Books

Where Do You Get Your News?

Fake news. Alternative facts. Our President is belittling reporters during press conferences.  The press is the enemy!! Now that Trump doesn't have to fight against Clinton to win an election, he needs to go after SOMETHING, why not the Press? 

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I know President Trump is not the first President to go after the media.  The media that he needs SO badly to stroke his ego. 

My favorite place to work was Newsweek Magazine. I worked there from 2002 to 2008. I was not in Editorial, I worked in Human Resources, but it was a great environment to work in.  Frustrating at times, but now I look back at that job more fondly than any other job.  I used to also work at DK & Penguin Publishing. My first real job was at a Legal Publisher, it sounds boring but it was still a publisher. The point is, I love publishing whether it's on paper or viewing on a tablet - literature, essays, commentaries, news coverage, are all necessary. I hate seeing what is happening with the media right now. I know it's not perfect, and there are biases on both sides, but they are not the enemy and not what is wrong with this country.  I try to use sound judgement before I share a link on Facebook or Twitter.  I see some pretty far-fetched stuff being shared that I don't even click on.

All politicians lie.  He's not a politician. He is the outsider. He is suppose to shake up the system. He's shaking things up alright, and leaving a big mess with no plan of clean up.

Where do I go for news? 

I read the "failing" New York Times (whose digital subscriptions have increased since the election) Politico, BBC News, and I just started reading The Intercept. I have a subscription to The New Yorker but not renewing (I'm just not too into it). I watch MSNBC for breaking news (even though I can't stand Rachel Maddow and Brian Williams), and BBC or Euro News for an outsider point of view.  I don't like CNN. I was turned off by CNN after the Sandy Hook school shooting and CNN was the first to name the gunman, using the wrong name - because the shooter had his brother's ID on him.  Instead of fact-checking, they jumped the gun. CNN has shown a few times that they care more about being first than being accurate, so screw 'em.  I do enjoy their documentaries though, I'll just leave it at that.  I have tried to watch Fox News but they are just as bad at fellating the current President as the other networks were with the President Obama. 

As a Blogger, I love the written word. I love reading it and I love writing it.  There is a lot of garbage online and on TV.  I respect freedom of press, even if it's crap.  But what do we do when people just won't accept facts and believe falsehoods? How do you get through someone who does not accept that the Earth is getting warmer? Who think it's okay to quote Trump's false crime rate statistics or having the most Electoral College votes?  If they are willing to believe trivial lies, what about when he lies about something YUGE - because it's coming.  

Where do you like to get your news from? 

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Life Lately...

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When I'm not obsessing and freaking out over politics, what else is going on?  

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Watching: Man In The High Castle.  How timely!  This was on my Amazon Prime watchlist for a very long time and haven't gotten around to watching it until now.  Based on the novel, it takes place during 1962 and it's been 15 years since the Axis won World War II.  The Nazis and Japanese have divided the U.S. into three parts - Nazis control the East, Japanese the West, and a lawless neutral zone in between. A "Resistance" is growing after a film emerges showing a different history of the U.S. winning the war which could lead to the Americans really gaining their freedom.

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Reading: One Hundred Years of Solitude by Gabriel García Marquez.  I'm a very slow reader and my focus sometimes is short.  Márquez is not easy for me to read.  This is my 3rd time trying to read his book.  I have this thing about him, I have a bunch of his books but I have a hard time reading them but I am determined to get through his novels and actually understand what is going on.  It is a personal quest for me.  The story is straight forward, it follows the family who founded a mythical town through generations.  Some of it is a bit whacked and a little child-rapey. On the other hand, I am enjoying my New York Times - Daily Edition for Kindle, I set up just after New Years.  I used to avoid the NY Times because their articles used to be really long-winded but I think they got hip to that after their subscriptions dropped significantly.  Now it's back up and I'd like to do my small part in supporting a business that Trump does not like.

Loving: Pour over coffee!  After my coffee maker died, I decided it was time to approach my coffee making a little different.  Instead of getting my coffee "instantly", I wanted my coffee to to taste GOOD!  Seriously, how often do you clean out your coffee makers? I did not do it enough and I'm always going through filters. No more machines & filters!! Do I get a French Press? There's too many steps involved. I don't mind taking a little extra time making coffee but I don't like too many "steps." Instead I saw the Osaka Pour Over Coffee Brewer and ordered it. I loved it, but it broke in less than two weeks.  So I ordered a Carafe by Coffee Gator

Fighting: Insomnia. Almost every night, I fall asleep without any problem but I will wake up just a couple of hours later. Sometimes I fall back asleep just to wake up again, or I just stay awake.  This has been going on for years.   Some nights are better than others.   I've tried yoga, wine, less coffee, shutting off my electronic devices an hour before bedtime, reading in bed, I just can't get my mind to shut down and REST. 

Doing: Getting acquainted with my new MacBook.  As timing would have it, just as I was planning on buying an new laptop since my home computer is almost dead, the laptop I have for work also died!  So after a week of scrambling, I got a new baby and work sent me a new laptop and I'm getting back on track and also back to blogging.  I had to break my "2 blog posts per week" goal last week (and this week) but I'll get back to it next week.

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Do You Enjoy Adult Coloring Books?

I don't mean "Adult" Coloring Books, although those are pretty awesome, but I mean coloring books for adults.  You know what I'm talking about, they are everywhere.  When adult coloring books took off, I thought it was a pretty neat idea and would eventually get into it.  I don't make jewelry nor am I "crafty" anymore, but I still have that creative energy that needs to get out and the "experts" say that this coloring phenomenon has taken off because it is relaxing and a great stress-reducer.  I finally sucked it up and purchased some books. 

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I picked up Edgar Allan Poe: An Adult Coloring Book and Vive Le Color! Japan (Adult Coloring Book): Color In: De-Stress (72 Tear-Out Pages).  I just got started and have shared a couple of colorings on my Instagram but I'll wait to post more here.  

The Japan book is a great size and has a hard back cover so it's easy to hold if you want to color on your lap.

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The Poe book is amazing and very detailed so keep your pencil sharpener handy! 

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I was also inspired to color after looking at Mike's amazing coloring.  Mike started coloring regularly last year and has four different books he works on almost every night.  He posts his finished work on his Instagram @monstermonkey1313.  He's good, really good, like he takes it to another level. He is an expert at shading, blending, and choosing fun color palettes. Here are some of my favorites: 

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This may be my favorite, favorite favorite!  It's from Danger Girl: Permission to Thrill Coloring Book


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This chick is pretty ass too - from NSFW Totally Naughty Coloring Book (Volume 1)


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A page from Haunted Horror Pre-Code Cover Coloring Book Volume 1 (The Chilling Archives of Horror Comics!)


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This is from Art of Coloring Star Wars: 100 Images to Inspire Creativity and Relaxation (Art Therapy).  This is an example of what I mean by a unique color palette. 

 

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Life Lately June 2016

It's been quite a while since I shared a general "Life Lately" post so now is a good time to catch up.  I'm still recovering from the long holiday weekend and a cold that doesn't seem to want to go away. I've been coughing for almost three weeks now and I'm scheduled to see my doctor next week, hopefully they can tell me just what the heck is going on with me.

Anyway, as we've done the last couple of years, Mike and I stayed in the city Memorial Day weekend. It was pretty busy but still had time to just relax and enjoy the nice river breeze in an overall hot and humid city weekend. 

We were smack in the middle of Fleet Week so we got to to check out the USS Bataan which was in New York for the week.   I think it's so cool that they allow people to check out the ships for free during Fleet Week.  

While I've said previously that I was gonna try to work less in my 40s because my 30s just flew by, guess what? I've been working a lot! However this time around, I'm really enjoying my work.

Another cool thing I did recently was attend a media event for Myron Mixon's new book launch, Myron Mixon's BBQ Rules at The Brooklyn Brewery. Not only did I get to meet the man, but I got to enjoy his delicious food!

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Just signing some books before the guest show up

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Still thinking about those greens...

A lot of his food...like two servings of Collard Greens (and I don't eat Collard Greens!!)  I really like the book too. It is unlike any other cook book I've read.  He gets really deep into the history of BBQ and what his father taught him growing up.  I got to attend as part of the Rogue Social team and it was pretty fun.  I hope I get to go to more.  

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Let's Wreck This Journal - 2016

Wreck This JournalThis past Christmas, I got a journal but this is a different kind of journal - Wreck This Journal by Keri Smith. She has written a few books that are very interactive, encouraging creativity and perhaps, getting some stress out.   This is not a book you take care of, it's a book you scribble in, tear up, dirty up, fold pages, step on, throw across the room, and more!

I started going through Wreck This Journal on January 1st.  Not really going in order either (and that's okay). Here are some of the pages I haven't got to yet.  Will probably share my progress (and possible artwork??) throughout the year.

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And some pages I started or finished, I can always squeeze in a few more words.


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There should be more stickers on this page but I keep forgetting to peel the stickers off or I just throw them away.

When I was younger I kept a traditional journal but since I started blogging, I've been writing in a book less but I still like the idea of doing something with pen and paper as a form of release.

Every page of Wreck This Journal has a different prompt. I plan to go through the entire book in 2016. There are some pages with tasks that I just don't want to do, like rip pages out, rub pages with sticky stuff like honey/gum/syrup - gooiness and I'm just thinking "Ew! I don't want bugs crawling on my book! I keep my place clean!!"

It is still a very fun book so if you want to try something different but not sure what, Wreck This Journal has a little bit of everything. Just let go and have fun!

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