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Pure Imagination,#1256

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Every once in a blue moon, you encounter a soul so purely creative and innovative that just being in their very presence is inspiring.  I don’t just mean the kind of inspiring that gets your thoughts spinning and taps into your imagination.  Instead, this sort of once-in-a-lifetime earth shattering force gets your creative juices flowing and doesn’t stop there.  They inspire action.  They inspire the fire that lights your pants and gets you up and going.  They inspire you to share your efforts and to stand up and be noticed.

That was the kind of person my Uncle Irving was.  His creativity was absolutely limitless, and watching him work was mind boggling.

One time I ran into him at the local library with a stack of books in his hands as he was leaving and walking to his car.  His short explanation to me as we crossed paths was “I couldn’t figure out how to do something.”  What a statement!  Uncle Irving simply was not the type of person to give up and under no circumstances would accept defeat.

There are so many funny stories I could share about my uncle, but when I really think about writing this blog, it’s not the stories that I really want to pass along.  I know that my family and friends will read this, and I think what I most want them to take away when they remember Irving Olson is this:

Absolutely anything that you dream of achieving is possible.  Go give it your all and don’t let anybody tell you how to do it.  It’s your dream, and you are its inventor.

He never said those words to me, but just being in his presence made me believe them.  He didn’t have to say those words to me, because Irving Olson led by example.

The last time I used the song “Pure Imagination” for a blog post, it was a blog about Steve Jobs.  Yes, my Uncle Irving was an elite innovator of the highest ranks.. He was Steve Jobs creative, and so…it is time to use this song again.  I’ll give it a bit of a different twist though.  Maroon 5 did a cover of “Pure Imagination” when Gene Wilder passed away a few weeks ago.  It’s a well done cover, and AdamaLevine’s voice is perfect for it.  So, here it is a new spin on a classic…enjoy!

 

End Note:

I wonder if I’ll ever use “Pure Imagination” again.  Perhaps not, because this type of innovation only comes around once in blue moon.  Uncle Irving passed away just shy of his 103rd birthday.  I hope in the next century, we’ll encounter this rare breed again.  One can only hope.

 

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The Luckiest, #1254

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My daughter is the most special little girl.  She is beautiful inside and out.  I have known this from the moment I laid eyes on her, but every once in while there will be a key moment that makes me understand this on a deeper level.  Yesterday, her beauty was at its most radiant, and I am beyond proud.

For two years, my daughter has been growing out her hair.  Her long hair was gorgeous – thick and wavy.  She had always talked about donating her hair when she eventually would cut it, but I was beginning to wonder if it was ever really going to happen.

Yesterday, as we were headed to the hair dresser, she suddenly had the desire for this beauty salon visit to be THE day.  And so….here it is in pictures, blog readers.  The end of my daughter’s hair journey, and the moment when kindness became a selfless act.

My daughter and I have a wonderful hair dresser.  Courtney Cimino owns her own boutique salon called Bold Boutique.  It is in a Sola Salon complex, and it is a tiny little haven to go to when you need hair perfection.  When we announced to her that we needed to cut 8 inches off, she was excited and happy to do the job.

Here is the before picture.  So long hair!

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The snip…

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Ponytail gone!

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Admiring the new look…

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Thank you Courtney!  You’re an awesome hairdresser, and we are so glad that we got to share this moment with you.  You made it special, and my daughter looks even more gorgeous than she already was.

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The 8 inch ponytail is being sent off to Pantene Beautiful Lengths where they, in turn, will turn it into a wig for a cancer patient.  It takes 8 ponytails to make one wig, and Pantene has donated 42,000 wigs to the American Cancer Society’s wig bank to date.  Many organizations that take hair donations require a 10-12 inch ponytail, but Pantene accepts 8 inch ponytails which makes it a little easier to donate.  (CLICK HERE to read their hair donation requirements.)

I couldn’t be more proud that my 11-year-old daughter decided on her own that she wanted to do this extreme act of kindness.  It came from her heart and required commitment and bravery.  She is amazing, and I am one lucky Mama.

That is why my song of the day is “The Luckiest” by Ben Folds Five, because lucky doesn’t even begin to describe the pride I have for her.  She is a blessing in every kind of way.

I’ll Stand By You, #1253

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My cat died last night, and it was really quite devastating.  She was old – just about 16-years-old to be exact, and she lived with us for 15 years.  We have been feeling that this day was hidden somewhere in the shadows just waiting to sneak up us, but never did I think that the end would happen so suddenly with no warning.  One minute she was eating her breakfast with vigor and the next she was fighting for breath.  I suppose we’ll never really know what happened, but truthfully, what does it matter anyway?  We’re not getting her back, and we can all find comfort in knowing that she spent her last moments feeling the love pouring out of us.

I haven’t felt inspired to write lately, and even though I am extraordinary busy with work and school, writing during my free moments just hasn’t felt natural.  I hadn’t planned on writing about our cat dying either even though I have paid tribute to each of our pets as they crossed over the Rainbow Bridge over the years.

So what changed my mind you might all be wondering?  Simple.  It was the power of kindness.

When Nutmeg died last night, I posted a picture of her on Facebook and sent a RIP message out to the world.  I am absolutely moved and kind of dumbfounded, too, by the result.  Friends from all parts of my life left their beautiful remarks, but what really amazed me was the amount of strangers that wrote to me, too.  One woman emoted, “I don’t even know you and I’m crying. I dread this day. Condolences.”

She summed up the sentiment.  Our pets touch us in ways that people just can’t.  They speak to our gentlest sides and somehow know what we are feeling and offer comfort in their loving gaze.  Their stare speaks volumes – perhaps a deeper language than even the spoken word.

So with all that kindness comes inspiration.  I feel so connected to my fellow pet lovers, because they get it, and that is a beautiful thing.

My song of the day is by the Pretenders.  “I’ll Stand By You” is the ultimate show of support, and I am feeling it all around.  Thank you friends. xo

Rebel Rebel, #1252

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I was not ready for this horrible news I woke up to today.  David Bowie dead?  The tears are streaming down my face.  I know I didn’t really know him, but I feel like I lost personal friend.  I have been so intimate with his music for so many years, and it has always been a constant that when I blare Bowie music through my speakers, I’m happy.

He was just so original and never conformed to just one style.  He was rock n’ roll, punk, pop, flamboyant, real, fashionable….everything I love in music all rolled into one.  I miss those qualities in today’s music….there’s rarely anyone who just sounds fresh, and just last week, there was even more music released by David Bowie to the world.

I haven’t had a chance to listen to it yet, but I didn’t care.  A new album held the possibility of a tour.  David Bowie was my dream concert….the one that I never got to but always hoped and prayed would eventually happen.  I had my eye on his website for years…just yearning for the day I’d see him live.

I’m heartbroken today.  We didn’t just lose a legend – we lost an innovative soul, and oh – how the loss of him stings.

My song of the day is Bowie’s “Rebel Rebel.”  It was hard to pick the perfect song for this moment.  There are so many to choose from.  I think though that David Bowie’s appeal is in his rebellious nature, and I just want to send this message to the universe for him….”Hot tramp, I love you so.”

I Will Survive, #1251

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I love having an orange tree, and especially I love having the orange tree that we have.  It’s been through hard times, but somehow it survived.

When we first moved into our house, we were having some construction done, and the workers poured cement on it’s base.  It all but died, but somehow green leaves poked through the next year, and each year after, it got a little healthier.

It wasn’t until last year, 10 years after the cement incident that it began to produce some fruit.  It wasn’t a large crop, but there were some oranges nonetheless.

And now this…bright beautiful orange fists of triumph towering high into the sky impossible to reach.  Their color against the blue sky are bright spots of cheery promise that there will be even a better crop of oranges next year.

FullSizeRender-6I’ve been a nonexistent blogger lately.  At first it all started because I was overwhelmed with final projects from my school alongside my children’s final semester work and not to mention Hanukkah which kept me busy both professionally and personally.  And then…..unimaginable tragedy.  One that is not for blogging at this time but has occupied all my thoughts.  A tragedy that crippled my writing, because what could I possibly say to make it better?

Today, however, I pulled some of those oranges off of my beloved orange tree.  They are ready for eating – the fruits of the labor ripe with life.  They are such a representation of optimism that suddenly I was compelled to sit down with my old trusty friend and type some thoughts down for the first time in a long time.

The moral of the story is….if your are ever cemented into place, that cement will eventually be able to crumble and something new and good will be the result.  Thank you little orange tree.  I love you.  Thank you for reminding me we all can survive.

Rock & Roll High School,#1249

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I’ve been kind lackluster about blog writing lately.  I am such a busy person, and if there is no topic that jumps out for me, I’ve been finding it daunting to write.

This morning, however, a childhood friend posted some photos of construction being done on a building and referred to it as our former high school.  What was this modern looking place that was expected to open in Fall 2016?  It was not the modest little building that makes me think of my home town as so wholesome and quaint.  It breaks my heart a little that what was is now being pushed away for something shinier and new.  Here’s an animated look of the new entrance.

To add salt to the wound just a bit, they’re building this amazing new theatre, too, and there’s even a performing arts school attached to it.  Performing arts school???  Are you kidding me?  I ended up leaving that high school and going away to boarding school so I could go to performing arts school.  I can’t even imagine how different my life would be today if that had existed when I was growing up there.

I guess I should be happy for all the future students who will be blessed with these incredible new digs, but I must admit that I’m a bit sad over the whole thing.  My home town should always stay the same.  All the same stores should be there when I come home for a visit, and everything should remain in the same spot just as it was so I can find it again.

I am very good about accepting change…just not with my home town though.  No more changes, please!  I want you stay just as I remember.

My song of the day is from the Ramones.  Their Rock and Roll High School describes this new foreign place.  It is sure to be rockin’, but I just wish it it was as corny as ever.

Gratitude, #1248

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I love Thanksgiving!  It’s the one day of the year that people open up with their feelings and acknowledge their appreciation for one another.  So here I am, too.  I’m joining the band wagon and letting you all know how grateful I am for my friends, family and Tucson Songstress fans.  Music people are the best, and anyone who follows my blog falls into that category.  In my opinion, music brings people together, and I am entirely blessed that it has connected me with you!

My Thanksgiving song of the day is from Earth, Wind and Fire.  Their “Gratitude” brings a funky edge and spirit to this day, so enjoy and count your blessings that we have each other.  I sure do. xo