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A Heartfelt Message From George Carlin – After the Death of His Wife & Post 911

In a generation gone mad – where anything goes and usually does – a time so troubled with unfaithful leaders – when do we each become responsible for our part in making this world a better place.

A wonderful Message by George Carlin (after the death of his wife & following 911)

Who would of thought these ideas were hiding inside his crude exterior.

Everyone should read it at least once…

The paradox of our time in history is that we have taller buildings but
shorter tempers, wider freeways, but narrower viewpoints. We spend more,
but have less; we buy more, but enjoy less. We have bigger houses and
smaller families, more conveniences, but less time. We have more degrees
but less sense, more knowledge, but less judgment, more experts, yet more
problems, more medicine, but less wellness.

We drink too much, smoke too much, spend too recklessly, laugh too little,
drive too fast, get too angry, stay up too late, get up too tired, read too
little, watch TV too much, and pray too seldom. We have multiplied our
possessions, but reduced our values. We talk too much, love too seldom, and
hate too often.

We’ve learned how to make a living, but not a life. We’ve added years to
life not life to years. We’ve been all the way to the moon and back, but
have trouble crossing the street to meet a new neighbor. We conquered outer
space but not inner space.

We’ve done larger things, but not better things. We’ve cleaned up the air,
but polluted the soul. We’ve conquered the atom, but not our prejudice.

We write more, but learn less. We plan more, but accomplish less.

We’ve learned to rush, but not to wait. We build more computers to hold
more information, to produce more copies than ever, but we communicate less

and less.

These are the times of fast foods and slow digestion, big men and small
character, steep profits and shallow relationships. These are the days of
two incomes but more divorce, fancier houses, but broken homes.

These are days of quick trips, disposable diapers, throwaway morality, one
night stands, overweight bodies, and pills that do everything from cheer,
to quiet, to kill.

It is a time when there is much in the showroom window and nothing in the
stockroom. A time when technology can bring this letter to you, and a time
when you can choose either to share this insight, or to just hit delete.

Remember; spend some time with your loved ones, because they are not going
to be around forever. Remember, say a kind word to someone who looks up to
you in awe, because that little person soon will grow up and leave your
side.

Remember to give a warm hug to the one next to you because that is the only
treasure you can give with your heart and it doesn’t cost a cent. Remember,
to say, “I love you” to your partner and your loved ones, but most of all
mean it. A kiss and an embrace will mend hurt when it comes from deep
inside of you. Remember to hold hands and cherish the moment for someday
that person will not be there again. Give time to love, give time to speak
and give time to share the precious thoughts in your mind.

~ George Carlin 

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Brandon Flowers Priority is Family

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Brandon Flowers tries to be the best dad he can be when he isn’t busy with work.

The frontman of The Killers has his own successful solo career also, with new single ‘Can’t Deny My Love’ from second album ‘The Desired Effect’ taking the world by storm.

During his down time Brandon takes time out with his family, wife Tana Mundkowsky and their sons Gunnar, Henry and Ammon.

“When I’m not making music… I try to be the best dad I can be to my kids, try to be the best husband I can be to my wife. And maybe get a hike in.”

“My biggest vice is… well, Las Vegas has no shortage of great Mexican food. But I have a desire for one dish at one particular joint in town that borders on sinful.”

Brandon grew up in the gambling capital and is grateful to music for giving him a way out. At first his escapism was mentally, listening to tunes to “transport” him to another place. Eventually his talents were recognised enough for him to get away physically.

“My big goal in life was to get ‘juiced in’ to a big casino by one of my uncles and park cars for big tips. That was it. But when The Killers blasted off, all that changed,” he recalled. “I’ve been really lucky. I don’t have anything looming over my head.”

When quizzed on how he’d like to be remembered in years to come, Brandon – who cites his wife as his most prized possession – hopes to be viewed as “a good man who never gave up”.

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Patrick Ballantyne – Oakville, Ontario

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“Patrick Ballantyne is words, music and song as he brings you the best of himself inside his latest compilation ‘Days of Rain’. Time is on his side as he imparts a fresh breath of  life to his audience as he boldy lays it all down for you.”  

– Fresh Independence

Name: Patrick Ballantyne

Age: 53

Where are you writing this? The Go Train from Toronto to Oakville.

 

Home is where your story begins, please tell us about yours.

I live in Oakville Ontario with my wife, my busy daughter, my growly puppy (Captain Oreo) and two placid goldfish that have been around for years and years. 

 

How did music find you?

It slipped out of a solid state am radio in my hometown Windsor and nestled comfortably in my heart, through my young ears.

 

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Best describe your musical style.

A decent Windsor/ Detroit jukebox, circa 1965-1968.

 

Do you consider yourself first a songwriter or an entertainer?

Songwriter. The ‘entertainer’ in me exists to get the songs heard.

 

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