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While I'm still 49 (yes I am being silly about the age thing), I thought that I'd post one more song video. The song in the windows movie at the end of this post is the first song I ever wrote, but the lyrics changed depending on what was on my mind. Before I move on to my mean mad mama song, I have a photograph of my guitar strings. The photo hunt prompt for Saturday, November 10, is flexible. I won't be around for photohunters this weekend, as I'll be in Manhattan turning 50. Actually, I'll turn 50 on Sunday, November the 11th, but I won't be here for the hunt on the 10th. I liked the flexible prompt so I'm slipping it into this post. The guitar strings are so flexible that I squeezed 6 stings together to the point that it almost looks like 4 or 5. In the second photograph I didn't squeeze quite as hard so you can see all the strings clearly. Although physically I'm not very flexible at this point in my life, I am mentally far more flexible than I was when I was younger. Sometimes it works the opposite way. I have come to accept that everyone has a story and that story affects how we act and react in a personal and political sense. I find myself becoming more flexible when confronted with an opposing viewpoint to mine, the older I get. I'm fairly inflexible when it comes to the need to provide a sustainable environment for the future and to provide a safe environment (emotionally and physically) for children to grow and learn. I think universal health care is important. However, I have come to understand that how we achieve the desired ends is a subject of debate and I'm flexible enough to accept that no two people see it exactly the same way. I also accept that people I like and love can be good people and not see anything even close to how I see it. I explain some parts of the song and photographs within the windows movie. I thought I'd mention that the picture of my daughter on the swing as a child was taken on the trip when I wrote the original version of mean mad mama (1990). The photographs of people, except the group one with me and the other performers, are of me and my daughter through the years. The group photograph was taken in the mid 1990s when I was part of a project called Social Graces. All of the performers on my mean mad mama recording were part of Social Graces but the fellow to my right in the group photo wasn't part of my mean mad mama CD, which I recorded in 1998. The first photograph of me and my daughter was taken some time after 1985 which is when she was born. The last one of me and my daughter was taken February, 2007 when she was home in between finishing her undergraduate degree and leaving for law school .