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What a Beach

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement, Travel on July 14, 2017 at 5:35 am


Good morning baby, how did you sleep?
I woke up this morning in San Diego on the beach.

I’ve been here a couple of days and much has transpired.
The hillside views are beautiful and subject to combustible fires.

The temperature hasn’t reached 100 – not even at the height of day.
Today’s high is only 76. My God, I love this place.

It this beloved month of July
Phoenix, Arizona is on the fry.

A relaxing time in abundance has duly been on my plate
I love this place because Phoenix is forecasted to hit 108.

Hey-ey! The day is young and poised for fun
No “nothing burgers” being fed by the juniors of Trump.

Collusion, adoption, opposition research – what in the honest world gives?
I won’t lie the transparency is so fried; it trumps the unreal.

I won’t get into the details, click the link if you want to catch up,
It’s the news I woke to. God bless the White House – this is rough.

jimmy-fallon-dancing.gifI’m not into clowning folk or overly shaming a situation.
Careful to not dance on this scene – this administration is our world relation.

I’m not dancing at all. I’m prayerful and concerned.
Dancing with Russia will bust ya and yield ya’ to a burn.

I prefer this scene of our country’s script passes quickly, let’s turn the page.
The position of the USA is still tops today though we could opt to burn a little sage.

The world is looking at us crazy.
This “nothing burger” fire is still blazing…

The San Diego beach is still staring me in the face,
So I’m up at 5am to enjoy this beautiful place.

I’m up thinking about you. I wish you were where with.
So with this beach in view,
I crack the pen to give you a swig.

Sip it, savor and make this day positively reach.
No matter where you are in the world today, act like you’re on the beach.

Take no dark clouds via information, only receive sunny
And if today is payday – take care to put away a little money.

There’ll always be a day when “a nest egg” will have a need.
I’m Qui
Out here in San Diego on hiatus thinking of thee… on the beach.

After we kick it….

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement, Travel on July 10, 2017 at 5:35 am

my-gf-and-iGood morning family, I am duly refreshed.
I spent the weekend with my girlfriend – our weekends are the BEST!

We payed homage to the champagne of life – we did gracefully sip.
Our relationship is young and we shoot from the hip.

My girlfriend and I are high school alumni’s
Life has been kind to us, our happy limit is the sky.

And that’s pretty high y’all. 🙂

We’re a couple of shorties, displaying 40 and proving life to be a constant rave.
We usually stroll the miles bearing big smiles, influencing youngins to wanna be our age.

It’s beautiful y’all.
We high spirit ball.

Last weekends spirited adventure took us to Scottsdale
Where the scene was resort clean and the weather escaped hell.

Scottsdale is only a few minutes outside of the metroplex of Phoenix
But it must be Mother Natures favorite local spot –  I mean it.

It was a beautiful setting, all the weekend long
Even though 100 degrees hit and surely hit strong,

But it didn’t burn our sunny song.

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Bearing BIG SMILES…

My girlfriend and I pleasantly get along.
I’m artsy rich and she’s financially strong.
We’re a couple of outspokens from Fort Worth — we get along.

And you know what kinfolk? I will tell you this:
It’s this kind of comradery that I, for too long, have missed.

It’s a young sisterhood in its early form.
We both inhale life easy, we both exhale charm.

And I’m happy.
We both wear night bonnets to stave off nappy.

#Sisterhood.

Usually, after a weekend of kicking it I have much thinking to do…
Our gelling chemistry is a fabu mystery — I couldn’t wait to rewind for you.

Thus here I am to tell you that girl time in Scottsdale was pretty good.
I also wanted to remind you that “ME TIME,” should always be understood.

It’s good to be grown but not so good to get old,
Exercise a good way to keep the spirit of youth from waxing cold.

If there’s a positive story to be told – let this be the one that you tell,
I’m Qui
A much happier she – after kicking it with my friend for a spell.

Spending fun times with family and friends is good for the soul,
A good time had, anytime, is a life moment worthy to behold.

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Calling All BALLERS

In Communication, fitness, Griot, News, Self Improvement, TV Shows on July 7, 2017 at 7:38 am

ballers-spencer-stasmore-rick-jerriet.pngCalling All BALLERS
Not necessarily alcohol shot callers,

but those men in double-stitched shoes and starched collars.
When I see ya’ in transit I sho’ be wanting to hollar,

if for no other reason than to tell you, “Brother, it’s working.
There’s nothing average about the women that target you for their ‘twerking.'”

I should know, I watch the show.
HBO’s showcase of BALLERS is mad proper, yo.

Are you watching?
Financial Advisers are about ‘dollar clocking.’

Dwayne Johnson plays a wealth adviser named Spence’
who signs with NFL players before their cash is spent.

He’s trying to insure that tomorrow they can afford the rent.
The wealth advising game is hard up; relationships are easily bent.

The sound track to this series is jamming and the cast is approaching season 3.
It’s not too late for you to catch up, it’s ON DEMAND for all to see.

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Ladies I promise you it’s worth it – to see The Rock strut.

His acting skills have always come easy. He slides into character like no other.
I must admit I also dig his schtick because he reminds me of my brother.

I only have one brother and he, too, is of former NFL stock.
He left the game and groomed his brain for business meetings on yachts.
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My brothers collegiate degree
is in Criminology,
Though he found a career in finances to be
lucrative and hard hitting; quite “calling” to he.

Which is most interesting, because this is Spencers scripted story,
He’s a fine and well dressed ex-athlete still fit enough to play in glory.

Instead, just like my brother, before too many injuries were acquired,
he made a career switch that allowed him to still “feel rich”
while helping others avoid financial fire.

Spence is a legacy wealth manager and he’s for hire if you have long dough.
You could learn a lot about finances from watching this handsome show.

I have.

Webp.net-gifmaker (3).gifThe cast of characters are good for eye-candy and CSA isn’t stopping,
It’s a healthy mixture of actors and real players authenticating the copping.
Are you watching?

The show airs on Sunday evening and if you haven’t heard
Season 3 is lining up to Hut-Hut on July 23rd.

What’s not to like about this show, have you ever wondered just WHAT 
happens to NFL players after they resign from the prime time “Hut-Hut?”

They often get regular jobs and pull regular shifts
some at the finance office and some at car dealerships.

Yep. What’s done on the football field is rewarded handsomely in kind,
then you are ‘on your own Jack‘ once the game is done with your behind.

If many former athletes could REWIND I bet we’d find the chances
are high that they’d take better care of their blessed finances.

I wonder how many current BALLERS are a fan of this reflective show,
I’m Qui
learning the after effects of the game are not an if — but a certain, yo!

ballers-spence-wise-up-quote.gifManaging your health and your money, will effectively determine how your life will go.
To come up on male fashion, financial advice and eye candy; you’ve gotta watch this show!

Make IT Stretch

In Communication, Griot, Networking, Self Improvement on July 3, 2017 at 4:30 am

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If you need your ground beef to go long, you opt to make nachos. Yes?
Well today’s piece is kind of like that, we’re going to focus on ‘the stretch.’

As it pertains to your dollar, your shopping for necessities and  your hobby
but most importantly I want to ask you, are you engaged in stretching your body?

The Dollar:

1. Track what you spend and plan a budget. Forgo fooling self and doing the ‘fudge it.’ Stick to the plan as tightly as you can. The effort will effictively benefit YOU, man.
2. Be aware of small amounts. Do you have any habits that merely cost small change? But you frequent the buy so much, that the annual add-up is insane? News Gazette reminds us: Five lunches a week eaten in a restaurant at $10 per lunch adds up to $2600 a year.
3. Other ways of Investing: Have an investment mindset. In everything you can make this relation, from investing in better products to investing in more education. Right? I mean there are more dollars to be made in this expensive life. If you have an investment mindset then UP your game, get a(nother) degree behind your name and duly stretch your future dollars. 

The Hobby:

Everybody needs a relaxing past time. You don’t have to sit around and knit, no need to be a couch potato either, what about a hobby in getting fit? It’s for your own benefit, you’ll look great and feel stronger. Not to mention it will go well with your future, since folks are living longer. If your dollar is stretched properly there is no maybe about the fact that you’re gonna need them when you’re young and 80.

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The Body:

Not long ago I told you that I was studying Tao; an inquisitive beginner
and enrolled myself in a series of classes held at a Tao Healing Center.

All is well and all is great.
We stretch a lot before meditate.

You learn to speak to your body and give it respect.
I’ve learned before I jump up and go, to yield to the stretch.

Our bodies deserves it. Our body is our joint!
If it stopped working on you today…. well you get my point.

Make IT Stretch, make it bend, touch your toes — or at least try.
Remind your body that you love it so much. Prove those words are not a lie.

You know me, I’m speaking to myself. You are not being preached to.
I’m guilty of Making IT Stretch today and I hope you will too.

Do what you can to take care of you before attempting to care for others,
I’m Qui
On this Monday Morning 1-2-3, kind of feeling like your mother.

So, bring it in…

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ALL IN

In Communication, News, Self Improvement, Video on June 30, 2017 at 5:00 am
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Are you in?

Okay, I’ll be quick, because I have a lot to say,
I’ll start with Trumps tweet about Mika bleeding from the face.

What is up with him, women and blood? Dare I say a fascination?
I’ve no nasty counter words to render him into degradation.

I just don’t and would it really matter?
His base has supported him through countless nasty chatter.

It would truly be less than intelligent to argue with that man.
Unfortunately, it’s becoming easy to tune-out the leader of the land.

I’ll tell ya something else, since we’re chatting it up,
When it comes to 24-hour news: DO NOT TURN UP.

It’s not good for us; it never changes a thang’
To wallow in reality, this surreal strange.

So don’t!
Early on this year, I promised: I won’t.

I frequent outside, I hit the playgrounds,
I laugh at goofy jokes, to keep my humor sound.

I fancy indulging in an ice cream cone from Cold Stone.
And I do so with friends. What’s having all the fun alone?

Don’t do it!  Thus, I don’t.
Regardless the day of the week – I just won’t.

Time is short and is ours to spend
I vote we come together and work on our “mend.”

Work on reacquainting with our neighbors and friends and start some chatter,
About the world, what’s going on, where we stand and what matters.

Remember backyard Barbeques and house parties alike?
Remember when politics wasn’t squit and you had a life?

Friday is a good day to get back to it.
If someone says “let’s watch the news“… Just don’t do it.

Go outside and play, go hang out with family and friends,
If you love your job like I do, work overtime and make some ends.

I’m taking the weekend off, I have a funeral in Texas to attend,
I’m Qui
Happy Friday to thee, I was serious about working on our united “mend.”

Are you in?

Humping Life

In Communication, Griot, Networking, News, Politics, Self Improvement on June 28, 2017 at 4:30 am

happy-birthday-dad.jpgYesterday was my Dads birthday; the fact was embedded in my sublime.
No one called to remind me, still – all day he was on my mind.

Life is kind. I smiled and laughed aloud once I realized
It was my Dads birthday. ‘Twas a pleasant surprise.

Today upon rising I am still happy.
I slept in a silk bonnet to stave off ‘nappy.’🤣

The first thing I did was read scripture, pray and meditate,
Then I ran downstairs yo! – to fetch a cup of jo and duly start the day!

I’m happy to be alive to thrive in this vibe. Please tell me how you feel?
My dad checked out on May 3rd then my Aunt – on Monday morn. Unreal.

I was still on the heal from my Dad leaving us and now my Aunty has taken the lead.
If a broken heart was literal I’d be suffering an excessive organ bleed.

Sometimes it feels like … “Ooo wee.”
So I just keep it moving –prayerfully.

While I’m emotionally in transit dare I repeat and say,
I am still interested in you. How do you feel today?

Baby are you okay? I pray this day does treat you swell.
After all your health care was not repealed away and is doing quite well.

Whew! What a chaotic scare and the Republicans are in no way through.
In order to divvy tax cuts for the rich they’re dipping into medicades pool.

save-the-aca-protest.jpgDon’t stop showing up to those town hall meetings or those protests in the street
If healthcare for every American citizen is what you want to see.

Every time you let up from showing that you’re fed up they take your inch and stretch it a mile.
Your decency overriden and your good sense smitten while politicians play vile.

I know, dear child. I’ve already humped satellite news and early, yo!
I’ve been up since the night-to-day crux . I ushered in MORNING JOE.

And so here we go! The sun is up and we are effectively on the hump.
Today holds excitement; in my throat there’s a lump

In my solar plex; my tummy, I truly feel butterflies.
Today the limit is set pretty high – way beyond the skies.

rise-people-standup.gifSo rise kinfolk, rise! — if in you there is life
And call up that estranged fam  member and write off any strife.

Then hump on the back of this vibe that is about today,
And ride that girl like she’s yo’ own. Today is all your day!

Take life in with every breath that you draw
Today is another opportunity to move forward past Hem & Haw.

Remember them?

Gird yourself with wisdom and be kind to all that you meet,
I’m Qui
Happy Hump Day to ya, kinfolk. Life with you feels oh so sweet.

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We’re gonna’ miss you Ru-Ru…

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Ruth Virginia “Aunt Jean” Garnett-Alford-Clemmons Jan. 4, 1952 – June 26, 2017

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Monday Morning Goodness

In Communication, Griot, Self Improvement on June 26, 2017 at 4:30 am

QE Mag Morning Goodness

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Good morning Sweetheart. How do you feel?
I spent the weekend resting. The number of hours were unreal.

I slept 8 hours each night for the last 3 days.
My dreams were intense. My recollection… a haze.

My body, well rested. I promise to goodness I slept plenty.
I haven’t slept this long and carefree strong – since I was in my 20’s.

I’m grateful, kinfolk. I really am. So much so, that I don’t know what to do.
Life was coming at me like a bullet train, I much prefer this pace with you.

Good morning, You. Did you wake up with a smile?
Did you affirm that you’re good? Reinforce the days mile.

You know I did and early. I like to rise before dawn to have my say.
While the world around me is asleep, I’m up to kneel and meditate
shortly after I pray.

Oh yes. I do both, goodness. I pray, and then I meditate.
The prayer is to give thanks, and I meditate to get my mind straight.

I kind of tune everything out and focus on my breath.
I do it for the love of life, I do it to strengthen my health.

I do it to focus my energy and open up the good flow of channels.
I do it because I want to be level headed as I observe and record annals.

Monday Morning Goodness. I’m so glad that you’re here.
I think this day will display many reasons for us to cheer.

I pray that all will go smooth and love will wash over this place.
I’ll start the process by braving my most loving and compassionate face.

Monday Morning Goodness. Let love be what reigns today,
I’m Qui
Excited about WE and the good that could be if we’d Meditate & Pray.
What do you say?

Good morning.

That SUNDAY MORNING Dancing

In Communication, Griot, Music, Self Improvement, Video, weightloss on June 25, 2017 at 9:43 am

Didn’t catch the spin cycle class this weekend? All may not be lost for burning calories if you’re going to church this morning.

I’m a church going gal, from the bible belt in the south. Pentecostal principles have shaped my being since the age of twelve. I may not share brother Swaggart’s taste for hair (hair spray) or sister Tammy Faye Baker’s make-up regimen, but I do believe in the dance.

When club goers go to a club and the DJ spins the steel just right, something invokes them to dance – some more choreographed than others, but still when the mood is perfect, all dance breaks out on the dance floor. Well, the same is true of the church. When the conditions are perfect, (the word of God has gone forth and praises are high), it is not uncommon in a pentecostal church for a dance session to break out.

Enjoy the comedic dance renditions in the video. These dances do look similar to the dances I’ve seen on the pentecostal floor. It’s good to learn the names of the dances too, in the event that … ‘Go on and laugh at yourself.

Christians dance in the spirit, much like  club-goers dance to worldly music. The only difference is in the intent of music (and vibe) that moves them. Club goers yield their dance skills to worldly music and Christians yield their dance to gospel music.

Either way,  calories are burned and an exercised heart is earned.

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Good morning brothers and sisters, the gospel vibe can be enchanting,
I’m Qui
Reminding thee to stay fit – with That SUNDAY MORNING Dancing.

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What’s Left

In Communication, Dream Journal, Griot, Networking, News, Politics, Self Improvement on June 21, 2017 at 7:34 am
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Opportunity over Rabbit hole

What’s left in a world that’s chasing its tail
down a rabbit hole to hell
with an over inflated Wall Street, at the bell
and a healthcare plan that wishes you’d never get well?

I’ll tell you on a dime, exactly What’s Left:
Your GOOD MIND! Now, tend to your health.”

Good morning baby! How’d you sleep last night?
Me? Snug as a bug in a rug; solid and tight.

My dreams were alright, easy going, I’m sure I cooed.
Then I woke up to Life, Wednesday and YOU! All of which is cool.

What’s Left for me today? To hang with you and highlight the good
Since Jon Ossoff won’t be representing that Georgia hood.

And that’s okay, right? The political pool is filled with smoke.
I respect the people’s choice – twas the people who cast the vote.

Let yesterday’s story be wrote and make today memorable still.
What’s Left is opportunity! Go ‘head and cop a feel. 🤗

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Making it my own…

I went shopping yesterday and bought a cute little chaise.
I’m in the mood today to rearrange this place.


I’m in the mood today to make a new space
In my life, my heart – renew the smile on my face.

I do meditate.
It’s the best way
to start the day.

What’s Left after you loose your sanity and your cool?
Well, there’s always, a cave and a bib for your drool.😄

But that’s not you! And I’m willing to bet
If you put forth new effort you can increase What’s Left.

Exercise your body, exercise your mind.
You’ll find What’s Left beyond a tighter behind

Is clarity of thought and creativity in flow.
I recommend focusing on YOU – you deserve it, Yo!

So with this beautiful new days begin,
I’m Qui
bidding you encouragement to Win! Win! Win!

Yesterday had its relative depths.
Today: opportunity is absolutely What’s Left.

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Take it. Make it your own.
I’ve got your back. You are not alone.

Since we Talking – What About SEX?

In Self Improvement, TV Shows, weightloss on June 14, 2017 at 4:30 am
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Science and Math does it for me. #NerdLover

Oh my goodness. I mean, really, HOW LONG CAN YOU GO without expecting me to talk about it? It’s been a minute since the subject has broached lips so lets take a moment today to talk about ‘bumping hips.’

Remember Dr. Ruth? She educated the children of the 80’s and I was learnin.’
Though today’s sexual cue giver is (The Doctors) Dr. Jennifer Berman.

Do you know her? Do you know yourself? Are you still in touch?
Are you working and sleeping – not “getting it in” enough?

I don’t mean to be in your business child? I’m just askin,’
because clogged up pipes is just not THAT in fashion.

Don’t be afraid to utilize a little Draino,
your hand, a girlfriend or a homey-lover Django.

Whoa! What? Kinfolk, I’m just saying…
if it’s a natural stress reliever that you’ve been praying

for?
Consider SEX your goto score.

Don’t forget about it, let this be the knock on the door.
Tonight take-it-down a notch, maybe fours to the floor.

What?! Nobody’s listening but me and you.
Are you letting your hair down, still doin’ the do??

Ooo, please let me remind you that sex is good for you.
Mono or with a partner, the clearing of pipes is pretty huge.

The health benefits that follow the orgasmic process
are truly and really among the best.

Ooo! Ah! and Yes, yes, yes!
Seem to accompany the feeling best.

You remember – don’t you? Then do it again.
Go home tonight and dance with a friend.

Celebrate love and the feeling of human touch.
Celebrate safe. Soft, raw, rough…
The point of it all is human touch.

Masturbation? I know all about it,
but let another day be the day that we tout it.

I talk about a myriad of things week to week; never a boring view,
So in the spirit of keeping a healthy balance, we have to cover sex too.

Don’t you want to “cover” it?
If it’s been too long, rediscover it.

Life is too short and love is true.
Love yourself and don’t forget ‘the do.

Ooo! I’m on a roll, but you get the point
The act is good for your organs and your joints.

Get to it.
High morals in place? Screw it!

Today’s suggestion is speaking to your human nature.
Getting some thanks your body and does your confidence a favor.

Yes, honey! I am telling you.
A little afternoon nookie will get you through.

It’s Hump Day now. How appropriate a time?
I’m Qui
Trying to invoke thee to do a little bump and grind.

Go on and knock the dust off, before the weekends shine.
This is a grown folks read. I’m over the 40 line.
#Massage your mind.