Archives for February 2016

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How many people actually live the life they truly want to live?

Most people are just living, settling for enjoying bits and pieces of it rather than living a truly enjoyable existence. In many cases that aren’t even aware that they are doing it. So broken and beaten by the everyday pitfalls that t=it never occurs to them to take an overall look at their life and the direction it’s is heading.

When you are in school and often in job interviews you are asked what your five or ten year plan is. In my cases rarely do I have an answer for this ever perplexing question. I say perplexing because I could never understand what that has to do with the price of tea in China but yet and still they ask.

It wasn’t until very recently (let’s say in the last 4 years) did I truly understand what the significance of the question truly was. How do you know if what you are doing with your life is what you want to do thereby making yourself a potentially valuable resources to the world and potential occupation sector if you don’t know what you want out of life and its capabilities to make you happy.

It is common knowledge that a happy wife make for a happier life (from a husband’s perspective) but if you think about it in a broader context you will see how true and aptly place that saying can be.

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A happy employee is less likely to want to live their place of employment, and in turn tends to work harder and more efficiently to be a better example for greater responsibility, which in turns aids in their stability.

A happy and thriving student is eager to learn and aid in the learning of others, thereby positively affecting those around them including the person’s doling out that education.

Truthfully speaking the same can be said of those person entering into politics as well, they have a desire to make life better and more livable for themselves and hopefully for others.

I was listening to a “preview” of a meditation series that Oprah is promoting with Deepak Chopra, I have heard of this partnership more recently than ever before, but in this particular setting it’s all about finding a better you a more centered and hopefully fulfilled you which would in turn impact your health, wellness and weight. My first though was Oprah always finds ways of making money, but then I had to consider the why? 21DMC_MBO_out.indd(marietaoslanec.com)

Here is a prime example of a woman that doesn’t have to do a single other thing in life if she chooses not to, yet and still here she is endorsing Weight Watchers and Deepak Chopra and maybe even Dr. Phil still ( I don’t know because he isn’t my cup of tea, so its wasn’t worth investigating). So why do it?

Obviously I cannot even pretend to know her motives, as I am not her nor am I in a place to ask (although Oprah if ever given the chance to ask/interview you I would be delighted and humble!). But I surmised that it’s because it’s part of her passion, it’s the same part of her passion that drove her to creating her television show, magazine and the OWN network. Part of what drives her is enlightenment and a sincere desire to help others as best she can.

I say all this to say, what could you accomplish if you were to start living a life that was truly loveable and enjoyable to you?

Here is the confession: I am not practicing what I am preaching; but I am working towards it.

Won’t you join me?

 

Hey fam! So last week; I told you how angry I was about a certain school district celebration of Black History month. Well peep this out. The governor of Mississippi just signed a proclamation to make the month of April Confederate History Month. Yes, you read it right.

Confederate history! So if I understand this correctly, that’s the month they celebrate those that didn’t win the war. Seriously, could someone really explain to me why you celebrate losing something? I mean if you lost a divisional or state championship does the losing team ever get together and hoist a drink to losing? Do you get together and play it out knowing that the end will still be the same and take pride in it?

I will give it to the Southerners. Yes, you won a few battles but you didn’t win the war. So tell me why does Mississippi want to celebrate Confederate history? Per CNN Politics website; “Governor Phil Bryant’s quietly issued this proclamation saying people should earnestly strive to understand our heritage.” How quiet was this proclamation? Although he has talked about it, it somehow didn’t make it to the Governor’s website.

Well let’s see what happens on April 1st. Things that make you go hmmm.

Life is so “amazing” but yet “we” as humanbeings take it for granted; especially during times of difficulties. The road of self-deprecation to many, seems like a much easier path to travel. But folks . . .  I guess “that’s LIFE”, I suppose. So why am I in a “philosophical” mood,  you may wonder?” Well at times, I do like to pull back my worn curtains of “Sarcasm ” to allow a little sunshine in. To see the cleaner side of life. And  this time, when I did, I couldn’t believe what I stumbled across.

Do you know that saying “when life gives you lemons, make lemonade”, well its “TRUE“; especially in the case of Simon Beck. If you are seeking  motivation . . . inspiration . . . and/or an amazing story, then here’s one for y’ah! As reported by Huffington Post, this dude Simon Beck creates “giant” murals in the snow my just “walking”  . . . for hours.  Apparently this walking in the snow thangy started  off as “a bit of fun”  for Simon, but gradually  it took over his life and provided us with some of these beautiful “snow” murals.

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For some of his larger work, Beck spends at least 2 hours mapping out his course of actions and then proceeds to walk  at least 8 hours creating his art. He (Beck) does at least 30 murals a year and uses the Alps as his canvas.

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Now, that’s cool. Why can’t I do that? Really Pla? Come on Dawg! See . . . my “self-deprecation” is kicking in again.

 

 

Question . . . Is Kanye West “delusional state of mind” helping his well-being at all? Folks, I’m a little out of it today, so this particular blog want be to long. Unfortunately, due to the absurd stupidity of this current news circle, it appears that my old friend “depression” decided to pay me a visit. I usually try my best to defend off Mr.“Sadness” but today, I just don’t have the energy to even ball up my fist to fight.  Anywho . . . life goes on right?  Why I’m in such a “funk”?! Not because of Donald Trump’s winning streak and “God” help us all if he becomes nominated, but this “funk” stems from the next most annoying person at the moment which is Mr. Kanye West a.k.a Mr. Kardashian.

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For the last month or so, Mr. West demanded attention from the audience by either arguing with his fellow comrades, or begging for money from Billionaires to support “his greatness”; mind you, his “greatness” died out about 3 albums ago. I myself have read many, many blogs and/or news outlets questioning this dude’s “physiological” mind status. And “I” myself,  recently blogged about Mr. West activities; so I’m not immune to all of “his” craziness as well. But I’ve gotten to a point where I’m asking this poignant question and that is . . .“When will all this madness ends?!” And specifically, how healthy is it for the media to continue to provide coverage of Mr. West behavioral outbursts.

For example, Kayne’s latest incident which was reported on CBSNews has him (Kanye) going off on “Twitter” once again, “airing” out his issues . . . business . . . stupidity . . . . “Trump personality” . . . for the world to see.  It appears that Mr. West had at least 10 cups of Starbucks coffee and couldn’t sleep. That means when Mr. West is “sleepless in California”, he lashes out by firing rampant tweets to “those who did him WRONG” (Said in my Darth Vader voice). This time, his “war-chant” tweets was geared towards well-known music producer Bob Ezrin (He worked with KISS, Pink Floyd and Phish), Taylor Swift and Macklemore. Uhh? . . .  Who is this “Macklemore” dude? Really? Who is he?  It appears that the “beef” between both Bob and Kanye started when Bob wrote some harsh words on his blog in regards to Kayne’s behavior by stating the following . . .

“What kind of crazy, f***ed up world is it where this guy is considered to be culturally important!!???’ … Kanye’s greatest achievements have been in the form of excessive behavior, egomaniacal tantrums and tasteless grandstanding.”

I guess that little statement upset Mr. West; hence explains the release of these  “insulting” tweets . . .

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The next “outburst” . . . well sort of  . . . heck, I don’t know . . .  was against this “Macklemore” (Seriously folks, who is he?)?! It appears that Mr. Ezrin mentioned Macklemore in his blog; so this “Macklemore” was included via by “mention” and not by Macklemore himself. Mr. Bob stated that Macklemore  was more “impactful” then Kanye. Which in return, Kanye had a “tweet” response to that also . . .

”Bro you said Macklemore was more important musically than me… no offense to Macklemore, he’s a nice human being!”

For this one I need to know once again “who” is this “Macklemore” dude before I can even judge if Mr. West comment was warrant. The only thing that I do know is that “Macklemore” is indeed a “human being” and not a shadow of Kanye’s imagination.

And finally, Mr. West wrapped up his “tweeting tantrum” with his same ol’ “beats and lyrics” about Taylor Swift. So I want bore y’all with further discussing that particular feud, but here’s the “tweet” anyhow.

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And yeah, let me point out that “he” (Mr. West) didn’t say her name but clearly it was referenced towards Ms. Swift. Honestly, I wouldn’t know if he was talking about her or “Olaf” from Frozen; and I’m “hip”  like that (Do people even use the word “hip” anymore?).

Yeah I know this blog was suppose to be short, but we weren’t suppose to be going into week 100 talking about Kanye West as a “national discussion topic”, either!  Like I said early, Mr. Sadness is visiting me today and now you see WHY!!!!

I’ve always been fascinated or in awe of folks that lived to be at least 100 years old or older. . . heck, even 85 in now cherished. So when I came across an article about Flossie Dickey, who’s 110 years old and not “Asian” (No shades to the Asian peeps, but y’all live a very long, long time),  well I was even more enthralled then ever. Not because of Flossie’s age status mine you, but how Flossie displayed her “annoyance” on “how folks were amazed that she’s still living”. Yes friends . . . she, “Flossie” aint amused about the buzz centering around her age; to be direct, Ms. Dickey want “everyone” to leave her alone. And I “LOVE” it.

It appears that the producers of “Good Morning Spokane” thought it would be sweet or swell or even lovely, to have a segment featuring one of Cheney Washington’s oldest living resident being interviewed at her nursing home. But apparently Flossie (The Elder), didn’t think much of folks invading her personal space. . . at all.  As reported on Bustle, the cheerful and energetic reporter tried her best to ask Flossie questions discussing her kids, grandkids, birthday parties or being old, but the only response that she (The Reporter) received from the 110 year old was a combination of “silence and deadly stares”. I  was rollin’ then.  It appears that all Flossie wanted to do is sit in her low rider (Wheelchair) and sip on her “Gin and Juice” (Coffee). I’m sure her thoughts went something like this . .  . “Why these folks think I need to put my business out there, is beyond me. I mean, aint there a Kanye West story for those fools to report about. Leave me be!” 

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Since Flossie decided to plea the 5th doing some of this “televised” interview, a worker at the nursing home step in and provided some interesting facts about Ms. Dickey. Like her interest in “napping, pies and straight whisky” (She straight-up OG for sure). For those who wished that Flossie utter something . . . just a single word or words, it finally came. When asked if she was excited for her birthday party later that day, she (Flossie) replies “Not one bit”.  Folks . . . Flossie dropped  the mic and exited the building (Metaphorically Speaking)!

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Okay, all jokes aside, Flossie is 110 years old which is relatively young compared to some biblical figures like Adam who lived to be 930 (Genesis 5:5) or Lamech who lived to be 777 (Genesis 5:21) or even Noah who lived 950 years (Genesis 9:29). The difference is that these fellows were during “Gods” work, so they had to chatter. Where is it written that if you live past 100, its required that you should be “excited” and want to share your “excitement” with the world. Really?! I expected Ms. Dickey to be quiet. Maybe, because she probably can’t remember “who” she is or understand “what” the heck you’re asking her; not alone remembering “where” she lives. All she knows, is that she’s rolling like a balla’ (Wheelchair), eating like a queen and drinking her Gin and Juice (Straight whisky). And honesty, that’s all “we” are entitled to know.  . . If even that.