Necessary definitions for this blog: ACCUMULATION: heap, mass, pile, cache, hoard, stack, bundle, backlog (garnered from my best crossword puzzle dictionary)
ICON: an idol.
I have an accumulation, a heap, a backlog, a bundle of stuff today. Not blogging daily leads to this “pile” or “heap” of thoughts and observations so here goes.
ICON: Since her sordid death in a Hollywood hotel room some days ago, Whitney Houston has been described endlessly as an “icon” of music and I am certain that it is true. She has been idolized (as in pagan worship) deified, and sanctified and nearly sainted (all terms used in the most cynical sense here).
You would think that Mother Teresa of India might be taken off the sainthood shelf and replaced by Whitney Houston to hear it told on the 24/7 news outlets on cable/direct TV in the hours and days after her death… the cause of which has not been officially identified. There is plenty of speculation about drugs and alcohol causing it and that may be what the data will show after all the tests that will be done on her body.
This is a Septenegarian speaking here… one who still retains some senbsibilities about “famous persons”.
I realy do not care about how she died. She died way too young..just like Judy Garland a few decades ago…both in thier middle 40′s. I really do not care that a huge number of people in this sick culture of ours think she is an “Icon”. She is what she chose to be: a woman who had a great voice and made a lot of bucks using it… but she is also a woman who chose a degraded and sad lifestyle of drug use, and of drinking huge quantities of alcohol over a period of years; a woman who destroyed her own health and longevity by doing so.
She is no heroine….she is a pathetic female singer who followed the same path that many who achieved fame and fortune in Hollywood or New York or the Detroit or Nashville music scene …..she is another Elvis Presley personage, she is Janis Joplin or any other “famous” person (according to our sick culture) who ruined her own life by succumbing to the world she chose to inhabit.
I am sick and tired of the worldly deification of such supposedly famous “icons” who are the worst possible examples of the living of a life. No number of “hit songs” or “hit movies” or hit-whatevers can change the fact that they wasted and threw away their own lives and talents. And they did it by deciding to live in that way.
Nobody else forced them to do it..they all did it to themselves but our current hysterical news- mongerers choose to ignore personal responsiblity or a morally upstanding life style of anyone they choose to “immortalize” in a sick sense.
Just wait til her cause of death comes out. It will mean another 48-56 hours of “chewing up the cud” of the latest news on the 24/7 news outlets. It will be time for me to have a lot of my best British drama DVDs on hand to watch instead of CNN, MSNBC, Fox or whatever other 24- hours news outlet there are. The newspapers won’t be any different either but at least that is only once a day most of the time.
MENS’ BRAINS VS WOMENS’ BRAINS:
I enjoyed reading FARSIDE OF FIFTY’S blog today (I enjoy her blog EVERY day).
Today she used a very clever comparison: Men put their thoughts into separate boxes while women have endless balls of wire that are unwinding in their brains. This explains why women can think about endless things they either need to do or endless things that they keep straight in their minds on a daily basis. Men…. according to FARSIDE’S long observation skills of her dear FARGUY…..have to deal with what is in each box and finish it off before they can go on to the next thing.
This scientifically proven fact (really…. male and female brains ARE wired completely differently) YOU CAN LOOK IT UP, (as Casey Stengel used to tell sports’ writers.)
I think FARSIDE needs to be placed among the Great Thinkers of our age for her simple explanation of the source of trouble for so many male-female couples who have been married for long periods…at least more than 20 years.
It accounts for the frustration of younger married women who speak to their husbands and then think they aren’t hearing what they said …THEY AREN’T…they are busy with the stuff in one of their boxes…a younger bride does not needs to think it means he doesn’t love her…he simply cannot process things like she does.
FARSIDE (and me) have learned this through long years of marriage to the same man. I am so grateful to her for such a neat simple explanation of that phenomena of MENS’ VS WOMENS’ brains.
REALLY INTERESTING READS FROM TODAY’S CONTINUTING ACCUMULATION OF BRAIN STUFF:
There is a fascinating article about STONEHENGE…..now some scientists have a new theory of why that 5000 year old stone monument was built. It was a sound study place of the ancients.
An old word for such ancient stone circles means “PIPERS’ PLACE”.
The entire article can be googled by typing in ” STONEHENGE INSPIRED BY SOUND ILLUSION……”
Another article at the same site shows about 15 pictures of modern Druids celebrating the Winter Solstice at Stonehenge. If you want to see some really weird and bizarre photos of modern Druids, google this:
“DRUIDS CELEBRATE WINTER SOLSTICE AT STONEHENGE”
The pictures will take you back to historical drawings (from artists’ imaginations) that you may have seen…. complete with hats and masks that use animal antlers.
I know there is a celebration of the Winter Solstice that takes place in Fargo on December 21. One can only hope that the Fargoans who attend are not dressed like the Stonehenge Druids.
They could get arrested for something if they did.