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05 April 2018

My Introduction to Cuban Art

One of my first jobs after graduating from the University of Miami was a teller at a savings and loan institution. Had a degree but couldn't find a job right away and accepted this job because some income is better than no income. Each teller had a number. You used your stamp - on checks, deposit and withdrawal slips, etc. - to leave a trail for the auditors that you had handled that customer's transaction. Teller 63. That was me!



One of my co-workers, another teller, was a young guy working his way through college. He had come to America from Cuba with the first set of refugees that President John Kennedy had allowed into Miami , Florida.

Can't remember the name, but he was showing me artwork by a Cuban artist who was very famous and known for his paintings of everyday life in Cuba. Everyday life, that is, before Fidel Castro took over.  So the painting was a wonderful lively scene - beautiful blue water and clear blue sky, trees, beautiful flowers, all kinds of colorful people - men , women and children, engaging in either work or play.

"Look!", he says and points at a beautiful woman walking down the sidewalk and men turning to stare as she strolls with her nose up in the air.

"You see her backside?", he asked.

I reply, "Yes! Yes I do!"

(You could hardly miss her lovely "lady lump". :) He continues to explain the art: "This painting is so typical Cuban. Cuban men love the big butt! Americans do not like this! But in our culture, it is considered beautiful!! Americans think skinny is beautiful. But Cuban men do not like skinny women!"



The conversation between Jorge and me was very memorable, educational and also humorous. His final remarks really made me laugh, as he's looking right at me, and speaking very plainly and seemed to take no thought that he was talking to me - a Black American woman - about big butts!!!

That was my first lesson about Cuban artists and Cuban art.

(Truly apologize.  My memory fails me. Forgot the name of the particular artist.)




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Content previously published at PersonaPaper, Mar 2015.







31 March 2018

Budget and Survival Skills versus In Sickness and In Health

The alternate title for this post is:
“Am I being callous, insensitive, lacking empathy, unsympathetic, cruel and unkind?”


Perusing my eMail Inbox and quickly glanced at a question in one of the messages that made me chuckle. It was about what your knee-jerk reaction is when faced with financial problems.

  • When experiencing financial difficulties does your instinct immediately prod you to cut back?
 
Well? I guess so! But more than likely my “cutbacks” happen because there's no money! Not sure my “instinct” was necessary. ((O.o))

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On a serious note, the question provoked my memory recall. A while back, was watching a popular talk show once and it was rather disturbing. It's disturbing that people who do things that don't make sense are always “ill”. This woman supposedly had an “illness”. She would buy stuff she didn't really need!

  • If you're filthy rich and you have large barns to store all of your worldly possessions, then it doesn't matter. You would be called a “shopaholic”.
  • If you bought a load of crap and had the decency to give it away because you realized you weren't really using it, you'd be called “charitable”.
But when loads of crap are piled up in your house to the point that the place is a junk heap and you and your partner can barely see the bed you both lie down to sleep on and you're making your mate physically ill … then you're sick!

A team was sent in to clean the place up and the team actually got sick from breathing in toxic stuff – dust, spores, mites, who knows what! - from piles of clothing, etc. that had been lying around the home for years. Items bought from the store that still had the price tags on them!!!
 
Listening to the interviewer questioning this woman as to why she was buying things she didn't need and her response was … (not an exact quote): “Because the blouses were on sale and there were different colors available, so I bought one in each color.” 
 
The interviewer turns to question the husband and it seems he gave her credit cards for her spending purposes. You know? Grocery shopping, health and beauty needs, wardrobe necessities, things for practical living, and maybe an occasional gift or guilty pleasure luxury product.


Started thinking to myself. Don't know who the sick person is. The wife or the husband? Seems to me the CURE was taking away the credit cards. YOU CAN'T BUY NOTHING IF YOU AIN'T GOT NO MONEY!!!


It really perturbs me, that people do dumb stuff and get to write it off as an “illness”. OR … am I being insensitive to this poor woman who is clearly not poor because she can afford to buy things she has no need for, has no place to put them, and never even blinked at the thought about making a donation to a charity!!

(Just a rant. Thank you for letting me shout it out.)


Content first published at PersonaPaper, September 2, 2015.

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29 March 2018

Common Thinking Mistakes We All Make - BufferApp.com (Reblog)

Each day is a brand new day and I am always thinking of ways to enhance or improve my creative thought process. 
 

Ever heard of Buffer? This business provides a service that helps you automate your social media sharing. The organization currently enjoys a good online reputation and is as respected as their competitors - HootSuite.com, SproutSocial.com and similar sites.

Not only do they provide an excellent service, but they publish a very informative blog. Very excited to share this tidbit. See REFERENCE below. 

 

Had not realized there are common thinking mistakes most of us make every day? Well … maybe everybody else makes those mistakes. I don't!
 



Mistakes 1 through 5?

  • Not me. No way!

Mistake 6?


Mistake 7?

  • OK. I was wrong about who the original artist was that sang the song! Really thought it was Petula Clark!! That's how I remembered it!

Mistake 8 ? Fine! I admit it!!



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REFERENCE:

Cooper, Belle B. "8 Common Thinking Mistakes Our Brains Make Every Day." Buffer Social. Buffer, 30 Sept. 2013. Web. 08 Mar. 2015. < https://blog.bufferapp.com/thinking-mistakes-8-common-mistakes-in-how-we-think-and-how-to-avoid-them >.

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RE BufferApp.com content sharing service:
They have a free plan that allows you to share a maximum of 10 posts on a time schedule you specify. My blog posts and links are circulated via my Twitter and Google Plus social media accounts. FYI. 
 


Content first published at PersonaPaper, March 9, 2015.





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Best Clint Eastwood Movie Scene Ever!

{The alternate title for this post could be: “When the Chimes End”.  :)  Hope you enjoy this post.  Please let me know. }


My kids don't get my fascination and admiration for Clint Eastwood . FACT: In his heyday, he was simply irresistible! Drawing upon my childhood memories once again ( an absolute must when you're a skeptic and don't trust everything you find on the Internet :) ) - who can forget “ Rollin, rollin, rollin ”, theme song for the TV show “Rawhide ” which was my introduction to a young actor named Clint Eastwood. 

 

Next thing that happened was a string of spaghetti westerns; films starring that tall lanky handsome man who made a fashion statement wearing a poncho. If they haven't done it already, it should be done. Clint Eastwood's poncho belongs in the Smithsonian. All Americans will agree, it's a national treasure. 
 

Then, there was a collection of Dirty Harry movies. Mr. Eastwood still had a cowboy-style even though he was playing a modern detective in the city. That was it for me and Clint. My affair with him ended and didn't bother to follow his acting career after that. 
 

No need. The most memorable scene ever played out in a movie about the wild wild west was already embedded in my mind so that I could hit the “instant recall button”, any time, any place. What scene was that? “ For a Few Dollars More ”. Colonel Mortimer and Indigo face off! It's time Indigo! You're going down down down! 
 

The outlaw Indigo holds a stolen watch in his hand that plays lovely chime music. The music starts playing. When the music ends, there will only be one left standing. 
 

Shhhh … The audience in the dark crowded movie theater is completely silent. All you can hear is the music. Everybody is waiting for the chimes to end. The last note of the chimes sound and then … bing … bing bong … bing bing … bing bong … What's that? It's the sound of more chime music. What? Who?? Where?? How?? 

 

The hero, Clint Eastwood, appears with another watch that plays the same exact chime music. The audience erupts into cheers. YAY!! YAY!! Whew! For a minute there we didn't know how the bad guy was going to get his comeuppance. 
 

Shhhh ... The audience gets quiet. Everybody's waiting for the chime music to end. AGAIN!! 
 

To this day, that final duel between Mortimer and Indigo never gets old! Especially the music!! Loyal fans will watch it over and over.

For a Few Dollars More - Final Duel (1965 HD)


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Content first published at PersonaPaper, April 13, 2015.

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27 February 2018

Create a Business Profile to Enhance Your Online Presence

Create a business profile to make yourself more visible on the Internet. Below is an example of my profile at IBOSocial, a network for independent business owners (IBO). Free to become a member. If interested click here.



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Create a profile like this one.


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  • Very excited to be a part of this community and open to networking and building professional relationships. You are invited to become a member too! Click here.
  • Engaged in multiple home business endeavors, since 2007, such as independent investing, affiliate marketing, blogging and article writing.  Click on any of the BUSINESS LINKS on the sidebar of my IBO profile for additional details.
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16 February 2018

When is a Minority Group a Problem?

Sweden: Jews are not a “problem”, as long as there’s only a few of them ...” (Source)

Odd quote to start off an article with. ( My opinion. )


But if you don't believe or don't read the Bible, then perhaps the statement is logical. (???)  When the Jews multiplied in Egypt they weren't a problem then, until the Pharoah who did not know of and/or did not choose to remember Joseph, decided that the Israelites were a "problem".  Other than the facts that they were having a lot of babies and lived in the Land of Goshen.  That was their home.  They weren't trying to spread themselves out because there wasn't enough room.  They were settled and weren't exactly messing with anybody! They weren't trying to overthrow the ruler and set up a new government or anything.


So what is written in the Exodus, is that like - the product of a great imagination?


Let's say the Exodus from Egypt account is a fictional. You know if you watch the "wandering Jews" or the " diaspora " (hope that term is used properly), wherever they move to, they usually just settle down and live quietly, do business, observe their religious customs, practices and traditions. Whether there are millions or just a "minority", they don't create the impression they came to take over! Seems like the only land they are ever willing to fight over is Palestine


The rest of the earth? Jews be like - Whatever!

It's just an observation. Please correct me if you see flaws.


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Image credit: "Jews praying in a synagogue on Yom Kippur."



Related or Similar links from around the web:
The Real Exodus: End of Israel
Israel Palestine Conflict In A Nutshell
Ted Cruz Woos Jews (4-17-2015)


Originally published at personapaper.com on Jan 2, 2016.

14 February 2018

Joie de Vivre Magazine

Started a new cultural lifestyle blog last year (2017). Yes! I'm still determined to try to blog and try to earn income from blogging. What??!! :) Loving every minute of it. LOL. The successes and the failures. Stop by if you get a chance. And thanks for encouraging me.  (You can also visit my foodie blog.) Your kindness is immeasurable.
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13 February 2018

Happy Tree Tuesday!

It's Tree Tuesday. YAY!! Something they do on Google Plus. Don't know if you have a profile or page on G+, however, if you do, let me know. Maybe we can hook up. Let's not get off track. Trees are the reason earth is the best and ONLY planet for humans to inhabit. You can follow the space explorers on their trek adventures to try to see if Mars and Venus (or wherever) can be colonized. That's your decision. But my efforts will be lent to any campaign that supports saving the trees! 

 

My contributions to Tree Tuesday (click here) are not consistent or regular, but they have been substantial enough so that whoever it was that invented this G+ posting practice or tradition can know that this initiative has my backing two thousand percent!! Let the global public recognize that i heart trees




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Content first published at PersonaPaper, Feb 17, 2015.

Love tree
© Photographer: Hakan Ertan | Agency: Dreamstime.com


 


18 September 2017

The Color Blue (Humor)

So red is my favorite color. But when you're nobody … nobody cares what colors you like (except close family and friends ). Blue is Jay-Z's favorite color which is important because … he's Jay-Z or Jay Z!! (Used to have a dash, now his name doesn't have a dash.) Here's a question that never occurred to me and bet Jay Z never thought about it either. 

When Did The Color Blue Actually Start To Exist?



When Did The Color Blue Actually Start To Exist? | 2311

Remember the dress that broke the internet? Well, once that went viral, people started talking about colors and the science behind how we perceive the color blue. Kevin Loria went beyond that by trying to figure out the history of our perception of the color blue.



Look up! The sky is blue. Gonna take a wild guess. The color blue is probably the same age as the sky. Click the link for the answer. According to the writer of the article found at cloudhax.com, ancient civilizations did not have a word for the color “blue” in their languages. Interestingly enough, this is the order in which words for colors appeared in human languages : first there was black and white, then red, then yellow and green, and last of all, blue.



That's fascinating.


Not quite convinced the research produced the true findings.

But since it's not a matter I'd care to probe any further … in the words of the wise guy philosopher … Aw! Forget about it!
Content first published on PersonaPaper, April 8, 2015.


The Color Blue: What Does It Mean And Symbolize?

Blue ribbon is in 20th century still a synonym of high quality and is typically given to winners of different competitions, for instance in sport, but also in culinary or at certain fairs. Did you know the most prestigious colleges like Oxford and Cambridge are sometimes called blue brick universities?





30 June 2017

Movies That Suck With Sequels : The Expendables (2010)

Question. Why is that the movies that you can most assuredly live the rest of your life without ever watching, have sequels??

Makes me wonder. How bad does a movie have to be before people realize it sucks??


What is that about?

Do they have to go like: “Eh! Just checking to see if it could have gotten worse! Yep! It was awful the first time. It's horrible now!!”

Can I name a few movies like this? How about one??

The Expendables (2010)


That so-called action movie with Sly Stallone and as many other old farts as can be gathered on one set!! Arnie Schwarznegger, Harrison Ford, and a host of others trying to recapture that magic back when they were in their heydey!

There's a 2 and a 3 for this movie? Are you kidding me??

The baileypop blog summed up these movies in one of their posts:


My excuse for watching is totally legit.  Two words.  Chuck Norris.  He's my hero!

Wouldn't matter if he were 105 years old.  If I get taken as a hostage.  Send Chuck!  If he's busy, I'll wait.


Can you name a few films you would put on the same list with "The Expendables"? :)



Republished content. First presented at Persona Paper, August 2015.


Image credit and Additional Info:
- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Expendables_3



27 June 2017

The Beatles : Trivia and Interesting Tidbits About Members of the Fab Four

Fans love to latch on to info about The Beatles aka the Fab Four, no matter if it's current or old news.


The late John Lennon, original member of the Fab Four, known officially as The Beatles will always be a hot topic if you're discussing celebrity trivia , pop music history , etc. Linking back to an old post published a few months back sharing MY unofficial opinion of the unsuccessful musical career of Julian Lennon and connecting it to this link from The Guardian. Not that anybody in the Lennon family gives a hoot about my thoughts, observations or opinions. Not a hater, but the title of the article is a quote from Julian's step-brother Sean Lennon which perfectly summarizes the way I see him. LOL. 

Sean Lennon: ‘People only see me as the spoiled slacker son of John and Yoko’


People will always be curious about the lives of the offspring of music legends. You may not go looking for tidbits but when you see one, it's time for a conversation by the office water cooler. :)

Sean Lennon: 'People only see me as the spoiled slacker son of John and Yoko'


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Content republished from Persona Paper.

31 March 2017

Experimenting with Blogspot (So far ... So good.)

Gave my blog a little “cosmetic surgery”. This is what happens when you are in “self-teach learn as you go” mode.


Use a do-it-yourself tool or application for years and then one day you have an “Ah hah” moment because you finally figure out what the “button” is for!


Usually, my attention is devoted to my Tumblr blog, but decided that there was something not quite right with the look of my Blogger ( Blogspot ) blog. 



Hmmm … ? What can I do that I haven't done before? Have you ever changed the fonts for the blog post titles and dates or added highlights? It's a simple thing but for me it was a revelation!


Well, I didn't want to get overly ambitious since it was my first time but clicked on the “Customize” button for the template dared myself.


Clicked on “Advanced” and boldly went where I have never gone before!


Changed the font for my post title so that it could stand out more and increased the font size for the dates and even highlighted it in blue. That was it! Didn't dare go any further for fear things might get screwed up. Very pleased with my blogging adventure!





My Blog Stop! created using the official Google Blogger (Blogspot) blog publishing platform


(Screenshot below created using Fireshot, a Firefox browser add-on.)


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Republished.  Original source link: Experimenting with Blogspot - Persona Paper




09 October 2016

American Presidents During My Lifetime: Bush Jr. and Obama

Final post in this series: 
 
POTUS Dots from Eisenhower to Kennedy to Johnson and Nixon to Ford and Carter to Reagan to Bush Sr. and Clinton


 
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43 rd POTUS, George Bush Jr. (2001 – 2009) 
 
Not being disrespectful but there are lines from a Disney animated film that sum up my thoughts about this administration. 
 
A young deer had received wise advice from his mother, but she had to remind him of her instructions by having him repeat what she had told him. 
 

  • Momma Deer: “Now Thumper! What did I tell you?” 

  • Young Deer named Thumper: (Heaves a huge sigh before speaking.) “If you can't nothing good … (Another huge sigh.) … don't say nothing at all.” 

 
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44 th POTUS, Barack Obama (2009 – Present) 
 
“Change has come to America.” Indeed. That “change” will be leaving come January 2017.  No doubt your intentions were honorable and the custodians of American history will likely make a special effort to ensure that the record accurately reflects the highlights of your administration – the good, the bad and the “questionable”. 
 
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So that's it! Presidential DOTs on my timeline from 1955 to 2016. Still proud to be an American; anchored by the belief and knowledge that this country must be standing because of the grace of God. 

 



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My original content first published via Persona Paper, Jan 18, 2016, "POTUS Dots on My Timeline: Bush Jr. and Obama".

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