Live Boldly

You've gotta dance like there is nobody watching, Love like you will never be hurt, Sing like there's nobody listening, And live like it's heaven on earth. ~~William Purkey


"I can sum up just about everything I have learned about life in three words: it goes on." Robert Frost

Life Happens

Accept that some days you are the pigeon and some days you are the statute!.

March 28, 2015

American Horror Story: A Look

I do not have cable tv.  I got rid of it in 1995 when my daughter was two.  We were never at home to watch it.  There are many shows I would love to watch and even the BBC and Scifi channels...but...still I am never home to watch that much tv.  Thus, when I do want to catch up on a show I normally go to the library, many seasons later and check then all out and have a marathon.  Luckily the library is only 1 to 2 seasons behind on any show so I can keep up fairly well. I was just able to see American Horror Story: The Coven.  It recently came in at the library.

I must say that this entire series is decidedly odd and at many times disturbing.  Coven, I believe was the most disturbing, most gory so far.  The story line was good but some parts were definitely unexpected.  Kathy Bates, love her, was great.  I will never forget her in Misery.  Angela Bassett was excellent as well.  Funny, hell was what each person dreaded the most. 

I have always been a horror fan since I was a child.  Horror has changed since I was a child.  It has become much more graphic. It was more psychological when I was a child.  Less gore but it messed with the mind more. I still have not gotten over The Exorcist.  That was terrifying to my soul.  Can't even watch it today.  It and Pennywise the I hate clowns and mimes!  And sicfi could be just as horrifying and even it has become more graphic and gory.  Who was not just horrified about what soylent green was??  The birds from The Omen, Rosemary's baby....and more.  I always tell my daughter that she needs to see the originals.  Not the remakes of those classic tales.  The were the best and the creepiest.  They don't have all the blood and gore of todays  horror or scifi but they are just as good.

If I am not mistaken there are 2 more seasons of American Horror Story done that have not made it to the library on DVD.  Well, all things in good time. 

March 27, 2015

Go Alone

This week the awful story of the Germanwings plane being crashed into the Alps was everywhere.  As it turned out, the plane was deliberately crashed by the pilot, Andreas Lubitz.  As it turned out he was declared unfit for duty and apparently  was having mental health issues.  If you are having all those troubles why take innocent people with you?

If you want to take your one life, go alone.  Take it alone. Don't take others with you.  Why take all those innocent people with you?  It makes no sense.  There was also some sort of illness that he was suffering with.  It has not been made public what it was as of this post.

There was an 8 minute descent. I cannot imagine what that was like except for sheer terror. According to reports there was screaming passengers.  How awful. The only good thing was that all died on impact.  No suffering, no burning, no drowning or having to fend against sharks. 

There is an awful lot of misery in the world.  If you have miserable seek help.  Don't harm innocent people and if you choose ot take your life, go alone.  ALONE!

March 22, 2015

Dreaming of Alligators

Dreams. What are they made of?  Mine were made of gators last night.  The odd thing is that I have had this dream before.  Or rather a version of it.  I did not remember it until I was back in the dream early this morning.  It was a calm dream.  A good dream.  I was on a trip. On a cruise with a lot of other people and we were all going to a place way out in the middle of the ocean were gators lived.  Once a year hundreds of thousands of alligators congregate way out in the middle of the ocean to mate and to fly! FLY!  Yes.  It was amazing.  They would leap in the air and fly over and above the ocean and the boat.  It was magical as this was the only place in the world where they could fly. 

We were all dressed in our evening gowns and men in tuxedoes sipping champagne up on the upper decks viewing the flying.  It was amazing.  Then suddenly I was home and there were regular gators around all over that we had to forever be careful of.  In the yards to take our pets, if we left our doors open they would come in the house.  I remember having to fight one to stop him from getting to my cat. My cat MiHa who came back to me in this dream, who died back in 2000 after being my most beloved pet for 14 years.  It was good to see her again and to see her happy and with me.  I still miss her. 

Sipping champagne in an evening gown on a cruise ship watching flying alligators.  Visiting with my beloved kitty! That was a reoccurring dream worth having. 

Sleep. Elusive.

From time to time I cannot sleep.  I feel tonight will be one of those nights.  I feel wide awake and it is after midnight.  What to do? Well besides watching True Blood and blogging, the only thing other thing would be to lay in bed and try to count sheep or read to fall asleep.  I did take a long nap today after work and maybe that is the issue.  I slept the afternoon away and now I am awake.  I do feel much better after the nap but I do want to be able to seize the day tomorrow.  Not tomorrow but later today. 

March 18, 2015

Starbucks Race Together

Starbucks Race Together?  REALLY?  I am not sure who came up with this idea, that our baristas should talk race relations to customers, but it is crazy.  When I am in that long line with 20 other people trying to get coffee in the morning, when will there be time.  Those baristas would have time for that.  Nor do I have time to teach them about 40 years of slavery and oppression.  I just want then to get my order right and call me by the right name.  Remember my name! 
I read on twitter that people were all up in arms about this.  I can see why.  If we want to improve race relations, corporate America and companies need to hire more people of color.  I frequent about 4 local Starbucks in my town and there are no black people making coffee drinks.  They lets look at our schools and education systems.  Teachers in urban areas are not doing their jobs They are not teaching and African American kids come out of school not prepared for college or the world of work.  I know.  I am a teachers daughter and have seen it first hand  It is a shame that the education levels are not the same. 
Another thing is technology.  Due to income differences, many black families in poor areas do not have access to the internet or computers and so much of education today involves the web and having access.  Then lets look at the prison systems.  They are filled with black men, many innocent. With our advances technology it seems that almost weekly there is a story where DNA is tested with todays technology and an innocent black man has been imprisoned for just about his entire life. 
And there is plenty more.  At work recently my coworkers were discussing their heritage and how to get into the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Joking to all one coworker asked each of us to tell out links to this kind of stuck up organization.  It was  joke Some said they had links, others had no links and when they got to me, what could I say?  I told her my people were slaves and we built this country, so any links DAR was claiming, I was claiming too.  Well, I shut that down quick.  We all went back to our cubes to work.
Can a Starbucks barista address race relations in the 8 to 10 minutes I am waiting for my coffee?  I think not and I am sure that with some of the very realistic answers I could give, it might just be "hashtag awkward!"

March 17, 2015



Saint Patricks Day Printables


A Year of Books

Is there anyone out there participating in Mark Zuckerburg's reading challenge for 2015?  He is reading 2 books a month and having a Q and A with the authors most times.  It is called A Year of Books .  I have either bought the ones I really wanted and the rest I have checked out from my local library.  With work I have not been able to keep up.  The books have selected so far have almost been like text books and very long.  Not easy reads.  Full of graphs and statistics. 

The only easy read has been Gang Leader for a Day by Sudhir Venkatesh.  It was interesting because that was a sociology book, which was my major in college.  I am about 1/2 way through The End of Power.  Now I am trying to clog through the current book, Creativity, Ink by Ed Catmull. It is a good book, interesting.  I do like it because I was a Disney cast member for nine years.  Little by little I will get through them. 

I am determined to keep up with you, Mark Zuckerburg!  I just need to read faster!  It's a great challenge with some very challenging books.

March 15, 2015

Rose Was NOT the Doctors' Girlfriend

David, David, David!  Rose Tyler was not  the Doctors' girlfriend.  She was far too whiny and mewling  most of the time.  I have been watching the doctor since I was a child....over 40 years now and for the life of me I have never been a fan of Rose.  There was just something..something I have yet to put my finger on. Yes, I know she was pining away for the Doctor and got the replica in the end.  I am so glad I was just a replica...and not the REAL doctor.  Rose!  So sick of her. David Tennant on Doctor Who: "Rose was a girlfriend... even if they didn't say it"

There was never anything between them. Never, except for Rose pining.  In the end he could not say those words she so wanted to hear via hologram. 

The best companion was Martha Jones. She realized the doctor was not good for her and left on her own!  Go Martha!  She was the best by far!  Loved her all the way around.