Posts Tagged ‘Starting Over’

My Future in Other People’s Words

You know I love writing and sharing my thoughts with you.   I’ve been doing with my blog for eight years now.

Today, I’m sharing some thoughts about my future — more specifically, the spring of 2020 — and I’m doing this in other people’s words!

I hope you find this deviation interesting and enlightening!


In 1990, after graduating from Emory College with degrees in history and anthropology, 22-year-old Chris McCandless gave away his $24,000 in savings to a charitable organization that fought against global poverty.

He then hit the road to live a vagabond life.

In late April 1992, he was last seen alive on the Stampede Trail around the northern boundary of Denali National Park in Alaska.

Chris McCandless.jpeg

After spending months in the frontier, with little food and equipment and inexperienced with the layout of the area, McCandless headed back to civilization.  But, he was trapped by melting snow and flooding!

His journal entries indicated 113 days in the wilderness, but his last real thoughts were noted on day 107.

McCandless died in August 1992 at the age of 24.

While Chris met an untimely and sad ending, I’m inspired by his young thinking mind!

McCANDLESS:  “So many people live within unhappy circumstances and yet will not take the initiative to change their situation because they are conditioned to a life of security, conformity, and conservatism, all of which may appear to give one peace of mind, but in reality nothing is more damaging to the adventurous spirit within a man than a secure future.”

McCandless goes on to say, “The joy of life comes from our encounters with new experiences, and hence there is no greater joy than to have an endlessly changing horizon, for each day to have a new and different sun.”

Jon Krakauer’s 1996 book, “Into the Wild” about McCandless’ life and death was made into a movie the next year starring Emile Hirsch.


In my career life, the cities have always chosen me:  Rhinelander (WI), Lubbock (TX), Youngstown (OH), Mansfield (OH), Salisbury (MD), Moline (IL), Rock Island (IL), Panama City (FL), and Duluth (MN).

The only times I’ve chosen the city to call home that wasn’t career-related, it was Chicago.  And, both times, it was the best decision I’ve ever made!

I’ve been walkin’ these streets so long/Singin’ the same old song

I know every crack in these dirty sidewalks of Broadway

Where hustle the name of the name of the game

And nice guys get washed away like the snow and the rain

There’s been a load of compromising/On the road road to my horizon

But I’m gonna be where the lights are shining on me”


Belle: “There must be more than this provincial life.”



“A million lights are dancing and there you are, a shooting star/
An everlasting world and you’re here with me, eternally/
Xanadu, Xanadu”


“Xanadu, your neon lights will shine/for you, Xanadu”


No matter what’s going on in my life, good or bad, happy or sad, when Reba McEntire releases a new album there’s a song that I feel is just for me.

On her spring 2019 release, “Stronger Than The Truth”, there were two songs!

Reba Truth

Neither are happy, but one offers some hope.


My life in 2017 was played out tragically in song with “The Clown”.

“After a couple of bottle of red wine, the truth finally came out/
The words ‘I don’t love you anymore’ spilled from his mouth”

But, in the restaurant, the piano kept playing, cell phones kept ringin’, glasses were clinkin’, and everyone was laughin’, dancin’, and singin’

“So I painted a smile on my face to cover the frown/
In that room full of jokers and jesters, I was the clown”


If you don’t have Reba’s “Stronger Than The Truth” album, it’s fantastic.

“The Bar’s Getting Lower” is the song that really sings to me.  It punches you in the gut, but it also offers hope!

Reba sings of a woman whose mother told her to hold out for a good man, which, many years ago, sounded like a good plan.  However, as we know, life doesn’t always go as planned!

“She was hoping for pink champagne/
But she’ll settle for well whiskey

She saw herself in a long white gown/
Not downtown gettin’ tipsy

And that one-night stand walking through the door/
Ain’t the marrying kind, yeah that’s for sure

But she’s gettin’ older/And the bar’s gettin’ lower”

So, does she go home with the one night stand or not?

“She could thank him for the drink and walk away/
Live to love another day

But she’s gettin’ older
And the night’s gettin’ colder
And the bar’s gettin’ lower”

Take a listen to the song here if you haven’t heard it.

And, I’ll end this look at my future in the words of others on a very happy and sexy note with Kylie Minogue.

In 2018, she turned 50 years old.  And, after beating cancer in 2005, she’s still as popular and busy as ever.

“Golden” was the title of her 2018 album and subsequent tour.

Kylie Golden Tour

The lyrics of the title track are so inspiring!!!

Tomorrow has all the answers/ Today says we’ve just begun”

“We’re not young, and we’re not old/
We’re the stories not yet told/
Won’t be bought and can’t be sold/
We are golden”

“Don’t you feel the sun on your face?/
Hopeful hearts of the human race/
Wrapped in the arms of love”

We’re golden/Burn like the stars
Stay golden/Straight from the heart
We’re the voice that’ll never give in/
Getting knocked down, back up again
We’re golden, golden
That’s who we are”

Here’s the very stunning Kylie Minogue with an array of beautiful men helping her out, including Jake Leigh and Anders Deeno Nielsen.

In my future, when the rain comes falling down, may it rain glitter!


And, here’s a bonus just because it’s so damn hot and summer is coming!

Maybe I should re-consider Las Vegas? 🙂



Peeps’ Friday ’80s Flashbacks

It’s Friday morning and I’m back to my normal work schedule through Thanksgiving.  I just want to go back to bed.  It’ s cold!  Since it’s Friday, here are three more of my favorite 1980s songs to get you motivated.


The New York girl just wanted to have fun and many thought that “She’s So Unusual”, the name of her first album that was released in the fall of 1983 and went on to reach #4 and sell 16 million copies worldwide.

Her follow-up album, in 1986, “True Colors” also peaked at #4 and sold 10 million copies worldwide.

Cyndi would score 11 Top 40 hits on the Billboard Hot 100.  It all started with the #2 smash, “Girls Just Want To Have Fun”.

While she was part of  USA for Africa that topped the charts with “We Are The World”, Cyndi would only have two solo #1 hits, “True Colors” from 1986 and the one I am featuring today.

“Time After Time” was the followup to “Girls” that topped the charts in 1984.


The English trio, Bananarama, hit the Top Ten in the U.K. ten times.  “Cruel Summer” was their fifth hit there and that became their first hit and first Top Ten hit in America in 1983 when it reached #9.

If you were a Bananarama fan, you also remember the big club hits, “Really Saying Something”, “Shy Boy”, “Na Na Hey Hey Kiss Him Goodbye” and “Love In The First Degree”.

They only had three hits in America and all three of those reached the Top Ten.  After “Cruel Summer”, they hit #1 in 1986, with “Venus”, which is featured today, and #4 in 1987 with “I Heard A Rumor”.

In 1984, they were also part of the #13 charity song by Band Aid, “Do They Know It’s Christmas?”


As a member of Labelle, Patti LaBelle reached #4 in 1974 with “Lady Marmalade”.

Before scoring her first Top 40 hit on the Hot 100, she had already charted 7 R&B hits.

In 1985, she hit #17 on the Hot 100 with “New Attitude”, but with the release of her #1, platinum selling album, “Winner In You” in 1986, Patti hit the big time across mainstream America.

Michael McDonald had great success in the band The Doobie Brothers.  The band had 16 hits including two of my favorites, “What A Fool Believes” and “Minute By Minute”.  In 1982, he went out on his own and scored the #4 hit, “I Keep Forgettin'”  and he hit #7 in 1986 with “Sweet Freedom”.

However, neither Patti or Michael had a #1 Billboard Hot 100 hit until they teamed up together on “On My Own”.  In 1986, it spent three weeks at the top of the chart.

Patti would go on to have one more hit from that album, the #29 smash, “Oh People”, but she would have 12 more R&B Top 40 hits.


Shame on you country radio today and in the mid-1990s.

In 1995, Reba released one of her best albums of her career, “Starting Over”, a retrospective of her first 20 years in the music business with recordings of her some of her favorite songs.

The first release, the remake of the Patti LaBelle and Michael McDonald #1 smash, “On My Own”, from 1986, roared onto the charts featuring vocals from Martina McBride, Trisha Yearwood, and Linda Davis, all country singers that had already scored big hits on the charts.

It stalled at #20 and critics blasted the album for being too pop and then country radio turned around and embraced Shania Twain, the pre-Taylor Swift crossover queen!  Boo!

“Starting Over” is still one of my favorite Reba albums 17 years later!