Across the Universe

Happy New Year! It is always refreshing to begin a New Year full of hopes and goals and finally time to think about how to accomplish them. I usually cheat and post jokes for January, but this year I didn't have any good jokes, so you'll have to settle for my single malt scotch inspired Sunday evening ramblings- hoping to be posted before the new Mentalist comes on.

A few days ago I had the pleasure of listening to "Across The Universe" by The Beatles. It has always been one of my favorite songs. I remember being a youngster and hearing this song and being able to comprehend it for the first time- especially the "Nothing's going to change my world" part. Oh how little I knew then, but it was empowering to think that I had control over my world.

And then I saw the beautiful and inspiring newest piece of art made by my darling and most talented niece! It all seemed to work together. The "Infinite Exploration" and "Across the Universe"!

And then my wonderful friend sent me an email regarding New Year's Resolutions ( hint- I linked to it for the mystery link- click on the original art by my most inspiring talented niece to see it), and it got me to think about what I might include in my 2013 list of resolutions were I to actually make one.

Years ago I resolved to not make resolutions, and this, my dears, is the only resolution I have ever been able to keep.

In years past my list of resolutions might have looked something like this:

1) Eat healthier

2) Exercise more

3) Keep more of my opinions to myself'

4) Work harder to earn more $$$

5) Complain less

6) Read more

7) Be more organized

8) Go to church more often

9) Be more patient

10) Be more considerate

Sheesh it's been so long since I have written resolutions that I cannot really remember much about them, except the lose weight part, as I have always been a chubster. I never lasted much more than 2 weeks, so I finally decided to skip the exercise in futility.

When we were kids, I remember my mother urging us to sit down and take a moment to gather our thoughts, ponder the year that had gone by, and set goals for the new year to come. This included writing a list of resolutions. I will have to ask her if she still has any of our lists, as it would be a real hoot to look them over in retrospect and see if we have been able to accomplish any of our goals.

Mom used to encourage me to write a letter to myself to be opened in 5 years just to see if my mind set was on track. I think I did this only once about 20 years ago. Nothing had changed.

So going with this thought, here is the letter I will write to myself to be reviewed when I am 56. If I remember!

Dear Jewel,

Hope all is well. Gosh, your baby Princess is now 21! Is she going to college in Hawaii or England- studying to be a Dermatologist? Has her heart been broken yet? I hope and pray that she is pursuing her dreams and is on track. She has always made us so proud.

And Buddha Boy- he is now 23. Did he end up joining the Marines? Did he change his mind and go to college? Where is he living now and how is he doing? Does he have a sweetheart? I hope and pray that he is pursuing his dreams and is on track. He has always made us so proud.

Ah- Soccer Boy. You are now 26. I am sure you have graduated college by now. Perhaps you are in law school or currently working as a CEO for some company. I hope you are in a committed relationship and have found your passion. Maybe you are married? You have so much potential and are so bright and sensitive. I hope you are still making me laugh! I pray that you channel all of these blessings into the best possible existence possible.

And Computer Boy. You are now 26. I am sure you have graduated by now. I hope you have found your dream job working for some forward thinking company. You have a brilliant mind in that it is so open and able to absorb only the best from what it is exposed to. I hope you continue to have the courage to march to the beat of your own drum. I hope that you are in a committed relationship as this will bring you much fulfillment. Maybe you are married? I pray that you are on track for your goals and are happy, healthy successful and content!

Handsome Hardworking Hubby. You are now 56. Are you still working for Disney? Are you still a complete soccer fanatic reffing, coaching and playing? How are you handling the empty nest? Are you ready for grand kids? Are we still living in our big house? I hope and pray that you are healthy and happy and on track with your goals for the future.

And now me. I am now 56. Am I still working in insurance? Am I still writing my blog? Am I still walking beautiful Bubba Dog each morning? Do we still awaken to Panther's meowing each morning? How am I adjusting to the empty nest? Did I ever begin writing that memoir I so wanted to write? What about reading all of those books? Was I ever able to drop those extra pounds? Have I learned to listen more and talk less? To not try to find reason within the unreasonable? To pray more and trust what will be? To do more random acts of kindness? I pray that I am on track with my goals and am healthy, happy, secure and content.

And last but not least, I pray that our extended family and friends are also doing well. Life is precious and fleeting. Any one thing can change the entire course of our lives.

Okay January 2018- it will be most interesting to look back to yesteryear and see how things have developed. Sayanora. Hasta la vista. Ciao.

Recipe: Toaster Oven Fun!

1 slice Trader Joe's Cinnamon Swirl Bread

spread with lite mayo

sprinkle with Trader Joe's sun dried tomatoes ( the ones in the white bag)

top with Columbus smoked and peppered Turkey lunch meat

sprinkle Grated Asagio cheese blend on top

drizzle balsamic vinegar glaze

sprinkle a bit of Italian seasoning

Broil in the toaster oven until heated through and cheese is melted

Unbelievably divine!

Across the Universe

by John Lennon and Paul McCartney 1970

Words are flowing out like endless rain into a paper cup,
They slither while they pass, they slip away across the universe
Pools of sorrow, waves of joy are drifting through my open mind,
Possessing and caressing me.
Jai guru de va om
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world.

Images of broken light which dance before me like a million eyes,
That call me on and on across the universe,
Thoughts meander like a restless wind inside a letter box they
Tumble blindly as they make their way
Across the universe
Jai guru de va om
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world.

Sounds of laughter shades of earth are ringing
Through my open views inviting and inciting me
Limitless undying love which shines around me like a
Million suns, it calls me on and on
Across the universe
Jai guru de va om
Nothing's gonna change my world,
Nothing's gonna change my world.

Song Facts from: www.songfacts.com

John Lennon wrote this song after having an argument with his wife Cynthia. He said, "I was lying next to me first wife in bed, and I was irritated. She must have been going on and on about something and she'd gone to sleep and I kept hearing these words over and over, flowing like an endless stream. I went downstairs and it turned into sort of a cosmic song rather than an irritated song... it drove me out of bed. I didn't want to write it, but I was slightly irritable and I went downstairs and I couldn't get to sleep until I'd put it on paper."

The refrain "Jai Guru Deva Om" is a mantra intended to lull the mind into a higher consciousness. The words are in Sanskrit, and they mean "I give thanks to Guru Dev," who was the teacher of The Maharishi. The "Om" at the end is the drawn out "oooohm" used in meditation to relate to the natural vibration of the universe. While visiting the Maharishi in Rishikesh, John purchased a set of brass bracelets with the words "Jai Guru Dev" imprinted on them. The bracelets are now in the possession of Julian Lennon and were on display at the "White Feather-The Spirit Of John Lennon" exhibit at the Beatles Story in Liverpool.

On February 4, 2008 "Across The Universe" became the first track to be beamed directly into space. It was transmitted through NASA's antenna in the DSN's Madrid Deep Space Communication Complex, towards the North Star, Polaris, 431 light-years from Earth. The broadcasting of the Fab Four song was done to mark both NASA's 50th birthday and the 40th anniversary of "Across The Universe." Paul McCartney described the transmission as an "amazing feat" adding, "Well done, NASA. Send my love to the aliens!"

This first appeared on No One's Gonna Change Our World, a charity album for the World Wildlife Fund (They're the ones who sued the World Wrestling Federation and made them stop using "WWF"). Bird noises were dubbed in to this version to create a nature theme.

This song is often cited as an example of tensions between Lennon and McCartney over treatment of each other's songs. When The Beatles went to record it in February of 1968, both Lennon and McCartney decided they wanted falsetto harmonies on the song. No matter what he did, John said he was sounding out of tune, so Paul went outside and grabbed two "Apple Scruffs" named Lizzie Bravo and Gaylene Pease to add the background harmonies. John is quoted again about that, saying, "the original track was a real piece of s--t. I was singing out of tune, and instead of getting a decent choir, we got fans from outside. They came in and were singing all off-key. Nobody was interested in doing the tune originally." In another interview, he said, "The Beatles didn't make a good record of it. I think subconsciously sometimes we - I say 'we' although I think Paul did it more than the rest of us - Paul would, sort of subconsciously, try and destroy a great song... meaning we'd play experimental games with my great pieces, like 'Strawberry Fields,' which I always thought was badly recorded."

The two young women Paul grabbed off the street to sing backup appear on the World Wildlife recording of the song, but not on the version on Let It Be.

For a while, this was not going to be part of Let It Be. The album was going to be called "Get Back" and was supposed to be recorded in front of a live audience for a TV special, with film footage of The Beatles practicing the songs in the studio used for a companion special. When things didn't go well, they decided to scrap the TV project but use the footage for their last movie, which became Let It Be. The tapes of them practicing in the studio would be worked into an album to go with the film. The first version of the album did not include this, but when the movie was edited, it included a scene where The Beatles play this, so it was added to the album.

This was originally going to be the B-side to "Lady Madonna," but "The Inner Light" was chosen instead. (thanks, Adrian - Wilmington, DE)

In a 1971 interview with Rolling Stone, Lennon disclosed that this is one of his favorite Beatles records as, "It's one of the best lyrics I've written. In fact, it could be the best." He added: "It's good poetry, or whatever you call it, without chewin' it. See, the ones I like are the ones that stand as words, without melody. They don't have to have any melody, like a poem, you can read them."

Fiona Apple covered this in 1999. Other notable artists to record the song include Cilla Black, Jackson Browne and Laibach. Rufus Wainwright also recorded it for the I Am Sam soundtrack.

At the 2001 John Lennon tribute special at Madison Square Garden, Sean Lennon performed this with Moby and Rufus Wainwright. Moby wore one of John's shirts that Sean gave him.

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Creative people who can't help but explore other mental territories are at greater risk, just as someone who climbs a mountain is more at risk than someone who just walks along a village lane.

-R. D. Laing

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As we explore the beauty within us, we discover the beauty around us.

- Sage Patterson

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The only difference between a genius and one of common capacity is that the former anticipates and explores what the latter accidentally hits upon; but even the man of genius himself more frequently employs the advantages that chance presents to him.

- Guillaume Thomas Raynal

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Above picture: INFINITE EXPLORATION Original Art By MIA GILBERT
January 7, 2013

Quotes:

Equipped with his five senses, man explores the universe around him and calls the adventure a science.

-Edwin Hubble

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I wandered everywhere, through cities and countries wide. And everywhere I went, the world was on my side.

-Roman Payne

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I used to dream about escaping my ordinary life, but my life was never ordinary. I had simply failed to notice how extraordinary it was. Likewise, I never imagined that home might be something I would miss.

-Rasom Riggs

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In wisdom gathered over time I have found that every experience is a form of exploration.

-Ansel Adams

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The sea is only the embodiment of a supernatural and wonderful existence. It is nothing but love and emotion. It is the Living Infinite.

-Jules Verne

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Nothing is so dangerous to the progress of the human mind than to assume that our views of science are ultimate, that there are no mysteries in nature, that our triumphs are complete and that there are no new worlds to conquer.

- Humphrey Davy

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Set out from any point. They are all alike. They all lead to a point of departure.

-Antonio Porchia

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Sailors on a becalmed sea, we sense the stirring of a breeze.

-Carl Sagan

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I would rather be an artist than a leader. Ironically, a leader has to follow the rules.

- Criss Jami

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Before we invented civilization, our ancestors lived mainly in the open out under the sky. Before we devised artificial lights and atmospheric pollution and modern forms of nocturnal entertainment we watched the stars. There were practical calendar reasons of course, but there was more to it than that. Even today the most jaded city dweller can be unexpectedly moved upon encountering a clear night sky studded with thousands of twinkling stars. When it happens to me after all these years, it still takes my breath away.

-Carl Sagan

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I just wanted all the wars to be over so that we could spend the money on starships and Mars colonies.

-Grant Morrison

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Emergencies have always been necessary to progress. It was darkness which produced the lamp. It was fog that produced the compass. It was hunger that drove us to exploration. And it took a depression to teach us the real value of a job.

-Victor Hugo

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As for me, I am tormented with an everlasting itch for things remote. I love to sail forbidden seas and land on barbarous coasts.

-Herman Melville

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The map? I will first make it.

-Patrick White

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Treading the soil of the moon, palpating its pebbles, tasting the panic and splendor of the event, feeling in the pit of one's stomach the separation from terra... these form the most romantic sensations an explorer has ever known.

- Vladmir Nabokov

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The perfect journey is never finished, the goal is always just across the next river, round the shoulder of the next mountain. There is always one more track to follow, one more mirage to explore.

- Rosita Forbes

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I am no scientist. I explore the neighborhood. An infant who has just learned to hold up its head has a frank and forthright way of gazing about him in bewilderment. He hasn't the faintest clue where he is, and he aims to find out. In a couple of years, what he will have learned instead is how to fake it: he'll have the cocksure air of a squatter who has come to feel he owns the place. Some unwonted, taught pride diverts us from our original intent, which is to explore the neighborhood, view the landscape, to discover at least where it is that we have been so startlingly set down, if we can't learn why.

-Anne Dillard

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My ambition is not to leave behind me a pile of money for my heirs to quarrel about, but to find out what there is of interest in this world before I cross the border and begin to explore the other world.

-George H. Hepworth

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Writing is an exploration. You start from nothing and learn as you go. - E.L. Doctorow

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We shall not cease from exploration and the end of all our exploring will be to arrive where we started... and know the place for the first time. - T.S. Eliot

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Exploration is really the essence of the human spirit.- Frank Borman

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We pay a heavy price for our fear of failure. It is a powerful obstacle to growth. It assures the progressive narrowing of the personality and prevents exploration and experimentation. There is no learning without some difficulty and fumbling.-John W. Gardner

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We must go beyond textbooks, go out into the bypaths and untrodden depths of the wilderness and travel and explore and tell the world the glories of our journey. -John Hope Franklin

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Explore your mind, discover yourself, then give the best that is in you to your age and to your world. There are heroic possibilities waiting to be discovered in every person. -Wilfred Peterson

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How much has to be explored and discarded before reaching the naked flesh of feeling. -Claude Debussy

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Be an explorer...read, surf the internet, visit customers, enjoy arts, watch children play...do anything to prevent yourself from becoming a prisoner of your knowledge, experience, and current view of the world.

-Charles Thompson

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