On Anybody Can What?

“Anyone can teach.”

I’ve heard that statement many times from people outside of the profession – along with this one: Those who can, do – those who can’t, teach.

Everybody is an educational expert – after all, everyone has sat in a classroom. Yep – everyone who has owned a car is also a qualified mechanic. Everyone who has eaten at a restaurant is qualified to run one. Because I’ve owned GE appliances, I’m qualified to be on the GE Board of Directors. Oh, yes!!!

As a group, teachers are very defensive of themselves and their professional. Then again, unless you’ve done it or are/have been married to a teacher, people are clueless about the time, demands, and effort involved – let alone the knowledge behind instruction and the subject matter. But back to my initial statement – Anyone can teach.

President Reagan’s National Commission on Excellence in Education (1983) stated that one way to improve teaching quality was to make it easier for non-teaching professional to enter and lead a classroom.. Although the commission’s report was over 30 years ago and teacher certification and licensing has changed since then, the saying and mindset still exists.

A body of knowledge exists with any occupation. Plumbers specialize in plumbing’s body of knowledge. They can get stumped because each plumber doesn’t know everything. The same can be said for all professions and occupations.

It’s obvious that Anyone can teach decreases the importance of the body of knowledge associated with teaching and learning. How else can one justify bringing in an outside professional who lacks teaching experience and teacher education training? Because the auto mechanic fixes cars, shouldn’t he/she be able to fix my air conditioner and furnace problem?

Interestingly, business has a similar and related mantra inside their own organizations – Anyone can train. For example, management promotes a top salesperson into a training position with hopes of the salesperson’s knowledge and experience will help the rest of the sales staff. After all, Anyone can train. Yet, leadership in the business ignores training’s body of knowledge because what are the odds this new trainer has any knowledge about training, training development, and learning?

A body of knowledge associated with effective training is significant – just like teaching. And just as Anyone can teach, Anyone can train is an illusion. To many people, training and teaching is getting up in front of others to disseminate knowledge – also known as the sage on the stage delivering death by PowerPoint. However, like the book title says – Telling Ain’t Training (Harold Stolovitch & Erica J. Keeps) – and telling ain’t teaching either.

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Meals: The Musical – The Song List

Readers have wondered if this would ever be done, but here it is – the first-ever song list of a musical. For those wanting to make a collection of recordings, a note of caution – this list contains 267 songs. A big shout-out to The Producer for leading this production. More importantly, many thanks to everyone for their contribution in creating the one of the best song lists about food in one place that I’ve seen.

MealsPlaybillAct 1: Meals (28 songs)
St. Alfonzo’s Pancake Breakfast (Frank Zappa)
Breakfast Blues (Unknown)
Supper’s Ready (Genesis)
Breakfast in America (Supertramp/Roger Hogson)
Lunch Will Keep Us Together (Neil Sedaka)
TV Dinners (ZZ Top)
Breakfast at Tiffany’s (Deep Blue Something)
Breakfast Time (Cookie Monster, Sesame Street)
Beans for Breakfast (Johnny Cash)
Blueberries for Breakfast (Mamas and Papas)

Whiskey Before Breakfast (Norman Blake)
It’s Suppertime (Little Shop of Horrors)
Suppertime Reprise (Little Shop of Horrors)
Hey Food (Cookie Monster, Sesame Street)
Girls Just Wanna Have Lunch (Weird Al Yankovic)
Alan’s Psychedelic Breakfast (Pink Floyd)
Food, Glorious Food (Oliver Twist)
The Food Song (Rae Patalinghug)

Food (Turtles)
Nice Girls Don’t Stay for Breakfast (Julie London)
Out to Lunch (Eric Dolphy)
Dinner with Deloris (Prince)
Breakfast at Sweetheart’s (Cold Chisel)
Breakfast in Bed (Dusty Springfield)
Food on the Table (Alabama)
Healthy Food (Cookie Monster, Sesame Street)
Dinner at Eight (Rufus Wainwright)
Soul Food to Go (Manhattan Transfer)

Act 2: Fruit (35 songs)
Peel Me a Grape (Diana Krall)
Blueberry Hill (Fats Domino, Vladimir Putin)
Raspberry Beret (Prince)
I Like to Eat Apples and Bananas (Raffi)
Kiwi and the Apricot (Keller Williams)
Banana Pancakes (Jack Johnson)
Peaches and Cream (Beck)
Chiquita Banana Song (The Terry Twins)
Tangerine (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass, Frank Sinatra, Dr. John)
Cherry Ripe (Dame Joan Sutherland)
Banana in Your Fruit Basket (Bo Carter)
Strawberry Fields Forever (The Beatles)
Strange Fruit (Beth Hart, Billie Holiday)
Tangerine (Led Zeppelin)
Peaches (The Presidents of the United States)
Grapefruit Juicy Fruit (Jimmy Buffett)
Mandarin Oranges Part 3 (Little Simz)
Apple Bottom Jeans (T-Pain)
Banana Boat Song (Harry Belafonte)
Orange Crush (REM)
Watermelon in Easter Hay (Frank Zappa)
Scrapple from the Apple (Charlie Parker)
Pineapple Express (Annette Funicello)
Why is a Carrot More Orange Than an Orange (Amboy Dukes)
Watermelon Man (Herbie Hancock)
Banana Juana – Ralph Robles
Banana Splits Show Theme Song (Banana Splits, The Dickies)
Spontaneous Apple Creation (The Crazy World of Arthur Brown)
Elderberry Wine (Elton John)
One Bad Apple (The Osmonds)
Little Green Apples (Glen Campbell)
Cherry Bomb (John Mellencamp)
Cherry Cherry (Neil Diamond)
Kiwi (Maroon 5)
I Heard It Through the Grapevine (CCR)

Act 3: Sides (22 songs)
Broccoli (The Association)
The Potato Song (Cheryl Wheeler)
Captain Vegetable (Sesame Street)
Call Any Vegetable (Frank Zappa)
Butterbeans (B52s)
Quiche Lorraine (B52s)
Side Dish (Robert Cray)
The Eggplant that Ate Chicago (Dr. West’s Medicine Show Junk Show Band)
Glass Onion (The Beatles)
Hang on Little Tomato (Pink Martini)
Space Nuts (Booker T and the MGs)
Yellow Yam Blues (Yank Rachell, Sonny Boy Williamson)
The Golden Potato Song
Frim Fram Sauce (Diana Krall)
Beans & Cornbread (Louis Jordan)
Pork and Beans (Weezer)
Mashed Potato Time (Dee Dee Sharp)
Mom’s Spaghetti (Eminem)
Bread and Butter (The Waitresses)
Salt Peanuts (Dizzy Gillespie)
Do You Like Broccoli Ice Cream? (Super Simple Songs)
Collard Green & Cornbread (Fantasia)

Act 4: Meat (41 songs)
Ain’t Nobody Here But Us Chickens (Asleep at the Wheel)
Jive Turkey (Ohio Players)
Burger on a Bun (Wilma & Betty)
Chicken Wing Song
Struttin with some Barbecue (Louis Armstrong)
Cheeseburger in Paradise (Jimmy Buffett)
Pickin’ a Chicken (Eve Boswell)
Boiled Beef and Carrots (Harry Champion)
Chicken in Black (Johnny Cash)
Chicken Song (Techno Chicken)
Dixie Chicken (Little Feat)
Bacon Blues
Chicken Dance
San Antone Meat House (Woody Guthrie)
Meat and Potatoes (Belle & Sebastian)
All the Meat and No Potatoes (Louis Armstrong & Ella Fitzgerald)
Hot Dog (Elvis Presley)
Pork and Beans (Weezer)
Goodbye Pork Pie Hat (Charlie Mingus)
Cold Turkey (John Lennon)
One-Eyed Chicken (Beth Hart)
Chicken Pot Pie (Weird Al Yankovic)
Funky Chicken (Rufus Thomas)
Chicken Breast Bone (Manhattan Transfer)
Meat is Murder (The Smiths)
Uncle Meat (Frank Zappa)
Hot Dog Song (Mickey Mouse Club)
Pork Chop Song (Guitar Shorty)
Rump Steak Serenade (Fats Waller)
Ribs (Lorde)
Tastes Like Chicken (The Austin Lounge Lizards)
Fried Chicken and Gasoline (Southern Culture on the Skids)
Pork Chops (Two Gentlemen Band)
Pork Chops and Mustard Greens (Ernie Andrews)
Hot Dog Song (Led Zeppelin)
Eat Steak (Reverend Horton Heat)
Chicken Reel (Les Paul)
On Meatball (Bing Crosby and the Andrew Sisters)
Meat and Potato Man (Alan Jackson)
Jerky Ribs (Kelis)
T-Bone (Neil Young)

Act 5: Ingredients (20 songs)
Sugar Shack (Jimmy Gilmer and the Fireballs)
Sugar Sugar (Archies)
Coriander (David Brookes)
Salt and Pepper (Harry Chapin)
Just Like Honey (Jesus and Mary Chain)
Cinnamon Girl (Neil Young)
Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Beatles)
Tupelo Honey (Van Morrison)
Oregano Flow (Digital Underground)
I Should Live in Salt (The National)
Salt of the Earth (Rolling Stones)
Sassafras Roots (Green Day)
Brown Sugar (Rolling Stones)
The Herbs and Spices Song (Todd Gilbert)
The Garlic Song (Andrew Rouse)
Hot Sauce (Louis Prima & Keely Smith)
Mean Mr. Mustard (Beatles)
Green Onions (Booker T & the MGs)
Bar-B-Q Sauce (Sam Price)
Taste of Honey (Herb Alpert & the Tijuana Brass)

Act 6: Non-Alcoholic Drinks (24 songs)
Soda Fountain Rag (Duke Ellington, Shelly Berg)
Apple Cider Reconstitution (Al Stewart)
Tea for Two (Ella Fitzgerald)
Cigarettes and Chocolate Milk (Rufus Wainwright)
Imaginary Tea (Jon McLaughlin)
Lemonade (Coco Rosey)
Bridge Over Troubled Water (Simon and Garfunkel)
Black Coffee (Ella Fitzgerald)
Milkshake (Kelis)
You’re the Cream in My Coffee (Marlene Dietrich)
I Like to Buy the World a Coke (Commercial)
Dr. Pepper (Commercial, Garth Brooks)
The Song of Lime Juice and Despair (Shinyribs)
A Nice Cup of Tea (Binnie Hale)
Orange Crush (REM)
Nesbitt’s Lime Soda Song (Negativland)
Proper Cup of Coffee (Trout Fishing in America)
Coffee and TV (Blur)
Black Coffee in Bed (Squeeze)
Cool Water (Johnny Cash)
Java Jive (Ink Spots, Manhattan Transfer)
Horchata (Vampire Weekend)
Juice Box Rap (Preschool Popstars)
The Beverage Song (Judson Brown)

Act 7: Alcoholic Drinks (22 songs)
Bottle of Wine (Fireballs)
Scotch and Soda (Kingston Trio)
Titties and Beer (Rodney Carrington)
Beer for My Horses (Toby Keith & Willie Nelson)
Bourbon in Your Eyes (Devil Doll)
Spill the Wine (Eric Burdon & War)
Tequila (Terrorvision)
Margaritaville (Jimmy Buffett)
Red Red Wine (UB40)
Gimme a Pigfoot and a Bottle of Beer (Billie Holiday)
Rum and Coca Cola (Andrew Sisters)
Blue Champagne (Manhattan Transfer)
‘Piña Colada (Rupert Holmes)
Straight, No Chaser (Miles Davis & John Coltrane)
Summer Wine (Lee Hazelwood)
Bourbon and Boys (Laura Bell Bundy)
Days of Wine and Roses (Frank Sinatra)
Strange Brew (Cream)
Titties and Beer (Frank Zappa)
1 Bourbon, 1 Scotch, 1 Beer (John Lee Hooker)
Little Old Wine Drinker Me (Dean Martin)
Beer Barrel Polka (Valerio Longoria)

Act 8: Desserts (25 songs)
Shoo Fly Pie and Apple Pan Dowdy (Dinah Shore)
American Pie (Don McLean)
If I Knew You Were Comin’ I’d’ve Baked A Cake (Eileen Barton)
Mom’s Apple Pie (Tyrone Davis)
Coconut Cream Pie (Galt MacDermot)
Miss Fogarty’s Christmas Cake (Irish Rovers)
Key Lime Pie (Kenny Chesney)
I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie, Honey Bunch) (Four Tops)
Custard Pie Led Zeppelin
Gelato Al Cioccolato (Pupo)
Ice Cream (New Orleans Preservation Hall Jazz Band)
Savoy Truffle (The Beatles)
Wild Honey Pie (The Beatles)
Honey Pie (The Beatles)
Cream Puff (Johnny Nash)
Country Pie (Bob Dylan)
Tutti Fruitti (Little Richard)
Soul Cake (Sting)
Tapioca Tundra by The Monkees
Ice Cream (Sarah McLachlan)
Birthday Cake (Rihanna)
Poundcake (Van Halen)
Cakewalk Into Town (Taj Mahal)
Apples Peaches Pumpkin Pie – Jay & The Techniques
Banana Split (Louis Prima)

Act 9: Snacks and Leftovers (24 songs)
Saturday Night Fish Fry (Louis Jordan)
Animal Crackers in My Soup (Shirley Temple)
Animal Crackers (Melanie Safka)
Hold Tight Want Some Seafood Mama (Fats Waller)
Lollipop (Chordettes)
Chocolate (1975)
The Candy Man (Charlie and the Chocolate Factory)
Pretzel Logic (Steely Dan)
Cheese (Tim Minchen)
My Nuts Song (Hammy the Singing Hamster)
Candy Shop (Madonna)
Beef Jerky (John Lennon)
Popcorn (Hot Butter)
Mother Popcorn (James Brown)
Rock Lobster (B-52s)
Buttered Popcorn (Diana Ross & The Supremes)
Oysters (Tori Amos)
Pizza Pie (Norman Fox & the Rob Roys)
Candy by Big (Maybelle, Manhattan Transfer)
C is for Cookie (Cookie Monster)
The Black Bat Licorice (Jack White)
My Boy Lollipop (Millie Small)
I’m a Nut by Roger Miller
Song of the Shrimp (Elvis Presley)

Act 10: The Mess (28 songs)
Don’t Go Reachin’ Across My Plate (Albert Collins)
Mack the Knife (Louis Armstrong)
Cuts Like a Knife (Bryan Adams)
Silver Spoon (Kiss)
Pot Kettle Black (Tilly and the Wall)
Spoonman (Soundgarden)
Washing Dishes (Jack Johnson)
Chopsticks (Liberace)
Blue Plate Special (Freddie Cannon)
Eggs on a Plate (Iggy Pop)
Blunt the Knives (from “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey”)
Dirty Dishes (Scotty McCreery)
Pans in the Kitchen (Patka Pacic)
Love is the Knife (Bonnie Tyler)
Moonlight Over a Spaghetti Plate (Lady Anne Montgomery)
A Spoonful Of Sugar (from “Mary Poppins”)
Boogie Woogie Blue Plate (Louis Jordan)
Dish (Pulp)
The Dish Ran Away with the Spoon (Merrie Melodies)
Glass of Water (Coldplay)
Raise Your Glass (Pink)
Silver Kettle (Al Stewart)
One more cup of coffee (Bob Dylan with Joan Baez)
Knives (Brad Mehldau Trio)
Hot Plate Heaven at the Green Hotel (Frank Zappa)
Old Black Kettle (Dolly Pardon)
Polly Put the Kettle On (Sonny Boy Williamson)
Spoonful (Howlin’ Wolf)

On 77 Sevens of the 7th Degree

1) Seven in different languages include septum (Latin), sapte (Romanian), sju (Swedish). septa (Greek), siti (Japanese), Shiv`(Hebrew), set (Catalan), and VII (Roman)


cooltext_7In Mathematics

2) Seven is one of two single-digit numbers with two syllables

3) Seven, the fourth prime number, a Mersenne prime, a double Mersenne prime, a Newman–Shanks–Williams prime, a Woodall prime, a factorial prime, a lucky prime, a happy prime (happy number), a safe prime, the only Mersenne safe prime, and the fourth Heegner number

4) A heptagon is a seven-sided shape

5) Seven squared is 49, but the square root of 7 is 2.64575131106

In Entertainment
6) Film titles include Seven Chances (1925), Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs (1937), Seven Sinners (1940), Seven Brides for Seven Brothers (1954), The Seven Year Itch (1955), The Seventh Seal (1957), The Magnificent Seven (1960), 7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964), Seven Days in May (1964), Seven (1995), and Seven Pounds (2008)

7) Secret agent number 007 … Bond …. James Bond

8) George Costanza (Seinfeld) wanted to name his firstborn “The Seven”, in honor of baseball great Mickey Mantle – but his fiance’s cousin and spouse stole the idea

9) George Carlin routine, “Seven Words You Can Never Say on Television

10) Star Trek: Voyager features a character named Seven of Nine.

In Literature
11) William Shakespeare’s As You Like It by contains the 7 Ages of Man theory.

12) The number of main islands of mythological Atlantis

In Music
13) Original 45 rpm records were 7 inches in diameter

14) The number of notes in the traditional Western musical scale

15) A group of seven musicians in a septet or a septuor

16) Songs with Seven or 7 in the title were recorded by The Ramones, Simon & Garfunkel, Four Tops, Dave Matthews Band, Eagles, Queen, Prince, Tina Turner, Norah Jones, Trisha Yearwood, REM, Mary J Blige, Fleetwood Mac, David Bowie, Toni Braxton, Megadeth, and more

17) Albums with 7 in the title include Garth Brooks, Mannheim Steamroller, Enrique Iglesias, Iron Maiden

18) Composers with a seventh symphony include these seven: Beethoven, Bruckner, Dvorak, Mahler, Mozart, Shostakovich, and Sibelius … but there’s more

In Sports
19) In the NHL, MLB, and NBA, the maximum number of games played in a playoff series

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20) The jersey number 7 has been retired by several North American sports teams in honor of past playing greats or other key figures: MLB (2), NFL (4), NBA (4), NHL (9)

21) In NASCAR, Robby Gordon has driven #7 in the most races, but never won – yet, #7 has won 23 times in 1433 races

22) A regulation game high school baseball and all softball games lasts seven innings

23) American and Canadian football teams commonly score 7 points for a touchdown and a kicked extra point

24) William Howard Taft (the 27th US President and a Cincinnatian) started the 7th inning stretch at baseball games

25) When scoring baseball and softball, 7 refers to the left fielder

26) A team traditionally consists of seven athletes in cross country, water polo, Ultimate Frisbee, and team handball

27) A heptathlon is a competition involved seven running, jumping and throwing events

28) The 7th Olympiads were held in Antwerp, Belgium (1920, summer) and Cortina, Italy (1956, winter)

29) Super Bowl VII: In Los Angeles, California – Miami Dolphins beat the Washington Redskins 14-7 to become the first (and currently the only) team to win the Super Bowl with an undefeated record

In Business and Commerce
30) 7-Eleven is the trading name of a chain of convenience stores based in the US

31) 7 Up is the name of a popular soft drink

32) BMW 7 Series, is a group of luxury vehicles from the German automobile manufacturer

33) The Lotus Seven, a kit car produced by Lotus

34) Each airplane in Boeing’s line of passenger jets is named with a 3-digit number beginning and ending in 7

In Religion
35) Judaism & Old Testament Christianity share the 7 days of creation and Jericho’s walls falling on the seventh day after seven priests with seven trumpets march around the city seven times

Interfaith graphic by Justice St. Rain (Bahá’í Community) of Interfaith Resources

Interfaith graphic by Justice St. Rain (Bahá’í Community) of Interfaith Resources

36) Judaism includes the weekly Torah portion is divided into seven aliyahs, seven Jewish men are called up for the reading of these aliyahs during Shabbat morning services, reciting the seven blessings during a Jewish wedding ceremony, the Seven Shepherds, the number of nations displaced upon entering Israel, the seven orifices of the face

37) Christianity includes the seven deadly sins, the Seven Corporal Acts of Mercy, The Seven Joys of the Virgin Mary, The Seven Sacraments, The Seven Sorrows of the Virgin Mary, the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit, the Seven Virtues

38) Hinduism includes Seven Promises, Seven Rounds in Hindu Wedding, Seven Reincarnation, seven worlds in the universe, seven seas in the world, seven Rishies, Buddha walking 7 steps at his birth, and Sapta Rishi (the celestial group of seven stars based on the seven great saints)

39) Islam includes 7 in the number of ayat in surat al-Fatiha, the number of layers of the Earth, the number of skies, the number of circumambulations (Tawaf) made around the Kaaba, the number of heavens, the number of hells in hell, the number of walks between Al-Safa and Al-Marwah mountains – they why pilgrims travel back and forth seven times during the ritual pilgrimages of Hajj and Umrah

40) Significance of seven in other religions include the Seven Lucky Gods, the seven divine women who were left behind on earth and became the ancestresses of all humankind (Khasi), the seven-branched sword, the number of sages, the Seven Valleys text, the number of palms in an Egyptian Sacred Cubit, and the number of legendary monsters

41) There are 7 Chakras in the basic model used in various eastern traditions and philosophies

42) The Theosophical teachings of Alice A. Bailey divide the human race into seven psychological types called the Seven Rays

In Geography
43) The Spanish explorers searched the New World for Seven Cities of Gold

44) The Sevens is a rugby union stadium in Dubai, UAE

45) I grew up in a town on State Route 7

46) The Seven Virgins mountain range is in Sri Lanka

In Science
Rainbow47) We can see 7 celestial objects of our solar system with the naked eye from Earth

48) The constellations the Big Dipper and Orion contain 7 main stars

49) Almost all mammals have 7 cervical (neck) vertebrae

50) The number of spots on a seven-spot ladybird

51) Chromosome 7 has 2,146 genes, including 39 diseases & disorders – such as cystic fibrosis, schizophrenia, types of osteoporosis, and Maple Syrup Urine Disease

52) Nitrogen is atomic number 7, so its neutral atom has 7 protons and 7 electrons

53) Heptane has 7 carbon atoms per molecule

54) The Periodic Table has 7 rows (periods) of known elements

55) Electrons have 7 main energy levels for electrons around the nucleus

56) Isaac Newton’s identified the 7 colors of the rainbow

CultureIn Culture
57) Septidi was the seventh day of the decade in the French Revolutionary Calendar.

58) A Blue Hand is the 7th glyph of the Maya Calendar, representing the days in creation

59) The Kulin people of Australia (living near the Dandenong Ranges) divide the year into seven seasons

60) Multiple cultures consider 7 to be an important number

In Technology
61) There are seven layers in the OSI model

62) Windows 7, the previous release of Windows series of operating systems from Microsoft, had the codename Vienna

63) F7 key launches spell and grammar check in Microsoft Word

64) 7-Zip is an open source file archiver used to compress files

Miscellaneous
65) Numbers on opposites sides of 6-sided dice total seven

66) The Partial List: seven deadly sins, seven classical planets, seven heavens, seven days in the week, seven colors in the rainbow, seven Seas, seven continents, seven kings of Rome, seven hills of Rome, EyeballCloseUpIstanbul, and Cincinnati; seven wonders of the ancient world, and seven wonders of the modern world, and 7 days a week

67) 7 is the calling code for Russia

68) This list of 77 items about 7 is celebrating the 7th anniversary of the launching of this blog (August 28, 2008). Thanks to all who have ever visited my little corner of the world – and a special thanks to those who returned and stayed

69) Stephen Covey identified 7 habits of highly-effective people

70) Mahatma Gandhi’s listed the Seven Blunders of the World that cause violence

71) According to the song, the seventh day of Christmas delivers 7 swans a swimming

72) Andrew Jackson was the 7th US President

73) Mercury 7 was the first class of US astronauts

74) Level 7 nuclear accident is a meltdown

75) 7 bone roast is also known as center-cut pot roast

76) The United Nations declared the world population surpassed 7 billion on October 31, 2011

77) 7&7 is also known as a highball – a mixed drink with Seagram’s Seven Crown Whiskey and 7-Up … cheers! … but I prefer wine and have quite the variety. I’m offerings for quite the range of tastes – 7 Deadly Zins, Henschke Henry’s Seven Rhone blend, J Lohr Estates Seven Oaks Cabernet Sauvignon, Evening Land Seven Springs Vineyard Gamay Noir, Seven Hills Dry Rose, Seven Stones Chardonnay, L’Ecole 41 Luminesce Seven Hills Vineyard Bordeaux White blend, Seven Springs Sangria Rojo, or Seven Daughters Moscato – so, which would you like? If you’re not sure, what taste do you prefer in your wine? For those who prefer a non-alcoholic drink, what would you like to drink?

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Opinion in the Shorts: Vol. 274

Tough week for the stock market (US and elsewhere). A note for Republicans – You can blame President Obama if and only if you are willing to give him credit for the market run since he took office (Jan 2009). Meanwhile, the shoe also fits the other way – That is, the Democrats giving the President Obama the credit for past growth should be blaming him for this past week. In my view, markets are more complex than that.

Many are wondering why Donald Trump (R-NY) is high in the polls. The answer is simple. Trump is the candidate for people seeking affirmation – not information. The Bloviator has the knack for telling people what they want to hear, regardless if the statement is true or false. Case in point, here’s the most recent scorecard from PolitiFact regarding Trump’s bloviations.

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Can you recall one person being about to do so-many phone-in interviews on TV? It is so with Mr. Trump, which tells me that the media is part of the problem because they are taking him whenever they can for ratings … thus limiting their challenges because they don’t want him to say “No” to the airtime.

Last week, Gov. Walker (R-WS) made three contradictory statements about birthright citizenship granted by the 14th amendment – yet the campaign described them as consistent. I guess that also means they see the situation as having no choice. Earth to Walker campaign – some us aren’t stupid.

The presidential election process is too long in the US. If the lengthy time is so important to the parties, the candidates, and all the donors, what about the taxpayers? Are some of us getting cheated. I have a suggestion that these people will hate. Sitting governors, senators, and representatives were elected by the people of their state (or district within the state) to represent them – yet a national campaign takes much time. In order to seek a national office, just resign your state-elected office. The choice involves cake or ice cream – not both.

Opening Night for Dance: The Musical was a smashing success! Two bits of good news: Act 2 is scheduled for Sept. 8th, plus, I’ve added an additional act. For those needing to know more now, see the Hear Ye page. Also, special thanks to Dale for her excellent job as the theater’s maître d … even if the WP gnomes are blocking me from commenting on her blog.

You may recall that Marina provided the artwork for my On Blue post. Here’s a post from Resa featuring a clothing item she purchased of Marina’s work.

My pastor read my post my post about predestination. Here’s something he wrote to me, How do you have such nice, generous people in your comment section? The civility is refreshing. … A tip of the cap and a round of applause to my blogging community!

No Explore post this weekend, however, there will be a Salute post. Of course, the burning question is – salute what? Hmmmm …. it’s subtle.

If there is anyone interested in playing a free, no-pressure version of fantasy football, let me know and I will email you the information.

To lead you into this week’s satire, here’s The Onion’s explanation of how Donald Trump (R-NY) continues to lead in the polls.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Man spends entire weekend binge-watching neighbor
Report: 1 in 3 Americans will get dessert if someone does
Guantanamo Bay begins construction on Senior Care wing
Q-Tips introduces new multi-speed electric ear swab
Man to undergo extensive interrogation by co-workers about where he got falafel
Scientist confident artificially intelligent machines can be programmed to be lenient slave masters

Interesting Reads
Street artists in Ghana
About Neil Armstrong
Restoring a famed piano
A report on mobile messaging and social media
A planet’s habitation

To send you into the weekend, here’s a twofer. The first one is a leftover from Opening Night. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.


Dance: The Musical – Act 1: Dance

The Story
Dance: A rhythmic movement to music

Dance: Shake a leg, cut the rug, trip the light, get down, groovin, jivin’

Dance: Sways, twirls, gyrations, dips, whirls, hops, spins, swings, smimmiesDancePlaybill

Dance: Ballet, Disco, Club, Boogie, Ballroom, Contemporary, Belly, Square, Hip-hop

Dance: An expression of feelings – a story – a style

Dance: As a metaphor – When you dance, your purpose is not to get to a certain place on the floor. It’s to enjoy each step along the way. (Wayne Dyer, psychologist)

Whether as a ritual, a tradition, or the sign of the times, dance is an expression that crosses many cultures. Dance is social, ceremonial, and competitive. Whether at a club, in a ballroom, on a gymnastic mat, in water, on a stage – dance is personal – dance is fun – dance is energy on display. Dance expresses – Dance entertains.

From the time we are babies bouncing along in someone’s arms or on a lap, dance has played a role in everyone’s life in some way. Dance: The Musical aims to capture the essence of this activity that brings joy to many

Program
Act 1: Dance
Dance: The Musical starts with dance – that is all songs must have Dance in the title.

Caution: Other forms of the word (dance) as dancer, dances, dancing, dancin’, dancefloor, dancehall, and any other form of the word are excluded from this act.

Production Note
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Announcement
Welcome to Opening Night of the latest aFa Production – Dance: The Musical. High school dances on the weekends were big back in my day. In honor of those days in my past and for your opening entertainment – ladies and gentlemen – it’s time to Dance to the Music with Sly and the Family Stone.

On a Spot for the Bucket

Blackpool may not mean anything to most – but it holds significance to some. Eight years ago, it was unknown to me – very insignificant. Today, it’s on my Bucket List.

Blackpool is on England’s western coast – in Lancashire county – north of Liverpool and northwest of Manchester – and one of England’s most popular seaside resorts.

Today, Blackpool offers its infamous tower, a giant ferris wheel, an amusement park, a seaside promenade, gardens, a water park, Madame Tussauds,, and other attractions. Actually, this doesn’t seem like a place for me, let alone my Bucket List.

For me, Blackpool is about it’s famed dancehall. The original Blackpool Tower Ballroom dates back to 1894. During the dance craze of the 1920s-1930s, dancers filled Blackpool’s ballroom floor.

The ballroom still hosts one of the world’s most famous and long-running ballroom dance competitions (Blackpool Dance Festival) with dancers from across the globe coming to compete. The ballroom has also hosted other dance competitions and BBC shows Come Dancing and Strictly Come Dancing.

I’ve stated (several times) that my wife and I don’t compete – we dance for fun and being with friends … and to be honest, attending the famed festival isn’t the reason for its Bucket List status. Unless reserved as a rental space for an event, the ballroom has regular hours for open dancing.

Given the floor, the historic significance, and the ornate surrounding – absolutely Bucket List for us. Better yet, the ballroom also hosts an afternoon tea with dance to the sounds from the mighty Wurlitzer organ – which sounds quite delightful.

Opinions in the Shorts: Vol. 273

I’ve taken my share of bits out of Republicans – but I’m an Equal Opportunity Blamer. For the record, I would have voted for Hillary Clinton over John McCain in 2008. I did not vote for Barack Obama in 2008, but did in 2012.

I’m not sure if Hillary Clinton’s (D-NY) campaign is in trouble enough to cause her to withdraw her candidacy, but it is an intriguing thought.

Why any government worker is allowed to do email work on a personal account is beyond me – let alone a cabinet member – let alone use a personal server – and I don’t care how many others have done it because that should have been a no-no then.

Washington Post columnist Eugene Robinson commonly leans to the left – thus is the main reason why I appreciate his recent column about Hillary Clinton.

I linked to this video last week, but I’m not sure how many saw it or understood my point. Mr. Haney was one of my favorite characters on Green Acres, but how much does his voice sound like Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX)?

In my mind, there is no question that Donald Trump (R-NY) is effectively using the media to drive his campaign. With so much air time, he doesn’t need commercials .. at least not at this point.

For the interested, here’s an article featuring Bloviations from The Bloviator.

Whew … the previous post about predestination created quite the range of thoughts.

Opening Night – Dance: The Musical – Tuesday, August 25th at 9:30 pm! For Act 1, all songs must included Dance in the title – but not dancer, not dancing, not dancin’, or any other form of the word dance … just Dance. The Hear Ye page include information about future acts.

Over the past two weeks, I haven’t done well visiting other blogs. Yes, I have an Explore post ready for the weekend, but posting it will cause me to fall further behind – so no Explore post this weekend. Besides, I have a musical to prepare!

To lead you into The Onion, here’s their explanation why westerners join ISIS.

Weekly Headlines from The Onion (combos welcome)
Underworld Health Organization Launches Initiative To Improve Incubus Immortality Rate
Scientists Develop Highly Volatile New Relationship
Police Busted Giraffe-Fighting Ring
Standards Lowered For Second Search Through Fridge
Mom’s Fears About Daughter Leaving For College Channeled Into Fight About Storage Bins

Interesting Reads
A view of what the talk-show right is doing to the Republican party
Looking back at closing the US embassy in Cuba
3-D printed drugs
Biased on bias?
Burma’s Stilwell Road – 70 years later
Interactive on global income

To send you into the weekend, here’s a rock classic from way-back in the day – but with a dose of Monday Morning Entertainment (remember those?). Special thanks to Elyse for this gem. Have a safe weekend and in the words of Garrison Keillor, Be well, do good work, and keep in touch.