Try To Keep It REAL!

Happy Friday, Y’all!

Don’t take this stuff for granted, now!!  Give it up for a “power greater than ourselves” … T.G.I.F.!!

Well, “right off the bat”, I want to wish my only adult child, Ayanna Lynne, a happy birthday!  I was there when “you” were born, and I still try to stay in touch now that “you’re” all grown up!  I hope that counts for something!  Either way, Happy Birthday, “Squeezy”!

Yeah, life goes in “leaps and bounds” sometimes.  Other times, it takes “baby steps”!  To “stay in step”, we need to mark time when things go awry.  We can’t lose that passion for life, whatever it may be for you.  But do have one … or more!  It’ll keep you busy enjoying life.  Shucks, you might even make someone else happy if you’re doing it right!!  I suspect that some readers may think that I am a little too strict or “firm” with things.  It may be too much sometimes.  Yet, I am as strict on myself.  For example, I have learned NOT to say things that may offend or upset someone.  I don’t want that to happen to me, so, why do it to someone else.  Haven’t some folks heard at least of “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”  It’s not rocket science.  This is just one way that I try to keep it real.  It makes life a lot smoother for me.  We all have horrible thoughts from time to time.  Yet, we ALL must learn to analyze those thoughts BEFORE acting on them.

I am sure by now that readers have noticed that I tell “you” straight out what I am thinking, or what I have been through and may have done, even.  You see, I know that if people want to find out more about me, they can.  By the way, it beats the hell out of giving some jealous, envious, heartless, low self esteem “mofo” the opportunity to put a fallacious spin on MY life!  Spin your own stories about YOUR life … Please, stay out of mine.  I am just trying to keep it real.

Next week is what is called “Semana Santa” in the “Latin American” countries here.  It’s a wonderful time for friends and families to get together and remember the “saints” of their religion.  When I lived in Cali, Colombia, South America, my mother came to visit me for a week which was “Semana Santa”!  We had a fantastic time together.  Shucks, I even took her from Cali into the mountains where I liked to ride horses in Popayan, Colombia.  She was impressed by the number of people in the streets of Cali who stood side by side, lighting each others candles along BOTH sides of the street while a religious procession meandered through the streets with giant statues of the “saints”!  Here, in Puerto, everyone just hangs out at the beach, dances all night and cook out along the shore line for an entire week.

So, whatever you do, try to keep it real!


John I. Cook, Director

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