Life’s Playlist…. Can’t Stop the Feeling by Justin Timberlake

Should be the best Super Bowl Halftime show EVER!

Life’s Playlist….. The Star Spangled Banner performed by Whitney Houston

Boston Strong…. America Proud

BostonStrongRibbonThis week our nation has been witness to the best and worst of all that we are.

On a crisp Patriot’s Day in Boston, we were once again scarred by violence, triggering a rousing chorus of patriotism putting forth our stalwart pledge of one Nation under God, indivisible, with liberty and justice for all.

As the nation went about its business on Monday morning, the City of Boston readied for their yearly tradition of Patriot’s Day, the Boston Marathon.  Easily recognized as one of the premiere marathon races in the world, Boston is a runner’s Super Bowl, Masters or World Series, it is THE race a marathoner must have in their brag bag before ending their running career.

As the marathon moved close to its fourth hour, the unthinkable happened when two bombs went off near the finish line.  Planted by brothers in backpacks, the bombs cut through the psyche of the runners, the city and the nation.

As the bombs exploded over Boston, the hatred of that moment immediately unleashed a current of good from those in attendance and around the country.

As victims lay helpless amongst the ruins of what should have been a glorious day and as terrorists slithered away like cowardly reptiles, the heart of America pumped into overdrive.  No sooner had the gaping wound of Boston been opened than the American people began to place a tourniquet on the wound and assist with the healing.

While terrorists ran way, the American people ran to.

Terrorists run into holes and hide, the American people run towards their injured neighbors and suffering strangers to assist, provide love and life support needed to help us move beyond.

As a long week grew longer and the Spirit of Boston was embraced by our entire country, we mourned the losses, we honored the heroes and we searched for the terrorists.

By Thursday afternoon when photos of the bombers appeared, we as a people did what we could, helplessly we posted, we tweeted and we posted some more until every home in every corner of our nation knew the faces of the animals who terrorized OUR Boston.  Collectively we made sure that these animals would not be able to hide, all the while continuing to pray for our American family.

As we awoke to the news of Friday morning, knowing one of the murderers was dead provided little refuge.  Knowing that his partner was still on the loose and another victim had been claimed by their insanity, our fears were multiplied.

All day Friday we watched a city on lockdown, homes searched street by street and sat with bated breath not knowing what would happen next.  When a late afternoon news conference added to our nation’s fears as the second murderer remained on the loose, our nation began to prepare for another long night, not knowing what would happen next.

Through it all Boston stood strong and the nation provided a crutch to help them stand.

Not long after that afternoon news conference, the cowardly murderer was found, hiding like a rat underneath covers in hopes of making a get away.

As news spread that the second murderer had been arrested, the mood changed from fear to celebration and appreciation within an instant.  The American people took a collective breath, allowing the emotion of the week to pour out on the Boston we have all come to love.

As our heroes in uniforms of many different colors and styles began to leave the scene of the crime, the American people did what we should do more often…. we stood and we cheered and we applauded.

Those heroes made their way through a glorious parade of high-fives, cheers, tears and flags as the people of Boston and America said, thank you.

The scenes of appreciation will resound in my mind for years to come, those scenes provided a glimpse into the real America.  The America of helping hands, shoulders for crying and prayers for those in need.

The America of Friday night isn’t seen as much as it should be, but the America of Monday afternoon – Friday afternoon has been seen too often over these last years.

Now, we will move on from Boston, we will go back to our regular lives and wait for the next Boston to bring us back together again.

For many, that horrible day in Boston will never be healed.  Lives were destroyed and lives were lost, for them we must remember the days immediately after the bombing and in their honor display that sense of caring and pride more often.

We remember the victims, Krystle Campbell, 29 of Arlington, MASS;  Lingzi Lu, 23 of Shenyang, China; Sean Collier, 26 of Wilmington, MASS; and Martin Richard, 8 of Dorchester, MASS.

As we honor the victims, as we remember those lost, as we honor those living and those who will help us carry on, maybe one day the words of the youngest victim will be our rallying cry and not what encompasses us just in times of strife.

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Short Notes ~ Super Bowl Final Thoughts

super-bowl-2013Another Super Bowl has come and gone, the history books will show the Baltimore Ravens conquered the San Francisco 49ers, 34 – 31.

Was it epic?  No.

Was it the best ever?  No.

Was it weird, entertaining and will it be talked about for years?  Youbetcha!

New Orleans welcomed the sporting hullabaloo for the first time since Katrina and minus a teenie- tiny little glitch with the lights all seemed to run smoothly.

Ok, about the glitch…..  seriously!?!  WTF, you have to be prepared for things like this better than the NFL and SuperDome folks seemed to be….. it’s the SUPER BOWL for heaven sake.  Everyone understands accidents happen, but come on people.

On a positive note, the SF 49ers should be thanking sweet baby Jesus for the outage or else they were about to be blown out in an epic embarrassment.

Those of us who had no dog in this fight should also be thanking the power outage or else all those calories we consumed and hours as couch potatoes in front of the tv would have been just a caloric and colossal waste of time!

The game AFTER Beyoncé surged all the power turned into a pretty good game and congrats to the Baltimore Ravens on a spectacular season!

Let me share a few of my random thoughts on the Super Bowl in no particular order….

Often times singers use the Super Bowl to over sing America the Beautiful and the National Anthem, Jennifer Hudson and Alicia Keys did it PERFECTLY with class and grace.  BRAVO for awesome performances and the children of Sandy Hook, such a sweet touch.

Paul Harvey can grab our attention even from the grave.  I recognized his tenor  the second he began and the salute to farmers was a genius move on the part of Dodge.  One of the stand-out commercials!

After all the build up, Beyoncé delivered.  Destiny’s Child still worked, the staging was pretty amazing and the visual effects were insane!  No lip-synch this time, just an awesome show with every trick in the book thrown out on the field.

Is there anything Oprah can’t do?  After a series of gaffes by ad agencies from around the globe, Oprah, Jeep and the USO brought it all home in a 2 minute homage to our troops.  Patriotism at its best.

GoDaddy.com is just gross

A Budweiser Clydesdale can still bring us to tears.

Shannon Sharpe is plain and simple bad at commentary.  He certainly enjoys hearing himself talk and talk and talk…. but OMG, say something relevent if you must.

I viewed Dan Marino differently after his admission of a baby through an extra-marital affair.

IF San Francisco would have come back and won after the black-out, who do you think would have played Kaepernick in the Oliver Stone conspiracy movie?

I liked the Mercedes-Benz, Skechers, Volkswagen, Doritos ads, the others, worth all the millions spent?  Only time will tell.

Next year the Super Bowl will be played in the outdoor MetLife Stadium located in East Rutherford, NJ.  Billed as the NY/NJ Super Bowl, you can just imagine the hype that will be created by the NY media….  only 363 days away!

Short Notes ~ Ladies Win First Half of the Super Bowl

super-bowl-2013Every year the Super Bowl hype gets bigger and bigger.  The ads, the game, the players, the coaches, the half time show and on and on and on.

It seems as though each year as the hype gets bigger the opportunities for failure grow larger.  This year the first half of the Super Bowl has failed on all levels to meet expectations.

Thankfully four ladies have carried the day….  Jennifer Hudson, Alicia Keys, Beyoncé and Oprah.

It’s Ladies Night at Super Bowl 47!