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F.E.A.R.

A friend of mine who is a hypochondriac thought he was having a heart attack, so I went with him to the hospital…despite the fact that I really dislike hospital waiting rooms. Upon arriving, I was immediately reminded why. The Cedars Sinai E.R. looked like a scene from the movie Outbreak. So many people wearing masks even Michael Jackson would have felt out of place. Somewhere in the background, a television reporter rants on about the dangers of the Swine Flu epidemic. “It’s coming to get us!! People in Mexico are dying, run for your lives!!” When I first heard about the Swine Flu, it was on the news and I admit I bought in to the hype. I can’t deny that I was kind of cringing to touch anything out in the real world ….handles, door knobs, buttons — these were all traps where the Swine Flu just lay waiting to attack. I was just full of excuses when meeting new people…”Hi I’m Ashley, so sorry I can’t shake your hand — I’m newly single and easily aroused.” Holding my breath in a public restroom at the park, I actually got my leg up high enough to flush a urinal with my foot so that I didn’t have to risk any physical contact with the invisible enemy. Try doing that in flip flops. Then, just when I would let my guard down and forgot momentarily about the swine plague, a commercial would come on for the 6 o’clock news preaching doom and imminent destruction. Fear was everywhere. But worse than that …it had permeated my mind — the only space that truly matters!

     Then the LA times comes out with an article stating that the swine flu “may not even do as much damage as the run-of-the-mill flu outbreaks that occur each winter without much fanfare.” This is followed by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano saying she doesn’t think the H1N1 flu is stronger than regular seasonal flu. Hey, wait a sec! What about all those news reports and round the clock coverage of impending death?!? Just another overly hyped scare tactic used to hook viewers for ratings. It’s all about the money folks. The media propagating fear is not anything new, it’s just increasingly more common these days. I’m not participating anymore. In fact, I’m boycotting the evening news. When was the last time you heard something positive and uplifting on any news program? It’s primarily fear-based programming geared specifically to scare the shit out of you long enough to stay tuned in for the advertisements at commercial break! Or what about all those new pharmaceutical drug commercials that hypnotize you into thinking you should ask your doctor about it — never mind that there are more side effects than actual benefits! The media creates fear to make money — the pharmaceutical drug companies create fear to sell drugs. Fear is a powerful tool that has been effectively used for thousands of years to control the masses and it’s important to recognize when you are being manipulated by it.  It’s been used by governments, religion, media, etc. to divide and conquer us since well before any of us were ever born. Fortunately, the mind is an even more powerful tool that can conquer fear once we recognize it for what it is. F.E.A.R. stands for False Evidence Appearing Real. A wise man once said — “Thoughts become things” — When you focus on a problem it only becomes larger and more real to you. The mind is a garden that will grow any seed (thought) you allow to live there — positive or negative. Energy goes where attention flows. Focus on health, wealth and prosperity and that is what you will experience. By the way, my hypochondriac friend never had a heart attack…I think he’d just been watching a little too much T.V.  

Mar
26th
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the daily parker takes flight.

Hey guys,

        A lot has changed since I last wrote. First off I’m back in LA and I’m single. After feeling like my balls were being kept in a little jar for the last 5 years, being single again has been like learning to walk after being a quadrapalegic. It’s amazing. For those of you out there in healthy relationships I applaud you but…I just don’t believe some people are meant to be together. I do have the most incredible son in the whole world (good genes) — not to get all Kabbalah on you or anything but I do believe everything happens for a reason. I just finished an incredible run on Broadway which has given me an opportunity to pursue acting in a way I’ve never been able to before. I’ve been with the same film and television agent for 8 years and he’s been the one person who I’m still working with since I started working in entertainment at 18 years old. Since he became my agent, I’ve had two major label record deals, two managers, several tour managers, a few different girlfriends, one ex-fiance, and a lot of different hair styles (some good, some that really sucked) and out of everyone he and I are the only ones still around— pretty rad.

   As you can see I’m re-launching a brand new myspace (http://www.myspace.com/ashleyparkerangel) so that I can re-connect with fans in a more organic way this time around — I’ve posted all new pictures from my most recent photo shoots. I’ve also posted a new song. Check it out… It’s just a demo but I want you guys to know what I’ve been up to.

    Everyone is jumping on to the blogging band wagon these days so I figured - why not? Could be fun. I’m an avid reader/writer so I’m going to start blogging as a way to let you know what I’m up to. See you soon…

Ash

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Just a guy in a tie. Thats all. 

Just a guy in a tie. Thats all.