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Blog description:Alright, so I was curious... I found this site and decided, just for fun to see what it was all about. Cynically, I put up a profile that was conspicuously absent of my income. For the most part I felt like a leper in a health club, although I am getting to know one or two nice contacts. To further my social experiment, I changed my income setting to reflect something more indicative of my 'status,' and suddenly I feel like a cobra at a mongoose convention! LOL, I don't know whether to be flattered or just plain depressed that my faith in human nature has not been changed. Personally, I know that there are wonderful people in the world because I've met many of them here in the 'outside world.' But the first tip-off here should be the name of the site: Millionaire Match. Pulllleaze! At least there are sites which profess to offer love, innocuous and unscientific though they are. So why am I here? At first it was because I was curiously in need of a social experiment. But now it's a lot like Sodom and Gomorrah - where God told Lot that if he could find one good and virtuous person, he'd spare the whole place. I have met one or two good and virtuous people, and that seems to make it worth saving, but jeez...if the bible had been a lot less understanding, then this place would be burning to the ground right now. Just a thought. I'd be interested in hearing those of others... Malcolm
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You can blow out a candle, but you can't blow out a fire. 87 Views 09/03/06
Perhaps this is too heavy for MM, but perhaps not. After all, if you meet your perfect match, don't you want there to be some substance? Shouldn't there be something that matters to you so much that it's worth discussing? I watched Hotel Rwanda tonight and was reminded about things; things that while not savory or even welcome, are extremely important, at least to me. Most importantly, I was reminded of Steven (Bantu) Biko, a young man who like MLK, saw injustices in the world and tried to right them. Like MLK, he fought and died for his beliefs. In Canada and the U.S., we live in (arguably) the best countries in which to live. That's a debatable statement, but with respect to the rest of the world, we have it pretty good. But I'm still reminded of the gross injustices that exist in this world, and I'd like to hear from those who see things that don't make sense to them. I'll leave you with a tribute that Peter Gabriel made for Steve Biko in the hope that the world hasn't forgotten this man, who fought - and died - for the things he believed. I remind myself, whenever I can, that I should be so bold. If you haven't heard the song, then listen to it. And if you haven't seen the movie "Cry Freedom," then by all means watch it. We all need a wake-up call once in awhile. September '77 Port Elizabeth weather fine It was business as usual In police room 619 Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko Oh Biko, Biko, because Biko Yihla Moja, Yihla Moja The man is dead, the man is dead When I try to sleep at night I can only dream in red The outside world is black and white With only one color dead You can blow out a candle But you can't blow out a fire Once the flames begin to catch The wind will blow it higher And the eyes of the world are Watching now -Peter Gabriel P.S. - I am told that "Yihla Moja" means "descending soul."
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Stars in the Sky... 136 Views 08/28/06
Pick one. Seriously, look up in the sky on a really clear night, and choose one star from the billions that shine down on us. Why did you pick it? Did it seem more interesting than all the rest? Did it have meaning to you? Was it a star that shone more brightly than all the rest? Did it smile down at you, or did it just make sense to you at the time? There are more stars in the sky than we could ever see, but you'd be surprised how few can actually give you cause to stop and stare. Where is your star, in the night sky? Our Star A glistening cold night Crystalline flakes drifting slowly Down, down. Shivering in my woolly sweater I watch it shimmer And know I just know. Puffs of warm wet breath Turn to ice They drift upward Toward the star Our star. It twinkles at me And my eyes twinkle back. A single tear, full of warmth Trickles from one eye And quickly loses All its heat Freezes on my cheek I imagine that it's a star Our star. Somewhere, far away I know you're looking too And I can feel your warm breath Touch my cheek It melts the icy droplet And I feel warmth spread It's growing now. Starting with my heart It grows like a fire And warms my chest My arms, my legs, my mind My soul. My shivering stops All time stops. I reach out to it The star Our star. As if I'm holding you But you're not here Not yet. Maybe not ever. But I smile As I look at the star Our star. And I know I just know. And I think: As I turn to go to warmth and sleep Maybe someday we'll watch it together Our star. January 1, 2004
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Fare well... 152 Views 08/16/06
I feel like I've been here forever, looking at the four walls of my condo in MMVille. Sometimes the birds chirped happily and the sun warmed my face; and sometimes rain battered the windows and wind howled outside these virtual walls. It's been a remarkable experience, considering that I've only been here for a month and a half. But we all must bid adieu at one point and I suppose when I got here I didn't think it would be so quickly. But quantity doesn't preclude quality, and the blogs on MM have been an excellent example of that. I've met some wonderful people, even if only virtually, and I'm leaving this experience having made some amazing friends. Romance? Who knows. That remains to be seen, but given the choice between friendship and romance, I'll take the former any time. Given the choice, would you rather have someone say about you, 'He/She is my lover,' or 'He/She is my friend?' Maybe a good blog topic, I don't know. :) I may be back this way again, but no offense to anyone when I say that I hope not. I wish all the faithful posters to my blogs and everyone else the best. I'll be yanking my profile in a couple of days, but just wanted to thank everyone for being so charming and thoughtful. Love, Luck and Best Wishes, Malcolm A Song for You Somewhere in the distance Notes which play Help me today But will they help me say all I need to say? Somewhere a song rings through the night Makes me feel Something once felt real But all I want to do is steal. Somewhere the cool breeze kisses All that I once knew When I thought I was through Before I'd done what I needed to do. Somewhere a thought threatens All that I am Everything I know I can If only I had a plan. Somewhere a star shines But fades into the night I'm confronted with my fright. But I know what's right. Sometimes things are meant to end. - June '04
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The most beautiful place in the world... 332 Views 08/08/06
Hi All, Seeing as we're situated in the four corners of the world, I thought that this might be a neat topic. As far as you're concerned, what is the most beautiful place in the world? Everyone should have one (or more). Allow me to start: since it's been awhile since I've been home, I've recently been contemplating my home province of Nova Scotia, and a place called Peggy's Cove. It's the most amazing place in the world. When the stresses of the world got to be too much or I simply needed to recharge my batteries, I used to go there, sit on the rocks, listen to and watch the crashing surf of the Atlantic Ocean. It was better than any prescription, and I miss it terribly. I'm not religious but I am deeply spiritual, and I have to say that whenever I'm there I feel like God is there with me. So, I wrote this poem sitting on the rocks of Peggy's Cove. It was wintertime, and just after a Maritime storm. The sun was setting through the breaking clouds and it inspired me. Why Am i Lingering in Wood Smoke? Twisted torn, twining oaks, Upward they reach in entreaty. Flit by like flurried flies. Why am i lingering in wood smoke? Glazy glaced, winter lake, Crispy floes flow unending Throughout with cracks and folds; i'll still linger in wood smoke. Homes in nocturnal foreplay Wreathed like beacons amidst nature's grasp. Amid a backdrop of shimmers and golden gleams, Leaves me cold and damp in wood smoke. The East wind--a gentle maiden, or a whore. Her touch doth cool these turmoil'd senses And a sprinkle of dead or dying leaves Wafts through a mind beset with wood smoke. A gentle peach and purple sky, A haze before, a blanket after. Like smoke, carries me to the blurred horizon As the emeralds glitter; so do the rubies shine, While foaming froths of the wet and wily blanket Of the newly nighted sky, like a dank and frightened cloak Drops me drowsy, deeply and darkly, in a dreary dream of wood smoke.
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Two Leaves Kissed 140 Views 08/11/06
Something really incredible happened last year (well, it was incredible to me). Having gone through a great deal of personal turmoil, something happened to me with regard to a plant that I have. No matter how horrible my green thumb is (more brown than green), this poor plant kept bouncing back every time I watered it, even though it might be on the verge of total decay. After once again watering it and bringing it back from certain death, it sprung to life and became green again; but what blew me away is that two of the leaves came together to form what undoubtedly was an inverted heart. I felt compelled to write the following poem because it was a metaphor - a powerful reminder to me of the resiliency of friendship and love. I think the reflective impact that this had on me is pretty clear from the poem. I don't know what the point of this blog is, so I'll just ask the question: have any of you ever seen a sign, whether it be in nature or otherwise, that was a shock back to reality? Fill your boots... Malcolm Two Leaves Kissed Faded, jaded and devoid of hope Drying like hearts which cease their beating I give them a drink, not knowing the scope Dying, sighing, don't know if it'll bring any meaning. Having forgotten about them, I went about my ways Finding things to think about that quelled my pain Solemn thoughts find new tortures to feed the passing days But like twinkles in a sky filled with storm, I noticed once again. They grew and flourished like vines in search of more Vibrant fingers filled with life and renewed spirit I didn't know what my role in this newfound life had in store But it gave me new hope, in their embrace I could see it. Two leaves kissed, lost lovers found again The beating of life within those veins spoke of hope Two leaves kissed, oblivious to the stars that they missed Lost lovers in a desert found salvation in misty rain. Two leaves kissed, lost lovers found again The beating of life within those veins spoke of hope Two leaves kissed, salvation in misty rain Oblivious to scars and stains of a tenuous slope. Two leaves kissed, it made me wonder what I missed Caresses most singular, erudite in their need to be sincere Two leaves kissed, and I wondered what could be so amiss That I could be so touched by love, even though it isn't here.
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Someone hand me a Kleenex...[sniff, sniff]... 656 Views 08/06/06
Hi All, I've been on MM a little over a month now, and after an initial cynicism over the site, I've come to realize that there is some fundamental good here inside this city known as Millionaire Match. The blogs have been a sometimes overwhelming collection of drollery, effluvia and mind-numbing pain, but I've noticed something emerging: the people. The good people with kind hearts and good souls who are here, even if for no other reason than to defend the values that bring meaning and understanding to life. So instead of keeping my maudlin rant going, I want to encourage people to talk about someone they met here: someone who made them reach for the Kleenex box or someone who made their hearts smile. Someone good. This is a chance to point out the goodness in humanity, even if it just is in the little city of MM...
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Why are YOU here? Some thoughts about MM... 817 Views 07/29/06
I had to change the preamble to this. Originally, I said that I had found one or two nice contacts, but what a difference two weeks make! My God there are a wonderful bunch of people here! This isn't Sodom, this is more like Shangri-La. Okay, not quite, but I just wanted to say thank you one and all for your wonderful kindness, caring and friendship. :) Original Post: Alright, so I was curious...found this site and decided, just for fun to see what it was all about. Cynically, I put up a profile that was conspicuously absent of my income. For the most part I felt like a leper in a health club, although I am getting to know one or two nice contacts. To further my social experiment, I changed my income setting to reflect something more indicative of my 'status,' and suddenly I feel like a cobra at a mongoose convention! LOL, I don't know whether to be flattered or just plain depressed that my faith in human nature has not been changed. Personally, I know that there are wonderful people in the world because I've met many of them here in the 'outside world.' But the first tip-off here should be the name of the site: Millionaire Match. Pulllleaze! At least there are sites which profess to offer love, innocuous and unscientific though they are. So why am I here? At first it was because I was curiously in need of a social experiment. But now it's a lot like Sodom and Gomorrah - where God told Abraham that if he could find one good and virtuous person, he'd spare the whole place. I'm not a religious man, by the way. It's the product of a Catholic upbringing. :-) I have met one or two good and virtuous people, and that seems to make it worth saving, but jeez...if the bible had been a lot less understanding, then this place would be burning to the ground right now. Just a thought. I'd be interested in hearing those of others... Malcolm
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