Uhmm, Why Did I Want To Be An Adult?

Adult Visions: As a kid, you must have imagined what it was like to be an adult. Now that you’re a grownup (or becoming one), how far off was your idea of adult life?

First who says, I’m adult anyway? What’s the big deal, all this means is you’re getting old, and losing your edge. It’s pretty much overrated and the responsibility is extreme!!! However, I do remember as a youth wishing for this, and now it’s here well has been for a while and I’m not impressed. The only thing being an adult does grant you, is the ability to learn from your past and gain some wisdom for your future but this only happens if you’re paying close attention to the mistakes you’ve made in the past. Otherwise, you’re walking around in a daze of chaos and unlearned lessons only to repeat the same stupid stuff over and over until you get a clue.

Well perhaps I’m being too cynical, being an adult can be a beautiful thing. For sure you cannot be a grandparent unless you’ve been a parent and you are defiantly a grown up when grand parenting happens.  And this is the chapter of my life I’m about to enter and I can’t wait. I thought parenting would be exciting and although it had its moments, mostly it was hard. That said, I wouldn’t change a thing about the way my life has gone and I’m excited for what the future holds. :)

Is This Really Happening Right Now?

Daily Prompt ~ It turns out that your neighbor on the plane/bus/train (or the person sitting at the next table at the coffee shop) is a very, very chatty tourist. Do you try to switch seats, go for a non-committal brief small talk, or make this person your new best friend?

This can be a stressful situation, but it definitely depends on what the chatty person is talking about on whether I want to move my seat. If they are negative or using foul language, I might first try to engage them in a conversation about the Lord. If that failed I might move. If they were from another country with an accent I probably would speak to them with interest. It really depends on them whether they become my new bestie. But, what’s even more awkward is not speaking to someone at all who you’ve sat next to for hours, this seems very rude, but it happens sometimes too. Since I love people generally, I don’t think I would move my seat. Here’s the question I have, do people chat with strangers anymore since there are smartphones these days? And since I just recently got a smartphone I haven’t been on a trip like that. I guess I need to go somewhere soon to know for sure.

Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes**

Caesar/image: moviepilot.com

Caesar/image: moviepilot.com

Talk about being conflicted about seeing this movie. I debated for about an hour before I left my home and then 15 minutes more after I got there. First I read some reviews on WP, by my favorite reviewers, than Rotten Tomatoes, and still couldn’t decide. I haven’t liked movies with computer generated images in the past unless it’s an all out computer generated movie. Well that’s all changed and they even made the Ape movie series enjoyable!!! Continue reading


J. Phoenix/image: Thefeministwife.com

J. Phoenix/image: Thefeministwife.com

 I just finished watching this movie on dvd and have to say I liked it. I was hesitant to see it because the premise seemed baffling and silly, but I was completely surprised by it. Here’s an interesting note, when you read the IMDb it says that this movie is Sci-Fi. Yeah, I guess it is in a way.  Continue reading

A Summer Flower Shout Out!

This year I have looked for very different flowers to take pictures of. I wanted to make sure I couldn’t name any of the one’s without looking them up on Google. But since I was able to name some, it did take me a little more time to find a lot of these.

Orange Cosmos was found today on my walk. It’s a lovely little flower and with a Bumble Bee laying in it. The sad thing about this particular flower, is, I think the Bee was dead. He wasn’t moving and all his Bee buddies were pollinating away as he just laid there on the bud.

Orange Cosmos Flower 2 Continue reading

Why Can’t We Represent More “People of Color” In American Cinema?

On the heels of my last post, I’ve been contemplating this question. Which has plagued me for years, because as we have broken down color lines in some areas we are exceedingly lacking in this one. For example, when I watch my favorite show on TV, So You Think You Can Dance, I see that many different colors are and have had the spotlight on this show. Latino’s, Asians, Blacks, and White’s. Why? Because the color of a person is secondary to whether they can dance all the genre’s the producers want. I wish the same could be said for what we see in the movie theater. Continue reading


D. Lee and C. Prowse/Image: nerdreactor.com

D. Lee and C. Prowse/Image: nerdreactor.com

Talk about a good horror film, this movie was reminiscent of Chronicle and District 9, but Canadian, and not sci-fi. I really enjoyed this movie and don’t usually watch horror flicks mostly because they are vapid and clichéd. Though, on occasion, movie producers will surprise you and give a fresh look at an old genre. Continue reading

Banging On The Bongos

My cousin, grandpa, his girlfriend and their baby, my head is in front of him with the pink ribbon. 1972

My cousin, grandpa, his girlfriend and their baby, my head is in front of him with the pink ribbon. 1972

Daily Prompt: Do you play an instrument? Is there a musical instrument whose sound you find particularly pleasing? Tell us a story about your experience or relationship with an instrument of your choice.

The Bongos is my favorite instrument. It’s such an emotional and visceral sounding instrument it makes me want to sway and snap my fingers now thinking about them. The sound of them brings me happiness I think I love the drums in general, but theirs something about the bongos that gives me chills. I think the reason is as a youth my grandpa would play them for me and always let me play with him. He would sometimes play along with a record or just on his own. He only played by ear, but was exceptional at it. It’s more of a wonderful memory of him I think, and the bongo sound brings all those memories rushing back to me. Although, I must say again the sound they make is lovely. Continue reading

The Selfish Giant**

C. Chapman, and S. Thomas/Image: waytooindie.com

C. Chapman, and S. Thomas/Image: waytooindie.com

This is a very good independent feature and commentary on impoverished England. In America, you don’t hear very much about England’s poor areas. I mean I know they exist but didn’t know that it is as bleak as the poor here in the US. I like when movies give you a new perspective and a different look at what’s happening around the globe. Sometimes the US can get so boxed in with its own issues we forget other parts of the world are suffering as much as we are if not more. Bradford, West Yorkshire, England is one of those cities which is suffering. Continue reading

Ladybug’s Turning 23

Lani at jobcorps june 2014

23 years old, can this be right? I can hardly wrap my head around this number being the age of my only daughter as of July 4th, 2014 at about 7:00 pm. These birthday’s are very introspective because it says a lot about where I have been with her and where I maybe going without her. And to add even more introspection to these birthday’s, she’s married and is living her own life without me in it for the most part. All of this is great in theory but when it actually happens it doesn’t feel that great. Because most parents would love to get a do over in areas of raising their kids and can’t once the kids are grown up. Also, when parents only have one child the introspection deepens because you only had one chance to get it right and then your done. Continue reading