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Oh, Happy Day!

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on January 30, 2019 at 4:24 am

oh-happy-day_smiley-face.jpgI am one y sister this morning.
Yesterday was the last day that TMJ reigned at dawning.

I’ve researched more than my migraine could stand
with a laptop, 2 leads on and a tens unit in my hand.

A migraine lasted for more than a week; it wouldn’t let up.
Every day felt like a hangover; I was annoyed by every touch.

I was really in a bind and I’d really had enough.
Yesterday’s migraine reigned long and tough

until I learned how to properly stretch my muscles.
Smoothing my SCM, Masseter, and Suboccipitals was a tussle.

They were years tight.
I almost cried – I thought I might.

Okay, I did. WHAT? I’m just a girl
and TMJ doesn’t fit the frame of my happy-go-lucky world.

I massaged my muscles in between tens treatments and further learned
that if you don’t move the lead-pads every 20-minutes you could get burned.

Yep. I burned my shoulders a little bit —
but my muscles are more relaxed, so the process was hit.

Today I am grateful. Today I did pray
when I woke up and realized that I felt great!

Oh, Happy Day!

What about you? How’s your vantage view?
Is the family good? How about your hood?
I really missed vibing with you.

Please tell me that you haven’t been watching the news?
What’s the point? We, the people are the joint;
Not politicians.
Me & you.

So what’s up? What are we going to do?
Are you free for lunch? I’ve enough for two.

Let’s sit and make plans for tomorrow, quick.
Let’s be mindful of what we take in – bad ingredients make us sick.

So cut back on the news and read a newspaper.
Cut back on the flower if you can vapor.

Um, I thought you might want to know that too.
Of course when it comes to homeopathic stuff – I got you, Boo! 😛

Today I hump lightly in jest and in love.
Today I’m giving you and good health a big hug.


I’m so touchy-feely.
The human touch is oh so healing.

Hug me and I’ll hug your back – I’m up for a squeeze today.
I’m Qui
with no TMJ about me, singing  Oh, Happy Day!

Thank you for stopping my way.
I mean it, I love you, and have a fantastic day!

Oui Oui Oui – SHORTS TV

In Comedy, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement, Video on January 28, 2019 at 9:52 am

I love SHORTS…

During my own personal “shutdown” (i.e., my 2.5-week & running visit with TMJ) I lean heavily on short films to keep my spirits up and my attention off of the pain. It works. Film-after-film I am enlightened, emotionally charged, humored, and alas, feeling less pain in my SCM and Masseter muscles. Endorphins counteract pain receptors.


Being no fan of medicine (OTC or prescribed) I prefer natural and homeopathic remedies when my good health is challenged. For the chronic pains of TMJ, I prefer to administer MMJ topicals and edibles while watching original short films on DirecTV’s channel 573. It’s a winning combo if you’re trying to “be somewhere else without leaving the house.” 😉

Travel via channel 573 is the best way to go. You don’t speak multiple languages? How do you feel about subtitles? If you’re down – there are no limits to where you can kick-it.

This weekend I traveled well via these hard-hitting short films that took me far away from the tensions of TMJ. I found a few that had trailers and thought they’d be cool to share, so I started with:



WEST SIDE SWORDY [2015] yields strong homage to West Side Story in the frame of their tale of two street gangs and fight choreographies that was shot in California on a $15K budget. I loved the relative scene designs, the DJ who controlled more than the music and the integration of sword dancing. This is not a West Side Story re-make, but it is strongly inspired. Director Dan Liu and crew did a fantastic job on this 9-minute short that could have easily been a “Thriller-length” music video. Drop in on their website to catch the next showing:

I then took a journey with Abraham, the principal character in IN GOD WE TRASH. Now before you send this one to the blasphemy bin hear me out. I really took this film to be hinting at a number of our population who say and do things in the name of Christianity to cover their own shortcomings. The film’s message is conveyed in a practical and comical way;  no offense – comprehend.  It’s only 22-minutes and is subtitled. Reading is fundamental – go for it!



The following film was probably by far the silliest, most metaphorically visual film that I have seen in a long time. IS THIS A JOKE, (aka THIS IS A JOKE) is a fabulous comedy written by Tom Edmunds and whose Cinematographer is Luke Bryant. Laughter is a huge producer of endorphins, thus this show helped to TKO my TMJ pain easy. Here’s a teaser to a jam-packed comical pleaser:

I particularly like the way that Tom directs silliness; his vision is hilarious. To see a directors mind does little more to reveal to me the contents of his mind and Tom Edmunds mind is a colorful hoot. My TMJ didn’t stand a chance. Actually, I had to watch this film twice to catch all of the literal punches that were sewn into passing conversation. Believe it or not, on the second round I laughing harder, and reaped more of those pain-free endorphins. Yes-yes!!

It’s possible that I watched at least 20 short films this weekend to help keep my mind distracted from the taut pull of my sternocleidomastoid muscle and my masseter muscle. The pain is pass-out worthy, I just won’t give in.  Especially since there’s always  Probability & Statistics, Shorts TV, a Tens Unit, and BC Powder. 😛

There’s plenty to do than focus on TMJ’s hue. However, with all of the research I’ve done on it, I wouldn’t doubt that a future character in a future script will be battling this ailment.

The way it’s kicking my arse is a comedy, but I’m sure I could work it into a drama. STAY TUNED.


So what have you got up for the day? I think I’m going to take it easy.
As much as I like “doing the most” – with TMJ it isn’t easy.

If you’re at the point of wondering why I keep bringing it up,
it is because it’s giving me a bear hug and the chronic pain sucks.

But I won’t lie, intense math equations help to keep me from focusing on;
and the hope of TMJ fading away is my prayerful sum,

I accessorize that with a couple of edible yum-yum’s and short film binging,
I’m Qui
Oui Oui to the reel vibes of Shorts TV and it’s assistance in my pain ending.

Watching more today because TMJ defense via endorphins is mind-bending.
Reviewing my peers’ films is what I call, “passionate time spending.”


What Kind of Outfit Are You Running

In News on January 25, 2019 at 6:44 am

Somebody said, “This is America” and I said where?
Ain’t America that place that folks call beautiful and fair?

Well… at one point, maybe it was.
But today? America needs a hug.

I look around and I see politics doing the flea-flick and class-gunning.
Makes me ask the question, “What Kind of Outfit Are You Running?”

Give us your tired, your poor…”
and in a cage we’ll put them – for sure!

“Pay them their wages each day before sunset…”
That’s scripture from the Bible — still no check, yet.

My neighbors and friends are hungry.


Outfit Changing.

Who knew working for the government would be so funky?

The very first job that I ever held was with the Corp of Engineers.
I felt like our water system was in good hands – I had no federal fears.

I heard about past shutdowns, the subsequent lows, and jeers.
But I had not ever seen government employees reduced to tears

because their employer wasn’t paying or for being an obligation louse.
Federal workers who once foreclosed on defaulted loans now stand to lose their house.

More bad news reveals that this is not their first lost to fate.
Many worked through the recession; employment was a blessin,’
still, they suffered in the recession of ’08.

They don’t deserve this stall of income…
Scholars fear another recession will come.

Hum-diddy-hum-hum. Save your spare change now!
Your tax dollars won’t pay the rent and you’ve no alternate cash cow.

Lord why and how? Not this again.”
Yep. I always turn to God when I need a true friend.

With open arms, He reigns me in and shows me another way.
I pray that same for you when you go to Him today.

Tina-Fey_hi-fiving-angels.gifYep! I’m back to sticking-in the notion “to pray.”
Good morning sweetheart – be productive today. beating-heart

Hip-hip-hooray! Today is Friday and I’m all about winning.
I’m doing so with an internal glow because I can’t do too much grinning.

Why you ask? Since I’m all about smiles and teeth?
I will tell you, child, TMJ ain’t yielding much relief.

It is on my boo-hiney like you would not know.
Thank God for MMJ Salva showing blatant pain the do.’

I’m wearing braces so when I had a TMJ flare up I called my Ortho –
She referred me to my DDS…? Oh. So,

tmj-pain_quiI went.
That’s how my Wednesday morning was spent.

I received a tooth examination and a thorough cleaning.
They also heard me out on how my TMJ journey was leaning.

I was sad to report that my Ortho was unfamiliar with my symptoms
and that she suggested I may have an abscessed tooth among other mentions.

I was dumb-founded. My Ortho’s lack of TMJ knowledge was stunning.
She referred me to my DDS? — What Kind of Outfit Is She Running?


Big Ups to my DDS. I appreciate you for taking the time
to see a sister at the last minute and assess my grind.

Thank you so much. Today I am better.
When an outfit is right – it feels like your best sweater.

I’m going to keep my DDS but a new Ortho doc is coming.
I’m Qui
and life is full of surprises, seen by the wisest
never fear to inquire: What Kind of Outfit Are You Running?

Ask it of your country.
Ask it of yourself.



In Networking, News, Self Improvement on January 23, 2019 at 5:02 am

Birthing NEW – Daily.

Wide open and open wide – – I’m really quite giving.
That’s truly what comes to mind when I think of HOW I’M LIVING.

How are you living? Is it fresh and anew or is it sour?
Are you happy one minute and pissed by the hour?

Oh my. I hope not. I’m living anything but.
I’m happy about life, period – even when I’m in a rut.

Think about it – there’s always something to be thankful for.
Perhaps you got no check this week, but in another area, you scored?

Did you come up on a new job offer? Was it full time or a side gig?
Do you what you must, starting with ‘In God, you trust,’ and please don’t stress your wig.

Me? I’m living just fine as a writer.
It’s not about high stacks yet – I’m the variable exciter.

Somebody’s got to do it – plus I’m pretty good at it.
I write what I comprehend and the person who hired me tags & bags it


I’m about that life!

as their own.
They pay me a fee and I get on.

I’m the creative type and I’m quite giving.

I produce fire.
My creativity is for hire.

It’s just HOW I’M LIVING.
I’m in school learning TRIG and the rules are giving.

Did you take it?
My mind is alert but I’m feeling like I should bake it. 😛

I don’t know,
though I’m sure a new degree is the way to go.

I’m going; talents showing.
The mediocre receive a mowing;
on the Deans List – I’m glowing.

I’m not partying much, still, I’m cool and open to it.
Though homework and Trig rules! I’m focused; won’t screw it.

Can you do it? I could use your help if you’re down for the giving.
I’m Qui
and every day should be a high day. I just wanted to verse on HOW I’M LIVING.

Having said as much, let’s LIVE IT UP, my hardworking friend.
Besides today being Hump Day, it yields us towards the weekend.


Here-Here! Let’s usher it in.

TMJ and a 2-Wire Brace

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on January 21, 2019 at 4:34 am

Self Ligating Braces

With braces on the upper and lower rows of my teeth
TMJ is still active. Yes, she is a beast.

In 2-months I will have been braced for a year
and I’m down for 1 1/2 more — from what I hear.

All has been well on my braced 10-month journey
It comes with a bit of pain, but none that yield to the gurney.

I can handle it; the pain hits hard but there’s no hollerin.’
Thank God my DNA’s from Ireland and that I have a high pain tolerance.

Yes. I do.
My father was a redhead, too.

Not quite a leprechaun, but he did wear clean shoes,
and thanks to his DNA, TMJ pain won’t cause me to lose.

Though I can see a little bruising around my jawline.
Braces and TMJ are not without pain, but I’m fine.

I mean, considering that in December of 2018
I was charted for a double-jaw surgery scene,

then at the last minute, I felt compelled to opt out.
I realized what the pain ratio would be about.


TMJ PAINS are caused when this happens @ jaw bone point – in front of the ear.

Whether or not I stayed in the surgery lane
there were no promises on ridding me of this TMJ pain.

There was only “a chance.”
I chose an alternative procedure with which to dance.

I chose to have two teeth from the lower jaw removed.
Comparable degrees of pain but with a less-intense recovery groove.

Surgery would’ve included a hacksaw and about 8-weeks for post-swelling to go down
whereas tooth extractions required  2-rooted teeth & 3-weeks of light recovery rounds.

However, TMJ is currently bound by a 2-wire brace
the nocturnal grinding ceases not to pain my face.

Likely, because my jaw bones are currently moving.
My trachea measurements have widened; improving.

Braces are yielding a great help in improving my bite,
but the grind of TMJ still owns the night. Aye-yae-yae.

Good morning beloved, I felt the need to insert an update,
I’m Qui
Please wish me Godspeed on this TMJ pain and 2-Wire Brace.


In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on January 18, 2019 at 5:15 am

can i have it-memIs today a reason for celebration,
a step away from degradation,
a day to build on our united relation,
a day to retreat from psycho-babble connotations?


Yes-Yes. Let foolishness and misunderstandings hit the highway!
I awoke this morning, feeling SURE in my yawning that today is a high day.

Hello, howdy, and hi!
Come on over – DO stop-on by.

We’ve got Nancy Pelosi holding the gavel now
and a wall for separation — may not eat our tax-cow.

Do we need to reopen the government? — Absolutely we do.
Should we do so by any unsettling means? <– Bid ignorance adieu.

Wisdom is about me and you, as is another opportunistic Friday morn.
Rise and shine. I hope you’re feeling fine for the wool of yesterday is being sClint-Eastwood-YES.gifhorn.
Is our current state of the union still a reason for alarm?


Can we get better? — We must.
More bipartisanship and less fuss.

Can we do it for the sake of being whole and secure?
Can we put a check on what we need to correct? — Absolutely. SURE.

Unproductiveness… we need to shoo it.
Come together and get things done? We need to do it.

Can we do it today? We SURE can.
I’m Qui
and anytime I feel at an impasse – I pray for a plan.


This Cool Breeze…

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News on January 16, 2019 at 6:53 am

Air out the laundry…

This Cool Breeze on my neck
is a welcoming check.

Thank you, God, for the bay-style window
and for the rays of the sun, that warms my soul.

I love that you’d gift me this comforting moment.
I thought I was alone, but you are ‘all up on it.

And I feel that…
A melancholy breeze with lots of trim and less fat.
You feel that?

Trigonometry detains my thoughts today; I pray to receive with ease,
I’m Qui
In the face of tough Math and a tougher Congress  – I am loving

This Cool Breeze…

Pay attention and enjoy it, please.

Keep It Moving

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows, Video on January 14, 2019 at 4:30 am

Good morning sweetheart. Allow me to catch you mid-stride
and say “There’s nothing new under the sun,” — not one new vibe.

That is if the above video is indeed a relic truth.
Isn’t that what one 2016 candidate was selling me and you?

I didn’t buy it.
Many did and now many deny it.

Still according to the 1950’s black and white narrative series clip
there was one 2016 candidate who was not shooting from the hip.

Not at all – not at all.
A script from a canceled series was recalled

and now we are living out a show that the networks cut short.
So about our collective position, whilst there be any thwart?

Especially since we know that some shows should never be remade.
Good morning Monday, please Keep It Moving and thank you for the shade.

Good morning sweetheart, I missed you over the last few days.
Were you out and about being compassionate or engaging in misbehave?

We all misbehave from time to time, and hopefully, we all know when to stop.
No one can fool all of the people all of the time – regardless of your status-quo-snot.

Things have long heated up to “hot,” and I’m so glad that I didn’t choose the turtle neck.
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee, please continue to be patient whilst Karma does a check.

Keep It Moving

and pray for the man whose trials yield him vex.
It may be his day today, though tomorrow – who is next?

Alas it’s Friday and I’m Going Dancing

In Communication, Griot, Music, Self Improvement, Video on January 11, 2019 at 12:00 am

calculating-cat.jpgWhen was the last time that you went dancing and danced like no one was looking – really?
Well, that’s too long if it was more than a week since you hit it . You feel me?

I’m going out tonight and I don’t mind scooping you up.
Single or not the time is nigh to exert a calorie gut-bust.

Yes-yes! Under or overdressed, I am heavily into it
if I can get a tutor for my math. Please tell me you can you do it?

How are your Trigonometry skills? How are sine, cosine, and tangent?
I wouldn’t know, Trig is new to my fro – I’m stuck on angling in.

Praying to the Lord that guessing is not a sin – because I realize that I’m chancing.
Like I said, Alas it’s Friday and (Lord) I’m Going Dancing.

bey-drunken-love-dancingI could use a good Soul Train line right now,
doing the Sissy-Boo, Dougie Fresh and Doo-Doo Brown.

Later on this eve, it’s going down, though for now, I’m bright-eyed – yo.
I’ve got a cup of jo, and a Math test via laptop – ready to go.

You know what I’m going to do? I’m going to calculate for a few hours, break – then calculate for another spell,
I’m Qui
a sapiosexual who’s quite excited about conquering Trigonometry’s hell.

So much so, I feel like dancing.
Do dance with me!


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Alas, I return after several hours of working 230 Algebraic/Trigonometry equations and an additional two tests immediately after that.
I am happy to report that it is 5 am on Saturday morning and I’m about to hit the sack.
Just a little FYI for the inconspicuous eye: “Yes, I think I’m falling for math! The variable definitely adds…”

My mathematical success has me feeling like

In The Loop

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Sports on January 7, 2019 at 6:07 am

in-the-loop.pngA new year, the same me, the same you, and a new view.
In the spirit of yesterday’s News Peruse,
we’ll tie headlines together In The Loop.

The COWBOYS played the SEAHAWKS over the weekend and defended their playoff presence.
The EAGLES followed that cab and manifested their own “W” blessin.’

The Cowboys are slated to play the RAMS next;
each in pursuit of a Super Bowl respect.

Are you watching? Are you up on the NFL Loop?
How about the un-looping of lies; i.e, telling the truth?

I wish the White House administration could call my Aunt Ruth.
Like Jacob, she wrestled when honesty was aloof.

She wasn’t about that bull.
If you lied to her – a backhand kept you full.


Mm-mm-ughhhh. It would hurt so bad,
but it’s what was needed to curb a lying lass.

Wake up, look alive and live in the truth.
You can’t trump life’s backhand; keep honesty In The Loop.
Do it for you.

Keep excellence In The Loop; the fabric of your character is always on display.
Regardless of the government’s shutdown, employees should go out and play.

Don’t let your gig ruin your day and expend your vote at every opportunity this year.
2019 is a more awake and progressive scene and wisdom is your fishing spear.

Use it to plant seeds and use it to harvest fruit.
Whatever you do, please remain true and keep me In The Loop.

I’m crazy about you and this fresh Monday start,
I’m Qui
Tying a loop that connects to your News Peruse heart.

Let’s stay connected.
When life happens we’re all affected.

Stay tuned to this groove for the Griot scoop.
It’s objective is to duly keep us In The Loop.

PS — Here’s a little something I thought you might like to know:
EDDIE GLAUDE JR. won the debatable segment on Morning Joe. 😛