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    This one made me weepy this morning. Girl finds out her bestfriend and roommate -- a 160-lb English Mastiff has terminal bone cancer and only has a few months to live. So armed with a bucket list of adventures she would like to share with her dog, they go off on canoe rides, road trips, visits to both busy spots and quiet spaces and, finally, spend a last day together by the ocean in Maine, where she finally finds peace and acceptance. This is real love, people.


    I still keep a journal despite having a blog. No matter how spill-all-my-guts-out open I may seem, there are many things I do and think that I'll just never tell. I've always thought it kept me sane to be able to express myself without fear of being censored or criticized. Whenever I pick up an old journal, even one from my 13-year-old self I realize that as much as I've changed so much is still the same. I just know how to dodge bullets faster and better. From: HUFFPOST Healthy Living, 01/20/15


    Which is why I've decided to keep this blog around, at least for a little while longer. I've always picked up a pen (or sat in front of a keyboard) any time I needed to make sense of my world; writing allows me to get into my head and get all my thoughts out without having to worry about how ridiculous I sound (that's where the editing comes in). From: The New York Times, 01/19/15
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    Every day at work I see all kinds of female bodies: athletic, boyish, curvy, voluptuous, natural, enhanced, preteen, post-baby, postmenopausal -- thousands of different bodies I've seen up close and personal in my lifetime. This infographic shows that the description of the ideal female body changes every decade or so, going back hundreds of years. I hope that soon we define the "perfect" body as one that is simply healthy and functioning; that what matters is that we're comfortable in our own skin. From: Greatist, 01/15/15



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June 18, 2006



Lol. I'm not a country music fan but from what little I hear, they're like mini stories that are poignant, yet funny and creepy all at the same time. Only country lyricists can muster all that in a song. It must be the 10-gallon hats.


I'm rolling with laughter. Like you, I go for any music except gangsta rap and heavy metal but ... ha ha ha! Gigi, I don't think you can get me to listen to the songs that you listed ... won't be able to concentrate anyway because I'll be too busy laughing.

P.S. Remember Magnolia's Afternoon Delight? I used to, eeew!, hate it but when I heard it once after 30 years, I found myself tapping to the music. That was country, wasn't it?


I'm sorry, that shouldn't be Magnolia but Starland Vocal Band (I think). They won a Grammy for that song.


Actually, ever since I can remember, I've always been a snob who said country music sucks and was proud like most people, to say it. But now I realize it was ignorant and condescending of me to do so. Torn has opened my mind (and ears) saying, "How can you dismiss a whole music genre? For me there's only good music and bad music." I think that's true. There's horrible pop, rock, R&B and there's good stuff.

Norah Jones is pretty much country. Elvis Costello, Bob dylan all have country songs. And they're great musicians. Also Cowboy Junkies. I love The Waifs (an Australian country band). Also, "Walk the Line" has given country a good name. And yes, John. It;s the lyrics. I asked Torn why he loved Johnny cash etc. He said it's the lyrics, a lot which are really honest. So.. I think we should give country another try, no?


and of course there's crappy cheesy country music too!


John - Yes, they're definitely little stories wrapped up in a song. I should listen more closely. :)

Bugsybee - Oh do I EVER remember "Afternoon Delight"!!! I even remember that cheesy video with the fireworks. But it was such a feel-good song, I actually liked it then. Then of course I have a pretty significant event attached to the song. Which I'm never telling. :)

Frayed - The first time I downloaded a Wynonna Judd song I snickered to myself. And yes, there's a lot of folk/country in so many great songs (I guess it's the crossover thing, too, that's made me open my ears). But the day I watch the Country Music Awards (CMA) will be the day I know I've become a fan. Which I don't anticipate happening soon -- but you just never know!
PS: And when Tim McGraw and Keith Urban are performing, I can't take my eyes (and ears) off the screen!


Do you know what happens when you play a country record backwards?

The singer gets his dog back, his pickup back, his house back, and his wife back!

There's an AM station - DWWW - in Metro Manila that plays a lot of country music, aside from plenty of Elvis and blues.


good one, Paul.

And wouldn't mind giving that country/blues station a try. Do you know what number on the radio DWWW is? AM seems to be making a small comeback -- the old DZRJ of the 70s (classic rock) is supposed to be back (with Howlin' Dave and all, if you're old enough to remember) but I think it's owned by RT.


Hi Paul - But what if he ONLY wants his dog, pickup, and house back? :) Funny!

Frayed - Howlin' Dave is Pinoy blogger Batjay's brother:
click here


Hi Gigi - I never thought of it that way!

The country songs I like best are the ones that just tell stories.

Hi Frayed - DWWW's frequency is 774 kHz. The music programs are scheduled in between public service and religious broadcasts.

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