Archive for June, 2008

Favorite Lyric Friday

We come, once again to the day when I get to pick a lyric that has some deep meaning to me and the world.

Ah, forget that, I just like the song.

Here is my favorite part

Home could be the Pennsylvania turnpike
Indiana’s early morning dew
high up in the hills of California
home is just another word for you.


Just for fun, click this link to see a version of the song from 1976!


Flickr Game

Wrekehavoc posted this meme that has been going around the blogs.  I thought is was fun.  Here is the game and I have a comment or two after.

The concept:

a. Type your answer to each of the questions below into Flickr Search.
b. Using only the first page, pick an image.
c. Copy and paste each of the URLs for the images into fd’s Flickr Toys: mosaic maker.

The Questions:

1. What is your first name?
2. What is your favorite food? right now?
3. What high school did you attend?
4. What is your favorite color?
5. Who is your celebrity crush?
6. Favorite drink?
7. Dream vacation?
8. Favorite dessert?
9. What you want to be when you grow up?
10. What do you love most in life?
11. One Word to describe you.
12. Your flickr name.

I am somewhat of a photographer, so my coices, when possible, are of the best photograph even if it is not as descriptive.  Oh yeah, I am leaving out the actual answers for now, as I think it is more fun without.


Song of the Day

I am way too addicted to television.  I watch a number of shows regularly with my wife and given that I have close to two hours of commuting every day for work, I watch tv shows on my computer while on the train.  I watch a lot of shows, and doing so allows me to see certain trends in tv programming.  This year, the trend seems to be 70’s nostalgia.  There are two shows, one that is on right now for the summer and one that will be on in the fall that take place in the 1970s.

The first is called Swingtown.  The show is about a family that moves to a nicer suburb in the Chicago area and they meet their new neighbors who are swingers.  The show is not about sex (although it is there, but mostly not seen) but about relationships and what keeps them together.  I definitely recommend this show.  The 2nd is called Life on Mars which is based on a British show of the same name.  A cop from Los Angeles is in an accident and wakes up in the 1970s.  It sounds silly, but judging from the pre-air screener I saw it will be a great show.

What is really great about these shows is that they get to hi-light some of the amazing music from the 70s.  In the screener from Life on Mars this classic was featured.


Where I’ve been

When I began this blog my main intent was to have a place to write about my family in general and my children in specific.  Given my eldest child’s mental health issues, I have devoted a lot of space to him.  On top of that, I have given some space to small rants and political discussions.

Unfortunately in the past month or so I have been less able and less interested in writing.  Most of this is due to my sons ongoing care.  Everytime I would report a light at the end of the tunnel, he would take a turn for the worse (two steps forward, one step back).  I just lost the desire to write.

Now, as things are starting to look up again, I want to get back into writing.  And not just about Avi, but about all of my kids.  I will start with an update on Avi and then hopefully as the weeks go by, on my whole family.  At the end of the summer we are going to Disney, so I hope to do a lot of blogging about that (as we are all big Disney lovers!).

On to Avi.  Last time I wrote we were trying to get Avi into a partial hospitalization program.  This has happened, and he has been in this program for about three weeks.  At fist it was hard and he rebelled as much as he can.  This program, though, is set up for extremely oppositional children like Avi, and at this point, he is beginning to learn how to control himself (at least as the program) and he is even participating in his group therepy sessions (where he had not when he first started).

Our school district, in his IEP, stated that Avi should go out of district to a theraputic school that is set up to handel kids like Avi.  He is also supposed to get what they call extended school year, which essentially means that he will go to school 48 weeks out of the year, rather than the normal 36 – 38.

Yesterday Avi was accpeted into a school called Nu Vue Academy which is a public school run by our county education commission.  The social worker from our school district as well as Avi’s case worker from the hospital would like to see him there and soon after the meeting we were told that the school district as approved this.  On Monday, June 30, Avi will begin this program.

So, as the light come more into fucus, we are hoping that this next chapter will be what is best for Avi.

One Hit Wonder Wednesday

Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the water, it’s back!  One Hit Wonder Wednesday!  So to get back into things, I am picking the number 5 One Hit Wonder in the US.

In the early 1980’s MTV was just beginning and it was due to songs like this that made MTV a big hit.  Before I reveal the song, you should listen to the following song on YouTube.  I think after you hear this, you will know the song.

This song was recorded by the British group Racey in 1979.  It never went anywhere.  Later that year, Toni Basil recorded this song in the US (changing the title and the words to fit a femal singer) and it was shelved until 1982, when it was released and a video was filmed.  The song quickly jumped to the number 1 slot in America.

So without further ado, here is Mickey by Toni Basil.

Favorite Lyric Friday

“There are so many colors in the rainbow
So many colors in the morning sun
So many colors in the flower
and I see every one!”

Ok, class, can any one tell me what song this comes from?




Give up?

The song is one of my favorite songs from Harry Chapin.  Its called Flowers are Red and if you watch the clip you will hear what prompted Harry to write this song.  Here is a link to the lyrics.  The video, unfortunately, cannot be embedded, so please click the link below to watch.


Flowers Are Red


Just wanted to post this to brighten up the day!

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