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Dailies for 09.29.2005

Mama Said, Mama Said…

Dana @ 9:32 AM | Filed under: General

There are two kinds of days in the life a of a player.

Those days when you’ve got to look at the big picture and live from 30,000 ft.; you’ve got to keep the 30,000 ft. view in mind. That’s smart and critical –

sometimes.

Then there are those days when it’s wisest to deal ONLY with the six inches in front of your face; just the six inches that are staring you right in the face. That is smart and that is critical –

sometimes.

Which one of those days are you having?

Dailies for 09.28.2005

But Only If You’re Lucky…

Dana @ 10:53 AM | Filed under: General

Sometimes life leads you to a fork in the road and you are faced with the question:

Which way do I go?

But if you are lucky, life will lead you to the top of a very high cliff with nowhere else to go but straight ahead. Then you are faced with the question:

Will I trust that I can fly?

– Dana Roc

Dailies for 09.26.2005

Oh, It’s Like That? O.K.

Dana @ 10:36 PM | Filed under: General

One of my favorite places in the world is Jack’s Coffee.

Jack’s is a neighborhood cafe — ya know one of those where-everybody-knows-your-name kind of places. You are always guranteed to meet up with a neighbor or a friend. In fact everybody’s friends –

at Jack’s.

And speaking of friends, on a recent visit I walked in and spotted my friend Sandy.

- He is an older man, just shy of being elderly.
- He lives in the West Village just across the street from Jack’s.
- He has lived there for over 30 years.
- He has a home in South Florida where he spends about 3-4 months out of the year.
- He really loves it down there.
- He has a son who he is very close to.

I enjoy talking to Sandy when I see him but today, he is going as I am coming:

Me (kinda trying to be neighborly): Hi Sandy!

Him (waving graciously): How are ya?

Me (trying to respect my elder, just shy of condescending): Good, good. Hey listen, not that this is keeping you up nights or anything but, I didn’t forget to add you to my subscriber list. I just wanted to wait until I launched the new site.

Him (a bit thrown off guard): Oh O.K. (pause) What was that for again?

Me (laughing): You know my weekly Ezine. I publish it once a week. It-goes-out-every-Monday Ezine. member?

Him (pretending to remember): Oh yeah. Well I won’t “wait on pins and needles”, whatever that means.

Me (a little deflated but trying to force a laugh): Yeh. “Waiting on pins and needles” (laugh). Who makes this stuff up anyway?

Him (chuckle): Yeh.

Me (ready to end this conversation so I can move on to my mocha): O.K. then. Well alrighty. Have a great week. See ya soon. Bye.

Him (turning back as he reaches the door): What did you say that your name was again?

Me (no longer trying to save face): Exactly.

Auguste (observing this whole thing from a table across the room): So much for the “where everybody knows your name” thing, I guess.

Yep. So much for that –

JACK!

I Can Hear You!

Dana @ 8:46 AM | Filed under: General

The audacity of hope!

In the end, that is God’s greatest gift to us, the bedrock of this nation; the belief in things not seen; the belief that there are better days ahead. I believe we can give our middle class relief and provide working families with a road to opportunity. I believe we can provide jobs to the jobless, homes to the homeless, and reclaim young people in cities across America from violence and despair. I believe that as we stand on the crossroads of history, we can make the right choices, and meet the challenges that face us. America! – Barak Obama

Dailies for 09.23.2005

Looking Forward To That Brand New Day

Dana @ 9:18 AM | Filed under: General

The chinese symbol for crisis is, in fact, a combinatation of the symbol that they use for danger and the symbol that they use for –

OPPORTUNITY.

This morning my “little” sister “Nutsey” and her family are among those trying to drive out of Houston, looking to get away from the storm.

Looking to get away from the storm.

It is definitley storm season and in more ways than one. For so many people, life as they have known it, will be changed forever.

Looking to get away from the storm.

Storm and Crisis.

I hate stormy weather because it is scary to me. I don’t like crisis because it’s just not fun. But, could it be that storm and crisis are necessary because they usher in the possibility of something brand new? I wonder if I’ll ever surrender and make friends with those two.

An anchorman on CNN spoke to a man looking to get out of the storm this morning:

“Why are you leaving Galveston?”

He responds:

“Because I don’t want to die.”

For thousands of years the Chinese have practiced that, although crisis can be a dangerous time, it also provides fertile ground for golden opportunities to emerge. That man in Galveston is clear about the danger, I just hope that opportunity rains on him, too.

God bless you Nutsey, as you travel to safety today. And if it is true, and I believe that it is, that every storm cloud has a silver lining, then my prayer is that –

your silver lining comes to you this day.

Dailies for 09.21.2005

Time To Come Clean

Dana @ 11:33 AM | Filed under: General

Today, I come out of the closet.

Last night, while watching the finale of Rock Star INXS!, I was confronted with the lie that I have been living.

I love J D Fortune. He puts on such a great show. Love the clothes, love the voice…

And I love INXS!

Those old Australians are AWESOME! They make it O.K. to be cool and kind at the same time. (Simon Cowell, take note.)

O.K. — Dave Navarro — don’t you even get me started! Love him!!!!

Yep, last night I had to finally get straight with myself. I am no longer willing to suppress the rock n’ roll babe that I realize I am.

I love Rock and Roll!!!

Today I confess loud! Today I am proud!

I’m comin’ out.

But —

could you please not tell anyone?

Thanks.

Dailies for 09.20.2005

Wing Man

Dana @ 10:23 AM | Filed under: General

The first good bye is always just the dry run.

I have learned this through experience.

It’s eight o’clock. Eight o’clock means that it’s time to go.

Lunch ~ check. Homework ~ check. Violin ~ check. Misc. notes giving permission for whatever it is ~ check. Lip gloss, chewing gum ~ check check.

And,

she’s out the door, Four… Three… Two… One… and…

she’s back! (because the first goodbye, I told you, is just a dry run).

She comes running back in for —

What is it today?:

A red spot on the green khaki skirt!

Quick sprint to the bathroom! Quick!

In one move I’ve got a damp cloth in my hand and in three quick moves, that stain is gone! And, she’s out the doooooooooor…. Yes!!!

We have lift off!

This daily routine is but one of the very many reasons that, when she finally walks up to the podium to accept her award, I expect, not a mere mention with a sweet little tear, but rather I am demanding –

an entire PARADE!

Dailies for 09.19.2005

So That This Time Next Year…

Dana @ 10:17 AM | Filed under: General

Listen up!

“Learn to have a plan for each day. Have a Daily To Do List.

This list is useful for you to write down the activities you need to do each day.

Remember, in that list you must include something you will do that will help you in moving closer and faster in the –

attainment of your dream.”

Dailies for 09.16.2005

Humility

Dana @ 8:52 AM | Filed under: General

I don’t think that —

God has a political party affilliation.

Do you?

I can’t imagine that God desires His Perfect Peace, His Perfect Love, His Perfect Harmony exclusively for some and not others.

Does He prefer rich people to poor people?

Ya think?

I can not believe that He roots for this world leader over that world leader.

Can you?

No one has a corner on the market when it comes to GOD!!

No one does.

I don’t think that God likes me better than he likes you.

I think that’s what makes Him —

God.

Dailies for 09.15.2005

Fair Exchange

Dana @ 9:07 AM | Filed under: General

“It is the responsibility of every human beingto aspire to do something worthwhile, to make the world a better place than the one we found. Life is a gift, and if we agree to accept it, we must contribute in return.” –Albert Einstein

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