Posts Tagged ‘star’

Can You Hear Us?

April 18, 2011

by Thomas M. Pender

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Do you know how we wonder where you are?
When Mom blames you, do you deny everything?
Are you with me when I listen to Marty Robbins in my car?
Did you read the poems we wrote for you?
Are you aware of our problems, of our triumphs?
Did you know Kristi got a 100 on that test?
Can you see Debi when she teaches her class?
Are you proud of Scott’s grades?
Do you still laugh and mutter “ugly dog”?
Can you see our faces when we gaze at the stars?
Do you think I look like you?
Do you step into our dreams at will?
Were you really coaching me when I was looking for the dipstick?
Do you like the way I cleaned up the basement?
Are you happy your body was buried at sea?
Do you know what your grandchildren will look like?
Are you a star or a little bird now?
Do you smile when we sit around telling stories?
Do you think I solve my problems okay?
Can you read over my shoulder when I write?
Do you know your grandchildren’s names?
Do you know how Trevor’s doing?
What does God look like?
Is He a nice guy?
Do you get to visit Colorado?
Did you sit with Mom and see me graduate?
Do you see Grandpa, Grandma and Joanne often?
Can you see the ladies that Kelli and Kari have become?
Are you proud of your children?
Do you know how we miss you?
Can you hear us?
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written by t. michael pender  4/1/89
©1989 T. Michael Pender.  All rights reserved.
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Ten Great Things About Being 45

March 15, 2011

by Thomas M. Pender

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10.)      I don’t have to care about the Jonas Brothers

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9.)        I got to experience Elvis, Atari, real original Coke, real original MTV, the Berlin Wall coming down, Mandela being released . . . and Star Wars on the big screen!

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8.)        Junior high school was tough enough to get through without the added concerns of guns, drugs and teacher/student affairs

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7.)        I’m part of the first generation of kids who never really had to sweat the draft (although, while in college, Qadafi did inspire us to discuss sweating!)

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6.)        45 is the new 28!

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5.)        Prepared throughout my younger years for genetic premature balding, I’m thrilled to say I can still run my fingers through (my)(some) hair

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4.)        To steal from Jerry Seinfeld’s copyrighted material: “As an adult, if I want a cookie, I have a cookie.  I have three cookies or four cookies, or eleven cookies if I want.  Many times I will intentionally ruin my entire appetite.  Just ruin it.  And then, I call my mother up right after to tell her that I did it!”

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3.)        Acne?  Gone.  Growing pains?  Gone.  Comparisons to Art Garfunkel? . . . Well, two outta three ain’t bad.

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2.)        Hey, another 45 years, and I think I’ll have some of these Life lessons down pat!

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1.)        As happy as I am to be done with adolescence, it’s a pure and honest thrill to be witnessing the growth and progress of my three beloved sons

Running Out Of Relationship Icons

February 9, 2011

by Thomas M. Pender

When all my friends were marrying off in their twenties and thirties, I wasn’t worried about finding my soulmate.  Originally, I figured that my parents did things right: meet in your teens, get engaged around age twenty, marry two years later, have children and stay together until death do you part.  When I graduated college at the age of 23, and had yet to have a long-term relationship – let alone an engagement! – I needed a new romantic symbol of patience to keep me positive during my long dry spell.

My next relationship icon was Jimmy Stewart.  A vastly popular Hollywood star throughout his career, he would often be seen out on the town with one of many stars or starlets, yet he never married until he was 41, after he sought out and met the love of his life.  James and Gloria Stewart were married for over 44 years, until they were parted by her passing.  Throughout my twenties and thirties, I would think to myself, “Jimmy didn’t get married until he was over 40, and he found his Ms. Right!”

When I turned 42, I had to abandon Jimmy.  I also had to do quite a bit of research to find someone who had a first wedding beyond the age of 40, but eventually found Albert Brooks.  The comic actor/writer/director took his first (and so far, only) walk down the aisle in 1997, at the age of 49.  Not only was this age over 40, but it gave me seven years of elbow room!

Seriously, though, regardless of when I personally travel the aisle, I was quite impressed with these two celebrities.  Wealth and fame typically come with an array of strangers, approaching and latching onto the star, attempting to become his or her spouse.  (Male stars may have more pressure to marry, as most male fans of female celebs may have more “short-term” goals in mind, which will go unmentioned, but that is mere speculation.)

If the “Albert factor” lets me down, I’ll have to resort to drastic measures and begin competing with James Buchanan.  Buchanan, who served from 1857 to 1861, was not just our only bachelor President, he was a lifelong bachelor!

So, who knows?  I may be well on my way to being the President of the United States!

Ten Thoughts You Should Probably Never Say Out Loud

February 1, 2011

by Thomas M. Pender

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10.)      “Muscles, schmuscles.  I could take this guy in a fight.”

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9.)        “Honey, a size 6?  Seriously?”

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8.)        “Star Wars, Star Trek, what’s the difference?” (when surrounded by nerds)

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7.)        “I’ve seen butt Xeroxes cuter than your kids.”

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6.)        “Natural blonde, my foot, lady.”

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5.)        “NASCAR is for sissies!”  (South of the Mason-Dixon line only)

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4.)        “Hockey is for sissies!”  (North of the Mason-Dixon line only)

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3.)        “Yes, I know how fast I was going, Officer.  Do you know how fat you’re getting?”

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2.)        “I dare you to fire me!”

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1.)        “I really love listening to Barry Manilow, don’t you?”