How to remember Whitney Houston

At the peak of her career-internet image

Whitney Houston has joined the list of our society’s ever diminishing cultural icons. We’ve already lost Etta James and  Micheal Jackson, to name a few. Growing up, i and those of my generation listened to Whitney’s music which was always uplifting. In her most productive era which was the early nineties, Whitney’s status as a celebrity transcended those of so many because she was  a beautiful, graceful diva who used her angelic voice to soar to heights others could only dream of. Her voice became the industry standard for all aspiring female vocalists who came after her. Whitney had poise, a quality that propelled her into the arms of Hollywood and thus  she came to personify the wishes and aspirations of many young women. But what i remember most is the quality of her output, the range of her voice, it’s power, her songwriting and her ability to channel her emotions and experiences into art and to put it out as timeless music. She had enormous hits from “how will i know”, “am your baby tonight”, “i will always love you”, and the “waiting to exhale” and “The bodyguard” soundtracks. Such were the gifts of Whitney Houston. I was saddened to learn of the drug-addled end to which she came. She was found unconscious in the bathtub. Such a lonely end. Here’s how i choose to remember her: by resolving to use my time well and reaching out for help when i feel i am being crushed by the monster. We will always remember you Whitney, Rest In Peace.

Big Things

We are living in frightful times, folks. Last week i read about the “discovery” of a new, “shrimp-like” species of marine life found off of New Zealand that had not been seen before. Then this morning i read about the beached Whale Shark in Karachi, Pakistan. Did anybody see the picture? Man, that’s a huge shark! These are beginning to look like the deep-sea creatures of myth which have probably not been seen in eons because they swim on the bottom of sea-floors scouring the sand deserts for food, undisturbed in their daily rhythms of life, probably faintly aware of man but with no need to make contact. My theory is that, as normally occurs, there has been disturbance in their natural habitat which has caused them to “roam” out of their immediate circle and into our own. I will not fret too much about it anyway, i live far from the sea and out in the country where i am surrounded by mountains. The only threats are grizzly bears but somehow am comforted by the thought that there are plenty of orchards and farms in my vicinity (yawn) and anyway, i live on the second floor of my apartment block. That’s alright though. Stay tuned, i’ll keep you posted about anything else i see out here.