Halloween Haikus For You

Get your best “goblin” on because tonight we howl to the tune of “Trick or treat!”

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Go buy the TP
for the trick or treating.
It’s That Time again!

Irish immigrants
brought pumpkin Jack-o-lanterns
to their USA homes

Porches finally lit
so the Little Ghouls/goblins
will know where to go

Grab onto pillows
Put scary masks on your faces
For tradition awaits!

Drooling children roam
as scented candy fills the air
for this Halloween

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Moonlight, Magnolias And Prejudice

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Ah the theater! Who doesn’t like to get all dressed up and go see a live show? That’s what The Kids and moi’ did Thursday Night (October 23).

We all climbed into the car and drove to Dothan’s Cultural Arts Center to see Moonlight And Magnolias which tells the story of the making of the Gone With The Wind movie.

No one really knows what happened when the production was shut down as the script was rewritten and the director replaced, but somehow you just know that the funniest scenes in the play really could have happened.

On the ride home, my wonderful daughter-in-law told me that people were staring at her tattoos and she had felt like leaving. Alexa never said a word after intermission because she knew how much I wanted to see the play. She hardly complained when we discovered how uncomfortable the chairs were as we tried to settle in for the opening scenes to transport us back to Hollywood’s Golden Era.

I was angry when she told me, which in a way seems strange because I too once was prejudiced, but my wonderful Alexa has won me over. It hadn’t been easy: years of hearing how ugly and defiling tattoos were had been pounded into my head, and it wasn’t until she told me the stories explaining her tattoos that I began to understand…

Every tattoo tells a story; because everyone who gets a tattoo does it for some reason: to show off with buddies, to honor someone, to mend or hide something. The list goes on…

So tonight I honor my daughter-in-law by sharing her tattoos and I hope help kick Prejudice in its ass!

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A tribute to Alexa’s grandfather.

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Alexa got the “B” in 2011 after meeting her future husband (Bernard Jr).

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A tribute to her family.

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My favorite cause I love the colors, but I still feel pain whenever I look at it.

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I think this one sums Life up nicely!

PS My Alexa approves of this message. Onward…

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Senator Nasheed released from jail; says her arrest was a message to protesters

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And so it continues in St Louis…

Originally posted on kplr11.com:

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ST. ANN, MO (KPLR) – After spending the night in jail, Senator Jamilah Nasheed walked out of the St. Ann Police jail Tuesday just before 11 a.m.  Nasheed was arrested around 8:30 p.m. Monday in Ferguson when she refused to get out of a road.

Nasheed told reporters she went to Ferguson with the intention of being arrested.  She said she was engaging in an act of civil disobedience to find justice for Michael Brown.

“I wanted to send a message to all of the protesters that we have a long road ahead of us these next few weeks,”  Nasheed said.  “It’s okay to protest.  It’s okay to be arrested.  But it’s not okay to destroy communities. It’s not okay to burn down businesses. It’s not okay to protest violently in the name of Michael Brown.”

She’s facing charges of failure to comply with a police officer…

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Police officer buys mom a car seat instead of giving her a ticket

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Yes, the world is filled with angels. Are you one?

Originally posted on kplr11.com:

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EMMETT TOWNSHIP, Mich.–A Michigan police officer turned a traffic stop into an act of compassion.  Now he’s getting a lot of attention.

When he was called to respond to a report of a child in car without a car seat, he met young mom Alexis DeLorenzo and her 5-year-old daughter.

“When I spoke to [DeLorenzo] she was very forthcoming and knew that the child should be in a booster seat,” Officer Hall told FOX 17 News. “She admitted that she was wrong and that she had recently fallen on hard times.”

Instead of ticketing her, Hall told DeLorenzo to meet him at a nearby Walmart so he could buy her a booster seat.

Officer Hall says a ticket wouldn’t have solved the problem and that buying the seat was the easier $50 he’s ever spent.

“It’s something that anybody in the same position, in our position would do…I in no…

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Drifting Kites and Suicide

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Some things are just meant to be shared…

Originally posted on The Happy Lifeaholic:

This eloquent post was written by Bollywood actress Twinkle Khanna, in India’s DNA newspaper. I am shamelessly stealing it and recording it here. Some day I will share this with my own kids. But for now, I am sharing this with my other family – you guys. The article expresses a mother’s thoughts on suicide. Read on, and leave your comments below.

10 am: I’m enjoying Sunday breakfast with the whole family. My in-laws always put enough food on the table to feed half of Amritsar. We’re digging into aloo parathas with home-made ghee and as I am despairing at the horrific number of calories being consumed, the phone rings and we get some terrible news. A family friend has lost her young son. The young man, in his early 20s, went to America to attend a friend’s wedding, left a suicide note on Facebook and killed himself before anyone…

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Days And Nights

Days and nights
You switch again

Why must this be so?
Have you no clue
The pain you cause
From all of this disruption?

I have shopping to do
When daylight comes

But by that time
I’ll just wish to lie in bed

And another day of light
Will have been
Wasted upon me

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It’s Mental Illness Awareness Week!

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Perhaps more will seek help if they know they’re not alone.

Originally posted on #ReadyLucas:

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Mental Illness Awareness Week – October 5, 2014 – October 11, 2014

DID YOU KNOW….14 years ago Congress designated the first full week of October as Mental Illness Awareness Week (MIAW)? This was done to recognize the National Alliance on Mental Illness’s effort in raising awareness of mental health.

Mental illness does not discriminate; it can affect ANYONE, ANYWHERE, at ANY TIME. Knowing the signs and symptoms of mental illnesses will help keep you and your loved ones safe, happy, and healthy.

“Mental illness is a medical condition that disrupts a person’s thinking, feeling, mood, ability to relate to others and daily functioning.” (NAMI) Mental health disorders can be any of the following (for more information, click on the disorder of interest):

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