Joni Taylor’s Triple Play

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Guys I’m going to be perfectly honest with you; I have not been to the gym or worked out since January 26th; this year of course. And as I stated in a previous blog; I feel bad, but not that bad. That was until today. Thank you, ESPN College Gameday. Now before I go on any further, I feel like it’s my responsibility to at least explain why I have not been to the gym. I have, what I believe to be an acute shoulder strain, which causes extreme and painful sensations that reverb throughout my shoulder and arm. And no, I am not saying this for anyone to feel sympathy for me; but I dare you to find someone tougher. Well maybe there is this one person: Joni Taylor. If you don’t know who this woman is, let me explain. But first I’d like to say congratulation to Coach Joni Taylor and again, thanks ESPN College Gameday (wink, wink).

Joni Taylor is the head coach of the Georgia Bulldogs Women’s Basketball team, which by the way is in the great state of Georgia. But I am guessing that the name probably gave its location away. Also, if you have been following my blogs you know that I love pretty much every sports organization in my birth state. Yet, that is not the reason for this post. The reason for this post is to provide you with a  little bit of motivation to not complain about the fact that you may be a tad bit tired.

Coach Taylor, in her 4th season of leading the Lady Bulldogs, is hoping to have her team finish out the season strong and make a run in the SEC Women’s Tournament to ensure a birth in the NCAA Tournament.  Speaking of birth, which leads me close to the purpose of this post. Coach Taylor coached her Bulldogs to a victory against SEC foe Mississippi Bulldogs, and within a 12-hour span gave birth to her and her husband’s second daughter. First and foremost, congrats to the family’s new addition and on the win; but what is more impressive is that two days after the birth, Coach Taylor was back on the sideline cheering her team on. Suddenly, my shoulder is a little less painful.

Here’s the thing. When I was a young man, I witnessed these kinds of feat; not from a women’s basketball coach, but from my mother. Day and in day out she put off illness, tiredness, and her own pleasures to root all of us in all our endeavors. These is while working a full-time job and at times with little to no support. Through her actions and numerous sacrifices, we all were able to see what perseverance, what dedication, and what putting others before self looks like. Ironically, as I am typing this portion of the post, it seems like my shoulder doesn’t even hurt at all. Well perhaps a little, but hey at least I will be back in the gym with a new sense of purpose and commitment. To Coach Taylor good luck with the team throughout the remaining season and hope to see oru Lady Bulldogs in the NCAA championship game, and I salute you for your strength and dedication. Just not with this arm connected to this shoulder. Not just yet.

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High Time for the Use of CBD

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The date: 2000 (I think). The time: about noon (… I think). The place: Missoula, Montana. Event: Missoula Hempfest.

In August of 2000, Marines from 3/2 were deployed to the usually picturesque state of Montana. Picturesque in that we are talking about the Rocky Mountains. The West is out there somewhere. Elk, Moose, Wolves, and many legends like Bigfoot and other creepy legends call this part of this beautiful part of the country home. Most importantly, Anheuser Busch Beer gets the cold water used to brew its world-renowned beer from out that way (…I think). However, for myself and the other 1000 or so Marines that deployed to this area; the scene was all but picture perfect.

Acres of pristine land and forest were being decimated by raging fires that showed no signs of giving up. After a few weeks, we along with the brave forest fighters and fireman from across the country, was successful in getting the blazes under control. Those are moments that I will never forget and stories that I tell any of my friends who will listen. Of course, the fires gets bigger, hotter, and the stakes always seems to increase; but in the end we were able to get the get the job done.

As a show of gratitude, although we were fed extremely well and sleep under one of the most beautiful skies (Norway’s night sky is quite impressive), we were given a few days of liberty. Some of my friends went to Minnesota, Illinois, and Nevada. Me, being the country boy that I am, decided to try my luck at catching some trout in a local creek or river. That creek or river ending up leading in what looked to be downtown Missoula (…I think) which was having a hempfest. Pause. Because I know what some of you are thinking; “as if the smoke from the fires weren’t enough.” And that is what this blog post is about.

Today while I was getting ready for work, I watched an interesting story on the morning news. The story was about states whose residents are unsure on whether the use of CBD is legal or illegal. Well to the uneducated ones, which I was prior to my fateful day along the banks of the Clarke Fork River (…I think), they will say it’s illegal because it’s just like marijuana. To be honest; they are almost correct. The two plants are almost identical; except hemp does not have the amount of THC within its genetic make up to cause humans to become high. In other words; it’s the smoke without the high. That’s if you smoke it though.

The individuals on the morning news who were utilizing CBD (hemp oil) were not smoking the plant but was digesting it through the form of a capsule. Regardless of the method of use these individuals choose to use the CBD, based on fact that it aided in their improved conditions associated with their illness, the results can’t be denied. From chronic pain due to joint and bone alignments to the proven significant decrease in spasms and pain associated with Multiple sclerosis as well as Parkinson Disease; the time is past due that there clear guidelines, both federally on a state level, that clears the use of CBD. If and when this happens; we are can take the thinking out of the equation. (…I think).

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Forgiving Ferry?

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You gotta be kidding me. No I’m not talking  about the fact that out of all the more pressing news that is impacting the globe; the chief media concern is Jussie Smollett. Really? If I’m not mistaken, scratch that, I’m certain that the  FBI just thwarted a potential terrorist attack by former Coast Guard Lieutenant Christopher Hasson. His targets were TV journalists and Democratic presidential candidates. Now as a educated Black man, I would want to know about this individual because his vow is to “establish a white homeland.” Wow. But then, why should I should be even be shocked. However, what is shocking to me is the decision making of the NBA’s New Orleans Pelicans.

A week or so before the NBA All Star Festivities, the Pelicans relieved their General Manager Dell Demps. To be honest, Demps has been in a no win situation since the Chris Paul and LA Lakers trade was vetoed by Commissioner David Stern, who was the acting owner of the Pelicans. Fast forward almost a decade later and we have the Anthony Davis fiasco which again includes the Pelicans and the LA Lakers. Except this time it was not a NBA Commissioner acting  as an owner but the actual owner and front office brass of the Pelicans who axed the generous trade offer from the LA.Lakers. Dell Demps, two huge trade failures, which included potential future Hall of Famers; yeah, your days were certainly number. As, an educator and not a NBA front office executive, I can’t criticize the owners decision to fire Demps. However, I can question who was hired as General Manager “in waiting.”

If you have been following any of my social media pages: Spoken Words (Facebook) or Allmanstuffincluded.blog; then you know that I love all sports franchises from the great state of Georgia. This includes the Atlanta Hawks; and yes I say it with my chest out too. Go Hawks. So imagine my surprise when the Pelicans announced that Danny Ferry would be acting General Manager while a search insues for someone to fill the position on a permanent basis; which it seems the Pelicans have found. And that person is…drum roll please….Danny Ferry. Why is this a big deal? Well if you follow the NBA or if you are a Hawks fan, then we are all too familiar with Danny Ferry and his colorful talent scouting verbiage.

I’d just moved to Atlanta in 2014 and was looking forward to catching some of the ball games from all of my favorite professional sports organizations. Then the Danny Ferry story broke. Ferry was accused of using racially insensitive remarks to describe the characteristics of NBA player Luol Deng, who is from South Sudan. While Ferry said he was only repeating the scouting report from a scout who described Deng as “having a little African in him…nice guy but would have a nice storefront  but will sell you counterfeit stuff out the back.” However after negative backlash from Civil Rights leaders in Atlanta, delayed or careful reprimands from the ownership group of the Hawks, and perhaps fear of  a possible hit on ticket sales for the upcoming season; Ferry took an indefinite leave from the Atlanta Hawks. Thus, my shock and dismay that Ferry is back.

In a league where the overwhelming majority of the players have a “little African” in them and an individual who seems to look at this as an possible detriment, yet is responsible for the hiring and firing process; it is mind boggling to me how this is even happening. But then again, I recall that is was NBA Commissioner Adam Silver who didn’t think that the Hawks should fire Ferry. I guess he was already in the process of Forgiving Ferry.

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It Should All Be So Simple…But Then Simple Doesn’t Make Cents.

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33 seconds. A little over ½ of a minute and every stake holder in all things Zion Williamson heart stopped beating and a quietness filled Cameron Indoor Stadium that hasn’t been “unheard” since Miami stunned the Blue Devils in 2012. And before I continue, let me make this perfectly clear; I am not making a mockery of the young man’s injury but at the mockery of the NCAA system that pretends to have the athletes’ best interest at heart yet makes millions off of them and gives athletes the proverbial “pennies” when it’s all said and done. I mean let’s be honest; Zion Williamson should not ever have suited up in the NCAA for the simple reason of what almost transpired on last night.

Luckily it looks like Zion Williamson didn’t suffer a serious injury and more than likely will be ready to suit up, at the latest, for the ACC Tournament beginning March 12. That layoff gives he and his family enough time to hire a PR expert to draft a letter and let the coaching staff and the faithful Dukies know that they appreciate all that the university has done; but they are finished at the amateur…I mean collegiate level. While that last statement may come off as comical; if I’m in Zion’s camp, that is the advice I am giving. I mean it makes sense. It may not make cents for the powers that be; but it most definitely will for Zion and his family.

The truth of the matter is that the hype (though this kid is anything but a bunch of hype) around Zion Williamson has already generated millions for many individuals whose version of a basketball game is a round of horse with the grandkids. Yet, each time he or any other athlete steps foot on the court, field, track, pool, ice, or any of the other sports in college, they are paid. Now if this is considered fair, then we might as well allow the coaches to cash in on lucrative contracts outside of their coaching salaries as well…. hold up my PR is trying to tell me something…. I am told that there are coaches who has had separate deals with major shoe companies for years now. Note to PR…I, like every other individual who follow sports knows this; I was just trying to paint a picture. It seems to me that the ones who are doing the most to generate the income is getting nothing more than some shoes that can’t even stand up to the weight of these athletes who are carrying whole universities with their mind, bodies, and souls. I have a suggestion though, a very simple one in deed, PAY THE PLAYERS OR PUT ALL COACHES AND ATHLETIC DIRECTORS AND PRESIDENTS ON EQUAL FIXED PAY SCALES ACROSS ALL NCAA DIVISIONS. Crickets and more crickets. Because the latter part of that last statement is too simple; about as simple as the first part of the statement. The problem is that it doesn’t make cents.

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More Honey Please

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One of my past morning time favorites was to sip a freshly brewed cup of French Vanilla flavored Folgers coffee. No, Folgers did not make a French vanilla and coffee bean blend (at least not to my knowledge); I would create the concoction after falling in love with French vanilla and cappuccino while living in Tokyo, Japan. Maybe it’s the French cuisine or the vanilla flavor; I can’t truly say or be sure. However, what I am sure of is that my love of coffee dates back to 1985 (sounds like the name of song from the band Chicago). As a young boy, when I would visit my grandmother, within seconds of her waking the small apartment would be filled with the smell of cigarette smoke and freshly brewed coffee. As I sit here and type this, my mind is tricking me into thinking that I can smell that aroma now. Then just like that, the aroma like she, were gone. Oh, how I miss her. As I got older, truthfully more recent, I abandoned and substituted coffee with tea for the most part. And instead of French vanilla, I use honey instead. It’s growing on me. But I often time find myself saying: “more honey please.”

Good morning Pittsburg. I hope you guys have had your good cup of morning coffee because I think that you going to need it. Kevin Colbert, the Steelers’ general manager, said that they will not place the franchise tag on Le’veon Bell. Which means that Bell will become a free agent this upcoming offseason. Bell, 1/3rd of the Killer B’s (Ben Roethlisberger and Antonio Brown makes up the other 2/3rd’s) is without a doubt going to be one of the most sought after offensive players to hit the free agent market in quite some time. Oh, in related news, Antonio Brown and the Steelers’ brass has all but agreed that Brown’s tenure in the Steel City has come to an end and he will most definitely be traded before the start of the 2019 NFL season; preferably  to a team far from the AFC or more precisely the AFC north division for obvious reasons. Thus leaving “Big Ben” as the only remaining member of the Killer B’s. Excuse me guys….”more honey please.”

Steeler Nation, while I am not a fan, I root for your team for a host of reasons. Hines Wards and Jarvis Jones comes to mind, both former Bulldogs, but they are all long gone from the organization.  The other reasons are because the organization epitomize the blue collar mentality associated with the region of the country as well as embracing what sports is all about: teamwork. Yet, through this whole fiasco, which begin with the Bell situation, the organization has not demonstrated the traits that make the Steelers the shining exemplar for other teams to emulate. Hold on…”more honey please.”

So, Roethlisberger is the lone B standing. Just with that statement alone, if I was a Steelers fan I would have a feeling of trepidation. In a beehive, the most important bee is the Queen Bee. Now, I’m no expert on bees, but I know that the other bees will viciously attack anything that threatens the Queen bee. And in return, the Queen bee lays lot of eggs and leaves chemical scents that keep the bee colony a cohesive unit. I would not linger too much with what I typed, but I would definitely make note of that last part of the responsibility of the Queen bee: keep the bee colony as a unit. It is obvious that somewhere along the line the things went awry. And in like any relationship, thing cans turn ugly on a dime. We have all witnessed this phenomenon. However, in this situation it just doesn’t make any sense. And I am not talking about the behaviour of the players; I referring to the decisions of the front office. Ben Roethlisberger is a Hall of Famer for certain, but if the Steelers are asking him to carry them to promise land again; they certainly just crippled an offense that was up and down all season. Both Brown and Bell would have certainly helped out in all phases of the offense while allowing the defense to catch their breathe on the sidelines. But, like my Grandmother would often say: “time will tell.” I just hope that Steeler Nation doesn’t find itself asking for “more honey please.”

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I Couldn’t Make This Up If I Tried.

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You know as skilled and talented of a writer as I am; some of these stories and capers people try and pull off are shocking, sad, and for many salacious. However as a writer who has vowed to write creatively within all genres of literature in a redemptive manner; it is becoming more and more difficult to stick with my vow. This is a great segue into the plethora of debauchery that is mudding up the headlines in the news recently? I’ll try and be brief and fair.

First and foremost, as a Black male living in America, I feel it is only right that I address certain things that we need to handle and handle with urgency. A few weeks back I wrote a piece titled, Ever Heard the cliché “You’re slip is showing…” Well we need to Look Down. If you have not read it, I think that you should; it’s a good read. It concerns high profile persons whose deeds are now catching up to them. And while I will always take a nonnegotiable stance against predatory individuals who harm our youth (I’ll address that as well); some things are just stupid. Where was I? Oh yeah…Black man living in America. Did Jussie Smollett blackmail the two brothers into committing the supposed crimes? And why did he choose two Black males (see how I did that. I told you guys I’m nice)? He stated that racial slurs and homophobic obscenities were used against him during the commission of the alleged attack; this is what he told the whole world as well as the authorities handling the investigation. And the cops ended questioning two brothers who are brothers (let that sink in for a moment). Holy Moly!

Speaking of holy. Seems these days the Vatican can’t stay out of the news. Of course it’s the Priests again. No not for what you guys are thinking; not this time. This issue is concerning Priests who have children as their….no that’s not going to read well. This issue is concerning Priests who actually father children…that’s much better. See, it’s always my male species that will find a loophole or a shortcut to anything. Not one time have I ever heard of Sister Theresa going against the Faith and having to ask for maternity leave. Guys there are actually rules and documents which exists that deal with Fathers who are fathers. No joke.

The following is no laughing matter. Earlier I told you about my stance on predatory individuals who harm our youth. While I try my best to allow the judicial proceedings to do it justice (I can’t believe I am writing this statement); man a 3rd tape! A wrote a piece called “Smoke or Fire,” that addresses the consequences of rushing to judgement; and I am totally against rushing to judgment. But man a 3rd tape! First there should not have been a first tape to begin with. Also, if this is true; this guy is out of his mind.

And since we are on the subject of mindless. The President’s State of the Union Address I heard was mind boggling. While I did not watch it live; I did have a chance to skim through a few minutes of it. Three words:  Lies and Comedy. No the country is not the best it has ever been (Lies). Then there are the many faces that Nancy Pelosi shown during the parts of the speech I watched (comedy). Until next blog post guys; I’m out.

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Educators, I Salute You!

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You are awesome. From the god awful time of the morning times that you wake up in the morning, just to jot down on a sticky lying on the night stand an idea or strategy to teach a concept in class the next day so you won’t forget. You are awesome. Each time that you put on your theatrical cap to play a role in order to entertain a group of adolescents into paying attention to something other than the newest and latest gadgets and technological devices. Darn you Fortnight. You are awesome because in spite of those latest gadgets and technological devices, and unbeknownst to the students, you are still able to use those same latest gadgets and technological devices to get them to engage. You are awesome because when so many other adults find that you are an educator, they respond with the classical, “I don’t know how you do it” or “I couldn’t teach these kids these day;” your response is (your fill in the blank but keep it PG please) ____________________. Yet like clockwork, you get up each day and get to the business of educating again. You are awesome because it is understood that while our impact is not compensated handsomely in dollars and cents; we receive a kind of supplemental pay with words of affirmation from parents, grandparents and most importantly our students in the words: “Had it not been for you believing in me, or my child, or my grandchild…” You are awesome because you chose a profession that impacts every profession in the world. You are awesome because you choose to be awesome each day.

You are special. Each time that you are about to engage in a very brief lunch break, and I mean brief; you still answer that knock at your door. Knowing that it is a perhaps student who is in need of something. You are special because on many occasions you forgo your anticipated lunch because you overheard or either your educator’s senses kicked in and you noticed that a student doesn’t look like he or she hasn’t been eating or could be in trouble. You are special because you do not let the words ‘can’t,” ‘no,” or “incapable” fester in your presence; but instead permeate the air with hope and limitless possibilities not just through words but by your actions and deeds. You are special because like a farmer, those seeds that you plant in your students will not return immediate gratification; but in due time with love, care, and nurturing those same seeds will blossom and bring forth good fruit. You are special because you continue to feed humanity one planted seed at a time.

Educators I salute you. If I could give each of you whatever amount of money you ask for; I would without hesitation. However, I painfully and apologetically know that even then that would not be enough. Your worth is invaluable. Your dedication is unmatched. Your effort is without precedence. You are both awesome and special. You are an Educator and if no one else tells you; you are truly appreciated.

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If not for you then at least for them.

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“Enjoy each day like is your last!” I must have heard this phrase a thousand and one times. Never really gave it much thought it. Usually because it was a parting shot; somewhere in a lounge or party atmosphere to commemorate someone’s accomplishment. You know; something just to say. However, over the last few years (maybe because I’m getting older or just life in general) I have found myself trying my best to follow this quote. As an educator I hear and see things from our youth that makes it hard for me to sometimes put a smile on my face; but it is a smile that I must wear for both my and their sanity.

Sadly, just a year and a day after the mass shooting in Parkland, Florida, another mass shooting took place in Aurora, Illinois on yesterday. So. before I go any further, I would like to send my condolences to the families of the victim in both of those senseless shootings. I also pray to The Most High that he gives comfort to all of those affected by these actions (which has become all too common now) of these individuals. While I know no words of comfort from me or anyone for that matter will bring those victims back to the families; I hope that my plea to all of us, who are still living, to take heed to a few of my words.

“Enjoy each day like is your last!” This must be one of those phrases that has a truism about that is deeply rooted inevitably in reality. We do not know, nor can we control the day that we will no longer be here in the physical. However, we can certainly control how we choose to handle any situation that we come across each day. We can choose to love or hate; quit or fight; smile or frown. We can choose to look at the glass as half empty or half full. We can choose whatever emotions or actions in handling any situation that comes our way. Just choose the one that is going to allow you to have joy in abundance. Make the decision that will allow you to smile for no reason. Jump up and down, not because of exercise; but because you have legs and arms. Take that trip to whatever part of the world that you have been putting off for the last day, month, year, or decade. “Enjoy each day like is your last!”

The victims of these mass shootings were all robbed of the chance to see their loved ones, to embrace life, or too make memories that they would have been able to look back on in their golden years. However, you and I still are blessed to have that opportunity. I do not know any of the victims and I can’t speak for them or the families of the victims. However, what can be done is that we live our life to the fullest and that we make sure to embrace each day and  cherish every breath that we take while here on earth. If you can’t do that for yourself at least do if for all those who had they’re opportunity snatched from them.

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Food makes the run go around. According to Toucan Sam.

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I was watching the Dallas Channel 5 morning News on yesterday and they were talking about the power of music having the ability to break all barriers. And as I’m listening to this particular story while getting ready to leave for work, I was in total agreeance. It is true that music can bring people from all walks of life together in harmonious assemblies as they dance the night away. It doesn’t matter if it’s a concert, a symphony, or a music recital; music is powerful. But what happens when the music stops? This was the question that I posed to myself as I continued to get ready for work. The question did not receive much more thought until today. Not because I didn’t care about the subject; but because the smell of my eggs and chopped baked chicken with onions, which was warming up in the microwave, started to permeate through the air. Then it all made sense. Yes, music does have a certain amount of influence when it comes to bringing humanity together. But there is nothing, and I mean nothing, like the power of food to bring mankind together.

There was a comedian, whose name escapes me, who said that God must have liked barbecue. The reason the comedian said, was because God was always asking for a burnt offering from the best part of the animal being slaughtered. While I won’t dare test my comedic expressions; however I will add that God must have at least liked the smell of barbecue. But then again who doesn’t. Guys I love the taste of good food. And I am not talking about your run of the meal food. I am talking about the proverbial “make you want to slap your momma” good food. I’m talking about the holiday’s meals cooked on a weekly basis type of good. That comfort food. Collard greens, yams, turkey, ham hock, and Brunswick stew good food. That kind of food that makes you look in the mirror and ask yourself “why did I eat all that food?” Only to run to the kitchen when you hear the clanking of another pot. Call it a southern thing.

Then there is the coastal foods with all of it seafood. Guys I remember visiting the great city of New Orleans and consuming so many oysters that I scared myself. I’m not talking about any oysters either. I am talking the ones that can cover the inside of your palm; with all the natural flavoring that comes from the Gulf Coast. Then there was the crab legs, crawfish (crawdads), and the mussels. If you have ever been done to the bayou and experienced any of this then you would agree with me that while eating these foods; you experience your own taste of heaven. Such was the case when I lived in Japan, California, and Florida. Though each location had distinctly different flavor; the food was still amazing. And though I had to give it up (the struggle is real); I would be lying to say I don’t miss it.

Now I am in the great state of Texas. The echo that you heard in your brain when you said that is real; due to the sheer size of the state. You know their motto: “everything is big in Texas.” This is certainly true about the steaks and briskets that they serve out in these part of the country . I am an honest man in all that I do and say; at least I hope I am. But I would be telling a fib if I didn’t say that hands down Texas has the best briskets and the cuts of beef that I have ever had the pleasure of eating. And the flavoring only adds to the lure of it all. You name the herb, spice, or marinade; somewhere in Texas someone has perfected it to match with their excellent grade A cattle.

Now if while you were reading this, you begin to envision yourself either cooking or going to buy something to eat; I can assure that you are not alone. Across the world those of us who are fortunate enough to do so are either anticipating eating, eating, or discussing a time when the meal was so amazing. This simple phenomenon connects us in all in the great phenom called humanity. Yes music is a wonderful thing; but not all of the world likes music. However, and I not a betting man, but you would be hard press to find a single person on earth who does not like food. The next time you are riding in a car and see a person who decides to eat their food while at the red light; watch their reaction when they take a bite. The next time you are at a restaurant and an entrée comes to the table; watch the expression of the individual when their emotions finally recognizes the flavor from their meal. But then again, you don’t have to go to those extremes. All you have to do (if you have been fortunate enough) is recall a conversation that we have either had with yourself, a friend, or a family member about the awesomeness of a delicacy that you have experienced. If you can’t do that my friend; then you need to take a road trip and visit one of these locations I mentioned. If you have a hard to deciding which one; take the advice of Toucan Sam. Just follow your nose.

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Love. It starts with You!

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And so this day again ascends on some of us like a warm bright sun ray climbing up the cold morning sky over a beautiful horizon. Its arrival is both welcoming and majestic. And so this day again comes up to meet some of us as if a cold draft from a Canadian Winter’s storm gripping each corner in which you move. Same date. Same day. Different experiences. Which is why I think that it is important that it is understood that you alone should dictate what this day, and any other day for that matter, will bring you.

I have been on both sides of the equation. Gifts, chocolates, romantic dinners, and John Legend music to set…you get the picture. However, I have also been on the opposite side. Forty ounces of malt liquor, packs of Newport 100 (Cadillacs), and 8 Ball and MJG…you get the picture. And it wasn’t until I got older that I realized that the common factor that determined what mood I would be in from date to date or day to day; stared me in the mirror each day. The truth is that before you can truly fall in love and give love unconditionally to anyone else; you have to love yourself first regardless of your imperfections and your own idiosyncrasies. Trust me guys, that last line was not made up by me. As a matter of fact when I first saw it (it was much more simply stated); it hit me like a ton of bricks. Yet, it has impacted my approach in to everything that I do and how I do it.

So, what is this whole post about? Well, simple. This post is about you. It is about appreciating the bright warm sun rays just as much as a cold Canadian winter storm draft. It is about you loving every day that you get a chance to love, to lose love, to let love find you; but remain steadfast in the knowledge that you should be loved if by no one else but yourself. Yes, this day is amazing. I see and feel the love in the air. I hear it on all the communication mediums as my day unfolds. But don’t you forget that you dictate what and how you love and how you are loved. You may not receive one single gift today; and that is fine. You may receive a ton of gifts today; and that is also fine. However, the greatest gift that you can give to yourself is to crush on you, hug on you, and love you.

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