Monday, December 10, 2018

MAZELEE FAMILY


YouTube is loaded with families who post vlogs about their day-to-day lives. I suspect most of them fake pranks and family disagreements to gain subscribers. The more subscribers, the more advertising they can feature on their channels, which means more money in their bank accounts!

But I've stumbled upon a family I think is pretty dang authentic.


Alena Maze and Joseph Lee. They call their YouTube channel: MAZELEE. Just a simple combination of both their surnames.

They're married. With kids.



LOTS of kids!


When Joe (of Korean descent) married Alena (of African descent), she already had four children (all girls) from two, previous relationships.


Her oldest daughter comes from her relationship with a black man.

Her next three daughters come from her relationship with the same white man.


And her youngest two are with Joe. Like I said before, a Korean man.

Honestly, they're running a mini-United Nations in that robust household.

Watching their channel is pretty entertaining to me. Even when they're just cooking a meal, I'm entertained by the hustle and bustle in their kitchen.

Joe is an aspiring filmmaker, and you can tell he's got some chops by the cinematic beauty of their vlogs. He films them like they're little movies.

Alena is a smartie. She earned a Master in Science degree in Mathematics from Georgetown University, and is working on her Ph.D. in Survey Methodology and Statistics.

I applaud Alena and Joe for teaching the youngest children to speak, write and read Korean. And I truly enjoy the open dialogue they have with their children. All the kids speak so well.

I tell ya, their vlog really illustrates the joys and challenges of a packed house. Heck, I remember it well, coming from a family with seven children my dang self.

Wait a minute! Did I just say, seven?

Well, yep, you guessed it. Alena is now pregnant with her SEVENTH!


Geez!

Alena Maze and Joe Lee appear to be AWESOME PARENTS...

...an ADORABLE COUPLE...

...and hella FERTILE!

Haaaa!

I wish them the very BEST!!!!!

For now, I'll keep watching their YouTube channel!

Thursday, December 6, 2018

I Love A Rainy Night



Last night, southern California was blessed with RAIN!

YIPPEE!!!!!!!!!!!

I can't begin to describe how much I love walking in rain.

Sleeping while it's raining.

Listening to rain.

I went out to catch a private screening of Jennifer Lopez's new film, Second Act. Afterwards, I stuffed my face at Wood Ranch, then happily strolled home in the rain.

I had an umbrella, so I wasn't worried about a thing!

I walked from Burbank, through Toluca Lake, then made my merry way to my place in West Toluca Lake/NoHo.

I said, hello, to every pedestrian I passed along my trek. It was nice to see I'm not the only person who enjoys rain walks.

Heck, I hope it rains again tomorrow night, so I can take another late night stroll!

Sunday, December 2, 2018

The Sound Of Music


This weekend found me in the company of a couple of musical hotshots!


Friday night, I stopped by my favorite watering hole, El Tejano. While imbibing my beloved frozen margaritas, two of my drinking buddies spotted a young lady across the room, whom they recognized as a popular songwriter/recording artist.

JULIA MICHAELS is her name. She has written songs that were recorded by Justin Bieber, Fifth Harmony, Demi Lovato, Selena Gomez, Gwen Stefani, and many others.

Admittedly, I only vaguely remembered her name because of her debut single as a recording artist, Issues, but after being given the full 411 on her, I walked over to her and her posse, introduced myself, offered a made-up story about my "daughter" being one of her biggest fans, then proceeded to pose for a photo with her as she recorded a video (addressed to my "daughter," of course). Haaaa!!!

My drinking mates were blown away that I just walked up to her and started talking, but heck, I've never met a stranger, so I can do that! Besides, she was very warm and inviting!

I wish her much, much, much continued success! She's TALENTED AF!


Okay, so last night, I attended a mini-concert, showcasing the musical styling of JARED GRIMBLE.


I met Jared a few years ago when he worked at the residence for the elderly where I volunteer. Back then, I thought he was a delightful, young fella. It's good to see he still is. And hella talented to boot.

He performed at a well-known spot here in L.A., Molly Malone's, that's known for showcasing up-and-coming artists. Guest artists who have appeared there include Michelle Shocked, Flogging Molly, Joan Osborne, Jeff Healey, Lucinda Williams and Lenny Kravitz to name just a few. So, my boy, Jared is well on his way!

His song list included a few covers and a few original works. I truly enjoyed his voice, energy and backing musicians. The man came to WIN!


In my next go-'round on this planet, I sure hope I come back as an incredible vocalist, piano and sax player! That would make my entire existence!!!!!

Until then, I'm gonna keep on LIVIN' and LOVIN'!!!

And drinkin' FROZEN MARGARITAS! :) :) :) :) :)

Thursday, November 29, 2018

Kwaye


A little while ago, while surfing on YouTube, I stumbled across a young singer.

His name is KWAYE.

At first glance, I thought I was looking at African royalty.

Born in Zimbabwe, he was raised in London and began honing his musical talents there.

A chance encounter with an Uber driver in Los Angeles put his recording career on track. Read about that here!

Below is the song/video that put this artist on my radar!

And, man, I love the song!

Monday, November 26, 2018

Keep The Faith



When I first watched the video posted below, its POWER compelled me to JUMP TO MY FEET!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

POWERFUL!

I am 54 years blessed and have NEVER felt a sense of professional fulfillment.

Nor romantic bliss.

But, for some CRAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAZY reason...

I STILL BELIEVE experiencing both is within my grasp!

I DO make a DIFFERENCE.

And as long as I keep pushing forward, I CAN achieve what I SEEK!

I CAN!!!!!!!

I wake up every morning and go to bed every night, feeling hopeful that ALL things that happen in my life are for MY good...

Because I STILL have FAITH!!!

I wish the best for EVERY living thing!!

And ALWAYS WILL!

Regardless of AGE, RACE, CREED, COLOR, SEXUAL PREFERENCE, EDUCATION, FINANCES...

ALL people DO make a DIFFERENCE!

DON'T YOU QUIT!

Sunday, November 25, 2018

Kibera Slums of Joy?




Zaheer and young girl








My overachieving physician/attorney fraternity brother, Zaheer Shah, and his lovely wife, Christine, spent Thanksgiving overseas. One of their destinations was Africa's largest, urban slum: Kibera. I suspect their visit there has changed their lives in a significant way.

At the very least, I'm sure it made them incredibly thankful for the lifestyle they lead here in America.

What I know for sure, is that after reading what he said about Kibera and its inhabitants, I am even more thankful for my life precisely as it is. Yes, I intend to make some changes to it, but flaws and all, I'm thankful for everything it is. And everything it isn't.

And I'm thankful that Kibera's dwellers still know joy while in the throes of immense poverty.

This is what Zaheer had to say about Kibera:

"Today was the highlight of our trip abroad. We visited the largest slum in sub-Saharan Africa. In twisting, narrow alleys reside anywhere from 500,000 to 1 million of the less fortunate inhabitants of Nairobi in an area known as Kibera, located only 4 miles from Nairobi's vibrant downtown. As we walked into the slum on our way to an orphanage, my wife witnessed for the first time streams of raw, open sewage running alongside the walkway in the alley. Many of the dwellings were made of mud and the rooftops mere sheets of tin. As we moved deeper into the slum, the scent of burning plastic and garbage hung heavy in the air only to be intermittently punctuated by the smells of raw sewage. And the children. Everywhere. Laughing, running, playing. Their eyes bubbling with curiosity and a friendliness towards strangers that you no longer see in children in the West. My initial impulse was to withdraw a bit. To become concerned about my risks of exposure from the apparent lack of sanitation and to worry for my personal safety...But those children. And the way that they so authentically engaged us. I looked over to see my wife holding hands with some of them, even kissing a little girl and I began to feel myself letting go as well. Embracing the moment. And I am so grateful that I did. I lived a day ,today, that was so pungently alive, that I literally stopped in my tracks on at least three occasions to ask myself, "Is this really happening?". I am no photographer, but the images that I share with all of you in this post are a gift. A literal shadow of the gift that God granted me today by allowing me to share a day in the lives of such magnificent human beings. The amazing people that we met at the Stara rescue orphanage and the work that they are doing to feed, educate and assist the most vulnerable of the children of Kibera left me humbled, grateful for my life, and inspired in ways I cannot fully enunciate at this time. I suspect pictures may do what my words currently cannot."

Tuesday, November 20, 2018

How Dare He!!!!!!


I want this BIG BROTHER UK houseguest TARRED and FEATHERED!