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Lateral Thoughts on Life.

My Meeting with Morpheus.

It is by going down into the abyss
that we recover the treasures of life.
Where you stumble, there lies your treasure.
Joseph Campbell

Struggle and Strength are often related. Stumbling is a part of life. Too
often we focus on the pain of falling and forget to learn the right lessons.
We become traumatized instead of gaining wisdom.

Pain is more bearable when you realize that others have endured even more
than you and come through better because of it. The Chrysalis seems
unbearable but it’s a crucial part to the future flight. Keep fighting, keep
kicking, a breakthrough is coming.

We’ve all seen movies like Limitless, Inception and Total Recall but what
if these weren’t just movies. What if it was really true? What if you could
actually reprogram your mind and change your reality? What if you could meet Morpheus in real life?

Blue Pill or Red Pill ?

I did meet him and this is what happened to me when we spoke on the phone.

“Would your conscious mind be willing to learn from your unconscious mind
what the cause of the problem is ?” Dr. Wesley Morris asked.

“Yes.” I answered.

With that simple word I began a journey into my own mind.

I was guided on the journey by Dr. Wesley Morris and reached a moment in
the very distant past, felt like a previous lifetime, when I felt as though
I was being held down under water and drowning.

The strange thing is I was very calm even while drowning and did not feel
scared or fight back in any way. Another strange thing is that I could not
see anything. It was all an emotional feeling not a visual one. I think it
was the way my Subconscious mind saw the problem affecting me.

Lack of confidence was holding me down, I was drowning and not even
fighting back.

The process, which I later learned is called Timeline therapy,continued by
going even further back in time to a point before this traumatic experience.
It felt like it was way, way back ,in my case, maybe three lifetimes back.

We began to come back to the present but along the way I suddenly began to
get vivid images of an event that happened to me, in this lifetime. Some
years ago I was robbed while on a visit to Boston. I suddenly realized that
I could have fought back (I was doing Martial Arts at the time but I saw
myself not fighting but just shouting at my attacker while being willing to
fight and thereby dissuading him from attacking). My mind had reframed the
situation and was seeing new options.

Then we came back into the present. My subconscious and conscious mind both
agreed that I needed to be more assertive and fight back when necessary
rather than be passive. I then progressed on the Timeline in my mind to the
future and saw myself handling situations in a more assertive and confident
manner. Dr. Morris then brought me back into the present with a newfound
perspective on Life.

I felt great and we spoke for awhile. At one point Dr. Morris pointed out
to me that I was speaking more confidently already and I laughed. It was
true, I was already speaking clearly and fluently instead of my low-key tone
that had become customary. I told him some of the reasons why I’d always
been interested in psychology and NLP in particular. I discussed some of the
other challenges I was experiencing in my life.

Dr. Wesley Morris demonstrated the technique to me again.

This time he asked ” What problem are you facing in life now, you don’t
even have to tell me what it is write it on a paper near you. ”

I scribbled “Money” on a paper, meaning that lack of money seemed to be a
recurring decimal that was holding me back.

He then asked “Would your conscious mind be willing to learn from your
unconscious mind what the cause for the problem is?”

” Yes”

Again he guided me back in time, in a journey in my mind to a traumatic
event related to my concern, my lack of money.

To my surprise, maybe because I was getting the hang of it, or maybe
because my feelings related to money had a more recent cause, the results
were even clearer and more immediate than before.

I remembered a time, years ago, when I had substantial savings in a bank
and unfortunately that bank collapsed and I now realised that in doing so it
has shaped my attitude towards accumulation of wealth. For the last several
years I had considered it futile to strive after material wealth and had
little interest in financial planning. It sounds simple but it was a major
insight for me I had not even thought of this event for years.

Again Dr. Morris guided me to a time before the event when I was untouched
by trauma and then we reframed what happened and learnt lessons that could
help me in the future. I saw myself losing all my money again in the future
but this time reacting differently. I’d be able to calmly build back my
financial holdings. He brought me back to the present with new insight into
my problem and more importantly how to solve it. I had replaced a sense of
Futility with one of Enterprise. I could now Think Positively and Grow Rich.

Money comes and money goes but we can always build and get it back.

Dr. Wesley Morris used NLP to reprogram my brain. He did this over the
phone. His office is in Kingston Jamaica. You can find more information
about him and the innovative techniques he uses at his website
http://sinderesistransformation.weebly.com/

Now I’m a magnet for the ladies, I attract Success, I’m more confident,
more energetic, happier, smarter and winning more at chess. I’ve replaced a
passive and pessimistic mindset, that’s been holding me back, drowning me,
one which felt the accumulation of Money was Futile, with a sense of
Enterprise. My fears still exist but they are now spurs to action and
improvement, motivators as I Build.

Dream my friends, Dream big for they do come true !

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February 26, 2012 Posted by | blog, Lateral Thinking, Marketing, movies, non fiction, philosophy, Psychology, sports, Strategy, success, think and grow rich, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Legendary Aviator.

There was a man similar to Usain Bolt, Bill Gates, Brad Pitt, Vybz Kartel and even Michael Jackson.

This man was once a speed record holder, he was one of the richest men in the World and he had famous love affairs with several Hollywood starlets. He had a slew of critics too, they said the art he created was too Sexy and too Violent and he later became a crazy recluse.

He was Howard Hughes.

Ok, so it’s true that Hughes  didn’t run on a track, like Bolt does and Howard Hughes used airplanes to set all his speed records and yes it’s true that Hughes didn’t sing Dancehall songs, like Vybz Kartel, instead his art form was Big Budget Movies, but I think it’s still clear that Howard Hughes lived a legendary life.

Bolt often says in interviews that he wants to become a Legend, I hope he will avoid all the pitfalls that Hughes fell into. In fact I think we could all learn a lot from the Howard Hughes life story.

Nowadays though few people want to read long books so perhaps you can just watch some movies inspired by Howard Hughes instead.

It is, understandably, nearly impossible to capture such a multi-dimensional character fully in one film but the Martin Scorcese film, “The Aviator”, starring Leonardo Di Caprio, was quite excellent. Every detail was just perfect from the Acting straight down to the musical score and costuming.

I also recently discovered that Howard Hughes is one of the inspirations behind the famous Marvel comic character “Iron Man”, (or more precisely his alter ego Tony Starks) who, despite being brilliant, has severe personal flaws. The comic-based movie “Rocketeer” also has a Hughes-inspired character.

Two other movies “Melvin and Howard” and “The Hoax” also detail aspects of the bizarre incidents that often surrounded Hughes.

The first is about the so-called “Mormon Will”, that surfaced after Hughes death, and the second is about a false biography, that someone wrote about Howard Hughes while he was alive, that forced the hermit magnate to defend himself with legal action.

As good as all those movies were though I enjoyed most of all the documentary about Hughes in the Modern Marvels series shown on History Channel. It showed the brilliant side of this incredible man. His company is still at the forefront of aviation technology and also critical in the development of the satellite television broadcasting that has made our world smaller.  It showed how even when Hughes was in hospital for severe burns from a plane crash he designed a better hospital bed that is still in use today.

Howard Hughes, the inventor, the legend, we Salute you.

January 24, 2010 Posted by | Beautiful Women, blog, comics, movies, non fiction, Psychology, Strategy, success, think and grow rich, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 2 Comments

Be Happy !!

Someone recently asked me how I got my amazing sense of humor. I’d actually been asked the question several times before, because my sense of humor is legendary, matched only by my extreme humility. I thought about it carefully, for a whole second, and then told them that it’s really just a self-defense mechanism.

My sense of humor has saved my Life.

It’s just a way of looking at things. I developed it over time from a variety of experiences, most of them quite bitter.  Instead of being angry and sad, I choose to Be Happy and laugh. This laughter is usually internal though, I try to keep a deadpan, clown-like, look on my face. It’s useful when playing Poker too. I see the absurd in situations even when it’s happening to me. The issues underlying my best jokes are usually very serious.

Shakespeare himself realized how closely tragedy and comedy were related that’s why he was able to master both forms. His play Comedy of Errors, for example, tells of a man’s tragic life experiences.

The most serious or tragic experiences can be uplifting if we choose to remain positive. If we continue to search for the Silver Lining in every Dark Cloud. Even heavy topics like Racism and World Wars have been made into the backdrops for comedy. The Jerk, starring Steve Martin, was about a white man who thought he was black and “Allo, Allo” remains a cult favorite worldwide.

I was watching the Jeffersons one night and suddenly realized that maybe 98% of the comedy on TV is just about insulting someone. Seeing someone in a terrible situation or being insulted (and realizing that it’s not us) automatically makes us laugh or feel better.

Even religious leaders and Spiritual Gurus have noticed this aspect of the human condition. In the Book “The Art of Happiness”, the Dalai Lama suggests that comparing yourself to others, worse off than you, will make you feel better. My mom would always notice when I was having a rough time and say “It could be Worse”.

You just fell off your bicycle and broke your arm ? Well smile because it could have been worse.

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Some of the greatest comedians in the world are really just magnets for the worst that can happen in any given situation. Rodney Dangerfield, Woody Allen, Chevy Chase …they all live by Murphy’s Law.

Rowan Atkinson, best known in Jamaica as Mr. Bean, is that rare type of comedic genius who doesn’t even need words to elicit a laugh. Like Charlie Chaplin he gets into ridiculous situations and then his physical exploits and his facial expressions while he tries to get out of the sticky jam invariably leaves us crying with laughter or rolling on the ground.

Peter Sellers, in shows like The Party, adds the aspect of imitation to his Mr. Bean type roles. After Sellers played the role of an Indian man accidentally invited to the Party, his Indian friend Satyajit Ray took offence and never spoke to him again.

That’s the danger of  this type of comedy, those who feel the joke is “on them” won’t find it funny at all. They may even plot some form of revenge, remembering the adage, “he who laughs last laughs best”.

A higher form of comedy is that of Larry David. His show “Curb your Enthusiasm” and his work with the Seinfeld series is classic. It is a brand of humour not based solely on insults or feelings of superiority over others. He uses a shrewd insight into human nature and the absurdity of common place experiences that we can all relate to.

In an episode of “Curb your Enthusiasm”  Larry David dealt with the most serious eternal problem all couples face. No, not problems in communication, finances or sex, he dealt with the real tough one. Men leave the toilet seat up and Women want it down. David’s character actually is a man so lazy that he sits even when he pees and his wife is a drunkard who lifts the seat up because she throws up in the toilet after over drinking. This type of reversal of roles is a key to most great comedy. Of course, the couple now argue because the wife left the seat up.

Jamaica is blessed with great comedians too. Ity and Fancy Cat, Glen Campbell, Oliver Samuels and Simon Crosskill, to name a few.

Simon Crosskill how did he get on that list ? Yes, he may not be slapstick or crude, but he has the insight of a Larry David, the genius of a Dr. Bill Cosby. I think he should do his own Late Night show like David Letterman or Jay Leno. Although Simon’s uncanny chemistry with Neville Bell makes them a great team to watch sadly I usually miss the morning show because of work. He’d do well in his own show. He’s versatile enough to intelligently argue with political guests and sports heroes too.

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Simon Crosskill can be very serious at times, during the celebrations of our athletic victories he said;

” As we celebrate the performances of our athletes it would serve us well to remember from whence they came. Remember that next time you are tempted to think you are better than someone, because of how they look, or speak, or which ghetto they come from. Remember that every Jamaican, no matter rich or poor, black brown or white, has the ability to be a world beater, if given a chance to develop his or her talent. Why do so many Jamaicans exist without social and economic benefits ? Some would say most of our people are lazy. It’s a lie perpetuated by those who are unwilling to create policies that would help spread the enormous wealth of this country. Who would dare label Shelly from Waterhouse and Melanie from Maxfield, lazy.But how many of us who have the wherewithal to make a difference even know where Waterhouse is ?”

Serious if and when required, but usually though, Simon Crosskill delivers his insights in a humorous way, sometimes even just  as a question. Like on his Facebook page he once asked, (not in these exact words), “Why is it that you can get everything and anything at a gas station convenience store yet you cannot get air for your tires there ?”. He was highlighting a strange paradox that occurs frequently in Jamaica because our crime rate is so high that people even steal the air hoses from the gas stations.

In Jamaica we realize sense of humor is a means of self preservation that’s why we “tek serious ting mek joke “. Seeing the problems and still being able to laugh while solving them is a very serious business.  The Court Jester must force the King to realize his nakedness. The Motley Fool, comedian, political satirist or clown has the serious task of making us ask why things are the way they are and urge us to seek better. They carry truth into closed minds and enter freely into power circles others would fear to tread.

Without these brave geniuses around we’d probably all just curl up and die after freezing with fear.

Instead, with a sense of humor, we can see the tragic and the painful, perhaps even more acutely than others. We are sensitive to the problems but we are also aware of the power of “reversal”. We know things can change completely and in a flash, one banana peel, one misstep and Goliath will fall. One pie, thrown in the face, of a haughty business man or politician, will show them who is really the don, and even as we seem to lose, or when we’re even forced to cry, we know that we will get the last laugh.

We live by a simple credo, a simple code, one that is difficult to explain, or even understand, at times, given the enormous challenges of life.

Be Happy !!

October 18, 2009 Posted by | blog, humor, movies, non fiction, philosophy, Psychology, sports, Strategy, success, suicide, writing | , , , , , , , , , , , , , | 4 Comments

Splenderously Crumby World

This strange, hump-backed, looking fellow is Harvey Pekar and he’s actually one of my heroes.

Harvey Pekar
Harvey Pekar really loved collecting stuff. At one point he collected comic books and then later on he began to collect rare Jazz records.

This somewhat obscure hobby led him to meet Robert Crumb. Crumb had a love of rare Jazz music also. Crumb was also beginning to become well known as an underground comic book artist. Crumb’s adult-themed art work impressed the normally cynical Pekar.

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Through reading his friend’s material Pekar began to realize the immense untapped potential of the whole comic book medium. Sure the medium had it’s full range of masked superheroes but Pekar felt there was a huge range of stories still waiting to be told.

“Comics could do anything that film could do,” Pekar realized. “And I wanted in on it.” he said. However it took Pekar some time to decide just what he wanted to do. “I theorized for maybe ten years about doing comics,” he says.

Pekar laid out some stories with crude stick figures and showed them to Crumb. Crumb became the first artist to illustrate American Splendor.

American Splendor was a groundbreaking series of Comic Books. The comic documents daily life in the aging neighborhoods of Pekar’s native Cleveland, where Pekar worked throughout his life (even after gaining fame) as a file clerk in a large Veterans Administration hospital.

American Splendor basically chronicles all the everyday events of Harvey who is a kind of everyman character. Ordinary life is pretty complex stuff seems to be the basic theme.

It’s laced with a realism and subtle humor that reminds me of Woody Allen or Seinfeld at their best.

Pekar gets material from anything at all. For this reason I think bloggers (especially those that write about anything like my Blogfather Madbull) will really enjoy learning more about him and his work.

For example Pekar would write about things like “How do you pick the best line to join while waiting at the Supermarket ?” or he might ponder his own name and write about what happened when he looks up his own name in the directory (and who hasn’t done that ?).

He also wrote interesting pieces about movies, books, politicians or music
he liked.
For samples click here or visit

http://www.sparehed.com/2007/05/22/40-part-37-harvey-pekar/

More poignantly though he wrote about his personal battles with Cancer. Later on as he got famous and appeared extensively on popular shows like Letterman’s Late Night Show he wrote about that new found fame also.

A recent movie about his life presents an easy way to learn about him. In the movie entitled “American Splendor”, Pekar finds love, family and a creative voice through the underground comic books he creates. Along the bumpy journey, he meets, marries and falls for Joyce, an admiring comic book seller.

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The movie also shows the real life Harvey and his friends in some revealing snippets that enrich the heart-warming film. Be warned this film may even make you cry at a few points and will certainly make you laugh at many points.

It gets my highest recommendation, when you see the story of my hero Harvey you will be inspired too and you’ll realize it’s really a Splenderously Crumby World, full of Unexpected Possibilities.

September 21, 2009 Posted by | blog, Book Reviews, comics, fiction, humor, Lateral Thinking, Marketing, movies, non fiction, philosophy, Psychology, success, super power, writing | , , , , , , , , | 3 Comments

The Emperor’s Club.

My wife finally got the movie she’d been talking about all week and was gleefully bragging about it. I was less than excited though because invariably her taste seemed diametrically opposed to mine.

Where I liked mythical and unrealistic, fantasy type shows, ( like Matrix or Star Wars ), she loved realistic people in realistic settings. Where I loved action and perhaps a dry comedy, she would go more for drama and the occasional slapstick.

The only consistent common ground was perhaps movies with Denzel Washington, but while I watched those for the interesting plots and great stories, I couldn’t help thinking, she was watching them because of Denzel’s smile.

We were beginning to at least understand each other’s tastes though and respectfully agreed to disagree while respecting each other’s choices.

“What’s the name of that movie you got again ?” I asked just to make conversation, not with any real interest in the answer.

“It’s called The Emperor’s Club. Have you heard of it ?” she asked, all smiles and bubbly.

Emperor’s Club. I immediately began to be more interested, Emperor’s Club, wasn’t that the name of some high class international prostitution ring that had caused a recent political scandal ? I wondered to myself.

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“Nope never heard of it what’s it about ?”, I asked while trying to look bored. Maybe this was a test to see if I was interested in Prostitutes, or something, I didn’t want to seem too keen.

“It’s about a teacher at a boys school. I researched it on the net, just like you do. Based on the shows I like, the IMDB website recommended this one.”, she beamed, trying to show me she could beat me at my own game.

You see, I always use sites like Flixster, the same way avid book buyers use Amazon, to tell me movies I’d probably enjoy, based on the movies I already like. It generally works out very, very well and obviously my wife thought it was a great idea too.

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There are hardly any women in this story, a marked departure from the usual Hollywood fare. It’s about a male teacher at an all boys school, there’s not a prostitute in sight. Yet I must confess I thoroughly enjoyed this movie. It has something that is rare yet always welcome. It has a thought provoking premise and a well scripted story that is excellently acted even by minor characters.

The basic theme of the story seems to be that to truly be considered great you must not just achieve for your own selfish aims but should contribute something to the greater good.

The movie conveys it’s theme by focusing on a troubled youth who doesn’t seem to care about fitting in although he is also obviously very brilliant. This youth, new to the strict school, causes immediate conflicts with his classmates and also the teacher (excellently portrayed by Kevin Kline)  Mr. Hunterd.

I think one of the strengths of this type of movie is that we can all relate to the school environment and through such stories we get to reflect more on our own learning experiences and favourite teachers and subjects of our past. We easily compare those we know to those of the movie even when they pale in comparison or excel those in the story.

Basically the teacher begins to realize that the troubled youth is similar to himself, in many ways, and Hunterd goes the extra mile trying to make the boy get motivated and improve in his school work.

The teacher even visits the boy’s father who lives many miles away in the city. The father is a powerful man, a politician, who tries to negotiate and bargain with everyone but absolutely resists the thought of anyone else molding his son’s ideas.

The boy eventually, like many of his classmates, achieves much in life. He flies Hunterd in to his mansion by helicopter to remember the past and in fact relive it somewhat. A school reunion including a contest.

It seems the men have not been able to shake off the past and their boyhood foibles remain.

Without dwelling on the dramatic points of the film (don’t want to spoil your viewing experience) I’ll simply say that the events at the close of the film leave an older wiser Hunterd, and the viewer, asking whether the students really learned the most important lesson of all.

As for me I was quick to realise that this film, based on a short story (entitled “The Palace Thief”, by Ethan Canin, was a true classic, worthy of deeper study.

I praised my wife for her excellent choice and she smiled proudly and offered to make me a little sandwhich and a drink.

As I sat watching the closing credits and sipping on the cold drink which  her loving hands had made for me I smiled, feeling like a King, in my Palace.

I was now a member of “The Real Emperor’s Club”. It feels so much better than “The Dead Poets Society”.

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September 13, 2009 Posted by | Beautiful Women, blog, Book Reviews, fiction, humor, marraige, movies, non fiction, philosophy, success, writing | Leave a comment

Michael Crichton, Candle in a demon haunted world.

Michael Crichton was a candle in a demon haunted world.

Michael Crichton was one of my favourite authors even though I find his
characters are often weakly developed and his dialogue is not really that
exceptional.

Michael Crichton

Michael Crichton

The genius of Crichton was, for me, that he manages to create an unbelievable momentum in his works that pulls you through to the end at a perfectly satisfying pace.

Novels by Michael Crichton.

Novels by Michael Crichton.

His remarkable ability to fill the books with myriad interesting facts is also astounding to me. Basically he makes you think and learn while enjoying a roller coaster ride. He always spots important trends (from a wide variety of fields) before they become mainstream and he gives a new spin to the ideas.

I liked the way they cast (one of my favourite actors) Wesley Snipes for the
movie “Rising Sun”, because as I said the  characters are so slightly developed by Crichton that I doubt he even mentioned what race the detective was in the book.

Two of my favourite actors.

Two of my favourite actors.

This lack of detailed character description is not necessarily a flaw though. You see, since his books are idea-driven, having riveting, unduly colorful or unforgettable characters would perhaps distract the reader from his main points. Letting the readers fill in the blanks from their own imagination works even better. Hitchcock said the less violence he really showed on screen the more horrific the viewer’s imagination would make it seem .Less is more.

Hitchcock's Psycho shower scene.

Hitchcock's Psycho shower scene.

For me one of Crichton’s best writings was this speech entitled “Aliens Cause Global Warming” .
It gives an interpretation of how over the last thirty years scientists have
perhaps begun to intermingle scientific and political claims.

This speech is a must-read and for me it explains a lot about Crichton.  I think Michael Crichton, (the Harvard trained Medical Doctor who created the hit hospital based series ER), was always at heart a scientist. A scientist who’s purpose was to make the world a better place, therefore, he did not limit himself, but, studied very widely and was able to make connections from various fields. These connections he explored with an intense love for research and facts. He understood all the conflicting elements and set them against each other to find the deeper startling truths. His books in a sense were all about the Hypothesis and the testing thereof.

August 1, 2009 Posted by | blog, Book Reviews, Lateral Thinking, movies, non fiction, Strategy, success, writing | Leave a comment

Are you Mandingo enough ?

Are you Man Enough ?

Can you Resist ?

The quest for high perfomance enhancers seems to be never ending and widespread. While athletes have long been accused of taking steroids and testosterone and even “horse tonic” to run faster and longer, now the general public is following suit and digesting record amounts of so- called Energy Drinks.20070428T010000-0500_122320_OBS_JA_BOYS_DOMINATE_IN_SPRINT_RELAYS_1

The Great Coca Cola perhaps started the trend with their famous secret formula. Now every drink is boasting some  secret and potent additive that will boost the drinkers performance. Coca Cola’s name actually comes from the Cocaine and the Kola Nut (containing Caffiene), the key ingredients, in it’s original formulation. It was sold at pharmacies back then and it’s creator Pemberton claimed that Coca-Cola cured many diseases, including morphine addiction, dyspepsia, neurasthenia, headache, and yes even impotence.

Coca Cola goes Blak

Coca Cola goes Blak

The local energy drinks are also focusing on the sexual shortcomings in the market place and have names like Taboo, Mandingo and Jagra which one blogger assumes means “JamaicanViagra”. They should do well in a culture that already traditionally has Roots drinks with exotic names like “Front End Lifter”.  Red Bull, the German drink, with the English name, and Monster also have a strong local following.

Are you Man Enough ?

Are you Man Enough ?

Personally I’m inclined to think these products are all a bunch of Mumbo Jumbo though. However  I guess if you think they’ll help you then they will. Placebos have been known to effect great cures. Who am I to knock someone trying to uplift their spirits before taking an All Night Exam Study Session ?

I'd prefer if the model was in focus and the drink blurry.

I'd prefer if the model was in focus and the drink blurry.

Interestingly the words Mumbo Jumbo and Jagra and Mandingo are related. See for example this quote taken from a blog on the net;

You will be the hit of the cocktail party when you hold forth on the origins of the word “Mumbo Jumbo,” which is a botched transliteration of the name of a Mandingo secret society. The account originated with the 18th century explorer of Africa Francis Moore, who wrote that the all-male society, bound by terrible oaths, existed primarily to adjudicate disputes between men and women… in favor of men. So how did Moore find out about this “secret” group?

About the year 1727, the king of Jagra having a very inquisitive woman to his wife, was so weak as to disclose to her this secret; and she being a gossip, revealed it to some other women of her acquaintance. This at last coming to the ears of some who were no friends to the king, they, dreading lest if the affair took vent, it should put a period to the subjection of their wives, took the coat, put a man into it, and going to the king’s town, sent for him out, and taxed him with it: when he not denying it, they sent for his wife, and killed them both on the spot. Thus the poor king died for his complaisance to his wife, and she for her curiosity.

The first rule of Mumbo Jumbo is DON’T TALK ABOUT MUMBO JUMBO!

Mandingo Energy Drink.

Mandingo Energy Drink.

As someone who is addicted to Pepsi I hope you will avoid my weakness. I hope you’ll be Mandingo enough to avoid these Energy Drinks and stay healthy with some less addictive natural Juices.

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Are you Man Enough ?

Drinks can make you do Crazy things.

Drinks can make you do Crazy things.

July 27, 2009 Posted by | blog, current news, humor, Lateral Thinking, Marketing, movies, non fiction, Strategy, success, writing | , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Unless your Popcorn is laced with Sedatives…

 

   I’d like to thank Johanna Ulett for recommending the film “Hustle & Flow” to me. 
   Hustle & Flow begins as gritty and very raw look at the rough life of a hustler, a small time pimp in the South.
It becomes one of my all time favourites when the Pimp begins to realize that he was cut out for way more than just a life of Hustling.  
   This stunning yet simple realization  moves him and his co-workers (nice use of euphemism there) to go on a Cinderella-like journey 
and involves some moving character studies but really as movie critic Joe Valdez notes ” it succeeds most eloquently as a love poem to 
the power of creativity”.
   “Hustle & Flow has some dark undertones, but they are always overshadowed by the sheer joy of the film’s execution. The musical 
segments in which they create a demo tape are joyous and enlightening, capable of converting the most straight-laced moviegoers into 
lyrical rappers … Unless your popcorn is laced with sedatives, you will find yourself dancing to the beat and singing ‘Whoop that trick’ 
with the rest of them. If only all summer movies could ignite this same level of enthusiasm,” writes Lexi Feinberg at Cinema Blend.
    The ending of the movie is not a particularly happy one but it leaves me very satisfied as it stays real and true to what the artistic 
journey really feels like. 
    Another great show which features amazing acting and has a character in a mid-life crisis is “American Beauty”. 
   
    It’s the tale of Lester Burnham who, like the Terence Howard character,,in Hustle and Flow , decides to change his life. In Lester’s case 
this means quitting his job and begimming to flip burgers and  also lifting weights to attract one of his daughter’s cute school friends.
  The story is full of amazing characters and they all have life changing and shocking stories as the movie unfolds. Where the show 
stands out though is in Lester’s detached observation of his own life. Huis dead pan delivery becomes almost comedic even at the most 
dramatic points of the film. 
 
   ” I guess I could be really pissed off about what happened to me…but it’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world. 
Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst…and then I 
remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain. And I can’t feel anything but gratitude for 
every single moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry… you will someday.”
   Watch these films especially if you can relate to the themes of Mid-Life Crisis and the need to have a Creative Outlet.
 

 

 Watch the films “Hustle and Flow” and “American Beauty” if you can appreciate a great story and great acting and watch them especially if you can relate to the themes of Mid-Life Crisis or understand the need to have a Creative Outlet.  

I’d like to thank Johanna Ulett for recommending the film “Hustle & Flow” to me. 

 

Hustle and Flow.

Hustle and Flow.

   Hustle & Flow, starring Terrence Howard, as Deejay, begins as  a gritty and very raw look at the rough life of a hustler, a small time pimp in the South.

  It becomes one of my all time favourites when the Pimp begins to realize that he was cut out for way more than just a life of Hustling.  

 

Even a Pimp can Cry

Even a Pimp can Cry

 

 

   This stunning, yet simple, realization  moves him and his co-workers (nice use of euphemism there) to go on a Cinderella-like journey and involves some moving character studies but really as movie critic Joe Valdez notes ” it succeeds most eloquently as a love poem to the power of creativity”.

 

Music becomes his Dream

Music becomes his Dream

 

 

   “Hustle & Flow has some dark undertones, but they are always overshadowed by the sheer joy of the film’s execution. The musical segments in which they create a demo tape are joyous and enlightening, capable of converting the most straight-laced moviegoers into lyrical rappers … Unless your popcorn is laced with sedatives, you will find yourself dancing to the beat and singing ‘Whoop that trick’ with the rest of them. If only all summer movies could ignite this same level of enthusiasm,” writes Lexi Feinberg at Cinema Blend.

 

Cinderella meets the Prince

Cinderella meets the Prince

 

    The ending of the movie is not a particularly happy one, by normal Hollywood standards,  but it leaves me very satisfied as it stays real and true to what the artistic journey really feels like. 

“You know what they say, everybody gotta have a dream,” Deejay says at the end of the film with a smile.

    Another great show which features amazing acting and has a character in a mid-life crisis is “American Beauty”.    

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    It’s the tale of  Lester Burnham who, like the Terrence Howard character,,in Hustle and Flow , decides to change his life. In Lester’s case this means quitting his job and beginning to flip burgers and  also lifting weights to attract one of his daughter’s cute school friends.

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  The story is full of amazing characters and they all have life changing and shocking stories as the movie unfolds. Where the show stands out though is in Lester’s detached observation of his own life. His totally  dead-pan delivery becomes almost comedic even at the most dramatic points of the film. 

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   Lester Burnham, played by Kevin Spacey,  the film’s narrator, summarizes the film and his life thusly, ” I guess I could be really pissed off about what happened to me…but it’s hard to stay mad, when there’s so much beauty in the world. Sometimes I feel like I’m seeing it all at once, and it’s too much, my heart fills up like a balloon that’s about to burst…and then I remember to relax, and stop trying to hold on to it, and then it flows through me like rain. And I can’t feel anything but gratitude for every single moment of my stupid little life. You have no idea what I’m talking about, I’m sure. But don’t worry… you will someday.”

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Dora the Sexplorer.

 

 Dora is praised for being very educational for kids but we adults can also learn a few lessons 
from her cartoons.
 Always walk with your Boots.
  Swiper No Swiping 

 

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Dora the Explorer, the famous Nickelodeon cartoon character, is growing up, and while many fear this is happening too quickly, I think it’s inevitable. 

Dora the Teen will be able to impart life lessons to those at the very impressionable and important Teen Age stage of their lives.

But will the trend to grow this booming Dora Industry really stop there ?

Dora is praised for being very educational for kids but we adults can also learn a few lessons from her cartoons.

Dora for Adults will no doubt contain the following lessons;

 Lesson One 

Always walk with your Boots.

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Boots is Dora’s best friend in fact Dora is never seen without Boots.

 

  Lesson Two 

Swiper, No Swiping 

For those parents who buy every new Dora product please take heed, the second lesson, from Dora for Adults, is that when using a Credit card, on a low paying salary, it’s best to follow the catch phrase “Swiper, No Swiping”.  Use cash to stay within your means or better yet just teach your kids that “No means No”.

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 This lesson and catch phrase will also come in handy as Dora grows up and begins to face the unwanted attentions of peers and even sick depraved adults.

Lesson Three

“No means No”

which dora do you like better

No matter how far they push the dress code in these cartoons let’s just hope that viewers get the key message and remember always that  “No means No”.

May 13, 2009 Posted by | Beautiful Women, blog, current news, fiction, humor, Lateral Thinking, Marketing, movies, non fiction, preview, Psychology, writing | , , , , , , | 12 Comments

The Writer’s Hajj.

    In many religions it is customary, or even obligatory, for ahderents to pay homage, by travelling to a particular place, or holy site. They make a pilgrimage. 

Mecca.

Mecca.

    I would not describe myself as overly Religous, since I tend to be more of a seeker type, not a dogmatic holder of any particular truth to the exclusion of others. However at this juncture in life I feel…well…I feel Religous. I feel like I am about to make a pilgramage. A Writer’s Hajj if you will. And it’s a good feeling. A sense of Adventure, nervous anticipation, excitement 
and even a tinge of awe.
     I want to pay homage to literature and the arts, that which has renewed my purpose in life, that which gives me hope for a better future. That which I enjoy and truly love. The craft of  writing. 
    Calabash 2009, with it’s dazzling array of writers who will be sharing their best works in person is my Mecca. 
    The clincher was seeing the name Melvin Van Peebles. He is a legendary director that I’d love to see and hear. So many greats in one room I’ll have to charge up the little camera and keep busy with my notebook. It’s simply an unbelievable opprtunity to learn and bask in the creative forces.
   No less important will be the new friendships made, the sight of fellow travellers, pilgrim’s progressing on similar paths. Followers of the Faith.  All different yet in this place all the same. All equal.
Prepare for the Future.

Prepare for the Future.

  
Already though it’s an act of faith to even dream of attending. I have not planned well at all and the Rooms in the South Coast Inns are all taken already, the buses are all loaded and the way is dark and scary. Times like this you need a friend and it seems I have none. Also the regular obligations of life demand full attention and the wallet is unbearably light. Can such 
a frivolous and impractical journey be made at such a time as this ? 
   It must be made. If not now, then when ? If not us, then who ? The Mountain won’t come to us, we must go to the Mountain. Calabash 2009. 
   What do I hope for ? Nothing less than an Epiphany, something so special that it will change my life. 
   Malcolm X made the trip to Mecca and discovered therein the atoning power of Islam as a means to unity. He realized self knowledge and respect. He said poignantly,“In my thirty-nine years on this earth…the Holy City of Mecca had been the first time I had ever stood before the Creator of All and felt like a complete human being.”
    Calabash 2009. We’ll be there. Faithfully.

May 4, 2009 Posted by | blog, current news, movies, non fiction, Photography, preview, writing | , , , , , , , | 3 Comments