Month: July 2020

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Shut Up and Drive: A Road Trip Mixtape

Just like it says on the tin, songs you can listen to with the windows wide open and cranked to 11. Or, if you're in the desert like I am, with the windows up and the air conditioning at full blast. Cars by Gary NumanCruisin' by Smokey RobinsonDrive by The CarsDrive My Car by The BeatlesDrive to Nowhere by MylinEighteen Wheels and a Dozen Roses by Kathy MatteaFAST CAR by Namie Amuro(Get Your Kicks On) Route 66 by Nat King ColeGo Your Own Way by Fleetwood MacHeads Carolina, Tails California by Jo Dee MessinaHow Bizarre by OMCI Can See for…

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Embracing Your Creative Nemesis

I'm not a devout follower of New Age thinking. I'm a cradle Catholic, but I have a hard time believing that God doesn't give us the tools to explore other ways of thinking. For example, my Ma always had Buddhist and pagan symbols in the house while insisting we go through baptism, first communion, and confirmation. She always said if one doesn't protect her, one of the other ones will. My friends growing up were practicing Wiccans at one point. I have crystals and practice meditation. I resolutely walk the fine line of spirituality though firmly grounded in my faith.…

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My Favorite Movies for Every Year I’ve Been Alive

There's a meme (don't you love them?) asking people to choose their favorite movies from every year they were born. I decided to get in on the action. You can too. This list was a test of conviction for me. 1985 and 1987, as well as 1997-2001 (coincidentally, my high school years), were the most difficult, only because they had some excellent flicks. 2011 was impossible. I couldn't find anything I liked. I had to go back through the list a few times before I found my choice. Click on the titles to purchase or rent on Amazon. '83: The…

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keira knightley as melody masterson

Lite My Fire

Rating: R/potentially NC-17Category: Humor/Sexual Content.Summary: Draco and Melody consummate their love.Timeline: Pre-episode 6.Disclaimer: Harry Potter and related characters belong to JK Rowling and related entities. Made-ups (particularly Melody) are mine and mine alone. His kisses were hungry, pure, and - above all - honest. Melody Masterson couldn't imagine anywhere but being in Draco Malfoy's arms at the moment. The thing was they weren't officially a couple, in the normal sense. They had joined that new vibe of unattached couples. That was the new hip thing, her Muggle friend Natasha had told Melody in her last letter. Melody knew it was…

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nils peterson, willow glen library, december 2016

Nils Peterson at the Willow Glen Library, December 2016

I had the pleasure of seeing former Santa Clara County poet laureate Nils Peterson at the Willow Glen library in December 2016. I enjoyed his overall style, compared to other poetry readings I’ve been to because he repeated himself. He would recite a poem or a thought and repeat it if we didn’t hear him for the first time. Then, after he would do that, he would take it one step further and comment on it as a dialogue between speaker and attendee. It helped the audience comprehend what he was saying. To me, that was a fun and engaging…

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Prompt: Holding repetition

Haruki Murakami When I'm in writing mode for a novel, I get up at 4:00 am and work for five to six hours. In the afternoon, I run for 10km or swim for 1500m (or do both), then I read a bit and listen to some music. I go to bed at 9:00 pm. I keep to this routine every day without variation. The repetition itself becomes an important thing; it's a form of mesmerism. I mesmerize myself to reach a deeper state of mind. But to hold to such repetition for so long - six months to a year…

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Internal Interview Questions to Ask the Hiring Manager

I've interviewed for tons of jobs over the years. One thing that always tripped me up was the simplest of questions: "Do you have any questions for me?"Hiring Manager Oftentimes, they do cover the questions I have going into the interview. But, it's always nice to have other options to fall back on when you're in the heat of the moment. Here are 50 options for you to consider when your go-to won't suffice. Buy this book! By the by, mine is always "what's the dress code?" as I often worked in uniformed corporate environments. I now refuse to work…

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Everybody Wants to Rule the World

Rating: PGCategory: Drama/Action.Summary: Yet another Sark offspring enters the picture to save Sydney's life.Timeline: The time between episodes 6 and 7.Disclaimer: Alias belongs to JJ Abrams, Bad Robot, Touchstone Television, and related entities. Harry Potter and associated characters belong to JK Rowling and associated entities. Buffy and Angel belong to Joss Whedon and Co. Made-ups are mine and mine alone. Somewhere in the south of Spain, a young woman was practicing tai-chi when the doorbell to her beachfront villa rang. Expecting it to be her weekly courier, her face fell when she threw open the door. "Julian," the woman began…

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15 Tips on How to Feel Safe in Your Own Home

I've had this in my files for ages, and it's time to share it with you. I hope you enjoy it! Buy this book on and support indie bookstores! One of my favorite books is "The Gift of Fear" by Gavin de Becker. It's a deep dive into people who did not trust their instinct and unknowingly put themselves in danger. It got me thinking about what I've done with my own life and how anyone - whether you're a single woman living on her own for the first time or you have a growing family - could make…

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my picture of fantasyland at the disneyland resort

Slanted Suitcase: Disneyland for Introverts

The Disneyland resort in Anaheim is a magical place. You can try to convince me otherwise but trust me, you won't! As soon as you walk through the gates you’re transported and enter a world of whimsy and joy and you can leave yourself behind for a day. For all the problematic issues that people have levied against the Walt Disney Company, there is one thing they have never faltered on. And that's delivering magic to everyone young and old. Caption: Here you leave today and enter the world of yesterday, tomorrow, and fantasy I’ve proudly stated that I’m an…

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On Keeping a Private Journal

Writing has always been a therapeutic endeavor for me. I turned to poetry when I had no other voice. However, I quickly realized that my will to live was intertwined with the art of writing when I channeled my teenage rage and post-adolescent hangups on paper. I graduated from poetry eventually to major in English at the college level, writing short stories, creating modern-day fairy tales, participating in virtual television shows, scholarly essays, maintaining my blog, and the like. "The preservation of our scattered thoughts is to be considered an object but of minor importance."Henry David ThoreauTweet To preserve these…

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