The book that I will mention, two disasters, one natural and one whose source
is unknown, the musical group which may or may not meet your ‘tastebuds’ and
a woman who was ‘cheated’ of her royalties are the subjects of my ‘this and that’
First of all, I was saddened to hear of the family or families who lost seven of
their precious children in Brooklyn, New York yesterday. The news mentioned
over one hundred firefighters who fought valiantly, facing danger to search for
their little souls. I wept for children, ages 5 to 15 years old. I embraced, mentally,
my own special six grandchildren, one on the way.
Second of all, I am still thinking of the 43 people who unexpectedly died in the
big and messy mudslide out in Oso, Washington. It will be one year since it
happened tomorrow, March 22, 2015. There will be a memorial for those people
who had chosen a lovely place to build their homes, where trees and natural
Next, flowing along with the theme of nature and wonderment:
~**Happy First Day of Spring!**~
~**Happy International Forest Day, too!**~
The lady who was ‘cheated’ of her inheritance and loads, beaucoup or
‘crap’ tons of money was named, Lizzy McGee. She invented what we now
consider, “Monopoly.” This story is not so new, she got ‘paid’ $500 for her
efforts and ingenuity.
The story behind Lizzy McGee’s creative game called, “Landlords,” is being
featured in a new book. It is written by Mary Pilon and called, “The Monopolists.”
This fantastic story about the ‘secret’ behind Monopoly game came out in
February, 2015. Central Ohio is just hearing about it! Leave it to me, to be
a bit behind in the news!
The fascinating story tells how she wished to be focused in on how certain
people of the upper echelon of society were the ones who were always
successful. She meant the game to be a combination of satire and a lesson
on life. Later, Charles Darrow made his own version, Hasbro had the ‘rights’
(copyright taken for a mere $500.) and the rest is history.
I would like to see the photograph of Lizzy McGee, who held up her square
board and published her story in the Washington Post and the Washington
Evening Star. This must be a sore or ‘burr’ in the side of the descendants of
this innovative woman. Almost makes you want to tell your children and your
“This is a perfect example of the game of Monopoly, your life can ‘turn on a
dime’ and try to protect yourself, your ideas and make sure you are not so
innocent to the ‘ways of the world.'”
As a postscript to the Monopoly story, just to keep you informed and ‘in
the loop,’ a man named Ralph Anspach sued Hasbro company and won,
for the story to be corrected and allowing him to have the rights to his
own version of the game.
It is called, “Anti-Monopoly.”
The band, “Modest Mouse,” meets something strange and nerdy within me.
After all, if I were ‘portrayed’ in my mind as a famous person, I would choose
to have Susan Sarandon or someone with a ‘quirky’ side to them. I thought
they were ‘long gone,’ but then they came around again. In 2004 and then
again in 2007, they put out new music. They are not popular in the true sense
of the word, but their original flavor and their musical talent still abides in their
voices, hands while they strum their guitars and keyboard. The band was again
featured on CBS “Saturday Morning.” I love the was the song’s lyrics are so
unpredictable. The lead singer, tells the interviewer about his band’s still being
asked to play at many venues, mainly at festivals. Crowds of people cheer,
give standing ovations and help the band to keep moving forward on their
musical path towards enlightenment. (No, the band mate doesn’t say this but
I intuitively hear this in their lyrics.) Their 2014 single tested the waters again
for finding a following in the song,
“Lampshades on Fire.”
Their new album,
RELEASED THIS WEEK, MARCH 17, 2015
for Modest Mouse is titled:
“Strangers to Ourselves.”
The songs I recommend reading the words to, possibly before you listen to them
1.) “Listen to the Ground Walk in Time in a Box.”
2.) “What Can We Say?”
I may be ‘off’ on the songs exact wording but listen to a bit of this wording:
“Birds looking down at me– “(you can hear the percussionist’s talented ringing
sound in background)– “What can we say? And we say we’re in love, loving…”
Nature is the subject, I felt moved by the words. The voices are a little ‘creaky’
and may not be of your liking. I felt their age coming upon them. I felt the story
in the lyrics.
As far as beat and style, I liked Modest Mouse. Their unexpected ‘hits’ in 2004,
when it was thirty years since I graduated high school were:
1.) “Float On”
2.) “Ocean Breathes Salty”
This 2004 album got huge nominations for Modest Mouse:
1.) Best Rock Song nomination
2.) Grammy nomination for “Best Alternative Music Award”
Then, there were the 2007 popular ‘this:’
2.) “Missed the Boat”
3.) “We’ve Got Everything”
Who were some of the members along the way?
This band, Modest Mouse, started in 1993.
They started out in Issaquah, Washington by Isaac Brock and on the drums,
Jeremiah Green, and Eric Judy on the bass. Isaac Brock has battled depression.
This may help those of you who struggle with this and know that sometimes, just
maybe, you can plow right on through, somehow finding solace in your ‘craft’ or
‘art.’ Their first album was reasonably received,
“This is a Long Drive for Someone with Nothing to Think About.”
In 2006, after those 2004 successful songs got some air time on radio stations,
especially ones which played Alternative Rock, they found some great musicians
to join them. On guitar, Johnny Marr, on percussion, Joe Plummer and multiple
instrumentalist (you can hear the different sounds in the background, some are
eerie, but mainly haunting) Tom Peloso adds his magical sounds. Jim Fairchild,
on guitar, came along in 2009 and Lisa Molinar became their viola and keyboard
player. The layers of sound are incredible, close your eyes and try to ‘pick out’
the different ones.
Closing the month of March, 2015 up,
Here are some dates to Celebrate!
March 21st was International Save Our Forests.
March 22nd is “As Young As You Feel Day.”
Try something new, out of the ordinary, just for You.
March 25th is officially Selma’s march re-enactment date
and 50th Anniversary. This has been the year to remember
the Edmund Pettus Bridge and the walk with its historic consequences.
March is winding down.
I cannot believe I am already working on the ‘rough draft’ for my
Turning the page to April.
Will the month end ‘just as it should?’ Will it be a typical one where it
“Goes out like a lamb?”
What is new in your corner of the world?
Was there any of these news pieces which touched you or made a