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Babies Don’t Read

In Book, Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on October 15, 2018 at 5:00 am

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A fresh mind is moldable whereas, an old one is not reachable.

When simply asked ‘can you read,’
the U. S. prez said — (NOT A DAMN THING).

He isn’t well read.
No recollection was in his head.

He is not a baby and new life isn’t here before us to unfold.
Call a weak mind a horrible find; especially when the dog is old.

God bless America’s old soul, her new soul needs salvation.
Confessing a love for dictators and such is not a healthy relation.

And what about our nation? Are we to fend for ourselves?
Somebody wake the neighbors up! Our union isn’t feeling well.

No new hope is being shaped and no new tricks are being divvied.
Our international status is a wee bit ratchet— with every new day we look a little more silly.

The stock market is not an actual tell. Global money is not yours.
Your money comes from your local job and you spend it at a local store.

So when the stock market rises do you really score?
However, if she fails, your finances are impaled and then you get a little sore.

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Crippling…

Right? Remember what lead us to the collapse in 2008?
Well there’s another elephant sitting on your plate
and with your finances and security — he’d much like to play.

Can’t you see the writing on the wall? Are you comprehending this Griot feed?
If only you could – I wish you would. Unless you’re a baby — and Babies Can’t Read.

And if you are a big baby, anytime is a good time to grow up.
It’s Monday beloved, give this day a hug and start inserting in it more love.

First love for yourself and then for others.
Be mindful to extend it to your sisters and brothers; your father and mother.

Respect is the human baseline.
Utilize respect and you’ll be fine.

Read inspirational writes daily and do pray often
that God keep your mind sharp and your heart softened.

Babies Can’t Read but you’re much sharper than that.
A well-balanced lifestyle keeps your mind from getting fat.

Good morning Monday, you caught me mid-topic,
I’m Qui
and illiteracy is real! Barbara Bush couldn’t stop it.

Educate your soul and go out & vote — because only Babies Don’t Read.
That’s not you nor me. History is best born out of unity and DEMOCRACY.

The change is still up to you and me.
VOTE

LET’S TALK ABOUT IT

In Book, Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics, Self Improvement on June 18, 2018 at 6:30 am

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Let’s talk about the weather, let’s talk about life.
Let’s talk politics – the culprit of recent strifes.

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Let’s talk about the fam’; How’s your momma ‘nem?
Let’s talk about the state of our country and how we can effectively hem.

Where’s your bright spot, America? Aren’t we looking awfully dim?
Speaking of, let me divvy some specific love to the White House: Trump and ‘nem.

What up big Repub in the Oval Office room!
You have no stance and a slimming chance, yet the stock market still booms.

You’re not king ring-a-ling;  you’re chief of what is.
In the grand scheme, this is an American life-thing
and I question if your base-support is that big.

The global world isn’t loving us;
our allies are pushed-away from hugging us.

Rudy Giuliani is still bugging us
and the tweeting prez doesn’t know how to hush.

Let’s talk about it: Families being torn apart at the border.
We’ve too many resources and not sharing; we’re hoarders.

No laws are in place that deems such vile crap.
This is an administration issue, say both Republicans and Democrats.

It’s not a good look for our country and history will duly show
‘the chump on the hill’ to be a calloused heel —
intent on delivering Democracy a low blow.

Let’s talk about it: Nepotism Laws have been slaughtered.
If not to build a platform for women, what’s up with the 1st daughter?

Isn’t she a senior advisor to the prez?
If anything, what on earth has she said?

She, nor her father is helping.
My role? I’m going to God and I’m telling.

It’s what I’m known for and what I do.😁
I go to God when I can’t get through to you.
It’s true.

Because I am a praying spirit, please know that I am wise.
You don’t have to say much – your truths spill from your eyes.

I am grateful to see it.
The unwise under a guise;
I wouldn’t want to be it.

So, let’s talk about it: Where We Are and What We Mean.
Is Congress for the collected WE or loyalist to a he?

Think about it and then speak. Speak up, speak up, speak up!
There’s too much silence on violence or we just don’t give a WHAT.

If we are a collective and we truly care
pipe-up your voice at the ballot and place it there.

Mid-term elections are at stake and on the way.
Get up and get out – you have something to say

and the world wants to hear it.
Obviously, I’m confrontational; I don’t fear it.

Let compassionate hearts and minds prevail
Or I fear America will feel a backlash of hell.

Nothing is done without consequence.
Building consequence is how this admin is spent.

God help us, we’re a year and a half already in.
It’s increasingly difficult to understand and grin.

If our goal is to be selfish, not help others nor let them in…
We are rapidly gaining clarity to what the Bible calls a sin.

Republican Evangelicals:  the American youth are watching.
Their belief in your self-righteous religion is no longer clocking.

They don’t believe in you anymore. So you can stop.
They realize that you’re working for yourself and not representing God.

Their souls are wise.
They see the racism in your heart through your eyes.

When a person is hungry for help it’s hard to digest lies.
I’m Qui
Up to talk about it, because our biggest commonality is life.

Give it some thought and then let’s talk; be open-minded and spunky.
We’ve got to come together to change this administrations weather…
Let’s talk about our country.

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So you’re awake now, ready to take a stand, open your eyes and really look?
Then I suggest you do so via Madeline Albright’s new book:
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About Mondays

In Book, Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on April 9, 2018 at 4:46 am

alarm-clock-calendar-close-up-908298.jpgEvery morning can classify as a Monday, as in every morning is a new start.
It may read Thursday on the calendar, but it’s new opportunity at its heart.

Good morning Monday. I’m so glad that you’ve come back around.
Last night I slept quite sweetly; last night I slept quite sound.

All last week I was on Spring Break and nowhere really to be found.
I chose to hiatus in a familial space and camped out in DFW’s Ag-Town.

It was good to be on old stomping grounds. Texas is still the place that I call home.
It was good to visit every cousin, nephew, niece and kin that I can’t visit in the ‘Zone.

Spring Break was refreshing, reviving and real.
I couldn’t wait to come home and record the appeal.

I have a narrative series episode to conceptualize.
The producer is from Cow-Town and has his eye on the prize.

I’m game to help him literally birth a narrative view.
I’m into collaborating on new projects. It’s a Monday hue.

I saw a movie last week; t’was a science fiction gem,
it was Legendary Pictures, “Pacific Rim.”

It didn’t just hit the theaters, — I’m just getting around to taking it in.
It was pretty good, and well understood; I’ll have to go back and give the first one a spin.

This is the second Pacific Rim film. The first starred Idris Elba.
Part two starred his scripted son; a futurist who’s quite clever.

The film was adequately entertaining. I give it a big thumbs up –
and then Sunday rolled in with another win at the Mocha Girls Read book club.

I do enjoy this particular outing; it’s a sisterly critical analysis event.
This weeks review was of Claretta Street, by Kenya Barris’ sister, Colette.

The book club members are relentless in sharing their truths.
Each one is heavily honest, though none are named Ruth.

Monday

Opportunity.

For a writer, a discussion group is the true telling of the tale.
I’m new to this particular group, and so far they have not failed

to remind me to come with the facts and to close all story holes.
These ladies are shaping my audience understanding into tried gold.

On honing the complexities — I am sold and today is Monday.
Another opportunity to be fly and take the road of high; a fun day.

I’m girly and up early to be down with it,
I’m Qui
happy to reconnect, compose griot and spit it.

Good Morning Monday

In Book, Communication, Griot, Movies, TV Shows on March 12, 2018 at 6:49 am

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It’s not quite as early as you think.
With the sun not yet up, I’m doing the one-eyed wink.

My, I could use a tall, hot cup of jo to get things going.
I’ve got seeds in my bag that I need to be sowing.

School work. You know the drill!
Monday’s are the beginning of things getting real.

I spent the weekend pacing myself and yielding very little to play
because Sunday was the deadline date for the outline of my essay.

Please feel the vibes of my grin.
I look like Chester – sure, but I got it in.

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And we’re back to Monday! God is good, we’re all alive.
Opportunity is gassed up – are you down to ride?

I am. The sun is on its way to join the day’s mix.
I’m in Arizona — it’s 49 minutes after 6.

Good Morning Monday. I’m so very glad to see you again.
Yesterday I joined a book discussion group and made new friends.

We reviewed the book QUEEN SUGAR by Natalie Baszile,
and talked about Charley and Ralph Angels lives of heel… on the heal.

The discussion had an authentic appeal comparable to reel.
We discussed the differences that live between the book and the series deal.

The differences were vast, still, I like them both.
We met at 3 at Changing Hands – by 5, we were ghost.

The Monday sun is rising now; there’s so much beauty in her shine.
I’m Qui
So happy to reconnect with thee. Any chance that you saw A WRINKLE IN TIME?

The Happiness Advantage

In Book, Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on January 15, 2018 at 4:32 am
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Catch it!

There is empirical evidence that happiness can lead to a more productive and successful life, according to Shawn Achor, author of “The Happiness Advantage: Seven Principles.”

Let me say it again, ‘Happiness leads to success.’

Therefore, happiness is not only found at the end of success. Right?

Correct!

Then, be happy – now! Why wait? This information should further encourage you to enjoy your life’s journey. Happiness is that thing that makes the journey not seem so long or arduous. Please forfeit leaning towards the notion that happiness will be found “at the end of” success. For us to assume this – is to rob ourselves of all of the happiness going on around us, right now.

Do you see it? Catch it and ride it all the way to success!

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It’s obvious that I’m into this semesters Psychology course; brain insight has got me shook.
I’m eating it up, (it’s almost tangibly in my gut) – so much so, I had to share Shawn’s book.

I hope that you don’t find it cheesy that I’m sharing with you my curriculum course reading.
I’m Qui
and The Happiness Advantage is a read that leads to better mental and physical well-being.

The following list of ideas is not a part of Shawn’s book
but the info is so spot-on, I thought you’d better take a look:

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Waking up to Timothy Snyder, again

In Book, Communication, Griot, Networking, News, TV Shows, Video on November 21, 2017 at 7:07 am
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I initially posted this piece in March of 2017, though as the days progress I feel compelled to post it again for further review.

Allow me to reintroduce the topic of tyrannical juice via TIMOTHY SNYDER to you.
A little insight on how dictators come through:

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waking-up-is-keyI’ve been with my guy for more than two decades, (since high school), so waking up to Timothy Snyder was something new to me. Good thing my guy isn’t the jealous type, because Timothy has a book that has caught my attention and demands ‘curl-up-in-the-bed’ time, so I’ve been ‘curled-up.’

How did I meet Timothy? Bill Maher introduced me to him last Friday night (I’m quick! 🤗) – he was a panel guest. Did you see the show? It was enlightening and heavy all at the same time. And by “heavy” I mean in yielding brain lobe capacity. You know THAT works for me. Oui! Meet Timothy:

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I met Timothy on REAL TIME with Bill Maher on Friday
He was discussing historical tyranny; education always equals a high day.

I kept the channel locked. Here is where I wanted to play,
it was pretty good stuff. Here’s a 5-min vid of Tim’s informative say:

Heyyyy! That’s whats up. Did you get that?
Aw, you know me. I’m a knowledge hungry she,
and yes — I definitely dug that.

It was so good, so proven and so deep…
I think I’ll transcribe the conversation for “readers on ‘the creep.'”

But that will take a little bit of time.
Peep YouTube – now, before they kill the line.

Me? On this Tuesday morning, I’m feeling fine.
I’ve got a few hours pending before tackling my grind.

I’m hitting you up, because you’ve been on my mind.
Good morning baby. I’m on my lobe-lift grind.

The day is early and knowledge is a good serve anytime!
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee, I’m content with spooning this book of mine.

I’m imploring you to expand your mind and to read a book today
Protect yourself, health and wealth from the tyrannical methods of yesterday!
DO Be wary of it creeping up again; Resist “the tyranny sway.”

#PayAttention

 

Let’s SHACK up. I’ll meet you there!

In Book, Communication, Griot, Movies, Networking, Self Improvement, Video on November 5, 2017 at 8:47 am

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You remember the place, don’t you? THE SHACK. I do love going there. ❤

Please tell me that you’ve seen this exemplary and remarkable film. If you haven’t – put it on the list.

The Shack is based off the (same name) novel by William P. Young and it’s a real winner chicken dinner. It’s jammed packed with so many “ah-ha moments” that it releases concentrated amounts of nourishment into your soul via depth of comprehension. Yes, far more than any chicken soup could ever render.

The film was released in March of this year though I’ve only seen it just a few weeks ago and boy, did it get me. Starring Sam WorthingtonOctavia Spencer and Tim McGraw this film exhibits divinity in vision and direction by Stuart Hazeldine. Before this film I’d not ever heard of William P. Young or Stuart Hazledine. Today – I truly couldn’t imagine not knowing of them.

So what is this shacking thing all about? Why has it got me feeling some kind of way? Because it to spoke to me about being “some kind of way.” It was confrontational and welcoming. This reel yields life changing potential.

No story spoiler here, just encouragement and a trailer:

I’ve seen it twice and I was effected the same way both times. Not only do I plan on watching it again, but I plan to introduce a friend. As good as this film makes me feel, it would be selfish of me not to share it; thus, I’m sharing it with you. Do yourself a favor get this film in your sights and sip on it. If chicken soup is legacy to be good for the soul, then The Shack is comprised of nutrients much like the marrow.

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So when I say, “Let’s SHACK up. I’ll meet you there!” I mean,
You have got to partake with me, this soul reviving scene.

Life can be mundane, prone to yielding to the same ol’ thangs:
Rituals, broken rules, and legacies that need to be examined and/or changed.

Revisit your foundations, your beliefs and your not-so-distant past…
A good place to rendezvous? I recommend The Shack.

See the film or get it in paperback. Either form is truly fair.
Want someone to tag along? Hit me up. I’m happy to meet you there.

I’m all about self improvements. I’ll bring the curly string!
I’m Qui
All about shacking up. Who knew this would be my thing? 😊

Peep the film.
Get lost in what it means.

Twosday

In Book, Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on October 17, 2017 at 4:22 am

twos-dayToday is about you – so DO YOU and a new thing or two beyond your job scene and domestic routine.

Not sure what you could add to your usual mill? Below are a few idea-starters from POP SUGAR that may help toggle your noggin a little to encourage you to think outside of the box. Pick two today and DO YOU:

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1. Go to a bookstore and get lost. Spend hours exploring every genre of book known to the world. Better still, snag one off the shelf and plop down in a comfy chair. Close down the store trying to finish that book (hey, you’ll save some cash), and leave only when the employees start giving you the side-eye.

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Just me and my dog…

2. Indulge in some selfies. OK, as a general rule selfies should probably be taken sparingly, but every once in a while, it’s healthy to get dressed in an outfit you love and shamelessly take photos of yourself that you actually like. Let yourself keep clicking until you get it right. No one is there to judge you, except maybe your dog.

3. Complete a project you’ve been putting off. Make yourself go to a coffee shop, buckle down, and work. Update your résumé, put together a portfolio, finish your great American novel, apply to a new job or grad school, whatever. Just do it!

4. Take a hike. Spend some time with mother nature and see how the two of you get along when no one else is around. Stop and smell the roses, watch the sun set, embrace the quiet.

5. Try anew workout. Sometimes certain workouts (like Zumba, Booty Barre, anything dance-related) can be a little bit embarrassing to learn in front of other people. Master one of these fitness skills alone, or at least work on them enough so that when you’re in a class or doing it in front of your significant other, you look like you know what you’re doing . . . sort of.

6. Meditate. Find a quite space, turn the television off, put the radio on a zen or soundscape station (a station of soothing instrumentals), sit on a pillow on the floor, close your eyes and take deep breaths. Focus on a full inhale into your nose and focus on the slow exhale through your nose. Do this for about 10-minutes. Think of nothing. Focus on your breath. Be grateful for ever breath. Someone somewhere in the world is depending on a breathing machine to stay alive today. Say a prayer for them before you’re done meditating.

7. Take the longest, hottest bath of your life. Turn on some soothing music and enjoy a long soak with no fear of unwelcome interruptions.

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Adding a couple of things to your daily grind that you normally don’t do,
like putting in time to self entertain, to care for and thank you –

is absolutely the right thing to do.
In all that you do in a day – don’t forget about you.

Not today, anyway.
You’ve got 24-hours to insert  some play.

Today is Tuesday and a good day to get crunk.
Pick two for you to conquer before the hump.

Me? Since I’ve conquered meditation early I’m free to workout or crook.
But since I’ve no time to steal, I’ll sit down and work on my book.

I like an exciting week, so I’m starting it off with adequate creative play!
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee, DO something for YOU, perhaps 2 on this Twosday.

O! How Good It Is

In Book, Communication, fitness, Networking, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows, Video, weightloss on October 15, 2017 at 9:49 am

O-i-love-oprah2017I was fortunate to be a part of a studio audience taping of a Tao workshop hosted by Dawn Q. this weekend and it was phenomenal. Mind refreshing information about changing the way you think in order to change the quality of your life for the better. Upon close of the workshop we networked and talked more about the book referenced: “I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years.”

book_Ive-Decided-to-Live-120-Years_600.pngTherein networking I learned more about the production team and this particular book campaign. Noone asked me if I knew Oprah, (this happens to me a lot when I’m out and about. It’s an energy thing) but in the end it was clear through a series of questioning that some indeed wanted to know if I knew Oprah. I was doleful to tell them that I do not. Still I’m always happy that my energy would invoke people to ask that question, though more over that, I began to wonder if Oprah knew of this book. I’m an avid SUPER SOUL SUNDAY viewer and have learned a lot via the series so I took to the search engine again to see what they had on Oprah + Tao and found this:

Wayne Dyer and Oprah Winfrey – The Wisdom of the Tao

Oprah is about nourishment and whether it’s of the mind, spirit, soul or the stomach – she’s leading the charge. I’m already sending direct vibes her way in hopes that she’ll find this book and review the author on an upcoming Super Soul Sunday.  The “I’ve Decided to Live 120 Years” book is both enlightening and nutritious. Speaking of nutrition have you seen those new O That’s Good Soup commercials? The manufacturer behind the health conscious goodness is Kraft and the creator is Oprah.  Just another tasteful  incentive to evolve as it pertains to your diet. I haven’t tried the refrigerated cuisine line of soups yet, but it is high on my grocery list now.

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Click here to see soup commercial

I’m in the business of collecting and sharing good. I love hearing your personal stories of good fortune and sharing them with others. Somehow I am genuinely able to  bask in the glow of your good energy flow along with you. Meaning when people tell me about their new car, home or the raise on their job, I can immediately feel their surge of good energy in my tummy (my solar plexus). I’ll usually start jumping up and down (like a Price Is Right game show contestant) along with the person whose sharing the good news. I  surge so genuinely it often leaves onlookers confused  as to which of us is the good news recipient.  Having said as much you can see why Oprah comes up as much as she does. I love her good energy and her positive proactive contributions. Just as equally, I love sharing it with you.

The consumption of good energy is good for you. The FDA hasn’t said so because it used to be common sense – not to mention the message lacks lobbying backers. You don’t need a lobbyist to offer up subsidies for you to choose more wisely for yourself on anything. Change the way you think and change your life. This is something we can all do for free. The FDA is not putting their stamp on ‘free’ either. Where’s the kickback in that?

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It’s morning again sweetheart and I’m up to my ol’ southern ways
of kissing your forehead upon waking and praying for you throughout the day.

Hey-ey! It’s just what I’m into and I hope it is understood
among our differences on a daily I’m always for you and your good.

If ever I should learn a new thing or an old thing that could help
I will bring it to the table whether for increase of health or wealth.

Either way I’m into good news as most of my writes reveal.
I’m Qui
Good morning and oui! It’s good to know there’s hope for what ills…

Word of The Day

In Book, Communication, Griot, Music, News, Self Improvement on September 15, 2017 at 4:45 am

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Good morning “ami!” How in the world have you been?
Our 1st new word is “ami” and it is French meaning friend.

Dear Ami, I have missed you. Did you acquire much work and play
since we last spoke, 2-days ago on the hump of a mid-week day?

I’ve indulged in much reading, comprehending and analyzing views…
What I have not been doing – in the least, is watching local or satellite news.

I’ve nothing against Chuck Todd or Velshi & Rule
though to inhale that on a daily will make you the fool.

auto-cash-counter-gif.gifI’m not a good fool, so I’ve been reading and investing in self.
I’m a writer. Reading is fundamental and contributes to my colleague’s wealth.

Enough about me, let’s get back to the Word of The Day,
Are you being “perspicuous” when you speak your say?

Perspicuous means (of language) transparent and clear; easy to understand.
This is the charge of every orator, writer and book binder in the land.

Clear and concise is best. It is true.
Therefore “perspicuous” is word #2.

I’m parable-simple, still perspicuous in my writes of convey.
Don’t let the griot hold you up, yo’ – like a good sonnet, digest the say.

the-cat-and-the-hat-michael-meyers.gifI think you can. Dr. Seuss and the longevity of rap have paved the way
for the comprehension of griot; story telling via rhyme did pervade.

Before there were any Dr. Seuss books or one track of Hip Hop/Rap
griot masters were passing down news in rhyme – no shine, just the facts.

Surely you knew that before reading it here today,
Therefore your 3rd new word must be “pervade.”

Pervade means (especially of a smell) spread throughout and perceived in every part of.
The griot format indeed permeated; tho credit-wise it was underrated. Today let it be dug.

Last but not least, I’ve found another interesting word that I’d like to share with you,
I don’t know if you have room in your vocabulary for it, but the word is “moue” (moo).

moue-face-poutingMoue is not new and is seen most on a fixed-minded face;
Moue is the word for that pouting expression used to convey annoyance or distaste.

Word of Advice: Don’t moue.
It doesn’t look cute on you.

My “Word of The Day” title – seems to convey that there would be just 1,
I’m Qui
and I chose 1 + 3 because 4 new words will yield more vocabulary fun.

What on earth will you talk about tonight?
A new word or two will sew you up tight.

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