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This Cool Breeze…

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

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.

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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. 😛

An ill will at Goodwill

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Video on January 2, 2019 at 5:15 am

Goodwill stores.jpgMonday afternoon I went to Goodwill to find an end Table or a coffee table for a realtor client’s home staging project in Arizona. I walked into the Goodwill store and 2 minutes later I found what I was looking for, a rather large chocolate vinyl ottoman that opens with air hydraulics and had a deep compartment for storage. Get this! It was only $19.99! That’ s my kind of deal. There was a white man about 54 – 57 years old about 5’10” – 5’11”, dark hair & brows, no facial hair, 187 – 193 lbs, and wearing teal blue shirt who was walking rather closely behind me as I looked over the ottoman before I decided to purchase it. Curious as to which ticket color represented the 1/2-OFF sale, I said to a man who was within earshot, “Excuse me. Do you work here?” He said no – then I inquired of him if he knew the sale ticket color. He said ‘no again, but that the sales lady who helped him could tell me.’ He turned in her direction but she was gone. I actually saw her vanish into the rear stockroom doors. I thanked the man and went after the store clerk for assistance. She re-emerged from the stockroom and marked the ottoman as sold and told me to pay at the register and to drive my car to the rear of the store and pick it up. I proceeded.

Once in the rear of the store, it starts to pour down rain. A frail female and a strapping male exit the building carrying my Goodwill treasure. While they were loading it into the SUV that I was driving a white Dodge RAM pulled up behind me.

December31-2018_Goodwill-Stalker.jpgAs soon as the employees put the piece into the SUV the white truck just drove off. The white male driver donated nothing nor did he pick up a purchase. I thought it kind of weird that he waited for them to do the work, which took time – and once they were free to help him, he drove off.  I’m sure it was all caught on the shopping centers surveillance system. I thanked the workers and begin to drive back to my clients home, about 20 minutes away.

5 minutes from my destination a white Dodge Ram gets directly behind me in traffic and makes every turn that I make — with no blinker. I pull into the gated community of my client’s and begin a slow drive through the neighborhood with the white truck community estates gate.jpgfollowing me. I made a quick left w/no blinker and they kept straight. I waited before turning onto the street of the home that I was delivering the piece to. When I made a right onto the street the white Dodge Ram was at the end of the street at the T of the road waiting for me. I pressed the garages door opener before approaching the house and zipped the SUV into my client’s garage.  I was on the phone with my client as I entered the gated community and the two of us watched the white truck sit outside of his home at the stop sign at the end of the street.

I begged my client to not go outside because he had no intentions of calling the cops. After about 15 minutes or so the white truck drove off — very slowly.

What was this about? Why would that man latch onto and follow me – not only through the store but out of the store and onward? My client took pictures of the white truck that followed me to his home and is actively on the lookout for future guests that intend to “surprise.”

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I spotted An Ill Will at Goodwill on December 31st.
A white man with covert plans and perhaps an ill-fated thirst.

I don’t know what made me stick out, I was only in Goodwill for 10 minutes – top!
The man was already in the store when I arrived; to stop following me – he would not.

I didn’t catch on to things being odd until I was ready to leave the cut
and went to the rear of Goodwill to get my purchase – suddenly a white truck pulls up.

When the Goodwill employees put the purchase into my ride, the white truck peeled off.
I exited the store in a different direction and still wasn’t “stalker” tipped off.

It wasn’t until I had driven 15 minutes away from the store and miles in a northern direction
that I noticed I had a white Dodge Ram on my tail with clear uninvited intentions.

I continued to use my blinkers until the driver started to tailgate closer.
The driver followed me into a gated community; a neighborly trespasser/poser.

My home-staging realtor client could not believe the moment, but it was easy for me to believe.
I am Black in America and “to always be on the lookout” is a life-long key.

I’m passing this story on to you, and will keep you in the loop should more unfold.
I’m Qui
and I spotted An Ill Will at Goodwill though covered by the blood I still brought home the goal.

Watch your back in 2019 and pray much over your soul.
To live another day is more valuable than gold.

Hump-Day Wisdom from Uncle Willie:

Still

In Comedy, Communication, Networking, Self Improvement on December 21, 2018 at 5:41 am

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With everything that’s going on in the world, I am still happy about the sum.
Life is good, there’s civilization beyond the woods —
relax and allow the holidays to yield us some fun.

Last night I slept hard and this morning I arose early — then dozed off again.
I’m really enjoying this Christmas Break. I pray this vibe to be slow to end.

Today is Friday, a calendar high-day, my friend
I’ll be inside, but my thoughts will reside in the wind.

My mind is in a Christmas bin. I’ve got a wee bit more of wrapping to do.
Though, before I arise to do any of that – I wanted to check in with you.

What have you got going on, Boo? Are you on a long weekend that will roll you into the year 2019?
Or are you closing shop today, fully expecting to work at some point over the next two weeks?

I pray it’s the former of the two that I speak,
In any case, I bid thee, “a Happy Holiday and Prosperous 2019.”

I’m done with the shopping and am free to kick it with you
though I must admit I haven’t created my Christmas menu.
Have you?

whip-cream-strawberry-chocolate-cupcake.jpgI am feeling a little more frisky than usual in the kitchen,
last night’s grocery list did include whip cream in its mentions.

Yes, I bought it.
Wish me well to utilize; naught it.

Are you up for it? Are you down?
You can still get it when the family is around.

Just find a private place and don’t make a sound.
The feeling is autonomous when the holidays are bound.
Ain’t nothing wrong with 6,9 or the downward dog pound.

Still, grown people often miss it.
If there’s an opportunity under the mistletoe – I want to kiss it.

Kiss me back.
Dear Christmas: Be a meal and not a snack.
Fill me full and let the calories lack.

Intellectual Kinsman: I’m sure that you can feel that.
Dear Santa: Come with a new jib in your bag.

elf-n-wife.jpgI could certainly use that.
When I’m not creating scripts, I’m a hands-on filming cat.

Couple that with my propensity to prosper with gadgety things,
and you’ll have insight into what makes my bell ring.

Alas, the weekend is ours to give and the weekend is ours to take.
I really hope that you relax this weekend for your own sake.

Rest shouldn’t be reserved for Christmas Day.
Getitin this weekend and don’t forget your play.

After such is done I hope to retreat to the kitchen and craft a view
that looks something like a traditional Christmas Day menu.

Are you down to be up? Are you up to be down?
I’m Qui
Still into thee and challenging you to do the downward dog pound.

Because you’re far less stressed when naked yoga abounds.

A Cup of Jo’ to GO…

In fitness, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, weightloss on December 19, 2018 at 8:21 am

The benefits of coffee include:

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It’s a good Wake Me Up!
– if the brew is strong that fills your cup.

An innard stimulator.
If you’re constipated – it’s a regulator.

You can sip it out of a cup
or you can insert it into your butt.

It’s really UP to you.
Coffee is what’s up; wake up – it’s true.

Me? What do I do?
I make a strong brew.

I like to thermos it
for an all-day fresh sip.

phaedra-rhoa-coffee-enema.gifI’m into wellness and internal detox.
I’m into coffee enemas and colonics rocks.

I liken A Cup of Jo to GO to being like Hip-Hop.
Once you get started… why would you stop?

Unless of course, you have the tendency to fill rushed.
Does drinking too much bean makes you a little anxious?

Well, love, you make the call.
I just know Jo yields a GO that is known to kill “the stall.”

So I sip it and I sniff it in between smelling MMJ strains
at the local dispensary located off of Main.

Coffee is dimensionally known to ‘do the dang thang,’
A Cup of Jo To GO helps me to focus, mane.

A sip or two is all that I need to get ready.
I was introduced to an awesome grind by Fab5Freddy.

Water weight? It’ll get you to pissin.’
Ease up on diuretic aids and get to sippin.’

I’m just saying and doing a little purpose-playing, yo!
I’m Qui
Good morning mid-week, can I get you A Cup of Jo to GO?

How do you like it, yo?

Saying Too Much often yields to A Setup

In Communication, Music, Networking, Self Improvement, Video on December 10, 2018 at 8:19 am

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A genius R.E.M. once said:

Oh, life is bigger
It’s bigger than you
And you are not me
The lengths that I will go to
The distance in your eyes
Oh no, I’ve said too much
I set it up…”


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A wise Qui once said:

“Stop talking
and focus on your walking.

Things will never let up
if you’re constantly trying to “setup.”

Whatever crazy off-the-cuffs that you want to divvy — DON’T DO IT.
Your future is always in the building stages – please don’t screw it.

I suggest we zip our lips, raise our arms and waive mo.’
I suggest working on an unspoken vibe; taking notes from PEYO:


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Peyo says nothing at all and wordless compassion is the perfect ‘get up.’
I’m Qui
Good Morning to thee. From blah-conversation please do break free to avoid a future setup.”

TMJ and Surgery Day

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Video on December 8, 2018 at 9:20 am
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Surgery was on the lower rather than on the top.  EASY!

Ever since April of this year, I have been bracing for Winter, when I would have oral surgery. Braces were installed on my teeth in April and the journey began to correct my lower crossbite issue.

I entered into this journey knowing full well that braces would not solve my TMJ issues and that my Oral Surgeon had suggested Double-Jaw surgery; taking a hacksaw to the roof of my mouth to move my upper teeth forward just a bit and then sustain the position with titanium screws. This procedure would leave me with a more perfect “bite” position and a more perfect bite may help lessen my TMJ symptoms, that include chronic pain in the face, neck, & shoulders, and 7-day migraines. It’s also good for yielding a limited ability to open your mouth for food or otherwise.

After doing extensive research and traveling the states looking for a TMJ resolve, I found that there is none. Not even surgery is a fool-proof way to halt the pain associated with involuntary teeth-grinding. Still, I was willing to give it a go, knowing full well there would be an 8-week recovery that includes no solid food for about 4 of those weeks. Which is precisely why I went all in on Halloween and Thanksgiving. I knew Christmas would catch my mouth wired and the pounds melting off, as my body will decide to eat its own fat because my mouth will be pizza deprived.

I’ve had plenty of time to think about surgery. If not in April when they installed my brace, then how about in September when I started to get this lovely underbite? It’s quite noticeable.

A few weeks ago I woke up and didn’t want to have surgery anymore. It just dawned on me that TMJ has a whole host of pains associated with it including 7-day migraine sessions. Why then would I add to my pains the 8-weeks of healing from major a surgery that still may not resolve the TMJ?  Post-Double-Jaw surgery its very common to start having “seasonal pains” where the screws are bolted.  Seasonal pains!? I researched the cons of wearing titanium and I don’t feel the pros outweigh the cons for me. I do not want to add to my pain bank during my sincere effort to lessen it by having surgery. What can be done at this point? I began to wish that I had more teeth on the upper row to override my new protruding underbite. I wished hard.

No manifestation.

I took my ideas to my Orthodontist a week ago and shared my regenerative wish with one of her assistants who replied, “That’s easy to do; to make your top teeth fit slightly over the bottom teeth. But it’s a cosmetic procedure, and not comparable to surgery.” The Orthodontist came in and clarified that by removing two of my molars from the right and left side of my lower teeth would resolve the underbite situation cosmetically but won’t heal me of TMJ.

NEWS FLASH,” I yelled out! “That’s exactly what my surgeon said:  “Surgery may or may not heal me of the TMJ issue.””

So what’s the difference?” The Orthodontist left the decision completely up to me.

Life is about choices. There will be blood – one way or another, but it doesn’t have to be by hacksaw.

Eureka!

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So I had mouth surgery the other day.
I forwent the hacksaw for a two-tooth parlay.

Call me cosmetic, call me simple, but I won’t be crappy.
Not succumbing to titanium screws is what’s making me happy.

Now, I will have to wear these braces for another year.
But at least my skull will be originally intact; ear-to-ear.

Now I just have to do something about all of that Halloween candy and Thanksgiving dressing that I ate.
Good thing I’m feeling Invictus; I can control my calories. I can control my fate.

I’m exercising today. It’s a beautiful morning, I’ll start with brushing my teeth,
I’m Qui
Dealing with TMJ; braces yield fewer migraines and there’ll be no hacksaw for me.

Oui-Oui!!!

NEWS PERUSE

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Self Improvement, Sports on December 5, 2018 at 6:43 am

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Good morning good people and how do you do?
Let’s talk about the stock market for a minute or two.

The market is so volatile. One minute it’s up and the next minute it’s down.
I do believe this predictable breeze indicates instability -much like the pound.

Yes, there’s enough concern to go around. This peruse is about world news.
Good morning love – what are your thoughts on Mueller’s memo hue?

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Mueller concluded ‘No jail time, yo!’ 🤪

I suppose by sitting with the SPO and not lying
means prison will not see Flynn dying.

That’s good news in his camp and a lesson to us all,
that if your foundation is full of lies – you will indeed fall.

This is a good time to ask if you’re still praying.
What’s that? You’re not? Child, I know you’re playing.

You can’t afford to not pray
if you intend to win the day.

Come on, now!
I know you know how.

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Speaking of, please send a prayer up for 41‘s survivors and kids.
He had a date upstairs with a beloved little Miss.

His daughter Robin preceded both he and Barbara to the gates.
George HW Bush arrived at age 94, and somehow he still wasn’t late.

I wish a long ‘bye-bye’ to be every good man’s fate.
President GHW Bush:  For your service, I appreciate.

President 41 is beloved in the south.
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God bless the Saints – the way that they came a-marchin’ in.
God bless the Cowboys Defense who put the Saints Offense to an end.

The Cowboys pulled another win.
Thank God. Amen and amen.🙏🏾

What more can I say? I miss checking in with you on worldviews.
It’s the last month of the year, perfect time for a NEWS PERUSE.

Wouldn’t you say?
Now get on out there and win the day!

Get on out there and be kind to both friend and foe.
Remember Karma follows you everywhere that you go.

karmasYou know that.
The news is the news but Karma is fact.

Do not test that. It can enlighten or it can darken your view,
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee. This is not tea but a 2018 NEWS PERUSE.

Perhaps we met in a past life…

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, Video on December 3, 2018 at 5:20 am

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What is it that keeps us attracted to a persons spirit long after our physical relationship has ended? What then keeps you connected and caring for them years after you have both gone your way?

I ponder such things because one of my closest and most dear friends within whom I trust, was initially my boyfriend when I was 15, in the 10th grade and we are tight today – as if 10th grade yesterday. Like myself, he was an honor student and I had a crush on his brain. Today, I am happy to report that his brain is still quite attractive and somehow he is still single. We broke up because he was insubordinate to one of our academic instructors and stormed out of the building during a standardized testing session. I threatened that if he exited those doors, it would be over between us. He proceeded to exit and we were officially over.  We weren’t romantic so I was referring to our friendship. Boy, was I ever wrong?

So, the other day I was talking to him (whom I refer to as a best friend), and I casually inquired as to ‘why we get along so well,’ he confidently responded, “because we met before, in a past life.”

Do what? What an interesting thing to say, and what’s more, I think he may be right. We have an unspoken vibe. I am not a person that trusts easily, and I always lead with my gut. My solar plex is rarely disturbed when he is in my presence via phone or in person. I don’t ever have to “put on” for him. I’d like to think that he’s ultra fantastic and that’s why we click like we do. But I know several ultra fantastic people and I do not click with them like I click him.

What is this “past life” business? Do you ever wonder if you had one?

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I have been with the same partner since I was 17-years old.
We learned of each other when our self-worth was weightier than gold.

We knew no shame so we bared our true souls.
I wonder if we had a past life, that my conscience doesn’t know?

He’s a cool dude and we have the most innocent of begins.
He’s also cool with my ex-beau being one of my best friends.

I feel an Infinity spin.

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Not long ago I met a man at Senior Taco who was about eighty years old,
I chatted-him-up like I knew him; he called me an old soul.

Before I left the restaurant he asked me if we knew each other followed by wide eyes.
I responded off-the-cuff, “Perhaps we did good sir – in another lifetime.”

He stood in awe. I smiled, got into my car an drove away.
That run-in has vividly stuck with me until this very day.

What made me say that? I didn’t foresee it.
What made him stand there in recollect? As if he did believe it.

Hm. Interesting indeed. Yesterday draws  a smile and yields me wide-eyed,
I’m Qui
Good morning to thee, on you I am sweet. Perhaps we met in a past life.

5-4-3-2-1, Action!

In Communication, Griot, Music, Networking, Self Improvement, Video on November 30, 2018 at 5:28 pm

whats-up-scary-movie-spoofWhat’s up, what’s up, what’s up?
Does this evening have you feeling like LOVE?

Mine does. It is beautiful and chilly in this place where I sit.
I’m near a window, it’s perfect to compose a Griot spit.

So I am.
Last week did you eat enough turkey, beef or ham?
Are you working it off today? I surely am.

2018 has been good to me so far,
minus the political petty and food in my belly
the Science of Cinematography is the star.

I love filmmaking! We just wrapped at 5,
and kinfolk I’m here to tell you that I feel all-the-way-live.

I think I’ll mingle with good company tonight,
grab a couple of drinks and maybe a bite.

But I didn’t want to do any of the such
without stopping by and sharing some of this LOVE!

Ain’t nothing like enjoying life to-the-fullest and hugging your passions,
I’m Qui
Good evening to thee. 5-4-3-2-1, carry-on and let’s make some more ACTION!

Let’s start at Pappadeaux’s!