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!

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Book Reviews: A New Feature for 2017!

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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 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 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 in 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!

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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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#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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Life’s Tests #wcw

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So, I am back to blogging and that means returning to one of my favorite blogging days, Words Crush Wednesday!

As you know Words Crush Wednesday is a little link-up game featuring our favorite quotes (or on Memee’s Musings, my favorite quotes).  Now typically I prefer to choose quotes where I know who originated it.  For example, “When one door opens…” I am sure you know a version of that saying, but do you know who is credited with saying it?  I do.  If you’re curious, here’s the link.

Anyway, I stumbled across this one the other day on my friend’s Facebook timeline and instantly loved it.  As you can see it doesn’t say who said it so I did a little digging on Google.  (I am writing in past tense because when you read this it will have already happened.  The truth is I am writing this post and researching at the same time.)  I found a lot of different memes like the one I have here with the webname of who made the meme.  Not helpful.  But I kept looking.  I thought I found one, but then when I clicked the thumbnail to see who the quote was attributed to, I discovered it was attributed to “Aunt Judy.”  I do have an Aunt Judy, but she’s really not all that computer savvy.  You’re right, of course, she could have said it and someone else could have really liked it and so they made the meme and attributed it to her, but I highly doubt it.

So I kept looking.  I found another one that looked promising.  The picture was a little odd, it  invoked in me the idea that the man in the image was in prison.  Not sure at this moment if that was the case or not but that’s beside the point.  I opened the thumbnail to see who it was attributed to.  But this quote was a bit different.  Instead of God it referred to Allah. Now I know that Allah is the name used for the Islamic concept of god.  And so I thought to myself, “Hmm, is this a bastardized version of a quote?”  So I dug a little deeper into the man being cited, Nouman Ali Khan.  I put his name into Google and discovered that it is, in my opinion, entirely possible.

Who is Nouman Ali Khan?  Well, apparently he is a German-born Pakistani who works as a professional Muslim speaker who founded and instructs at The Institute for Arabic and Qur’anic Studies. So he is well educated — and as a side note, personally, in my opinion, anyone who is a professional public speaker knows how to talk and coin great sayings.  I mean, they get paid to talk and share their ideas after all.  I won’t deny I was surprised by this development.  The quote I read and love may come from a person of a religion that does not even recognize God.  I mean, wow, that’s a bit of a shocker!

I found only one other possibility for a cited originator to this quote and he had a long name.  I opened this one up and what I found was that again instead of “God” it read “Allah” and it was attributed to:  Ustadh Nouman Ali Khan.  I tried to find out more.  I didn’t really get anywhere in discovering whether this is the same man, or his father, or someone totally unrelated.  I learned other stuff about Nouman though. Apparently he went through a long period of atheism but ultimately returned to Islam.  No biggy, I am pretty sure many people raised in religion have had times when they questioned their faith or even denied it and then sometime later have returned, or converted to new religions while others remain atheists (Honestly, I think they’re just really angry at their god, believing he has abandoned them.)  Anyway, none of that matters though because this isn’t about a Muslim man, or religion, it’s about a quote that I understand and relate to.  A quote that I loved enough to post on my blog.

If this man were not Muslim.  If he did not practice Islam I bet that all of the quotes that credit it as “Unknown” or slap their own website name upon it would respect who said it. And that makes me sad.  It makes me sad that we live in a world with so much hate for people different than ourselves.  I know much of it is fear driven.  And I know that in America so many of us are angry because of 9/11 and that anger is due to fear. Life in America has never felt as safe as it did before those planes flew into the World Trade Center towers.

My first year blogging I wrote a post entitled, Relationship: What is it and why is it so damn confusing? where I propose how different the world would be if we were less emotionally driven.

Anyway, this post got super-duper long because as it turned out the quote I chose for this week belongs in the same family of quotes as the one I opened this post with about doors opening. Turns out this quote isn’t a quote at all. But still, I’ve come this far and regardless of its nature and where it came from, I am keeping it. I love God. I have been a student and taken many tests in my time. And there have times when I have felt so alone in my struggle (though I have never abandoned God). For these three reasons this non-quote meme speaks to me. I hope you love it for what it says regardless of your position on the Muslim peoples or the Islamic religion. It has wisdom that is meant to bring comfort, patience, and understanding during times of trial regardless of which god it cites.

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Smart or Not?

via Sparks from a Combustible Mind
Author: Melanie Bee Cee

I Image Googled “smart” and this sort of thing came up:

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I was expecting this.   Because that first one?  Looks like some kid’s toy car.  I’d feel silly as hell riding around in one, provided I’d even fit in there.  Maybe they’re as roomy as the Fiat or the the Mini though.  I drove a Fiat once and had a helluva good time doing it too.

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That 6 wheel atrocity? (F-UGLY…and stupid looking IMHO…go buy yourself a freakin’ truck and have done).

Smart or Not? | Memee's Musings

Zoom zoom.  And it got GREAT gas mileage.  If the price tag weren’t so steep, I’d even own one now.   Would drive it around when Baby (my PT Cruiser) needs a rest…

But this post isn’t about CARS…it’s about INTELLIGENCE.

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I had a relative tell me recently something that absolutely astounded me.  I probably stood there, looking stupid, with my mouth open and such.   Because I had no damn idea.

They said that they grew up thinking secretly that they were retarded (okay it’s not a politically correct word, but for the generation of folks involved and since it was a PRIVATE conversation…I’m going to tell the P.C. police to bug off ).   They didn’t do near as well in school as other family members and, although they were NOT stupid or retarded; and are in fact, as an adult, very well read and hold a complicated technical job – they always thought they were somehow dumb because they didn’t hold up the academic shining light.

Now I know this relative very very well.  It’s a sibling actually.  I’m one of the ‘shining lights’ of academia that this person felt diminished by.  I am also a social moron (again with the incorrect P.C. ness…oh phooey to P.C.  I’m declaring my blog a NON-P.C. zone today) and have been since middle school.   I am awkward and ‘shy’ (hahahahah) and I don’t like people and I’m not good at pretending I do.  I say the wrong thing and I do the wrong thing socially more often than I get it right and sometimes that bugs me, but not very often.  Mostly I just don’t care.

Well NOW.   But in middle and high school?  My ‘retarded’ sibling was a social shining light.  Popular and got on well with EVERYBODY.  Had loads of friends and was always being asked to go do things with the popular kids and I really kind of hated my sibling sometimes for their success in the social arena.

It was startling therefore to realize they sort of hated me because I was ‘smart.’    Um.

Well you just never know, do you?

One man’s junk is another’s treasure and deep and profound stuff like that…

Odd what comes up in conversations at a funeral, ain’t it?

And this whole conversation and subsequent stewing about it a little bit (read obsessing over) led to reinforcement of my closely held belief that nothing fits in a pigeon hole but a pigeon, and sometimes the fat ones have to sleep in the rain.

Told you I was ‘smart.’

Smart or Not? | Memee's Musings

Smart or Not? | Memee's Musings

Photo/comic credits in order of appearance:

1. Pink Smart Car: http://www.america-smart-car-guide.com
2. 6-Wheelin’ mini-truck: http://www.yahoo.com
3. Fiat: http://www.fiatforum.com
4. Einstein quote: http://www.fakebuddhaquotes.com
5. Political cartoon: http://www.jantoo.com
6. 21st Century cartoon: http://www.godanriver.com

Editor’s note: All images and credits obtained via original post at Sparks from a Combustible Mind.

The Young Messiah (movie review)

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Today I decided I needed to take a little time just for myself and so I decided to go to a movie. I was feeling frustrated with school and the ongoing demolition that has been transpiring all week inside the house I live (not my house, I’m the nanny).  I had no idea what my options would be so I hopped on Fandango to check out the listings for our local theater with the mind that I would watch whichever movie I could get to the soonest… unless of course it was something I couldn’t possible consider “wasting” money on.  What I discovered was The Young Messiah (and in fact it was the only movie I would have been inclined to see) of the films playing.

And so I went.

I feel so peaceful now, calm and relaxed.  It was a truly beautiful film.  It is, of course, a fictional story as very little is known of Jesus’ childhood.  The film does not pretend to know the answers. It tells you straight up at the beginning that it is inspired by stories from the Bible and is fictionalized imagination of what one year of his childhood life may have looked like. I respect that.  Important events are depicted and strung together to create a cohesive whole (whether the timelines are true or not, I do not know.).  View it as the story of a very special boy living a unique life. Enjoy the great love and faith that binds the family together and the gentleness of spirit that exudes from the child’s spirit.  I found myself wiping away tears from both eyes on more than half a dozen occasions.  The beauty of the cinematography and the strength of the music really touched me deeply.  But of course, I’ve always had a strong spiritual connection with my faith, my God, and my Savior.

Before making up my mind that I would in fact see that film I had typed into the search engine for reviews and at quick glance they all appeared to be poor.  Yet, I was still compelled to choose it. And I am so grateful that I followed my own heart. It was everything I wanted it to be.  It was truly beautiful and will remain with me for a long time and I recommend it to anyone who has a strong love of Jesus and our relationship with God and can watch it as the celebration of a human being, which is truly what I think it was meant to be.