31.7.09

Keeping Cool with Clay Aiken

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Very early in Clay Aiken's new career of entertainment star, he spoke of many things he wanted to do, and he has lived up to his words and surpassed them.

"It doesn't really matter to me how I make a difference, I just want to make sure that I do"
"I think celebrities have an obligation to the public to not just sing or act."
Clay is a true Measure of a Man.



Ymarie wrote the words I put into this graphic.
It was published a number of months ago, but is worth reading again.


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Thanks again to ymarie.

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Measure of a Man - Clay Aiken
Clay sings with the power, beauty and grace of the beautiful waves







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Clay Calm Ocean


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Clay Aiken MOAM Orlando
by Spotlightlover, posted by lind23
Here is the concert video the audio came from for the waves montage.






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Times are tough these days, so below are eight gifts that don't cost a cent to give.
sent to me by BC.

1) THE GIFT OF LISTENING...

But you must REALLY listen.

No interrupting, no daydreaming, no planning your response.

Just listening.

2) THE GIFT OF AFFECTION...

Be generous with appropriate hugs, kisses, pats on the back and handholds.

Let these small actions demonstrate the love you have for family and friends.

3) THE GIFT OF LAUGHTER...

Funny pictures. Share articles, funny stories and funny greetings.

Your gift will say, "I love to laugh with you."

4) THE GIFT OF A WRITTEN NOTE...

It can be a simple "Thanks for the help" note or a full sonnet.

A brief, handwritten note may be remembered for a lifetime, and may even change a life.

5) THE GIFT OF A COMPLIMENT...

A simple and sincere, "You look great in red," "You did a super job" or "That was a wonderful meal" can make someone's day.

6) THE GIFT OF A FAVOR...

Every day, go out of your way to do something kind.

Helping elderly cross the road can be nice.

7) THE GIFT OF SOLITUDE...

There are times when we want nothing better than to be left alone.

Be sensitive to those times and give the gift of solitude to others.

8) THE GIFT OF A CHEERFUL DISPOSITION...

The easiest way to feel good is to extend a kind word to someone, really it's not that hard to say, Hello or Thank You.



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breeze from Sally/Bsrefong

Thank You Sally-Bsrefong for your beautiful graphic. :)

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18 comments:

SueReu said...

Well Ashes, I have started off my Friday morning with a cup of coffee and a few tears.

What a lovely blog, ymarie's words and your graphic are truly stunning.

Thank you so much, Clay surely is the Measure of a Man

fgs said...

ymarie's words are words to live by. I loved the Orlando MOAM video, no one can watch that and say that Clay does not put himself into the music. Very nice blog and point is well taken.

Carolina Clay said...

Ashes,

Awesome blog about Clay Aiken and the true "Measure of a Man." Your graphic with ymarie's special post is amazing. Thank you, too, for the videos, handsome graphics, and the thoughtful gift list.

Have a super weekend!

Caro

Anonymous said...

Hi Ashes,

Wow! Your graphic and ymarie's words are truly touching.

The Orlando video is awesome....Thank You for the memories.

I will be back, having trouble seeing the other graphics.

Hope your having a good day...

Big Hugs,
Marlyne

Anonymous said...

Clay Aiken singing that heartfelt version of Measure of a Man is perfect with the beautiful ocean waves.

Thanks for having the original concert video as well.

Anonymous said...

Ok, now I spent way too much time here...:)...I can not pass up those videos...your fault nothing got done now..LOL..Enjoyed it All! Thanks! Donna in WI.

T said...

What else could I asked for? Going through your blog with a very beautiful graphic & message from ymarie is so gratifying. Whenever Clay sings MOAM, that song speaks highly of him. That says it all.

Thanks so much and loved also the eight gifts which is so inspiring!

Cheers Ashes & great blog!

claniac24 said...

Lovely, lovely, lovely....as always. MOAM sung to the exquisite waves montage...WOW! Ashes, thank you for all the beauty you bring us.

Anonymous said...

The video of Clay and the ocean really is pure beauty, power and grace. Beautiful.

musicfan said...

How did I miss this?

This is another beautiful blog. ymarie's words are very special.

Thank you for this blog. I always enjoy visiting here.

dee said...

Your blog is full of good things today . I am reminded once again why I am a fan of this man and always will be .

Thanks for the inspiration .

Anonymous said...

Ashes,

Wonderful blog about Clay Aiken, who shows us the true Measure of a Man in the way he lives his life. Thank you for highlighting it with handsome graphics and videos.

CCOL4HIM said...

Wow! This is an absolutely lovely blog entry, and very touching, too! Take care & God bless. Love always, Cynthia

barb 55 said...

Happy Sunday, Joan! I enjoyed watching your second montage in your entry today of Clay singing MOAM. I miss those exciting days when Clay was on tour. I think he spoiled us. LOL

Thanks again for sharing your beautiful artwork with us!

Hope you're enjoying your day!

Love and hugs,
Barbara

gerra said...

Beautiful blog, as always. Such a soothing site to visit. And ymarie's essay makes me all misty-eyed. Beautiful.

I was at that Orlando show and Clay's performance of MOAM brought the house down. Thanks for posting the video.

Anonymous said...

Caro's right. It's so much better here. Those are great words about clay by ymarie. Glad you printed them again.

PaulaBear said...

Beautiful blog! What wonderful words by ymarie. All the videos and graphics are fantastic!

Allegra said...

Thank you for sharing your beautiful blog and the true measure of the man. :)

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