So during my 25 years on this Earth I’ve discovered that life is full of distractions. I left the blog scene for almost 6 years while I was recovering from an illness and getting back is harder than ever. What should I write about? Will people like it? Does it stay true to me as an writer? I feel as if the daily bogged down nature of life makes it hard for me to stay motivated. I lose confidence and end up procrastinating. Does this happen to anyone else?
I live alone.
In a small apartment, I wrestle with the wit and fury of a combustible feline companion, Noel Dozard. When first encountered, most say that she is a ball full of soft fur and cute as a button.
But there is another side to Noel.
Constantly whining and gulping in guttural tones, she cries out for something more. Not only does she seem to miss companionship, but she creates a confusing situation given that I’m usually in the same room. Am I not good enough companionship? This mystery I will never solve.
What’s it like to have a cat? It’s amazing. It’s terrible. It’s love and hate at the same time. For every time they throw up or make a poopy mess, the smirk or collateral glance of your furry friend will raise you up and excite your smallest inhibitions. This story is one that will continue to be told.
Let me know what you think of this post. Be kind as I have not written on this blog in years and I am just coming back to the writing scene.
The End of the Death Penalty
By: Melody Dozard
The death penalty is a highly controversial issue in the United States. It is not controversial simply because of its application and use, but also due to underlying issues that make it necessary. I disagree with the death penalty because I believe that the main issue which contributes to crime (poverty) can be addressed. It is a social issue which can be remediated with attentive hands and open minds.
According to the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the least amount of change in crime rate (a documented -2.2.%) has taken place in the Southern region of the United States. This region is also the poorest region in the country. People from these types of regions are the individuals who we see plastered on television screens and sentenced to deplorable fates under headlines like “Cold Killer Sentenced to Death.” But this does not have to be their fate. With a combination of structural reform to social programs and rehabilitation along with life terms for the worst criminals, current prisoners sentenced to the death penalty would have another chance at a life where correcting and learning from their mistakes would be mandatory.
Other countries like Norway should be examples for America of how to maintain a socially healthy society which breeds less hatred, poverty, and in turn less crime. In Norway, the government provides cars if the citizens cannot rely on public transportation. Poverty is also attacked through several social initiatives. The prison system is unique but extremely effective. Prisoners are housed in isolated areas and forced to maintain a normal work schedule like every other citizen. They are given rehabilitation and only the very worst criminals are sentenced to life. It is no surprise that this country has one of the lowest crime rates.
Our particular alternative to the death penalty can be just as effective. Social programs would be dynamic and comprehensive rather than indicative of a stagnant period in time. Rehabilitation would be corrective and force prisoners to be accountable for their actions through a combination of social, personal, and post traumatic therapy. Law enforcement officials and prison officials should not be the administrators of these techniques, rather facilitators who are responsible when something goes wrong. In treating crime as a proliferating illness, America’s citizens as well as those involved with brutal crimes would begin to understand the plague that worst offenders must face the rest of their lives.
America is one of the most respectable, understanding, and liberated countries throughout the entire world. And yet it is no greater or any less great than other areas around the globe. This is the exact model that should be upheld when addressing a better solution to the death penalty. Our country needs to stand together and protect our values while providing those who are now condemned to death with mutual respect.
We have given up on those condemned to death, but we will never give up on America. There is hope.
Federal Bureau of Investigation. “Preliminary SemiAnnual Uniform Crime Report.” Jan-June 2011. Web.<http://www.fbi.gov/about-us/cjis/ucr/crime-in-the-u.s/2011/preliminary-annual-ucr-jan-jun-2011/data-table/table-2>.
Things that are the most valuable can’t be measured. They usually don’t take any definite shape or form and they might not fall into place the way you want them to.
**Your true love.
**Your feelings of accomplishment.
**Your contentment with the end and the beginning.
**The time you started to feel again.
Could these things be measured? How or why?
Why do you allude me when I need you the most?
Should I try the phone or the calendar method? My scatter-brained mind craves the calendar, but also is pleased with the expediency of the phone. Compare the pros and cons.
The phone method:
**Involves: storing your daily activities in the virtual calendar in your phone so that you can simply look at the days activities, rather than worrying about the longer-term and seemingly never ending expanse of the calendar.
Pros: always and easily accessible
serves as virtual evidence to others that you are planning your time with them (as in, hey, here’s what I have in my phone for us, see?)
Phones get damaged.
Eyes hurt when they stare at a screen.
The calendar method:
**Involves: posting up a paper calendar on your wall, in your assignment book, what have you, to remember weekly an monthly events.
Pros: Effective way to plan
Can be a back up if your phone plan goes awry
Cons: Paper tears and gets wet
Oh, the hassle of getting out that calendar when you’re in the Subway line ordering a sandwich!
My new interactive website called “Bee Yourself” is in progress. It’s on a small hosting service and albeit lesser known, but I’m making do with what I can. Check my page above about the website ^^^
When most people talk about healthy foods, they think of a diet. Yet, statistics show that diets rarely ever work and advocate unhealthy body images as well as unrealistic body types. I thought of an idea not too long ago called a food journal that I have yet to continue to use but think might be a good idea for you fellow readers.
My food journal, a collection of notes on the contents of food and creative and fun looking pictures, helps keep me interested in the topic of healthy and nutritional eating.
For example, here’s an excerpt I wrote about Iron:
(I wrote some of the foods that have iron on them and some witty comments on dried apricots)
Instead of looking at, say, the calorie label on the back of a a package of liver, looking at your own journal makes the topic of food more personalized. Even more important, you feel less constrained in terms of what you are “allowed” to eat and food seems more fun and open as a medium.
I feel this post is relevant given my own struggle with anemia (iron-deficiency which leads to extreme fatigue, making even everyday activities difficult) and the current health trend happening in the United States. The idea of food journaling is not a diet. The foods you include in your own journal are healthy, yummy, and can help boost your immune system as well as provide you with more energy and a more cultured pallate.
If you want any more tips on this food journal idea, feel free to leave a comment and I can help you out.
So, you’re sitting at the computer when an IM pops up from one of your best friends. After about 5 minutes of engaging conversation, you begin to notice the enemy: a never-ending roll of LOLS, some followed by periods.
It’s a sight for sore eyes, and unfortunately it’s a common sight at that. The mysterious LOL.
LOL, if defined in say the Webster’s dictionary, is supposed to stand for “Laugh out Loud,” a phrase that indicates someone is enjoying what you’re saying and engaged in your conversation. It is a phrase that is indicative of happiness and even fulfillment.
But it is not so. LOL, as many web users have come to discover, actually means something entirely different when analyzing its context.
Here’s what your LOL could mean:
**I’m bored. I’ve found that I have nothing better to say than lol.
**I don’t care what you’re saying. Therefore, I’ll put LOL here and repeat it in hopes that you stop talking to me.
**I’m busy doing something. I’ll say LOL to make it appear as if I care about this conversation.
**DISCLAIMER: ONLY IN RARE CASES.
I’m angry, I’ll put LOL as a form of silent treatment. This means you should ask me what’s wrong.
What does your LOL mean today?