Thursday Thoughts…4 February 2016

This weekend is going to be busy, so I won’t be able to do much blogging until Monday or Tuesday – so I figured that I’d give you all a short rundown while my computer is showing me some love this morning, LOL!

Rosa Lee Parks: 4 February 1913 – 24 October 2005

First off, today marks the “birth anniversary” of Rosa Lee Parks, who passed away on 24 October, 2005. She is remembered as the woman who refused to give up a bus seat, but her life and activism extended far beyond that. From The Washington Post:

“Parks was a seasoned freedom fighter who had grown up in a family that supported Marcus Garvey and who married an activist for the Scottsboro boys. She joined the Montgomery chapter of the NAACP in 1943, becoming branch secretary. She spent the next decade pushing for voter registration, seeking justice for black victims of white brutality and sexual violence, supporting wrongfully accused black men, and pressing for desegregation of schools and public spaces. Committed to both the power of organized nonviolent direct action and the moral right of self defense, she called Malcolm X her personal hero. The Rosa Parks Collection, which opened in February, reveals how broadly Parks has been distorted and misunderstood. Her papers languished unseen for years following her death because of disputes over her estate, the hefty price the auction house put on the archives, and its refusal to allow any scholars to assess the papers before the sale. Last year, the Howard Buffett Foundation bought the archive and gave it to the Library of Congress on 10-year loan.

Though Parks later wrote an autobiography, her notes from decades earlier give a more personal sense of her thoughts. In numerous accounts, she highlighted the difficulty of navigating a segregated society and the immense pressure put on black people not to dissent. She wrote that it took a “major mental acrobatic feat” to survive as a black person in the United States. Highlighting that it was “not easy to remain rational and normal mentally in such a setting,” she refused to normalize the ability to function under American racism.

For her, the frustration began in childhood, when even her beloved grandmother worried about her “talking biggety to white folks.” She recounts how her grandmother grew angry when a young Rosa recounted picking up a brick to challenge a white bully. Rosa told her grandmother: “I would rather be lynched than live to be mistreated and not be allowed to say ‘I don’t like it.’ ”

Parks viewed the power of speaking back in the face of racism and oppression as fundamental — and saw that denying that right was key to the functioning of white power. Parks’s “determination never to accept it, even if it must be endured,” led her to “search for a way of working for freedom and first class citizenship.”

Friday, 5 February, marks the beginning of the Sapporo Snow Festival in Japan, which runs through Sunday, 7 February. That looks like a beautiful festival to attend! I love the snow sculptures, especially the way they are lit up at night…visually stunning masterpieces.

The Super Bowl is on Sunday…I look forward to watching Cam Newton and the Carolina Panthers make mincemeat out of the busted Broncos! I would have loved to see my Seahawks do it, but – eh. Not happening this year!

There’s a New Moon on Monday – this marks the beginning of the Lunar New Year: the Year of the Red Fire Monkey!

Tuesday marks Mardi Gras – “Fat Tuesday.” I’d like to go to New Orleans…just not during that festival. Too crowded, too noisy, too many disgusting, drunk tourists…it just doesn’t appeal to me very much anymore. Some places are best seen “as they are,” without the phony mask put on for visitors. Also, Tuesday marks 666 days since the young ladies were abducted from the school in Chibok. Interesting coincidence, that…

Anyway, time for some coffee and a shower, then I have to get packing – we’re attending a concert on Saturday, if Ozzy Osbourne’s health holds up! He had to cancel a leg of his tour due to sinusitis, according to reports…I’ll have to listen to the Boneyard today and see if there are any updates. Speaking of which, I finally got a reply via email to be their ‘Ultimate Sinner!’ I’m stoked…my voice will be on the radio again, for the first time in 20 years! Not just tiny, local radio, either…no, I’ll be blasting across the stratosphere on SATELLITE RADIO!!! It’s going to be awesome – I’ll let you know when that’s scheduled!

Last but not least: here’s my latest ESO gaming video! I’m slaying a couple of trolls and their master, and they give me the worst of it at first…but not for long! I’m not bothered by posting my agonizing defeats along with my thrilling victories – I learn from watching my mistakes and missteps!

Yes

Spelling lesson

Why not?

I don’t know where to find beautiful corset dresses…and the well-made ones are VERY expensive – otherwise, I would!
But I do have some nice cloaks…very velvety.

Adventures and Musings of an Arch Druidess

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Always

Always

Truth

LOL – I do all but #3…my fence keeps doorbell-ringers away!
For me, #3 is “gaming & music” :D

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Please

Excellent list – I’m definitely going to do this.

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The Hokey Pokey – Shakespearean Style…Meme…

Very Inspiring Blogger Award

My good friend Paul over at wwwpalfitness nominated me for this award back in January, so I wanted to thank him and reciprocate! Also, it’s Monday and I haven’t had my morning coffee yet; I’m feeling a bit lazy and this one can be tackled easily, LOL – thank you, Paul, for providing an award that my fuzzy morning brain can deal with.
:P

It’s Monday and 1st February…the perfect day to do an awards post!

The Rules:

Display the award and thank your nominator. Then answer these questions:
Who are your top 5 bloggers and why?
What type of posts do you like to read?
Do you plan to change any styles regarding your blog?

Trying to think of the top bloggers I like is tough…I have 181 followers, so I follow 181 blogs! If I have to think of five blogs that I read regularly – ‘regularly’ meaning pretty much ‘daily’ – then these are the ones:

1. Adventures & Musings of an Arch Druidess
2. Chris the Story Reading Ape
3. buffalotompeabody’s Blog
4. Pacific Paratrooper
5. Eddie Two Hawks

Why do I like them? Because…I just do! I might be able to articulate why, and better, if I had coffee… *scrapes cobwebs out of ears*

The types of posts I like to read will sometimes vary, depending on my mood, but I always love a post that makes me laugh out loud – no matter what my mood is! I could be feeling most foul, but a good laugh can shake me out of my doldrums pretty quickly.

As far as changing any styles regarding my blog, I have no plans to. I like the ‘Koi’ theme and settings, and I will always write what I feel like, when I feel like it! I’ve definitely started re-posting more, which has greatly increased my viewers and followers, so I won’t quit doing that. Getting involved in at least one “Meet & Greet” per month is a lot of fun, too. Otherwise, I have decided to start ‘protecting’ some posts, both past and future, with passwords. The past ones have passwords to thwart moronic, obsessive trolls with no lives; the future ones will be posts strictly for myself – posts with questions, observations, realizations, and both present and future plans and goals.

Next, tell a little bit about yourself – who are you, what is your blog about, and why did you start blogging? Then, nominate between 3 – 5 other blogs, not including the nominator or your top fives. Keep it low-maintenance! After your post is complete, copy the link and put it in the comment section of your faves and nominees, so that they are at least aware of it, LOL

Who am I? That depends on who you ask, LOL!
What is my blog about? A little bit of everything!
Why did I start blogging? Because I’ve always needed some sort of creative writing outlet, and this is the perfect way for me to do so.
(Did I mention that I haven’t had coffee yet?)

My nominees: (apologies if you have an award-free blog and I didn’t see the notification)

Deanne’s World
The Star Scrolls
Element | Healing for Mind, Body & Spirit
Cindy Knoke
Maggie

That’s it for this award…time to get some coffee!

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