Rocking the Boat


When I woke up this morning I still felt raw. The massacre that has affected the city I was born and raised in is still in mourning. We are still trying to answer that question of WHY.

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While we ponder this question the internet is filled with warriors telling us about how it was all a hoax, that we don’t need to take a serious look at our gun laws, that God did this because the president isn’t respect, etc. I don’t know why I look. Every comment has me seething.

A hoax!?!? Really, explain that to the families of the 58 fallen. Explain to the other 500 injured that they aren’t really hurt, that it’s all a hoax perpetuated by the CIA. Yeah, people think that.

I personally believe that we need more common sense gun laws. I think that automatic weapons do not need to be sold to the public. Kits that can be added to make a more powerful weapon should be for military use only. Don’t get me wrong, I don’t want to take anyone’s gun away. Actually I take that back, if you can’t pass a background check, a mental evaluation, a gun safety class and refuse to register every gun you own then I want your gun. I know that people say that people will get access to guns to matter what but that’s bullshit. Granted the black market is thriving but that’s because we refuse to enact any laws in our country to protect us. I don’t feel safe.

The best yet is God. Good old God. He’s been telling people like Pat Robertson that we deserved for this to happen. It’s that kind. He is a well-known and influential Christian leader, and he is spreading hate. I’ve had friends tell me that he’s a fanatic and nobody who is a real Christian listen to him but I call bullshit on that as well. If nobody listened then he wouldn’t have an audience. The 700 Club wouldn’t continue to grow.

Every time we face a massacre on this scale in this nation, which seems to be more often than not anymore, the propaganda increases. But we allow it, don’t we. We’re too afraid to rock the boat. Well, I’m done. I’m rocking the boat.

In my research today I’ve learned how the politicians that claim to represent me and my state are more likely to represent whoever gave them the most money. I already knew this but to see key pieces of legislation that they reject in favor of chaos and turmoil for all American’s has me hot.

To see that the men and women who claim to care about America, about her people, about our lives really only care about themselves and lobbyist has crushed my soul. How much money can we raise as voters to have our voices heard?

How much does it cost to re-implement CHIP? You know, the program for low income children. The one that gives them access to healthcare? That expires September 30, 2017 and not a single politician has done anything to mitigate the 8.9 million children who will be affected?

How much does it cost to buy a politician? It’s more than $174,000 per year. So we have some crowd-sourcing to do. We already pay for their salary, their healthcare, their travel, their lodging, their offices, their staff, and so on but that isn’t enough.

Should we resort to blackmail instead? It works for Russia, and lord knows we love Russia now, right?!?! Nobody seems to care about how Russia conspired in the election. Who cares about that when Hillary Clinton used a private email!!! It’s not like our current administration has anyone doing the same thing….right? The best direction is misdirection, am I right!

It’s just all becoming too much. I’m done holding it all in. We as a people have allowed extremist to take over our country and we need to stop it. We must come up with a solution and drive these extremist out of the limelight. We need to help educate. We need to listen.

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Unpopular Culture…The Interview


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Hello friends! I’m so very excited to bring to you my interview with the hosts of Unpopular Culture, a podcast that opens your mind to the world around you. Michael Drane and Corey Stewart are two very profound people and I cannot thank them enough for agreeing to be interviewed.

I’ll tell you, I’m a HUGE fangirl of both of them. I’ve listened to every show and have the honor of interacting with them on Facebook, as well. In fact, I love their show and their message so much that I became a cult-follower and donate money to the show each month in the hopes that it helps them reach a broader audience. They don’t preach or insist; they present you with information – which may be new to you – then discuss it.

The subject matter varies from show to show, but you always learn something new. I personally think that’s one of the most important things in life, learning.

I planned to make this a two part post, but the more I thought about it, the more it made sense to combine it and to let you all embrace all that is Unpopular Culture. These two people, along with Justin and Ryan (special co-hosts) have created a space in the podcasting world that is unlike anything I have listened to thus far.

Without any more babble from me…I’m excited to introduce you to Michael Drane and Corey Stewart!!!! Continue reading “Unpopular Culture…The Interview”

#TakeItPersonal?!?


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Have people always taken everything so personal?

Is this really a 21st century mentality?

I’ve noticed more and more than conversation and debate with people who think differently from you is becoming nearly impossible. When you get deep into the topic and become passionate people are quick to assume that passion is directed at them and not at the topic at hand.

I’m guilty of it myself. There are times I start to feel that the person I’m interacting with has turned the conversation into a personal attack.

The topic is dropped and the focus becomes changing my mind. Not broadening my view but making me understand that my views are wrong and that I need to change them.

In this, I hope I am not guilty. I never set out to change other people’s beliefs, values or ideals. I simply want to provide more knowledge. I believe that we can only grow and evolve through experience and shared knowledge.

In order to understand and respect others we all need to be able to listen. More often than not we hear words but are so busy waiting to respond we fail to acknowledge others.

I know I’m getting pretty deep but that’s where I’m at lately. I’m inside my head most the day, thinking and looking for ways to grow. Once I’m home I’m interacting with my daughter and hoping that I’m instilling positive qualities in her, despite the fact that she’s a year old and just wants to play.

I’m done with being meek around those who make me uncomfortable, I’m turning the tables. I will no longer be intimated by people who want to bully me into their ideals. I will assert my power and knowledge.

#WaldoWednesday


Is it Wednesday again already!

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I really like this quote. Just read it then sit there and and really think about it. “A great man is always willing to be little.”

To me this says that in order to become a better person, a more well rounded person that you must step from the spotlight and become the audience. You might now realize that you’re in that spotlight but when you shine brightly with ideas and have the voice to speak them it creates a spotlight.

I have recently encountered this in my work life. I was taught growing up that if we wanted to know something to look it up. I still carry that idea to this day so when I don’t know something I whip out my phone and head to Google to find the answers. I was told recently that this is perceived by some as being a “know-it-all” and that it is offensive to some. I was genuinely shocked! I had no idea that in wanting to learn more and spread that knowledge that I was making myself too large in this person’s eyes and needed to humble myself again. So I’ve taken to just sitting back and listening more. I store the need to want to know the answer away and research it on my own time. I no longer shout out the answer but wait for others to look to me before I speak. Is this a good thing? I’m not sure but to make my work life easier it is what I’ll do to promote peace and a happy work environment. I will be great by being little.