Monday, February 26, 2007

A shout out to one of my peeps...

This is a blog of my friend Ron. He and I were cubemates once upon a time at one of the many countless jobs I've held. He sent me the link to his new blog, and I believe it's cross-blog worthy - due primarily to the fact that he listened to George Carlin as a child and may be almost as weird as me.


Thursday, February 15, 2007

Fluff and Substance

I was reading Glamour tonight while watching South Park. I know...fluff. I require my fluff, thank you very much. While perusing Glamour, I was shocked to see a small snippet that mentioned a previously unpublished poem of Sylvia Plath's. Written in 1955 while she was in undergraduate school, the Blackbird online journal has the primary rights to publish...

It's very Plath. Notable enough for me to stop watching South Park, put my Glamour down (I dog-eared my spot, of course), get up off my ass and put the link in my blog.

Kermit Wisdom

When I was a little kid, I was obsessed with all things Muppet. I loved them all, really...Gonzo, Fozzie, the Swedish chef, and Beaker. Even those old guys in the balcony. But, I especially loved Kermit.

On my 8th birthday, I remember my entire party centered around Kermit. I got a Kermit puppet doll, I had a Kermit cake, and me and my four best girlfriends ventured out to see the Muppet Movie. I was a buck-toothed, skinny, awkward little girl with a bad haircut and I clearly remember wearing rainbow suspenders. And, yet, I was so cool. Very Mork from Ork. It's my most memorable birthday to date.

My sudden flashback to all things Kermit was jogged by my sister's Valentine's Day gift yesterday. A book called, It's not Easy Being Green, and Other Things to Consider. I read it from cover to cover last night, and I felt obliged to share my two favorite quotes from the book today. So, here goes.

The words say, "It's not easy being green," but the song is about knowing who you are. And in it you hear Jim's (Henson) message most clearly. He believed that people are good and that they want to do their best and that no matter how or why we might be different from anybody else, we should learn to love who we are and be proud of it."
~Ray Charles

Preach on, Ray.

Looking back, I think I liked Kermit because he was the unassuming leader of the bunch; he was just a good, quietly confident, sincere little green dude. Plain and simple. Kermit was the sound of reason in a world of chaotic whimsy and fun. He had fun, but kept it all in perspective. He soaked in the crazies around him, and he loved someone who was completely opposite of him. Because some things defy explanation. He loved the simple things in life. And, as a kid I adored him, but as an adult, I just plain get him and his little Zen-like philosophies. It's amazing how perceptive we are in our youth. It's amazing the things we latch onto without really knowing what we're latching onto, but we do it because it just feels good. Something all "grown-ups" should take heed of.

"Life's like a movie, write your own ending
Keep believing, keep pretending
We've done just what we set out to do
Thanks to the lovers, the dreamers, and you."

Wednesday, February 14, 2007