So it looks like I’m not the only Star Wars fan in the house!
Here’s my youngest daughter dressed up as Princess Leia.
Now that Disney own the Star Wars Franchise I assume Leia is officially a Disney Princess – that is my Daughters viewpoint anyway! Who am I to argue, I suppose! Her imagination is inspirational …
A child’s mind is not a bucket to fill, but a fire to ignite.
For some time now I’ve wanted to refresh my blog and kick start some creativity within. What better than the dawning of a New Year to mark this and draw a line in the sand. It just so happens that to coincide with this, WordPress.com are also running a “Blogging 101” Workshop / Workgroup to assist new bloggers, or those who’ve been at it for a while, to spark off their creativity and increase their content output. Each day there’ll be a new idea / topic to blog about.
So I’ve signed up, am ready to go, and here’s my first assignment.
Today we’ve been asked to post “who I am and why I’m here”
Well, I am Steve (Known as Stegsie to friends and family since I was about 11 years old!) and I’m based in the UK. My journey on the web started way back in 1996 and I produced my first website (just a single page at the time!) in early 1998. Since then I’ve loved creating content and have designed, ran and administered plenty of websites. These have ranged from my love of Boxing, Creative Writing, Photography and even Vegetable Gardening!
After running all those sites the bottom kind of fell out of my world in late 2013 when I was diagnosed with Heart Disease. It was a shock to say the least. After many (many!) different tests, procedures, medication changes and more consultations than I can count, it’s been discovered that I have what is known as Coronary Microvascular Disease. Being relatively young to have this (currently in my late 30’s) I have long wanted to blog about my condition – but not exclusively! I am keen to ensure that this condition isn’t something that defines me and I would love to blog about all my other interests as well as the occasional post on Heart Disease and my hopeful journey through life.
So, that’s me. That’s why I am here.
I’m always interested in connecting to people who share my interests so feel free to comment and follow my blog. Hopefully it can be mutually beneficial.
Thanks for listening.
The WordPress.com stats helper monkeys prepared a 2015 annual report for this blog.
Here’s an excerpt:
A San Francisco cable car holds 60 people. This blog was viewed about 510 times in 2015. If it were a cable car, it would take about 9 trips to carry that many people.
So today (12th of December 2015) would have been Frank Sinatra’s 100th Birthday. It’s a tribute to the man that there is so much still written about him after all these years. His music, I feel, will live on forever.
As per my post on my twitter feed earlier, I can honestly say that besides my father, the only other man I have ever wanted to be is Frank Sinatra! I’ve always said I was born too late!! Every time I am dragged up to a Karaoke bar, or given the opportunity, I will always sing my old favourite “That’s Life!”
Some of my very earliest musical memories involve Sinatra. I vividly recall sitting in the front room of my Mum and Dad’s home when I must have been no older than 5 or 6; and listening to my Dad’s Sinatra LP’s. Like most kids, I also had various pop LP’s (and novelty singles such as The Birdie Song that were all the rage in the 1980’s!), but I would always reach for the old crooners first. I’m glad I had that exposure at such a young age, I think it’s important that children experience all sorts of music whenever they can. Both of my girls share some of my eclectic musical taste, although my Teenager is slowly starting to dictate that it’s up to date / pop or nothing at all when I am driving her around in the car!
My Grandparents also had a huge influence on my musical taste, and introduced me into the world of Bing Crosby and Nat King Cole. Again, this entire genre quickly became my favourite. It wasn’t just the music that I fell for; but the overall style. The swagger and coolness of it all!! Being a gentleman, enjoying life and not being afraid to belt out songs about Love – to me it can’t be topped. I love it – all of it.
From Sinatra’s early days with the Hoboken Four, the Tommy Dorsey era, BobbySocks mania, the War Years, his time with Columbia Records and then his revival with Capitol and Las Vegas I listen to it all. If I had to pick a favourite time it’d probably be his days in Las Vegas with The Rat Pack – How I wish I could have been around to see him live then. What a thrill it’d have been to be around that crowd!!
I could go on and on about Sinatra’s technique, his musical ear and composition abilities (which I feel he doesn’t get enough credit for), through to his style, look and overall demeanour; but maybe that’s for another time.
For now I’d like to sign off this post with probably my favourite performance from Frank. A saloon song (One for my Baby), sung at the hight of his fame, to a stunned and perfectly silent Royal Festival Hall in 1962.
Simply breathtaking, and completely mesmerising.
God Bless, You, Francis Albert Sinatra. x
So, I’m a family man in his late 30’s, now living with Coronary Microvascular Disease. I am starting to enjoy life again; albeit at a slower pace and style. I am thankful for all I have, and give thanks each day to The Lord God above for the blessings he has bestowed upon me.
My friends and family mean the world to me and I know I am truly blessed. Their support, coupled with my undying faith in God, has somehow got me through the worst 18 months of my life. Medication has helped too, of course!!
I just wanted to say this all out loud and get it out there. I want to make a commitment to myself to read this blog post whenever I am feeling down to remind me of how I am feeling right now. Finally I am also making a promise to myself to blog more and get my creative side flowing again.
A new chapter has begun for me, I am fortunate to be able to say that. I am drawing a line in the sand and stepping over it. Time to look forward …
One life; Live it.
OK, so I’ve decided to have a completely fresh start on my blog. A complete purge of all the old content and a fresh, blank, site to start up again. I want something new, something fresh, something to start over.
Like Paul Weller says;
I’m gonna clear out my head
I’m gonna get myself straight
I know it’s never too late
To make a brand new start
It’s been a while since I did any poetry or creative writing, but back in 2006 I penned this poem to my Mum for Mothers Day.
“My Mum”, “Me Mam”, or Just “My Mother;”
Whatever the title, you are like no other.
From twinkle, to cradle, pram to cot;
You’ve always been a mum – the only one that I’ve got.
From before I can remember you love has stayed true;
An invisible bond between me and you.
No matter my ailment, manner or place;
I could just close my eyes and be calmed by your face.
As a child you assured me – through good times and bad;
Whether happy and cheery; or all sullen and sad.
You made the good times great; and life’s troughs not that low;
If I needed some “Mum Time” I knew where to go.
Through my teens we occasionally, had a cross word;
But our Sunday morning outings, was something we always shared.
When no one understood me; and I thought I was always alone;
You would just be there for me – as solid as stone.
As a young man marching forward, making plans for my life;
You helped by not preaching and not adding more strife.
Your guidance and assurance; helped me get to where I am;
You made a young child grow – into this man.
So today I say “Thanks Mum – you’re really great!”
But you know what – I think that each morning I wake.
But today I can show you, what I’ve always wanted to say
Your my mum and I love you – so please have a nice day.