I can remember as a kid in middle school, we would have the book fair. One of my favorite books to buy would be from the Where’s Waldo series.  These books contained illustrations of the main character, a tall guy with a glaring red and white striped sweater, and large round specs, in various, amazing places, doing various amazing things. The purpose of the entire set up is to find Waldo. One would think that locating this tall, skinny guy, in THAT outfit would be relatively easy. However, after scanning the picture for a while you begin to realize that he is a lot less conspicuous than you thought, and can be easily overlooked.  (more…)

Driving down a main street in my town, I noticed a real life junk man. He had his spread there on the side of the road, in true Fred G. Sanford style, arranged in what seemed to me to be no particular order. Everything from old street signs to rusted antique farm equipment was right there on the side of the road, and I was truly amazed. I was amazed, first because I had never actually seen anything like this before. I really didn’t know that junk men, like Sanford and son actually existed. I also marveled at the fact that he actually had customers; several people browsing around the lot, one can only assume, trying to find treasure in the midst of trash. Who knew that all this was actually a real thing?! But it goes to show you that what others deem insignificant, and easily discarded, can be very valuable to someone else. (more…)

Everyone has flaws. I think it is all agreed, that no one is perfect, but I think we only tend to recognize that fact after making mistakes. It is important that you and I fully identify our flaws, and NOT do the following : (more…)

From the Wizard of Oz to Aladdin, there has always been a fascination with wishing.  Birthdays candles, a stray eye lash, coins in a fountain, first and shooting stars, and the list of wishing traditions go on and on. Wishing is something borne deep into the human fabric. While it makes for entertaining stories and movies, wishing has to be one of the most fruitless acts that we encourage.  (more…)

It’s very easy to get caught up in the hype of what everyone says is cool. With the abilities of mass media, via radio, television, and now the internet and social networking, popular culture has become a real element of even intellectual discussion. So, if you tend to indulge in that culture, you can sometimes be surprised by the things that keep the masses captivated.

However, we are all individuals, with individual tastes and individual ideas. In a world where people are more apt to recycle what’s popular, there still has to be a few who aren’t that concerned with trends. Someone has to be creative. Someone has to look at “what’s poppin” and say, “you know what? That ain’t my type of hype.”

Following the trends tend to:

  1. …. make us lazy.
  2. …. make things boring.
  3. …. cause us to miss some good stuff.
  4. …. take our eyes off of what we really like.
  5. …. make us feel like popularity determines worth.

Don’t succumb to the pressures to follow crowd, because the crowd may lead you to some places you don’t want to go. Be an individual that can passionately pursue the things that truly bring you joy and peace, without the worries of what “they” think. Be the creative soul that can remain true to your vision, without compromising you integrity. Be the man or woman who can stand on your own opinions without bowing to the idols of popular thought. Yea, all that looks good, but it ain’t my type of hype!

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“Ain’t My Type Of Hype” was written by Full Force, Maurice White, and Al McKay. Produced, and performed by Full Force. Released 1989. Made famous by the iconic battle dance scene in the motion picture “House Party,” written and directed by Reginald Hudlin. Produced by Gerald T. Olson and Warrington Hudlin.

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