Something from the Lighter Side

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Sandman Jazz queries and my responses

CAN YOU FILL THIS OUT WITHOUT LYING? Link back to Sandman’s post with a pingback if you opt to play.   

  1. What was the last thing you put in your mouth? 
  2. Worst physical pain you’ve suffered? 
  3. Favourite place you’ve been? 
  4. How late did you stay up last night? 
  5. If you could move somewhere else where would it be? 
  6. Last holiday you went on? 
  7. When was the last time you cried? 
  8. What’s your favourite season? 
  9. If you could have any career, what would you do? 
  10. What was the last book you read? 
  11. If you could talk to ANYONE right now who would it be? 
  12. Are you a good influence?
  13. Does pineapple belong on a pizza? 
  14. You have the remote, what channel do you choose? 
  15. Last concert you attended? 
  16. Favourite food?

My Responses:

First I’d like to say, why would I lie?  The questions are not at all intimate, and even if they were I have a certain amount of real like anonymity as well as the option to not even respond.  Though I suppose the “without lying” does catch people’s attention and makes them want to read the questions.  So I suppose it was a clever way to catch our attention, have us read his blog, and then ping back to him.  Well done Jazz Man, well done!

1.  The last thing I put into my mouth was my nightly medications washed down the pipe with La Croix Tangerine Water.  Maybe not the best combination to put together, but it was handily nearby and did the trick!

2.  The worst physical pain I suffered was giving birth without medications, hypnosis, or being surrounded by water.  Baby boy came too fast for any of the preparations I’d planned for.

3.  My favorite place to have visited was Santorini, Greece.  A gorgeous island with amazing blue waters and American breakfasts!

4.  Last night I stayed up until 6 AM.  I was on a manic cycle and prior to that had not slept since Friday.  I’ve come back down and am feeling balanced.  Though, it is, as I type this answer, 5 minutes to Thursday, so we’ll see whether or not I am truly ready for a normal sleeping pattern again.

5.  I was raised in Northern California and if I were to live anywhere other than here, it would be somewhere down there.

6.  The last ‘holiday’ I went on was a trip to Northern California to see a lifelong friend for a week.  It was very pleasant and I had a jolly good time.

7.  I had my most recent cry in September 2019.  It began in the evening around seven or so, shortly after dinner anyway.  And the next day when I woke up, I still had tears running down my face.  I am pretty sure I had let crying jags for a week or two thereafter and then it just kinda morphed into silent depression.

8.  My favorite season is summer, when the sun is shining my spirit feels uplifted!

9.  Ah, well this is easy.  Before becoming disabled I had a career as a court reporter.  Maybe you call us Stenographers over on the other side of the pond?  I loved it and have missed it every day since walking away.

10.  Well, the last book I physically read was not so good.  I am however someone who cannot not finish a book I’ve begun.  It was Book 2 in the Magical Kingdom series by Terry Brooks.  I disliked the book so much that I will not read the remaining books from that series.  Anyway, it was entitled The Black Unicorn.

Since the lockdown, I have moved on to listening to audiobooks that I can check out from my library using the app Libby.  I am really enjoying it.  The voice actors are tremendously gifted and I find that I am retaining it better than if I were reading it myself!  So, when all of this is over and we are able to return to libraries, book stores, and the like, I think I will likely keep on with the audiobooks.  It will have become one of the changes to remain with me.

11.  It’s hard to choose just one person to talk to.  I’d love to talk to my dad and my grandmother, but they have both moved on.  I have been talking to my son but the quality isn’t what I’d like it to be.  If I could have the conversation at the quality I would like, I would choose him.  We are still working through the He is an adult now stage of relationship-morphing.

12.  Am I a good influence?  Yes.  And no.  It depends on what I am influencing.  Do I have a good work ethic?  Yes.  Am I a motivated house cleaner?  No.  Am I kind and loving to people I know and do not know?  Yes.  Am I kind and loving toward myself?  Not really.  I am a work in progress and I think everyone who answers this question truthfully would have a similar answer.

13.  Pineapple on Pizza?   Oh hell yeah!  Double pineapple, please!  Pineapple is always served best warm!

14.  When I have the remote I choose Netflix, Chromecast, NBC, and MSNBC.  But mostly, it’s Netflix.

15.  The last concert I attended was a long, long time ago.  A girlfriend had a spare ticket to see Marc Anthony, so I joined her.  I knew only 2 of the songs, but they were songs I liked and I had a good time.

16.  My favorite food is a bean and cheese burrito with melted cheddar on top and slathered with sour cream and guacamole!  Yum, yum!

The wonderful photograph of Santorini and her bright blue waters was taken by Alex Azabache and acquired through Unsplash. It’s a great source for free photos under the Creative Commons Zero license, so check it out!

© MemeesMusings/B.L. Memee, 2020. All rights reserved.

Autism + Human Trafficking = Hooked

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Huh??

That’s right you heard me.  But what is Hooked?  Well, it used to be an award-winning book, but now it transitioning into a feature film.  The screenplay has already been honored in competitions and is going into pre-production beginning of July and I am part of it!
Autism + Human Trafficking = Hooked awards

I still don’t get it.

This should help:
Autism + Human Trafficking = Hooked poster

Hooked is the romantic dramedy of a young man whose autism prevents him from recognizing that the woman of his dreams is, in fact, a prostitute.  The film is respectful to those with autism as well as those working the streets.  The relationship between the two characters is sweet and heartwarming while shining a light on human trafficking in America.

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The hooked film production is being sponsored by the 501(c)3non-profit, From the Heart Productions, so that any contributions, whether cash or non-cash, made toward Hooked are tax-deductible. From the Heart Productions has been dedicated to supporting world-changing films for over 23 years.

And just today an individual has offered to match Seed and Spark contributions made to our indie film up to $2500 between now and July 4 so that’s exciting too!  And this is what got me fired up to share this project with all of you! (I guess I have been kinda holding tight to this project and not allowing others in… I wanted it all for me and didn’t want to share.)  Not the wisest move.

Seed and Spark is a pretty cool crowdfunding site.  It is just for filmmakers and they donate cool stuff to films that gain followers (different levels of award based on how many followers we get. )  We can even get free submissions into the film festivals with 1000 followers on Seed and Spark.  Now I think that is totally awesome!  And I am hoping some of you will follow our campaign to help us get there!

And just like other crowdfunding sites, you can earn cool stuff by donating too. Have you ever dreamed of being a screenwriter? With a $200 contribution, you can join a screenwriting workshop with award-winning screenwriter Allen Wolf taking place on Saturday, Oct. 27th. And there are, of course, lot’s of other fun, exciting incentives waiting for you. But I think the greatest reward is knowing that you are helping a movie that brings American human trafficking and bond slavery, as well as autism, to the big screen.
U.S. Human Trafficking map

I want to know more about modern slavery in America!

(Excerpt from Hooked website)

“Our hope is that people who experience Hooked will be inspired to take action against trafficking. The International Labour Organization estimates that there are 40.3 million victims of human trafficking globally. 81% of them are trapped in forced labor, 25% of them are children, and 75% are women and girls. The map above only reflects cases reported to the National Human Trafficking Hotline in 2016 where the location of the potential trafficking was known. Some cases may involve more than one location.

“Here are 11 Facts about trafficking from DoSomething.org:

“1. Globally, the average cost of a slave is $90.

“2. Trafficking primarily involves exploitation which comes in many forms, including: Forcing victims into prostitution, subjecting victims to slavery or involuntary servitude and compelling victims to commit sex acts for the purpose of creating pornography.

“3. According to some estimates, approximately 80% of trafficking involves sexual exploitation, and 19% involves labor exploitation.

“4. There are approximately 20 to 30 million slaves in the world today.

“5. According to the U.S. State Department, 600,000 to 800,000 people are trafficked across international borders every year, of which 80% are female and half are children.

“6. The average age a teen enters the sex trade in the U.S. is 12 to 14-year-old. Many victims are runaway girls who were sexually abused as children.

“7. California harbors 3 of the FBI’s 13 highest child sex trafficking areas in the nation: Los Angeles, San Francisco, and San Diego.

“8. The National Human Trafficking Hotline receives more calls from Texas than any other state in the US. 15% of those calls are from the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

“9. Between 14,500 and 17,500 people are trafficked into the U.S. each year.

“10. Human trafficking is the third largest international crime industry (behind illegal drugs and arms trafficking). It reportedly generates a profit of $32 billion every year. Of that number, $15.5 billion is made in industrialized countries.

“11. The International Labour Organization estimates that women and girls represent the largest share of forced labor victims with 11.4 million trafficked victims (55%) compared to 9.5 million (45%) men.”

Please go to our Seed and Spark Campaign and support us through follows, donations, or both!  Thank you!

Support “Hooked” movie

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Book Reviews: A New Feature for 2017!

Book Reviews: A New Feature for 2017! | Memee's Musings

Book Reviews: A New Feature for 2017! | Memee's Musings

Okay, so I know I’ve been away the last few weeks.  And I want to assure you that I have started some wonderful blog posts, but haven’t quite finished them or uploaded them yet (obviously).  This is just a quick one to let you know that, yes, indeed I am still alive and still active (in mind) on my blog.  And also that I have decided to start a new feature.  It won’t be on a specific day of the week, just from time to time.

I love reading.  Last year I began the year wanting to read a specified number of books which I felt was reasonable and attainable.  Sadly, I started off great, but then kinda slumped off.  I found myself distracted by nothing but wasted time on stupid Facebook click-it games and binge-watching Netflix.  I already log and write reviews (when I feel compelled to do so) on Goodreads.  Telling you that I will be sharing them with you will not only provide me with accountability but also a commitment to reading for leisure. And it certainly can do nothing but help with publishing blog posts.

Funny… I just realize I began a book review in 2015 for your pleasure and it is still sitting in the draft queue because something pulled me away from writing it and I never picked up where I left off.  Perhaps I shall make that my second review and just leave it “unfinished.”  What do you think?  Should I share my freshly read but incomplete review or should I re-read it so I can finish my ending thoughts on the book?  Please leave me a comment and tell me your thoughts or answer the poll question.  Thanks!

This year I have a goal of creating structure in my life.  I have a personal coach helping me to stay focused on my short-term goals and my long-term goal to be completed this year.   As part of that structure, I bought myself a Passion Planner (which was a Kickstarter success of 2014) and it’s pretty thrilling.  I will review this planner /organizer, which is unlike any other planner you’ve used, soon! Although more of a product than a book it will be my first of this series.

The review… What should I do?

Peaceful Postcard Protest #wcw

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Whether you voted for Donald Trump or Hillary Clinton or Gary Johnson or Jill Stein, there is one thing that the majority of us can agree on: We do not want the neo-Nazis aka White Supremacists aka White Nationalists aka Alt-Right to take hold of our government.

There is a Peaceful Postcard Protest about to take place beginning this Saturday. Our postcards are addressed, stamped, and ready to go. Is yours?

Join me in sending a postcard directly to Trump!

** IMPORTANT – Don’t mail your postcard until SAT. NOV. 26th **
We are aiming to get these mailed between Saturday, Nov 26th and Monday, Nov. 28th to create a concentrated avalanche of postcards.

1. Get a postcard from your state – any picture that represents your state.

2. In the message section, write this simple 2-word message: NOT BANNON!

3. Sign your name if you wish to do so.

4. Address it as follows:
Donald Trump
c/o The Trump Organization
725 Fifth Avenue
New York, NY 10022

5. Affix a stamp – minimum postage is 35 cents (anything above will do).

6. Take a picture of your postcard that you can share on social media using the hashtag #stopbannon. PLEASE DO NOT WRITE ANYTHING ADDITIONAL ON THE POSTCARD!

7. Drop it in the mail! In the event that you cannot get your postcard mailed over the weekend, please, please send one anyway, ASAP.

8. Now invite, invite, invite! The more voices we can get in the mail, from the more states, the better. To make it go viral we will all need to share the details with our sphere of influence in whatever ways we feel comfortable. Feel free to copy and paste the details or even post your own event. The more individuals the better!

Peaceful  Postcard Protest #wcw | Memee's Musings

My original post about this peaceful postcard protest and my reasons for participating can be read on 1.7 Million and Counting!

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If you’d like to play Words Crush Wednesday along with me here are the details:

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(3) Tag your post #wcw so the Words Crush Wednesday community players can find you.

(4) Optional: When you are ready, create your own badge for those you inspire to play Words Crush Wednesday. If you do not create your own badge then your inspirees MUST use the badge from the blogger who inspired you — it’s on your post — so be sure to make it easy for them to find. (P.S. I create all of my graphics on Canva.)

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#wcw From a Very Wise Woman

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Women have, for so long, used this quote  when facing the uncomfortable truth that they have ignored relationship red flags.  Women have used for so long this quote to support other women who are making a hard decision to leave an abusive partner.  As women we find strength, truth, and understanding in these wise words by the remarkably wise woman, the poet Maya Angelou.

It is not my intention to turn this blog into a platform for political debate or discussion.  It has always been a place where I place my thoughts.  Thoughts that need to be purged and thoughts that I want to remember. So, right now it is reflecting election stuff and I hope that you, my lovely minions, will continue to visit me and like me despite any varying viewpoints we may have.  #IStillLoveYou #IStillRespectYou

I have been very troubled by the outcome of this election.  I am a person who is filled with love and kindness, tenderness and compassion.  And, as many humans do, I tend to think most people are similar to me and therefore I believed it would be impossible for a man filled with so much hate and venom, a man who enjoyed stirring the pot and riling people up, enjoyed inciting and igniting their angers and fears to ever become our president.  He does not represent my values.  And every night as I sleep I am haunted by the outcome.  Last night was interesting.  Last night I dreamt that I was watching a breaking news story, that President-Elect Trump, having had no idea of the scope of the presidential job, announced that he would not be taking the job.  And now, as a result of our not having a president-elect, President Bill Clinton would be remaining in office for another 2 years as we go through a new presidential election.

Dreams are weird aren’t they?  Anyway, back to my quote.  I have heard and even continue to hear people say that Trump was putting on a show to gain supporters and that is not who he really is.  That now that he has won the election his true colors will shine through and we will discover that he is in fact none of what we saw reflected over the course of the 2 years, plus, that he has been in our eyes and ears spouting his viewpoints.  But I say look at his past, look at all of the history of behavior, all of it, decades and decades worth.  He is exactly who he was during the campaign and if that is not enough to persuade you, look at the people he is surrounding himself, look at his posse of friends who he is placing into key positions in our government.  Wake up, America!  We have some serious trouble in our future.  It’s time to start educating yourselves for survival because this America that we have known and loved and been blessed to grow up in, it’s going to be changing and it may never be the same again.

There, that’s the end of my rant.  Love thy neighbor as you would love yourself. Hate is a dangerous thing.  I do not hate this man.  But I am very, very weary of him and fear what we will suffer, each and every one of us.

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Cut/paste and follow these 3 simple rules:

(1) Always pingback to the site you discovered #wcw on with every Words Crush Wednesday post. In this case, that’s me: memeesmusings.com!

(2) In your post, use the badge they’ve created just for you – In this case, you’d use the Panda badge (size doesn’t matter), just grab it below.

(3) Tag your post #wcw so the Words Crush Wednesday community players can find you.

(4) Optional: When you are ready, create your own badge for those you inspire to play Words Crush Wednesday. If you do not create your own badge then your inspirees MUST use the badge from the blogger who inspired you — it’s on your post — so be sure to make it easy for them to find. (P.S. I create all of my graphics on Canva.)

If you wanna play #wcw with me, here's your badge!
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* To see the badge I earned, visit my very first #WCW post. And, here’s my pingback: Rebirth of Lisa