Thursday, January 31, 2013

Lyrical Attraction

Music has been an integral part of my life from the time I was very little. My dad owns hundreds of albums and 45s that he played over and over. Jumping on the bed while singing ruled my 6 year old world as the king of all pass times. Over the years, I've listened to and learned to love a little bit of everything. But I am typically attracted to music complimented by a bit of lyrical genius. The words matter to me.

Here's a relatively new song by a country artist names Kacey Musgraves. This is an example of a song that I believe excels in the lyrics department. In other words, I love it.

"Same hurt in every heart.
Same trailer, different park.
Mama's hooked on Mary Kay.
Brother's hooked on Mary Jane.
Daddy's hooked on Mary two doors down.
Mary, Mary quite contrary.
We get bored, so, we get married
Just like dust, we settle in this town.
On this broken merry go 'round and 'round and 'round we go
Where it stops nobody knows
and it ain't slowin' down.
This merry go 'round."

Monday, January 21, 2013

In Honor of Dr. King...

My favorite quotes by Dr. Martin Luther King. (Pulled from The King Center website.)

"I believe that unarmed truth and unconditional love will have the final say in reality. Right temporarily defeated is stronger than evil triumphant."

"Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere."

"The time is always right to do what is right."

"Anybody can be great because anybody can serve... You don't have to have a college degree to serve. You don't have to make your subject and verb agree to serve. You only need a heart."

"We are caught in an inescapable network of mutuality, tied in a single garment of destiny. Whatever affects one directly, affects all indirectly."

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Top Ten Things I Do with My Dog (that would be more annoying if she wasa child)

Here is a list of the top ten things I do with my dog that would be more annoying if I was doing them with human children. Some of these things I swore I'd never do.

10. I complain about all of the toys strewn about my house and wonder aloud why they can't seem to find their way to the toy box.

9. I feel distraught when she behaves in a way that is contrary to what I've taught her (and sometimes I wonder what her life will become if I can't get her to act right).

8. I worry that she doesn't have enough friends or enough exposure to different people and animals.

7. I panic if I leave her alone for too long and I often leave her with my parents who "babysit" her. To make it worse, I call them frequently to check on her.

6. I imagine the horrible things that could be happening to her when I'm not around, like jumping through one of our second story windows in an attempt to find freedom.

5. I monitor her eating behaviors to make sure she's not eating too much but is getting enough nourishment to maintain her ideal body weight. (This is something I clearly don't even do for myself.)

4. I give her kisses constantly. Nothing on the lips. Just the cheek. Over and over and over.

3. I can't help but be concerned if she is warm enough. Now that she has a sweater (purchase for her by my sister), I am afraid her feet might be cold and often consider getting her some little booties. I have not buckled yet.

2. I examine her poop. Carefully.

1. I expect her to understand how I feel and to behave accordingly. I am frequently disappointed.

While most of those things already place me firmly in the crazy pet owner category, I suppose the good news is that I have room to get worse.