Avon Calling

Just kidding.

When I was growing up, there was a running joke about home sales ladies.  They sold makeup (Avon vs. Mary Kay) and Tupperware.  Women would kick the men out of the house for the night, have chicken salad in phyllo cups and some stale cookies, and apply frosted blue eyeshadow around the dining room table. There were a few rebels, like one of my best friends.  She’s sold BeautiControl for gosh, almost twenty years now.  But for the most part, this was it.

No, wait, there was also Amway.  Can’t forget them.

But now?  Now you have so much more.  Thirty-One.  Tastefully Simple.  ::ahem:: Adult-themed products.  Avon.  Mary Kay.  Spongewear.  Southern Living.  Lia Sophia.  Pampered Chef.  Origami Owl.  Scentsy.  Longaberger.  Seven hundred different scrapbooking companies.  A thousand different health food supplement companies.  Can’t count the number of personal grooming companies.  Books.  Baby supplies.  More adult toys.

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Okay, Okay, I Registered

I keep getting emails that I need to ‘get with the times’ from my friends.  I personally wasn’t a great fan of the Bloglovin’ platform, I prefer my MyYahoo! RSS feed.  But it’s not like it’s a bad thing to be registered.  So I am.  Here’s the link.

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Writing 101: A Childhood on the Beach

So I have had this blog for six years or more.  And I love it.  It’s totally random when I post, I don’t really promote it much (if ever), and I do it for me.  In January 2013 I discovered Link parties.  I loved them.  It encouraged me to post on a weekly (okay, 3 or 4 times weekly) basis.  Different questions picked each week, and different topics.  But it was all fluff.  It was nothing of substance.  And I found myself looking for motivation to write on a more meaningful basis rather than answering what my three favorite pins were from Pinterest or what the contents of my wallet happened to be.

Tonight I discovered the Daily Writing Challenge.  It looks like it might be the thing I am looking for.  I don’t know if I will participate daily or just a few times a month.  But I’m going to give it a try.  Let’s see how it goes!

The challenge is named Three times Three. You can choose to write a post inspired by a response to the “Threes” photo challenge, or you can write your post based on three photos you supply.  I chose some of the photos that were provided by the post and the memory that these pictures evoked in me.

Three Views Along the Shore by Sue Nash

Book Review: Jesus Land: A Memoir

I finished this book over a week ago, and I cannot stop thinking about it.  It wasn’t an easy read, but it certainly was thought-provoking!  Written by Julia Scheeres, it was also published as Another Hour on a Sunday Morning in the UK.

Julia is the youngest of four children (one boy, three girls) in a very strict Calvinist family. When she was three, her family decided to adopt a boy. They were a bit taken aback when there were no white babies available and ended up with a black child, David.  Bigoted themselves, David’s new mom was afraid that his blackness would rub off on her whenever she touched him.  Julia, however, had an instant bond with him and loved him unreservedly, becoming best friends.  When David was a few years older, they decided he needed another brother ‘like him’, and adopted Jerome. These are the three children that move to small town Indiana in the early 1980s. Continue reading

Book Review: Killing Lincoln

I’m not a Bill O’Reilly fan.  In fact, if I had paid attention and realized that this was written by him, it might have influenced my decision to read the book.  Instead, I saw the book on a ‘best of 2013’ list and thought it was intriguing (plus I’m on a biography kick right now) so I added it to my library list. And I’m glad I wasn’t biased by the author’s name over the title.

To be fair, I don’t know how much was O’Reilly written and how much was the coauthor Dugard.  But from the first chapters of the book, written during the time when my native city of Richmond was being overtaken by Grant, forcing Lee on his way west toward Appomattox, I was intrigued at the way the story unfolded.  Lincoln’s involvement in the last days of the war, what Booth Continue reading

When I Give Voice to an Opinion, Part 2

Read Part 1 here.

So back to that Huffington Post article that I saw at work.  It was a link to a letter written by a man in a state that is debating the legal definition of marriage.  Currently, he happens to fall outside of that definition.  And he presented a very eloquent argument as to why the thought of 13 strangers debating his future without knowing anything about him, or anything about his life, or anything about his marriage was one of the more discriminatory actions he has faced.  You can go here and read the full letter–I encourage you to do so.  At a time when people debate this topic so forcefully yet I know several of my friends do not know a gay man or a lesbian woman, much less one in a committed relationship, it is a fantastic accounting of what a day in his life is like.  And it’s just that–a day.  A day when two people who are married to each other wake up in the morning and go through their day.  Go to work, eat meals, do laundry, watch a movie.  A day like the day you have, or the day like I have.

I don’t know why the letter resonated with me so strongly, but it did.  So I did something I think I’ve never done (unless it’s writing to my imagined BFF at USAToday, the Pop Culture Maven Whitney Mathison) and wrote to the guy that penned the original letter.

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When I Give Voice to an Opinion, Part 1

So here’s a bit of back story.  A few days ago I was procrastinating at work and scrolling through my Facebook feed.  Lately I seem to be clicking on a lot of Huffington Post articles, and they had one that caught my interest so I center clicked on it and opened it up in a second tab.  And then forgot about it for the next few hours.  It caught my attention as many headlines do–because it was on an issue that I carry an opinion that I do not often discuss.

I made a promise to myself that I would change that.  That I would not hide my opinion any more.  I don’t feel that I was hiding it to begin with, but I certainly wasn’t speaking up.  Well, not any more than I normally do to friends.  But not loudly, and not often.

In my life, I have had the privilege of working in the theater, in the restaurant world, and in the corporate office of a men’s clothing company.  In each of these industries, I have had the opportunity to work with people who have a lifestyle that is quite different from the one that I live. Continue reading

So here’s the thing . . . .

I started this blog umpteen years ago (okay, six) with the thought that it would be a bunch of ramblings from my busy brain.  And at times it has been.  I have gone through blogging challenges where you have to blog something every day for forty days.  I have had months where I haven’t posted much of anything.  I discovered the world of linkups last year (how had I not found those before???) and figured that posting three days a week, even if it was mundane facts and thoughts, at least had me writing.

But lately that hasn’t been enough.  I would like to get away from the superficial, list facts about yourself posts and get back to the meatier posts of substance that I used to do.  Not that I don’t like the linkups–I love them.  Sunday Social, the Monday Listicles, the now-defunct Tuesday Topics (which was probably my favorite), and the Wednesday Hodgepodge.  I did them for a majority of last year, but then they started to feel like a chore or something that I was obligated to do and not something I enjoyed doing.

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Supporting the Facist Media in 2013

I’ve done it for two years, so why not keep it up for three. . . .

Did I support the Facist Media (i.e., did I go to the movies) in 2013? Yep. As often as possible. Here’s the list of those that I saw in the theater in 2013. Not ones I watched at home or ones I rented, just ones I sat in a squeaky seat and dealt with teen texters. A surprisingly short list this year, but not surprising given the problems my mother has had and my attempts to study for the Series 7.  And for the most part, many of the movies that I wanted to see were only playing in my hometown for about a week.  Essentially, if it wasn’t a zombie movie or something that had a superhero overtone, it didn’t play for long here.  This also explains why the list of films that I still want to see is extensive for 2013.  So here are the ones I paid money for: Continue reading

Looking ahead

I have truly missed blogging lately.  Too much time spent trying to ‘do everything’, and not enough time spent on things I care about.  I even got out of the habit of weekly link ups, and they were the only thing keeping the blogging habit going for awhile!  So here I am, a day late but hopefully not a dollar short, with this week’s entry for:

Sunday Social

This Weeks Questions:

1. What is the best New Years Eve you’ve ever had?
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I am the queen of procrastination.

I really am.

I am supposed to be studying for my Series 7.  I have the book on my lap, the STC website up on my browser, . . . and it’s taken me almost three hours (or more) to answer 50 questions because I just. don’t. want. to.

But my test is in ten days.

And I’m on chapter 11 of my review.

So I need to study.

But then I remembered tomorrow is Sunday, and I can do Sunday Social!  Early this time, instead of on Monday as I have been doing because I’ve been so swamped I can’t remember to do it on Sundays.

So here we go!

Sunday Social1. Name 4 jobs you’ve had in your life. Continue reading

Fundamentals of life

Happy Sunday Social on Monday day!  Yes, I know, I’m late.  But I’m trying!  I spent yesterday driving 80 miles to take my 91 year old grandmother to lunch.  We had a nice visit, but I was so exhausted after church, driving, eating, visiting, driving, and regular Sunday dinner that I couldn’t do squat on the computer! 🙂

 

Sunday Social  

This Weeks Questions:

1. What do you value most in life? Continue reading

When I was a tween . . . .

Usually I try very hard to forget most of those years.  What I remember most is working hard, tons of homework, and hating life in general.  It wasn’t a good time for my family or for me.  Like REALLY not a good time for the family or for me.  I am just so thankful that I got through it.

Sunday Social
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Hodgepodge Dilemma

I am back to the Hodgepodge after another hiatus.  I don’t know about you, but I feel like I’m experiencing more and more of them as fall descends upon us and as we get into the holiday grind.  Yes, I said holiday grind.  It’s started, people.  Not only is fourth quarter the busiest time of the year for me at work, but at church? With the big event that we have every year?  And I mean big–300 people on stage, even more backstage/volunteering.  And so worth it.  So today, I’m taking a moment to get back to some questions for reflection, and sharing in this week’s hodgepodge.  Plus, I have a dilemma that I have been pondering all week, and want your opinion.  So question 8 is the perfect place to ask!

1. What’s one thing you learned in September? Continue reading