Hashtag# 125

Glamorous Female

Hashtag# Louise….

A Marie Antoinette…

wanna be…

fuels fury…

Hashtag# rings and diamonds…

Hashtag# purse …

Hashtag# furs…

Instagram photos…

speedboats…

inflatable swans..

governmental jets…

Fast and furious.

Floods and famine.

Empty grocery stores…

Flooded basements…

and deaths….

Harsh responses…

Online criticism…

Unapologetic… defenses..

Bluntly unaware…

Insensitive….to the incensed.

Historically  ambivalent.

An apology …short-lived.

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No.124 My Secret Hobby….

Exact quote is ” I’ll treat you to coffee next week…O.K? ” This quote is from an adorable Taiwanese T.V. series called” Fall In Love With Me. ” Episode 1.

I cringe when people call my printmaking  a “Hobby” . It’s a word that can bring on an instant case of hives, TMJ and ongoing immense feelings of irritation when I think of the art world. The big one that sells Picasso’s and Mondrians. The one that says you really aren’t a printmaker until your prints hang in the Walker Museum or Minneapolis Institute of Art… or god forbid you accidentally died….I looked up the word “Hobby” in my American College Dictionary which strangely enough is a 1958 version. ( A very auspicious year) it was described as : a favorite occupation, topic pursued for amusement . Well that fits my secret perfectly! My soon to be released secret…O.K. here goes… In my spare time I LOVE  watching Korean, Taiwanese and Chinese Dramas! Not so much the historical ones but the ones with long stares.( some of them seem to last at least ten minutes) and… the secret nose hits on kisses kind of movies. I’m watching one now called ” The Time That I Loved You, 7000 Days” It took me a while to really see  the number of days…..7000 to be exact!  With my trusty calculator in hand I can honestly attest that is 19 years, 229 months, 4 weeks, 1 day, 6 hours, and 46 minutes! The two clueless love bugs even live next door to each other! I’ve found that that warm and fuzzy feeling comes over me when I’m watching them and I’m able to leave all the world’s politicians and their flunkies near the back door when I watch a couple of episodes. I come away with renewed hope of someday finding a boyfriend…my steps have an added bounce…A needed shot of adrenalin shoots through my life. See what I mean?  As with all good things there is also the opposite side..of the coin. When life around you is shifting so fast and in the background people you love dearly are dying . I found all theses dramas did the opposite . They helped me to cry, for all the injustices in my life. They helped me to release all the pent-up weeping until it stopped and I was able to move forward again. Almost like going in to sit in a psychiatrist’s chaise with a bill at the end of the session. So much cheaper. So now with my life being more even keel – I find my dramas make me laugh and it again renews hope of a boyfriend. How funny is that? Reminds me of a story…I was working in this horrible job a couple of years ago. This lady came up to me, requesting a jean size, so I was intently digging into a pile of jeans to find it. She said to me,” She thought God was looking for me to give me something…”  and I said with hope in my voice..” A boyfriend? … that’s all I really want at this moment.” I always try to have a sense of humor when talking to religious people…She sighed heavily and said…”What you really need is a church…” and I said glibly “that my garden was my church.”…then out of the blue…She said, “I think I need to pray over you” of which she promptly did. I luckily, soon afterwards found her jean size…looked at my watch and said “Oh my gosh …I’m late for my lunch break “…I very nicely excused my self from the situation..and quickly disappeared. There is an unspoken rule at this establishment that the customer is always right. One night, as I was closing up the store I struck up a conversation with a guy named Will. He also loved watching these movies and we exchanged titles of our favorites. It shows how small the world is …and no matter what kind of connection either by praying or laughter and words…it’s still a connection.

No. 123 National Coffee Day…

Jo, one of my sisters called me, this morning…to say she couldn’t remember all of my 11 brother’s and sister’s birthday’s but she did remember how important this day was….Being that it’s September 29th which is National Coffee day ..it is indeed a very auspicious day ! We had a good laugh. A good way to start the morning ,  sister laughter and a cup of coffee !  But, it’s impossible to miss it on the news squished in between the articles of a Health and Human Services Secretary Tom Price using costly governmental charter flights for personal usage , (with some business thrown in ) to the tune of $400,000.00 dollars. Please note he has decided to pay back $52,000.00 dollars to the USA treasury.  Most insiders think this is highly hypocritical because in the background he is slashing programs that would support early childhood education, Medicare for Seniors even medical research and development. He also stands proudly near President Trump in repealing the Affordable Care Act. Not to get on the bandwagon but I just have to mention Steve Munchin and his new wife Louise . Not to long ago they both flew on a private governmental  jet to Louisville , Kentucky where they went to a “Luncheon” then toured the nation’s gold vault then afterwards viewed the eclipse…All at the expense of American taxpayers. Amazing! Entwined with all swamp eater politicians articles are all the pictures of how Porto Rico got  slammed by Hurricane Maria, promptly forgotten by  most of United States residents because as some folks said” It really isn’t a state is it?” Strangely enough, there seems to be a tug-a-war for FEMA and finances to help band aid all the problems that ensued after Texas and Florida also got massacred . But as we can see a lot of the money and resources to build went to the Republican states where as Porto Rico has been led kicking and screaming into the shadows.  So now we have to turn our heads to the opposite direction, get out our dancing shoes to celebrate this National Holiday… Oh wait …Im bad…It’s not a paid holiday…it’s only for free coffee at a few establishments (if you don’t forget your coupon.)  I know I shouldn’t be a devil’s advocate but the original idea behind this day is to promote Fair trade coffee and raise awareness of the coffee growers. And coffee does come from Porto Rico as does sugar….Shouldn’t we be taking the plight of this island more seriously? If by what I read in the New York Times our president wants to drastically cut our immigration rates for countries far away…to a drip compared to the world’s  rates…then I wonder how he would feel if the population of Porto Rico (which in 2016 was 3.411 million ) shifts to our immediate shores? Because they are U.S. citizens ! Since 1917, when U.S. invaded and colonized their shores. An important fact that most people just somehow seem to forget or never learned. Let’s think deeply …for a moment…. climate changes due to the world warming patterns changing …due to pollution….carbon footprints….planetary shifts of populations …due to climate changes affecting their crops and lives. An ongoing circle of change. Oh glory be…we can get free coffee at places like McDonald’s, Krispy Kremes, Cinabon, Pilot of Flying J, and Dunkin Donuts….Oh and don’t forget Ikea. Because you will need the caffeine to figure out the directions to put that six drawer bureau together without tears. I did think it was funny that one article listed the six most caffeinated cities …as Chicago, New York, Seattle, San Francisco, Los Angeles, and D.C. Where the heck is Minneapolis?  So I decided if you can catch me …any time this weekend – I’ll treat you to a cup of coffee to celebrate National Coffee Day.  Good Luck!

No. 122 Coffee or Tea?

So almost every Thursday for a year and half I’ve been meeting a friend in my favorite coffee shop called The Dogwood Coffee Bar. I’ve mentioned it before. I think I like it because of the way I feel when I am there. Relaxed. The space itself is simple . Single and double booths with tables in between. There is even a small bar where you can sit and converse with the baristas in a more intimate fashion. My favorite drink is a Cafe Miel. I have found detrimentally that if I imbibe twice in one day with coffee I toss and turn all night. I wake up thinking…did I even go to sleep? Not a good feeling. So luckily one evening I tried something new. I ordered a herbal tonic. That night I was feeling adventurous and asked the barista which one he liked the best. He mentioned Malabar. I’ve noticed it seems like a task to make. Takes time. I watched him measure out the tea…check the temperature of the water and then seep the tea. Usually it takes 5 minutes to receive. There’s nothing instant about this tea. Malabar has Ginger, Malabar Black Peppercorns, Turmeric, Lemongrass and Licorice Root. It’s one of those drinks that you sip . I felt  revived -it had been a busy day…My friend Chung showed up and we started to chat about life and later he translated a Chinese story book to me. Sometimes we play 500 Rummy. I noticed that night I felt a surge of energy and I swear I remembered more pingyin and characters than I usually do. I was a happy girl. And that night I slept . Everybody needs their beauty sleep!  I read up on this company. It was started by two guys Jordan Scherer and Taylor Cowan. They met in college in a coffee shop they both worked in. They found they also had a fascination about tea . They felt there was an American tea subculture…emerging . With their synergistic thirst for more tea pairings  they’ve in turn set up partnerships with small tea farms in Taiwan and Japan. They like to create  seasonal collections working with different complexities of tastes. They mentioned “Spirit ” in latin is…”Spirare” which means to breathe. One other thing I liked was with every box they sold they plant a tree.  Always good for the wildlife, ecosystem and creates oxygen. Which helps everyone breathe better in the long run. Knowing this I promptly went in and bought a box of Malabar. I like to put my money in places I feel something good is being created.  In Minneapolis, Dogwood Coffee Bar and  Spyhouse Coffee carry these teas. If you know my blog …I don’t usually say things about products -usually movies and quotes about coffee. I’m not giving up on drinking coffee or collecting coffee-don’t get me wrong. But for those times when I need an alternative to my beloved coffee …this is but another possibility.

 

No.121 Angels Needed…

Angels

needed desperately…

to protect anyone

with flooded basements.

Protect them

from harm.

Keep their homes

safe.

Keep them fed

and warm.

Families together…

Or together again …soon.

May the water

stop raining…

draining…

Just please…

Evaporate!

Give them solutions

that will work…

for now …and

into their futures.

No.120 Three Coffees….

The exact quote is ” Timo, three coffees and some water.”  The quote is from the Italian movie series “Commissario Brunetti” Episode 11. “Death in a Strange Country.” These stories and books are written by Donna Leon.

I seem to gravitate towards Italian or Sicilian movies a lot . I think the reason is there are about a thousand coffee quotes pertaining to them. To have an espresso is like a pause…a moment to think…converse over the facts in front of them. I was talking to a friend a while back and we realized that 30 years ago they would have been getting out a cigarette and smoking instead of sharing an espresso.  I thought this quote was funny. Normally, when I have coffee out …I’ll promptly sit down and read the paper or chat with friends. This one time , I must have been tired….I went in an ordered a Cafe Miel and I received a glass of carbonated water with it. I thought weird but so what – I’ll drink it. But while drinking my Miel I kept thinking this is the worst Miel I’ve ever had in my life! So I went up and asked the barista what he had served me. With out even blinking an eye he said an Americano . Which is totally different. NO cream …NO honey…Where was my brain when I started to drink it?  The taste was like night and day to me. The whole time I thought why did he give me a glass of water? Could it be to wash my taste buds out after drinking it? I was flummoxed. He  said the water was like a traditional thing to do. He promptly and apologetically made me a Cafe Miel. And I with trepedation I carried it to my table . That day I was flying on caffeinated jet streams. I accomplished so much that I felt like Super Woman! Things like filling six  big bags full of weeds from my garden…(didn’t even make a dent …) I then weed wacked my grass into submission. I think I also trimmed two smaller trees and cleaned the house to an inch of its life…washed clothes…dishes…made my bed…I was moving with speed and agility that would have scared a normal person. By 9:00 pm I was still walking around in a daze still wound up but physically feeling sore and tired. Unfortantatly for me all that caffeine was still circulating in my blood so I never slept a wink that night…Tossing and turning all night.  The next day I limped…around a very clean house …If anyone would talk to me I growled back at them. I would glance outside to my garden with irritation (more weeds) I think I took a twenty four hour  nap and wasted the whole day doing nothing because really I couldn’t move without intense pain!  A good life lesson NEVER drink two coffees in one day!!! And always look down before sipping your coffee to make sure it looks familiar.

No. 119 Marching Bands….

The exact quote is : ” I’m just saying, how are you going to be a soul food spot and a coffee bar?”  The quote is from the movie “Drumline- A New Beat”. The movie was released in 2014.

I watched both of the Drumline movies and liked them both. The first one came out in 2002. It was directed by Charlie Stone III. In this movie NIck Cannon is the main drummer vying for a position on the P1 section of the band. His cocky attitude gets him in trouble with the section leader. Somewhere in the movie he starts to grow up . Loved it.  Zoe Saldana was one of the leading females as well. I thought this movie showed off her talents much better than the Pirates of the Caribbean movies. The second movie ran with  the same kind of story line but this time it’s a young woman Danielle (Alexandra Shipp) who has to compete with Jayven ( Jordan Calloway) for both love and the P1 position on the drumline of North Carolina A&T State University Blue and Gold Marching Band. One of the things I liked about both movies is that they start with a major drum performance that really demonstrates the love and dedication of wanting to participate on the schools fields. They shout constantly a montra ” One Band…One Voice!”  To become a true band they have to meld their talents . The second movie Drumline- the New Beat was directed by Billie Woodruff. The Producer was Nick Cannon. He also was in the movie as the band’s motivator. What a talented young man. Danielle has a dream but she finds out she’s going to have to work for it. Along the way, she has to deal with a version of the Old Boy’s Club. Certain people on the section think that  a female drummer would weaken their strength. But really she just added to it.  Her ultimate goal in the movie is to break the glass ceiling and become the first female section leader. I have a feeling if this was a real life situation she would make her dream come true.  Also I love watching the marching band strut their stuff.  Every time I watch these movies it makes me wish I had played a trumpet instead of a piano.  It would be decidedly harder to carry it around as I marched and danced to the beat while doing complicated marching formations. Not an easy task. In the second movie they also had a character  Tasha who is both smart and cute. And also Leon a young gay man who is trying to be true to his own ideals. Both  subjects are important and I’m glad they dealt with both in a realistic manner. Made the movie stronger…I’d recommend either or both of these movies.. Both are fun to watch.

No.118 Watching Hockey…

A play off defeat…

for a summer league.

Onlookers cheering

animate hockey players

with barks, yells and

words of encouragement.

GO POODLES!!!

SCORE!!!

GET THAT PUCK IN!!!

GOOD JOB …MATT!

Screams his sister

filled with jubliance.

Wild Poodles

verses Yorkies…

Spirited plays

pass offs…

wall passes

puck flies

through air…

on ice..

against the wall

Ultimately in unison

with the hockey stick.

Goalie down low.

Catching and deflecting

flying pucks with added speed.

Protecting his turf.

From the Yorkies

desired score…

Score one to Zero…

a somber score

for such a

magnificant team.

Next year

we will make the

Yorkies weep!

No. 117 Who took Johnny?

Exact quote is: ” He looked like he’s been drinking a lot of caffeine !” The quote is from the movie “Who Took Johnny? ” On Netflix.  It was one of those who done it…movies that left a a lot of questions unanswered . The movie was directed by Suki Haley, David Bellinson, and Michael Galinsky.

The movie “Who Took Johnny?” premiered at Slamdance Film Festival in 2014. It was a 30 year old cold case about a disappearance of a 12 year old boy named Johnny Gosch. It happened on the morning of September 5th, 1982. He lived in West Des Moines, Iowa. That morning he was out delivering the morning paper. At one point he came across another paper boy and mentioned that a man had asked for directions and that he felt frightened. He also told the boy that the same car was slowly trailing his paper delivery route. At some point someone saw two men grab the boy, pull him into an old  Ford  Fairmont and drive quickly away. The mom and dad knew something was wrong when he didn’t return home and they found his wagon still full of newspapers. Now days the moment we know a child is missing or  kidnapped – The Amber Alert goes out  to even signage on the main roads alerting drivers. It’s on the radio, TV and even on phone alerts so people will watch for anything out of the ordinary happening around them. In Iowa, where this wasn’t a normal thing to happen most people felt the police were both lethargic and missed many important clues because of their ineptitude. That of course has changed with more training. At that  time they thought kids disappearing  was because they were runaways. The mom and Dad went to the police immediately but the police waited 72 hours before they really started to take the story seriously. Now days it’s 24 hours for missing adults…so the attitude has changed with the times. His mom Noreen Gosch after a few weeks made contact with the media -pleading for more information to where her son was. She felt that the police and FBI weren’t treating it as a crime . Many people felt it was being covered up. . So she also hired a private investigator. He later told her there were a global ring of pedophiles. Two years later another boy called Eugene Martin also a   disappeared doing his paper route. As the story goes there have been sightings. Once a young boy came up to a woman in a parking lot in Oklahoma and said he was Johnny Gosch then two men grabbed him and drove away.  A dollar bill also surfaced with the words “I am alive. Johnny Gosch.”  also there was  writing on a bathroom wall  Then years later Noreen said she answered the door and there stood her son with another young man. They stayed only a couple of hours but were totally fearful of being found out….so left. She hasn’t seen him since.  In 1982 Noreen Gosch opened a Johnny Gosch Foundation ” The goal is to educate others with the reality and seriousness of kidnapping, pornography , and the dangers of pedophiles . ” Check out the website yourself. A lot of people feel it’s connected to Washington DC. and Gerald Ford Senior…and a lot of cover ups.

We had a young boy disappear up in a small town  in Minnesota. His name was  Jacob Wetterling,  He was 11 when he was abducted on Oct. 22nd , 1989.  Twenty two years later a Danny Heinrich confessed to his murder. When I was a kid growing up in Rochester we were out and about till my mom called us in. That changed with Jacob Wetterling’s abduction. You always end up wishing that people that do these types of things to kids would disappear. The movie  left me feeling sad that a young person’s  life ended so abruptly without any reason except for someone else’s sick pleasures.

 

 

 

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