Joe Jackson Pens Open Letter To Janet: ‘I’m Proud Of You’

Originally posted on 93.1 WZAK:

Joe JacksonJoe Jackson has been painted as everything from a monster to a genius over the decades. His love for his children overshadowed by greed and ambition.

Now, in a series of posts on his blog, Jackson is opening up about his notoriously private family. Beginning with his estranged wife Katherine Jackson, the family patriarch has written down his feelings about each of his children, culminating with today?s post about his ?girl,? Janet:

Janet, the youngest in the family is very very smart. She was more like a tough kid. She was real rough. I mean she was rough. What do they call them… yes … tomboy. She was a tomboy.  She could whop all the girls. Really rough and really really smart. She is really easy nowadays. She has mellowed. She is now married and living a good life with her husband.

When I suffered 4 strokes last year, and…

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Knowing Yourself: 3 Keys to Leveraging Ancient Wisdom

Originally posted on TIME:

“Know Thyself”

The Oracle at Delphi said “Know thyself.” And that is deep and profound.

It’s also a pain in the ass because as with every cliche, the difficulty is in the execution and nobody ever bothers to tell you how to do it properly.

I guess they’re too busy brainstorming new fortune cookie wisdom while we sit around thinking they’re smart for coming up with it and we’re dumb for not being able to follow through.

Knowing yourself is the hardest thing in the world because nobody lies to you about you more than you do.

We need answers. Good answers. Ones we can achieve simply — without a PhD, a wrench or elective surgery.

What does “knowing yourself” really take?

What “Knowing Yourself” Means

It’s amazing to me how much real insight about life is coming from business books and business schools these days.

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“MUSIC” – intro to the radio interview with John Henry Harvey

Music. God’s rhythmic blessing that deposits courage, faith & spirituality into the heart and soul. It is a quintessential element composed of thought, feeling, and emotion, interpreted by the performance artist who delivers the powerful message from the most sincere and honest place within the heart.

Music is our confidant during times of mourning and sorrow, and our radiant light during moments of joy and celebration. It is our connection to meaning and purpose that transports us via melodic revelry, towards a higher plain of spirituality and existence, taking us closer to the divine, to the holy.
There in that space of hope we are consoled and find reason and purposeful understanding, as we behold a vast love from an insurmountable power by the touching words and music that fill the corridors of our belief, and what lingers on afterwards is the word.

The chosen are touched by the very breath of God, vulnerable without fear, for in their honesty lies the perfect key that links us together and makes us human. When he reached out to me and asked to be on the show it was a no brainer, for behind that inquiry was God’s whisper which reminded me of the platform for which I have been given.

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LINK TO INTERVIEW WITH TATE MUSIC GROUP ARTIST:

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/authorgdgrace/2014/07/26/tate-music-groups-christian-performing-aritst-john-henry-harvey

BLOG TALK RADIO PRODUCER AND HOST: GD GraceGD Grace 2014

“To Keep What We Have” – random thoughts by G. D. Grace

Closing my weary eyes I see a life force rising,
slowly emerging from the destitute ashes of over with and absolutely done.
It searches the regions of foreign and unknown looking for recovery with complete abandonment.
It desperately wants to be relieved from that obsession that covers the sun and blinds the moon.

Deep within a battered voice calls out frantically, beckoning to be freed from the ties that bind.
It stood on the opposite side of a desolate street, looking for a secure way across it,
and countless failed efforts manifested into profound desperation,
until that fateful moment when clarity was made clear.

All the material belongings were gone…
Connections with the slim & shady, severed,
And many of the fears had dissipated.
In this powerful vision a lone raft of hope floated towards the curb, and it was filled with faith.
Half measured availed us none, but complete surrender revealed The Promises.

The vessel proved to be a blessed life line, and it was built sturdy to weather new storms.
It sailed effortlessly towards a better way of living,
catching the golden rays of light from a now visible sun…
and in the warm bosom of countless new horizons is where that inner-peace resides,
for these are the times after dysfunction and the incomprehensible demoralization.

“We can only keep what we have by giving it away…”

~GD

GD Grace 2014

“You’ll Be Okay” random thoughts by G. D. Grace

Say, you…
Yes, you…
Don’t I know you from somewhere?
Let’s see, was it…
No, it wasn’t!
I believe I know you from a reflection I’ve seen before…
A reflection I saw a few years ago when you were younger —
younger and more vibrant.

When did you return?
I must tell you it’s been a long time, and I’m wondering what has changed?
When I peer into your eyes I see this light — a light of confidence and peace.
Where did you find it?

Oh, I see, it was after the trials and tribulations.
Well, I must say it looks good on you, and I want you to know that I’ve missed you —
I’ve missed our heart-to-heart discussion about a dream you wanted to follow.
You were so eager and focused back then, and I’m glad to see that you’ve found that drive again.

I believe that we all must go through those adversities to get to the place we eventually arrive at.
You, my friend, have always been compassionate and kind, and I’m glad you never lost that — even with what you were going through.

So much of this life can be spent up on people, places, & things that aren’t good for us.
I am just glad that you cleaned house mentally, spiritually, and wholeheartedly.
I’m so happy you rid your life of slippery slopes and shady people.

Welcome back, you, and if you ever get that notion take a step backwards, make sure you’re doing it to pull up another, and you’ll be just fine, because the only way we keep what we’ve found is by giving back.

You’ll be okay!

~GD

GD Grace 2014

“The Best Thing That Ever Happened To Me” – random thoughts by G.D. Grace

You’re afraid to be visible,
afraid of being found out, dimed out, wiped out.
When I looked at you from that perspective all I could see was fear, your fear,
and it nauseated me.

You presented yourself as this strong, confident, self assured being,
geared to take on the possibilities of what could be,
but within you were as shallow as a backyard pond in the midst of a drought,
that’s what you were about.

I feverishly worked to put pieces of a puzzle together, pieces that weren’t ever meant to fit.
I made excuses for your disappearances, went against what I believed just to have you,
and you weren’t even worth it. You were an imitation of life, transparent and unpredictable.

As I started up that hill with you, I kept looking back, questioning moving forward,
and the closer I got to the top I squinted to see truth, knowing that I was walking with a lie.
You quickly became an unnecessary presence that had to be eradicated, for I deserved better.

When I cut the rope it felt as though a part of me died, but four years later I realize that it was a rebirth,
one intentional and powerful, and nothing about that experience tainted the man I have become today.
When I scan the walls of social networking I see you still trying to discover who you are…
but one thing I know, without a doubt, loosing you was the best thing that ever happened to me.

GD Grace 2014