November 2011

TurkeyFrom the A Spark Starts family, we wish you a Happy Thanksgiving!

I plan to spend this day trying my best to gain 15 pounds. I am headed by Jermaine’s for some great food and family fun. If you happen to be in the Indiana area and are looking for a great meal…don’t come where I am. I’m not sharing. 🙂 Didn’t you read. I am trying to gain 15 pounds and that doesn’t come from splitting a meal 15 ways.

For all of you that are greatly concerned, please be aware that I did not cook. Therefore, the food will be edible.

Since it is Thanksgiving, I might as well get my give thanks out of the way. If I do this I can spend more time eating and less time talking. (It’s all a part of my strategy this year.)

Thanks to each and everyone of you who have read, tweeted, or in any way supported A Spark Starts. We couldn’t have made it this far without you.

Happy Holidays!

“Were is the turkey?”

Today I want to step back a little further and express my thanks that I live in the United States of America. Without appearing too melodramatic, I want to express my gratitude to Lady Liberty, diplomacy, and the whole mixing pot of cultures that have made me who I am today.

It may sound shallow. I’m thankful that the NFL didn’t go into a long, drawn out labor strike that would have ruined the holidays by cancelling the amazing season that the Detroit Lions have had so far. At 7 and 3, they just might make the playoffs. Even if they don’t beat the Packers this week they are still winners in my book…. Why? Because people think they can. A few years back when they went 0 and 13 nobody outside of Detroit would even care that they were playing on turkey day.

Where I live now
I’m thankful that I live in a neighborhood where on one side I have a Hispanic family (straight from the Dominican Republic) and on the other side a Caucasian family. Though I don’t talk to them nearly as much as I should, I know there was a time where this kind of diversity was unheard of.

Where I work
I’m thankful that I have a job to go to everyday where my thoughts are appreciated. It is not my age, gender, or ethnicity that make me (or limit me). Luckily, I am just as likely to get a promotion as the vast array of different aged, different gender, and different ethnic people who make up my peers. (If the government finds out otherwise I have the right to sue). That is saying a lot for a country that less than 100 years ago wouldn’t allow women to legally vote.

Where I’m from
 I’m thankful that even though I grew up with a ton of obstacles, I had the support system behind me to push me to adulthood. For all of the people in the world who think Detroit, Michigan is a horrible place… try visiting a third world nation and you’ll quickly change your tune. I know that all of the things the Motor City embedded in me as a child weren’t perfect but I honestly wouldn’t change one moment of youth.

I’m not naïve
 This Thanksgiving I have to be brutally honest. My life is not perfect. Why? I’m not perfect. My world is not perfect. More specifically, my country is not perfect. However, if there is one thing I’ve learned in the last thirty years it is that we can learn, we can grow, and we can change.

The diversity and freedom we have does not have to be a by-product of the laws that we set. We can make freedom, liberty, and unity really real! This holiday season I challenge you to be the change you want to see in the world.

Another reason I’m thankful… There is no other countries you can visit with 6625 Wendy’s, 12,000 Burger Kings, and over 30,000 Mc Donald’s.  The even better news is, in spite of this greasy abundance, most people will not have a burger on Thanksgiving. Eat some REAL food. I plan to be one of these people!

good musicalsI normally try not to admit this publicly but I enjoy a good musical. What is a good musical? A good musical is a story that is expressed through song that is so exciting and compelling that you end up singing and humming the tunes well after the show is over. It is something so powerful that you feel like, stepping to the bad side (Dreamgirls), or wishing that rain drops would fall (The Five Heartbeats) no matter where you are.

I guess it is something about the thought of singing and dancing through life’s challenges that gets me going.

Could you imagine if life was a musical? There are a few songs I would like to compose for certain situations I see on Maury. My hit would probably be a slow ballad about the struggles of finding out who the baby’s father really is. I have included the lyrics below.

I call it Paternity Test Continue reading “The Power of A Good Musical” »

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