Sunday, October 9, 2016

Monday Mimisms ~Will The Real Debate Please Stand Up?

This is what I wrote on Facebook tonight. 

Yep. That pretty much sums it up.
It's hard to choose a winner in the middle of a tabloid reality show. 
Nobody wins.

Wake me up on November 9th.

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Sunday, October 2, 2016

Monday Mimisms ~ Campaigning

Time is ticking. The calendar says October 4th this coming week. 
That's just a mere 30 days until BlogBlast For Peace!
As election  nonsense  news dominates the airwaves, I am remembering the fall of 2008 when we were about to elect our first African American president in the United States. It felt much different than this election.  So I'm doing a little campaigning of my own.
Here's one from Twitter this afternoon.

and another from Facebook

Let the campaign begin.
Let's not call names. Let's not insult anybody. 
Let's all share our tax returns (well, maybe not).

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Sunday, September 25, 2016

The Power Of Mirrors

Still hanging out the car window after all these years. I remember when this started.
The blog. The stories. The craziness. The self-discovery. 

Mimi Sept 2016

I've been an internet Queen who writes inquisitive memes, Founder of a peace movement, owner of one pretend dog (Homer) and one fluffy pretend cat (Persian Patticakes) and all things transparently me right here in the Blogger window of my life.

Writing your life on a blog is darn scary.

I snapped this shot the other day wondering how (and why) in the world I choose to show my messy hair to the world at large? What could I possibly gain from this exhausting exercise year after year? Same picture. Different day. Different year.
 Then it hit me.

Messy hair makes me happy. I revel in the soft covering of curls that know my face. Caressing and comforting. I am married to brunette curls and leftover girl freckles.
I never EVER want that feeling to disappear.

Self-reflection needs a place to land you see.... Mirrors remind us to know ourselves and compel us to love ourselves. They beckon us to examine every dent and flaw. How unkempt a soul can be.
How beautifully the ugly truths tend to expose themselves when our eyes refuse to look away, when we choose to see what glass prisms hold, and when we lovingly stare into who we are, what we are and why we are. Because the color of acceptance is never dark. It is buoyantly full of strength and bravery. 

You can believe the image of yourself that others project upon you, 
or you can stare into your own truth and deal with what the nosy mirror tells you. 

It's that gigantic and annoying curiosity of mine.  I am not satisfied just finding out what makes things (and people) tick. I want to know the whys, the hows, the why nots, the whos, the shoes, the get my drift, don't you? Life's puzzles fascinate me. I love psychology, sociology, self-reflection, soul-searching. I love messes. Connecting dots and solving mysteries.  Most of the rabbit holes I've found myself stuck in through the years eventually morphed into epiphanies I needed to survive the next nosedive. If you dive down enough rabbit holes in the span of a good long life (and we all do), eventually you learn to stop and catch yourself before you get lost again, avoiding the darkness altogether.

There's something about the chase that exhausts and infuriates me too. 
I've learned that I must STOP.  Look. Discover. Stare. THINK. Slow down. Reflect.
In effect, hang out the window for awhile.

I have a need to see how life has changed me. I want to see and feel it from the inside out.
I don't want to wake up one day and wonder how I got to wherever I am. Are you hearing me, Bloggy People? It's important that I understand. 
What new wrinkle appeared and where? Am I graying yet? Was today's insanity enough to send me straight to the abyss where all the old people go to scream and gyrate over life's fits and storms? Or did my curly-headed level-headed brown-eyed brunette mess stand up to whatever life threw down?  

It's taken a long curly while
But I know myself
and I like the woman-girl I see.
Facing mirrors is what I do
That's how the woman on the blog grew up.

I ain't scared of no stinkin' mirror.

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Friday, September 23, 2016

The Queen's Meme ~ The Hodgepodge Meme

The Queen's Meme ~ 7 Questions on a Saturday
The Hodgepodge Meme

1. Do you have a favorite chair in your home?
 Why is it your favorite place to sit?

2. You've been given a billboard space on the highway of life. What is the ONE word you'd place on the billboard to describe your life right now?

3. Do you own a string of pearls?

4.  Whose initials would you carve on a tree? 

5.  Could you go without your cellphone for an entire day?

6.  If you could pre-install an app on every human being born today, what would that built-in app be?

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Wednesday, September 21, 2016

Wild Mums and Secrets

It's been a wonderfully relaxing day in the palace of Bloggingham.  My plans suddenly changed and I found myself with a free day.  All.To.Myself.  I didn't even open my calendar (I hope I didn't forget to do something really important) nor did I look at the dreaded To Do List ( I hope I didn't forget to do something else really important).  All of that calendar-list avoidance was on purpose you see. An unencumbered day with a forest full of growing things was just what the Muse wanted. 
Did you hear what the mums said?
I listened closely

The wind danced 
my hair swayed

 he whispered things so delicate

that the petals began to 

he stood strong
behind the willowness of me

until all the secrets were told

The Muse always gets what she wants.
Mum's the word

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Monday, September 19, 2016

Monday Mimisms on a Late Monday Evening


Just checking in with everyone. I see many of you sitting patiently in your social media windows discussing the news of the day. We're a busy bunch of people! And witness to crazy shenanigans and unprecedented....unprecedented....oh, Mimi, just call it what it is - Ignorance in the world of politics. If I hear one more minute of "election drama" I'm going to pack my little llama and hightail it to one of those kingdom islands without governments.

I hope your September is going well and all is peachy in your part of the world.
Things for me are ultra busy and complicated right now. C.O.M.P.L.I.C.A.T.E.D.
in a good way and moving forward day by day.

It's peace globe preparation season. So much to do. Never enough time.

My working days are long and full of stress challenges. But those days (happily!) are fleeting. Before you know it, there will be time for me instead of work work work. For now I'll continue to fall asleep at stoplights and nod off during lunch breaks due to fatigue. Fourteen-hour days, Anyone?

My love life is blossoming once again and I'm ready more than ever before to begin chapter two.   Or is it three? Mmmmaaybe four five. I lost count.
 What I need more than anything right now is sleep.  Before I lose all sense of dignity.
See you soon.

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Sunday, September 11, 2016

Safe Septembers

Do you remember the days before September 11, 2001?
 Weren't they glorious?


I wish my eyes had never seen a plane fly into a building and devilish billows of smoke.
I wish my ears had never heard screams of pain and screams for help.
I wish my heart had never constricted at the sight of people jumping from flames.
I wish my child never had to learn that Septembers are not safe
and life is fleeting simply because hate lived one horrible day.

But I  know that in that time frame of hell on earth in the days that followed, I also saw humanity rise to a level I'd never seen before. While the perpetrators meant to divide, we stood united. Empathy flowed. Kindness reigned. Nobody took to the streets. 
We took care of each other.

And in that regard when you get right down to it, 
that's always safe.

As with any epic tragedy, as time passes, senses often dull and memories fade into fact and lore, so-sads and history books. My hope is that we not only continue to honor and remember, but that 911 has also propelled us into a new era of empathy and an urgent intensity for the cause of peace.  Borne of unfortunate necessity and clouded by unspeakable violence, we were forced to hold a mirror to a clear September sky and look squarely into the face of evil so perverse it stands mocking 15 years later. Out of the ashes and fire, a certain universal passion dropped in our laps for the thins in our lives that really matter. 
Speak for peace.
It matters.
Until we are safe

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Saturday, August 20, 2016

I Tried To Be A Cat Person. Once.

Welcome to the Queen's Meme 
7 Royal Questions
The Cat Meme 
(click this link to view questions and play along)

I would like to confess. About the cats.
I know it's un-American and a downright insult to my beloved Cat Blogosphere to not be a cat person but alas, I am not. Do you see the grief I put my poor dog Homer through? And he's just an internet dog!

I tried to be a cat person. Once. But I failed. Cats just don't like me. They hiss and spit and run in the other direction. Is it my perfume? My nails? My politics? Cats do not meow softly at me, they crouch in attack position and prepare the claws. I cannot retaliate because I might break a nail. Hence, I cannot even protect myself from cats. The only cats I get along with are the cats from The Cat Blogosphere. They are wonderful wonderful kitties with hoomans to look after.  Of that I am sure. And none of them - yet - has spit at me.

and they sure fly some marvelous peace globes

We shall talk cats this week. Puuuuuuuurrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.

1. Do you have  a cat? Would you care to post a pic of your cat?
    Alas, I do not have cats or even a cat. Does it count if you have an Internet gif cat?
    I didn't think so.

2. What is your cat's name?

    Persian Patticakes. She's white and fluffy and very elegant. We share jewelry sometimes.

3.  What makes you love cats?

      Well, I love cats if they're YOUR cats, because I love my friends and their family is my       family. I'm always amazed at the love and care and attention cat owners give their pets. It takes a special kind of soul to care for an animal. I know it's not a good match for me personally, but I see how so many people love and adore their cats. It is very touching. And I'm a little envious.

4.  If you are not a cat person, why not?

     I don't know. My mother was afraid of cats. When I was little she could never be near them.      If a stray cat came in the yard she'd run in the house screaming. A peculiar phobia...but one      I respected and never teased her about. Hence, no cats for me either.

5. What is the funniest thing your cat has ever done?

     My cat Patticakes once strayed off the blog and had a relationship with one of the other cats 
    in the Cat Blogosphere.  It was scandalous!!! I kept getting Valentine cards and mushy love 
     notes in my email box. At first I thought they were for me!  I have to keep an eye on her.... She's not supposed to date until she's sixteen!

6. Do you think you have to have a special gene to be a cat person or can a hooman be trained to love cats?
I didn't get the gene. For sure. It's best that I spare the little kitties my lack of feline understanding. It's best for all of us.

7. Do you think cats have feelings and can talk to their owners?
 I have come to believe this just watching how my friends (some of you) relate to their cats. Of course, I'm no stranger to talking pets on this blog. Homer is always butting in the conversation. He talks so much that Patticakes can't get a purrrrr in edgewise.

8. (BONUS Question)  The Rainbow Bridge is the place where cats go when they pass away. I think it's a lovely idea and because of my Cat Friends, I now believe in it too. If humans could have a bridge of their own in the afterlife, what would you name it?
I believe in the afterlife. I believe in eternity. I hope there is a beautiful long ethereal bridge to help me cross over into the next realm. We'll name it Chapter Two.

This is my Persian Patticakes. She has been sitting on my blog for ten years. I think that's a lot in cat years and blogging years. I've never had to feed her. She's not grumpy or cantankerous like Homer either. Maybe if I had a real cat like Patticakes, I could be a cat person too.

I hope you will play along this week and leave your link in the comment section below. Here's to all the cat owners! Questions at The Queen's Meme

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Sunday, August 14, 2016

Announcing Blog4Peace Nov 4, 2016 ~ Walk The Change. Do What It Takes

Before I tell you about our theme this year, here are a few links for easy access: Go to Blog4Peace   How To Get Your Peace Globe.  Peace Globe Templates to create your own peace globe.  Our Facebook page. It's easy.  I hope you will join us NOV 4th!
 Now here's our announcement.

Welcome to the 2016 launch of Blog4Peace aka BlogBlast For Peace! It began in the fall of 2006, with THIS simple post. I wasn't sure how things would turn out, nor did I imagine that ten years later there would be thousands of peace bloggers still eager to blog for peace. But that's just what happened. 

I am no longer amazed at the involvement of this project from people on every continent and in 214 countries/territories; I am strengthened. People not only want change now, they are willing to be change.  Mahatma Gandhi coined the famous expression that we see on walls and statues and plaques around the world "Be The Change". I've thought about how I feel when I see that quote. My next question is always how?  How can I be change? Peace globes and the deciding factors that go into what my theme is going to be, is always a very personal decision.  I have to experience it myself and let it settle in me before I ask other people to do it. That has been true every year, none more than last year when we centered on the subject of love and how the process of forgiveness changes us. I walked through some things that helped me heal and grow. So did many of you. Thank you for sharing your #30DaysofLove posts all over social media.  You made a dent in the stagnant status quo. 

This year our theme is about actually making the change. Not just changing ourselves on the inside, although that must happen first, but more about doing what it takes.
The more I watch what is happening in our world, with politics, planetary shifts,  power transitions, and constant warring factions, the more I realize that no one single person, entity, or organization has the power to change anything.
Our elected officials are not going to do it for us. Your talking-head candidates never walk what they talk. But it's not all their fault. We've given a few people too much power and gotten lazy about challenging the status quo, making sure our voices are heard, and showing up.
Walk The Change.
Do What It Takes.

The world doesn't change by itself. We have to change it from dark

to light 

Peace bloggers are good at making a lot of noise on November 4th. There's no better reason to raise a ruckus than for the cause of peace in the world. But we have to do more. And I've realized that this particular movement is uniquely ours for the very reason that we're NOT physically together.  We're not standing collectively on a street corner holding signs (although protest is good!) and we're not in a building around a mahogany table passing treaties around with ideas and endless compromises. We're all spread out from Africa to India, San Francisco to New Orleans, New Zealand to Argentina.  

And there's not one of us more important to the change that happens when people unite with powerful words than the other one. 
Which means this: WhereEVER you are in the world, your change, your contribution, your words, your is rooted in the communities where you serve. Your contributions, your peace efforts, your selfless giving and sacrificing is done in your own neighborhoods. Whatever you choose to do to walk that change is done right where you live. Think about an infiltration of good sneaking into towns and villages in the middle of the night, stealing conflict away, smashing despair with a kind deed, soothing brokenness with words of comfort and acts of love. That's the only way to change the world. 
We have to change it ourselves by walking it out. 

So do this on Nov 4. 
Free template to use.
Write your wonderful peace posts. Slay us with those powerful words. Create your beautiful peace globes and send them in to me. Show up at town meetings. Write letters and call your Congressmen. Tell them your personal stories.  Then call again. And again. Leave a bag of groceries on someone's doorstep. If you don't have $50 to spend for that family, leave $10 worth. You'd be surprised how many people need $10 worth of groceries. Offer a ride to the doctor for an elderly person. Anonymously pay for a kid's school lunch. Or take them back-to-school clothes shopping.  Take pies and cakes and cards to your local police station or fire department. When you pass by a road crew working in 100 degree heat, make a detour to your local convenience store and return with a few bottles of cold water. Say THANK YOU to our veterans, not just in blog posts but privately and personally. Volunteer at an animal shelter. Visit your local school and ask to mentor a student who needs help with reading. Set up a book sharing stand in your neighborhood. And don't just visit the sick with promises of good thoughts and prayers (although I believe in the power of prayer!) take them a pie, clean their house, take out their trash, help them navigate complicated paperwork, go to the pharmacy for them.  The list is endless. 
You don't have to be a millionaire to change your world. 

Be an advocate for what affects all of us by attending policy-making meetings in your local government. Vote OUT the greedy. Vote IN people with some common sense for the common good. If you don't want coal ash in your ground water or poison in your lakes, challenge those whose hands reach into the money pockets. Speak up and often. Don't ask your city leaders what they can do about the homeless people in your town. Do something yourself. Collaborate. Investigate the issues. Find a solution.
I see people going through great difficulties right now - financial worries, health scares, violence in the streets, family struggles. Don't you?

Advocate for the mentally ill, the depressed, the anxiety-ridden, the emotionally hurting.. The grieving. They are overlooked and wondering where humanity is. Please show up. It isn't about rights it's about reality.  No one believes you're non-prejudicial if you give lip service to personal pain. Stop judging and start helping. VOTE and knock down some policies.  I don't have to agree with your politics or your choices to respect your life story, your history, your humanity.  
Life people up instead of tearing them down.

How does this make peace, Mimi?
Because peace is the enemy of indifference. It is the absence of conflict and the antithesis of strife. When people are worried about how to survive, when people feel helpless and alone and under-represented, when people are the recipients of injustice or the victims of violence, when people are anxious about health and safety in their own cul-de-sacs they become discouraged and sick, desperate and angry, hopeless and bitter.  Then you're dealing with an entirely new set of angry problems.

 You simply can't have peace in families when there's no food on the table. You can't have peace in your communities as long as one person sleeps under a blanket in a cardboard box and another ascends the stairs of a three-story mansion in the same city.  We know that love and kindness builds relationships. It also builds a city, a town, a community, a world. 

Start with this question: Am I my brother's keeper or am I not? If you can say you're not responsible for other people's misfortune then you need to go back into the mirror and remember a time when you were sleeping in the cardboard. We've all been there in one way or another.  Don't wait for someone else - especially politicians - to do it for you.
That's not how the world is going to change.
Created by Michelle Frost in Scotland.
Free to use.
 For ten years we've faithfully blogged for peace. I've met the most brilliant group of individuals on the planet within the pages of blogs. Your ideas, your passions, your gifts are extraordinary. And you became peace bloggers because you care about the world.  Because you know we need to take care of each other. You already know this! I am telling you nothing new.

This year I challenge you to.....
Do what you can do. Walk the Change. Do what it takes.
It will be enough if we all do it together.

Thank you for continuing this trip with me.
If words are powerful...this matters.
One voice. One subject. One day.
November 4

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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Doing The Hokey Pokey with Abraham Lincoln

Keeping up with the blog makes me feel like my old self again. I've posted more in the past month than I have all year. It feels good. Remembering why I started blogging in the first place and the friends I made along the way is a good place to be.
I'm not sure I'll ever do memes on a regular basis again but this page could definitely use some humor. As of late I've written tooooo many serious posts. I'll take a meme from that silly girl named Mimi Queen of Memes from way back in the day and give it a groovy go.
This one is called The Hokey Pokey Meme. It was written April 29, 2011.

Welcome To The Queen's Meme
7 Royal Questions on a Saturday

Sometimes strange and silly questions run through my pencil brain. Don't try to look for connections. There are none. Just have fun answering a non-serious set of 7 royal questions. We would really appreciate a photograph as evidence for question #6. Please feel free to play this meme on your own blog or social media.

1. Who should run for United States President in 2016?
Abraham Lincoln. He was a lot smarter than either current candidate and we wouldn't have to fact-check everything he said. I'd like a do-over this year. I'm hoping the tide will soon turn. I'm trying to be optimistic but this election season is just dismal.  

2. Have you ever gone to a party and snooped in the medicine cabinet?

No. But I've gone to the medicine cabinet and snooped a party. Does that make sense, Bloggy People? I didn't think so. Good! Eureka! I think I'm getting my meme legs back.

3. Why are Happy Meals Happy?

They're not. The only thing happy about Happy Meals is the chi-ching sound of the cash register as another foolish customer pays a whopper for plastic food. McDonalds gets rich and our kids get sick.
They've eaten so much plastic chemical food over the years we'll soon have to recycle our own children. 

4. Have you ever done the Hokey Pokey?
 I hate the Hokey Pokey. I'm done with the Hokey Pokey. Somebody always gets hurt turning themselves around. Usually me. I forget which direction I'm going and fall down gracefully. 

That's what it's all about.

5. What song sticks in your head and drives you crazy?
"Let It Go" from Frozen. Nobody knows any of the other words when they sing it. Just those three. 

6. Do you dance like a  lunatic around the house when no one is looking?
Does a tree dance in the forest when no one is there?
Here's your sign.

7. Have you ever been involved in a food fight?
Last week with  Baby Beans. He started throwing popcorn at me and it was on.

That's it for my meme today. Have a lovely Saturday.
Be good to each other.

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