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LIFE with a Side of Bacon and Waffles

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on April 23, 2018 at 7:28 am

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Three Saturdays ago, I began my morning at The Waffle House on University and the 101. The food was good, however, the company inside of the establishment is always a subject to keep your eye on. My last visit was around 10:30 am, I ordered the ALL STAR special: a waffle, bacon, eggs, and grits. Like I said, it was good. I tipped well, but not as heavy as I usually do, because they were a bit busy and slacking on the swiftness of service. Still, the food was good. In fact, that’s why I keep coming back; food consistency.

This weekend James Shaw, Jr. had a hankering for a waffle and ended up at a Nashville Waffle House franchise. All was well until a half-naked gunman comes in shooting. James was quick on his feet and fled to the restroom. The gunman kills four people and the gunfire stops. James sprints from the restroom and bum rushes the gunman – wrestling his gun away from him. James tosses the gun behind the counter and continued in a life-struggle until the half-naked man squirmed out of James’ grasps and ran. He is currently on the lam and James is being hailed a hero. He’s only 29-years old but embodied the courage of an entire police force since that’s what it normally takes to bring down a gunman whose taken public civilians hostage.

Four lives were lost and at the speed at which the half-naked man was shooting, it would have indeed been more had James not taken him down. James is without a doubt the ALL STAR of the Waffle House and the Nashville community today. Nothing tastes as good as life. James Shaw, Jr. preserved many this weekend.

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I don’t know about you, but I’m pretty excited
to hear good news and be able to cite it.

I’ve been eating breakfast at home – no butter, bread or rice.
I’m conscious of my health and it’s preserving my life.

 

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23-year olds Rashon Nelson, left, and Donte Robinson, right are being arrested. The man in the silver sleeveless bomber jacket is the friend that they were waiting on.

The Waffle House is cool if you want a good breakfast of such.
Thank God a gunman didn’t decide that he’d shoot up a Starbucks.

 

Can you imagine how our lives would have been further tested,
had just moments prior James Shaw, Jr. been arrested?

Last weekend at a Starbucks in Philly
2-black men were arrested and the manager looks silly.

The black men were arrested for waiting on a friend who was white;
he arrived as they were being handcuffed and lead off of the site.

How could this be legal, civil or constitutionally right?
Had James Shaw, Jr. been arrested – how many more would have died?

We need to think about it America. This is who we are.
We are patrons of a Waffle House and James is the All Star.

We all want to live a good life, laugh and be a dynamic lover.
Perhaps we all need to take a look at who we call sisters and brothers.

Breakfast has no race
and evil almost closed down that place.

Why the limitations? Life is a gift and it shouldn’t be randomly taken.
I’m Qui
Drizzling morning wisdom atop of LIFE’s Waffles and Bacon.

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Green Means

In Communication, Griot, News, Science, Self Improvement on April 20, 2018 at 10:15 am

butter-lettuce.jpegIt’s almost 10:30 am,  H A P P Y 420 o’ WordPress kin.
Monday through Thursday did its thing, indeed and now it’s Friday again.

The day is dealt a 420 spin and Green is in the air.
Foliage costs money and foliage will burn in spare.

That Means today in Arizona folks will be happy in the streets.
There’ll be smiles and a “Hey child!” from most folks that I’ll meet.

Good people.
Incense fills their steeples.

What about you on this Friday? What have you got on the itinerary?
I’m going to take care of my health, spend a little wealth
and snack-out on chocolate & fruit but no dairy.

I just can’t swallow it.
I’m lactose intolerant.

Anywho, Green Means GO!
As it pertains to cash: Greens is overflow.

As it pertains to 420: Green means plenty
of concentrate and 3-tier smoke.

I’m Qui
Happy 420 to thee.
I’ll be yielding to meaningful research, yo.

Two’s Day

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on April 18, 2018 at 3:00 am

fist-bump-free-stockAnother glorious morning and we are up early to shape the day.
I call it Two’s Day because I like wordplay. I’m obnoxious; I like to play.

But not too much, a childish touch; I adore my playtime with you.
#1. My heart is saddened as the day is dampened by bidding Barbara Bush adieu.

A strong woman with life accomplishments that many of us may never achieve.
She and her beau were 73-years hitched, yo! Can you monogamously conceive?

If you woke up this morning, thank God for life, love, and the ability to read.
I know that you kneeled upon waking up to thank Him for your safe sleep.

Right? Well, that’s what’s up.
Now give God some praise and give me a fist bump.

I could stand for a hug, as well. Human contact is a fundamental need,
as is love, air, and food. Spiritually & physically to live, we must eat.

#2. Speaking of “eat,” I haven’t been eating well. I am brave and stand to face it:
Eating food is difficult to anyone who is new to wearing braces.

I am indeed new.
It’s Day 3 and I’m still having probs with “the chew.

Pray for a sister, too – right after you bless that meal. 🙂
I’m Qui
Smiling silver, still a giver of time for our united appeal.

Let go of all the dead-weight and hop onto “the heal.”

Weighted by PaperBoi

In Comedy, Communication, Griot, Networking, TV Shows on April 16, 2018 at 4:11 am

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Earnest, Darius, and PaperBoi in ATLANTA

Goodness, gracious, I do love that series ATLANTA.
I watch it by my lonesome for no unnecessary co-banter.

The writers keep a handle on what’s real in the hood.
I laugh, I get a little nervous, but in the end – it’s all good.

The situations? Some are new but most are relatable and well understood.
I live in the southwest, but I originated from a third coast hood.

Atlanta is good cultural food for me in the desert lands of Arizona.
FX gives the best ride of a laid-back vibe from the south upon ya.’

Have you been watching? I’m certainly a PaperBoi fan.
When an opportunity is in the air, he strives to catch it if he can.

Often times, he misses.
Still, his bars are full of dope disses

and he remains largely popular in his hood.
Comedy is at its largest when PB is misunderstood.

There was an episode where PaperBoi was in the backseat
of his hustler man’s car trying to score some weed.

Everything was going alright until
the hustler pulled a gun and -ish got real.

The hustling driver looked in his rearview mirror and said without stall
while pointing a gun into the backseat, “Eh, yo. I’m sorry dawg.”

I’m going to need your bag of cash because my son is sick; today I ain’t selling weed. ‘
Then he asked PaperBoi to get out of his backseat and to relinquish his car keys.

He and hustle man went way back; they had a history that was long.
PaperBoi ended up with dry mouth, empty hands and a sober walk home.

Any chance that you met Bibby? He’s all over episode five or six.
He’s PaperBoi’s barber who’s always in some illicit -ish.

The episode is funny as all get-out, so I won’t say too much
except for it takes an entire episode for PaperBoi to get a haircut.

You would not believe
the day that unfolds– and again with no weed. 🙂

Why is weed a staple in the script?
Because it’s Atlanta and the writers keep it real.

I don’t know, exactly, but I can relate
to what the writers are serving on the FX series plate.

Dip in and DVR the show if you can’t watch it when it airs.
Donald Glover isn’t childish with his gambino – in fact, he’s quite fair.

A successful future, for him, is in the air. I’m glad to be watching.
I’ve set my DVR to record ATLANTA because it’s the vibe that I’m copping.

I’m a southern girl on this Monday morning. I was southern last night before I went to bed.
I’m Qui
Awake and refreshed, a good nights sleep is best – after yesterdays soul food meal and cornbread.

‘Like the society in Atlanta, your girl Qui stays fed! 😉

Quality Infrastructure

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on April 11, 2018 at 6:16 am

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Be it the composition of media, art, your life or the roads
Quality Infrastructure is key to support your ebb and flow.

I’ve been spending a lot of time at the museums and such
I’m smitten by Rennaissance art and the archeologists’ light touch.

I’m a student of the Sciences who’s intensely studying the history of art.
Quality infrastructure preserves well; it’s the best way to project start.

The week is still young, how’s your infrastructure looking so far?
Are you elevating well? Do you need to raise the bar?

You be the foreman of your life; utilize integrity and quality tools.
Meditate and workout; pray in silence or aloud.
Quality investments won’t ever render you ‘the fool.

A clear conscience is what maintains your cool.
Go ahead and hump the goodness that is birthed through you.

Whether you work from home or are corporate seeded,
quality infrastructure is all the more needed.

We all rely on streets, highways and toll roads
to deliver us safely to and fro where we need to go.

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This is the day that follows day two.
I’m Qui
constantly evolving; to improve is what we do.

Check your core and reinforce every joint.
Quality Infrastructure requires improving many points.

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.

Happy Third Day

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on March 28, 2018 at 4:34 am

dynamic 3.gifGood morning Humpday. How’s it hanging?
Spring is in the air and things are a changing.

My collegiate load is heavy but not to exceed more than I can take.
We’ve been going strong for a little long; thank God for Spring Break!

For duly on next week, it will be mine to take.
You best believe that I cannot wait.

But today is the third day; Humpday –
I’m up early to work – because later, I plan to play.

Right now, there’s Morning Joe and homework in my face.
There’s no time for the jo.’ The two of us need space.

The hiatus is temporary, I’m sure.
But to combat morning anxiety — this is proving to be the cure.

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So I’m up sipping water and life is breezy. 😊

How about you?
How’s the view?

Are you in the office or are you out and about?
Are you on vacate, taking PA, or just have high clout?

Either way, enjoy this day to the fullest.
And don’t watch too much TV – that stuff can be bullish.

Hug yourself and your fam; make a sweet memory today.
Time is non-refundable nor do moment come to stay.

Take advantage.
Prioritize well and you can manage.

Happy Third Day, baby and how do you do?
I’m Qui
Up early to reap the day’s firsts; a connoisseur of opportunistic dew.

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The Tide of The Teeth

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement on March 26, 2018 at 7:43 am

tide-rolling in.gifWhen I say, “the tide“, I’m speaking in metaphor for ‘the mood.’
I’ve been over here educating myself on the future and sitting on news.

The future of the tides that are charted to roll-in;
seems like they would come with a caution to the wind and a whole lot of gin.

Well, honestly, I’m not a drinker,
but God bless the child whose a habitual thinker.

I confess that I am her. Good thoughts cannot be bought.
But if you’re stuck on thinking about being in a rutt
’tis leads to stress and stress — we shall
not.

Right? It’s good advice; avoid stress and pull through.
Perhaps you’re still curious about why I’m sitting on ‘news?’

Perhaps you’re curious as to the news in specific?
Well, I may as well face it – fam I’m getting braces
and pray my accessory not look horrific.

This is going down in a couple of weeks. I can no longer live in denial.
I’m going to be eating metal soon, especially when I smile.

And I suppose that’s okay, given the alternative way;
the longer that I avoid braces, the longer I’m succumbing TMJ.

Braces are the beginning of the process to correct my lower lateral crossbite.
I am told when I sleep, I grind my teeth all night.
The day-after headaches are out of sight.

After bracing my smile for about six to nine months
jaw surgery will follow to correct my mis-bite crunch.

Recovery time for surgery will be about a year.
Though I’ll be back to normal post-op, as week two nears.

And let’s be real, if someone is going to unhinge your jaw and put it back in place
a few features may slightly change about your face.

Yes. I have heard, I have researched and am finding it to be true,
that jaw surgery heeded when it is needed may leave a more symmetrical you.

However, before the surgery is approached,
the braces will move my top jaw goalline post.

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is that a week before surgery I’ll have a forward underbite.

I’ve been told that it may be noticeable too.
:/ Hm. I suppose that’s when I’ll pull back on selfie views.

What about you, kinfolk, have you ever heard of such?
I really don’t want to undergo surgery but this crossbite hurts too much

every time that I mis-chew.
This factors in well at my success to fat lose.

Because my TMJ is so kick-arse bad —
I mostly eat soft foods, as not to make my teeth mad.

It’s true. It’s true.
Therefore losing 30 pounds was easy to do.

And now comes the moment where I have to face it,
I can’t eat applesauce alone, for life; I have to get braces.

This is what has consumed my thoughts all weekend long.
I’ve since prayed up and am back to feeling strong.

I wanted a 12th opinion to say the last eleven doctors were wrong.
Instead “Getting Braces is Key” are the lyrics to my new theme song. 🙂

What we do
to control our truths.

Ol’ appleasauce has been a hero in pulling me through
when pizza and juicy burgers caused me to mis-chew.

Ouch and ooo! I mean, really. It’s true and have you ever?
I’m Qui
Still about steak and hard candy on my plate. I suppose the braces approach is clever.

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Taking Root

In Communication, Griot, News, Self Improvement on March 23, 2018 at 4:56 am

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Almost two decades ago some of you planted seeds
and you weren’t sure if they were productive or mini-me weeds.

They’re high schooler’s now and are building quite the connection –
peer-to-peer, they’ll be eighteen in a year; and impacting elections.

Saturday, March 24th will manifest their “March for Our Lives,” plea.
Congress will listen. Our children will lead.

I support their cause, but unfortunately, I won’t be present on the hill this weekend.
I’ll be here revising my English composition essay with a beloved collegiate friend.

MarchForOurLives-protect kids.pngHowever, if that were not the case, I’d have spent last night in a suite in DC,
I’m Qui
in which case, I’d be ending this piece by saying, “try to find me on TV!”

Children protesting for change will be a commendable and nostalgic thing to see.

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GETTING IN THE GROOT

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It’s Friday, a high-day;
a necessary fly-day.

A ‘do what you can to win‘ day.’
A ‘play fair and make a friend’ day.

It’s Friday, a high-day,
tell the universe, “It’s my day!”

Let your hair down; experience life at your best.
Meditate early in the day; focus on your breath.

I just finished doing my meditative part.
I focused on my mind; I focused on my heart.

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You can do this in Arizona

I thought about the world up close and from a distance
and concluded there’s no time available to be living resistant.

Global warming is present. The juxtaposition of weather conditions are unreal.
My friend, Marc is shoveling show in Brooklyn while I’m sporting a Daisy Duke appeal.

Remember, I am in Arizona —
where fair weather and varying degrees of heat ‘stay up on ya.’

Still, when it comes to conjuring a thought on a day of snow in the ‘zone — I love it.
My beloved Marc stays fit-as-a-whip because over in New York he shovels it.

It’s amazing how the sky does its thing.
It’s amazing how global warming is affecting our Spring.

I’m into Mother Earth and since I live here I’ve developed a knack
of living off of her produce, planting seeds and giving back.

It’s just a cool thing to do and so on this Friday around 3,
I’ll be outside unearthing soil and planting a new tree.

I just want to give back.
Mother Earth is our girl; she always has our back.

Whose back do you have? Are you mindfully sowing seeds?
Today is Friday, a high-day, your stewardship is what Earth needs.

Feeling majestic? Plant a tree. Feeling grounded? Plant a bush,
I’m Qui
Feeling flirty about getting dirty so I’m rising up and off of my tush

and being proactive about global warming.

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A Monday

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, weightloss on March 19, 2018 at 7:58 am

Monday-Fresh-StartGood morning dear one. How well did you sleep?
I took no melatonin and slept very deep.

I was up early this morning and am currently working out.
Yes, I’m on the gazelle giving myself hell; calories and I are in a bout.

What’s the news on the hill all about? Really.
Stormy is doing what the Nor Easter could not; salaciously silly.

It’s no new news that folks lie on their willy.
To think porn will be the winner of scorn… again it looks silly.

And so I’ve turned my cheek and I am ready to tackle a new day,
though I can’t help but think about the debacle surrounding McCabe.

He was set to retire today.
Instead, his pension appears to be floating away.

Heyyyy Monday! What’s really good?
What positive moves can we make in our hood?

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let’s explain to our youth the difference between acting unhinged and being stable.

We have to.
If we don’t – we’re screwed.

The youth are looking at the hill and deciding whether or not
they should grow up and act adult-like or continue to be a snot.

The latter, they cannot. We have to deliver that information.
What this country is going through is comparable to self-degradation.

A Monday is a great day to speak up and talk to a kin
about America’s fall and how we can rise again.

Good morning dear one, it’s so good to commune with thee,
I’m Qui
over here doing me, trying to make a challenging Monday feel like a breeze.

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