Whilst I normally cart a load of funny stuff and dump it here in this blog, this time I thought I'd share something a little different.
You see, I met a friend of mine at the supermarket and, quite frankly, he looked a bit seriously depressed. He said there wasn't anything to look forward to in his life anymore; he was behind in his bills, lost his job and his wife, and was ... well, he was down on everything.
Maaaan, who are you kidding?? Yeah, I feel for the guy, but ... well, "nothing to look forward to"??
Look ... let's take this in order, shall we??
(1) You woke up this morning. Consider the alternative. You could've died in your sleep last night -- but you didn't! Sooooo, you're
(a) seeing the dawn,
(b) hearing birds outside your window,
(c) maybe catching the aroma of fresh, morning coffee as it's brewing ...
(2) You're free to go outside to get your paper, turn on morning music, check the Today show on television, and move around the house/yard/street/stores, etc. There are thousands who are in jails and can't do that -- or hospital rooms, confined to beds right this very minute!
(3) You have hundreds of minutes ahead of you -- and
all of them unused and just waiting for you to fill them up with something good. You've got the power to do that, y'know!!
Look at your arms for a second:
Is anyone "twisting" them to do otherwise?
(4) Now, I know you've got things that are hurtin' you, but let me ask this: Do you remember anything bad that happened to you right this very hour and on this day back in, let's say, 1979? Okay, how's that affecting you now? Does it still make you wanna cry, or tear someone's lungs out? Or have you gotten over it?
Well, I GUARANTEE that you'll survive these heartaches, too!
And the way to do it?
Remember those "unused minutes" I talked about? Fill them with productive action that will provide positive results! And why let something -- someone's actions -- control you? Remember: YOU'VE GOT THE POWER OVER YOURSELF! It's YOUR plane ... YOU fly it to the heights you want ... because you've gotYOUR hand on the controls!!
And don't forget this little wonder we call the internet! Use it to regain a step or two ... to search for a new job, make new friends, etc. You can even Google® whatever's bugging you and find loads of ways to help you win over the situation(s)!
So, man, don't ever overlook the awesome gift of today that we've been given! This can be the day that the pendulum finally starts swinging in your direction again ...
Okay ... 'nuff said.
Share this with someone if ya think it'll help, okay?
Ahhh, the thrills and chills of having your own "blog" ...
Actually, I've been called on the carpet (that's where my phone ends up half the time; my dogs have learned to rifle through my pockets at night) for not keeping this one as current as it should be. But, as John Lennon once said, "Life happens when you're busy making other plans." Since I'm too young to retire and not smart enough to beat the system, I've still gotta work for a living ...
and that's what's been cutting me back on my blogitizing a bit ..
But, starting today, we're at least gonna congregate here once a week - so you'll get a brand, spankin' new post every Monday morning for now.
I remember how this "blogging" thing started for me:
Many moons ago - not long after the last dinosaur vanished (but I do wish my ex a good life these days) - my publisher thought it would be a good idea to get a newfangled contraption called a "computer". He said I could get my work submitted faster, and also meet new people if I stayed on it long enough.
So I waited. And waited. Not one soul came by to have coffee or visit ...
"No," he laughed, "you've got to get on the internet." And then he hooked me up with something called an "ISP" and showed me how to work it (the blasted thing only worked when it wanted to. It was an old "UASUKKA" model ...).
So there I was, staring at my blank word processor and wondering if I
should draw funny faces on it to get people's attention when my cat jumped on the desk and started heaving a furball:
"H-UHHHH ... H-UUUUUAARRRHHHH!!" and finally ...
My face brightened with an epiphany: "A ...BLOG?? Of course! Why didn't I think of that before??"
So it began (er, after cleaning up the keys, natch ...).
It was during those first few ishs that I met and became friends
with Lloyd Thaxton (in fact, he sent me the clipping at the bottom of this
post). To say that he became an inspiration is like saying the Beatles
sang songs ... everyone who knew him can vouch for his
positive, encouraging attitude.
In time, we decided to run with an idea that he
was tossing around in his mind: A group of misfit mousers
(computer-type) coming together in a little kaffeklatsche we ended up calling The Mouse Clique. Many mousers come ... cats stay away ... we make exception if they have guitar ...
Anyway, since I had already published a sorta-popular hard-copy writeup called The Window, we started talkin' plans to build a (in his words) "hand-held new Spaper". We kidded each other about how that little phrase of his had such sellability ... it was bound to be a success!
Of course, both of us had our hands in other things -- he with making a DVD of his show as well as following the sales of his book, Stuff Happens, whilst
bein' husband to beautiful Aunt Barbara; me with publishing articles and
feeding the cats ... as well as working appearances at pro
wrestling shows (as announcer. You don't wanna see me in tights, trust me ...).
Then came that sad day in October, when Uncle Lloyd left us to
entertain the angels. Needless to say, the new Spaper never
materialized; somehow, working on it just wasn't the same.
But the show had to go on:
In honor of the Chief -- and after conferring with Cuzzin' Gary
Belich (our esteemed secretary in the Mouse Clique) and beautiful Aunt
Barbara -- I continued the group here, at this blog.
There's one thing that set LL off from the rest of the celebrities - andwe, his loyal fans and friends, are all thankful for it - and it's that he took time to be with us!All too often, you'll find these so-called "stars" too "busy" or just wanting to hang with their "own" or whatever. But Lloyd Eugene Thaxton had a sincere appreciation and love for each and every one of his fans! He told me once that he was just a person like everybody else - nothing special; just a man with a God-given talent to make others smile. In short, he was "one of us" - and wouldn't've had it any other way. He loved to hear from his fans - and responded to as many as he could, either by comments on his own blog or by personal email.
So, as we open up the Mouse House (and subsequent membership into the Clique, pursuant to the Rules of the Cheese) to the masses (and the misters, if they behave ...), I've closed all my other blogs and continuing this one in the style and memory of one of America's most-beloved elves - the legend whom I'm proud to have called "friend" and "mentor": LLOYD THAXTON ...
For you who've just tuned in, this show could've easily been called the Dawk Dynasty, since one of Uncle Lloyd's trademarks was the legendary little hippie dude, the Dawk! Since we started this shortly after LL left us, quite a few fans have dusted off their old signs, gotten out (and, in some cases, let out) their old hippy-dippy clothes, gotten the groovy sunspecs outta storage and joined us.
Now it's your turn ...
But it's more than just about the "dawks" now! This site was set up to honor the amazing "Pied Piper" of Sixties teendom, Lloyd Thaxton. Many of you probably grooved to the music and dug the zany antics that his weekday show (The Lloyd Thaxton Show, natch!) provided us.
He also was the producer of the popular (and often parodied) show, Fight Back! (with David Horowitz) and also quite a few memorable segments on The Today Show. Along with author John Alston, Lloyd also wrote the highly-effective bestseller Stuff Happens! (and then you fix it).
The odd thing about this cartoon composite that Uncle LL sent me is that I actually was living on a street by that cartoon's name when I got his email!
When Uncle LL and I talked about forming The Mouse Clique, everybody was to meet at his blog (yes, LT fans - his lovely wife, Barbara, graciously left it online for all of us to enjoy. So thumb through his posts and you'll soon know why everybody who knew him lovedLloyd! Thank you so much, Barbara!). Now - with him entertaining the angels - I want you all to join The Mouse Clique here - where we're gonna continue the merry madness, mirth, music and more, every week (at least!).
I'll give you folks on Facebook and Twitter the "high-sign" as to when a new post is percolating. Then, just come on in and pour yourself a big cuppa smiles, memories and music...
after all, you're all Mousers now!!
We're doing it in tribute, honor and memory of Lloyd Eugene Thaxton - the man, the legend, the motivationalist, the clown .. our Chief Mouser and everybody's friend.
Okay ... you've been officially invited now! You're all now part of the Mouse Clique and have all rights and privileges as the cheesy cadre that runs it (bring your own cheese, though ... y'see, our goat's broken ...).
We're heading for the "grand re-opening" of this blog; I've been away on assignment and have also penned three e-books, so I haven't had a lot of time to keep it updated. But the shelves have been restocked, the floors swept and mopped, and we're gonna be running on all cylinders in just a couple of days.
We'll be running a lot of new material as well as some "golden oldies" from our archives - and even throw in some vids along the way! But I'll tell ya what: rather than do a lot of jaw-jacking about what we'll be doing, camembert to set your feta on the Mouse Path this Thursday and see how it's all put together, okay? C'mon ... it'll be a bries!!