Time For A New Book

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Quote by author and minister Austin Phelps

 

I have plenty of coats to wear so I think I’ll be buying that new book after all. I decided to head over to the book store today but for the first time in a while I didn’t make any purchases. Normally I’d spend an hour scaling the store for anything of interest, then I’d spend another 30 minutes reading the first couple of pages of the books I picked out.

In the end I usually walk away with 3 new books minimum but today decided to walk out the store empty handed. I saw books that I thought may be interesting but I’d put them right back on the shelf as quick as I picked it up. I think it may be time for me to try out a new genre of books to read.

If all readers share one thing in common it’s the feeling we get from opening up a new book and the love for the smell of fresh pages being flipped. I’m starting to miss those sensations and when the new year arrives I’ll be jumping into a sea of new books that’ll hopefully open me to new thoughts and ideas.

Of course it doesn’t mean I’ll be dropping all the old kinds of books I like but I feel it’s good to try out new things with each approaching year. I encourage everyone to read a new book, try a new food, meet new people, learn a new skill, discover new activities, and all around do things that will better your lifestyle. I wish you all good luck in the new year and I’ll see you in 2016!

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Liebster Awards

 

The rules are as follow:

  • Say thank you to the person who nominated you.
  • Pick 5 people to nominate
  • Ask 5 questions.
  • Post the pic in the post

Here are her questions:

  1. Who do you think should play you in a movie about your life?
  2. Where do you see yourself in a year?
  3. What is the most out of this world thing you can think of right now?
  4. What do you like more? Reading a book first or Watching the movie first?
  5. Are you a night owl or a early bird? Why

My Answers:

  1. If I had to pick someone to play as me, it would probably be Donald Glover. I feel like our personalities and views  are similar, plus I enjoy his music.
  2. In a year? Ideally I’d have moved out of state and back to the south. Of course I’ll still be writing though and hopefully all of you will still be reading:).
  3. Good question, but the most “out of the world” thing I can think of right now is that we’re going into 2016 and we’ll be seeing more changes to the world.
  4. Without a doubt, I enjoy reading a book before I watch its movie version. Paid off big time when I read and watched Tim Burton’s Coraline.
  5. I switch off between the two but I think I’m more of a night owl. I believe it comes from all the late nights I stayed up as a kid.

Thank you busybricnp for nominating me for both these awards. I enjoyed answering your questions and I enjoy reading your blog as well, keep it up!

 

My nominees:

My questions:

  1. Would you prefer to listen to music through earphones or loud speakers?
  2. What’s the one place you can do most of your thinking in?
  3. If you were given the option to live anywhere in the world, where would you go?
  4. Which would you rather have as a pet,a wolf or a lion?
  5. Do you eat breakfast in the morning?

Happiness Doesn’t Have A Price

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Scrolling through Tumblr I came across a series of pictures which illustrated how obsessed our world has become with social media and money. This one stood out the most because it’s depiction of the average working citizen is spot on!

We work our bodies to the bone for a job we can’t advance in or are unhappy with, trying to earn more money so that we may be just a little comfortable down the line. But too many times does the pursuit of money leave you empty and worn out, with nothing to show for at the end other than the money you earned and more of an empty feeling you had before.

The reason I blog is to share ideas and spread informative words to people everywhere, not to earn a quick buck. If money is your motive I encourage you to think about your happiness and ask yourself if what you’re doing to earn your money will bring you happiness in the end, it’s not something that can be purchased off the shelf.

A Do Right Man

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Front cover of “A Do Right Man” By author Omar Tyree

Anyone who’s had the chance to meet me knows I’m a huge reader and I own quite a few books of different genre. Among my pile of books lies my favorite novel by Omar Tyree, “A Do Right Man” . Omar has written quite a few books which I’ve read and own some of, but this gem stands out from the rest. I can say it played part in encouraging me to start my writing career.

I first read this book around 6 years ago and haven’t been able to find another like it that has the level of story telling it has. The author has been praised for being able to deliver a compelling story and certainly delivers with this. A big reason why I consider it a favorite of mine is that I can relate to the main character of the book, Bobby Dallas and a lot of the situations he experience are similar to the ones I’ve been in such as career making decisions or putting the happiness of others before your own.

While this isn’t a review of the book and me merely sharing why it’s my favorite, I do suggest that anyone looking for a good read in their free time check this out and although anyone can pick it up , I especially encourage men to read this. It’s not often I go into a book store and can pick out a book that tells of a boy growing into his manhood.

 

 

 

That’s A Nice Shirt You’re Wearing

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“Hey that’s a nice shirt, it’s really fitting”, are words that are music to my ears when I’m wearing a new shirt that I feel expresses my personality. For many people, clothes are a way to express your feelings without having to say it. Much like tattoos, hairstyles, trinkets we all carry around, and the shoes we wear.

With only some limitations, society allows us the luxury to walk around freely wearing the attire that makes us feel most comfortable. Of course, not every person is going to enjoy your outer wear as much as you do. Unfortunately we live in a world where you are expected to dress a certain way based on occupation, opinions of others, and even racial background.

I find it best to just throw on your best rags and not let the presumptions of others dictate how you want to present yourself to the public. I, for example fancy scarves as scarves not only keep me warm but remind me of capes that super heroes wear. Super heroes are people who are not only physically but mentally strong, have morals, compassion, and have others who look up to them when feeling down. So for those reasons I’m happy to sport my cape!

 

 

 

 

 

 

Dragon’s Loyalty Award

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Well this is certainly a surprise as I never expected to be nominee for this Dragon’s Loyalty Award, but I must say it makes me feel like some noble blogging knight. It also tells me that someone out there enjoys my writing which brings an even bigger smile to my face. Shout out to ClarissaG for nominating, I like the surreal feeling to your stories along with the pictures and I hope to read more of your writing soon!

Seven interesting things about me:

1. I have a high tolerance for spicy foods as I grew up in the south and was raised mainly on eating food that contained hot spices.

2. I’ve owned 5 different types of pets which are a dog, turtle, guinea pig, snake, and fish.

3. I’ve performed on stage in front of a large audience on a few occasions while I still paraded as a Mardi Gras Indian.

4. My favorite type of candy is sour candy and my most liked one to eat are sour belts.

5. My Favorite loony toon character is Fog Horn Leg Horn.

6. When I was younger I drew comics of my favorite cartoon characters but stopped when I started to find other interest.

7. I studied martial arts at a young age and earned up to an yellow belt before quitting.

 

My Nominees:

ClarissaG

Hook Line And Inkwell

Moon Skittles

Rosemawrites

Scarlet

Jacque

Thank you again Clarissa, I’ll continue to write poems and I hope you continue to enjoy them!

What’s This?

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With Christmas only 3 days away I started to think about how fast the month has gone by.  Just a few weeks ago Thanksgiving was the big rave and now the holidays are here with New Years around the corner. You’d think I’d be excited but oddly enough I’m not as hype.

You could blame it on age but over the years I felt as though people aren’t so “in the spirit” as they were back in the old days. Growing up in the 90’s the adults always looked forward to December and some more so than the kids. Parents were happy to go out and buy trees or set up Christmas decorations around the house, but now it’s rare for them to even say ” happy holidays” to a neighbor.

We all have our own opinion of what we think Christmas really means and we have our own way of celebrating it, but the spark that appears in everyone’s eyes around this time of the year is gone. For me Christmas is a time to come together as a family and look back on all the positive, as well as negative things that has happened throughout the year.

It’s a time taken to appreciate one another and to be humble for all of your blessings. You have the chance to take all of those negatives and throw them into thrash as you go forth into the new year. It’s also an excuse to eat cookies and drink eggnog (for those who do). Most of all, it’s a time of joy.

With 3 days to go I feel like we should all take a moment to reflect on what this year has brought us and why we each celebrate Christmas. If you don’t celebrate then it’s still good to think about your year and what plans you have for the new year. I wish you all a happy holidays and a happy new year as well!