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When I walked Union Square Park in Manhattan, New York, this one family ,with there daughter, were watching people play soccer. As their daughter stood there watching it brought a calm type of enjoyment to the park. Almost a feeling of relaxed peace that I rarely get to experience.

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Ex-ample

Posted: July 11, 2010 in Articles, life, love
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A relationship gone astray is unfortunately something that majority of music listeners can relate to. Although the relationship may have diminished, that doesn’t mean the feelings involved have. There are many feelings one can have toward an Ex-flame and these feelings can vary depending on how things panned out. Well here’s a playlist prescription for those moments when your feeling the fire from an Ex-Flame.


1. John Legend= “Everybody knows” (Evolver)

2. Jill Scott= “My Love” (The Real Thing)

3. Erykah Badu= “Next Lifetime” (Baduizm)

4.     Dave Hollister= “One woman Man” (Chicago 85 the Movie)

5. D’Angelo= “One Mo’gin” (Voodoo)

6. John Mayer= “I’m gonna find another you” (Continuum)

7.      Ne-yo= “Just aint right” (In my own words)

8.     Raheem Devaughn= “She’s not you” (love behind the melody)

9. 112= “Love you like I did” (Room 112)

10. Sam Salter= “Once my shh” (The little black cook)

Written and Created By: James Miller

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I still remember the first time I watched Crooklyn. Seeing this depiction of a Brooklyn neighborhood in the 70’s blew my mind away. It’s not because of the culture of it  or even the style of the 70’s that got me. What had my eyes glued to the tube like a child’s eye on their favorite candy was the fact that this movie was showing my childhood on screen. I couldn’t believe that my childhood was right before my eyes. People say, “There’s nothing new under the sun” well this is a perfect example of that. It had me flash back to my past like an old man on a park bench. When the movie was over, all I could do is smile and realize when I was a child, I helped make  the world go round.

Crooklyn By: Spike Lee

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Inspiration

Posted: July 4, 2010 in life, love, music, Video
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Stevie Wonder is one of the greatest artist of all-time. His music has touched and continues to touch the world as we know it. Here is a song that has blessed me with encouragement to always be open to love.  Thanks Stevie

Did you know that true love asks for nothing
Her acceptance is the way we pay
Did you know that life has given love a guarantee
To last through forever and another day
Just as time knew to move on since the beginning
And the seasons know exactly when to change
Just as kindness knows no shame
Know through all your joy and pain
That I’ll be loving you always
As today I know I’m living but tomorrow
Which make me the past but that I mustn’t fear
For I’ll know deep in my mind
The love of me I’ve left behind Cause I’ll be loving you always

Song By: Stevie Wonder

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A past memory that is thumb tacked to my brain is the corner store across the street from my job. I was about twenty-five then, and the corner store was my regular break spot. At this store, it had a variety of homeless people, winos, and drug addicts. Before I could push open the door to get in the store, I was always bombarded by a barrage of, “Do you have a quarter?” or “Do you have any change you can spare?” But this one particular homeless man never asked me for change. I never paid it any attention because I was always asked for change by others. After maneuvering through the small crowd of begging, I get in the store, and head straight to my favorite section.  As I am sorting through snack cakes, I can see out of the corner of my eye, the homeless man who never asked for change looking for things to buy. I have a slight thought of, ‘Where did he get enough money to buy more then two things to eat?’ I figure it must have been a great week of begging for him. I finally find my cake then I speed walk to the fridge to get a drink. I find my juice of delight and head to the counter to pay for my items. Soon as I get to the counter, the homeless man slides behind me like a kid trying to dish someone without anyone noticing. I guess he did this because most of the time the Dominicans who owned the store would kick a homeless person out. The man behind the counter rang my snacks up and presented me with my total. I search my wallet for the money. That’s when I realize I was a quarter short of the total. Now I am in and out of my pockets hoping a quarter fairy will bless one of them with change. With each pocket I check, my hopes get lower and lower, till the point of me telling the man I don’t have it. That’s when the most unexpected occurrence happens, the homeless man steps in and says, “I got it.”  The shock on my face can only be described as heaven struck. I just couldn’t believe that a person who needs more then I have ever needed in that time of life, gave me a hand. That homeless man giving me a quarter, even for something little as the snacks I had, gave me something more then food that day. He gave me a life lesson that I have never took for granted. Many times I have seen people have the power to help others but never use it. Matter of fact, many times I have passed by people in need without thought of helping. But what he showed me that day was a reflection of him through that quarter. There maybe a number of reasons for his homelessness. He could have failed on a life goal and never recovered. He could have got addicted to a drug or even just plain and simple, lazy. Whatever his reason was for being in the position he was in for that day, I am grateful for it. The reflection he showed me is something that has given me a little more consciousness of what I can do to improve my life and others.  No one can or should judge another person’s life, but we can learn from another person’s life. And whether that person is keen to the lessons they are teaching just by living, people should understand just by living you’re always reflecting images of your self that can and/or will impact lives. So the next time you give change to a homeless man or some random person asks you for a quarter, just remember that coin can be a reflection of you.

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This is another jar of inspiration to put on my shelf of photography. Gordon Parks really shows how close photography can bring us to  a moment in time.

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Masterclass

Posted: June 19, 2010 in Art, life, love
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MASTERCLASS is a nine-part series of arts education documentaries that will be broadcast on HBO. Each half-hour program documents the experience of a small group of emerging young artists working with a notable mentor. The students in the program are awardees of the Miami-based arts organization, YoungArts. Each year, YoungArts selects 150 high school students from an applicant pool of over 7,000. The episodes feature artists Placido Domingo, Julian Schnabel, Jacques d’Amboise, Frank Gehry, Olafur Eliasson, Edward Albee, Bill T. Jones, Liv Ullmann, and Michael Tilson Thomas.

Passion is a child that should be fed love, caring, and freedom of expression in order to have it grow into a beautiful flower for the world to embrace. This is a series that shouldn’t be missed.

From: HBO Masterclass

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