Better Late Than Never?

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I have been waiting to get the “new” iTunes. It’s not new. It’s months or more old. I got a laptop several months back and never downloaded the next version of iTunes. The problem with this was that all my music was trapped in the old iTunes. I couldn’t access any of the music I purchased and had to dig out any CD I might want to hear, if I still had it.

The new iTunes looked like it had gotten rid of all the CDs I had loaded onto my account. Only the items I had purchase from the iTunes store were available.  Now, I had purchased all the music on my account either from the iTunes store or on CD. There was no reason for them to delete all my CD music. I didn’t want to go back and have to load all that music back onto my iPod. Finally, the day before yesterday, I downloaded the dreaded new iTunes.

As I thought, only the music from the Cloud was left on my account. I had about half the music I had before. I have an old 8 GB iPod and I had all my Beatles albums on it. Everything else was gone. Sigh.

It took my husband and me a little time to figure out how to reload the Beatles music back onto my iTunes. Once that was complete it took me some time to realize I needed to download music from the Cloud to my laptop to be able to add it to my iPod. Even after all this I still can’t get any of my CD music to load onto my iPod; only the purchased music transferred.

I should just try to figure out how to load all the music onto my phone, but I think I’ll save that for another day.

5 Steps for Building Respect

A friend of mine posted this list on Facebook today. I like it. I may not be able to achieve all these things at one time and some days none of them at all, but I think they are good goals. While these are directed at women, I think they also apply to men.

1. Define what makes YOU great. Everyone has a unique set of talents, abilities, or characteristics that can be channeled positively. What are yours? What do you think gives you an advantage? What special ability has helped you – or someone else – and continues to be a driver of your actions?

2. Quit comparing yourself to others. Face it – there will always be someone out there you perceive to be more attractive, successful, wealthy, etc. Instead of draining your energy by focusing on what others seem to have, focus instead on yourself and on continuing to express your greatest attributes.


3. Take care of yourself. This is a basic statement that goes a long way – strong confidence in yourself and your ability to lead starts with self-care. Set aside time for exercise, shop for flattering, new clothes to enhance your wardrobe, eat foods that support health and wholeness, and take time out to reflect.


4. Avoid sacrifice. Especially for women, this one can be incredibly challenging. When you find yourself constantly missing out on what’s important to you, what happens? You’re probably not very happy – and when you’re not happy, you can’t be your best self. The next time you find yourself making another sacrifice, check in with yourself and acknowledge you’re doing the best you can. And then show up for yourself like you haven’t before.


5. Embody the powerful woman [person] you KNOW you are! This means you can’t always be friends with everybody. A leader simply cannot be “nice” to every person all the time. Take a stand, stay well-aligned with your values, and don’t be afraid to be the decision-maker. As you continue behaving from an empowered standpoint, others will naturally start respecting you more, too.

Colleen Slaughter, MBA, ACC, NCC

Mom and October thoughts

My mother’s  birthday is coming up again on the 14th. She would have been 76; I sure miss her.

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My mom around 1960

This year I am going to Columbus, Ohio with a friend to visit her mother, who is an awesome woman. My friend is younger than I am and her mother is about the same distance in age to me as her daughter.

I’ve gone to visit with Carrie before. We drive down from Cleveland and hit the outlet malls somewhere along the way. I am not normally a shopper, but the last time we came down, earlier this year, I had a good time a the outlet mall. This is not how I normally feel about shopping. I usually hate shopping. I hate trying on clothes. I hate going from store to store. I just don’t enjoy the whole experience. I once saved up money so my friends could help me shop for new work clothes. My friends thought it was so funny how much I hated it. They tried to get me to buy and carry a purse, but I’m not ever going back to a purse.

Wow, I’ve gone kind of way off track here.

This visit is going to be from Saturday through Tuesday. I’m glad that on my mother’s birthday I will be traveling and reminiscing about good times had over the weekend. I will be with a good friend and not at home alone feeling sad.

It’s a very low-key adventure, our trip to Columbus. My friend, her sister and her mother and I take naps, make light lunches, play board games and basically have the most reading time any of us have had in awhile.

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I miss my husband and my bff while I’m gone, I call my husband every night, although he would prefer I call more often, he’s so sweet. My Best Friend Forever and I usually keep in touch by chat or text. It’s nice to have a connection to home. Oh and I miss my cats. I’m not ashamed to say it.

I always miss my mom in the month of October.  This year I’m celebrating more to keep myself from continuing to mourn and be sad. It’s been 17 years and I still miss her.

I plan to have the best October I can have! I hope all of you reading this have a great October, too. (Although I would have liked the weather to have been a bit warmer.)

Happy birthday, Mom. I love and miss you!

Voices from the Past

I stopped at a garage sale the other day and picked up some records.

They didn’t look like any records I had ever seen. They were small; smaller than 45s. They were only recorded on one side and they looked really old. The label told me that they were Little Wonder Records and on the back the patent dates were all around 1909. The sale also had available a large stack of children’s books on records. Both the seller and I thought these small black vinyl beauties were children songs.

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I inquired as to what price the owner wanted and he let me have them for $5 USD. I had no idea if they were worth anything (I got about 10 for $5 so I got a good deal) and they were worth the price to me. (I also picked up all the vintage record and book sets, all in perfect condition.)

When I got home my husband and I decided to hit the internet and see what we had.

It turned out that these records were not children’s songs at all. They were one and a half to two minute versions of popular songs of the time for people who were looking for low cost musical entertainment. According to Wikipedia they sold for five to ten cents apiece. The Little Wonder records were made from 1914-1923. The songs are played at 78 rpms and so we pulled out one of our record players capable of playing 78s to listen.

We started out with what appeared to be the oldest of the songs we had: Little Wonder #20, Back to the Carolina You Love, Baritone. This turned out to be Al Jolson from 1914.

For a record that is 100 years old and has been played many, many times by the look of it, the vinyl played pretty well. A little scratchy, but certainly clear and understandable.

We had a good time listening to the rest of the small records and all of them are just wonderful. I have some more research to do on some of the performers. Listening today to what was popular 100 years ago on a record from that time period was really exciting.

I think I just started a new record collection.

Happy 50th Beatles anniversary

This year is the 50th anniversary of the Beatles coming to America.  I was 9 months old so I don’t have much recollection of the time. They were already huge in England. The Fab Four!

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I started loving the Beatles in 1975, about 5 years after they broke up. There was a mini, second Beatlemania going on in America. I don’t know why it happened then, but I am glad it did. It was a fun time for me. My whole world was one filled with Beatles trinkets and records. My notebooks were plastered with their name and pictures. I attended many Beatles conventions, purchased every Beatles magazine and book I could find, plastered my bedroom walls with Beatles posters and got excited about new releases by any of the former Beatles (John Lennon had announced that year that he was taking 5 years off from his musical career to raise his son. Sean.)

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I find that with the 50th Anniversary this year I am as thrilled as I was back in ’75 when I first started liking them. This year there are celebrations, conventions, tribute band concerts, Beatles gear to buy. (Giggle giggle, just like a little kid)

I am lucky that I also have a Beatles Buddy, Merry. She is great fun and we have attended as many Beatles events as we can this year. We listen to Beatles music together, often on record albums! We even got to be friends because I complimented her on a beautiful Beatles hoodie she was wearing one day. We instantly started talking Beatles and were surprised to find that both of us not only like the Beatles, we LOVE the Beatles.

Me and my Beatles Buddy and bff, Merry, posing before attending the Paul McCartney concert in 2013

Me and my Beatles Buddy and bff, Merry, posing before attending the Paul McCartney concert in 2013

My friend and I are going to see a tribute Band on September 15th. Fifty years to the night the Beatles played in Cleveland. The show includes a local celebrity musician playing Beatles songs, and then the nationally recognized tribute band, 1964, will play the exact set played by the Beatles 50 years ago.

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It’s going to be a fun evening.

Happy 50th anniversary, America!