22 March 2020

Just my Thoughts on Mother Earth and the Virus

It is without a doubt a time of uncertainty and fear. And so now is when we reclaim moments with our immediate family and slow down. To share time and meals without technology, and if we do, to instead just be present together.

We need to honor, respect, and appreciate nature and Mother Earth so much more (my opinion: I do fear we are being rushed earlier for mass change because we have just pushed it too much with nature. We mass produced, toxically polluted our waters, land, and air, so that as expected, any disease easily has evolved and continues to be ahead of the data for us to learn how to “fix” it), and nature is speaking loudly to us. If we don’t radically change things, make different choices, we are on the way to a life we have nightmares about.

The rain pounding Desecheo.
When things return to what it was like before, may we also learn to support our local businesses,
local farms, to learn how to appreciate doing things on our own, living off our own land (if we can) to whatever degree it may be (anywhere from having our own chickens as is so popular nowadays, to even just making our own tinctures and balms and sprays and medical remedies), because we can no longer blindly trust something on a grocery store shelf. We continue to be brainwashed and assume it had to go through rounds and rounds of safety testing before it got to us; it hasn’t. It has chemicals that disrupt your hormones. It is carcinogenic. That means it can cause cancer. All of it. Yes, even Clorox.

Hopefully this is when we also completely revolutionize and speak loudly how we want to receive information from health and government officials.

I hope we take time away from modern day news, to publicly denounce and demand that the 24 hour news cycle completely and totally and finally implodes.

We are an obsessed audience, allowing one bad feeling to override the next, we have completely succumbed to the brainwashing of the 24 hour news cycle, to the nastiness of politics and more, simply because it is thrown in our faces over and over again, and we don’t even understand the majority of what is “interpreted” by the news. We just feel constant anxiety and panic which will lead to anger and arguments amongst ourselves.

Instead, research on your own. Watch the news but NEVER take the “translation” of the news from a politician or a news reporter. They are there to give us the information. They are not there to editorialize or translate or feed us how we should think because just like commercials, when we are force fed information from thousands of different angles about one thing, we end up spouting whatever someone else’s agenda may be. We, the people, should do our own research and then make informed decisions.

If your opinions are based on interpretations from Fox, CNN, MSNBC, PBS - you are getting a skewed news source. If you are getting your opinions from your friends on Facebook on who to vote for or how to feel about something - it’s not okay. It is all, dare I say it, an attempt to reprogram our very way of thinking to someone else’s agenda.

Research extensively on your own first and then have the opinion that you developed by yourself. Trust yourself. We are the people our forefathers planned to one day have for this great country, and yes, I think they would completely scoff at how we take in the news. I think they would be disgusted.

Do your own research on anything. It is only then that you can make your informed decision and develop your own unbiased opinion.

This is just my own little thought. Feel free to cut me to pieces in the comments.

18 January 2020

Elevation, by Stephen King (audiobook)

This three hour audiobook was as intense and special as Stephen King always is. Thoughts of love, death, moving on and letting go, intersect in the life of one man, Scott, who, while he never changes physically, is suddenly and dramatically losing weight. All of it. But you'd never know it to look at him. If his weekly tracking is correct, it won't be long at all that his body will experience complete weightlessness. What's causing it? Does it matter anymore? And truly, what can he achieve in the time he has left in Castle Rock that will resonate with his friends, new and old? And most importantly, can he help them learn anything as well?

This is a gem of a tale with a short bonus story, which felt like a very special and surprisingly good "b" side track from your favorite band. It really doesn't matter what King writes about; he does it well and makes this reader always happy. When in doubt on what to read next, I just settle down with a King tale and I thank the lucky stars above that he hasn't hired writers to do his bidding or to write in his style (a la many famous mass market writers of today), and instead just continues to produce, one uncomfortable and insightful story after another, or one sweet and sad scene after another. There isn't anything in the human emotion and in life that Stephen King hasn't been able to deliver and articulate well into his stories, something that doesn't strike immediate nervousness or fear, or increasing sadness and empathy, and for that, I will be ever grateful. Stephen King continues to provide us with everything we always need, if we only continue to give him those chances to hear him out again and again.

Side note: I listened to this audiobook from my library's Libby app, and it is read by the great man himself; he is an EXCELLENT narrator, that I will also emphatically state each and every time. It's not often an author is as good as reading their work as they are to write it, so with Mr. King, it is quite a pleasure to hear his voice yet again.

Disclosure: I downloaded this audiobook for free from my library's Libby app. Check with your local library if they participate with Libby (they probably do).

About the Author

Stephen King is the author of more than fifty novels, including The Stand, The Dark Tower series, It, The Shining, Under the Dome, Pet Sematary, 'Salem's Lot, oh...what more can be written that one doesn't already know. So here you go, click here to visit this wicked cool author's official website.

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