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The "King of Pop" has Passed,but the Thriller Remains...

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It is still taking a while for the shock of Michael Jackson's transition from this life as we know it, this realm of existence to "eternity", to take hold. It has been a surrealistic experience for sure, almost as though I am in delayed response mode.

The intensity of the rest of the world's response to his death has finally reached me. And, while the scuttlebut and news of child molestation and random weirdness cast a long shadow over his reputation, one thing is for sure, his musical talents and contributions were tremendous. This is true whether you admired him for his musical genius and humanitarian accomplishments or abhorred him more for the terrible things of which he was accused, relentlessly judged, yet, ultimately found innocent by a jury of his peers.

I have at this very moment become overwhelmingly touched by the sheer magnitude of the impact his music has had on my life from puberty to middle age. A kaleidoscope of memories are swirling thr…

Draft Fodder for Inpiration Fund Series in 7 or 8 parts

Over the past two years, and rather intensively this past year and a half, that question has become somewhat of a mantra, as I have witnessed close friends lose their homes, businesses and/ or jobs, having to cut back on spending, resulting in leaner lifestyles. Some have even been wavering on the brink of poverty. These are smart, industrious people who cringe at the thought of having to ask for a government hand out or ask friends or family for a loan. They have always been able to make it by, one way or the other. But, today's economy has presented a different set of challenges. Challenges which need to be met head on with progressive and innovative solutions.

For whatever reason, a good portion of government aid for the ordinary citizen seems to have clogged up in one political bottleneck or the other. It just does not seem to be pouring out fast enough to meet people's immediate needs. And, let's not forget another layer of delay and set back, financial predators who…

An Inspiration Fund... Providing A Window of Hope and Sustenance for Friends in Need in 8 Parts

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Alicia Keys: 'I Love New York/For The Love of Money'

In continuing with the 8 part "An Inspiration Fund" blog in seeking pledges, I thought I'd lift up an earlier blog written almost two years ago--Global Day of Action Against Poverty . It isn't "Global Action Day Against Poverty" today but today's blog lifts up some of the same ideas and sentiments. So, when you're done reading it, have at one from the archives. A bonus is that I provided a link to a video in which Alicia Keys performs that classic O'jay's tune "For the Love of Money", which is posted at the top of this blog article as a "blast from the past". Enjoy!
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Part III-"For the Love of Money"

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For whatever reason, a good portion of government aid for the ordinary citizen seems to have clogged up in one political bottleneck or the other. It just does not seem to be pouring out fast enough to meet peop…