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Saturday, June 30, 2018

No More Merry-Go-Rounds Today?

No More Merry-Go-Rounds Today?

Where did all of the More Merry-Go-Rounds disappear?  What happened to the Merry-Go-Rounds?  Why are there no more Merry-Go-Rounds?

When I was a child, when I went to the park there were three staples, a swing set, a slide and a Merry-Go-Round.  I loved all of them, the Merry-Go-Round did get me dizzy so I could ride it slow.  I remember one time going to the park and riding the Merry-Go-Round the slowest speed that I could get to move.  After thirty minutes are so of doing this, I felt a bit nauseous, so I stopped.  Then I did it again because it was fun.  I was in control of the ride, I was like those that work in a carnival.  Life was grand.

At times I would ride the swings so high it was like the swing was going to overturn at each peak of the axis.  Some would jump off at the highest point in the arch, I would wait for it to slow a bit down and jump off at under my height.  The swing was also cool to just sit and think about life as it barely moved.  I thought about many things as a kid sitting on a swing.

Slides were fun and were close to those carnival rides that I used to see at the fairs.  I remember sliding down a slide on a hot day and getting burn as I rode down in the shorts that I was wearing.  Running up the slide to ride it over and over again was just fun.  These were great times!

Happily, the swings and slides, there are still in the parks.  However, all of the Merry-Go-Rounds have or will disappear all over the nation.  Perhaps even all over the world.  People and those in control of the parks think that Merry-Go-Rounds are dangerous.   Are Merry-Go-Rounds really that much more dangerous than a swing or slide?

Let's look at the data:

As you can see here that the Merry-Go-Rounds are in LAST PLACE on the list!  Number one are climbers with swings being number two and slides rounding up the top three playground equipment injury rates!  So the data isn't there against Merry-Go-Rounds.  It is only the public looking at a Merry-Go-Rounds and thinking, 'well it goes around in a circle and I remember doing dangerous stuff on a Merry-Go-Round, so let's get rid of them'.  'You could break your arm or leg in one of those Merry-Go-Rounds'.  'Merry-Go-Rounds are going to make the park's insurance rates jump through the roof!'

However, the data isn't there.  It makes me sad that most young people will never get a chance to play on a Merry-Go-Round.  There are a few out there, so if you have kids, find them a Merry-Go-Round and have fun with them before there are all gone!!!!


How Long Does It Take For A Merry Go Round To Spin
Just Another Day At The Park

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Thursday, May 31, 2018

Work On Yourself As A Human Being

Work On Yourself As A Human Being

What does it mean to be a human being?  We think, eat, listen to music, create art, go places, etc.
However, what does it mean to be a human being when you get right down to the brass tacks?  Does anyone know for sure?  Can you tell a difference between a 'good' or 'bad' person?  Why? And the better question, how?

These are a lot of questions.  One of the foundations of knowledge is searching for the truth. The truth is hard to come by, at times, other times, it is easy as when the sun rises.  Searching for the truth within yourself is the life mission of being a human.

Here are a list of questions that you can ask yourself to rate at how you are doing as a human being.

1. Are you happy with yourself?
2. Do you work on improving yourself?
3. Do you think more than just about yourself?
4. Do you help build people up instead of knocking them down?
5. Can you be describe by others with positive adjectives and phrases?
6. Do you help others even when it is hard?
7. Are you creating something to leave the world in a better place then when you were born?
8. Do you push yourself to learn things you have no knowledge about?
9. Do you feel that others want to be around you?
10. After you pass away, what will the world remember the most about you?

There are a lot more questions you can ask yourself, however these will help you with your path.  We as humans are not perfect.  All of us have and will make mistakes.  The best of us will learn from these errors.  Others will continue to make more mistakes and never improve.  Perhaps one day they will.

Don't worry about the designation, enjoy the journey.  Pause, even if it is only for a moment and look around you.  The glory and beauty of the Earth.  The great people that are around you. The wonderful sun shinning down on your face. The cool breeze of the wind that touches your face.  There is so much around us that is awesome, we see it everyday, it is, at times, hard to appreciate.

I still believe in the power of a smile.  Giving a smile to others, makes a world a better place.  If you are feeling a bit down, think about something that is amazing, and smile.  Pass that smile to another person.  Then they can pass it down to another, and another, so on and so on.  Just a little bit of positivity can change the world for the better.


Here is a video to make the world a better place:
How To Eat A Piece Of Pizza In One Bite

Monday, April 30, 2018

Helping Others To Help Humanity

Helping Others To Help Humanity

It wasn't that long ago that I a young man.  Right now, to those in their sixties or seventies, I am still a young man.  To the twenty-year-olds, I'm not young.  Not old, however, definitely not young.  In the middle of young and old.  Stuck in the middle of youth and age.  Not bad.

I would like very must to make it to an old man.  Working out, eating better than most, not smoking or using alcohol, helps out a lot.  Being at one with the world, not letting stress get to me is another.  In my youth, I figured out that if something is going to happen or not, worrying and stressing won't change it.  Let it flow, that is the tempo, can chill us all out.  I can hang loose when everything is falling apart because I know when it's time to act, I need to be cool and relaxed.  This has helped me through some hard times and events.

In my life, when I could, I would help others out.  With a ride, fixing a minor car problem like changing a tire or jumping a car battery, opening the door, help carrying things, etc, all of this is easy.  Most would do this.  Most do this daily.

To really help humanity, what have you done to make this world a better place?  What have you done for humanity?  What can you do to make the future brighter and brighter?

Helping humanity for the better is hard.  Easier for some, most of us it is just plain hard to do.  Why?  Giving a friend a ride or paying for their lunch isn't a big deal, however, to help humanity, what does it take?

Knowing yourself is one part.  Being honest and true to yourself is important as well.  Listen, look and feel the world.  Nature will let you know if something is wrong or off balanced.  Listen to your body when you eat or work out, it will let you know if you are doing something bad to yourself. 

Work hard, learn all that you can about what interests you.  Take time to listen to others that you care about and even more to ones that you can't stand.  Realize that the world will be here long after you are gone, and there's nothing you can do about that.  So use your time now, to help this world.  To help others.  To help the wind.  To help the music in the air.  To help the beauty all around you.  To help yourself so you can help everything else.

Be nice, respectful and stay grounded.

And be cool, it's all good in the end.

It does compute.

Here are some photos of me helping the world out.

Saturday, March 31, 2018

The Inspiration

The Inspiration

The inspiration you give to others is amazing.  You really don't know how much you have influenced others in your life.  Many times you never will.

Life has been great to me.  I am both lucky and blessed.  There is the gift of music that I have.  Also all of the creative endeavors that I am able to work on.  My family loves me, my friends love me, and there are those that I have never met on the internet love me.  There is so much love for the creative material that I make, I am humbled.  It makes me smile and work harder.

My life is so amazing that it is hard to hear others that have had a hard life.  Many times one kind or inspirational word will make a difference in their lives.  Inspiration can go a long way, being inspirational to others at the right time can help them through rough parts of their lives.  Sometimes it is life, or career, or relationships, or a billion other things.  Leading by example will inspire others. 

I hope you have had a wonderful life as I have had!  If you did, share some of it with those that have not.  Listen, give advice if you can, and inspire them with your actions and words.  What a wonderful place in the world this will be if we all did this!




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