Joyanna Adams

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Nobody Cares About the Ocean Currents

Nobody Cares

Here is a really cool visual representation of the Ocean currents between June of 2005 to December 2007. If you look REALLY hard, you can see Al Gore’s butt.

Enjoy!

(Thanks to amfortas)

April 13, 2012 Posted by | humor, science | , , | Leave a comment

Nobody Remembers: Bruce Lee

Nobody Remembers

“Knowing is not enough. Willing is not enough: we must do.       —Bruce Lee

Like many young girls growing up all over the world, I usually had a crush on some famous guy when there wasn’t a man in my life.  My first big one was Paul McCartney. I always baked a cake for him when it was his birthday, and since it was a day after mine, I got double-dipped in two big chocolate cakes!

Those were the good old days. Now I get ONE carrot cake cupcake, if I’m good.

But, the smartest and longest crush I ever had was on Bruce Lee. At first, I was attracted to Bruce for his movies of course….but unlike the movies of today, when Bruce Lee beat up ten guys at once, you could believe that the man could actually do it. At the time, I saw every Bruce Lee movie, read
every book, and had the usual Bruce Lee posters on my wall. I wanted to be Bruce Lee, or at least get my life up to some kind of better standard.

Most of all I admired his work ethics. His energy. It was because of Bruce that I became a drummer. I practiced sometimes twelve hours a day, beating on pillows, doing 5 stroke rolls, trying to make my wrist actions stronger… quicker..so I could be louder. I learned that from Bruce. After all, I was competing with big guys with big biceps, and this was before they miked the drums. Bruce was a little guy, and his theory was that the faster you punched the more force. He was right. It worked for me, and he was proof that it worked for him, because he was only 135 pounds.

Bruce was more than just a martial arts artist. He was the ultimate uniter of East and West.  He was an incredibly brilliant thinker. He was the universal symbol for how man should always fight corruption, whether it be in China, America, or you own hometown. It’s amazing how much the man accomplished in his short time on earth. People everywhere were crazy about him.

Another reason I liked the guy was his grace. I had been a professional dancer at one time,  I had just quit my job teaching at Arthur Murray’s (long story) when I noticed this man. How could anyone be so graceful when fighting? Watch any man doing Martial arts and they look clumsy. Crude. Not Bruce…Bruce ‘s body was as graceful as a gazelle in flight. I have yet to see any man look as good when they were fighting. (Being Cha-Cha Campion of Hong Kong might have helped.)  

Bruce not only danced in his body and moves, he danced in his mind. Like any true artist his creativity was endless. I won’t go into the many wonders of Bruce Lee here, but I will tell you, that years later, my grown-up son bought me a framed photograph of Bruce Lee to go in my Japanese decorated front dining room, years after I had forgotten all about the man.

Then I remembered: I used to make my son watch all the Bruce Lee movies with me when he was a kid, and I often wonder if it’s one of the reasons he became a personal trainer.

So, let’s remember Bruce Lee…here’s one of my favorite passages in his own words, and think while you’re reading this if the whole world couldn’t learn something more from Bruce Lee: It was an introduction he gave before he began to teach you his art.

“Make this article relate to yourself because, though it is on JKD,  it is primarily concerned with the blossoming of a martial artist not a “Chinese” martial artist or a “Japanese” martial artist. A martial artist is a human being first. Just as nationalities have nothing to do with one’s humanity, so they have nothing to do with the martial arts. Leave your protective shell of isolation and relate directly to what is being said. Return to your senses by ceasing all the intervening intellectual mumbo jumbo. Remember that life is a constant process of relating. Remember too that I seek neither your approval nor to influence you toward my way of thinking. I will be more than satisfied if, as a result of this article, you begin to investigate everything for yourself and cease to uncritically accept prescribed formulas that dictate “this is this” and  “that is that. “

 

April 13, 2012 Posted by | Entertainers, Life | , , , , | Leave a comment

Nobody’s Fool: Teddy Roosevelt on Being an American

Nobody’s Fool

Here’s Teddy Roosevelt in 1907. And here’s one of his best quotations…When was the last time you heard this from an American President?

‘In the first place, we should insist that if the immigrant who comes here in good faith becomes an American and assimilates himself to us, he shall be treated on an exact equality with everyone else, for it is an outrage to discriminate against any such man because of creed, or birthplace, or origin. But this is predicated upon the person’s becoming in every facet an American, and nothing but an American…There can be no divided allegiance here. Any man who says he is an American, but something else also, isn’t an American at all. We have room for but one flag, the American flag… We have room for but one language here, and that is the English language.. And we have room for but one sole loyalty and that is a loyalty to the American people.’

 Theodore Roosevelt 1907 Every American citizen needs to read this!

(Thanks to Pattie)

April 13, 2012 Posted by | Hispanic, History, imigration | , , | 1 Comment

   

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