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What does it mean to me?

Morning everyone! So i read a post that has been stuck in my brain for a few days.  It askes “what is your blog really about?” And “How much time did you spend on you About page?” (Here is the original post: https://wp.me/p5oeKw-4c )

So, i went back and read my “About” page. I think i did a pretty good job explaining why i started this blog and my interrests. But I’d like to add this visual, if you will.

Have you seen the “Titanic” movie? If so, you’ll know what i mean when i say, Rose and Jack inspired me. You see, in the movie Jack encourages Rose to “Do” all those things she is curious about. In the begining of the movie Rose is 100+ years old and the story is told by her. What i noticed was she DID all those things she and Jack talked about.

So back to this blog.  Of course i want this blog to be successful and if you read up on how to do that, most advice says to pick one subject. I tried that, but in short i just didnt like that.  I have many interrests, like Rose, and i want to talk about all of them. I did identify a particular interrest that not much is written about but that doesn’t get many readers. 

So what I’ve learned thus far is the common denominator in all my interrests is Me. My passion, experiences and thoughts. I love Books, riding my motorcycle, crocheting, our grandchildren, shopping and a host of other things.

I am totally open to suggestions and would love to hear your thoughts. 

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Grandparents question

Morning all! So we have 2 grandbabies coming. One is due around Thanksgiving (EllieJo) and one is due in April. 

EllieJo may be coming a couple weeks early, which has thrown me into MEGA NESTING PHASE for some reason. No they dont live with us, but i have a serious urge to clean EVERYTHING ! Is this normal for a grandparent? I am telling you this is not normal for me lol. I love a clean house but this is off the chain. Please lend me your thoughts and experiences on this my friends.

Lets add alittle more anxiousness to the mix by talking about the one due in April. They live in Texas, we live in Florida and i want them to come home badly. Of course i miss them and i want them to follow their path, but now we’ll have a grandbaby, waaayyyy far away. Yes i know planes fly there and roads lead there but….any advice here? Besides get some Medication?! 😁😁😁

I have a great book review coming about an amazing lady who has ridden her own motorcycle over 60k miles all over North America and Europe, over a span of 75 years and shes 93 and still riding her own ; so stay tuned!

BB&Y Audiobook Review: By Dixie

Pride and Prejudice

Pride and Prejudice Audiobook

Anyone else wish someone would have said “Dear Mrs. Bennet Do Shut Up!”

“Pride and Prejudice is a romance novel by Jane Austen, first published in 1813. Mr. Bennet of the Longbourn estate has five daughters, but his property is entailed, meaning that none of the girls can inherit it. His wife has no fortune, so it is imperative that at least one of the girls marry well in order to support the others on his death. The novel revolves around the necessity of marrying for love, not simply for monetary reasons, despite the social pressures to make a good match.”

     This audio book version was read for Librivox and narrated by Karen Savage in 2007. I highly recommend this version as Ms. Savage not only has a pleasant British accent but I adore her different voices for some of the characters. I listened to this book every chance I got, mostly at work, and it took me about a week.

     Although I have seen the movie prior to listening to this book, I thought the book and movie compared well. It also helped me visualize some of the characters. Its been a long time since I watched the movie but I have to give them credit for type casting very well.

I’ve been mulling over what to say about this and I have come to the conclusion that most of you reading this will have already read, watched or listened to this particular book. I’d only like to add my fondest sentiments for this book; am I starting to sound like a writer from this period? ha ha I mostly enjoyed the complex word sparing that takes place in this novel. It really added to the visual I was playing in my head. These are people that spent all of their time really thinking about what they hear and say. Imagine if some people really tried to do this today.

     So tell me what are you favorite parts of the book? Do you have a favorite character besides Mr. Darcy and Lizzy?

BB&Y Book Review: By Dixie

Renting Lacy:

A Story of America’s Prostituted Children; A Call to Action

By Linda Smith with Cindy Coloma

  • Caution: Mature Content
  • Published in 2009 revised in 2011
  • 163 pages

Synopsis: The author Linda Smith was a U.S. Representative who after she left politics founded the organization “Shared Hope” to help women and children in crisis. This book not only tells the story of “Lacy” but of many others lives and how they got sucked into the “night” life. She explains how predators manipulate children (aka the product) “as young as 11” into prostitution and drugs.

  • “it’s cheaper and less risky getting a girl from a small town or a city in the U.S. than to import women and children from other countries.” (page 11)
  • “while any child is vulnerable to being targeted and recruited by a pimp, the reality is that pimps seek out youth who are experiencing strife in the family, such as verbal, physical, or sexual abuse.” (page 119)
  • “…100,000 children are the human products meeting the demand of the sex trafficking industry in the U.S. alone. Around the world, more than 1 million children are subjected to human trafficking for sex or porn. The industry is estimated to bring in $9.5 billion annually.” (page 95)

My thoughts:

Someone gave me this book, they said it was interesting and eye opening. This book is very small but has a Huge message. For me that message is “Pay Attention, someone’s life may depend on it!”. I was sick at how easy it is to lure a child into this life. Our children are being not only bullied but preyed upon. I urge you to read this book slowly and absorb the details of how it’s done. The information in this book has encouraged me to not only share it with you but to point out we all need to pay attention more; really pay attention!

There is a scenario of a pimp that goes to his nephews wrestling match and notices a couple girls sitting by themselves. He tells his nephew he’ll have a party (complete with alcohol and drugs) for the wrestling team if he invites those two particular girls. He gets them high then encourages the boys to have sex with the drugged girls. Then the next day tells the girls that no one will want them but that he would take care of them. This seriously shocked me to my soul because I can totally see this whole scenario play out in my head; who hasn’t noticed a couple kids that don’t fit into the popular crowd? Or who has a reputation for being different?

Its pointed out clearly to me, that no one starts out in life wanting to be hooked on drugs or to be a prostitute. What is it that we all want? To be loved, protected and to feel safe! Think about this the next time you see a homeless person or you are at a school function and see kids that don’t quite “fit in” with the rest. Don’t turn your nose up or make rude comments because that could be someone you know and after all they are someone else’s children. An old saying, I grew up hearing was “until you walk a mile in their shoes, you don’t pass judgement”.

BB&Y Book Review: By Dixie

5 people

The Five People You Meet in Heaven

By Mitch Albom

  • Published in 2003
  • 196 pages

Synopsis:

Eddie has worked at an amusement park called “Ruby Pier” practically his whole adult life. His father worked there before him so he spent a lot of time there as a kid. Eddie is sad about all the things he didn’t get to do because he started working there to save his dads job and basically never left even after his father passed. Eddie thinks he’s had no purpose or was never able to fulfill his purpose. Through flash backs to some of his birthdays he learns about people that not only affected his life but how he affected theirs as well.

  • “No Story sits by itself. Sometimes stories meet at corners and sometimes they cover one another completely, like stones beneath a river.”
  • “I should have worked somewhere else, he told her. I’m sorry I never got us out of there. My dad. My leg. I always felt like such a bum after the war.”
  • “Did I save her? Did I pull her out of the way?”

My thoughts:

I adore this book! It is a such a quick read but I suggest you take your time and absorb the lessons that Eddie learns about his life. I have read this book twice, so far and look forward to reading it again. We become so hyper-focused on the details of our lives that we miss the lesson. This book made me look at things differently.

When I first read it over 10 years ago, it made me realize “Things really do happen for a reason” and sometimes you are not meant to know exactly what that is until much later. It also made me look at people in my life differently; even the most difficult people I run across are meant to teach me something. I feel like if I keep running into that same person or situation repeatedly, I just haven’t absorbed the message.

This is one of those books that you just have to have a physical copy of to pick up and open to any page and remember you have a purpose.

Day 19 – 30 Day Writing Challenge

Discuss your First Love

     I was talking with a few co-workers this week and we got on the subject of reading, Go Figure! One of the ladies asked what book did you first fall in love with and will never forget? One of them said Dr. Sues and the other said Charlottes Web. For me, it was the Dictionary and the Encyclopedias. However, the book that really clicked on my switch for reading was Twilight by Stephanie Myers.

I remember seeing my mom read a lot but that really didn’t interest me. School was very difficult for me so reading was not at the top of the list. But every time I asked how you spell something I was told “go look it up in the dictionary!” My argument was always “how the heck am I supposed to look up something I have no idea how to spell?” and the return answer was “figure it out!” So, I did, eventually. Then as school projects began to be a regular thing (Who thinks of those things?), this is where the Encyclopedias came in.

What I found interesting about our 12 book volume of Encyclopedias was when you didn’t understand something or got curious about something mentioned, you could look that up too. At one point I used them to learn Origami. Of course I had to look up “origami” in the dictionary to figure out what it meant and curiously enough it told me what the origination of the word was. Then that prompted me to look that place up in the Encyclopedia. So needless to say that all kept me busy.

Fast forward many, many years; I was still not a “reader” of books and had no authors that I followed. Until a friends 13 year old daughter was asking her mom to read Twilight with her so that they could talk about it. Mom had 4 girls and really didn’t have time for the heart throb discussion of what “team” they were on and why. Then she asked me to read it, I tried to decline but the kid gave me those big eyes and begged sooooo I relented.

I read the first book in one night! You know what I mean, right? The whole “I have 2 hours before I need to shower and go to work” moment. I had to go and get the next book the next day. What really hooked me and inspired me to look into a Lit degree was discussing these books at great length with the 13 year old and her friends and sister. The kids were so passionate about what they read and I loved how they saw the meanings of the events and issues brought up in the series.

After the Young Adult conversations were over than the Adult conversations started. The adults not only got interested in what their kids were reading, they had their own take on the meanings of events and situations. All of this prompted bigger discussions between the young adults and adults about what to do and not do in similar situations and morals and etc. This totally flipped the reading switch for me and I have not stopped; this was almost 15 years ago.

 

Day 18 – 30 Day Writing Challenge

  • 10 Facts about yourself
    • I have an obsession with Rocks.
    • I like books, a lot!
    • Reading about History is important to me.
    • crocheting is therapy.
    • learning stuff can be fun!
    • I dislike the word “Can’t”
    • My favorite saying “Improvise, Overcome and Adapt”
    • My favorite color is Pink; but when I was a kid it was purple.
    • I drive a motorcycle named Aengus.
    • I have a Bachelors Degree in English Literature with a Minor in History.