Saturday, October 27, 2007

Coyote Medicine


What our grandfathers and grandmothers taught us was to be open to the miraculous.

As an old Dineh song from Arizona says:


I walk in beauty
Beauty is before me,
Beauty is above me,
Beauty is below me,
Beauty is around me,
I walk in beauty


The point of this is that we can never know with certainty that which is possible and that which is impossible. Our capacity to analyze and apprehend the world is so limited that our goal of "full knowledge" will never be realized.

~Lewis Mehl-Madrona, M.D., Ph.D.


From Library Journal
All readers, from those with a casual interest in Native American healing to health providers who want to learn more about alternative medicine, will enjoy and learn from this book.

Coyote Medicine

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Monday, October 22, 2007

Sam Kinison


PART ONE

I have an addition to Music Monday. Naomi has written a beautiful post.
Click on
Here in the Hills for the story.
I am posting the videos only.

CAROL BRUCE 1919-2007

"Someone to Watch Over Me"





PART TWO

I am dedicating this post to a friend.
Welcome to Raggedyland!

Each friend represents a world in us, a world possibly not born until they arrive, and it is only by this meeting that a new world is born.
~ Anaïs Nin

Yes'm, old friends is always best, 'less you can catch a new one that's fit to make an old one out of.
~ Sarah Orne Jewett



This post contains a viewer discretion advisory!
This post contains Adult content.
We are taking a walk on the wild side today.
This is a Music Monday mixed with some comedy because Sam is a multi talent and I can’t show the music without the comedy and do him justice.




The information for this post comes from a variety of sources,
Wikipedia
Sam Kinison Official Web Site
About Sam Kinison
Rodney Dangerfield
and video from You Tube .





Sam Kinison



Samuel "Sam" Burl Kinison (December 8, 1953 – April 10, 1992) was an American stand-up comedian and actor.

Kinison was famous for his extremely raunchy humor and amazingly wild, colorful outfits.

Some Sam Quotes:


That's when you know you're pretty f---ed up, when it makes sense to fall asleep... I was driving between Needles and Barstow... It's about 120 miles of desert... It's four in the morning, man...
Hey, this is a pretty good time to go to sleep ... (SCREAMS HYSTERICALLY) So I totaled this f---in' car out, man!... I f---in' totaled it! And it made SENSE at the time!
-Sam Kinison

Detox? There's a bargain. $13,000 for a 3 and a half week treatment. And, folks, I don't want to sound like a casual user or anything, but if you can come up with $13,000, you don't have a problem yet!
-Sam Kinison

Jesus had a tough life. I read about that guy. Jesus is the only guy that ever came back from the dead that didn't scare the F--- out of everybody!
-Sam Kinison

I love women, I swear to God. It may not seem like it, but I do. It's so funny, women are always out there in the audience, going 'How come you don't say what's wrong with men?' BECAUSE A MAN NEVER BROKE MY F---ING HEART! A MAN NEVER LIED TO ME IN LOVE! A MAN DIDN'T MAKE ME WANNA DRIVE MY CAR INTO A F---IN' WALL!
-Sam Kinison

People are going: 'Man, aren't you afraid to tell jokes like that? Don't you get just a small chill that runs through your blood when you tell a joke like that? Aren't you afraid of going to hell?' No, I'm not worried about hell. Because I WAS MARRIED FOR TWO F---ING YEARS! HELL WOULD BE LIKE CLUB MED!
-Sam Kinison




One of his albums featured four songs performed by him and his band, and during one notable The Tonight Show Starring Johnny Carson performance, he delivered what began as a straightforward version of Elvis Presley's Are You Lonesome Tonight, which descended into angry ranting during the spoken breakdown.



Kinison might be considered a "heavy metal comedian," since he was occasionally accompanied by a touring band; he also had a prodigious appetite for drugs and alcohol. In 1988, he recorded a novelty version of The Troggs' "Wild Thing." The record didn't make the Billboard Hot 100, but the video was a hit on MTV, featuring cameos from Steven Tyler and Joe Perry from Aerosmith, Slash, Billy Idol, rock guitarist Steve Vai, guitarist Frank Zappa's son Dweezil Zappa, Richie Sambora, Tommy Lee from Mötley Crüe, Robbin Crosby, Warren DeMartini and Stephen Pearcy of Ratt, Jimmy Page from Led Zeppelin and a raunchy "roll on the mat" dance with Jessica Hahn. Sam hammered out some licks on a custom Stratocaster, with an airbrushed picture of his face frozen in his famous scream.


A Love Song




Sam on Rap

A former revival-style preacher, his standup routines were most often characterized by intense, angry ranting and punctuated by his trademark scream. Sam Kinison became one of the the loudest and rudest comedians of the 20th century. For some, his name conjures up images of a hard-partying, hard-drinking wild thing. His views on religion, women, and world hunger managed to put him on the shock comedy map. However, the fact is this demon from hell was an angel in disguise.

A Comedy Clip



Born in Yakima, Washington, Kinison later attended high school in East Peoria, Illinois. He also lived in Tulsa, Oklahoma for a while with his parents who still live there. His father was a Pentecostal preacher. Sam and his brothers followed in their father's footsteps by touring churches across the Bible Belt and earning a decent living. He was originally a preacher before becoming a comedian. Recordings of his sermons reveal that he used a "fire and brimstone" style, punctuated with shouts similar to the ones he would later use in his stand-up routines. He was forced to leave preaching when he divorced his first wife, at which time he took up comedy.



Kinison's appearance on Late Night with David Letterman on November 14, 1985 is widely considered to be his breakthrough performance. David Letterman's introduction of Kinison would prove to be prescient: "Brace yourselves. I'm not kidding. Please welcome Sam Kinison."





Death


Kinison was working to become clean and sober in the months before his death and he married his girlfriend Malika Souiri in 1992. Just six days after the wedding, Kinison's white Pontiac Firebird Trans Am was struck by a seventeen-year-old drunk driver on US 95, four miles north of where it intersects Interstate 40, near Fort Mohave, Arizona and Needles, California. He was not wearing a seat belt, and his chest struck the steering wheel upon impact. His best friends J.J. Wall and Carl LaBove were in the van behind Sam. Sam got out of his car and fell to the ground Carl picked him up and held him until help came. As they sat on the road Carl reports that Sam was looking down the road and laughed and was talking to somebody and said no not now. Then he laughed and said "no, not yet" and laughed again then he said "ok, ok". He then died in the arms of his best friend. Oddly enough he had a joke that said none of us plan to drive drunk but how are we going to get our car's home for work the next day. His wife survived the accident. The other driver received only minor charges because Kinison was found to have very slight traces of cocaine in his bloodstream, though friends and relatives insisted that the comedian was 100% sober at the time of the collision.

He is interred with family members at the Memorial Park Cemetery in Tulsa, Oklahoma.

Apparently when Sam had the accident, I heard he got out of the car and look up to the heavens and said, 'I don't want to die,' and then just said, 'Oh, okay,' and laid down and died. It sounds crazy and will probably offend a lot of my fans, but I believe there's a higher power. Some people may think Sam Kinison's in one place, but I know where he is: He's upstairs; he's next to God.
-Ozzy Osbourne

He'll definately be remembered, because someone that funny and that wild you don't forget.
-Rodney Dangerfield

I found this Poem on Rodney's Site:

For Rodney
An old friend of mine died today,
a dear, old friend I never met.
I never had a chance to thank him,
to my great sadness and regret.

He made me laugh a million times.
He was always so much fun to watch
making jokes about his wife, his dog,
and his doctor, Vinnie Boom Botz!

He found the humor in a hard life,
though he was just a "regular guy".
I've heard his act a thousand times
but I always laugh until I cry.

Though he wasn't blessed with an actor's looks,
the world should be glad he heard the call
because he gave a voice to every one of us
who ever thought, "I get no respect at all!"

Ah, Rodney, I wish you could have lived forever.
The world is a lot darker now that you're gone.
But I'm sure you're making 'em laugh up in heaven
and the gifts you gave us will always live on.

Since you were always at the top of your game,
your passing was something I didn't expect.
But I can see you cracking up God right now
and hear Him saying, "Rodney, you have my respect."

That would probably come as a surprise to you
because, let's face it, you weren't exactly devout.
But I can't imagine God having no sense of humor
and I don't think that's what heaven's about.

"Rodney," He'd say, "I know you weren't a choirboy
but you're just as good or better, and here's why -
You made people laugh and forget their troubles
in a world where laughter's often in short supply.

I know you'll like it up here in heaven
and I'm sure that you'll never be lonely
because we've recreated your comedy club
and the place is already standing room only.

A lot of your old buddies are waiting inside.
Just like on earth, up here, you're a star.
Don't worry about being on your best behavior.
There's only one Rodney, so just be who you are.

Sam Kinison's sitting at the bar inside.
Andy Kaufman wants to say hello, too.
In fact, there are millions of people here
who would love to say thank you to you."

Then, with His arm around you, he'll walk you inside.
All your friends will be there, happy and healed.
He'll walk up on the stage, take the mic and say,
"Ladies and gentlemen . . . Rodney Dangerfield."

- Mark Rickerby

If God didn't have a sense of humor before, he does now.
-Members of Motley Crue

His performance style was overpowering, with his screaming and wildman appearance, and it disturbed a lot of people. But to me the screaming was eloquent. It was a vent of rage. It added power and depth to his material.
-Richard Belzer, comedian

When Sam wasn't cracking jokes, he was so incredibly nice. That's one thing that really surprised me when I met him. Some of his jokes were so rude, but he was warm, down-to-earth, caring, full of compliments.
-Lita Ford

When most people memorialize Sam, they remember his scream; his partying; his never-ending diatribe on women, homosexuals and the religious right. I, however, choose to remember something else about him. His soft, vulnerable side. The twinkle in his eyes. The times I spent with him and Malika, giving ourselves home facials and conditioning our hair, while watching his well worn copy of 'North By Northwest'. That is the Sam that I miss most.
- Hope Frederick

Sam Kinison was absolutely fearless. He was like a comedy combination of Chuck Yeager and Evel Kneivel. Most people go to the edge and then stop. Not Sam. He'd see the edge and then just keep going. And I think that scream he was famous for was just the sound he made on the way down.
-Robin Williams

We would jam at Spice all the time, and Sam would intentionally go on out of tune, just to frustrate the other musicians! Sam was a great piano player too. He loved Paul McCartney, and no one could do Paul like Sam could. He'd sing and play and, I swear, something came over him.
-C.C. DeVille, Poison

He hated to even hear the word religion, but he was definately a man who loved God. He had a cross inside the lining of that long coat he used to wear. It was no joke to him.
-Jessica Hahn

RIP Sam.You are missed.~Raggedy



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Sunday, October 21, 2007

Sunday October 21, 2007

“I believe that the very purpose of life is to be happy. From the very core of our being, we desire contentment. In my own limited experience I have found that the more we care for the happiness of others, the greater is our own sense of well-being. Cultivating a close, warmhearted feeling for others automatically puts the mind at ease. It helps remove whatever fears or insecurities we may have and gives us the strength to cope with any obstacles we encounter. It is the principal source of success in life. Since we are not solely material creatures, it is a mistake to place all our hopes for happiness on external development alone. The key is to develop inner peace.”
~Dalai Lama

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