a step back and opened my eyes, I looked around and realised
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that this media we call social is anything but
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when we open our computers and it’s our doors
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we shut.
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All this technology we have it’s just an illusion,
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of community, companionship, a sense of inclusion
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yet when you step away from this device of delusion,
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you awaken to see a world of confusion.
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A world where we’re slaves to the technology
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we mastered,
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where our information gets sold by some rich greedy bastard.
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A world of self-interest, self-image, self-promotion,
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where we all share our best bits but
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leave out the emotion.
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We’re at our most happy with an experience
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we share
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but is it the same if no one is there.
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Be there for your friends and they’ll be there too
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but no one will be if a group message will do.
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We edit and exaggerate, we crave adulation.
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We pretend not to notice the social isolation.
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We put our words into order until our lives are glistening,
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we don’t even know if anyone is listening!
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Being alone isn’t the problem, let me just
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emphasise,
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if you read a book, paint a picture, or do some exercise,
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you are being productive, and present,
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not reserved and recluse,
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you’re being awake and attentive, and putting your time to good use.
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So when you’re in public, and you start to
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feel alone,
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put your hands behind your head, step away from the phone.
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You don’t need to stare at your menu, or at
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your contact list,
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just talk to one another, learn to coexist.
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I can’t stand to hear the silence, of a busy commuter train,
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where no one wants to talk for the fear of
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looking insane.
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We’re becoming unsocial, it no longer satisfies
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to engage with one another and look into someone’s eyes.
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We’re surrounded by children, who since they were born,
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have watched us living like robots, and think it’s the norm.
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It’s not very likely you’ll make world’s
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greatest dad,
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if you can’t entertain a child without using an iPad.
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When I was a child, I’d never be home. I’d be
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out with my friends,
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on our bikes we would roam. I’d wear holes in my trainers and graze
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up my knees. We’d build our own clubhouse,
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high up in the trees.
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Now the parks are so quiet, it gives me a chill
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to see no children outside and the swings
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hanging still.
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There’s no skipping no hopscotch, no church and no steeple.
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We’re a generation of idiots, smart phones
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and dumb people.
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So look up from your phone, shut down that display.
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Take in your surroundings, make the most of today.
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Just one real connection is all it can take
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to show you the difference that being there can make.
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Be there in the moment that she gives you the look,
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that you remember forever, as when love overtook.
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The time she first held your hand, or first kissed your lips,
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the time you first disagree, but still love
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her to bits.
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The time you don’t have to tell to hundreds
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of what you’ve just done
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because you want to share this moment with just this one.
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The time you sell your computer so you can
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buy a ring
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for the girl of your dreams who is now the real thing.
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The time you want to start a family and the
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moment when
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you first hold your little girl and get to fall in love again.
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The times she keeps you up at night and all
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you want is rest
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and the time you wipe away the tears as
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your baby flees the nest.
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The time your baby girl returns
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with a boy for you to hold
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and the time he calls you granddad
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makes you feel real old.
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The time you take in all you’ve made
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just by giving life attention
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and how you’re glad you didn’t waste it
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by looking down at some invention.
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The time you hold your wife’s hand
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sit down beside her bed
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you tell her that you love her
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and lay a kiss upon her head.
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She then whispers to you quietly
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as her heart gives a final beat
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that she’s lucky she got stopped
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by that lost boy in the street.
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But none of these times ever happened
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you never had any of this
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when you’re too busy looking down
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you don’t see the chances you miss.
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So look up from your phone, shut up those displays
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we have a finite existence a set number of
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days.
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Don’t waste your life getting caught in the net
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as when the end comes nothing’s worse than
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regret.
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I am guilty too of being part of this machine,
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in this digital world, where we’re heard but not seen,
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where we type as we talk and we read as we chat,
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where we spend hours together without making
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eye-contact.
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So don’t give into a life when you follow the hype.
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Give people your love don’t give them your
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“like”.
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Disconnect from the need to be heard and defined
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go out into the world, leave distractions behind.
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Look up from your phone, shutdown that display,
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stop watching this video, live life the real way.
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Can you feel what he said?? I hope so.
Hope you are well kiddo…. be well. 

Jo:

There is another ending to that post… it is:

“Keep them (Thought(s)) to yourself!”

while actually putting that penny in their hand or more insulting throw it on the ground. 

so  with this comment  I have made ~ or  ~ ” I put in”   is worth about”  “(My) 2 cents.” which is another twist it is even better in person when you actually put money in their hand to match the amount you actually saying

Was just thinking of you Joey and wanted to say Hi! Can you come out and play?  TAG .. Your it..... opps sorry about the scratches...

BYE FOR NOW KIDDO!

 

Jo:

THIS so much reminded me of you and your partner!

(obviously not the actual children… but my perception of the true friendship you two have) .

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you and your partner

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NOW Kiddo …. both of you get out there and BE WHAT YOU WERE MEANT TO BE!! 

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dont forget to be awesome

 

G’day Jo:

 

You seem to have these 3 bones hands down:

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The 3 bones you need to thrive in life.

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Meanwhile this may discount the old adage of the Early Bird,

OR It could be Jack Nicholson after shock treatment in one flew over the Cuckoo’s Nest ~ I co-produced this play in College (UPenn) and produced it in regional Theater in Connecticut it is not one of the 60+ productions I was actually IN) … I still have one of the posters with a huge multi-colored Rorschach image 

OR it could be the early version of Angry Birds (which I never had an interest in playing) 

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EARLY BIRD BUT NO WORM

 

Be well Kiddo!

 

 

Dear Jo:

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dogs tesch us what matters most.

The Quality of Life might not be great.. but it is amazing that we could survive: 

quality of life not so much but we could survive.

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You are probably feeling this now more than ever since your change: 

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friends and age

 

 

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Know and value a true friendship for they are few and far between:

 

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vslue of good friends

 

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My understanding of this man changed so much with the movie… I cannot begin to tell you how much:

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dont be in a hurry to condem

 

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The color of many flags.. a sign of Patriotism for many.. and yet it can instill fear under certain circumstances:

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red wite and blue patriotic or danger\.

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Crazy is as crazy does: 

currently unsupervised hehehehe;

The best of medicine or the need for medicine???:

 

laughing best medicine or need medicine.

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Bet ya never really knew the origins of the term Cracka Lackin:

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I was craka lackin

 

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Famous people attempting to answer the age-old Question of  “why did the Chicken cross the road?”.  (sadly it is over the head of most people but I think you are smart enough to understand: 

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why did thew chicken cross the road answers

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Profound sadness at this: 

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Iraq or detroit

 

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I am a Motown man. It is where I cut my teeth when I was very very young.  I tell people when I take the braids out of T’s hair she would make Diana Ross jealous with her poof. You have manageable hair for the most part… poor T … well it is a real struggle for me every day… and after doing it basically alone for 11 years I admit there are days I try to avoid it… especially the last few weeks as I am awaiting the dang surgeon to schedule my hernia operation (and it appears while we know about the left that I may have ripped another on the right…the PAIN IS REAL! 

It only hurts when I laugh, sneeze, cough, sit stand. Walk more than 15 feet etc. other than that I am in great shape. Truth is I get cramps and nausea that rival the abdominal pain and lower… but if I want a good surgeon I have to wait as this guy is in high demand. T will to somewhere  (with her art time caregiver to sleep for a day or two so I wont have to get up and take care of her.  My friend S has said if she is back from her trip she will come and see if she can make things a bit more comfortable for me…. but right now  don’t care if it is done with a butter knife and no anesthesia.. it cannot hurt me more than it does noW.

So Joey, enough of my whining.. 

 

I do hope all is well with you and your new endeavor and your business  are all working out to your satisfaction. 

Be Well Kiddo

 

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I enjoy a wide variety of flavors… this one conceptually did not appeal to me…. but then I tried Dark Chocolate with Sea Salt….   and when I tried THIS, it was good and I was not disappointed!!

 

This does not only apply to gelato or ice cream or other foods.. it applies to all things in life…. that is if we want to really live.

 

 

 


Live life to your own Music: 

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The WARNING of ALL Warnings: 

 

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Difference between knowledge and understanding: 

 

 

The value of the Old: 

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For those who truly lack the Understanding of the Variations of  Emotions,

This is just a Primer Course: 

 

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