Monday, February 23, 2009

Leonard Cohen on Tour

Whether expressed through his songs or writings, Leonard Cohen is the consummate poet and one of my favorite artists. So when I read the following news article, I became rather disturbed by the turn of events.

Leonard Cohen performed his first US show in 15 years at New York’s Beacon Theatre last night, and today it was announced that he will head out across the continent on an extensive summer tour.The singer songwriter has not released a new album since 2004’s ‘Dear Heather’, and recently resumed live shows to earn money after his business manager and lover Kelley Lynch misappropriated more than $5 million of his money, leaving him with just $150,000. A court awarded him a $9 million in civil judgment, but he has not been able to get the money from Lynch.

His tour dates are on his website Leonard Cohen . Enjoy the show!

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Earth Hour 2009

The latest news from about EARTH HOUR 2009:

Excitement is building all over the US and around the world. Here's a quick update on what's developed this week for Earth Hour:

*More cities turning out: Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Las Vegas, Los Angeles, Miami, Nashville, New York, San Francisco, St. Louis and the Village of Homer Glen, Illinois. We've heard rumblings from Houston and Seattle as well and would also love to get Washington, DC on board. If you're a DC resident, let Mayor Fenty know you want the city to turn out!

* Help turn out the lights on the US Capitol Dome--write to your Senators or Member of Congress.

* What goes on in Vegas doesn't always stay there: Earth Hour officially launched in Sin City at a press event featuring a Panda Bear and Vegas showgirls. The Strip will indeed go dark for the full 60 minutes--the only time the lights have been dimmed except briefly in 1998 in honor of Frank Sinatra's death.

* Other city news: Chicago held its official launch event last week, with Mayor Daley again pledging his support. Next up? Nashville, Los Angeles, San Francisco and Dallas!

* The city of lights goes dark: Paris and 27 other French cities announced they'll take part in Earth Hour, with the Eiffel Tower and Notre Dame going dark. A total of 405 cities in 74 countries have pledged to participate--double the number of countries from last year!

A reminder: Please mark your calendars to turn off the lights for Earth Hour 2009 on Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 to 9:30 p.m. to raise awareness and help take action in slowing down climate change. Visit for your time zone.

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Tagged for a photo meme

I have been tagged by full-of-surprises BF Tammy for a photo meme!

Here are the rules:

1) Go to your picture folder wherever you store your pictures.
2) Go to the 6th folder and pick the 6th picture.
3) Post the picture on your blog and tell the story that goes with the picture.
4) Tag 5 other blogger friends to do the same and leave a comment on their blog that they've been tagged.

This picture of my 16-year old niece, Nicole, was taken when she was 14. It was at a time all girls her age seemed to try to capture that anime smile...a little off centered. I could never understand the reason, but it was and still is a trend among teenagers. *laughing* Trend or not, I love you, Nicole, my immortal!
Tagging Sandy, Larry, Chandini, Mama Zen, and Rowena.

Thursday, February 12, 2009

Would you miss Muzak?

CNN is my home page. And no matter how much work, I glean the news headlines. What usually grabs my attention is the daily Quick Vote which most times is relevant to what is happening in the world. Today's question struck me in the funny bone. I don't know why. Just seemed a bit quirky or irrelevant.

Then I thought, perhaps cutbacks are imminent in elevators' infamous Muzak! Most complain of its cheezy sound. Yet, when you stop to think about it, there it is in the background; calming,
distracting, making no difference whatsoever.

What do you think?

Elevator rides without Muzak would be:

1. Better
2. Worse

Curious. Would you miss Muzak? The Poll is to the left.

Sunday, February 8, 2009

News Copied from Australia's ArchieArchive Post

The News From Australia. Can You Help?
Posted on February 8, 2009 by archiearchive FCD
The news from the East coast of Australia gets worse and worse.
For a week there have been floods in Northern Queensland with the town of Ingham totally submerged. Yesterday the waters had subsided enough to allow a clean-up to begin and last night there were another 109mm of rain in their catchment area. The town is submerged again.
Further south, in New South Wales there are nearly 60 fires burning and huge areas of forest and farmland have been burnt out.
Yet all this pales into insignificance to the Victorian tragedy.
As I write this, the death toll from the fire storms of yesterday (Saturday) has reached 65 with still more people missing. Nearly 700 homes have been destroyed. Stock and crops have been destroyed. Entire towns have been wiped out.
The heat from what was the very hottest day ever recorded in Melbourne was compounded by strong northerly winds which pushed the fires which had been burning for several days south towards Melbourne. A Southerly change, cooler but with extreme winds blew the fire around into new directions. Flying embers started new fires five and six kilometres from the original fronts. More than a hundred thousand hectares (for those still using the old measurements, that is around half a million acres) have been burnt out. People, whole townships, were often caught completely by surprise.
On a personal level, I have been amazed by the individual responses to these disasters. I had a look at the ABC’s Blog and cried at the spontaneous generosity shown by people.
The Red Cross and the Salvation Army have both set up appeals for donations for emergency funds to help the victims. The Red Cross has not yet updated its web-site so I will update the link to them as soon as I can. In the meantime, if you are in Australia, phone donations to the Red Cross can be made on 1800 811 700.
Although we are in difficult financial times, there are people affected by this disaster who have lost everything. Help out if you can. Please.
This post will remain on top of the archive and be updated for about a week. Fellow bloggers, feel free to repost this as widely as possible.


As the waves break,
I watch driftwood of memories
float away, then return,
The sea inside
captures them in nets
to decide
which to let go,
which to cling.
**written by petra michelle**

Sunday, February 1, 2009


There are two sides to every story;
the yin, the yang,
the light, the dark,
yours, mine.
Caught in the middle?
What to do?
Flip a coin?
Act noncommittal?
Best of all nonjudgmental?
Please judge lightly.
The sentence can last a lifetime.
**written by petra michelle**