Tom Balistreri's Blog (25)

Getting Grocery Giving Gauntlet Guilt.

Quite often I've been getting grocery giving gauntlet guilt.

This used to occur mostly on weekends, but it has now begun to spread to the other days of the week.

The cause of this malady is my daily trips to the supermarket.

As I approach the entrance to the grocery I am inevitably confronted by one or more persons requesting a donation to a very worthy cause.

I wish they were unsavory types looking for money to gamble on back alley…

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Added by Tom Balistreri on November 14, 2013 at 3:30pm — No Comments

Who put my brain in this old guys body?

Not many weeks from now I will mark my 60th birthday.

I'm not sure if that makes me an old middleager or a young senior citizen.

I do know I had to make that word up. 

The dictionary recognizes teenager but not middleager.

I understand. I…

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Added by Tom Balistreri on November 8, 2013 at 6:27pm — 2 Comments

Beholding The Pleasant

In the book of Genesis chapter 6 verse 3 it says “Then the LORD said, “My Spirit will not contend with humans forever, for they are mortal; their days will be a hundred and twenty years.” (NIV)

If I take the most optimistic view of my potential lifespan, then I…

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Added by Tom Balistreri on November 4, 2013 at 1:00pm — No Comments

I Sing.

I sing. When life is pressing on me I sing. When I feel joy I sing. 

This is my gift. This is my being.

It may seem unpolished or insignificant to others, but it is a shining jewel to me.

I can play guitar well enough to accompany myself, but I'm not a…

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Added by Tom Balistreri on August 18, 2013 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

The joy on the children's faces!!!

The great thing about Christmas is seeing the joy on the children's faces!!! …
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Added by Tom Balistreri on December 3, 2012 at 6:38pm — No Comments

Let's not forget to keep "Star Wars" in Christmas too!

For the sake of the children, let's not forget to keep "Star Wars" in Christmas…

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Added by Tom Balistreri on December 1, 2012 at 6:16pm — No Comments

I Hate Making The Video

It starts with a musical idea. Sometimes a tune pops into my head. Sometimes I accidentally play something interesting on the guitar. Or I get an idea for a lyric and try to figure out some melody to fit it.

Ok I just wrote a song. Now to record it.

I'm on my own here.

I have lots of musician friends. But they either live too far away. Or they are busy playing in the same dives I played in 20 years ago, for the same money that was offered then.

And my schedule is…

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Added by Tom Balistreri on September 29, 2012 at 10:30am — 3 Comments

Attention Musicians and Singers Here at BigDawgMusicMafia.Com

If you are a musician or singer who makes recordings, I’d like to tell you how BigDawg Music Radio is here to help you.

You've already taken the first step which is to become a member of BigDawgMusicMafia.Com which is free to join.

(But you already knew that.)

You now have your own page here where you can display your music, pictures, links to…

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Added by Tom Balistreri on September 21, 2012 at 2:30pm — 3 Comments

You Have An Idea But You're Being Told You Can't Do It That Way.

 When someone is blessed with an original idea or a new way of doing something, they often discover an abundance of advice being offered to them from so called "experts" with various levels of expertise (or none at all) on  the project that person is working on.

 These sages often explain…

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Added by Tom Balistreri on June 26, 2012 at 12:00pm — 7 Comments

A Marine Redefines Extraordinary

Cody Green was a 12-year kid in Indiana who was diagnosed with leukemia at 22 months old.

He loved the Marines, and his parents said he drew strength and courage from the Marine Corps. as he bravely fought the battle into remission three…

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Added by Tom Balistreri on June 11, 2012 at 11:11am — No Comments

Satan’s Commencement Speech at St. Sincerus University

Satan’s Commencement Speech at St. Sincerus University

by TONY on MAY 12, 2012

Thank you. (loud applause) Thank you all very much. Thank you, Fr. Despereaux. Please, folks (continued applause), please be seated. A little restraint every now & then.…

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Added by Tom Balistreri on May 13, 2012 at 2:32pm — No Comments

The Scale Of The Universe

Click this link to see a cool representation of the scale of things in the universe.

The Scale of the Universe

Added by Tom Balistreri on May 2, 2012 at 12:26pm — No Comments

Inner Peace

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Added by Tom Balistreri on March 29, 2012 at 9:30am — 1 Comment

Always Pick Up Pennies!

You always hear the usual stories of pennies on the sidewalk being good luck, gifts from angels, etc. This is the first time I've ever heard this twist on the story. Gives you something to think about.....…

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Added by Tom Balistreri on March 28, 2012 at 11:47am — No Comments

If I Were the Devil by Paul Harvey (A Prophecy That has Come True)

Wow Paul Harvey predicted today.

He recorded this in the…

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Added by Tom Balistreri on March 19, 2012 at 7:00pm — 1 Comment

The 1st Annual Wal-Mart Car Show

Here's what you might find at the 

1st…

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Added by Tom Balistreri on March 2, 2012 at 11:36am — No Comments

I Miss Baghdad Bob

 Hawks and doves are united in admiration for Mohammed Saeed al-Sahaf, Iraqi Minister of Information (currently on administrative leave).

One of the tragedies of the Iraq war was putting this very funny guy out of a job.

Let's take a trip together down memory lane and relive some of his hilarious quotes.

-- TREASURY OF DEATHLESS QUOTES --…

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Added by Tom Balistreri on February 20, 2012 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

I Hate New Years Eve

I hate new Years Eve. Well, maybe hate is too strong of a word. But, I am glad when it's over.

I sang and played guitar (rhythm and bass) in bands for over twenty years. (Been off that grind for another 20 and don't miss it. but that's another story.) We used to play News Years Eve gigs every year. It was great and it was very not so great.

It was great, because we could charge triple for the night to do the same thing we always did.

It was not so great because people…

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Added by Tom Balistreri on December 31, 2011 at 9:44am — 4 Comments

The "W" in Christmas

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Added by Tom Balistreri on December 17, 2011 at 12:54pm — 2 Comments

Freedom Is Not Safe

 

Here are two canaries.…

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Added by Tom Balistreri on September 9, 2011 at 7:00pm — No Comments

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