KaZ Cruse Akers is “Sassy, observant, blunt, bold, real, funny, honest, accessible, zany” storyteller.
A professional writer, KaZ, spent 35 years as a singer, dancer, actor, choreographer, artistic director, stunt person, circus artist, pro water skier, tv producer & writer, playwright, songwriter, AND restaurant, cinema & fitness center owner. There are stories to tell..
Stories are a wonderful escape. Fact is much funnier and stranger than fiction. Whether they are funny, poignant, sad or outrageous a good story sticks with you and is fun to share.
This is an anecdote about a time I went to Costa Rica to a hot mineral water resort. I encountered a late 30-something man who decided that saying what he said to me was better than not saying anything at all. He was wrong! But it makes a really good story. https://www.kazakers.com
I’ve been shy about burping or passing gas around anyone for a very long time. I’m just bathroom shy. Period. Are bodily functions humiliating for you? They are for me. Or do you just let ‘er rip? I’ve got a ton of stories about it and I imagine you do too.
What can I say? The recent events regarding another young black man are intolerable. The only way I could express what I’m feeling is through poetry. Doesn’t make me sleep much better at night. But it helps. I passed this poem on to my dear African-American, male friends. Do I get it? Have I said anything that can help heal the suffering of the family and friends of any victims of violence perpetrated on young black men? (C)
I spent my share of time listening to gurus, Maharishis, Roshis, sages and guides. All in all I found with a little encouragement I knew what I needed to know, when I needed to know it. Teachers are fantastic until you hand over the responsibility for your life to them. Save some money and listen to my stories on my experiences and those of a few friends. Y
Can we imagine what it might mean to live forever? All the things that would change because of living forever. Medicine, the anti-aging business, relationships, you name it. What would living forever look like? If we got ill would we be ill forever? Would we be immune to disease? OR what if we were able to live long, extended lives? What does it take to live a healthy, extended life? What would we change about living, if anything? What could be changed in our environment, technology and medicine if we lived longer lives? How would we treat each other, and the planet if we lived longer or indefinitely? Give it some thought, and then have a listen.
I don’t think any place I could ever have taught meditation or Qigong could’ve helped me learn how to go with the flow more than working in juvenile justice. You never know what to expect. You never know what the mood is. You always have to be on your toes prepared to throw out the lesson plan and, well, go with the flow. Make it up as you go along. Use all your knowledge and learning and sometimes fly by the seat of your pants with it. There’s nothing wrong with that. Right now, it’s really important that everyone has the same attitude. We’ve got to go with the flow.
I know these are scary times. I know the coronavirus pandemic leaves us all with unanswered questions. I know we all feel like we have no control. But trying to be in control by hoarding things like toilet paper is not being in control, it’s panicking. There’s no need to panic. Stores are going to stay open. They’re going to restock. They may have shorter hours but be patient you’ll get what you need. I’m sure of it. We need to make sure everyone has what they need. We need to make sure everyone has their basic needs met – minimally. I’ve been hearing crazy things from people out there. It’s going to get worse before it gets better and we all need to pull together, take care of ourselves and take care of each others. Here are a couple of stories about the craziness that’s going on out there.
Without giving too much away about this podcast, I discuss “rules” that were passed on to me for writing prose and poetry. After reading them, and in my own experience, I’ve come up with my own rules. Let’s see what you think.
I love information. Maybe I am a purveyor of information. But I don’t just blindly believe anything and everything people tell me. Even “experts”. I do my research and what works for me, works for me. It may not work for you. You need to find that out for yourself. Don’t trust what everyone tells you. That can be trouble. Not everything is what you are told it is. Do your due diligence. Research. Ask questions. If it sounds too good to be true, yes, it is. Labels that say “natural“, “approved“ or “pure“ don’t mean a thing. Nothing is going to cure what ails you “in record time“, “before you know it“, or “Faster than anything on the market“. When you see those labels – RUN!
I’m sure for some people that social media has its place. Personally, I think social media like Facebook, Instagram, & Twitter have a monopoly. And they’re watching you. An article just came out about Facebook and Instagram monitoring you even when you’re not on the platform. That’s scary to me. We are moving farther and farther away from face-to-face encounters. Or at the very least a call, a text, or a video chat. We’ve replaced social media for any meaningful interactions. I get it if you’re a shut in, ill, not very mobile or don’t really know many people. I’ve met a couple of lovely people on social media and we’ve become friends. But out of the thousands and thousands others I encountered when I was on social media, nothing of real substance. Or people who were or had been real friends became only social media friends. They were too busy to communicate in any other way. And the communication was often just a thumbs up, like, quick, short comment, or a happy birthday after they had been reminded by the app. It feels just too insidious for me. We are being watched all the time in so many ways. Through our big screen TV or Alexa or even our cell phone. There’s very little privacy and there’s very little one-on-one interactions. It’s incredibly addictive and people have told me again and again they just can’t live without it. No, you can’t live without air, food, or shelter. You can live without social media. At the very least you can live without being on social media hours and hours every day announcing every single facet of life. I’m a big fan of Cal Newport, who has never been on social media. You can find him online – his website, blog and his TEDTalks. He’s brilliant, well-adjusted and has no problem in his relationships, work or avocations. Hey, if Stephen King has decided that Facebook is not for him it’s time to sit up and take notice.
Hi everybody, it’s KaZ! I want to examine logical and illogical ways we live our lives as we age. From keeping the gas tank in our cars half full , and our cell phones charged, to letting go of eating crap, hoarding stuff, living our lives through our children and not getting enough sleep. It’s blunt, to the point, and oh so right on target.
Is happiness “just an illusion”? Let’s look at “Don’t worry, be content” instead of “don’t worry be happy”. Happiness is a constart swinging pendulum. Contentment may be what we need to address. Pretending to be happy isn’t happiness. Pretending to be perfect is anything but. Release the pressure you put on yourself or on others to be perfect. Contentment and peace are less manic. Does happiness exist or is it really contentment we all desperately need? Too much is too much or anything, even “happiness”.
Because of what has been going on in politics for a while it’s very important to be a critical, independent thinker. To think for yourself. To form your own ideals, ideas and opinions. Arguments because people don’t agree on politics are futile and a waste of time. I don’t believe everything I hear or read from anywhere. Neither should you. Hearsay, rumors, gossip, propaganda are all just that. None of it is based in fact. Zero. You have to look at the empirical evidence. Being a critical, independent thinker is healthy. It helps us age better and release less cortisol: that fight or flight hormone. There’s a lot of that swirling around these days. Cortisol makes radical changes in our bodies. Those radical changes aren’t always good. It’s good when we’re trying to escape an oncoming car or a bear in the woods. But in the long run on a day-to-day or hour by hour basis it’s not healthy. We all have our biases. Formed from years of interactions, experiences and, well, life. Information and facts are power! Unless a situation is so egregious is there really a need to engage? Is defending our “opinion“ worth the arguments, attacks, and verbal or physical violence? I don’t think so. Scratch that, I know it’s not. I believe. In agree to disagree, dialogue, plus not everyone has to see eye-to-eye. That’s what makes life so interesting. But how we handle that is an entirely different matter.
Sometimes I think ignorance is bliss. We are bombarded with information 24 7! When is too much information, too much information? And what’s wrong with I don’t know? Either not wanting to know, not really knowing or being able to say “I don’t know”. Ya know?! I guess I don’t know feels too vulnerable and some people think It makes us look ignorant. But faking it till you make it, to me, is not preferential to saying I don’t know. Or I don’t know, but I’ll find out. There are many days that I don’t know and I don’t want to know and that feels just fine to me.
My life has the interesting (mis)fortune to have revolved around several cockroach incidences. Yes, the creatures that Mother Nature can’t kill. Here are three funny and ironic stories from my past that help me have a better understanding of life. Yea, cockroaches, who would have thought?? Not me!
We’ve all been there, unless we fly first class. Seats getting closer together. Having a passenger recline their seat into your face. Liquid spilled on us. Grumpy flight attendants. My question is: if we want to recline our seat do we ask the person behind us? Do we just tell them we are reclining or do we go ahead and do it? Is polite passé on a plane? Have we becoming herded sheep getting on and off the “friendly” skies? I’ve had terrific experience on planes: Aloha Hawaiian and thank you, Alaska. AND some horrific experiences: I’m looking at you American! Here’s my take on the foibles of flying.
We are in an age of anything goes. That can be a good thing or not a good thing. Invariably, when we speak we strike a chord or a nerve with others. A chord is more comfortable and striking a nerve makes us uncomfortable, we get angry and we are triggered. Violent communication is not just hurling profanities. It’s also the words we choose to speak to others and speak to ourselves. Accusatory words, and in the age of social media responding to someone with argumentative or controversial intent. That’s going nowhere fast. It’s not dialogue, it’s not agree to disagree, it’s not discourse. It’s just speaking to hear ourselves and our opinion. Do people resort to violent communication to make sure they are not seen as lesser than the person they are engaging with in violent communication wordplay? I don’t have the answer to that BUT it’s up to all of us to discover what non-violent communication means, what non-violent communication does for us, and how it contributes to the world of conversation.
Bodily functions are perfectly normal. Here I discuss teaching in juvenile justice and how bodily functions in class, after my students had dinner, made for a very interesting classes. In the film Shrek, Shrek would say “better out than in“. Sometimes it is better to let out what you’re holding in. For your physical and mental health. It’s all in how you do it. Sometimes it’s healthy and sometimes it is a physical or mental challenge. We just have to determine what is the healthy way to let things out.
The title might not sound like it but this is an end of life story. The story of a mother suffering from Alzheimer’s and her daughter who helped care for her. It’s actually a funny, poignant story. If you yourself or anyone you know is suffering from Alzheimer’s go to www.alz.org for more information and for help. Background music: Acoustic Inspiration HAAWK https://www.kazakers.com
No one else defines you, YOU define you. Aging is not a curse. Why would any of us want to anti-age? The alternative is so much worse. We’ve become obsessed with the clock not moving forward. Is it vanity, fear, ego, insecurity, societal pressures? All of it? Do whatever you can to look and feel the best you can. Perfection does not exist. Especially someone else’s idea of your perfection. We may not have what we had when we were younger, however we probably have a lot more. We are still talented, creative, valued and valuable. When you look around the world you see most are not obsessed with looking like they are the younger version of themselves. Thanks for listening. I love talking with you. Feel free to contact me if you have anything you want to discuss or a podcast you’d like me to record. https://www.kazakers.com Background music: Acoustic Inspiration HAAWK
Life is messy. We are always trying to “figure it out”. We don’t have to figure it out. Let’s let go of the “what if’s and what happened?” Learn to flow more like water. Water flows over and around rocks and boulders. Be like water or get the tools you need. We can find ways to allow the answers to reveal themselves without being in a constant state of anxiety. Isn’t that a wonderful place to be! Yes! And it’s not only probable. it’s possible. Thanks for listening! https://www.kazakers.com. Background music Acoustic Inspiration HAAWK