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In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics, Self Improvement, Sports on January 31, 2014 at 9:57 am

QE Super Bowl 2014 Newsletter -1

I was watching NOW w/Alex yesterday indeed,
when she began to exhale on the topic of weed:

Alex: People will call it The Stoner Bowl, The Bud Bowl and my personal favorite, The Super Doobie Bowl. This Super Bowl Sunday the pot punning will be in full effect. As teams from the first two states to legalize recreational marijuana, Washington and Colorado, face off against each other. On Sunday it is Seattle Sea Hawks versus the Denver Broncos and the average Super Bowl party could get a lot more interesting. Think about it, bigger laughs, better appetites and also more conversation about trying to sink the half time show to the dark side of the moon.

In Colorado marijuana dispensaries are selling “glass pipes and bongs with the team’s colors of blue and orange will go on sale… As will at least one variety of pot – likely the fortuitously-named “Orange Crush,” per Reuters. And in Washington, even though marijuana is not technically legal yet, clubs have been selling blue and green Sea Hawk themed weed cupcakes. StonerBowl.org is even selling marijuana theme swag like this THC jersey.

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Marijuana remains on the NFL’s list of banned substances but that doesn’t mean it isn’t on the list for privately enjoyed substances. And last week NFL Commissioner Roger Godell, said the NFL would consider allowing athletes to use marijuana to treat concussions and other head injuries as long as they have permission from medical experts. On Monday, Seattle Sea Hawks, Head Coach, Pete Carroll made a very similar recommendation, telling ESPN that “you should explore medical marijuana as treatment for NFL players.”

So, weed is in the air, literally, this weekend the honest rivalry that Super Bowl attendees will be treated to is probably this one, on the highways near the MetLife Stadium – where the game will be played, there’s a billboard war going on with marijuana activist on one side advertising weed is something that is safer than alcohol and football vs. anti-pot groups on the other side claiming weed kills motivation.

Joining me now is man who knows about both weed and motivation, former Denver Broncos Tight End, Nate Jackson who argues in support of marijuana use in the NFL and his new memoir SLOW GETTING UP. Nate thank you so much for joining us.

Nate: Thank you for having me.

Alex: And I hope you don’t take offense to our proclamation that you are a weed enthusiasts, but, you know, I will quote from your memoir where you wrote, “The NFL should remove marijuana from their band substances list. Don’t tell anyone about, just stop testing for it. Pain is a big problem in the NFL.” Why is marijuana, for example, better than pills, on the question of pain?

Nate: For me personally, it’s not as addictive as pain pills. I’ve had some injuries over my career that were pretty bad that required surgery and a lot of rehab and pain pills made me feel sad, they made me feel depressed, sluggish – mentally. And pills are something you can do all day long – you could be sitting in meetings taking pills, versus marijuana, you can’t do that in meetings, you can’t be at practice smoking weed. It’s something you do after the fact. For me, it helped take my mind off of my body and the pain and it wasn’t physically addictive. There’s no withdrawal symptoms.

Alex: One of the things you said in an earlier interview, you said, ‘you guessed that about 50-60% of players use marijuana. That seems like a fairly big percentage given the fact that it’s not officially sanctioned in the NFL. Was it kind of, the coaches look the other way or what was the culture in and around the use of it?

Nate: You know I think the coaches look the other. I think they understand that these guys are 22, 23 and 24 year old guys who group up in America and are familiar with the social life, you know, they’re familiar with weed, alcohol and if you get to that point in the NFL where you’re competing at your job, you’re doing a great job, you’re coming to work and satisfying your coaches demands they don’t care what you do – I think. As long as you come to work prepared, and in shape and you’re dissecting the playbook and all that stuff.

Alex: How surprised were you at Roger Godell’s comments? I mean the NFL is not known to be at the forefront of pushing the cultural envelope. I mean, he didn’t say ‘we’re going to sanction the use of marijuana,’ but he very much opened the door to it. Did that surprise you?

Nate: Yes. It seems usually to be a disconnect between the league and the players – you know, the players pain and their issues- and this shows me that Roger is getting more compassionate about what these guys go through and maybe understanding that there are consequences to having a violent product on the field and not everyone can go home and say, ‘I don’t need anything. I’m just fine,” — pain follows you off the field. Some guys medicate with pills – my personal belief is that weed is just not that harmful.

Alex: Well it’s interesting that you categorize under rubric of pain because the NFL has come under a lot of fire for pain injuries and concussions. I mean, you talked about the violent product on the field. I mean what do you think about the sport right now? What do you think needs to be done to address that problem?

Nate: I love the sport. I love the dangerous, violent nature of the sport, that’s what drew me to it and that’s what draws most people to it – we love it. The players aren’t afraid of that [being hit], but there are consequences to it and so I think it’s important that we take care of these guys after they get hurt when they’re 5,10,15 years down the line if they run into some head issues or body issues. I wish the NFL had a healthcare plan that took care of those guys. As of now, is 5-years of post career health provision — and that’s it. So mine runs out on the next year and then I’m on my own and a lot of times, these injuries don’t pop up until later. I’m all for protecting these guys off the field, but on the field it’s violent and they’re drawn towards that.

Alex: Your point is, basically,  that is the game it is at this point.

Nate: That is the game it is. And when you’re talking about health and safety and football it’s kind of a PR issue more so than anything else because the Mothers of America are trying to decide whether to put their kids into the game. You know their 7, 8 year old, 9 year old kids putting on helmets– I don’t think they need to be smashing heads. I think they should wait until high school, personally.

Alex: Okay Nate, I’m not about to ask you a dumb, really dumb question,  like who you’re going to be rooting for. You’re obviously going to be rooting for the Bronco’s, but what are your Super Bowl plans?

Nate:  I’m going to be back in the bay area with my family. It’s my dads 85th birthday celebration, so it’s going to be a big group of us, sitting around the tv by the beach, watching the game. It’s going to work out.

Alex: That doesn’t sound so bad, sitting by the beach. I noticed you were driving the knife further in with those of us on the East Coast. Former Denver Broncos Tight End, Nate Jackson. Thanks for your time.

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Pretty interesting stuff with some pretty elevated quotes,
I’m Qui
and this years Super Bowl joint has definitely got my vote.

When it comes to sports and family – it yields a closeness that can’t be undone.
Therfore, because we share the same last name, I’m pulling for Russell Wilson.

Get the sand out of your hair

In Communication, Griot, News, Politics, TV Shows on January 29, 2014 at 10:55 am

wading in the water

There are several situations in the news that are out at sea,
like the 600 people sick on a cruise ship, says the CDC.

And never mind what’s going on with Governor Chris Christie
because that ill-fated cruise ship also boarded in Jersey.

The passengers are recovering – but still keep them in prayers,
and throw out a life saver for the governor, if you’ve a spare.

The State Of The Union Address popped off in the eve of last night
and I was glued to to the television to see him stand in the light.

His lead is still one of cheer, if you’re peering from my vantage view.
I’m most proud of the ACA initiative and am glad that he saw it through.

I am also glad the stock market is up and that unemployment is down
though the budget compromise seems to be where congress best clowns.

I wish a congress would get together for the people,
pass a livable minimum wage to keep our growth from looking feeble.

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The president also mentioned us leading in high tech manufacturing jobs.
Forfeiting “tech job creations” could result in another growth self-rob.

We’ve increased energy production and that’s good – more lights in more rooms
but is there anyway we could try to cut back on the energy we already consume?

And what about climate change? Our brothers across the aisle can surely agree
that what’s going on with global warming is causing levels to rise in the sea.

What about schooling? The Pres said he’s bringing head start back.
No child should be devoid of education – the USA isn’t a country of lack.

The president is working with the treasury to produce something called MyRA
Look out for that 401K-like news over the next few days.

President O also talked about the ACA during his addressing mention
He got quite the applaud for killing the hurdle of “pre-existing conditions.”

So if you know anyone without insurance – the penalties could hurt.
Be a gem – it shouldn’t cost a limb, help sign them up by March 31st.

POTUS also talked about the power of voting, women’s rights and the likes,
then he moved into gun control and the collective common sense plight.

He then touched on the military, no permanent footings in wars.
America is into setting world standards – it’s time to raise the bar.

The whole time the president spoke, John Boehner sat in the background
Looking like the water was high, and  he may slowly succumbing to a drown.

Even though nothing POTUS said, could have made a mad man madder,
if you saw Boehners lips, it seems the speech did make him sadder.

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There was Cathy McMorris Rodgers who burned up in the camera lights
while pitching the republicans response, she caught a case of pink eye.

There were 3 more after hers, one was a Spanish translation of Rodgers speech,
following was Rand Paul, Ted Cruise and the Tea Partys preach.

Then Congressman Michael Grimm [R] didn’t like a reporters intro
so while mic’d, he threatened to angrily balcony throw
the young reporter  (see video)  – if he ever crossed him again.
Talk about taking a good SOTU speech to the chin.

And it’s no day a the beach, every leader hones the helms of his affair,
I’m Qui
and President O is keeps in step, so Get the sand out of your hair.

Friends For Sale – please read the fine print

In Communication, Griot, News, Politics on January 27, 2014 at 7:00 am

what does it all meanIf only I had someone to pull for me; someone on my side, fighting for me from the inside. How much would it cost to have representation at the table?

I’d certainly love for my project to move to the front of the line on funding with no red tape. I wonder who could make that happen for me?

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‘Round about that time, extended thoughts come into play
And one begins to contemplate how to ‘charm the day.’

Their plan is to mingle in the circles of the decision makers
with a bag full of gifts for the prominent political taker.

The givers are slow to say no and quick to provide,
then they sit back and watch their agenda take flight.

Bribery

Pimping ain’t no illusion and pimping ain’t never died;
Bribery was shot dead, but the practice still survives.

Lobbyist seek to influence law within the rules that classify
how many gifts they can give before Sam starts asking why.

There’s no free lunch – we all have to pay the piper and the rent,
I’m Qui
There’ll always be Friends For Salebut please read the fine print.

New Peruse – with a Scandalous Fuse

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Sports on January 22, 2014 at 10:44 am

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The feds go at it – over NJ traffic

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Christie charges ahead in the face of investigations

— So traffic was backed up for miles, and many hours at the bridge,
But what does that have to do with our beloved Governor Chris?

It seems 20 subpoenas have gone out so far
and counsel leading the investigation is Reid Shar.

It seems they are probing slight hints of bullying relations
as it pertains to the governors administration and partisan retaliations.

It seems State Senator Majority Leader Wienberg, and Mayors Fulop and Zimmer
were inspiration for the traffic jam per accusatory whimper.

The media is all over this story and Gov. Christie is trimming his staff.
His attitude has done a 360 – less sarcasm-witty; a much less rude bask.

I like the governor and I sure hope he’s not fibbing 
in saying the jamming of traffic wasn’t his for the giving.

With 2 investigations under way, via scrutiny eyes much will be seen
of the governor, a possible presidential candidate in 2016.

It’s all happening so fast. How can we possibly pull up and get past this?
A scandal’s stacking-up in Jersey so tough, like that GW bridge traffic.

Morning Joe can’t take it no ‘mo

Yes! You know I’m a lover of the show
and this morning ol’ Joe couldn’t take it no ‘mo.

QE 3 Morning JoeHe so wants folks to quit talking about Bridge Gate, 
to the point that he’s willing to down grade Benghazi Gate.

Oh wait! Cease your stray – don’t walk away from the rhetoric now.
Benghazi is a party favorite – a real partisan pow!

Joe is a pretty compelling talker in his staunch republican ways.
I may not agree to his bended plea, but I dig the way he plays.

I wake up eager to Morning Joe these days, just to see Mika’s face
and watch Joe scuffs down his Starbucks brown and hail his conservative space.

As for his boy Chris Christie, I hate to say it, but we’re just getting started.
And if details are as raw as Christies brass jaw, it won’t bode well for the faint hearted.

Be of good cheer if you support him, for among polled citizens
of those who believe he is innocent equaled 44 percent.

Polling is significant – we all enjoy consensus crunchers
So here is FactCheck.org on Obama’s statistical numbers:

FactCheck.org Jan2014

The SeaHawks can’t rise above or get no love

Every since they clinched a spot in the Super Bowl
It seems “to belittle Sherman’s passion” is the way to go.

Why is it if a jock-like white politicians yell in press conference at others — he’s just a guys guy.
But if a jock champion yells in a microphone after clinching a title, he’s out of place – gone awry?

Seattle Sea Hawks WINHe’s barbaric on the field and t’was on the field he commented in press.
Perhaps Morning Joe should trade off Sherman’s hate mail for a Bridge Gate rest.

I rather liked Richard Sherman’s shout out to Crabtree.
Foul conversation @ NFL line’s is like traditional ooo wee.

That information is not just privy to me,
There’s a real dogmatic force behind sports broadcast on tv.

Sports live-in-the-arena are fun too and far more graphic,
but not nearly as rough as sitting 4 hours or more in traffic.

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Learn the difference between a jock and fat guy in politics.
Double standards running rampart, really aren’t worth the spit.

And where’s the scandal in the White House? Somebody call Shonda Rhimes quick!
I’m Qui
Enjoying this News Peruse with its wide and scandalous wick.

I like to do it

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on January 20, 2014 at 11:45 am

Kissers are into itDivvy kisses and hugs when I’m excited and happy,
always keep my lips moist – devoid of dry and chappy.

Keep the breath on fresh – because I like to move in close.
Buy the first round at the bar – if I can make the toast.

Happy Monday to you. I’m ready to party y’all.
Let’s celebrate MLK without hesitation or stall.

I’ll fire up the grill, and put the vodka on ice.
You can spin the tunes and run my joints twice.

Before we delve into it – I’d like to take a moment to reflect
What it is that we’re celebrating; our historical connect.

He was African American, a lover of this nations worth.
A fighter of equality – he took on prejudments girth.

They say, pick and choose your battles – well he picked a doozy.
I’m grateful Dr. King was born and thank God he was choosy.

I’m not quite a philematologist,
but I would have loved to have done this:

Kissing MLK

Grinning and hugging – sure, I like to do it,
I’m Qui
And that kiss that’s in the air? Yes. Of course I blew it.
XOXO

Celebrake MLK

NO REGRETS

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement, Travel on January 17, 2014 at 12:17 am

No RegretsSo we all get older. If you’re born today, you’ll be older tomorrow. It’s simple. I get it. So if we’re going to get old with everyday that we live, I suggest we LIVE IT UP!

Viva No Regrets!

Science spends good money on researching the road to the fountain of youth. I say, “the road”, because the fountain of youth has eluded us for years. We know not where it is, however, whilst we look, we have found some great cellulite reducing and eye wrinkle creams. Still, no fountain of youth in sight yet, the cellulite and eye wrinkles can still be seen. Funny thing, life is.

In my mid week social media perusing, I found a list of 37 things you’ll regret when you get older. Humored by the catchy tag line, I bit. I clicked the link and well, I quickly found myself agreeing with the editors of the piece. I agree so much, that I couldn’t resist sharing the list of regrets with you. I certainly hope you let none get by you on your journey:

1. Not traveling when you had the chance.

Traveling becomes infinitely harder the older you get, especially if you have a family and need to pay the way for three-plus people instead of just yourself.

2. Not learning another language.

You’ll kick yourself when you realize you took three years of language in high school and remember none of it.

3. Staying in a bad relationship.

No one who ever gets out of a bad relationship looks back without wishing they made the move sooner.

4. Forgoing sunscreen.

Wrinkles, moles, and skin cancer can largely be avoided if you protect yourself.

5. Missing the chance to see your favorite musicians.

“Nah, dude, I’ll catch Nirvana next time they come through town.” Facepalm.

6. Being scared to do things.

Looking back you’ll think, What was I so afraid of?

7. Failing to make physical fitness a priority.

Too many of us spend the physical peak of our lives on the couch. When you hit 40, 50, 60, and beyond, you’ll dream of what you could have done.

8. Letting yourself be defined by gender roles.

Few things are as sad as an old person saying, “Well, it just wasn’t done back then.”

9. Not quitting a terrible job.

Look, you gotta pay the bills. But if you don’t make a plan to improve your situation, you might wake up one day having spent 40 years in hell.

10. Not trying harder in school.

It’s not just that your grades play a role in determining where you end up in life. Eventually you’ll realize how neat it was to get to spend all day learning, and wish you’d paid more attention.

Related Read: Yes, You Can! Making the Impossible Possible

11. Not realizing how beautiful you were.

Too many of us spend our youth unhappy with the way we look, but the reality is, that’s when we’re our most beautiful.

12. Being afraid to say “I love you.”

When you’re old, you won’t care if your love wasn’t returned — only that you made it known how you felt.

13. Not listening to your parents’ advice.

You don’t want to hear it when you’re young, but the infuriating truth is that most of what your parents say about life is true.

14. Spending your youth self-absorbed.

You’ll be embarrassed about it, frankly.

15. Caring too much about what other people think.

In 20 years you won’t give a darn about any of those people you once worried so much about.

16. Supporting others’ dreams over your own.

Supporting others is a beautiful thing, but not when it means you never get to shine.

17. Not moving on fast enough.

Old people look back at the long periods spent picking themselves off the ground as nothing but wasted time.

18. Holding grudges, especially with those you love.

What’s the point of re-living the anger over and over?

19. Not standing up for yourself.

Old people don’t take sh*t from anyone. Neither should you.

20. Not volunteering enough.

OK, so you probably won’t regret not volunteering Hunger Games style, but nearing the end of one’s life without having helped to make the world a better place is a great source of sadness for many.

21. Neglecting your teeth.

Neglecting your teeth.

Brush. Floss. Get regular checkups. It will all seem so maddeningly easy when you have dentures.

22. Missing the chance to ask your grandparents questions before they die.

Most of us realize too late what an awesome resource grandparents are. They can explain everything you’ll ever wonder about where you came from, but only if you ask them in time.

23. Working too much.

No one looks back from their deathbed and wishes they spent more time at the office, but they do wish they spent more time with family, friends, and hobbies.

24. Not learning how to cook one awesome meal.

Knowing one drool-worthy meal will make all those dinner parties and celebrations that much more special.

25. Not stopping enough to appreciate the moment.

Young people are constantly on the go, but stopping to take it all in now and again is a good thing.

26. Failing to finish what you start.

Failing to finish what you start.

“I had big dreams of becoming a nurse. I even signed up for the classes, but then…”

27. Never mastering one awesome party trick.

You will go to hundreds, if not thousands, of parties in your life. Wouldn’t it be cool to be the life of them all?

28. Letting yourself be defined by cultural expectations.

Letting yourself be defined by cultural expectations.

Don’t let them tell you, “We don’t do that.”

29. Refusing to let friendships run their course.

People grow apart. Clinging to what was, instead of acknowledging that things have changed, can be a source of ongoing agitation and sadness.

30. Not playing with your kids enough.

When you’re old, you’ll realize your kid went from wanting to play with you to wanting you out of their room in the blink of an eye.

31. Never taking a big risk (especially in love).

Knowing that you took a leap of faith at least once — even if you fell flat on your face — will be a great comfort when you’re old.

32. Not taking the time to develop contacts and network.

Networking may seem like a bunch of crap when you’re young, but later on it becomes clear that it’s how so many jobs are won.

33. Worrying too much.

As Tom Petty sang, “Most things I worry about never happen anyway.”

34. Getting caught up in needless drama.

Who needs it?

35. Not spending enough time with loved ones.

Not spending enough time with loved ones.

Our time with our loved ones is finite. Make it count.

36. Never performing in front of others.

This isn’t a regret for everyone, but many elderly people wish they knew — just once — what it was like to stand in front of a crowd and show off their talents.

37. Not being grateful sooner.

It can be hard to see in the beginning, but eventually it becomes clear that every moment on this earth — from the mundane to the amazing — is a gift that we’re all so incredibly lucky to share. [Ref. source: negosentro.com)

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Life is meant to be lived to the fullest with NO REGRTS!
I’m Qui
Encouraging you to do you. Your life deserves your very best.
XOXO

The sugar is wearing off

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on January 15, 2014 at 7:21 am

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Early in the relationship they were so sweet on you.
Today they’re on your nerves so tough – when did they turn so prude?

The sugar is wearing off.

No, I’m not falling out-of love, breaking up, contemplating it or anything of the sorts, in fact, the “sugar” that I’m referring to is not the sugar of a mate, but that of a loved one.  Yes, the sugar is wearing off on my parents.

Gosh I’ve only heard from every childhood friend that would voice, about ‘how cool my parents were and are.’  That was until my Dad hit 60 and before my mom divorced her 3rd husband, (which was about at age 60).  Mom went on to marry one more time and when it didn’t work out, she pinky promised us, that would be her last annulment, and she’s held true.   Dad is working on year 8 (or so) of his marriage to the woman we have called our step mom for about 2o-years.

My parents were married to each other for 12-years. They were middle school sweethearts and if you ask me, they knew each other far too well to have been married in the first place.  Not only did they go to same schools, but they lived directly across the street from each other.  Teen anxiety is bliss.  My parents were the cool kind, dad was into football and parties, and mom was a great host. Lots of parties in my past. Parties I couldn’t attend and still they shaped the happy-go-lucky house partying girl that I am, or that I was. I’m 40 now, and a good party consists of me and a few close friends or family members in a dimly lit room, (preferably candled out), a big bottle of red rose, good conversation and music in the background. I’m a mellow party girl today. Evolution.

But what happened to my parents? They were so cool, smooth, friendly and understanding. They were both so sweet in nature. About 16 years ago, my dad was diagnosed with prostate cancer. He had the surgery. He beat the odds. He’s been a survivor for 16-years, but the side effects of the surgery and the disease still plague him, and too often. To my dismay he’s grown a bit bitter over the years and having a happy conversation with him is like pulling teeth sometimes. He’s not battling with dementia or anything like that, just bitter that he’s sick a lot and he can’t get enough friends together to lend  him a hand or take him to the store, never mind calling up enough friends to have a house party. And mom? Well, she’s always been a smiling marker in my life and  in the lives of so many others. She’s just a sweet lady. She looks sweet. She waves from the drivers seat of her car to people in traffic that she doesn’t know. Mom is a former GM worker who medically retired because of a back injury sustained on the job. She’s had multiple surgeries over the years to correct it, and remains under doctors care regarding the issue.  I love hanging out with mom, however, as of late, the sugar seems to be wearing off. Last week, mom went off on me on the phone, for asking her for motherly advice. She later called me back and told me that ‘it is not her job to make decisions, but rather to be the mom and the grandmother.’ I had no idea what odd-place that response was coming from, because my mom is always making decisions — even and especially when we don’t ask her too.

The sugar is wearing off.

My moms mother lived to be 78 and my dad’s mom just passed in 2011 at 80. My mom’s mother was a bit austere – my dad’s mom was just the opposite. Our maternal grandmother raised a home full of girls, (we have three aunts on my moms side – no brothers) and our paternal grandmother raised a house full boys, (my father has 2 other brothers. Grams birthed 2 girls, but both passed in their youth).

I suppose raising girls could wear out your cool points and cause you to be a little austere when you’re older. Right? Perhaps, but I sure hope not. I have two daughters of my own and I have no plans on loosing my sweetness. I’m focusing more on my mom’s recent sweet-sour vibes , and her mothers austere persona, because I am a female descendant. I am a little concerned tonight – wondering if bitterness or eroding  sweetness, is possibly in the DNA?

I hardly think so. I am pretty solid when I say that I think, bitterness is a choice. PAIN is another topic all together. Both of my parents bodies are prone to pain outbursts, and I sure hate that for them. I miss their coolness, and what really throws people off, is neither of my parents are gray headed, bifocal or cane dependent; their appearance looks youthful and healthy. Nevertheless, the truth of the matter is, my parents are at an age, (or fast approaching), where they seem to yield to a default of discord and sometimes, there’s no reversing the misunderstanding.

I know that I am not alone in my parental findings, before I wrote this piece, I researched the web and found a column touting 9 Ways To Avoid Becoming Bitter and Jaded  and a relative psychology forum  where others have taken to expressing their experiences in the round. I didn’t join the forum, though I must admit venting via a blog is a great place to start. Whatever you do: Don’t let the pain of sugarless affections cause you to be bitter tomorrow. You don’t deserve it and neither does your legacy. Self preservation is the action of reapplying the sugar. Does anyone have a 5’2 mason jar?

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The sugar is wearing off, but I don’t want it to.
I’ve never been fond of closures or bidding too many adu!

I dearly love my parents, for I am a parent too.
and I don’t want to put my kids through what I’m going through.

I liken myself to my mom, because I’m the sweeter of her kids.
But this business about being bitter – is one issue that needs a lid.

I prefer my beloved communications to render a hint of candy sweet
and not fall into the category of a beef-tough candy treat.

Does the sugar ‘have to’ wear off? Please no! Dub me Aunt Sweetie!
I’m Qui
blogging my heart out, looking to relate. Hell, I’m feeling needy!
xoxoxox

Be mindful of your actions. Don’t grow bitter just for nought.
Be mindful in your wiser age – Don’t let The sugar wear off.

Reapply the sugar – by being good to YOURSELF and others now.
Don’t worry about how others will respond – just do it anyhow.

The HAUNTING Of with Kim Russo

In Communication, Griot, TV Shows on January 12, 2014 at 11:09 am

The HAUNTING OfHave you seen this show? Perhaps a better question is have you seen a ghost? If you have, the next step should probably be to call Kim.

Kim Russo is of Italian decent and has East coast roots just like Theresa Caputo [Long Island Medium], however, regardless of the height of their hair, the two pyshic mediums are not related.

So this weekends broadcast aired 2 episodes back to back that I had not seen before, and one was The Haunting Of Michael Rappaport. Remember Michael from the 80’s? He has got to be the finest red headed, Irish-Jewish guy I’ve ever met. Ow! I’ve been crazy about him since the days of Spike Lee’s BAMBOOZLED. Or so I think, though my better half tells me, Spike’s cool recollection of Michael Rapparport came in 1992 in a film called ZEBRAHEAD [Interracial love story set in Detroit], by Anythony Drazen. I personally don’t remember Zebrahead or being smitten by Rappaport in the interracial-love role, (though somehow I feel that I would have), all the same, he is one sexy guy!

I don’t know if you happened to have caught Michael’s paranormal experience story on Celebrity Ghost Stories (2010), but his experience happened at Earmus High School in Brooklyn. He and a friend, Gerald, were fined detention for mischievous classroom behavior and as punishment, they were made to clean up a room in the basement of the school. The room was locked by padlock, Michael and Gerald had the keys, opened the lock, removed it and had Michael had it on his person. They began organizing a massive pile of desks, (re-enactment showed one-piece desks stacked high, nearly to the ceiling). One they had a few lined neatly in a row, the remaining desks in pile began to rumble and release a thick dusty smoke (from debris under the pile, Gerald noticed a few cat carcass). Shortly thereafter, there was light flickering and the two began to see figure shadows here and there within the room. Michael and Gerald ran for the door and it was locked. They were trapped. But how could it be, Michael had the padlock on his person? The door locks only from the outside with padlock.

Michael called upon Kim Russo to help him make sense of the incident that originally happened in 1987. Kim agreed to meet Michael and Gerald at Earmus High School. Did you see it? Awesome broadcast. It all boiled down to being ‘the mischievous spirits that were trapped in the basement were indeed the spirits of a couple of boys that had died in the school in previous years, before Michael and Geralds tenure. The spirits were mischievous in nature and felt, at the time, that Michael and Gerald were like them – so they taunted them. In part, because of that experiment Michael transferred and spent his graduating year at Martin Luther King High and redirected his energies towards the arts. IMDB has his film and entertaining credits dating back to 1990. Kim was able to connect the dots for Michael and Gerald and show how those mischievous spirits were able to help influence the (then) adolescents to change ways.

In the end, Earmus High School is still haunted with those spirits that roam, as Kim, Michael and Gerald on two different occasions heard the collective voices of children, (likened to what you’d hear in a school hallway), but they aren’t angry or looking to necessarily taunt Michael and Gerald anymore. Maybe.
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When I think of Kim Russo, I think psychic mediumdetective.”
Her work is so accurate, in past energy; reflectives.

Kim Russo is the real deal as well
she taps into the spirits on a “social spell.”

Rarely does forceful energy rise up in Russo’s reading-world.
She’s a no-nonsense, smudge cleansing cinch, big-hair-wearing girl.

Brightly perched on Long Island was Michael Rapport re-living a dark scene
with Kim (at Earmus high school) and a few spirits from the in-between.

Kim Russo is confrontational and left no investigational stone unturned
Michael and Gerald were the recipients of understanding and life lessons learned.

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The other story that ran back-to-back last night
was the story of Jack Blades under the Apache moonlight.

It was a good investigation as well, under any kind of light
Jack was told by Kim Russo, that he once had another life.

Revealed were antiqued artifacts that Jack picked up at trade shows
that angered past native american spirits and sent them into scold.

In the end Jack Blades had to offer the spirits a gift of peace
and believe it or not, he granted the angry energy sweet release.

And this is what Kim Russo does. She takes a situation that seems crazy and daunting
then she walks you back through it, to make sense of your haunting.

Do you watch the show and what do you think?
I’m Qui
Enjoying it very much
, so much so, I had to wordpress ink.

FACEBOOK Tid Bits

In Griot, Networking, News, Politics, Self Improvement on January 8, 2014 at 2:14 pm


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I am fortunate to have a great friends-connect on Facebook. Every week I find one or two posts on my FB news feed that makes me: laugh, think, shake my head (smh)  and sometimes even applaud out loud (aol).

Today is as good of a day, as any, to share a few of the interesting Facebook Tid Bits vying for time on my news feed:

ROAD RAGE
Does this ever happen to you, even though you mean well? Don’t forget to be a blessing during your moment of traffic stressing…

Laugh at yourself

Wealth Inequality In America SHOT

Knowledge. Empower

WHAT YOU THINK vs. WHAT IT IS

This pretty much speaks for itself. At 1:05, I get a rude awakening. At 1:41, he starts talking about you. At 2:24, he says a “bad” word. At 3:50, he kind of breaks my brain. At 4:50, he lets you know how broke you really are. At 5:20, he rubs it in. And at 5:50, he points out that reality isn’t close to what we think it is…

A GIVE AND TAKE

Give a little Love SHOT

Click video picture to START the video

Love is free – give a little. I especially like to give it to those who act like they don’t want or need it. Have you ever met a person that refuses to shake your hand, because they want to come in for the hug? That’s me. My hugs aren’t always physical in deed, I’m also quick divvying out supportive hugs via encouragement and assistance. In fact, I’m loving on you right now in sharing this video. Will you take it? Equally as important is – Will you pass  it on?

PRODUCING vs. CONSUMING
What are you doing? Where’s your pride? What are your working hard for? Did you know it’s really NOT an ASSET if it’s on your arse? TD Jakes breaks it down in 2 minutes, check it out:

He's preaching to the choir... Right?

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There’s a lot of laughter involved here and a little bit of thinking,
Christian Road Rage is funny but Wealth Distribution is stinking.

A request to pass on more love is an easy task.
Be guilty of producing more than you consume – save more cash.

Put the money in the bank and not on your body.
Let fitness be the reason folks call you a hottie.

Get in the gym and ball on the court,
I’m Qui
Tid Bitting with thee with the Facebook sorts.

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Trading more than Antiques on PBS

In Griot, Networking, News on January 7, 2014 at 4:53 pm

QE_Joe and MikaThis morning Joe and Mika [MSNBC Morning Joe] talked about Steven Cohen’s stock trading case. Basically they dropped a dime on the upcoming PBS special covering the hedge funders moves that have landed him hot water with the Feds. In so many words, PBS reminds us that Martha Stewart ain’t the only one:

“The $8 billion fortune amassed by the hedge fund titan Steven A. Cohen was stunning: a 35,000-square-foot mansion on Connecticut’s “Gold Coast”; a $62 million beach house in the Hamptons; a $115 million duplex in New York City, furnished with some of the world’s most valuable art.

Was Cohen’s firm, SAC Capital, simply smarter than the other players on Wall Street? Or, as the U.S. Justice Department began to suspect, was there another explanation for how SAC managed to beat the stock market and bring in sky-high returns for Cohen and his investors year after year?

PBS has documented the Steve Cohen story for broadcast on FRONTLINE that will air today. So if you’re curious as to if Steven will be doing the Martha Stewart-in-orange anytime soon, you want definitely want to watch/DVR TO CATCH A TRADER tonight on PBS.

From the team behind FRONTLINE’s “The Untouchables” and “Money, Power and Wall Street”comes “To Catch A Trader” the suspenseful and compelling story of the unprecedented government investigation that led to the largest insider trading case in U.S. history.

Drawing on exclusively obtained video of Cohen, FBI wiretaps of other hedge fund traders, and interviews with both Wall Street and Justice Department insiders (including U.S. Attorney Preet Bharara, the “sheriff of Wall Street”), “To Catch A Trader” traces the rise of Cohen’s empire and goes inside the government’s ongoing, seven-year crackdown on insider trading in the hedge fund industry.

To Catch A Trader - PBSOur investigation found that in 2006, for the first time, the FBI started to go after hedge funds the same way they went after the mob,” says FRONTLINE correspondent Martin Smith, who, along with director and producer Nick Verbitsky, spent six months digging into the government’s cases against traders at SAC Capital and other hedge funds. “They began investigating Cohen and his peers in the same fashion—wiretapping, flipping informants, basically using these methods to target white-collar criminals for the first time,” Smith says.

As FRONTLINE reports, since prosecutors first set their sights on the hedge fund industry, the FBI’s crackdown, known as “Operation Perfect Hedge,”,” has uncovered institutional, widespread malfeasance. As one agent tells FRONTLINE, “We likened it to the first ‘Jaws’ movie, that we’re ‘going to need a bigger boat.’”

To date, the government has convicted 76 people of securities fraud and conspiracy. In November 2013, SAC Capital agreed to plead guilty to what prosecutors called “insider trading that was substantial, pervasive, and on a scale without precedent in the history of hedge funds.” Under an agreement still pending a judge’s approval, the firm will cease to operate as a hedge fund and will pay a $1.8 billion penalty.

Steven Cohen has not been charged with insider trading; he instead faces civil charges brought by the Securities and Exchange Commission for allegedly failing to supervise his employees and prevent misconduct.

U.S. Attorney Bharara tells FRONTLINE that the government’s investigation into insider trading at hedge funds will continue. “Our responsibility and obligation is to make sure that everybody understands that no one is above the law,” Bharara says, “that it doesn’t matter who you are, how much money you have, who you’re connected to, you have to play by the same rules as everyone else.”

Unfolding with the urgency of a crime novel, “To Catch A Trader” is a must-watch primer for what happens next. Past episodes of FRONTLINE are available for  online viewing.

[Reference Source:  http://www.kpbs.org/news/2014/jan/06/frontline-catch-trader/]

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What can I say, that isn’t already being said best 
by the current investigation, the prosecutor and PBS?

Life isn’t so bad, crack a smile and start glowin,’
I’m Qui
Nevermind your tiny problems this moment belongs to Cohen. 😉