Gothic

Gothic
(Sarabande)
by Georgia A. Mereu
My heels sounded
as dab of a drops.
Ticking the time
in step of a dance.
Above the screaky
shaded staircase.
My throat freezes
from ancient curses.
By silent races
I heard the beast.
Turning and twist
to crawl by the gates.
From thin hallways
in smell of mold.
I heard the moans
blown by the wind.
By ghosts escaped from hell,
convicted without appeal.
Drowned in luxury graves,
to hang untill death of their souls.
I’ve seen myself filthy by rot,
Running alone the road of perdition.
Isn’t for claim on my preview lot,
not even to gain my raw expiation.
But now is to late. Late to escape,
from this hidden sobbing of sounds.
Reemerges from cold reincarnations,
to perverse and evil adorations.
By flirty and trembling mouth,
I must play here just around.
Mending a veil from the ground,
then run to the light of the moon.
Georgia Angelique Mereu

To have total control over your life

To have total control over your life, learn to have good control over your mouth. Real talk is from the brain not from opening the mouth. Two things will make people listen to you. Either you tell them what they love to hear or you talk to them with problems facing their lives. What’s the point of sleeping when you can’t close your eyes, there’s no point in singing where nobody wanna hear your voice. Knowledge is knowing what to say while wisdon is knowing where and when to say it. Whoever sings an obituary song at a wedding ceremony wil blame himself. The dangers of the mouth is more poisonous than the bite of snake. To whom brain is given, common sense is expected. Whoever wants
to talk should talk with sense and whoever wants to listen should listen with brain. Never get carried away by the sweetness of mouth. Pay more attention to the actions and listen less to words. Think now and talk later. A keyless mouth can lead to a valueless life. You don’t have to be nude to be naked. No amount of clothing can cover a person whose mouth lacks control. Never trust a new friend with all your mouth. If you have a secret keep it to yourself. Once its out of your mouth, its already in the news. Never allow anyone to subject you to silence in life. A problem shared is half solved, but be very careful from who and where you seek advice. A listening ear is better than a running mouth, always make sure your confidant is also not a loud speaker. Remember everybody in life has a dirty linen in their closet. Never wash your own in public. Learn to keep to yourself whatever brings you happiness. Not all those who tells you good morning wish you good morning in life. There are three sides to every stories in life. Not everybody will say the truth when it comes to self defense. Everybody has a right to freedom of speech, but if you are not feeling what you are saying, stop saying what you feel. Never feel sorry for saying truth, but be true to yourself when saying the truth. When you add sentiments to the truth it becomes attack. Whoever you accused wrongly may never forget. When you’re short of words, use silence. Silence doesn’t always mean you are afraid or weak. Remember your words may be misinterpreted but no one in this world can misquote a silent person. A closed mouth can also be a closed destiny. BE OPEN BUT DONT BE LOOSE.
©Festus Olugbenga et al 2017

These past couple of months have been the most challenging of my life but I finally see just how strong I am

These past couple of months have been the most challenging of my life but I finally see just how strong I am. I see how strong my little family is and I’m proud of us. Never give up on anything . please say another prayer for me my next procedure is at 7am. Happiest of Easters!

Forty odd things about me

Forty odd things about me. Learn 40 things about your friends and let them learn 40 things about you.
1. Do you like blue cheese? Love it!
2. Have you ever smoked? Nope
3. Do you own a gun? Yep
4. What flavor Koolaid? Orange
5. What do you think of hot dogs? OmG love em even when they are cold
6. What is your favorite movie?
Robin Hood Prince Of Thieves
7. What is your favorite sport? FOOTBALL
8. What do you prefer to drink in the morning? MIMOSAS
9. Can you do a push-up? Yes
10. What’s your favorite piece of Jewelry? Steelers belly button ring
11. What is your favorite hobby? Watching Steelers
12. Do you have ADD? No
13. Do you wear glasses? For reading
14. What was your childhood favorite cartoon? Johnny Quest
15. Name three things you did this morning. Showered, played solitaire, and peed
16. Name three drinks you drink ? Beer, wine, kuchen shots
17. Current worries? Family and retirement
18. Current “hates”. , liars, and moochers.
19. Favorite place to be? The beach, Pittsburgh, and anywhere my friends and family are
20. How did you bring in the New Year? At my best friends house
21. Where would you like to go? Heaven
22. Name five people who will play? Nancy Schmidt Rudolph Victor Valkov Elizabeth Onofre Lori DeVinna Balbaneda Amber Gallegos
23. Do you wear slippers? Yes
24. What color is your favorite color? Black
25. Do you like sleeping on satin sheets? Nope
26. Can you whistle? Wellllll a little
27. Where are you now? Buffalo wild wings
28.. Would you be a Pirate? Heck yes
29. Favorite food? Seafood
30. How many different states have you lived in? 2
31. Do you have a passport? Nope
32. What’s in your pockets? Nothing
33. Last thing that made you laugh? Victor Valkov
34. What’s your favorite animal? Horse
35. What’s your most recent injury? Bruises
36. How many TVs in your house? 2
37. Worst pain? Broken heart
38. Do you like to dance? Absolutely!
39. Are your parents still married? Yes even though my daddy is nolonger here 🙁
Yes I love camping
40. Do you enjoy camping? No Way!!

CONTINUATION

CONTINUATION
Strenghtened by this, the child makes another attempt, climbs one more step n again falls. A second time he repeats his appeal to his father for help. This process goes on until the father is satisfied that the child has worked hard enough. Then he comes down n carries him up.
This is how God deals with us. With interest n love He watches our little efforts to love him n will give us success when he sees we are ripe for it. But note that we must continue to try until he comes to our aid. We must not lose hope no matter how often we fail to live up to our Christian standards. We must keep on trying n keep on crying to God to help us.
He Himself had said . “Do nt let your hearts be troubled. Trust in God still n trust in me”.
Encourage your brothers and sisters by letting them to know this! Remain bless friends.

It’s the season to break out the Slow Cooker

It’s the season to break out the Slow Cooker! As we move into the colder months here in the Southern Hemisphere, it’s time for warming, nourishing and hearty meals – that are simple to make, delicious and won’t weigh you down.
The Vegan Slow Cooker – Slow Cooked Wonders to make your Weeknights Hassle Free, Delicious and Healthy – IS AVAILABLE NOW!
Included in this beautiful ebook:
-34 simple recipes, using ingredients you can easily find at your local market or shop
-A few delicious basics that everyone should have on hand
-Information about slow cookers and how to get the most out of yours
-Beautifully designed and easily printable
-Over 45 pages of information, recipes and more!
Recipes:
Breakfast
Cinnamon walnut brown rice porridge
Cajun Breakfast hash
Tofu Breakfast Burritos
Golden turmeric porridge
Slow Cooked Baked Beans
Garden Tofu Scramble
Mains, Soups and Stews
Un-Chicken Noodle Soup with Tofu Nuggets
Greek Vegetable and Pasta Stew with Kale and Sorrel
Slow Cooker Bombay Potatoes
Spanish Chickpea + Potato Stew
Smoky Potato and Broccoli Soup
Lasagne Soup
Moroccan Spiced Lentil Soup
Pav Bhaaji
Pumpkin and Zucchini Soup with Tahini and Coriander
Thai Pumpkin and Peanut Curry with Tempeh
‘Roasted’ Vegetable Salad with Chickpeas
Lentil Bolognese
Middle Eastern Mujadara – Brown rice and lentils
White Bean and Rice Stew
‘Pulled Pork’ Jackfruit Tacos
Chickpea and Potato Summer Salad
Slow Cooked Brussel Sprouts with Balsamic Vinegar and Slivered Almonds
Artichokes with Lemon and Garlic
Basil Cheeze and Zucchini Lasagne
Vegan Pizza
Desserts
Chocolate Fudge Pudding
Chocolate Fudge Hazelnut Pudding
Lemon and Berry Cake
Fudgy Almond Butter Brownies
Drinks and Basics
Zero Waste Broth, Stock and Cubes
Chai concentrate
Balsamic Reduction
Rich and Creamy Hot Chocolate
YUM! Find out more and grab your copy here:
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A Positive Adventure in the ER yesterday: In the ER they ask you your name and birthdate and in the past they’ve asked me the name of the President

A Positive Adventure in the ER yesterday: In the ER they ask you your name and birthdate and in the past they’ve asked me the name of the President–so I said, Don’t ask me the name of the President. I don’t want to say it. The nurse said I wasn’t the first woman to request that!

22 Those who are blessed by him will inherit the land

22 Those who are blessed by him will inherit the land.
Those who are cursed by him will be cut off.
23 A person’s steps are directed by the Lord,and the Lord delights in his way.
24 When he falls, he will not be thrown down headfirst because the Lord holds on to his hand.
25 I have been young, and now I am old,but I have never seen a righteous person abandoned or his descendants begging for food.
26 He is always generous and lends freely. His descendants are a blessing.
27 Avoid evil, do good, and live forever.
28 The Lord loves justice,and he will not abandon his godly ones.
They will be kept safe forever, but the descendants of wicked people will be cut off.
29 Righteous people will inherit the land and live there permanently.
30 The mouth of the righteous person reflects on wisdom.
His tongue speaks what is fair.
31 The teachings of his God are in his heart.His feet do not slip.
32 The wicked person watches the righteous person and seeks to kill him.
33 But the Lord will not abandon him to the wicked person’s power or condemn him when he is brought to trial.
34 Wait with hope for the Lord, and follow his path,and he will honor you by giving you the land.When wicked people are cut off, you will see it.
35 I have seen a wicked person acting like a tyrant,
spreading himself out like a large cedar tree.
36 But he moved on, and now there is no trace of him.
I searched for him, but he could not be found.
37 Notice the innocent person,
and look at the decent person,
because the peacemaker has a future.
38 But rebels will be completely destroyed.
The future of wicked people will be cut off.
39 The victory for righteous people comes from the Lord.
He is their fortress in times of trouble.
40 The Lord helps them and rescues them.
He rescues them from wicked people.
He saves them because they have taken refuge in him.

It’s conference season

It’s conference season!
Authors, are you looking for swag? I’ve got a deal for you! I make jewelry, along with bookmarks and other beautiful things. I’m running a special from now until the end of April, 20 metal beaded bookmarks for $20. If you order more than 20, your price goes down even more – less than a dollar each!
These are at least somewhat customizable – ask about options! Below are a couple of pics. PM me for more details or to place an order. Shares appreciated!

5 Reasons WHY I would vote for Maria Cabildo for CONGRESS (if I could) by Hector Flores

5 Reasons WHY I would vote for Maria Cabildo for CONGRESS (if I could) by Hector Flores
1) FUTURE is FEMALE – most organizations that I have worked for have been led by strong, strategic, and intelligent womyn … whether it be Sabrina Smith & Alejandra Marroquin at SCOPE, Maria Brenes & Lydia Avila at ICS, Jung Hee Choi at CoCo or Oona Chatterjee at AEJ (and many many others). In particular to the Eastside, there has been amazing leadership, but many times men are provided the opportunities, support and resources to lead at the local, state and national level. I feel proud to have worked with Maria in my early organizing days and feel that female leadership & experience like hers is needed in order to begin to challenge systems of patriarchy in our “democratic” institutions.
2) Over 20 Years of Grassroots Leadership – Maria has been a strategic organizer and coalition builder for over 20 years. She is most known for her work as the Executive Director at “ELACC” (East Los Angeles Community Corporation), which is how I met her when I was organizing youth for educational justice in Boyle Heights. Maria’s main focus and work was to develop strategies and policies that would confront ‘gentrification,’ stop the displacement of families, and create affordable housing for working class families in the Eastside of Los Angeles.
3) Built Affordable Housing for the Eastside – While many
people talk about “Gentrification,” Maria actually did something about the dismantling of rent control and was Pro-active. With her leadership and work w/ ELACC, she developed more than 530 Affordable housing units in the Eastside of Los Angeles.
4) Launched the “LEGALIZE Street Vending Campaign” which worked to de-criminalize working class (mostly immigrant) food vendors. After a 10 year campaign, the LA City Council just recently announced that it would develop policy to support “street vendors” and it would immediately stop the criminalization of street vendors by law enforcement.
5) HELLA EXPERIENCE Needed to Make Change – Maria’s
resume puts most people to shame … or maybe it’s just me lol! After almost 20 years with ELACC, she was tapped by the Mayor of LA to be on the Planning Commission, where she saw the “interconnectedness of the city’s neighborhoods.” After that, she was tapped as the chief of staff to former U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis, who recently was elected to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors.
FINAL THOUGHTS
To say the least, Maria is a bad-ass who was once named the “Patron Saint of Boyle Heights” by the LA Weekly and was recently endorsed by the LA TIMES for her work against gentrification and for affordable housing and immigrant rights.
There are more than 20 candidates running, but I have been working in the Eastside for over 10 years and I don’t know 90% of these folks. The only ones I know that are doing dope work are Maria and my homegirl Wendy Carrillo who is an amazing journalist and advocate for human rights.
Maria has the experience, intelligence and drive to lead this country if she wanted to … But right now she’s just running for Congress. I have faith in Maria, not because of here promises, but because of her track record. I support her 100% … And hope that you do to.
See if you are eligible at lavote.net and get out there!
Polls close at 8:00 pm. Maria Cabildo for California’s 34th Congressional District! #Maria4Congress
You Can VOTE TODAY if you live in;
Boyle Heights, Chinatown, City Terrace, Cypress Park, Downtown LA, Eagle Rock, El Sereno, Garvanza, Glassell Park, Highland Park, Historic Filipinotown, Koreatown, Little Bangladesh, Little Tokyo, Lincoln Heights, Monterey Hills, Mt. Washington, Pico Union, Westlake.