"Anxiety in a man's heart weighs him down, but a good word makes him glad." -Proverbs 12:25
Midnight Blue (1963): Jazz guitarist Kenny Burrell featuring Stanley Turrentine on tenor saxophone, Major Holley on double bass, Bill English on drums and Ray Barretto on conga. Midnight Blue is one of Burrell’s best-known works for Blue Note Records. In 2005, NPR included the album in its "Basic Jazz Library", describing it as "one of the great jazzy blues records".
He said, She said...
"You are not designed for everyone to like you” - Wise Man Phil
I notice good looking women all the time. I said;
"notice". Sadly enough there was a time I did more than just notice, but
that is a conversation for another day.
With that being said, the
responsibility that mother's have today to raise their young girls to
become known for more than just their body is overwhelming. Super bowl
ads showed us once again what the mindset is of corporate America,
advertising agencies, and many of the "brands" today. They told us in 30
second time slots what they think grabs a male dominated audience's
attention: the sexual objectification of women... young women. I'm not
here to say that they are wrong in thinking that works.
their home work.
Trust me, nobody who chooses to spend $3.8 million for a 30 second spot doesn't know what they're trying to accomplish.
Sex is a two way street; Men have a responsibility too...
Again, with that being said, Father's really can't hug
their daughters enough and share with them how special they truly are,
nor can it ever be underestimate the importance of a mother's role of
setting a respectable standard of womanhood for their young daughters.
There wasn't a time not too long ago that my treatment in the manner of
how I viewed women was poor, that my view of them was inappropriate, and
that I frequently viewed women as sexual objects.
Again, I'm not a
prude, I'm just being honest.
Do I think American will change their
mindset? No I do not.
The porn industry made over $13 billion last year.
That is more than the NFL, NBA, and the MLB combined. The "cat" is out
of the bag and I, like usual, don't have all the answers. Chris Rock has
said that his main job as a father is to keep his daughter off the
"pole"... stripper pole. And though that assessment is funny there is a
lot of truth to that statement. And with that I will say the stakes have
never been higher for our children in the area of sexuality, safety,
and purity than they are now.
Go daddy; talk to your kids about sex & sexuality...
All we can really do is talk to our
Aristotle once said: "the family is the first school of human instruction."
Fathers will hopefully share with their sons what is
appropriate behavior and thinking when it comes to women. We as men will
always notice good looking women, but do we have to have a physical
mandate that resides within us that states she is to be conquered and
consumed; not appreciated and admired? Mothers would also do well to
inform our girls that men are visual creatures and if you wear "that"
you will produce in the minds of men that your worth is no more than the
curvature of your body and the excess skin you so desire to bare.
said it at the beginning, and it bares repeating; I'm not a prude, but
some where down the line we have to take a stand not so much with the
advertisers or companies in America, but within our own living rooms.
Did you know she can sing too?
Girls, you are more than your looks and men you are more than your
God-given desire in the area of sex. My hope is that I didn't offend
anyone, nor come off as a self righteous hypocrite. To me it's pretty
simple: I have 5 boys and 1 girl, and the direction that we are going as
a society concerning sex and sexuality gives me pause.
I hope my words
lead to a lot of discussions in our homes over the next few weeks
(years) and realize that if we are to change any of our children's
behavior(s) we have to start with changing their mind and how they
This is my little princess... I pray that she will always be more beautiful on the inside than what the world sees on the outside. I pray that she learns to love herself more than the desire to be approved by others physically. I love you Reese Olivia... your beautiful. Always have been and always will be! - Dad
1923: USC and Penn State played the first New Year's Day game in the Rose Bowl. The Trojans prevailed, 14-3. (Courtesy of the Archives, Pasadena Museum of History, Main Photo Collection) - "A Bible that is falling apart usually belongs to someone who isn't.” - Charles Spurgeon
Masthead: December 2013
1931: First Christmas tree at Rockefeller Center. The men in the picture were in line to get paid for their efforts. - "In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’” -Acts 20:35
Masthead: Novemeber 2013
November 22, 1962: Lions 26 Packers 14. The Lions sacked Bart Starr 11 times in Green Bay's only loss of the year. - "All Black Friday tells me is that I'm getting screwed the other 364 days of the year." -Shawn Bailey
Masthead: October 2013
1967: The Red Sox outfielder Carl Yastrzemski stares at Fenway’s Green Monster during the 1967 World Series. Photograph: Focus On Sport/Getty. - "Never trouble trouble until trouble troubles you." -anonymous
Masthead: September 2013
"Buddy System": Bryce Bailey ('14) & Jason Singleton ('26) (Columbus Academy - 8.21.13) - "Opportunity is the place where your gifts and someone's needs intersect....." -Dr. Henry Cloud
Masthead: August 2013
Keb' Mo' - Release date: 6.27.94 - “One of the hardest things about diplomacy is to put yourself in someone else's shoes without compromising your own principles" -Condoleezza Rice
Masthead: July 2013
1776: David McCullough (Simon & Schuster - May 24, 2005) - “Freedom is not the absence of limitations and constraints but finding the right ones, those that fit our nature and liberate us” — Tim Keller
Masthead: June 2013
1964 Matsers: Jack Nicklaus & Arnold Palmer - “What you applaud you encourage, but beware what you celebrate.” - Peggy Noonan
Masthead: May 2013
Preservation Hall: established in 1961 to preserve, perpetuate, and protect one of America’s truest artforms – traditional New Orleans Jazz - “Knowledge is knowing the right thing. Wisdom is doing the right thing.”
Masthead: April 2013
Opening Day: 1st Pitch thrown by President Woodrow Wilson (April 20,1916) - Griffith Stadium: New York Yankess (4) vs Washington Senators (12). Walter Johnson pitched a complete game and was the opening day winning pitcher for the Senators. - “We were not laughing at you because you liked Justin Timberlake. We were laughing at you because you thought you were Justin Timberlake - big difference!” - Jen Kowalke
Masthead: March 2013
January 11, 1968 - Tulane Gymnasium: Pistol Pete Maravich (52 pts) FG 20-42 . FT 12-15 . 5 Boards . 8 Dimes - “In three words I can sum up everything I've learned about life: it goes on.” - Robert Frost
Masthead: Feburary 2013
BB King: Fillmore East - New York City (June 19,1971) - "If God can make penicillin out of moldy bread, He can surely make something out of you; me." ~Muhammad Ali