(March 18/17)“ ‘Blinded Me With Sky-Ants”

Hellur, Wondurfuls! 🙂

(Laverne &) Shirley not one to skip the one-two (…5, 6, 7, 8 schlemiel, schlemazel) punch of growing pains, I’ve groan and moaned more than Fred Sanford Lamont(ing) the arrival of Aunt Esther…

(And, it certainly didn’t help that this winter I’ve had more flues than chimneys have bricks!)

But, Madea-eval Times behind me, I’m back from the dread and—to quote that Lover Boy, Kramer– “…lovin’ every minute of it”.

Today, the skies are non-blight blue,

and it’s a wonderful dictate that the sun has the command to make me sit up and take note(ice) …

And, write on time, “…the stance come marching one-by-one, hurrah, hurrah…”

(*Okay, okay—given that I’m not so zany as to deny my lunacy—I’m antsy to explain that my stance (st-ants) pun is tied to children’s song–“The Ants Go Marching One By One”…

Which is tied to my title…a “Blinded Me With Science”/“Rubber Tree Plant” music metaphor that celebrates my deliverance from being bogged down by cold shoulders…*)

And, speaking for we comeback Kings and Queen(s),

hear this, winter blahs–try to marsh our mellows and “we will, we will block you!”*)

And, write on (#2) clue—and in the interest of holding yours

…here’s a frame-of-reference for my (“Sanford & Son”)—Grady-like-a-Foxx—brand of (*ahem*) genius

Context: Credit goes to a wonderful blogger whose definition gave me a frame of reference for today’s post…

Why we hate to change our minds

Cognitive dissonance is the term that science uses to describe that highly uncomfortable feeling of internal tension that comes from holding two conflicting thoughts at the same time — for example, I have always been a pacifist but I just enlisted in the Army.

Almost immediately, the brain searches for ways to reduce the dissonance — especially following a decision — either by redefining our terms or finding a way to justify the actions that don’t seem to support them.”

See, Fantastics, here’s proof that there’s method to all madness…

So, if you think my opening stinks,

but find yourself compelled to take a bigger whiff of my (non)scents,

no need to wander (off)—

for, it could be said that my brand of logic is akin to a bulldog-appeal so implausible that it becomes endearing….adorable even!

(*BTW, as I was wrapping my head around C.D.,

this lyrical example came to mind…

“…I fell in love with a model from hell, it took a while for my hormones to tell, that chasing her had been a grave mistake: She Ain’t Pretty, She Just Looks That Way” (Northern Pikes, 1990)*)

Speaking of (un)settling in service of connection,

my best self wants to commit to Authenticity, while,

when struggling,

my evolving self just wants to be friends (with growing up, heard).

But, given my promise to be all of me—

I’ve come through a confusing (wintry) season of being tripped up by the anticipated judge-meants that tempted me to deliver a song and dance production reminiscent of prankster, Michigan J. Frog

Imagine Me, Myself, and I using (in)security as a crutch that would have me croaking…

dying inside–

doubting a (faith-testing) high-in-the sky Doctor (Feel Good) And The Medics” remedy for what ails me–

as I try not to choke my words back on a tongue depressor/suppressor whenever I open wide to say awe…only to have aaargh come out instead.

But, like I said, not a moment to swoon, I’ve gathered my wits about me—

Which finds me donning my usual “Top(-of-the-morning!) hat”,

waving my dance-in-the-rain-cane,

kicking my heels up,

and belting my truth like the magnificent show (up) and (“Go) Tell ( It On The Mountain”) tune it is…

(‘)Cause, you know what?

I’ve got a (Brady) Hunch that mainstream (I)deals are losing hands—and ground…

and, I’ve come through the Valley, Girls (and boys)…

no longer  feeling like an /80 something Square Peg(s) in a down hole

a (cry) Baby Ruth(less) who was all like, ‘gag me with a spoon’–until I—you know— totally turned into this drained and super shredded cocoa nut who—like —lost her taste for the sweet life but—like—kept trying to— like—get it down any way.

So, back among the thrivers…

in an other-world where we can choose to grow in seasonally…whatever…temperatures—and can be anyspring we like—

I choose to be a Super-Duper….a mind trickster…a (Worry) Wart Cleaver…

(An ugly duckling of a magical frog that invites, “Kiss me, I’m Try/Wish”….for, shown enough love, I’ll be transformed into a write honorable Prince(like) genius in my field (of dreams).)

Yes, Endearlings…as a proponent of the—“stay in the light, keep your target in sight”—approach, I’m determined to be a voice worth listening to….one of those (reformed) “fools on the run” who “fooled around and fell in love” (with my entire of life).

Slowly (or perhaps more quickly than I understand), I’m gaining a (terra) firm(a) grasp on the knowing that, it’s not others’ judgements I fear—rather, my self-recriminations…

And, the upside of that–I’m only-human–conundrum is

I’ll always have fodder for the schlemiel—appeal that fuels my unique ability to inspire…and amuse 🙂

And, increasingly, as my brand of clarity hits me like a (en)lightning dolt out of the blue–

and, because your presence “makes me feel like Hanson”–

I’m gonna (bop) the night away!”

My metaphoric vow that,

if I hit a rough (cabbage) patch—

(meaning, “if there’s a problem”)—

yo, I’ll solve it”…

and take (“Ice Ice) Baby” steps as the DJ resolves it.

Thanks for showing up….always showing up, Amazers…you really are my inspiration and I owe you a debt I can never repay 🙂

God bless you and your loves 🙂

P.S. “Blinded Me With Science” is Thomas Dolby’s ( 1982) hit, and (“Just what makes that little old ant think he can move that rubber tree plant…he has) High Hopes” is a (1976) cover version sung by super-optimistic, sitcom queens, Laverne & Shirley (1976 to 1983) … and they chantSchlemiel (*a dolt*), schlimazel (*an unlucky person*)…” in the opening moments of their show; “Hellur” (Hello) is reflective of Mabel “Madea” Simmons’s hilarious take on English pronouncements (she is created/portrayed by Tyler Perry in a series of movies and appearances on his sitcom, “Meet The Browns”); Sandford and Son is  a (1972-1977) sitcom starring Redd Foxx…Fred Sandford’s son is Lamont (lament pun), and Aunt Esther is Fred’s sister-in-law/arch nemesis; Grady—Fred’s buddy—makes for my “Grady like a Foxx” pun; Michigan J. Frog, crazy-making (Looney Toons, 1955) character repeatedly sabotaged the construction worker who found him/tried to profit from the frog’s song-and-dance antics (frog failed to wear top hat and swing cane/perform unless the two were alone); “high in the sky (apple pie hopes)” is a lyric from aforementioned song, High Hopes, “Lovin’ Every Minute Of It” is the (1985) hit by Lover Boy, and an infamous line uttered by Kramer (when he ‘went commando’ on Seinfeld); Queen has a (1977) hit with “We Will Rock You” (allowing for my …block you…pun; “Dr. Feelgood” is a hit by glam-metal band Mötley Crüe (1989), and Doctor and the Medics , English glam rock band sang (1986) cover of “Spirit in the Sky”; (Brady) hunch is a (sitcom) Brady Bunch pun; “my favourite Valley Girls version is Square Pegs” (1982-1983)—staring a young Sarah Jessica Parker; Baby Ruth is a chocolate bar with nuts…tied to ruthless, it makes for my bitter sweet pun 🙂; Super Duper is a trickster/”Super Trouper” (1980/ABBA hit) pun; (Worry) Wart Cleaver is my Ward Cleaver (“Leave It To Beaver”—1957-1963—uber optimistic sitcom) pun…cleave means to cut (as in, into pieces…); “Kiss me, I’m try/wish” is my (day late) nod to St. Patrick’s Day; “Stay In The Light (keep your target in sight, don’t listen to fools on the run) is Honeymoon Suite’s 1985 hit; “Fooled Around and Fell In Love” is (1976) Elvin Bishop hit; “Mmm Bop” is a peppy (1997) hit song by Hanson, and (“You Make Me Feel Like) Dancin’ The Night Away”, is Leo Sayer’s (1978) hit; cabbage patch makes for a cabbage patch doll/baby steps pun–as well as a dance pun….cabbage patch is a late 1980’s dance ; Vanilla Ice had a (1990) hit with “Ice Ice Baby” (“Check out the hook while my DJ revolves (resolves) it“.

P.P.S. Thanks to Wikipedia…for,while wordplay/frames of reference easily come to mind, the year songs and sitcoms came out often doesn’t.

 

 

 

 

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31 thoughts on “(March 18/17)“ ‘Blinded Me With Sky-Ants”

  1. Thanks so much for referencing my article!! 🙂 🙂 Interesting how you went from a description of the concept to explaining why so many of us stay too long in relationships that don’t serve us. Well done! I think you are spot on – in my life anyway.

    Loved this: “it’s not others’ judgements I fear—rather, my self-recriminations…” I think that is at work in anyone who blogs or puts their thought out for others to read in any format. The writers usually say that when they reread their older books they always want to go back and edit. (I actually DO edit some of my older blog posts, and not just to update obsolete info – lol)
    xx,
    mgh
    (Madelyn Griffith-Haynie – ADDandSoMuchMORE dot com)
    ADD Coach Training Field founder; ADD Coaching co-founder
    “It takes a village to transform a world!”

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    1. You are most welcome 🙂 I’m happy to know that you got something of value from my message…I kinda view creative writing like art…people see and take what comes to them….and, the hope is, that way, we all get something we find appealing….thanks for taking the time to connect with me 🙂

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  2. Your wordplay talent is delightful, Truly!! I loved taking a whiff of your non”scents!” I really enjoy taking my time, so I can linger over your elaborate post. Fantastic!!

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  3. Once again, your lovely word-play has brightened my day – I’m always amazed how some of my thoughts, parts of conversations or other random bits that catch my eye find their way through the ether to be delightfully recognized among your brilliant constructs. Just recently, the lyrics to the song, “Fooled Around and Fell in Love” made itself known out of the blue and now here it is, like magic!

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    1. Thank you for sharing your thoughts with me…they are always uplifting 🙂 I love hearing that there are things in what I share that reflect something you’ve experienced (eg. “Fooled Around And Fell In Love” connection)–it is further validation that we are all interconnected…something that reveals itself in magical ways when we are paying attention to our lives. I freak out inside when seemingly random connections happen (that song certainly isn’t one that one comes across every day….it popped into my head as I was writing) and it is sooooo exciting to know that you and I share it in common…. 🙂

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      1. As I read your lovely comments left on my site, I was thinking the same thing, it always amazes me when I read words or a phrase that I was just thinking about in another person’s post. It truly is a gift to experience this interconnectedness! Thank you for being in my world…

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  4. Cognitive dissonance; I can write….no I can’t….outcome staring window with blankets over knees and a slight rocking motion while the madness within trues to decide which truth is true. This phenomena must surely be the bane of anyone steeped in mind malaise not evidencing thoughts correctly and finding conflict with outside opinions saying one thing that directly opposes internal thoughts and executive brain flees to the safe zone in a metaphorical return to an internal staring window…thoughts recycle….

    Beware the Ides of March too….not sure that’s relevant apart from a reference to springing Spring which here, at least, means insatiable precipitation…Still upon world happiness day one must take heart and lift spirits…a touch of Gene Kelly wrapped around (on topic) I’m Only Happy When it Rains…providing it’s not men…not in my case at least…although….wasn’t that a different post of yours some time ago?

    Now small world strikes again….Madelyn above references my very good friend #GaTu (ask her for hashtag clarity if curiosity threatens the cat) Ritu….of the unfortunate automobile fiasco. Scary how a moment of time has potential to change everything…live while life is still there…motto….type things here, or life mantras. Us Cognitive Dissonents tend to forget that and allow executive inactivity to roll the years on…life is for now…and grasp it we should…lest we remain Dead, but Dreaming…which is metaphoric in the sense that depression creates that lifecycle….world happy day….I must stick unto the theme…as you Right(ly Said Fred) say…stay in the light…

    Wonderful post Truly…don’t ignore these, but don’t feel obligated to produce then every week…time is fleeting, madness takes its toll…mix them up and keep the fun of writing in sight 😊

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    1. Thank you my friend….funny enough, I was inspired to start a fun one today (i’m a third of the way through, and stopped when it struck me to…no pressure….and, I hear ya’–no more pressuring myself with weekly deadlines…which might even result in me writing weekly 🙂 The fun posts are soooo much fun when they flow from me…I must protect that saving grace 🙂 Thanks for your –always amazing–comments 🙂

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      1. When a minds recovering its path, self induced pressure is one way to evaporate interest in doing it regularly. Just schedule times to think about posts and stick to them…if nothing inspires in the alotted time it matters not. They will find their way and, in time, productivity will return if nurtured wisely…well that’s what I’m hoping….my Versatile Blogger post was ages ago….I am certainly slipping under my own pressure failings….see….knows what I’m talking about here 😊

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      2. I know you know…and you are so generous to share 🙂 I am confident that the advent of sunny days and warm weather will be a huge boost….and, of course, continued connections like the one you and I share 🙂

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      3. I’ve noticed an improved outlook since the daylight hours started growing and leaves begin to emerge. Winters now seem very long and grey. Snow no longer visits much so there is nothing to break things up. I never considered myself affected by the seasons, but this year I have considered it…or it might be coincidental with taking risks I’ve not done in a while…a bit like starting blogging I guess…I procrastinated about that several months before too!! Positive connections are the best medication as you rightly say. So forgive me now if on the odd occasion there is an anxiety rant 😇

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      4. I definitely experience lower moods due to winter….thank God spring is here…the sun is still really bright and it’s 5:45 here….the sun makes a huge difference for me…I’m definitely gonna make a plan for next winter…and, we’re friends….being there through thick and thin is part of the package…just as you are there for me 🙂

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      5. I think making a plan once something is recognised is an excellent thing to do. Might be wise for me to do the same….and see if it helps. Part of that will be not shutting down and entering low level hibernation !! Hopefully, writing will feature more….although I didn’t cope with post NaNo very well. It was intense and I should have wound down from it rather than just stop. Won’t make that mistake next time!

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      6. I’m so sorry that anxiety is visiting…I know what it feels like and, at the time, time slows to a crawl….and it will pass…you will get free of it….and, I’m always gonna be in your corner…. 🙂

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      7. Think anxiety is part of the cure though this time. Seeing something to completion and finding its not so bad after all. Now, if I can just keep thinking like that…and thank you my friend…really appreciate the support 😊

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