Lovesick Deja Vu

Terry Irving:

Catching up with an Old Friend (and a cool poet)

Originally posted on Poetry On A Roll:

I must forget you.
I must walk away this time.
I should not return for another lovesick deja vu.
You know why.
You are a dangerous drug
I can never just pass up
without wanting to take a puff,
without wanting to shoot up
or without wanting to drink myself into a stupor.
When you’re around,
a visit to rehab is a must.

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5 Christmas Classics

Terry Irving:

LOVE the Roches Christmas Album. Thanks!

Originally posted on WXRT:

One of the best things about the holiday season is the music. There is something about Christmas and the attending (often commercial) hustle and bustle that inspires musicians to put things in the proper perspective. Here are some traditional melodies done by some modern players:

This Handel piece from the Messiah is usually performed by a chorus of sopranos. The 3 Roche sisters are more than enough. This always gets a standing ovation.

Nothing says Christmas better than a shirtless drummer.

This holiday fave was adopted from a secular tune from the 1500s.

A famous french verse sung by the high priestess of punk poetry.

An early 60s number that was informed by the threat of nuclear war and the Kinks.

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Electroluv – Covenant – Like Tears in Rain

Terry Irving:

Catching up with an Old Friend: Mik Mob’s Music Mass

Originally posted on Mik Mob's Music Mass:

I think everybody knows by now me likes a good beat.

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Welcome to an Old Friend: The Blog Home of Mystery Writer Jeff Markowitz| The Chalk Outline

THE CHALK OUTLINE

the blog home of mystery writer Jeff Markowitz

I’m a writer.  You would think I could write one of these “About” pages, but I never know what it is  that I want you to know about me.   Some of you already know me, at least virtually.  Still a proper introduction is in order.

My name is Jeff Markowitz and I’m a mystery writer, author of three books (so far) in the Cassie O’Malley series.  I also have a darkly comic mystery/thriller, Death and White Diamonds scheduled to be released December 15, 2014. For more information, follow the links to MY BOOKS, and to EVENTS AND APPEARANCES.

I blog about ideas and events that may be of interest to other readers and writers.  There will be some blatant self-promotion, but I promise not to overdo it.  There will be occasional visits from my dead Romanian ancestors, from space aliens intent on conquering the world with irradiated jello and perhaps from a certain earless pig.  There may even be Siamese triplets.  We shall see.

MY BOOKS

Death and White Diamonds(coming from Intrigue Publishing December 15, 2014)

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Did you ever have one of those days? You know the kind, when nothing seems to go right?

Richie’s girlfriend suggests a romantic getaway, promising him a week-end he will never forget. So why can’t he remember what happened, when he finds her lifeless body on the beach? Richie is fairly certain he didn’t kill his girlfriend, but his memory is hazy. One thing, however, is clear. When Lorraine’s body is found, he’s going to be the prime suspect in a murder investigation.

If her body is found.

Disposing of the body turns out to be harder than Richie could have imagined. Losing it, however, is easy.

Did you ever have one of those days? And we haven’t even gotten to the bad part yet.

Books in the Cassie O’Malley Mystery Series

Who is Killing Doah’s Deer?
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Cassie O’Malley writes stories about “everything out of the ordinary” for a barely reputable magazine. When the deer in Doah Township begin dying in large numbers under mysterious circumstances, Cassie is on the story. But when she discovers a dead body among the deer, she is thrust into the middle of a murder investigation. Before the murder can be solved, Cassie must sort fact from fiction as she is confronted with questions of local politics, marital infidelity, Pine Barrens folklore, Siamese triplets, sea monsters, pterodactyls, plesiosaurs and the elusive Jersey Devil, leaving Cassie finally to grapple with the question, Who Is Killing Doah’s Deer?

available in paperback and E-book editions

More at Where I’ve been; where I’m going | The Chalk Outline.

Welcome to a New Friend: Blinginit | Design Your Own T-Shirt in Hot Fix Crystals with www.blinginitwholesale.com

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We are an American manufacturer of Bling Clothing and Iron on Crystal Transfers and more!  We have all our designers in house and we purchased all our own machinery….No hand setting here.  We sell wholesale and retail.  Get your Custom Tees here!  http://www.blinginitwholesale.com.   If you need something in particular just email me your image with exact dimensions (L x H).  We will convert your image into rhinestones.  Show off your Rhinestone Clothes today….simply email me at info@blinginitwholesale.com and we will get the ball rolling.

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RHINESTONES, CUSTOM TEE SHIRTS,

Every now and again I just sit back and realize I have been dealt a unbelievable life.  I have a great family and kids.  I often give thanks to such an amazing and wonderful day.  There was no rain but the views are spectacular.   Among rainbows I often see deer feeding on the road to BLINGIN IT.   Such a great day.

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Welcome to a New Friend | Globe Drifting

GLOBAL ISSUES, TRAVEL, PHOTOGRAPHY & FASHION. DRIFTING ACROSS THE GLOBE; THE WORLD IS MY OYSTER, MY OYSTER THROUGH A LENS.

 

 

 

 Globe Drifting 

I grew up in England where I studied French and Chinese; my father is Bulgarian, my mother is German Jewish and I am caught somewhere in between. With my Jewish nose, Bulgarian skin and English accent, I at once belong to BritishEast German, Bulgarian, Jewish, French and Chinese cultures and yet to none of them at all; shifting between cultural identities, I am drifting across the globe in the hope of stumbling upon enlightenment- or at very least, a nice fat piece of double chocolate cake. The world is my oyster, my oyster through a lens…

Have an idle gander through my blog on global issues, cinema, cycling, travel, photography, fashion and the dolly mixture that is life.

 

England: Bluebells, Kebab Shops and Immigration

‘I am the tall kingdom over your shoulder
That you would neither cajole nor ignore.
Conquest is a lie. I grow older
Conceding your half-independant shore
Within whose borders now my legacy
Culminates inexorably.’  Seamus Heaney, The Act of Union

Priding itself on the artistic and scientific skill of its people, England is deemed to be not only a land favoured by nature, but also a thriving cultural hive from which the creations of Jane Austin, Isaac Newton, Stephen Hawking, William Blake, Christopher Wren and John Lennon have emerged. An understated humour epitomised by the uncensored intellectual satire of Russell Brand flows through towns and cities, yet behind quaint afternoon tea and yoga classes, beyond even the moist green grass of this- as Shakespeare defined it – ‘other Eden, demi-paradise’, lies a country in the shadows, seemingly hungry for violence and hell-bent on proving Darwin right.

Survival of the fittest is everything- so the saying goes and so we witnessed as indigenous North Americans were wiped out by smallpox and underdeveloped weaponry following the English invasion. Aborigines were to share a similar fate and in 1789 an imported bout of smallpox was to kill 90% of the Darug people and of the 400 indigenous languages spoken prior to British colonization, 330 would die with their people. Today most Aborigines speak the language of their colonizers and only 70 indigenous languages remain, making up 0.7% of languages spoken in Australia. North Americans and Australians were of course not the only victims facing down the barrel of British Colonial power, China was to lose its nation to opium addiction as the British smuggled opium to the East in reaction to China’s self-sufficiency and banning of western goods and under the British Raj, India too was to lose its trading power to the British as only British government members were permitted control over salt production.

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Self-Publish!! But Please Be Realistic

Terry Irving:

Catching up with an Old Friend: Zara Edmonds

Originally posted on Zara Edmonds Books:

First, I’d like to start out by saying that I hope and wish and pray that every single person who self-publishes a book finds countless readers.  We all put our hearts, souls, and endless time into writing, editing, hoping, and we all should (in a fair world) be amply rewarded for our efforts.  However….

This post is prompted by a post that I recently read.  A very nice young man wrote and self-published a book.  He was expressing frustration that his book isn’t selling very well, despite his best promotional efforts, and that he’s had to take a temporary, low-paying job in the service industry because the book isn’t producing much income.  And he was requesting that people donate money to him through a crowd-funding site until sales pick up.  Hmmmm…….

I feel for that young man.  He clearly is working hard on behalf of his book, he is doing…

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Welcome to a New Friend | Zara Edmonds Books

ZARA EDMONDS BOOKS

  Zara Edmonds has spent many years studying criminal psychology. With that training she has assisted numerous federal, state, and local law enforcement agencies across the country with hundreds of investigations. Qualified as a behavioral analysis instructor, she has also taught law enforcement personnel the intricacies of her knowledge and experience. Zara and her family have lived in various locations, but her heart always remains in Boston, Massachusetts. Her Very Own Demonis her first published novel.

          That’s the official little bio. But there is a bit more. I’ve been writing for nearly as long as I can remember, before going to school or work each day, during afternoon breaks, through the dark hours well into the night. I write because I have no choice. Because stories swirl inside, take hold of my soul, and demand to be written out in the world. Sounds a bit extreme perhaps, but if you are a real writer, you know exactly what I mean. So I send out my stories to you, to the wild blue yonder, and hope that you will read and enjoy.

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Welcome to a New Friend: lorelle page | Reader-to-Writer

 

This is my favourite quote at the moment. It resonates with me for two reasons. One, I’ve been having trouble writing my blog, and two, I have been working on my 140 character pitch.

Last week, I tried for two hours to write on two different topics and ended going on so many tangents, ‘writing young adult at thirty-nine’ almost became, ‘writing young adult at forty.’

When I started this blog, it took me a week to decide that I was going to stick to my conversational, article writing style. Give people a message, take them on a journey from the beginning and wrap it all in a neat bow at the end so people could say, “Ah, so that’s where she was going with that.” What I’ve found, though, is that it’s becoming increasingly difficult to keep this up. And on top of that, was I making this too complicated for myself?

I was a lot more active in the beginning with regards to scoping blogs and seeing what works, how people get comments and followers.

And what I found is this: Sometimes, people just say,” Hey, do you like stuff?

And people will say, “Omg I love stuff. Did you see stuff last week?”

Another, “Without stuff, I couldn’t breathe.”

And I’m thinking, “I don’t love stuff………………..I freakin’ love stuff!”

And there’s a bunch of people where you comment on their blog and they comment on yours, and at the end of the day, isn’t it nice when someone just comments on your blog?

So, do you like stuff?

Are you a storyteller or a writer?

Of course, you want to say both, but it’s never that simple. As you research writing, what will red-flag you as an amateur or an industry professional, you learn the tricks of the trade to increase your chances of being published. For discussions sake, lets say that sticking to these will ensure your tent is firmly pitched into the writers camp. But you find successful exceptions to these rules: authors who can tell a great story without staying true to the accepted writing conventions. And damn, do they tell a good story. And yes, I used an adverb in this paragraph.

More at lorellepage | Reader-to-Writer.

Afternoon in Marsan

Terry Irving:

BEAUTIFUL PIX — FROM AN OLD FRIEND

Originally posted on redstuffdan:

We spent an enjoyable Saturday afternoon in Mont de Marsan, a lovely City sitting in the heart of the Gascony forests of the Landes. It wasn’t difficult to take pictures as almost every thing we saw was a real photo opportunity. Marsan mixes the ancient and modern with a big splash of culture. I took a lot of photographs but l must go back, l could do so much better. Anyway here is a selection of stuff – hope you enjoy it as much as we did in taking it. Oh! and the little husky type dog came over to say hello.

(All photographs artwork and other images in this blog are © copyright redstuffdan and cannot be reproduced without his written permission and consent – All rights reserved)

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Georgia Is About To Execute An Intellectually Disabled Man Whose Lawyer Was A Drunk Felon

Terry Irving:

JEEZ, I THOUGH ONLY TEXAS DID THINGS LIKE THIS

Originally posted on colouredjustice.wordpress.com:

Georgia Is About To Execute An Intellectually Disabled Man Whose Lawyer Was A Drunk Felon

Posted on December 8, 2014 at 10:24 am

Robert Wayne Holsey’s attorney during his capital trial was an alcoholic who admitted to drinking up to a quart of vodka every night while he was representing Holsey at trial. While the trial was going on, the lawyer was also facing a lawsuit from a client he had taken over $116,000 from. Eventually, the attorney lost his law license and was sentenced to three years in prison over the dispute with this client. During the period when he was preparing for Holsey’s trial, the attorney got into an argument with his neighbors that culminated in him threatening them with a gun while screaming

“N*gger, get the fuck out of my yard or I’ll shoot your black ass.” Holsey is African American. …

http://thinkprogress.org/justice/2014/12/08/3600436/georgias-about-to-execute-an-intellectual-disabled-man-whose-lawyer-was-a-drunken-crook/-/

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Inside the Twisted Police Department That Kills Unarmed Citizens at the Highest Rate in the Country

Terry Irving:

CATCHING UP WITH OLD FRIENDS (AND AN IMPORTANT STORY)

Originally posted on HumansinShadow.wordpress.com:

AlterNet[1] / ByMax Blumenthal[2] http://www.alternet.org/print/civil-liberties/inside-twisted-police-department-kills-unarmed-citizens-highest-rate-country

 

Inside the Twisted Police Department That Kills Unarmed Citizens at the Highest Rate in the Country

When an Albuquerque police officer shot his 22-year-old son to death, Mike Gomez was determined to crusade for justice. Three years later, he is simply despondent.

“It’s so frustrating,” Gomez told me. “There’s no accountability here. There’s no justice. There’s no respect. There’s no humanity here. There’s nothing. It’s so disgusting that they get away with it.”

A single father, Mike Gomez struggled for years to help his son, Alan, cope with a substance abuse problem. When Mike Gomez left town on May 10, 2011, Alan Gomez fell back into his addiction and was overcome with paranoid delusions. He began pacing back and forth on the front lawn of his brother’s house, holding a conversation with an imaginary person about gang…

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“YOU”

Terry Irving:

CATCHING UP WITH OLD FRIENDS

Originally posted on Full Of Roses Inspirationals:

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With Christmas so close, I thought it to be a good time for us to reflect on our Savior. “You” is just that, a reflection! I find that when I stop, open my heart and eyes to see Jesus in my life, I can worship and praise Him, turning my doubts, worries, fears, and insecurities into Hope and promise!

Jesus is the light of my feet, whenever I focus on His love and truth it doesn’t matter what I’m going through. I can turn the doubt, lies and faithlessness into truth and faith! Every challenge I have faced including the trials that lasted for years, holding onto Jesus, shown him faithful every time!

When we make our lives about Him as He made His life about us
“You” becomes a doorway to Him!

I’m sure you realize this blog is intended to do just that, open Your heart to His…

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Shoes

Terry Irving:

CATCHING UP WITH OLD FRIENDS

Originally posted on SFoxWriting.com:

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Sylvanor – The Secret of Under Hollow by Eric J. Weisser Virtual Book Tour

Terry Irving:

Good ideas
Checking in with an Old Friend

Originally posted on Self Publishing News For Self-Publishing Authors:

As an author in this economy, you have to come up with creative ways to market a self-published book. While book tours are a great way to connect with your readers, they aren’t the most affordable method of promotion. However, technology has made it possible for an alternative.

Take note from self-publishing Outskirts Press author, Eric J. Weisser, who is taking his latest book, Sylvanor – The Secret of Under Hollow, on tour – a virtual book tour, that is. He will be featured on several blogs over the weeks and months ahead so keep your eyes peeled to learn more about him and his book.


Luckily for us, Eric was kind enough to answer a few questions as the tour was getting started so that we can give you a sneak peek into the mind of the creator of Sylvanor – The Secret of Under Hollow.

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Big Crane Bird

Terry Irving:

Checking in with a wonderful Old Friend

Originally posted on Don Charisma:

It’s a big crane bird !

Enjoy :D
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Cold Dream

Terry Irving:

checkin’ in with an Old Friend

Originally posted on Poetry On A Roll:

In my perfect world,
a fairytale ending sounds just about right.
In my perfect dream,
I wanted you to be my prince charming.

When I float off to wonderland,
I get so, so, so excited.
Being longing with lust all day to make
you my main theme park attraction

but in my beautiful, amazing dream,
you stand cold and disconnected,
playing a mean, painful game of
hide & seek behind the shadows.

Even with my best focus lens on,
I can’t bring you back into my perspective.
There’s no placing you where you don’t belong.

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Welcome to a new friend: Big Red Carpet Nursing

Feel free to contact me at gregmercer601@gmail.com or by phone. I offer lectures and trainings tailored to specific needs. It’s fun!

Robin Williams and Me: The Killer Among Us.

Robin Williams  Person    Giant BombWhy Robin Williams?

I’m not a fan of celebrity worship, nor do I feel especially comfortable perhaps taking advantage of human suffering and loss by writing about a total stranger’s suicide.  That said, Robin’s suicide disturbs me. It touches a sore nerve, it hurts. He seemed a safe, reliable positive out there in the world, a source of joy and humor and, well, life. He was fine as far as I knew, just fine, then BAM!: dead. It’s shocking, saddening, makes the world seem less safe, less reliable.

Why me?

Clearly there is no “Robin Williams and me”, no relationship beyond talented performer and fan. I use the phrase in another sense. Why does his death hit me harder than most? What does it mean?

Events’ meaning partially come from our reactions to them, our responses. Like so many, I have thought over Robin’s many fine performances, the incredible eruption of intelligent banter he could produce like no other, the sensitivity and deep humanity of his calmer roles.

Still, my personal response centers on Robin the man, suffering from mental illness badly enough that he saw no escape but death. Like so many others, a man with friends, family and a life well worthy of living, I imagine a happy man much of the time because such is so common with depression. Like so many others, I imagine a man who seemed fine at one point, disappeared from view a bit without attracting concern, then dead. Just like that. Dead

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WELCOME TO A NEW FRIEND: OLDSCHOOL HARLEQUIN OF WorldofHarley

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Greetings fellow inmate of the world!

I’m the Oldschool Harlequin! Also known as Jack. I promote madness, chaos and silliness in all its forms! Isn’t that great?! I mean, who doesn’t want to be insane at least once in their life?!

I’m something of a nerd, a gamer, a writer, a poet, a troll and a maniac all in a neat little 5’4 package of British awesomeness (Or not?). I’m going to use this page to post some of my writing, my random ramblings and maybe some photos if you’re unlucky.

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This blog is a haven for my creativity. A place to truly and finally be myself.  It’s my insane asylum, my happy place, my straitjacket.

I write of things both nightmarish and wondrous. I write of things that can mesmerize and traumatize. I write of things both good and evil. I write of the things in my mind, the outlandish realm that resides in my head. The land shifts and warps at every moment of the day, revealing further horrors and oddities. You never know what i could unleash one day from the next.

Say hi if you want. But bring a cheese sandwich! I love those!

Have a crazy day!
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WELCOME TO A NEW FRIEND: the Music Club

Welcome to the Music Club

Music Takes You on Journeys

About

 

Just a little fact about me, My name is Steven and I live in the New York area. As you look through my blog, you will find all of the content is music related. I will be covering a lot of underground music because that type of music is not really heard in the mainstream media. I will also cover some mainstream news of music. Furthermore, album reviews, links, youtube videos, etc will be available on here. Feel free to always comment on my blog (:

Justin Bieber: The Highest Earning Celebrity Under Age 30

 

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During a 12 month span, pop singer Justin Bieber earned an estimated $80 million, according to Forbes.  It is rumored as well that Bieber is working on a new album.

http://www.thedailybeast.com/articles/2014/11/24/justin-bieber-isn-t-even-21-yet-makes-more-money-than-meryl-streep.html

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Welcome to a New Friend …. The Road To Jericho

Terry Irving:

The Numbers Game ….

Recently, I ran across a question that caught my attention. The question? I believe, required an immediate response. The question was posed by what I believe was somewhat apprehensive older person contemplating the pros and cons how to best to appease ones urge or need to write: ( visa-vie) as a means to have his or her’s voice heard.

The question, was am I too old to write a book?

The answer of course, was a resounding no!

Not only with respect to writing, but also, in any field of endeavor one chooses to pursue; regardless of age. Assuming of course, that their aren’t any physical issues that could potentially limit one from pursuing his or hers goals and dreams.

As far as I’m concerned, age … has no (direct or indirect) bearing on one’s personal life experiences. And in essence, is a (non-factor) in the overall scheme of things.

What comes to mind is the story of Moses. He was 80 years old, when the angel of Yahweh, suddenly appeared to him from the midst of the bush. Prior to that life-changing experience, he spent the second forty years of his life as a shepherd, tending his father in-law’s sheep. The first forty years of his life, were spent living as prince; in the home of Ramses II, of the 18th Dynasty. He was raised as Ramses grandson, and considered the heir apparent to the throne. He fled egypt, after killing a man in defense of his brother Aaron, and remained a fugitive for forty years. The appearance of the angel, became a game changer, and as the the story goes on to show, the rest of his story became history.

Footnote: The purpose of this blog post, is not to give a lesson in Hebrew history, or Theology. The subject matter as presented, stands on it’s own merits. The facts, associated with this train of thought, are undeniable.

There’s not a Biblical Scholar – Theologian- or Archaeologist on earth; that with any degree of certainty,  can successfully refute this.

Be cool … keep your wits about you; and above all, be at peace with yourselves.

Enjoy your weekend.

I’ll be in touch,

Sherman L. Bailey

Originally posted on The Road to Jericho .... :

Recently, I ran across a question that caught my attention. The question? I believe, required an immediate response. The question was posed by what I believe was somewhat apprehensive older person contemplating the pros and cons how to best to appease ones urge or need to write: ( visa-vie) as a means to have his or her’s voice heard.

The question, was am I too old to write a book?

The answer of course, was a resounding no!

Not only with respect to writing, but also, in any field of endeavor one chooses to pursue; regardless of age. Assuming of course, that their aren’t any physical issues that could potentially limit one from pursuing his or hers goals and dreams.

As far as I’m concerned, age … has no (direct or indirect) bearing on one’s personal life experiences. And in essence, is a (non-factor) in the overall scheme of things.

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WELCOME TO A NEW FRIEND : Momento Histórico | daniel pátaro

DANIEL PÁTARO

PULAR PARA O CONTEÚDO

 

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Domingo passado, dia 07 de setembro, presenciamos um raro momento da música tradicional brasileira, o encontro do Mestre Sebastião Biano com o Mestre Zé do Pife. A ação faz parte do projeto Circulação Nacional – De Brasília a São José do Egito.

Estavam presentes, no palco do Centro de Tradições Nordestinas, em São Paulo, a Banda de Pífanos de Caruaru e o Mestre Zé do Pife e as Juvelinas.

Encontro Sebastião Biano e Zé do Pife Fotografia Daniel Pátaro

 

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WELCOME TO A NEW FRIEND: One and the same

One and the same

About

Hello ! Thanks for coming ! xD
If you want to know who am I , then are you ready for a trip into my world.?

To enter my world, you need to have a S.M.I.l.E
We forget all our problems, our fears, , stress and we smile ♥
Leaving aside the feelings of hatred, jealousy .. to adopt a positive attitude !
. Have a good time!

Welcome to One and The same  :)

I’m not gonna lie, I easily get distracted and lose motivation So here’s my way to motivate myself  I reblog/post stuff that will inspire me to do something  in life  :) I do DIY,lifestyle,health & fitness,beauty or  on everything that I like & want to share with you guys :) 

Paradise island [Mauritius] Summer tag

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I’v been able to visit the Paradise island known as Mauritius & Mauritius is really a beautiful island. The nature view,the beach are really very inspiring and unique & I feel very lucky to be able to visit this wonderful pearl in the indian ocean  :) This place is very popular among tourists who state that the beach are great,the sea is more blue & the sun is more sunnier  :P And I completely agree  :D Sparkling white beaches, turquoise sea, a warm climate throughout the year, and friendly people.

 

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Welcome to a New Friend: craftylittlecoco

ABOUT

Welcome to Crafty Little Coco, a lifestyle blog that shares daily up-cycled crafts, gluten-free recipes, natural hair and tropical wellness tutorials! I’m Coco Kapfer the proud creator of this crafty mess of a blog. Here at Crafty little Coco we believe that a

crafty life is a happy life

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING! (FUN ACTIVITY INCLUDED!)

Hows your Thanksgiving treating you? I hope you are filled with gratitude while enjoying delicious foods surrounded by loved ones. I wanted to take a quick moment to share a fun activity that sprouted out of a little Thanksgiving problem.

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Digging into this salad. Cranberry dressing up on the blog! It's so tasty!!!!Made some flavored water. It's oh so tasty!This DIY candle decor completely brightened up my day. The process is as beautiful as the finished product. Check it out on the blog!!!

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Thoughts on Ferguson.

Ferguson

Was it racism? — sure. What isn’t in America? (although I challenge anyone to find a country that handles racism better than America.)

Was it a police reaction to a crime? – sure. Brown allegedly stole from a store on videotape.

Was it a policeman panicking? — sure. Especially after his pistol repeatedly misfired when he was either trying to warn Brown or shoot him.

Was Brown at fault? – sure. As a large white person, I’m totally convinced that if I reached into a police car, hit the cop twice in the face, tried to grab his gun, ran, and then turned back, I would have been shot by any cop, black or white, male or female. Hell, it practically happens to me when I’m not doing a damn thing.

Was Wilson at fault? – sure. Over-reaction, stereotyping, bad gun-cleaning hygiene, panic, anger at being disobeyed, and racism.

Does Ferguson’s police department need to reform? – Of course. It’s a remnant white department in a newly black area. Hire diverse cops all the way to the top–let the old white guys go to other departments.

Would the same thing have happened if Wilson was black? — I think so. If a black cop confronted a black man who allegedly reached into his car, punched him, and tried to grab his gun, you don’t think the same fear/anger response wouldn’t have occurred?

Was the Grand Jury process a “coverup”? – I did think so and I changed my mind. The prosecutor clearly would never have brought charges–for whatever reason, he didn’t believe a crime had been committed. Now, nine whites and three blacks have spent three months going through all the evidence (I’m assuming it was all) and did not indict and, since the transcripts are public, the entire nation gets to do the same. My understanding is that it would have taken nine votes to indict so the decision not to indict was not along purely racial lines.

Would a Special Prosecutor have been better? Are you kidding? Have you looked at the record of the special and independent prosecutors since Nixon? Special prosecutors are the worst remedy for anything–name ONE that succeeded in convicting anyone but the innocent.

Is the media at fault? Damn right — My old friends were practically begging for Ferguson residents to set fires and riot and sounded downright depressed when not enough people came out. Plus they bought into rumors and social media bull crap before the Grand Jury announcement as if the Boston Bombing had taught them nothing.

Was the prosecutor at fault? Sure. Even assuming that he presented an honest accounting of the facts to a grand jury, he announced it at a time guaranteed to provoke the maximum reaction from Ferguson citizens.

Are the witnesses in conflict? Sure. When I was on a jury, the primary duty of the 12 jury members was to decide, as average citizens, who was telling the truth and who wasn’t. The question of guilt or innocence followed only after the decision on who the hell was a lying bastard because, in every instance, they had different stories. That’s what jury trials really are–placing the decision of truth or falsehood in the hands of citizens and not government officials.

Would a public criminal trial have been better? Not necessarily, you would have had legal BS on both sides obscuring the facts Do you really think that “If the glove don’t fit, you must acquit.” and “these savages were ‘wilding’ through the Park” really added to the clear public perception of whether a crime had been committed?

Do we need to make changes? With young black males being shot by police at a rate 21 times higher than young white males. With one out of 5 black men in New York State in some part of the criminal justice system (last time I looked)? With blacks getting harsher penalties for the same crimes? Hell yes..

Should we care what any politician, journalist, or pundit has to say after they’ve had just over a day to review 25 days of Grand Jury testimony? Hell, no. All you can do in that short a time is to cherry-pick facts that support your previously-held opinion.

Am I thankful to be an American? Damn right because Americans keep coming back and at least trying to change what’s wrong even though they never get it completely right. I was watching Remember the Titans last night and realized that when I was a teenager, black families were not allowed to join the town Swimming “Club.” Real estate documents had secret covenants to ensure blacks and Jews couldn’t buy the properties, Diahann Carroll was the first black ever to star on a network TV show. The first blacks and Hispanics appeared in a television commercial (Marlboros, as I remember,) and my high school basketball team had stones and bottles thrown at us in Collingwood PA for having blacks on our team–and beating Collingwood. (The cool thing about that was that after a black JV player was called a “spook,” both black and white Varsity players came bouncing out of the locker room armed for battle with empty Coke bottles and short lengths of 2 by 4s.) When I got to ABC News in 1973, there was ONE black correspondent who was limited to “black” news and only black trainee engineers who were openly referred to as “boy” and “token.”

And we would NEVER have even bothered to cover Ferguson except as a riot.

Yeah, with everything, I am glad to be an American.

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