Daily Ramblings – Motivation Monday – Unbreakable

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Today’s the day you stand up and tell the world, “Nothing you throw at me will break me.” I included this inspiring sound track from YouTube, titled “Unbreakable”, and hope you find it as inspiring as I did. It’s long (about 48 minutes), but worth it. Music has always been a great source of motivation and inspiration to me. I listen to different types of music to work on different things. When I am reading, I listen to quiet music. When I’m in the gym or working out, I listen to Rock. When I am just sitting in my chair with my eyes closed, I listen to classical or jazz.

If you’ve never used music to exercise, think, or knock out your daily tasks, give it a whirl. It really makes a huge difference.

My workout routine will involve full body with exercise bands this week. I’ll do this Monday-Friday. For cardio it’ll either be a walk around the block, my supine bicycle, or doing some stairs in my home.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Funny Friday – God Complex

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A new patient settles comfortably onto the couch, and the psychiatrist begins his therapy session.

“I’m not aware of your exact problem,” the doctor says, “so perhaps you should start from the very beginning.”

“Of course,” replies the patient. “In the beginning, I created the Heavens and the Earth…”

Joke Courtesy: The Best Joke Book (Period).

Have a great weekend, folks!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Thinking Thursday – NASA

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Photo Credit: www.nasa.gov

For those of you who are wrapped up with political or COVID news, this might be startling. NASA recently landed another exploratory vehicle called “Perseverance”. This is really excited because this lander is seeking evidence of life on Mars, amongst its other missions. Here’s a link (last about 1:45 minutes) showing the final stage of landing on Mars. I have always been in love with space exploration and to think we are actually on Mars looking around. Amazing!

https://flipboard.com/section/technology-ne0117oue7p3v4da/nasa-releases-first-high-speed-video-of-a-spacecraft-landing-on-mars/a-z_kt_yGjRYG60molf6WNmQ%3Aa%3A3153968-445731ce20%2Fflipboard.com

I hope you enjoy this and are interested in learning more. To see all the great stuff NASA is doing, head over to their website: https://www.nasa.gov/ It has some great articles, videos, and pictures to keep you entertained for hours (at least it does for me).

Have a great Thursday, folks!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Wisdom Wednesday – Ida B. Wells

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Photo credit: https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/ida-b-wells-barnett

“The way to right wrongs is to turn the light of truth upon them.”
― Ida B. Wells-Barnett

“one had better die fighting against injustice than to die like a dog or a rat in a trap”
― Ida B. Wells

“A Winchester rifle should have a place of honor in every black home, and it should be used for that protection which the law refuses to give.”
― Ida B. Wells-Barnett

“If Southern white men are not careful, they will overreach themselves and public sentiment will have a reaction; a conclusion will then be reached which will be very damaging to the moral reputation of their women.”
― Ida B. Wells-BarnettThe Red Record

“Burning and torture here lasts but a little while, but if I die with a lie on my soul, I shall be tortured forever. I am innocent.”
― Ida B. Wells-BarnettThe Red Record

Ida B. Wells was addressed yesterday as well, and I felt it wise to honor her again. Her work shined a light on the lynchings of the South. She was another firebrand responsible for the greater civil rights movement to come. Here’s her Wikipedia link in case some of you would like to learn more about this trailblazer: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_B._Wells

Here’s another link to Ida B. Well’s place in the National Women’s History Museum: https://www.womenshistory.org/education-resources/biographies/ida-b-wells-barnett

As we approach the end of Black History Month, ponder the challenges, sacrifices, and dangers the members of the civil rights movement faced. This is a true testament of bravery in the face of death threats, violence, and a government that did not want to do the right thing.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Ted Talk Tuesday – Ida B. Wells. Another American Hero.

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Photo credit: File: National Museum of African American History and culture (97858).jpg, created on February 29, 2020.

I hope you enjoy this video about Ida B. Wells. She was a journalist in the 1850s that exposed lynching both in the United States and Europe for what it was–murder. In many cases, she discovered that blacks were targeted whenever their businesses or ideas competed with white businesses and ideas.

If you enjoyed this video and would like to learn more, here’s a link to her on Wikipedia: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ida_B._Wells

Have a great Tuesday, folks!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Motivation Monday – Failure is alright.

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I’ve written about failure many times before on this blog. I am addressing it again today because it is so important to achieving anything. I’m a huge video game fan. My current game is Call of Duty Black Ops Cold War. What a title right? It is a great game and tons of fun, particularly when my brother and nephew join in. Whenever I begin playing a new game, I alway screw up huge in the beginning. You are learning the game mechanics, the tips and tricks, the maps, the different modes of play, and so much more. If I quit playing because I fail to win a match here or there, I lose huge.

Playing the game is about winning and losing. If you win, it feels great. If you lose, it doesn’t feel so good, but that feeling motivates me to get out there and play another match. You see? We need failure so we can learn from past mistakes. We also need failure to remind us how good it feels to win. If you fail a bunch, and finally get a win, regardless of how small, it always feels awesome.

So get out there, folks! Get out there and put your best effort in. If you win–AWESOME. If you lose, figure out where you went wrong, and get back at it. The win is waiting for you.

I hope all of you have a terrific week!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Funny Friday – Hearing Things

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A patient in a mental hospital would spend his entire day with his ear pressed up against the wall. The doctor would watch this man, day after day, sit against the wall. The doctor finally decides to see what the patient is always listening to, so he puts his ear up to the wall and listens alongside the man. He hears nothing.

He turns to the mental patient and says, “I don’t hear anything coming from the wall.”

The mental patient replies, “Yeah, I know, and it’s been like that for months!”

Joke credit: The Best Joke Book (Period).

Have a great weekend, folks!

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Thankful/Thinking Thursday – Audre Lorde

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Photo Credit: Audre Lorde. Photograph by Elsa Dorfman.

Today’s thinking Thursday is about another African American icon. This one is a poet called Audre Lorde. Much of her work throughout her life was dedicated to fighting discrimination be it racial, homophobic, ethnic, or whatever. I’ve included a poem from the Poetry Foundation below for you to read if you are interested. Google highlighted her today. This is where I got the inspiration to write today’s posting. After the poem, I’ve included the link for her biography on Poetry Foundation and a link to her Wikipedia page. I hope you enjoy reading about her.

Sisters in Arms

BY AUDRE LORDE

The edge of our bed was a wide grid
where your fifteen-year-old daughter was hanging   
gut-sprung on police wheels
a cablegram nailed to the wood
next to a map of the Western Reserve
I could not return with you to bury the body   
reconstruct your nightly cardboards
against the seeping Transvaal cold
I could not plant the other limpet mine
against a wall at the railroad station
nor carry either of your souls back from the river   
in a calabash upon my head
so I bought you a ticket to Durban
on my American Express
and we lay together
in the first light of a new season.

Now clearing roughage from my autumn garden   
cow sorrel    overgrown rocket gone to seed   
I reach for the taste of today
the New York Times finally mentions your country   
a half-page story
of the first white south african killed in the “unrest”
Not of Black children massacred at Sebokeng   
six-year-olds imprisoned for threatening the state   
not of Thabo Sibeko, first grader, in his own blood   
on his grandmother’s parlor floor
Joyce, nine, trying to crawl to him
shitting through her navel
not of a three-week-old infant, nameless   
lost under the burned beds of Tembisa
my hand comes down like a brown vise over the marigolds   
reckless through despair
we were two Black women touching our flame   
and we left our dead behind us
I hovered    you rose    the last ritual of healing   
“It is spring,” you whispered
“I sold the ticket for guns and sulfa   
I leave for home tomorrow”
and wherever I touch you
I lick cold from my fingers
taste rage
like salt from the lips of a woman   
who has killed too often to forget   
and carries each death in her eyes   
your mouth a parting orchid   
“Someday you will come to my country   
and we will fight side by side?”

Keys jingle in the door ajar    threatening   
whatever is coming belongs here
I reach for your sweetness
but silence explodes like a pregnant belly   
into my face
a vomit of nevers.

Mmanthatisi turns away from the cloth
her daughters-in-law are dyeing
the baby drools milk from her breast
she hands him half-asleep to his sister
dresses again for war   
knowing the men will follow.
In the intricate Maseru twilights
quick    sad    vital
she maps the next day’s battle
dreams of Durban    sometimes
visions the deep wry song of beach pebbles
running after the sea.

Notes:

M-mán-tha-tisi: warrior queen and leader of the Tlokwa (Sotho) people during the mfecane (crushing), one of the greatest crises in southern African history. The Sotho now live in the Orange Free State, S. A.

Má-se-ru: scene of a great Tlokwa battle and now the capital of Lesotho

Durban: Indian Ocean seaport and resort area in Natal Province, S. A.Audre Lorde, “Sisters in Arms” from The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde. Copyright © 1997 by Audre Lorde. Reprinted with the permission of Charlotte Sheedy Literary Agency and W. W. Norton & Company, Inc., http://www.nortonpoets.com.Source: The Collected Poems of Audre Lorde (W. W. Norton and Company Inc., 1997)

https://www.poetryfoundation.org/poets/audre-lorde

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Audre_Lorde

This is yet another inspiring woman. I hope you enjoy these links. I did.

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Wisdom Wednesday – Rosa Parks

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To continue with Rosa Parks from our educational video on her life yesterday, here are 5 quotes of wisdom from her. Enjoy!

I have learned over the years that when one’s mind is made up, this diminishes fear; knowing what must be done does away with fear.

Rosa Parks

I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.

Rosa Parks

People always say that I didn’t give up my seat because I was tired, but that isn’t true. I was not tired physically… No, the only tired I was, was tired of giving in.

Rosa Parks

Each person must live their life as a model for others.

Rosa Parks

Racism is still with us. But it is up to us to prepare our children for what they have to meet, and, hopefully, we shall overcome.

Rosa Parks

Check out this link to Brittanica on Rosa Parks: https://www.britannica.com/biography/Rosa-Parks

Until next time…

Dave

Daily Ramblings – Ted Talk/Thinking Tuesday – Rosa Parks

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Photo Credit: Photograph of Rosa Parks with Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. (ca. 1955) Mrs. Rosa Parks altered the negro progress in Montgomery, Alabama, 1955, by the bus boycott she began. National Archives record ID: 306-PSD-65-1882 (Box 93). Source: Ebony Magazine

When we hear the name Rosa Parks, we all remember the incident where she refused to move out of a “white only” section of a bus and was arrested, turning the fledgling civil rights movement into a national phenomenon. Watch this short video to see what else she did in her life. I think you’ll be surprised.

If you’d like to learn more, here’s a link to read about her and her life: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rosa_Parks

When you look at the large list of her accomplishments, think about the Jim Crow laws and all the other roadblocks that were put in her, and other African American’s lives during one of the darkest periods of American history.

Have a great Tuesday, folks!

Until next time…

Dave