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Thursday, October 29, 2015

The UGLY price and victimization of LIME-LIGHT & SUCCESS...


The problem with Social Media nowadays is that now that some people have an audience ie; blogging, vlogging, YouTube, Google+, Facebook - they, the "NORMALS" suddenly have an imagined social degree on character profiling and judgement! An ultra major insight into the lives of people they do NOT know personally. 

  • Have NOT lived with. 
  • Have never walked in their shoes. 
  • Have not a CLUE of what drives a person truly!
  • What HAUNTS them.
  • Hurts them - has in the past injured them.
  • How they've been scared and scarred.
  • How they grew, due to no fault of their own in an "UNNATURAL" family setting.
  • How they - the individual took dried lemons... thinking they've made lemonade. 
 YET, those who THINK they know, will pick up the media reports and draw ALL kinds of know-it-all conclusions on what is happening as if they are a fly on wall and has seen and know it all. 

What drives me really crazy, is how some give an impression and at first comes off looking dignified, insightful, with a touch of class and truly about being an UPLIFTER and encourager, only to find they have no dignity at all! The so call class is just a subterfuge, it's all make-up, lights and practiced poses, gestures and grins. Yeah, ANYONE who derives delight in cutting a stranger to pieces based on reports and hearsay and can be absolute and certain about what they THINK - HA, yeah - you know that person delights in breaking down, crushing, eagerly rubbing the failure in glee before a captive audience. And THAT, is the height of ugly arrogance, haughtiness and OVER-assured self-importance and pride. Matthew 7: 1- 3 is pretty clear on the matter. Judge not, les YOU be judged.
And another concerning pride? Proverbs 16: 18. And another, concerning haught or humble, Matt: 23: 12, whomever exalts himself will be HUMBLED, and whoever humbles himself will be EXALTED. 

These are not empty scriptures that don't carry impact! When they hit, they hit hard! Everyone who thinks they are BETTER for whatever reasons, will always be brought DOWN. Though many are free to slander others nowadays - and do - and it is sad, because IF they REALLY knew the TRUTH? Would they even bother to report that? Not likely, because most people that occupies space on the internet do so to rattle out the above. Finally THEY get to be the STAR because they too have an insatiable need to be heard and to be seen and thought more of than is actually true.

Too much time doing it, eventually reveals who and what they really are. It never fails. Social media is alot like big brother. You go into the house constantly reminding yourself there is a camera on you, so act right - people are watching. BUT - just like Big Brother, soon, the newness wears off and the camera becomes a picture on the wall and the REAL person inside comes out! Yeah... 

Again, it is so sad! Because the stars that earn MONEY - have paid quite the price for their FAME and man is it high. Their millions of dollars earned for hard work, evokes ugly tendencies in those who are elated to see them fail, their faults, errors, mistakes and struggles broadcasted. So the STAR wannabes get to have their moment to shine in tearing these people, HUMANS apart. Few ever feel sad or pity or compassion for a life that is apparently completely out of control of the one struggling to live it. A life that is constantly under a spotlight - your errors are on constant display. No wonder our Creator instructed, guided and stated that we should not think more of ourselves than necessary, nor should we draw undo attention to ourselves. That's Hollywood - and so many stars are STUCK. 

When people defend them, (the struggling star) - the wannabes come out with their biting comments and ugliness to say in all coldness, spouting - they chose that life, so it's obviously what they deserve - they get paid enough! Yet, the list is LONG of stars who self-destructed, committed suicide, who drank, drugged, and prescription drug popped themselves to DEATH! With MILLIONS of dollars in the BANK! You think that's a happy life? 

Truth is, the majority of stars that succeed don't realize the price they're going to pay when they pursue it and obtain it. No matter what is done to hold on to their privacy, their business is all out there. They're danged if they do talk about it, they're danged if they DON'T talk about it. They have set themselves up with a lifestyle, and bill count, and other expenses including others who are looking to them to get paid, ie; the LEECHES, agents, managers, lawyers - yeah - that's the business. Coming out of it for many is like leaving the mophia - there is a longing to be FREE... but they are a SLAVE to the life, don't think for a moment they aren't! Not only a slave to the public, but VICTIMS to the know-it-all vindictive snakes who cannot wait to read how next they've failed. So THEY can be a star with their opinions and JUDGEMENTS! SMH - oh well... I got that out of my system. Now I can move on. 

I know many "Stars" who wish they could. 

Enough said...

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

Endocrinologist: The NEW Dr. Frankenstein's

Dr. Frankenstein's monsters are cropping up everywhere...

This blog has been a long time coming. It's been on my mind for the last two years and for good reason. I had all of these issues surrounding why not to write it ... but now... those reasons no longer matter to me. 
Hope - Joy - Love
First, you must forgive where in reading this you might find that I may slip into rambling my thoughts. While I have planned what I will express - there are times when, I simply write what I'm thinking the moment I'm doing so. Thus, should you stop at some point and scratch your head, thinking, "Huh? What?" Yeah, you more than likely read one of those ramblings. See, already I digress.

Anyway - back to the Endo-crimes... simply put, having the power to destroy lives with a building rep for doing just that - should be treated like a crime. The "Elite" society of endocrine physicians - far too many I fear - have committed acts upon their patients without fully understanding the complete complications and fall-out of their "procedures" and the effects it would have on multiple families.

Some didn't know... and too many simply do not care. (Experienced first hand) Why would they care, after all - they are "practicing" medicine. Practicing... (defined as - repeated exercise in or performance of an activity or skill so as to acquire or maintain proficiency in it. "it must have taken a lot of practice to become so fluent" ---- destroying LIVES!" to further define
 - and at the end of the day - they don't have to LIVE with it!
Yes, it is true a blanket should never be placed over any entire group, clan, race, culture or "practice" so I will say this only once... I know that it is not the entire fraternity of endocrines... but it is... too many. I need someone to tell me how... they can take the list of hormones below - destroy the manufacturer of them... mainly the THYROID... and replace those many hormones with an artificial man-made replacement called "Levothyroxine" -(UK)- Synthroid -(USA)- which produces an inferior quality of T4 - which is supposed to replace all of the below listed!

===== Hormone list (not all) & their importance ======
====You may wish to skip over this list and come back to it later.====

Melatonin – Think of melatonin as your biological clock. This hormone is responsible for the way you feel throughout the day as far as alertness is concerned. All those drowsy feelings? Blame the melatonin.
Serotonin – This is the one you can blame for PMS and your moody teenager. Serotonin controls your mood, appetite, and your sleep cycles.
Thyroxin – A form of thyroid hormone, thyroxin increases the rate of your metabolism and also affects protein synthesis, which is the process that cells go through to build protein.
Epinephrine – This is one that you have most likely heard of; it’s also called adrenaline. Among a whole list of other things, epinephrine is responsible for what is known as the, "fight or flight" response. This is the hormone that tells you when to fight and when it’s best to run. Some of the bodily responses demonstrated when this hormone kicks in are dilated pupils, increased heart rate, and tensing of the muscles.
Norepinephrine – Also called noradrenaline, this hormone controls the heart and blood pressure. Norepinephrine also contributes to the control of sleep, arousal, and emotions. Obvious effects take place when there is too much or too little of this hormone. Too much gives you an anxious feeling while too little can leave you feeling depressed or sedated.
Dopamine – This controls the heart rate and also assists in perception; deciphering what is real and what is not.
Antimullerian Hormone – An inhibitor for the release of prolactin, the protein responsible mainly for lactation.
Adiponectin – This is a protein hormone, it regulates metabolic processes such as the regulation of glucose.
Adrenocorticotropic Hormone – This assists in synthesizing corticosteroids, which are responsible for stress response, blood electrolyte levels, and other physiologic systems.
Angiotensinogen – Responsible for the narrowing of blood vessels; a process known as vasoconstriction.
Antidiuretic Hormone – This hormone is also known by other names, but it is mainly responsible for retaining water within the kidneys.
Atrial Natriuretic Peptide – A peptide hormone secreted by the cells of the heart and other muscles, it’s mostly involved with the control of water, sodium, potassium, and fat within the body.
Calcitonin – Aids in constructing bone and reducing blood calcium.
Cholecystokinin – Aids in the release of digestive enzymes for the pancreas and acts as an appetite suppressant.
Corticotrophin-Releasing Hormone – Releases cortisol in response to stress.
Erythropoietin – Stimulates the production of erythrocytes, which are blood cells responsible for delivering oxygen.
Follicle-Stimulating Hormone – Stimulates the follicles within the sex organs of both males and females.
Gastrin – Secretes gastric acid.
Ghrelin – Hunger stimulant as well as aiding in the secretion of the growth hormone.
Glucagon – Helps to increase the blood glucose level.
Growth Hormone-Releasing Hormone – As its name clearly implies, this hormone releases the growth hormone.
Human Chorionic Gonadotropin – Keeps the immune system from attacking a forming embryo during pregnancy.
Growth Hormone – Helps to stimulate growth and the reproduction of cells.
Insulin – Responsible for several anabolic effects, primarily glucose intake.
Insulin-Like Growth Factor – Has the same effects as insulin while also regulating the growth and development of cells.
Leptin – Slows down the appetite while simultaneously speeding up metabolism.
Luteinizing Hormone – Aids ovulation in women and testosterone production in men.
Melanocyte Stimulating Hormone – Produce melanocytes, which are responsible for the pigment in skin and hair.
Orexin – Increases the appetite while also increasing your alertness and energy levels.
Oxytocin – A hormone that plays a major role in reproduction, it aids in orgasm and is also responsible for the release of breast milk.
Parathyroid Hormone – Among other functions, this hormone is mainly responsible for the activation of Vitamin D.
Prolactin – A major contributor in sexual satisfaction and the production of breast milk.
Secretin – Inhibits gastric acid production.
Aldosterone – Mainly responsible for absorbing sodium in the kidneys to increase the volume of blood within the body.
Testosterone – The major male hormone, testosterone is responsible for sex drive, development of the sex organs, and the changes that take place during puberty.
Androstenedione – Essentially estrogen.
Estradiol – In males, this hormone is responsible for preventing what is basically known as cell death of the germ cells. In females, this hormone is in overdrive. Among other things, estradiol accelerates height and metabolism, maintains the blood vessels and skin, aids in water retention, and even aids in hormone-sensitive cancers.
Progesterone – A major contributor to the body’s support of pregnancy.
Lipotropin – Stimulates the production of pigment by aiding in melanin production.
Brain natriuretic peptide – Aids in reducing blood pressure.
Histamine – A hormone based in the stomach, histamine aids in the secreting of gastric acid.
Endothelin – Controls muscle contractions within the stomach.
Enkephalin – Simply a pain regulator.
These are only examples of some of the hormones within the body; there are more complex hormones whose functions are not easily understood. Our bodies (when in proper working order) function like well-oiled machines, and the hormones are a major part of nearly every process. Clearly, hormones are responsible for much more than angry teens, squeaky voices, and weepy pregnant women. And husbands and wives who have lost control!
=========Back to my blog==========

Endo-crimes Of Dr. Frankenstein
Part of the reason why I see them as ... modern day Dr. Frankensteins - creating more monsters - than they are curing. Destroying lives, marriages, families, men and women - as if they are nothing more than guinea pigs to be "practiced" on... and then tossed aside. I am so bitter, hurt and for the first time in my life - I can honestly say - that I {{ HATE }}. To hate is a horrible thing - but I feel it so strongly that this blog is my attempt to purge this poison from my system. And perhaps afterwards, I can move on.

The Endocrines remind me of the southern poor black, men and women that were experimented on by doctors who gave no care that they were human-beings. Remember the Tuskegee Syphilis Experiments? Yeah, exactly so don't tell me that there aren't doctors who are still callous, cold and so scientifically detached that they don't see patients - they see lab rats! My Mississippi born and lived grandparents were afraid of doctors. My grandfather went his entire life without going to one, and when he finally did, he was in his early 80's with cancer through out his body. He found out one week, and was gone within two. I'm sure he did not regret that he never went. Now here it is year 2015 and it's not supposed to be here, right? Not in the USA or UK, right? Well let me tell you, it's not just in third world countries now either. It is in the United States and the UK. If you're poor in the UK and depending on where you live, with NHS - you are a LAB RAT! And how the endocrine feel about their patients there is clearly seen by how many are left to suffer. So many have had their vital and important organ removed and then were ignored concerning their urgently needed so called "hormone replacement".  Often-times one had to BEG for their medicine from the way they were feeling along with their lives falling apart around them.


GOD - the Almighty Creator of all things running correctly - perfectly - did NOT just find the thyroid lying around and decided to use it by fitting it in somewhere. HE knew what HE was doing - and with Him concerning our creation... HE did not PRACTICE on us to see what might happen! He knew! Thus, the vital importance of the thyroid. But mankind, doctors, scientist come along and decide THEY know better! Can you tell that I am BITTER? Yeah... because when they do what they do, they turn beautiful, kind - considerate, loving men and women... into someone completely unrecognizable to their wives, husbands, children, family and friends. This is serious... and it's a crime.
Not exaggerated
It's happening everywhere. Yes, there are people that are just mean - rotten and negative. But this not the case with the condition that develops AFTER the thyroid is destroyed - whether by Radioiodine treatment or surgery - the outcome is still the same. The rest of that persons life is spent trying to fight their way out of the hell they finally find themselves in. Levothyroxine and Synthroid is INFERIOR... It will NEVER replace what the body, organs, heart, brain, emotions NEED. Removing the thyroid literally removes the PERSON within. They become someone else and it is not pretty, nor is it THEIR fault. Depression, insomnia, insecurities, loss of memory, threat of dementia, bouts of weeping is HELL to endure day in and day out. But that is the consequence of trusting your thyroid to those practicing medicine and treatment on you.


They trust that their well-being is in good hands. That they will be seen to, given the proper adjustments in a timely manner that will not cause them suffering. TOO MANY have found out too late, that it simply isn't so. They will from that moment on battle depression, rages, stress, loss of identity, lose hair, gain weight, become diabetic - go from being loving and considerate to being narcissist, in bitter rages, and back down to weeping and needing love, and destroying all who do love them in pursuit for something they will never find. 

Why? Because the Endocrine Dr. Frankenstein's have taken their very soul from them. Their lives. They are literally like the walking dead. And for those that love them - the heart-break, the trauma, the disillusionment and devastation of their lives will never be the same. So many try with all their might to stay - to battle through it because they know - this new person that they DON'T know... is not the person they married, loved, made plans with, built a life with. They KNOW it's the condition. It's what has been done to them. 

I think about the Frankenstein movie where the monster is wondering around trying to find a place to fit in, wanting to be normal, wanting to feel loved. A little girl sees him, does not see the monster, but the gentleness there. Not realizing he is sick. He just wants to be normal - but he can never be normal, because Dr. Frankenstein has created a monster. Meaning no harm, he just wants to love and laugh, and tosses her in the pool and drowns her. There are many husbands and wives and mothers and fathers - who knew the person before - but can't stay with them anymore - because they are not the same. They are drowning in the agony and loss from the mental illness that takes over. The one they loved is now Dr. Frankenstein's monsters... and they will hurt you. Don't mean to. Don't want to. Was never that way before - but everything has changed. 

As a little girl growing up, I was captivated by the scary night movies. All the stories of Frankenstein's monster. Never had I imagined that I would grow up and learn the truth behind this work of masterpiece theatre. That this was actually possible - but it is... oh is it ever. 

I hold the following so called professionals in the same esteem and group. Because, they have the power to destroy people's lives - and they will go on, they will go home, laugh, climb in bed at night and actually go to sleep. As they sleep, while out of sight, out of hearing - left in their wake there is sobbing, screaming, weeping, suicide and despair - victims everywhere because of them.

  1. (Does not sleep - too busy) Fallen Angel - Devil -(Slanderer)- Satan -(resister) of God
  2. Warmongers ie; example - Hitler
  3. Doctors who perform abortions
  4. Endocrinologist
  5. Bankers - ie; Rothschilds, Rockefellers, Morgans - Bilderbergs
  6. Pharmaceutical Companies or Drug Lords - same thing.
In conclusion - IF you do not have Cancer or a Tumor of the thyroid gland, let NO one - a Endocrimal TAKE your very soul. There are loads of alternative treatments that actually WORK to balance you if you are Hyper or Hypo - you can be balanced. Doctors, especially Endocrines are "PRACTICING" medicine for the pharmaceuticals - follow the money trail. 

Please look into acupuncture - Homeotherapists and natural - nature meds FIRST. Because once they take it from you - you cannot get it back. You are on a road of hell where there is NO return from there. YOU will never be the same, and it could cost you everything - including the ones you so dearly love!

Disclaimer: THIS blog fact rant post is NOT for those who NEEDED the procedure done and who have excellent physicians fighting to give them optimum treatment and care. I know there are a FEW good ones out there - PRAY if you need this treatment, that you find one. 

An important BOOK & website! Get it if you are here...
"STOP the Thyroid Madness"

Outreach Groups:
For spouses of Hypothyroid Victims


Friday, October 3, 2014

Saoirse - W.I.P.

Update... Update... Update... We're almost there! Saoirse is very close to it's completion and I'm so very excited! Here's the bookcover... and soon will be the book itself. I have a few more chapters to complete, several are already with my Beta Readers... Very excited!

Saoirse by Mercedes Keyes
It's been a while since I've blogged - mainly because it's something that is hard for me to consistently do, oh do I have a lot on my plate. In any case, there are many who wish to know what I'm doing, what will be done - how and when. So in this blog I'll fill you in. 

Right now, today - my current project is Saoirse. This novel has been on the back burner for some time now. Ever since I learned of the past surrounding the Irish and their struggling through slavery, I was immediately inspired to write this fact-fiction novel. Simply speaking, I kept putting it back and delaying because of Bomaw, the Beauty of Man and Woman. Well, the time has now come for me to head first full into it - and I must say, there was a reason I waited. I needed to be in this place and time, in this state of heart and mind, to give this story justice. 

As many know, all I write is interracial and so it goes without saying, this story will also carry that same theme coming from me. My leading male character is Maxmilian Euan O'Shaunessey. He came from a family well to do, but his anger and resentment toward the English landed him in the hands of the magistrate. And it is there that this story pretty much takes off. 

Dear reader you must prepare yourself - this is a story that will be told in all of it's true stark boldness for the drama and events that took place back then. The following books were used for historical accuracy and my new research - they are referenced below and aided in the detail.
  • White Cargo by Don Jordan and Michael Walsh
  • A New World of Labor by Simon P. Newman
  • The "Redlegs" of Barbados by Jill Sheppard
  • White Servitude and Black Slavery In Barbados, 1627 - 1715 by Hilary McD. Beckles
  • Montserrat: The Emerald Island of the Black Irish - Part 1 or 9... watch them by all means.
There was so much material out there in my research for this novel that began with Mr. James, whom I thank for planting the seed while he did research for something else and he came across this information sharing it with me. The moment he started reading various details of it the story immediately came to life in my mind, as so many other works I've written. Once the spark is ignited it simply takes off from there. Within moments, I knew how the story would begin, what had happened and at what point it would end. On the island of Montserrat. 

I saw the leading lady right from the start, Lil Pheybey and I have depicted her here. By all means, I ask that you keep alert and eagerly await the release of a historical fact-fiction I am as passionate about as I was Princess Ces'alena - the first book of  my Webster Fields Trilogy. When - for Saoirse? I'm looking towards the end of 2014 or around the first of 2015 - in that ball park. I've learned that I must slow down in order to try and catch my typos, grammatical errors and such - no more spitting them out as I once did.

What will follow? Next up is Fancy Free - and after that Bomaw - The Beauty of Man and Woman - Volume 14. And then another from my fancy series, and Rough Diamond - another that was pushed to the back burner. Following that, once more Volume 15 of Bomaw and finally... the very long awaited historical drama that I wanted to write before Princess Ces'alena... Midnight Blue

Once I get that above list out, we shall see what's next to come.

Wednesday, May 14, 2014

Screening of Belle 2013 - May 13th

5 Strong Stars!

Attended the Colorado Greenwood Village Theater - Showtime 7:30pm

The line began forming at around 5:15. As we were a group of eleven, 2 arrived early and marked the spot - holding it for the rest of us who would show.  

The two hour wait wasn't that bad. I talked to various ones there to get a feel for why they were there? I mean, the few black viewers, mixed couples and their daughters - it was obvious. But we were outnumbered by white and I wanted to hear from them what made them attend this showing - besides having screening passes - ie; free!

The few close by I spoke with stated they were there because they wanted to know this truth about history. They voiced displeasure that this hadn't been taught in school - and verbalized a resentment that history was edited by those who felt the majority would not care, nor care to know - about the contributions made in society by non-whites. Thus, they were there to see, learn and view this world in England that once held in it's history a woman like Dido Elizabeth Belle. A black woman of mixed parentage. An English father and an African slave mother.

Front of Line...
Of course there were those there just for the movie because it was a free screening, and yes - some to critique it. In fact I heard a man explaining to his parents who were older, that the only factual part of the movie was the back story of the Zong case.  (See links below for references) He made it a point of explaining that the story surrounding Dido Elizabeth Belle - was in fact fiction because if one did research on her, there was nothing to be found on her - or where or how her life went.

Can I be brutally honest and say that as I listened to him, watched his body language and manner - it was clear that he had no intention of buying what might have been according to this writers interpretation - (Misan Sagay) - and well - yeah, I resented him for that. Why? Because as I am a writer myself - we spend a great deal of time imagining what might have been based on the circumstances of an event surrounding a character and the outcome of a possible situation. I felt, watching him explain this to his parents, he did not want to grant Dido Elizabeth Belle ANY of the cudos of intellect - logic - passion or input in the decision that lost the insurance claimants the case to be paid for murdering hundreds of human beings. He wanted them to know not to put any emotional value one might feel watching her struggle. I had to look away from that man - because I could feel why he was there - to put down - not give the benefit of the doubt to build up and learn of what may have been her struggle.

Where my group stood
As you can imagine, I pulled all of my senses away from him and brought them back to the reason I was there. To learn what I might from the world of Dido Elizabeth Belle - who was played by Gugu Mbatha-Raw and oh my what a job she did. I was thoroughly drawn into feeling that she was in fact, truly this woman who had walked the halls of Kentwood House in Hampstead, England - not far from London. As I had done research on her years and years ago and recently - I feel that an excellent job was done in stitching together what might been in the middle places where there isn't much on her activities.

In any case, the atmosphere was set to enjoy this movie no matter what I may have conjured from the body language and words of those here and there. As we waited in line - sipping wine - I had Merlot - others had various other drinks, with some people enjoying their pizzas - McDonalds or in our case, Seafood gumbo, and others ribs, and sandwiches - we laughed, talked and enjoyed the wait. Finally the line started to move and we were ready to get in our seats.
Outside lined up..

In we went, moving up somewhat high, and in the center aisle to our rocker, recliner seats. Happily, with most movie screenings  - no up and coming previews of other movies. Fifteen minutes after sitting and all seats were taken, the lights went down and the movie began.

Date - 1769 - there was no messing around, it started out with Capt. Sir John Lindsay searching out the location of where his daughter was being held - with flashes of the woman who cared for her - dressing her. He came in to find her and the look he gave his daughter was priceless - there was a bit of surprise as well pride in his eyes - because she was indeed lovely. I don't know if they did it on purpose but the match up of these two actors was stunning - she could have truly been his daughter. -( Young Dido - played by Lauren Julien-Box )-. He coaxed her to him, speaking with tender kindness and affection and soon took her off with him. I loved the scene of them walking along the docks through numerous ruffians and sailors. He glanced down at his beautiful daughter and the way those around them were eyeing her and his father instincts kicked in as he immediately picked her up protectively into his arms. I couldn't help but smile. His coachmen and others gave him odd looks as well, because she was after all, dark - mixed - a mulatto.

Each scene went immediately into the next, I felt a bit too quickly at first, but they wanted to get on with the story. I simply loved the dialog between Sir John Lindsay and his uncle and aunt when he brought Dido to them. They were so shocked that she was black and tore into him for not letting them know that. But he stood strong holding his daughter's hand as he explained that regardless of her color she was his and he was not ashamed of her. His parting scene when he spoke to her to help her understand why he must leave her there was so tender and touching. He made certain to let her know, that he loved her as he had loved her mother. He was even teary eyed - well played Matthew Goode -( Capt. Sir John Lindsay ).

Aaaaaah - yeah - nice scene.

And the movie went on from there with the two young girls playing and growing rapidly as they passed a tree. I'm not going to give detail by detail but there were many great scenes and an interesting triangle between Dido, Sir Ashford played by James Norton and John Davinier played by Sam Reid. The irony was that Lord Mansfield played by Tom Wilkinson didn't think they'd find a husband of a suitable match for Belle - and she ended up with two men vying for her hand. Whereas their other white niece could not get one suitor, mainly because she had no dowry. So many other little thoughtful scenes and dialog happened, certainly things to make you go hmmm. Well, no one black went hmmm, because we get it, expect it - but those of the white audience for once got to see and perhaps I dare say feel what it must have been like to be black in a society that was determined to mark you as non-worthy without privilege or rights as possible.

The romantic expect of the movie - growing between Dido Belle and John Davinier was well paced, and a pleasure to watch.

The dignity of Belle - seeing a black woman act like a lady - demand that a man be proper and a gentlemen towards her was breathtaking for me. It needs to come BACK - I don't care what century or time period we are in. Men no longer feel the need to be men and respectful because women have given that strength and aspect of beauty and femininity up. These two grew attached, and fell in love with their intellect as well being attracted to one another. It was subtle, gentle, real and a wonder to behold and see on the big screen. By the time it came out - John Davinier was convincingly IN LOVE with her. It was bold, clear, passionate and vibrant and I loved every moment of it. 

The Zong case - with all it's controversial ins and out of that time was the perfect back drop for this movie and I loved that it was something that was really happening at that time period. I feel that Amma Asante and Misan Sagay did an incredible job with this film. There is so much more I could say, but I will end it with saying this... GO and see this movie! Support it! If it should go straight to DVD - buy them like mad, don't just rent it - buy it! Watch it again and again - because I can tell you right now, I will - oh boy will I!

Amazon rates with 5 stars as the highest - oh yeah - FIVE stars! 
Imdb rates up to 10 stars - oh yeah - I'll certainly give it TEN stars!

It will go down as my personal all time favorite movie this year - no doubt about it!

The Zong Case: 

Mercedes Keyes
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Thursday, April 24, 2014

Archer & Lana

What is it? 

An incredible spoof or satire of the spy world in cartoon surrounding the CIA and KGB! Simply put, it's a rip roaring laugh a minute reason to watch a cartoon! Oh my goodness, I love it - I shouldn't I know, but I do. This is what says about it...  

"...At ISIS, an international spy agency, global crises are merely opportunities for its highly trained employees to confuse, undermine, betray and royally screw each other.-"

*Sigh* Yeah... that's pretty much it really, and while they're at it, you cannot help but laugh at the things that happen and the things they say to each other. I must admit, what caught my eye after watching a few episodes is that the primary couple is interracial! And if you know me, you know that's what I write!

Yep, that's them to the left - Sterling Archer (white man) and Lana Kane (black woman)! They are back and forth arguing, loving each other, breaking up - going for other lovers and then back again. Don't forget it's a satire cartoon but a well written one. I first encountered it while living in England - it was on Netflix and I'd watched pretty much all else I was interested in - and I kept seeing Archer and thought - what the heck, I'll give it a go!

Ha! Now, I'm looking to purchase ALL 5 seasons of it to watch over again - yes I will do the rerun because it's that funny! I don't want to like it, but I do - I just dooo! It's adult humor so the kids need to be in bed when you give it ago. Bad language and sexually explicit scenes - but not so much and so bad you can't stand to watch it. *I'm blushing* But I can't help liking it - simply speaking it's my kind of humor on my off days! Oh man the times I've laughed out loud with Sterling Archer going on and on and being stupid, as well brave, crazy - arrogant and full of himself and you won't help but love every moment of it.

Then there is Lana Kane who pretends that she doesn't give two figs for him when all along she's longing and loving him - but she's too much of a tough lady to show it. There are other characters whom I go back and forth from liking to hating and wishing they would go away, LMBO - but they are filler and at times necessary.

Since I've watched all 5 seasons I won't spoil it for those who haven't watched it yet - but it's always enjoyable - well - season 3 was iffy - I wasn't too keen on it, it was shall we say, just kind'ah so-so - if I rated season 3 I would give it 3 stars out of 5 - but the other seasons, 5 for sure - especially the way that season 5 went.

Here's a youtube's best clip scenes...

It stars the following characters from top to bottom - my favorites I put in their photos at the top!

H. Jon Benjamin as Sterling Archer
Aisha Tyler as Lana Kana  

Jessica Walter as Malory Archer
Rest of the cast....

Chris Parnell as the voice of Cyril Figgis
Amber Nash as the voice of Pam Poovey
Judy Greer as the voice of Cheryl Tunt
Adam Reed as the voice of Ray Gillette
Lucky Yates as the voice of Doctor Kriger

If you haven't started watching it yet - then hit it on Netflix and once you're caught up, it's on FX - but it's now concluding the 5th season! Here's to hoping it'll be back for a 6th!

Saturday, April 19, 2014

Second Life - yes - I said - Second LIFE - come on in sometime!

My Avatar
Let me begin by saying, this is my third venture into Second Life. I know you've heard of it. Perhaps seen it - maybe even gave it a try. I heard about it a few years ago when it was in the early stages - it's far better now than it used to be. Back then, when you joined THEY gave you your name. Now, you pick your own. 

Anyway - back then, I went in - played around a bit and then left. That was it for quite some time, I wasn't in that place in life where I needed it nor was there room for it. I returned a few years later with my husband. We actually had some good times in there together - spent a few nights exploring just to see all there was to see and let me tell you - Second Life has a VAST and wide spreading world of everything you can image. Good and Bad. Yep, most certainly bad stuff - just like real life - but you can avoid all of that of course. The places we found that we loved to hang out were at the various ballrooms and dance halls. Oh my goodness - dressing up and hitting them - yeah - we had good times. Then we heard of some scams happening in there and basically - we came out. 

Now, we're no longer together. 

In an attempt to bring me out of my blue - one of our friends who has been in there since my second venture in invited me back. At first, simply put, I was too down - and turned down going in again. But - as time has gone by... hmmm. Well, two days ago, I was thinking about it and before I changed my mind, I went back in. I took up SecondLife again.

Because I'd completely closed  the other account, I had to start from scratch again and hey, that's fine. 

To be honest, my first life while I appreciate all there is to it, is not a party. Well - hey - I'm not a party person anyway - but I do like to step outside my box now and then and what better place to do so than in your very own custom built second life? Right? Yeah so - I thought let's do this thing.

Well let me tell you, am I glad that I did. That friend of mine, has a great
friend of her own, -(SL-hubby)- who has built her an incredible world there. We're all such good friends that now I'm feeling right at home and as usual, my mind is constantly working on what could be done there. After he helped me build an avatar persona so very close to my own - he took pictures of me, and his sl-wife and isn't it great? Do we look good or what? Hey, I feel good - that's me on the left, and she's of course on the right. Yeah - my plan is to have good times ahead - as best I can. 

As for the good time - they've set me up with a place to call my own and they placed me in their Euphoria Culture Center - for artists and other creative persons and well wouldn't you know it, me being a writer and all, I have my own corner in their world of artists. 

The perfect space and - get this - a group! Time to get busy even in there, and I'm ready too! It is GREAT! Yes, sooo - you a reader? Writer? Adventurist? Fellow SL Adventurer? That works, LOL - if you're inclined you'll have to give it a go.

You see while I'm writing - in THIS life - my avatar lady is writing there. We're both listening to excellent music that perfectly sets the mood to get some serious jottings done - like this blog for instance. Here, let me show her to you - so proud of her sitting at her desk writing as I do so at mine.
Look at her go. Well, you can't hahahaha, she's not animated for you, but I can see her though, she's got that feather and getting it done as I do the same. 

We - friends and I have plans - oh yes we do! The group, remember? Yeah - called, Keyes of Amber Swann - ha! I love it.

You know, what is so strange about having a avatar in second life is that one can actually "Feel" a connection. Weird I know, but it's true - for me anyway, and I think for most others who come in and stay in - they find that something that's missing in their 1st life. 

When dancing - you feel the enjoyment of it.
While shopping - you're excited about finding that perfect outfit for whatever occasion.
While socializing with friends... you truly feel the pleasure from being with those friends.

Yeah... Second Life - it's pretty cool.

And my SL lady - is - sharp! Wooo! Yes she is, hahahaha. Hair done to perfection the way I wish mine always looked. Clothes fit that body that I shaped much easier than this one that breaks down on me now and then, LOL. My SL lady is dressed in her finest even though I cannot afford to do the same for myself.

Strange, I feel like I have a silent companion. She's holding a feather quill writing and I'm holding my pentel fine black writer penning my thoughts and listening to my sister, and friend - Toni Harper-Dunlap - yeah - what more could a home-body like me ask for? I cannot explain the feeling of un-lonely (sorry made up word heehee), that this does for me. So, I'm going to keep it and grow it alongside my other pursuits in life in this one the 1st one - see where it takes me.

Know this - Second Life is not about crawling away from the real world - but most certainly about escaping it sometimes. It's about seeking safe, comfortable and pleasant adventures that you may not be able to afford in the real world. No worries about passports or visa's. Plane tickets, gasoline, fighting traffic, or trying to get all those days off at work you might or might not get. 

It doesn't work for everyone, but at this point and time in my life - it most certainly works for me. Since I'm easy to please, unassuming, and simply want peace - I found the second place for it. The first is my place of worship with my Creator - this is a good second. You create the atmosphere that works for you.

What do you need?

A decent computer - the newer the better. You want at least 4 gb ram on it for rezzing memory. A decent internet speed connection. And the patience to get familiar with how to move about. There are loads of places for picking up free things to wear, hair and your skin - the one you'll be in that makes you feel like you or the you you'd rather be.

You up for it? Well come on in and check it out. If you know me at Facebook or Google+ or Rendo or Daz3d - contact me and I'll friend you. Can't give you my handle here because well - I need to stay guarded, what a world right? I'm talking about the REAL one.

So if you're a friend, reader, writer, adventurer - let's hook up for some fun.

Hope to see you there!