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Memorial Day: In Honor and Rememberance


                           Memorial Day Meaning

     Memorial Day has a lot of different meanings for most Americans. It means a day off, a start to summer, a reason to grill out and remembrance and honor for our servicemen and women, alive and dead. Events such as 911 and the Chattanooga shooting 
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just remind us of the sacrifice of the military and first responders and their families. 

                                       Happy Memorial Day!

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Thanks to Clayskater and Clay News Network for the original photo.

New Baby For Kelly Clarkson!

                Congrats to Kelly Clarkson, her husband and daughter on a new baby boy!  The baby;s name is  Remington Alexander Blackstock.   .  She had to record her performance ahead of time for the American Idol finale.        
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                             Speaking of the Idol finale, I really enjoyed the performances by Kelly  , Clay, Ruben and several of the alumni. I was stunned when Trent Harmon won!

                            Let me know what you think via Twitter and in the comments below. Thanks!

Adios, American Idol

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Aiken at a 2006 Christmas tour appearance in W...
Aiken at a 2006 Christmas tour appearance in Waukegan, Illinois (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Season two winner of American Idol, Ruben Stud...
Season two winner of American Idol, Ruben Studdard. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
                    After next week, there will be no more American Idol, not even a summer tour for the top 12 finalists! This show has brought much success
for many singers over the years, including; Clay Aiken, Kelly Clarkson, Carrie Underwood, Elliot Yamin, Chris Daughtry, Ruben Studdard, and many more.
Thank you, American Idol- we will miss you.

Readers' Chat, part 1

           I'm responding to a few of your comments; 

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"I love your blog.. very nice colors & theme. Did you create this website yourself or did you hire someone to do it for you? Plz answer back as I'm looking to design my own blog and would like to find out where u got this from. thank you. " 
         ----- I use a blog template from Blogger,  but I add a few things here and there. 

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"Natl Theatre Washington" by D Monack - Transferred from en.wikipedia to Commons.. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.

          "Do you have a spam issue on this website; I also am a blogger, and I was wondering your situation; we have created some nice procedures and we are looking to trade strategies with others, be sure to shoot me an email if interested....."
            I have some spam comments, but they are usually easy to filter out. I look for similar comments, comments made by the same person and off-topic comments. Not all of these are bad- but it's just one way to sort them out. It's not a fail-proof plan, but it's what I have now.

            "  Hey tҺis is kind of of off topic butt Ӏ waѕ wondering if blogs uuse WYSIWYG editors оr if ʏou have to manually codee witɦ HTML. I'm starting a blog soοn but havе no coding expertise so I wanted to gett guidance frߋm ѕomeone with experience. Any help ԝould be enormously appreciated!" 
                   Coding isn't a must, but it definitely helps. Blogger has panels for writing with code (or html) or without. If you'd like to learn more about coding, check out Pinterest  


            "My partner and I absolutely love your blog and find the majority of your post's to be just what I'm looking for. can you offer guest writers to write content for you personally? I wouldn't mind composing a post or elaborating on some of the subjects you write regarding here. Again, awesome site! Feel free to visit my web page...."

                  Guest posts are welcome and encouraged, as long as they are PG and won't harm anyone.  I prefer posts that are related to Clay Aiken, music, American Idol and similar topics; but others on occasion are okay. I sometimes have writer's block or illnesses and emergencies, so guest blogs are great.
If you are interested in doing a guest post, please send me your post ideas or examples of your previous blog posts via email 
or via twitter 

That's all for now; but keep on reading and commenting so we can do this again very soon--- and not Clay's soon :D

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"Clay Aiken appearance at NBC Experience Store, Rockefeller Center, NYC on 5-18-2012" by Mark M. Sugino - Licensed under CC BY-SA 4.0 via Wikimedia Commons.

At The Movies

Phineas and Ferb (soundtrack)
Phineas and Ferb (soundtrack) (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

             Do you remember when going to the movie theater was a big event? Instead of watching at home, we went out with family, friends or a date. 

             Time to get some popcorn. These are a few movies that feature Clay, his music, or mention him;

At The Movies..
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  • Aladdin- Clay recorded the song, "Proud of Your Boy" for a scene with Aladdin's mother which was cut from the film. Clay's performance was later added as a Special Feature to the DVD
  •  Phineas and Ferb- Clay and Chaka Khan or their animated likenesses were featured in Summer Belongs to You. .
  • Without A Paddle- features one of Clay's songs.
  • 17 Again - mentions Clay

              So, what do you think? Got any suggestions for this list? Please comment in the form below.

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Photo: Chattanooga Strong

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In memory of the five men killed in the Chattanooga shooting last week.

God Bless The USA!




        Happy Birthday America! It's hard to believe that it has been 11 years since Clay Aiken performed in Washington, D.C. for PBS' s A Capitol Fourth

                 What are your plans for the Fourth of July? Are you getting out to celebrate or watching fireworks on the T. V. ?

           Here's some music and a photo to get you in a patriotic mood;

Clay Aiken "God Bless The USA" PBS - A Capitol Fourth

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