Monthly Archives: November 2012

Good-bye November


A poem for your soul…

My November Guest

My Sorrow, when she’s here with me,
Thinks these dark days of autumn rain
Are beautiful as days can be;
She loves the bare, the withered tree;
She walks the sodden pasture lane.

Her pleasure will not let me stay.
She talks and I am fain to list:
She’s glad the birds are gone away,
She’s glad her simple worsted grey
Is silver now with clinging mist.

The desolate, deserted trees,
The faded earth, the heavy sky,
The beauties she so truly sees,
She thinks I have no eye for these,
And vexes me for reason why.

Not yesterday I learned to know
The love of bare November days
Before the coming of the snow,
But it were vain to tell her so,
And they are better for her praise

Robert Frost

Honorable Diva mention – Tina Turner


Tina Turner: Queen of Rock & Roll – born November 26, 1939

What’s love got to do with it?  This diva mustered up the courage to leave an abusive marriage with nothing more than the clothes on her back, a driver’s license and a gas card.

It didn’t take Ms. Turner long to get back on her feet, and shimmy and sing her way to the top of the charts.  Although she never remarried, she’s been keeping sweet time with a German gem, sixteen years her junior, for  decades.


After almost fifty years in the music business, Tina Turner has become one of the most commercially successful international female rock stars to date. Her sultry, powerful voice, her incredible legs, her time-tested beauty and her unforgettable story all contribute to her legendary status.

Tina Trivia

World’s most successful female rock artist ever. Record sales: over 60 million (1983-1999). Has sold more concert tickets than any other female performer in history. 7-time Grammy Award-winner.

Took part in the USA For Africa recording of “We Are The World”. [28 January 1985].

Living with EMI record executive Erwin Bach since 1986.

Ronnie (born 1964), is the son Tina and Ike had during their 16-year marriage.

Turned down a role in Thelma & Louise (1991).

Tina was with Ike for 20 years, but she was only married to him for 16 years (she doesn’t count the two years it took for the divorce to become final as part of her marriage).

Tina has two sons and two stepsons.

Stepmother of Ike Jr. and Michael, the sons Ike had during his marriage to first wife, Lorraine Taylor; whom Ike didn’t get “legally” divorced from until 1974.

Turned down the role of Shug Avery in The Color Purple (1985). The part eventually went to Margaret Avery.

Craig (born 1958) is Tina’s son from a relationship she had with Raymond Hill, a saxophone player in Ike’s band, The Kings of Rhythm.

Had the biggest-grossing concert tour of North America in 2000. However, due to lower ticket prices, *NSync sold more tickets than Tina.

Because of the frequent beatings she received from her former husband Ike Turner, she had to have reconstructive surgery on her nose.

Rapper Fat Joe sampled a lyric from the chorus of Tina’s 1984 hit “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” which was used in “What’s Luv?”, his hit single featuring Ashanti. [2001]

Inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame (with Ike Turner) in 1991.

Angela Bassett (playing Tina Turner) mimed to Tina’s voice when performing the musical numbers in the film What’s Love Got to Do with It(1993).

Ranked #2 on VH1’s Greatest Women of Rock N Roll

Joint winner (with Ike Turner) of a Grammy award for ‘Best R&B Group Performance, Vocal Or Instrumental’ for “Proud Mary”. [1972]

Winner of a Grammy award for ‘Best Female Rock Vocal Performance’ for “One Of The Living”. [1986]

Winner of a Grammy award for ‘Best Female Rock Vocal Performance’ for “Back Where You Started”. [1987]

Winner of a Grammy award for ‘Best Female Rock Vocal Performance’ for “Live In Europe”. [1989]

Joint winner (with Terry Britten) of a Grammy award for ‘Record Of The Year’ for “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”. [February 1985]

Winner of a Grammy award for ‘Best Female Pop Vocal Performance’ for “What’s Love Got To Do With It?”. [February 1985]

Winner of a Grammy award for ‘Best Female Rock Vocal Performance’ for “Better Be Good To Me”. [February 1985]

[1995] Rapper Warren G., along with Adina Howard, covered her Grammy-winning hit song “What’s Love Got To Do With It?” for the Supercop (1995) soundtrack.

Received the Lifetime Achievement prize at the MOBO (Music of Black Origin) Awards at the Royal Albert Hall in London. [7 October 1999]

Living in Zürich, Switzerland. [1994-present]

She was voted the 61st Greatest Rock ‘n’ Roll Artist of all time by Rolling Stone.

Ranked #6 on VH-1’s 100 Sexiest Artists. [2002]

Recipient of the 2005 Kennedy Center Honors. Other recipients were Robert RedfordTony BennettSuzanne Farrell, and Julie Harris. [3 December 2005]

[20 February 2006] “Teach Me Again”, her duet with Elisa, from the soundtrack of All the Invisible Children (2005), enters the Italian singles chart at Number 1.

She was awarded a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for Recording at 1750 North Vine Street in Hollywood, California.

Songwriter Holly Knight wrote “(Simply) the Best” (1989) with British pop singer Paul Young in mind. However, when Young passed on the offer, Tina recorded the song after adding a bridge and key change, and it became one of her most high-profile signature tunes.

Personal Quotes

I’m the only person left doing the kind of work that I do.

I will never give in to old age until I become old. And I’m not old yet!

Sometimes you’ve got to let everything go – purge yourself. If you are unhappy with anything . . . whatever is bringing you down, get rid of it. Because you’ll find that when you’re free, your true creativity, your true self comes out.

This is what I want in heaven… words to become notes and conversations to be symphonies.

There comes a point where it is just undignified to be a rock ‘n’ roll star.

Physical strength in a woman — that’s what I am.

Mick is just naughty, you know? The first time I ever went onstage with him, he tried to nudge the microphone in my crotch. He’s like a bad boy in school. That’s why the Stones are like boys to me, because I’ve raised sons. When you raise boys you know how they play. With Mick, you always have to be on guard, because you never know what he’s going to do. But Mick is like a brother. It wasn’t as if some guy pulled off my skirt; it was like this boy I knew did it. [commenting on Mick Jagger]

I don’t hate myself anymore. I used to hate my work, hated that sexy image, hated those pictures of me onstage, hated that big raunchy person. Onstage, I’m acting the whole time I’m there. As soon as I get out of those songs, I’m Tina again.

The Month before Christmas


Twas The Month Before Christmas, when all through the house
Not a creature was stirring, just the click of a mouse;
The stacks of credit cards were spread out with care, 

In hopes that spending limits would not appear;
The children were nestled all snug in their beds,
While 3-D visions of new iPads danced in their heads.

When out on the lawn there arose such a clatter,
I sprang from the bed to see what was the matter.
Away to the window I flew like a flash, and heard;

“Now, Dasher! now, Dancer! now, Prancer and Vixen!
On, Comet! on Cupid! on, Donder and Blitzen!
To the top of the porch! to the top of the wall!
Now dash away! dash away! take all of her credit cards away all!”

As I drew in my hand, and was turning around,
Down the chimney St. Nicholas came with a bound.

He was dressed all in faux fur, from his head to his foot,
And his clothes were all tarnished 
with ashes and soot, 

A bundle of toys he had flung on his back,
And he looked like a homeless man opening his pack.
His eyes — how they twinkled! He must be on crack!

And I laughed when I saw him, in spite of myself;
Before I told him to get the Hell out of my house.

He spoke not a word, but went straight to his work,
And filled up my table with stacks of  credit card bills,
all marked, PAST DUE.

“You know you’re being naughty and spending without care.  Your kids who won’t leave  until this house is theirs. You spend beyond your means my dear, You’ve been on a fiscal cliff for years.  The rich are different, not like you and me.”

The Holidays are to enjoy with family and friends,  not to spend  what you don’t have to the bitter end!.

Please debt responsibly.


I Turk You


Tomorrow  you’ll be stuffing your face and trying to make nice with your aged and drunken Uncle Mack.

So when the starchy food and strained conversation come to a sleep-inducing halt, try whipping out these Terrible Thanksgiving Day Jokes to liven up the joint:

If April showers bring May flowers, what do May flowers bring?

Why did the turkey cross the road?
It was the chicken’s day off. 

If the Pilgrims were alive today, what would they be most famous for?
Their age! 

What happened when the turkey got into a fight?
He got the stuffing knocked out of him. 

Why can’t you take a turkey to church?
Because they use such fowl language. 

What are the feathers on a turkey’s wings called?
Turkey feathers. 

What’s the best dance to do on Thanksgiving?
The turkey trot. 

Can a turkey jump higher than the Empire State Building?
Absolutely — a building can’t jump at all. 

How can you make a turkey float?
You need two scoops of ice cream, some root beer and a turkey. 

What kind of music did the Pilgrims like?
Plymouth Rock. 

Which side of the turkey has the most feathers?
The outside. 

What key has legs and can’t open doors?
A turkey. 

Why didn’t the turkey eat dessert?
Because he was stuffed. 

What did the mother turkey say to her disobedient children?
If your father could see you now, he’d turn over in his gravy. 

And now, bow your heads for this Thanksgiving Day blessing 

“Thanks, for a country where nobody is allowed to mind his own business. Thanks, for a nation of finks.”
–William S. Burroughs,
“A Thanksgiving Prayer”

This month in divorce history


No more talking turkey for these former spouses…

2011    Ashlee Simpson & Pete Wentz

2010    Eva Longoria & Tony Parker

Avril Lavigne & Deryck Whibley

2008  Kate Walsh and Alex Young

2007   Britney Spears & Kevin (K-Fed) Federline

Jennifer Esposito & Bradley Cooper

Hilary Swank & Chad Lowe

2006   Pamela Anderson & Kid Rock

1994    Ireland votes to end 70-year-old ban on divorce

Happy Holiday Reading from Me to You

  • Want to read something uplifting for a change?  Sure you do.  This is from me to you…

    Book Description
    Publication Date: December 14, 2010
    This wonderful collection of short stories celebrates the spirit of Christmas and the miracles of life!It’s inspirational, heartwarming and filled with holiday romance and adventure.This contemporary collection of new fiction will stay with you long after the holidays. Award winning writers and first time published authors contribute to making this the ultimate Christmas collection.Stories include: “Christmas Cowboys” by Linda Shayne, “Mistletoe Diner” by Samantha Jaffe, “Change of Heart” by Vikram Kale, “My Christmas Angel” by Michael Habte, “Snowbird” by Valerie Scott, “Triplets” by Howard Steinberg, “Christmas Twister” by Dianna Brown, “Christmas in Kenya” by Charles Kamuyu, “Missile Defense and Tracking Santa” by Aldo Spadoni, “Secret Santa” by Lars Daniel Eriksson, “Four-door Igloo and Wolves” by Jin A Song, “Trinidad” by Hamel Matthew.

    Christmas Cowboys, Mistletoe Diner and other Short Stories: A Collection of New Fiction for the Holidays [Kindle Edition]

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The Gratitude Garage Sale


Sample ASS (awkward social situation)

Part of letting go of the past is letting go of stuff you no longer use or need or will never fit into again in this life.  A garage sale is a great way to accomplish this and a way to practice meeting strangers and strange neighbors.  It’s also a productive way to clear the closets before the holidays.  You’ll make room for all the new stuff you’ll be selling or re-gifting next year.

Rummaging through your past will induce flashbacks and the urge to reach for a hammer.  Consider this closet clearance to be a mental ex-orcism and another step on your way to freedom from the fabric that was part of your life.  Make sure to find any hidden ex-husband leftovers.  Items include but are not limited to:  clothing, accessories, sports memorabilia and all unused homme hygiene products.

Come Saturday morning, dress like you are having a Barney’s warehouse sale.  Resist the urge to dress for distress.  Don’t wear pair an old pair of Juicy sweats and a worn out “I ♥ Love” T-shirt. Look like a bargain.

Let’s assume the sale is going well.  You’re driving hard bargains around the perimeter, when you get a whiff of danger. And danger smells a lot like Obsession.  You hear a voice that involuntarily causes you to play with your hair.  You turn and quickly make change for the lady who purchased the unused George Foreman grill.  Next to grill girl stands a tall, dark and handsome man, sporting a baseball cap and flipping through your ex’s baseball card collection.

You move toward the man as if in slow motion waving away all others as their cries for “how much?” fall on deaf ears.  Mystery man smiles as you approach him he smiles revealing perfect pearly whites and asks, “How much for the box?”

Do you: A. Invite him in for loxs?

B. Tell him how much you love the Red Sox?

C.  Inquire about his batting average?

D.  Tell him to make you an offer you can’t refuse and inform him there are more cards stashed away inside.

Answer: B-D.  If you’ve ascertained that he is single and feel a few bases could be had with the fine lad, make the first move.  Of course, if you have no more cards stashed away, find some.  Make a coffee date. Or take him out to a ball game.