Day 872: Better keep it real — or whatever

I better keep it real — or whatever — by immediately confessing to you that I LOVE The Steely Dan tune “Pixeleen.”

I better keep it real — or whatever — by telling you that, before today,  I hadn’t figured out a way to work that song into a post.

I better keep it real — or whatever — by sharing my surprise at my inability to use that song before in any of my 871 previous daily posts, since

Better keep it real — or whatever

is a lyric from “Pixeleen” and could be a motto for this blog.

I better keep it real — or whatever — by telling you that there are other lyrics in “Pixeleen” I could have used as titles for previous posts, including

Dream deep.

Just a girl in girlie trouble.

Can we cut to the chase?

Everything about me is different. 

I better keep it real — or whatever — by showing you why I decided to use “Pixeleen” and this post title, today:

I better keep it real — or whatever — by admitting to you that once I’ve chosen a theme for a blog post that keeps it real (or whatever), I include a whole bunch of photos I’ve taken the day before that keep the post real — or whatever.


I better keep it real — or whatever — by admitting that yesterday I facilitated two therapy groups (using some Cognitive Behavioral Therapy techniques) at my workplace, which is located near Boston’s Fenway Park.

Did I keep it real — or whatever — in today’s blog post?

Real thanks (or whatever) to all who helped me create this whatever post and to you — of course! — for keeping it real, here and now.

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42 thoughts on “Day 872: Better keep it real — or whatever

  1. loricarlson66

    Wonderful post and yes, you kept it very real… those are some great shots showing very real people and things! Excellent!

  2. Ann you always keep it real and remind us we can keep it real by pushing negativity away. Love the lily of the valley and I’m going to keep it real by cutting some of the ones in my backyard to bring inside.

  3. yeoldefoole

    I really want you to know it’s really Friday – and that upon the quivering cusp of a three-day I’ve really, really been looking forward to for quite some time – REALLY!

  4. Ann, which is the “double standard” method in the list for antidotes for unhelpful thoughts?

  5. Love this Ann. Keep on keeping it real … AND whatever 😉

  6. Ann, keeping it real is one of my major goals in life! Loved this post.

  7. I must keep it real. I have never listened to Steely Dan before and now I’m listening to Pixeleeen asking, “Where have you been all my life?” The only thing that could make this a better way to start the morning would be Steely Dan playing with the Boston Pops Orchestra.

    • Keeping it real, Christopher, I can’t imagine not keeping it real with Steely Dan for over 40 years of my life. Here’s Steely Dan keeping it reel(in’):

  8. I love Lilly of the valley. They don’t grow in the desert southwest. Glad the water is keeping them real.

  9. Keeping it real. Thought you might like this one. ☺ Van

  10. It’s really inspiring to see Fenway in the light of your eyes during the Boston night, Ann. Steely Dan every day motivates me as well.

  11. One of the things I love about coming here is you always keep it real, or whatever, Ann!

    Realness is who you are.

  12. Lily of the valley… so real, so beautiful.

  13. That tree painting is soooo cool

  14. Ann, I suddenly wish I had a box of crayons and really big paper – just keeping it real! ❤
    Diana xo

    • That is keeping it astonishingly real, Diana, since that’s EXACTLY what we did in my evening group. Thanks for being so creatively colorful here.

  15. I’m going to have to try harder if I want to keep things real.

  16. Cheryl Lynn – Go to be real! Disco!:

  17. I try to keep it real by focussing on what is possible in my life.

  18. Pingback: Day 875: Identification | The Year(s) of Living Non-Judgmentally

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