Thursday, January 30, 2014

Twisted Mixtape: Happy Songs

Warning: Whining ahead.

Over the weekend I was checking out Google + which is something I rarely do.  However, I thought that if I was going to blog more regularly I should keep up with social media.

I was looking at my own profile and thought the photo albums seemed redundant and deleted a few of them.  One of those deleted albums contained all of the photos contained in every post on my blog.  I did not know that deleting the album from Google+ would remove the photos from my blog.

Do you understand?  All of the photos in my blog, every single one, was gone.

I'd like to say I've been working since Sunday to replace these photos.  But honestly, everytime I log on, I add a few, then become discouraged.  It's over two years of photos...carefully thought out to accompany each post...

Sigh.

I am especially upset because the page that contains stories about inspiring women that I was currating from guest bloggers (Wednesday's Woman)  now looks like this:



On top of that there's the cold weather, my lack luster dedication to my New Year's resolutions, the cold weather...the cold weather...the cold weather.

This week's Twisted Mixtape theme is timely.  In two words, the theme is "happy songs."  I need them right about now.  I will be listening to all of them linked up over at Jen's for the Twisted Mixtape bloghop.  If you need a lift in spirits, you should too.

Liner Notes on my "Happy Songs":  These songs' themes may or may not be happiness.  When I hear them they make me happy.  I hope they do the same for you.


Happy Songs

1- Say Hey (I Love You) - Michael Franti and Spearhead




2 - Food In The Belly - Xavier Rudd

Live (because you can't leave an Xavier Rudd show feeling anything but happy)


Studio version in case you don't have seven minutes



3 - Talk on Indolence - The Avett Brothers




3 - Ray of Light - Madonna




5 - Elevation - U2









My Skewed View
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Monday, January 27, 2014

Where Did They Go?

Yesterday I discovered that all of my photos posted in my blog were gone. Are gone.

I believe their disappearance is due to the fact that I deleted an "album" from Google + that contained these photos.

I will have them all replaced very soon. Meanwhile, enjoy the circles.

Thursday, January 23, 2014

100 Word Song: Take to the Sky


The winter blues are vexing.

When good emerges it gets buried under the heaviness of blankets needed for warmth, needed for sleep. 

Sometimes winter’s sky is brighter.  The sun reflects its light off of the snow—a false sense of security. 

Maybe some of the blankets can be put back into storage?

Nevertheless, the temperature drops. 

It’s like when you feel accomplished and your mom calls asking, “When are you going to do something with your life?”

You want to run to the safety of your blanket cocoon.

Choose to look up.

Sometimes, beyond the naked trees, there shines blue.



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Participating in 100 Word Song found at My Blog Can Beat Up Your Blog.  Basically, there's a song, you write 100 words inspired by said song and share it on your blog.  Today's song is Take to the Sky by Tori Amos.


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Wednesday's Woman: Laura Bates

Everyone has a blog.  Or rather, most everyone who has access to an internet connected device has the potential to have a blog.  Even if one does not have a blog, most participate on a social media platform of some form or another.  It’s crowded and it’s noisy around the Web.

The racket can be overwhelming.  Important voices can get drowned by the buzzing of pop folly and stupidity.  It’s difficult to wade through the nonsense and hear vital voices of our time. 

Today’s Wednesday’s Woman is one of those vital voices.  Her name is Laura Bates.  She is a British feminist writer who contributes to many online publications including Women Under Siege, The Independent, The Guardian and The Huffington Post.  She is the founder of The Everyday Sexism Project, an online documentation of over 25,000 women’s stories of gender imbalance:


Add your story!

"The Everyday Sexism Project exists to catalogue instances of sexism experienced by women on a day to day basis. They might be serious or minor, outrageously offensive or so niggling and normalised that you don’t even feel able to protest. Say as much or as little as you like, use your real name or a pseudonym – it’s up to you. By sharing your story you’re showing the world that sexism does exist, it is faced by women everyday and it is a valid problem to discuss." ~The Everyday Sexism Project

Most recently, The Everyday Sexism Project started a Twitter campaign to have a plastic surgery app aimed at young girls removed from iTunes and Google Play.  The Twitter chorus was heard and the app was removed from both platforms.

https://twitter.com/EverydaySexism/status/423052514032775168



Here’s Laura Bates at TEDxCoventGardenWomen.  Turn up the volume.




WEDNESDAY'S WOMAN IS A WEEKLY FEATURE DEDICATED TO SPOTLIGHTING WOMEN WHO ARE ROLE MODELS FOR OUR DAUGHTERS. . . AND THE WORLD.

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