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Isn’t Love Always “Red-dee”?

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Miss Back In The Day USA

Remembering where we have been and our experiences as a nation



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“The Platters – Smoke Get In Your Eyes – Lyrics”

“The Platters – Smoke Get In Your Eyes – Lyrics”

The Platters are an American vocal group formed in 1952. They were one of the most successful vocal groups of the early rock and roll era. Their distinctive sound was a bridge between the pre-rock Tin Pan Alley tradition and the burgeoning new genre. source


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Michael Jackson – WHO’S LOVIN YOU

Who’s Lovin’ You” is a Motown soul song, written in 1960 by William “Smokey” Robinson. The song has been recorded by many different artists including The Miracles, who recorded the 1960 original version, The Temptations, The Supremes, Terence Trent D’arby, Brenda and The Tabulations, John Farnham, Human Nature, En Vogue, Michael Bublé and Giorgia Todrani and Jessica Mauboy. The most famous version is attributed to The Jackson 5. Twelve-year-old singer Shaheen Jafargholi performed the song at Michael Jackson‘s public memorial service in July 2009.

The most famous cover of “Who’s Lovin’ You”, and the one most future covers were based upon, was recorded on August 7, 1969 by The Jackson 5. Michael Jackson was the lead singer on this recording, with his brothers Marlon, Tito, Jermaine, and Jackie on background vocals; Bobby Taylor of The Vancouvers served as producer. The Jackson 5 version of “Who’s Lovin’ You” was one of a number of early recordings the group made at the Hitsville U.S.A. recording studio in Detroit, Michigan, with the Funk Brothers on instrumentation. Just after recording this song, Berry Gordy moved the entire Jackson family to Los Angeles, California to record the hit pop songs he would co-write for the group with The Corporation.

The song was issued as the b-side to The Jackson 5’s first single, “I Want You Back”, which went to #1 on both the pop and R&B charts. A shortened version was included on the first Jackson 5 LP, Diana Ross Presents the Jackson 5. The original single version was twenty seconds longer, with fewer backing vocals and sparser instrumentation than the album version. The mono single mix was released on Michael’s Love Songs compilation release in 2002.

The Jackson 5 performed this on their first Ed Sullivan Show appearance.[4]

When the group performed the song during their concerts and live performances, Michael usually gave an intro about being really young but knowing about the blues, usually stating how he met the girl during sandbox and sharing cookies, and ended in “I stepped up to her and i said…” the song started from there. In their first concert in Philadelphia, it (along with “I Want You Back”) caused the show to be stopped for several minutes because of such a huge response from the audience. It was a regularly performed/popular song in their set-list from 1970 to early 1972, presumably dropped from the set because of more hits being released and Michael’s voice beginning to change in 1972.


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We create our own joy.
Come roll around with me
in the grass til our
clothes are stained.
Til the clouds turn violet.

Let’s eat ice cream under
the stars and hold each other
until the restlessness dissipates.
Tonight let’s not battle the hardwood floors,
the laundry chute, or the dishes.

Let’s defy gravity, monotony,
the drudgery of life.
Throw away the map.
Let’s find another way.
Eat the wild berries.
Live on the breeze.
Amp up the brightness of
the moon.
Who cares if the universe

Let’s create a language
that fits us, in a land
of pine cones and sage.
Red dress on the ground
where desire stays.

Nouns infused with passion
tongue, earlobes, necks..
Shuttering hands, quivering bodies.
The sentences of ourselves.
Infinitives, unearthing new verbs
and their allure.

Upgrading our love
to a window seat in first

Rethinking how.
Reordering now.

-Tosha Michelle


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POWER OF LOVE – Jennifer Rush

The Power of Love” is a song co-written and originally recorded by Jennifer Rush in 1984. It has been covered by several artists, most notably by Celine Dion, Laura Branigan and Air Supply.

Rush’s original version, released in her native United States at the end of 1984 and in Europe during 1985, went to number one in the United Kingdom in October 1985 and became the biggest-selling single of the year in that country. It was also a number one single in several other European countries, as well as Canada, Australia and New Zealand. Dion’s version went to number one in the United States, Canada and Australia in 1994. The song has been translated into several languages, becoming a pop standard.



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Dog Park Fights (hounding is aggressive behavior)

Dog Park Fights (hounding is aggressive behavior)
Illustration by Britt Spencer.

How to Deal With Aggressive Dogs at the Dog Park

Dog parks aren’t just for the four-legged. They’re also places for the humans to network, chat with neighbors, and, increasingly, catch up on e-mail or Twitter.

“People think ‘the dog’s having fun so I don’t have to pay attention,’ and they start Facebooking or texting,” says veterinarian Sarah Bowman, owner of CityPaws Animal Hospital in DC. But just as texting and driving can turn disastrous in seconds, so can letting your attention drift.

While dog-park fights are often blamed on aggressive animals, experts say inattentive people are usually the real culprits. “By the time dogs are fighting, you’ve already missed several signals,” says David Schmucker, owner of DC’s Sidewalk Dog Training.

I know firsthand the dangers of letting dogs off-leash. My greyhound, Bandit, was mauled in a park where he’d played peacefully with his friends for years. Three weeks and $7,500 in vet bills later, he died.

Mine was an extreme case. The dog who attacked was new to the park, his owner inexperienced. Maybe it’s hard to believe, but I’ve since resumed visiting off-leash parks with my blue heeler, Kolii. She loves nothing more than wrestling with her friends, and logically, I know they’re mostly safe places for dogs to socialize and burn energy.

But since I lost Bandit, I’ve also learned a lot about how to minimize the risks. Below is advice from vets and trainers.

How To Avoid Trouble

  • Stay off your phone.
  • Familiarize dogs with a new park when it isn’t crowded.
  • Never let your dog rush the gate to greet a newcomer, who may turn defensive if she feels cornered.
  • Scope out potential threats, such as unneutered dogs or breeds that your dog may fear. (Mine hates huskies for some reason.)
  • Remember that even timid dogs can get defensive or attract aggression with their submissiveness.

Canine Warning Signs To Stay Alert To

  • A stiff body.
  • A steady stare.
  • A closed mouth. Dogs in attack mode want to focus on their most acute sense—smell. Breathing through the mouth distracts from that.
  • A tail that’s pointing upward and unmoving.
  • Raised hackles. Though they sometimes simply indicate playfulness, they can signal aggression.

What to do if a Fight Breaks Out

  • The safest way to end it is to come from behind. “Don’t break it up from the head or you’re going to get bit,” says Schmucker.
  • If a hose is available, spray the dogs with water.
  • Grab the aggressor by the back legs to prevent putting more pressure on her jaw.
  • Puncture wounds don’t always bleed, and fur can obscure injuries, so take your dog to the vet even if she looks okay.
  • Exchange contact information with the other owner for possible follow-up.
  • If your dog is seriously injured, call animal control.

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Will it happen? Will …

Will it happen? Will …

“we met in a coffee shop”

Devil in the Details

Every few days I go to this coffee shop by my house to study and, nearly every time, I see the man who will undoubtedly become the love of my lifestyle. He just doesn’t know it yet.

When I first saw him, our eyes met only briefly. He quickly returned his gaze back to his book (he’s shy, obviously) while mine proceeded to sink into a long, enamored stare in his direction — pretty much continuously until he left.

In the weeks that followed, I really got to know him and I realized that we’d be perfect for each other. For example, he always drinks black coffee, which shows how he isn’t a weak-ass loser and that he takes things [without BS]— all of the frills of lattes and macchiatos do not appeal to him.

He is also incredibly kind and selfless. One time, when he was getting up to bus his own dishes (what a stand-up guy), he also grabbed the ones that were so carelessly left on the table next to his. It was such a beautiful act of charity that really showed how much he cares and how conscious he is of others’ feelings. That’s a guy that won’t break my heart.

But what really gets me about him is his intelligence. He’s always either buried deep in his books or taking long pensive stares out the window. I mean, he seldom even notices my constant (creepy?) glances towards him. Then again, he could just be playing hard to get. He’s so funny like that.

Once we’re together for real, we’ll sit at the same table. We’ll date for a while, until he finally confesses his undying love for me in a nervous whisper before the backdrop of a cool autumn sunset. We’ll both graduate with honors, spend years travelling the world together, and then settle down in a small house on a hillside with our three German Shepherds (two girls, one boy). We’ll have mutually agreed upon the hypocrisy of marriage, so we’ll instead choose to share in a beautiful, non-legally binding, but still very deep and loving, relationship for the rest of our days. A classic love story.

The only problem, then, was actually talking to the guy. I mean, I was so certain that we were destined to be together, but just knowing that added all this pressure to our first real meeting. This was set to be the quintessential “How did you meet?” story that we would tell to everyone else for the rest of our lives. It had to be perfect.

There was also that very small, but very real, shadow of a doubt that this first meeting could go poorly. I’ve never been so good at first impressions, and even though he’d already made a great one, I could end up jeopardizing our entire relationship if he didn’t immediately swoon during that first conversation. Did I really want to risk our whole future together like that?

And, honestly it’s not my fault, this whole fated destiny that hasn’t actually been realized (yet). I blame the clichéd Nicholas Sparks novels, I blame the stupid Disney movies with the princesses who always find their prince, I blame the unfailing dreams of all the hopeless romantics in the world that have somehow, without my realizing, slithered their way into my subconscious.

So then I was left to marinate in my nerves, knowing full well that Cupid had only done one half of his bidding, that I was going to have to make up for his sloppy work, and that the future could only collide with reality if I let it.

But I guess that’s the thing about expectation: It only creates opportunity for future disappointment. If I were a smarter, more rational person, I wouldn’t have thought about it so deeply, wouldn’t have dreamed up this whole stalker-esque relationship for us. Instead, I would’ve simply kept my expectations low, assumed possible rejection and worked up the guts to actually speak to him out loud — outside of my overactive mind — inferring nothing about our possible (inevitable) destiny.

But it’s already happened, the damage is done, and now I will only ever be able to compare a potential real life relationship with coffee guy to the one in my head. So, rather than let reality tarnish the flawless illusion of our fantasy relationship, I will simply let them coexist within their parallel universes.

Coffee shop guy and I will have an everlasting relationship in my imagination, in a place that will forever be referred to as the future. And, let me tell you, it’ll be great.

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