My Cousin’s Appointment to the Department of Air Force Senior Executive Service

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Alphonso Thomas and LadyG

So, I could have started by mentioning the fact that his name is Alphonso Thomas, but I was compelled to be a bit more “possessive” in my approach 🙂

It made you look, didn’t it?

Anyway…

I had the great honor of being invited by my cousin to witness his official induction ceremony into the Department of Air Force Senior Executive Service!

Say what?

You don’t know what the Senior Executive Service is?

No worries, I didn’t know what it was either…

However, that is no longer the case.

Apparently, it is a RARE and GREAT honor.

Now then…

I have to say that during the ceremony, I was amazed to learn of Alphonso’s many accomplishments during his service as an officer in the Air Force, and later, as a civil servant.

Suffice it to say, he has racked up quite a few outstanding achievements. Most of which, I can barely understand, but I will say that it involves missiles, bombers and some other such wizardry that my mind can’t quite comprehend.

It’s alright though…most cousins don’t really talk shop….

AND

I THANK GOD

FOR

THAT!

LOL!!

Trust me when I tell you that Alphonso has to knock it down about 20 levels whenever he talks to me.

By the way, my cousin is also well known for his skills on the saxophone!

Actually, music is his first love!

He even released an album a few years back.

No doubt there is a Youtuber out there who has posted it without his permission… and if I can find it, I’m also going to publish it without permission!

LOLOLOL!!!

Anywhats…It is important to note that Alphonso also studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA!

Excuse that musical digression, but it’s hard to stay focused on one thing when it comes to this Masters degree having Electrical Engineering Saxophone player.

LOL!

So…if you landed here and you are obsessed with saxophone playing electrical engineers who are also members of the Senior Executive Service,

YOU

HIT

THE

JACKPOT

TODAY!

To that end, please check out this little video that I put together about Alphonso’s background in the military and highlights from his appointment into the Senior Executive Service.

FYI:  While working on this video, I learned that if you are not familiar with a given subject matter, you will most assuredly sound ridiculous should you choose to narrate about it.

Please accept my apologies in advance!

If that statement doesn’t make any sense to you now, it will become crystal clear after you listen to me vocally labor over Alphonso’s vast bio!

LOL!

But it’s all love!

Please enjoy the video, it’s a little more than 7 mins long.

 

Told you I was going to lift the video below! LOL!!!  It was disabled by the video owner!  LOL!  The owner?  Yeah..right! LOL!!!!

You’ll probably have to google it 🙂

Last Night of Summer

 

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Far be it from me to skip out and NOT post something to acknowledge my favorite season…

Autumn!

Fall!

Those of you who followed this blog when it was an active thingy will remember that Autumn is my JAM!

And so…

I had to take time today to greet the Autumnal Equinox and all of my friends on WordPress!

I miss you all so much!

Here are a few pictures of how I spent the last evening of Summer (2018) with our dear Luna and friends!

As you know, Mother moon was doing her waxing gibbous thing.

No doubt, preparing for the upcoming equinox, and for all of her glory when she will show her full self as the harvest moon.

Uh huh….

And so….

At summer’s end, LadyG–lover of music, magick, and dance…

sashayed…

twirled…

spun…

twisted…

and flourished herself into a foolish frenzy!

Right there underneath the moonlight!

Poolside no less!

Baby, ALL OF THE elements were at play!

Perhaps the universe noticed my whimsy!

And…

Maybe it will bring more things to dance about…

for ME…

AND…

for YOU!

I love you all!  Stop by and say hello in comments

Love and light!

LadyG 😘💋💋

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Is that a blue orb?  Spooky!

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Panther takes a dip!

Me-Sept 2018

I’m Digging this Kid!

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If LadyG wanted to brag, she would say something like:

“EVERYBODY LOOK!  MY GOD SON, ZO, IS OPENING FOR ALLEN STONE!”

LOL!

Since I am NOT a bragger, I shall resist the temptation…

But I will say this, if you are anywhere near my hometown of Augusta, GA tonight, you need to run down to the Imperial Theatre by 7pm to check them both out!

You will NOT be disappointed!

YAAAAY GO ZO!!!!!

If you want to learn more about MY handsome, unique, intelligent and multi-talented God son click here

I’m so shameless!!! LOL!!!

I love you guys!

I missed you and I’ll be seeing you all soon!  As always, more love and light to you all!

LadyG 😘 💋 💋

 

I Sing and Dance!

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My Son:  “Mom…please…please…please…you gotta stop…you’re embarrassing us!”

Me:  “I don’t care what these people think about me…I gotta get my happy however I can!”

I can’t tell you how many times my son and daughter have decidedly hidden from me in the midst of grocery shopping.

They simply CANNOT  with me and my impromptu performances!

That said, I must come clean and confess that I am that lady who dances and sings up and down every aisle at Publix…and sometimes Kroger.

Supermarket sound systems…I love ’em!

Yep! That was me you saw twirling past the tomatoes and rocking by the waffles.

And you know what?

I DON’T give a hoot!

I’m gonna sing and dance until I die!

Why?

You see, it all started long ago…

I always wanted to be a ballerina or perform modern dance.

Alas…there were no funds for such!

To put it bluntly, Mama and Daddy didn’t have the money for lessons.

Further, they lacked any appreciation for that realm of the arts.

And so…

I made believe and danced my little dance…

And I did it everywhere…

All the time!

Dancing and singing all the way through life.

Even into motherhood…much to the chagrin of my children!

Oh, but not to worry, they’ve grown accustomed.

They’ve learned to let me be.

Because if they try to shut me up I’ll only sing louder and dance harder!

And there…right there in the produce section… I find happiness with two of my favorite people!

🙂 🙂 🙂

I danced with both of my babies at home and all over the stores to this song!

 

Still dancing to this one!

 

I play this whenever I’m about to take a flight!  Go Rod!

 

For my son!  I wish him a safe flight into the sunset— headed to Seattle and Portland!

I love you man!  Have a blast! See ya when you get back home 💋

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Love and light to you all!

Enjoy your week!

LadyG

😘💋

In Defense of…

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The Department of Accountable Responsibility

March 9, 2017

Please read this letter very carefully. You are required by our laws to respond as advised.

Dear Lady G,

The time has come for you to complete and submit the following form for your annual Right to Remain Hearing.  As you know, every citizen of this land must undergo an annual evaluation to determine if he or she is fit to remain in our society.

Please complete this short questionnaire. Your responses will be used to help us make a preliminary determination regarding your continued eligibility for societal membership.

Circle all of the categories that apply to your current situation:

  • I am working at least 20 hours per week. (Complete and submit Form 405)
  • I own a business or a farm. (Complete and submit Form 406)
  • I am the primary care giver of a child under age 16. (Complete and submit Form 407)
  • I am the primary care giver of an individual with a chronic and/or debilitating condition. (Complete and submit Form 407-C)
  • I am currently attending college. (Complete and submit Form 408)
  • I am currently attending a technical school or career training program. (Complete and submit Form 408-T)
  • I receive recurring income from an inheritance or some other legal and verifiable source. (Complete and submit Form 409)
  • I am a volunteer at a non-profit organization for at least 20 hours per week. (Complete and submit Form 410)
  • I am an artist, musician, writer or entertainer. (Complete and submit Form 411)
  • I have a state approved patron who will sign Form 412 attesting that he or she will assume financial responsibility for my total care.
    • A “patron spouse” is not required to complete Form 412.

***Note:  Your patron must be willing to appear and testify at your Right to Remain Hearing. 

If you have been accused, arrested or convicted of a misdemeanor/felony since your last Right to Remain Hearing please complete and submit Form 187.

Remember, failure to legally maintain sustained housing, healthcare and other expenses required for your own personal care will result in an immediate and negative strike against your Right to Remain.

Important! If you belong to any of the populations listed below, you are NOT required to attend a Right to Remain Hearing.

  • Individuals under age 18, and who, upon reaching the land’s mandated age, are enrolled in a land certified school or an otherwise approved homeschooling program
  • Individuals over the age 65
  • Individuals who are deaf, mute, blind or in any way incapacitated
  • Individuals with a terminal illness or a chronic and/or debilitating condition
  • Active Duty Military and their immediate families
  • Military Veterans and their immediate families
  • Physicians, nurses, teachers, paramedics and members of any other ‘helping profession.’

Exempted populations must sign here and submit supporting documentation.  A list of acceptable supporting documents can be found on our website.

I attest that I belong to an exempted population:

__________________________________________________________

Please mail this form along with Form 323 (Income and Expenses Statement) to your assigned Department of Accountable Responsibility regional office.

An agent will be contacting you in the near term to schedule your appointment for  a Right to Remain Hearing.

Warning!  Failure to submit this form with required documentation within 5 business days will result in your immediate arrest.

Have a wonderful day and I look forward to seeing you soon.

Sincerely,

I.B. Wondering

Chief Inquisitor, 

Department of Accountable Responsibility

I’ve been imagining such a scenario and contemplating the outcome for quite some time so I decided to write this to see how it might look.

That said, how would you respond to this letter?  How would people you know and care about respond?

Based on what ‘appears’ to be the given criteria, do you know anybody who would be in danger of being ousted from such an imaginary society?  Just remember, for the most part, the ‘Department’ did not necessarily offer a clear indication as to what it deems valuable. 

It simply asks for ‘the facts.’

I’d love to chat with you about it….hit me up in comments

Food for thought 🙂

Lady G 😘💋

Happy Anniversary My Jams!

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Diva of Soul, the official “My Jams” mascot!

 

Message from Lady G

In the event that you were unable to listen to the audio, I’d like to encourage you to please select and share your favorite jam (song) from years 1966, 1976, 1986, and 1996 in the comment section.

Although the “My Jams” series was exclusively focused on Soul and R&B, I urge you to link jams from ANY genre!

***Be aware that certain “My Jams” posts contain adult language and situations.  Also, song dates may vary.  For example, I might have been jamming a song in 1986 that was actually released in 1984.

LOL!  I do that all of the time 🙂

Feel free to use songs from the posts below:

That’s My Jam (Introductory Post )

My Jams ’66-67

My Jams ’76

My Jams ’86

My Jams ’96

Meet me in comments!

Love and light to you all

Lady G 😘💋

For: Gloria, Sandra, Sir R and Lady J for believing that I could do THIS!  YAAASSSS!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Melodic Memories

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I remember telling my cousin Ron about several memories that I had which seemed to lack any clear context–yet they continued to float around in my mind.

He chuckled and said, “I have those too, I call them ‘cryptic memories’.”

And so…

This post contains several ‘cryptic memories’ that may or may not have happened on the same day–though I presented them as if they did.

And, since I’m a music lover, each memory (event) is closely tied to a song from my early childhood years.

I hope you enjoy this quick exercise in dreamy quasi-stream of consciousness.

 🙂 🙂 🙂

Bus driver, please look for me

‘Cause I couldn’t bear to see what I might see

I’m really still in prison and my love, she holds the key

A simple yellow ribbon’s what I need to set me free

I wrote and told her please…

Tie a yellow ribbon ’round the old oak tree…”

 Tony Orlando and Dawn begin to fade as beautiful voices harmonize,

“WBBQ…Augusta.”

It’s 6:00am.

Mama comes in and wraps me in a blanket to keep me warm while we drive Daddy to work.

As we arrive at Nixon (Railroad) Yard, I can’t help noticing a shadowy locomotive sitting stern but proud in the distance.

His headlight shone straight and strong-never faltering…not even a flicker.

Daddy interrupts my gaze with, “See you later Doola Bug!”

He gives me a kiss, gets out of the car, and waves goodbye…

No need for sad farewells.

He’ll return tomorrow.

Mama takes the wheel and turns on the radio.

“Sun, sun, sun….Here it comes!”

“Sun, sun, sun….Here it comes!”

I love this song!

George makes me happy.

So does my pink jewelry box.

Why?

Because whenever I open it, a graceful ballerina offers an eternal pirouette to

“Somewhere my love there will be songs to sing…”

Her elegant dance is so joyful.

Later that day, Mama takes me to the store.

I glide down the toy aisle mouthing:

“Everything is beautiful…in it’s own way…”

Life is good!

Alas, the day has come to a close.

At home I settle back into bed.

Mama’s still up folding clothes.

Lawrence Welk’s soothing lullaby plays in the background.

Good night, sleep tight and pleasant dreams to you

Here’s a wish and a prayer that every dream comes true

And now ’til we meet again

Adios, au revoir, auf wiedersehen

Good Night!

ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ !!!

Do you have any ‘cryptic memories’ to share?  I’d love to chat about them 🙂

Until then, have a magnificent week!

Love and light to you all!

Lady G 😘💋

Musical Affirmation: 11/10/2016

 

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Whatcha See is Whatcha Get by The Dramatics (Released 1971)

 

From the My Jams Series:

Man oh man!  For me, this jam is right up there with “It’s A Shame” by The Spinners!

Here, we have a song that urges us to pay attention to the folks around us:

“You know some people are made of plastic, some people are made of wood…”

Baby those are real musicians and singers backing that sage advice!

Now, when you add all of that wonderfulness together, a masterstroke is whatcha get!

I’m getting chill bumps just thinking about all of the low, mid and high vocal ranges that are to be relished in this musical pièce de résistance!

Weeeee!

Classic smooth soul at its best!

Flat out, what woman can resist a man with a beautiful falsetto singing, “All I want to do is love you…”

YAAASSS!

Uh oh!

Sorry y’all, I got carried away!

(Ahem..cough…cough…)

Friends, the world is filled with fake and phony people.

Sometimes they are obvious.

Sometimes they are not.

That said, you must always govern yourself accordingly when relating to others.

Frankly, it’s best to learn to develop an internal focus.

Get into you!

Because, in the end, you are the only person that you have control over.

And with that thought in mind, consider today’s affirmation:

“I am committed to staying true to myself.”

Ah… but I warn you, that’s going to take some doing!

Why?

Because a big part of the process is finding out what it means to be your true self.

And thus the journey begins!

Dramatics?  What say you?

Video Credit:  Jorge Hits Original

Any thoughts?  I’d love to hear them.  Holler at me in comments!

Much peace and light to you my loves!

Lady G 😘💋

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lady G Quickie: On the Move

Not the same girl

 

Get your mind outta the gutter!

As the name indicates, Lady G is always, first and foremost, a lady 😉

And so…

From time to time, I’d like to quickly share whatever I’m currently enjoying without going into full post mode.

You know how that is 😉

Anyway, for all of my neo-soul, acid jazz, soul throw-back fans, this is for you.

“We are on the move” by Zo! featuring Eric Robertson and Phonté.

I love this groove!

The video is reminiscent of The Whispers during their heyday with S.O.L.A.R. (Sound of Los Angeles Records).

Shout out to California natives, Dave and Tareau over at TheCouchSports blog for doing their podcasting thing on I-Tunes!

AND

While I’m shouting out….

Big up to K. E. Garland and her new book “The Unhappy Wife.”

They are on the move!

YAAASSSSS!

 

Video Credit:  The Foreign Exchange

Eric Robertson doing that run and kick thing is killing me!

DEAD!

Holler back in comments 🙂

Enjoy your weekend my loves.

Lady G 😘💋