Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 4/30/2016

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And just like that, April is over. One-third of the year is behind us, but I believe the best is ahead of us. I’m feeling a little more grounded this week, more focused and more positive. I love seeing the beautiful cherry trees in bloom, as well as the leaves sprouting and the clover growing. I already need to mow the lawn, which is a sure sign that spring is doing its thing. The goldfinches have changed to their vibrant yellow summer feathers, and the house finches are as red as ever. It’s a great time of year, one of my favorites!

Today’s blog photo gives a clue as to some of my exciting plans for the summer, which I can finally talk about since the reservations have been made. Sometime during the week of August 14, I WILL be sitting on the James Joyce Balcony at Bewley’s Oriental Cafe in Dublin. The cosmos (along with a special spirit) are leading me there with a mission, and there will be a lot more coming about this amazing journey.

Hope you enjoy some of these interesting links I saved for you this week!

11 Reasons Why The Beach Will Always Be My Happy Place – shared by a friend, it’s a little jumpy but I agree with all of the reasons

Soul to Soul // On #39 – Love Stephanie Watanabe’s bucket list!

When Something Has to Change – by Megan Forrest

Putting Work In Its Place – by Kate Keifer Lee and recommended by Austin Kleon, another great outlook

33 Powerful Ways of Overcoming Fear…Right Now – there are a few fears I hope to will overcome this year.

8 Reasons Why We All Need to Unplug And Get Outside More – stop reading this right now and go outside! Seriously!

The Ultimate Road Trip: A Proposed Superhighway Between London and New York – can this be real?

Song of the Seashell – by fellow blogger Linda at Spiritual Dragonfly

and finally,

MotivateMe! Podcast Roadtrip hits the road next week!  Follow my friend Lynette and her MotivateMe! team as they travel to all 50 states this spring! Best wishes to Lynette, Chelsea, and Cassie!

Until next time,

Jill

 

 

“Sea” Why My Tears Are Purple…

It’s not uncommon for me to have my phone out while teaching journalism. All students have their phone out as well, which is technically a violation of school policy, but news alerts are the quickest way to find out about breaking news. We’ve watched several breaking news stories develop over the years via our handheld devices, including the tracking of the Boston Bombing suspects, the 2011 Japan earthquake and tsunami, Pope Francis’ travels in the USA, the World Cup soccer events, and the Olympics. It’s hands-on learning in the real world for journalism students.

About 5 minutes into class on Thursday, April 21, 2016, I looked down at my phone as it lit up with an alert and audibly gasped while covering my mouth. “Oh no! Oh no!” I said as I read the unbelievable alert: BREAKING NEWS: Pop Star Prince has died, AP reports.

My students immediately checked their phones as I said, “Prince died? I can’t believe this!” as tears welled up in my eyes.  Some students knew right away that Prince was a musician. Others thought it was Prince William from the UK. Still others had no idea what Prince meant or who it could be.

I hoped that it was a hoax, but it wasn’t. The planned journalism lesson was changed to follow the story surrounding Prince, and as each alert and tweet was posted, we added to our timeline of breaking events.  Students were to determine what was fact, what was not, what might be true, what might not be true, the credibility of the source, etc.

After class ended, I sat in my chair and sighed very hard with my head in my hands, overwhelmed by sadness and disbelief. I was surprised about how upset I was, and couldn’t figure out why at first. I wasn’t a huge Prince fan. I mean, I liked his music, but I never saw him in concert. I had a few of his songs on my playlists over the years, but never made it a point to listen to the songs over and over, whether on cassette, CD, or digital.

I’m usually empathetic when a celebrity passes away, but not at this level. The only other time I actually cried over a celebrity death was when Chris Farley died.

Why, why then, was I shaken to the bone over the news that Prince wasn’t alive anymore?

Why was I unable to control my tears?

Then it hit me.

It’s because Prince was always there.

He was just there, all the time.

Looking back on Prince’s career, I was surprised that I still knew most of his hit songs word for word, even though I haven’t heard some of them in over 25 years.

I never realized that since 1978, Prince released an album almost every single year I’ve been on this earth.

His music was the background music to my life, to all of our lives, whether we were diehard fans or not.

He was there since I was a child, and was always there…through my teens, through my twenties, through my thirties, and through the first half of my forties.

Every chapter of my life has at least one Prince song playing in the background, if not more.

He was purple. He was unique. He was influential beyond description. He was talented beyond comprehension.

Prince was a musical genius.

Prince was always there.

And now he’s not.

There are so many unanswered questions…Who is his family? Why did this happen? What could have prevented it?

And you know what? I don’t want to know the answers to those questions.

To me, not knowing his private persona makes him more mysterious and interesting.

I do not want to know the result of the autopsy, because it doesn’t matter what it says.

I do not want to consider what could have been done to prevent this from happening, because it will not change the outcome.

The fact is that Prince is not here anymore.

The world will never be the same.

And I’m not the only one feeling his loss.

So many artists are performing his songs in tribute, artists like Pearl Jam, Bruce Springsteen, and the cast of The Color Purple. Tweets from music icons such as Steven Tyler and Bette Midler, and from others like Spike Lee, Oprah, and Jimmy Fallon show that these masters considered Prince THE master. Landmarks have been lit up worldwide in purple to honor Prince’s lasting legacy. The movie Purple Rain is showing nationwide in movie houses, and on television almost non-stop. MTV even interrupted their miserable programming to bring viewers hours of Prince videos, Sirius XM set up a Prince tribute station, and Saturday Night Live aired a Prince special and retrospective in place of a rerun.

With each tribute, tweet, and photograph, I realize that Prince was the one artist I took for granted. I thought he’d just always be there, singing and strumming through the background of my life…forever.

It’s been 3 days since I received that news alert, and I’m still heartbroken.

And I’d venture to say that so is the world.

Thank you, Prince, for sharing your extraordinary gifts with the world, and for being that one constant note that played through my journey here on Earth thus far. Thank you for soothing, for inspiring, and for guiding my soul.

Most of all, thank you for helping us all get through this thing called life…

“Electric word life

It means forever and that’s a mighty long time

But I’m here to tell you

There’s something else

The after world

A world of never ending happiness

You can always see the sun, day or night

So when you call up that shrink in Beverly Hills

You know the one, Dr. Everything’ll Be Alright

Instead of asking him how much of your time is left

Ask him how much of your mind, baby

‘Cause in this life

Things are much harder than in the after world

In this life

You’re on your own

And if the elevator tries to bring you down

Go crazy, punch a higher floor

If you don’t like the world you’re living in

Take a look around you

At least you got friends

You see I called my old lady

For a friendly word

She picked up the phone

Dropped it on the floor

(Ah, ah) is all I heard

Are we gonna let the elevator

Bring us down

Oh, no let’s go!

Let’s go crazy

Let’s get nuts

Let’s look for the purple banana

‘Til they put us in the truck, let’s go!

We’re all excited

But we don’t know why

Maybe it’s ’cause

We’re all gonna die

And when we do (When we do)

What’s it all for (What’s it all for)

You better live now

Before the grim reaper come knocking on your door

Tell me, are we gonna let the elevator bring us down

Oh, no let’s go!

Let’s go crazy

Let’s get nuts

Look for the purple banana

‘Til they put us in the truck, let’s go!

C’mon baby

Let’s get nuts

Yeah

Crazy

Let’s go crazy

Are we gonna let the elevator bring us down

Oh, no let’s go!

Go crazy

I said let’s go crazy (Go crazy)

Let’s go, let’s go

Go

Let’s go

Dr. Everything’ll be alright

Will make everything go wrong

Pills and thrills and daffodils will kill

Hang tough children

He’s coming

He’s coming

Coming

Take me away”

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 4/23/2016

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Hello, friends! Unfortunately, I’m sitting here and my mind is completely blank. That’s how it’s been all week when there’s so much I want to write about…I have words and sentences scribbled on post-it notes all over the place, but when I sit and try to write, I turn into Patrick Star go blank. Completely blank. And it’s frustrating. I don’t know why I have a mind meld going on over here, but it’s there. And the more I try to force the words to come out, the more frustrated I become.

Anyway……..here are some interesting links I found this week that you might want to check out when you have a few minutes to troll. Hoping your week makes you smile and gives you many moments of happiness!

Dear Younger Me – from Susannah Conway. A great perspective about looking back while looking forward.

Be The Lighthouse – written by Alexandra Franzen and recommended by Dani DiPirro

How to Say No (in 25 Bad A** ways) – contains adult language. The inner snarky “me” loves this!

What You Need To Know Before You Go To Skellig Michael, Ireland – from Flirting with the Globe. A very symbolic place to me and someday I will set my 2 feet on Skellig Michael.

William Shakespeare’s Obituary – by the NY Times and posted today, 4/23/2016, on the anniversary of his death.

Need a smile?  Watch this Lemur who demands back scratches! Or these otters who hold hand while sleeping!

This awesome image posted by Leonie Dawson

This awesome post by Elizabeth Gilbert (it’s almost as if she can read my mind with her timely posts)

35 Minute Total Body Yoga Flow – as seen on The Inertia

and finally,

Remembering Sgt. Ronald A. Kubik – a former student who gave his life to save many others on this day in 2010. Thank you, Ron.

Until next time,

Jill

 

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 4/16/2016

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Quote of the Week:  If we are facing in the right direction, all we have to do is keep on walking. ~ Buddhist Saying

Another week gone, and at times, it was an uphill battle to muddle through and get what was most important completed. While there are some exciting plans being made and the most pressing deadlines and things on my to do list are being met, at the forefront every day is my health. With extremely active Lupus and Fibromyalgia, I am limited by low energy, radiating pain, slow and weak legs, and extreme fatigue, to name a few. As such, I have been unable to accomplish both professional responsibilities expected of me and many of my own personal goals. My schedule might be full, but my symptoms say otherwise. A crossroad is appearing along my journey, and in my heart, I know the route I will take, albeit it will take some time. The turning point was the instant when “I wish” and “I think” turned into “I know.” I am filled with excitement, calm, assurance, wonder, and even a little bit of fear as I begin to take control of my future and my life, while doing what is best for me and my health.

I only have a few links for you this week, but they are worthy of checking out. I wish you a calm and relaxing weekend, and hope to share more of my writing with you next week, more than just this simple round-up of links.

We’re Only Guaranteed Today, So Stop Waiting for Tomorrow! by Kati O’Brien at Tiny Buddha

Use Your Wings – some timely inspiration from Danielle LaPorte

Spring Bucket List Printable – from my friends at Designer Blogs Studio

Migrating Songbird Fallout on Machias Seal Island – nature is truly wondrous

More Than Just the Man in the Van – I’m now a fan of Detroit Tigers’ Pitcher Daniel Norris

Phil Collins Reshot All of His Original Album Covers for the 2016 Release – timeless!

Three Men Rescued from Remote Island After Writing ‘HELP’ in the Sand – true story!

and finally…

Laugh All You Want – the Shaq brand has sold over 120 million pairs of affordable shoes for kids at Walmart – Not looking to get into a spat here about Walmart and corporate greed, but I think it’s nice to see someone with influence lending his name to help those who can’t afford more expensive shoes. Thanks, Shaq!

Until next time,

Jill

 

Something to SEA: Rainy Day Clicks for 4/8/2016

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Hello, friends! It’s been a while since I’ve posted because I am having difficulty balancing my schedule lately. Too much going on, and I am stretched quite thin until the end of April with many deadlines and responsibilities. During my down time, I have been doing a lot of thinking and soul-searching, and I know that once these deadlines are met, I must sit down and reprioritize my life. It has to happen. Changes must be made in order for me to have a life worth living.  It’s long overdue.

The time available for trolling the Internet has been slim to none, but I’ve collected a few worthy clicks for you.  Hope you enjoy them!

NOT THIS – Elizabeth Gilbert has summed up exactly what I’ve been feeling.

Your Life is Too Valuable to Waste Chasing Possessions 

10 Famous Authors on the Importance of Keeping a Journal

Discovering Dublin’s Coastal Villages – yes, I think I will

What’s Straight Across the Ocean When You’re At the Beach – interesting…Portugal is across from me

One Sure Way to Refuel Our Spirit: This is What Soulfood Looks Like 

How To Avoid the Power of the Drift – by Michael Hyatt

Have a wonderful week!

Until next time,

Jill