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Birthday boy

Today is my birthday. All I want for my special day today is to one day be included in the list below of famous Pisceans (people born under the Pisces astrological star) before I leave this world. To be in this list of famous and inspiring individuals would be both an honor and a dream come true. Ironically, many of these people are my favorites in their respective fields. Ex: Steve Jobs and Michael Dell (entrepreneurs), Albert Einstein and Joseph Pulitzer (visionaries), George Harrison, Eric Clapton, Aretha Franklin and Elton John (musicians), Michaelangelo (artists), George Washington and Constantine the Great (leaders/statesmen), Arthur Schopenhauer and Longfellow (writers/philosophers), Tony Robbins (speakers), Ansel Adams (photographers), Shaquille O’Neal and Mario Andretti (sports), and most all the actors listed below are among my favorites. I urge you to you look up what famous people were born under your astrological star sign and see if it inspires you. Even if you don’t believe in astrology, it’s quite interesting to see what other great people throughout history share your astrological sign.

PISCES IN POLITICS / WORLD LEADERS / SOCIETY FIGURES
George Washington
Al Gore
Gloria Steinem
Yitzhak Rabin
Pat Nixon
John Connally
Ted Kennedy
Chelsea Clinton *
Michael Eisner
Rupert Murdoch
Sam Donaldson
Edward Kennedy
John F. Dulles
Ralph Nader
Alan Greenspan
Mikail Gorbachev
Czar Alexander III
Constantine the Great
William Westmoreland
Prince Andrew
Prince Edward
Earl Warren
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Cardinal Roger Mahoney *
Neville Chamberlain

PISCES MUSICIANS
Frederic Chopin
George Harrison
Karen Carpenter
Kurt Cobain
Billy Corbin
Johnny Cash
James Taylor
Fred Neil
Chris Rea
Vanessa Williams
Yoko Ono
Josh Groban *
Andrew Lloyd Weber
Sir Elton John
Neil Sedaka
Aretha Franklin
Al Jarreau
Nat “King” Cole
Lawrence Welk
Dexter Gordan
Fats Domino
Eric Clapton
Al Green
Seal
Julian Lennon
Steven Tyler
Smokey Robinson
Herbie Mann
Michael Bolton
Jon Bon Jovi
Mark McGrath
Queen Latifah
Roger Daltrey

PISCES ARTISTS
Michaelangelo
Auguste Renoir

PISCES ACTORS / WRITERS / DIRECTORS/TV PERSONALITIES
Sidney Poitier
Drew Barrymore
Bruce Willis
Jackie Chan
Eddie Murphy
Marlon Brando
Conan O’Brien
David Letterman
Andy Garcia
Ashley Judd
Sandy Duncan
Ivana Trump
Rex Harrison
Lee Marvin
Ed McMahon
Sam Donaldson
Robert Downey Jr.
Christopher Walken
Warren Beatty
Vince Vaughn
Zeppo Marx
Fred (Mr.) Rogers
Joan Bennet *
Joanne Woodward *
Cyd Charisse
Dennis Quaid
Gary Sinise
Benicio Del Toro
Buffalo Bill Cody
Robert Conrad
Cindy Crawford
Jennifer Love Hewitt
John Travolta
Rob Lowe
Peter Fonda
Elizabeth Taylor *
Usula Andress
Bernadette Peters
Sharon Stone
Harry Belafonte
Peter Graves
Jerry Lewis
Ron Howard
Rob Reiner
Sherilyn Fenn
Jessica Biel
William Demarest *
Jim Backus
Jackie Gleason
William Hurt
Freddie Prinze Jr.
Emmanuel Lewis
Margaux Hemingway
Chuck Norris
Liza Minnelli
Holly Hunter
William H. Macy
Billy Crystal
Michael Caine
Eva Longoria
Bernardo Bertolucci
J.Z. Knight
Kurt Russell
Glenn Close
Spike Lee

PISCES INNOVATORS & VISIONARIES
Albert Einstein
Alexander Graham Bell
Steve Jobs
Michael Dell
Tony Robbins
Joseph Pulitzer
Linus Pauling
Nicolaus Copernicus

PISCES PHILOSOPHERS, POETS, PLAYRIGHTS & WRITERS
Henry Wadsworth Longfellow *
Irwin Shaw *
Arthur Schopenhauer
Elizabeth B. Browning
Oliver Wendell Holmes
Philip Roth
John Updike
Jack Kerouac
W.H. Auden
Anais Nin
Tom Wolfe

PISCES SPORTS FIGURES
Gene Sarazen *
James Worthy *
Raymond Berry *
Mario Andretti
Bobby Fischer
Vance Johnson
Bobby Unser
Charles Barkley
Shaquille O’Neal
Vijay Singh
Mia Hamm
Bobby Orr
Floyd Mayweather, Jr.
Dr. Julius Irving
Jackie Joyner-Kersee

PISCES PHOTOGRAPHERS
A. Armstrong-Jones
Ansel Adams

* denotes those born on 2/27 which is my birth date.

You’ve got a friend

JT (album)

James Taylor

“People should watch out for three things: avoid a major addiction, don’t get so deeply into debt that it controls your life, and don’t start a family before you’re ready to settle down. ”

~ James Taylor

Wise words from someone who has seen a lot in his life – stardom, drug addiction, a famous marriage and divorce, lost millions of dollars, etc. JT has always been one of my favorite singer/songwriters. I saw him in concert in 2003 at the Hollywood Bowl and he sounded great as he always does. I suppose because James is a Pisces like myself, I feel an affinity to him. One of my favorite songs he sings is “You’ve Got A Friend” (lyrics below) that has surely brought encouragement to millions of people who needed that song when they were friendless. Try to be better friends to the ones you have and friendlier to those who could be friends.

“You’ve Got A Friend” by Carol King
When you’re down and troubled
and you need a helping hand
and nothing, whoa nothing is going right.
Close your eyes and think of me
and soon I will be there
to brighten up even your darkest nights.

You just call out my name,
and you know whereever I am
I’ll come running, oh yeah baby
to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer, or fall,
all you have to do is call
and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.
You’ve got a friend.

If the sky above you
should turn dark and full of clouds
and that old north wind should begin to blow
Keep your head together and call my name out loud
and soon I will be knocking upon your door.
You just call out my name and you know where ever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Winter, spring, summer or fall
all you got to do is call
and I’ll be there, yeah, yeah, yeah.

Hey, ain’t it good to know that you’ve got a friend?
People can be so cold.
They’ll hurt you and desert you.
Well they’ll take your soul if you let them.
Oh yeah, but don’t you let them.

You just call out my name and you know wherever I am
I’ll come running to see you again.
Oh babe, don’t you know that,
Winter spring summer or fall,
Hey now, all you’ve got to do is call.
Lord, I’ll be there, yes I will.
You’ve got a friend.
You’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
Ain’t it good to know you’ve got a friend.
You’ve got a friend.

The diet to die for

“A healthy soul needs a steady diet of dreaming, adventure, creativity, friendship, pleasure, and love.”

~ James Filbird

If you want to have a healthy soul that will enable you to truly enjoy all that life can bring you, then follow this diet plan: 
1) A daily dose of dreams that inspire and motivate you
2) An adventure or two each year to someplace exotic and exciting
3) A mixture of creativity, i.e., writing, drawing, painting, singing, dancing, etc.
4)  A batch of friends who will always support and criticize you when you need it
5) An endless amount of pleasure as long as it doesn’t hurt you or anyone else 
6) Sweet love that is shared with all and is never taken for granted 

Instructions: Mix together vigorously each and everyday with passion, purpose, pride and with playful people who enjoy feeding their soul just as much as you do.

Note: This diet is not fattening, but will cause spiritual obesity. Followed properly, this diet will add more years to your life!

Soul food

“If I had my life to live over again, I would have made a rule to read some poetry and listen to some music at least once a week.”

~ Charles Darwin

During your busy days that are sometimes filled with stress, worry, anger, sadness, and anxiety, you should make time to occasionally read some poems and listen to music that encourages, uplifts and excites you. Neither of these actions require appointments and commitments with other people except yourself, so do yourself a favor and invest in your mental and spiritual health by reading printed words and listen to music that stimulate your soul. If Mr. Darwin needed it in his life, then you probably do too.

What is Love?

This song was very popular when I was 24 years old. It’s not such a special song lyrically but the melody and beat is real nice. After reading the lyrics again today, I realize that in love, nothing changes. Life changes all the time but love is a constant. If you can understand this clearly, then you will be happier in love.

What Is Love?
Sung by Howard Jones
I love you whether or not you love me
I love you even if you think that I don’t.
Sometimes I find you doubt my love for you but I don’t mind.
Why should I mind? Why should I mind?
What is love anyway?
Does anybody love anybody anyway?
What is love anyway?
Does anybody love anybody anyway?
Can anybody love anyone so much that they will never fear

Never worry
never be sad?
The answer is they cannot love this much
nobody can.
This is why I don’t mind you doubting.

What is love anyway? . . .
And maybe love is letting people be just what they want to be
The door always must be left unlocked.
To love when circumstance may lead someone away from you
And not to spend the time just doubting.
What is love anyway? . . .
What is love anyway? . . .
What is love anyway? . . .

Where is my “Golden Lady”?

One of my favorite songs sung by one of the greatest singer/songwriters who ever lived. I hope one day to find my Golden Lady and share heaven on earth with her.

“Golden Lady”
By Stevie Wonder

Looking in your eyes
Kind of heaven eyes
Closing both my eyes
Waiting for surprise
To see the heaven in your eyes is not so far
Cause I’m not afraid to try and go it
To know the love and the beauty never known before
I’ll leave it up to you to show it

And golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there
Golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there
Take me right away

Looking at your hands
Hands can understand
Waiting for the chance
Just to hold your hand
A touch of rain and sunshine made the flower grow
Into a lovely smile that’s blooming
And it’s so clear to me that you’re a dream come true
There’s no way that I’ll be losing

And golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there
Golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there
Take me right away

A touch of rain and sunshine made the flower grow
Into a lovely smile that’s blooming
And it’s so clear to me that you’re my dream come true
There is no way that I’ll be losing

Golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there
Golden lady, golden lady
I’d like to go there

“Love Song”

This is one of my favorite songs sung by one of my favorite artists.

Love Song
written by: Leslie Duncan
Vocals: Elton John and Lesley Duncan
Acoustic guitar and backing vocals: Lesley Duncan
The words I have to say
May well be simple but they’re true
Until you give your love
There’s nothing more that we can do

Love is the opening door
Love is what we came here for
No one could offer you more
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen

You say it’s very hard
To leave behind the life we knew
But there’s no other way
And now it’s really up to you

Love is the key we must turn
Truth is the flame we must burn
Freedom the lesson we must learn
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen

Love is the opening door
Love is what we came here for
No one could offer you more
Do you know what I mean
Have your eyes really seen…