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08 January 2018

MAYA ANGELOU - STILL I RISE

Honoring Dr. Maya Angelou, 
American Author & Poet (1928 - 2014).  

“I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition -- about what we can endure, dream, fail at, and still survive.” ― Maya Angelou (Quote Source)

Celebrating Ms. Angelou's contributions to literature.  She has earned her rightful place among the great poets and writers, not just in American literature, but in world literature.  He writings speak to the soul and heart of every individual and about the life of every human being, not just to the African-American experience.


Image credit: President Barack Obama presenting Maya Angelou with the Presidential Medal of Freedom : Wikipedia; Public Domain





Cartoon quotes from famous folks who inspire us - Presented to you by ZenPencils.com

Discovered this site because it showed up in the post stream via Tumblr.com. This artist has taken one of Maya Angelou's well-known poems - “Phenomenal Woman” - and presented it in comic strip format. Their artistic endeavor was … in a word … phenomenal!  ~  View the entire comic strip.




04 January 2018

"Plot Twist" ~ Courtesy of Cheshire Public Library

Found this in my Facebook memories from three years ago. So worth remembering and re-sharing.  Oh the treasure we find in a public library.  There are treasures to be found even online. 😍

Image Credit: Cheshire Public Library's photo.







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Also, January 4 is National Trivia Day 2017 in the USA. Got any trivia you would like to share? I shared this fascinating fact FOUR years ago on Facebook. 

"The original 1949 ENIAC computer occupied a full city block."


ENIAC - CHM Revolution

ENIACIn 1942, physicist John Mauchly proposed an all-electronic calculating machine. The U.S. Army, meanwhile, needed to calculate complex wartime ballistics tables. Proposal met patron.The result was ENIAC (Electronic Numerical Integrator And Computer), built between 1943 and 1945-the first large-scale computer to run at electronic speed without being slowed by any mechanical parts.
 
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In case you don't have any trivia to share, here's a couple of links. Enjoy!


54 Fantastic Facts for National Trivia Day


54 Fantastic Facts for National Trivia Day

Editor-in-Chief, Digital for mental_floss. Nerdy dad to three little girls. Wearing blue glasses all of a sudden. ©2016 Mental Floss, Inc. All rights reserved. Mental Floss® is a registered trademark owned by Felix Dennis. mentalfloss.com is a trademark owned by Felix Dennis.


Political Trivia


Political Trivia

A collection of trivia questions about the world of politics.

24 November 2017

Movie Review : 'Mahogany' Taught the True Value of Being a Success

"Success is nothing without someone you love to share it with."


Agree or disagree?


There was once a time when Diana Ross and Billy Dee Williams were an "item"; for movie couples that is. They had great onscreen chemistry but never a real-life romance.

They had a romantic relationship in the film Mahogany (1975).  A movie that is memorable for its really nice theme song and great fashion; especially that dress Ms. Ross wore in one of the scenes that looked like a rainbow. When it comes to fashion, beauty, and style though, in real life, Ms. Ross was and still is one of the best-dressed women in the entertainment business; onscreen and off. Click through to view that fabulous gown she's wearing in the photo for this September 2014 article:

Diana Ross : Still a 'Supreme' Performer

Nothing much to say about this motion picture that you can't look up on Wikipedia. That quote about success struck a chord with me though.  That's it!  That's my movie review.

Mahogany (1975)

 




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Diana Ross Fashion Icon 2014

Diana Ross : Still a 'Supreme' Performer

All of the talented Motown acts of the 1960's captured the interest of young America, but none more than three teenage girls known as 'The Supremes.' Starting out as a four girl act known as 'The Primettes' several years earlier, it seemingly took forever for 'The Supremes' to match the success of Motown's other big acts like Stevie Wonder, Marvin Gaye, Smokey Robinson & Miracles, and Mary Wells.




Diana Ross Fashion Icon 2017

Diana Ross Accepts Lifetime Achievement Honor at the AMAs

The climax of the 2017 American Music Awards was saved for last: At show's end, Diana Ross accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award for nearly six decades of stardom in the industry. The night, hosted by Ross' daughter Tracee Ellis Ross, featured special tributes from luminaries like Taylor Swift and Barack and Michelle Obama.


12 September 2017

Work-at-Home Lifestyle Blog | Express Yourself! on Tumblr is Now FoxNet2017

Out with the old. In with the new. "So you're trying hard. Well, try again." ~ Curtis Mayfield

Sometimes where not sharing dispensable thoughts here, I'm at my other blog on Tumblr expressing myself.  If you ever have time to visit, you're welcome there, just like you're welcome here.


Mary Lou Williams - Jazz Legend



Why You Should Drink Pineapple Water Every Morning
Rare Glimpse of the Past - A Letter from Ghandi to Hitler



In the Mood for a Horror Movie?


UPDATE Sep 2017:
During 2016 my Tumblr account was deleted.  They got their rules.  Follow them or leave! By the end of the year, a new Tumblr blog was set up.  They only deleted my blog.  They didn't banish me!  Evidently, I didn't commit an unforgivable sin, so they let me create another account.  Frankly, I find the Tumblr Staff folks to be very reasonable.  They always answer my messages.  That's very professional and courteous, considering I got a free account.  Wonder how they treat their paying customers.

My new Tumblr blog is called FoxNet2017.

Much like the other blog it can be considered a lifestyle blog or placed under a general category or niche like "Society and Culture" because it shares whatever happens (current events) or has happened (history) in our world.

See RSS feed below or click to view a random post

http://foxnet2017.tumblr.com/











04 September 2017

Quotes and Notes : Philosophy : Confucius Wisdom and Quotes

According to the famous Roman orator and lawyer Cicero:

"There is nothing so absurd that it has not been said by some philosopher." (Yawn.)

The yawn may or may not have been included when he made that comment. But Rome was loaded with philosophers and they had a habit of congregating on Mars Hill daily and just ... babbling. Meanwhile, on another part of planet earth ...

To contrast with a teacher from the Far East:

"3 methods to learn wisdom: by reflection, which is noblest; by imitation, which is easiest; and by experience, which is the bitterest."

Words of wisdom from one who probably lived his life as a simple common ordinary man, but who is today acknowledged by many around the world as one the world's most sensible common sense philosophers. When it comes to Confucianism, many would insist that Cicero's quote does not apply.


A brief bio-snapshot:

- Life span: About 70 years (c. 551 B.C - c. 479 B.C.)

- Born and buried in Chu-foo (or Qufu or Lu).

- Served as Public Administrator for 15 years (532 B.C. - 517 B.C.); afterward, he studied and taught the Chinese classics, and spread his philosophy.

- His sayings were published posthumously as the "Analects of Confucius".

- The Prince of Lu consecrated his home as a temple, two years after he died.

Do You Admire the Wisdom of Confucius?

I do.


To practice 5 things under all circumstances constitutes perfect virtue: gravity, generosity of soul, sincerity, earnestness, and kindness.  ~ Confucius

Image credit: Confucius Statue in Bejing, China (Wikimedia Commons)



*** Original Post, Feb 15, 2014, at TreasurePen.





Quotes and Notes : Women in History: Countess of Blessington

Quotes found at Thoughtful Mind that may provide a peek into this gentle lady’s true nature:
  • “Prejudices are the chains forged by ignorance to keep men apart.”
  • “Superstition is only the fear of belief, while religion is the confidence.”


If you like to collect quotes or short biographical notes about women throughout history in various walks of life, please add this post to your collection.
Margaret, Countess of Blessington (1789 – 1849); Artist: Sir Thomas Lawrence (1769 – 1830); Wikimedia Commons
Marguerite (Power) Gardiner, Countess of Blessington was an Irish novelist.  A woman of high society, she was well known, particularly among literary circles as she had a literary salon at Gore House, Kensington.  One might think from the portrait she led a protected and cherished life, but a quick review of a few biographical facts will reveal much that can not be seen just looking at pretty face.  Deemed a woman of “rare beauty, generosity, and wit”, she wrote essays and sketches of London life.  She and the Romantic English poet, Lord Byron, appear to have been very close friends.  Her husband introduced them.  She wrote a book about their conversations.  There was at least the “appearance” of a friendship, however, some say she lived in her own world of make-believe when it came to their relationship.


To know more about the Countess here are a few suggested bio links:







01 September 2017

My Favorite Power Quote

Ever have a quote that gets you really motivated and then keeps you going?  I like to think of these moving words as a POWER QUOTE!!! Repeat this phrase over and over to yourself while you're drinking coffee ... you'll believe you're Invincible! :)


This is one of my favorite motivational quotes. You can get it on a mousepad. "Don't let what you can't do interfere with wha... Mousepad



Where are my boxing gloves? I am ready to lace up and take on the world!!  RRoooaarrrr!



 
Successful Entrepreneuring From Your Home - For those who have mustered up the courage to start a home based business and they just need some pointers on how to get started, how to stay motivated, and how to run a profitable home-based business, this article recommends an excellent business resource. 

Shared image above via Pinterest to my SELF-EMPLOYMENT board. Figured other BYOB professionals might need a push too. (BYOB - Be Your Own Boss!)



(NOTE:  Blog post first appeared at Dispensable Thoughts, Fri, 21 Mar 2014.)

25 July 2017

My Top 10 List of Iconic Female Celebrities

In America, we love to apply the word “icon” to people who sort of serve as symbols or are symbolic of something much larger than themselves, and are representative of an ideal that we, as individuals, hope to achieve in life. It's almost as if these people are idols. Almost.




A better way to explain our usage of this term would be by sharing my first time hearing it applied to a well-known figure. My first time hearing the word used was a report where people were speaking of Lee Iacocca. What did this man do to have people call him an “icon”? He's an American businessman, in the automobile industry, who (based on my recollection of events) brought the Chrysler Corporation back to life. Evidently, because of his prowess as a business warrior, he stepped up, took the helm as CEO of ailing and failing business entity, revived it and steered to success. For accomplishing this impossible feat, people showered praises on him as if he were a god of the American automotive industry.


As time passed, the word “icon” started popping up everywhere and is especially used for entertainers, such as, Madonna. Why is she an icon? “Madonna could be considered one of the most successful women of all time.” (Quote source: Madonna: Icon (and Single Working Mother with Custody Issues) | The Huffington Post)


Another example? Beyoncé was selected as the 2016 CFDA Fashion Icon. (CFDA = Council of Fashion Designers of America, Inc.)


Once read an article published at Listverse.com about Hollywood suicides. The full title of the article is “10 Iconic Actresses Who Tragically Ended Their Lives”. After reviewing the list of female celebrities, the facts presented about their deaths were indeed tragic, but describing the actresses as “iconic” kind of made me bristle. It didn't seem to jive with other people in the entertainment industry who were being described as “iconic”.


So! Decided to compile my own list of actresses who should be considered “iconic”. Nixed the requirement that that they had to have committed suicide.


Hmmm …? Now where would be the best place to start to find those sort of people very quickly? The iconic Life Magazine. Of course!



Here's my list of ten (10) female iconic celebrities (not all are actresses, but they are famous or recognizable). The parenthetical notes are my rationale or reasons why these women measure up to the criteria that sets them apart as icons.

17 July 2017

In Case You Were Thinking of Becoming a Writer | Motivational Quotes

Hi! Have you ever thought about becoming a writer?  Any kind of writer? Book writer. Poetry. Articles. Blogger.  Sharing a few inspirational quotes by female writers who have inspired me.


Other writers thought about becoming a writer, before they decided. Something got them started. When they were well on their way, something kept them going.


“When I was about eight, I decided that the most wonderful thing, next to a human being, was a book.”
― Margaret Walker (1915 – 1998)
(Dr. Margaret Abigail Walker Alexander)
http://www.goodreads.com/author/quotes/9660.Margaret_Walker


“I am a writer perhaps because I am not a talker.”
― Gwendolyn Brooks (1917 – 2000)
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/25128.Gwendolyn_Brooks


“I speak to the black experience, but I am always talking about the human condition — about what we can endure, dream, fail at, and still survive.”
― Maya Angelou (1928 – )
http://womenshistory.about.com/cs/quotes/a/qu_maya_angelou.htm


“You might as well answer the door, my child,
the truth is furiously knocking.”
― Lucille Clifton, Good Woman: Poems and a Memoir 1969-1980

“I don’t write out of what I know; I write out of what I wonder. […] Poetry and art are not about answers to me; they are about questions.”
― Lucille Clifton (1936 – )
http://www.goodreads.com/author/show/183177.Lucille_Clifton


“Going to the library was the one place we got to go without asking for permission. And they let us choose what we wanted to read. It was a feeling of having a book be mine entirely.”
― Rita Frances Dove (1952 – )
http://linguaspectrum.com/quotations/by_author_english.php?quoteoftheday_author=Rita%20Dove


* Intro image credit: Clipart found at i2clipart.com and Pixabay.com

Content first posted at TreasurePen,



26 June 2017

Book Recommendations : Jack Higgins, Night of the Fox - Classic Thriller

“Rommel.” Hitler smiled a ghastly smile that was almost one of triumph.
"So, the Desert Fox wishes to play games."
“I’m almost certain of it.”
"The people’s hero," Hitler said. "We must handle him carefully, wouldn’t you say?"
“Or outfox him, my Fuhrer,” Himmler said softly.
"Outfox him. Outfox the Desert Fox."  Hitler smiled delightfully. "Yes, I like that, Reichsfuhrer. I like that very much indeed."

Night of the Fox by Jack Higgins (available in eBook format)

Everybody knows Harry Patterson aka Jack Higgins. This international bestselling suspense thrilling author is among the world's most popular writers. Remembered by many for The Eagle Has Landed, his book Night of the Fox is equally as impressive. Though this book is a work of fiction, the writer's efforts to research the historical events on which it is based were painstakingly real. Higgins actually met with and reviewed the diaries of a woman who was trapped on Jersey during World War II.


Night of the Fox was made into a movie which starred two of my favorite actors, George Peppard (American officer, Col. Harry Martineau) and Michael York. (high-ranking German officer, Field Marshal Erwin Rommel, the "Desert Fox"). If you are compiling a private library of suspense thrillers, this 3-in-1 would be a great addition! 


Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1977-119-08, Erwin Romme...
Bundesarchiv Bild 146-1977-119-08, Erwin Rommel, Adolf Hitler (Photo credit: Wikipedia)
Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel in December ...
Generalfeldmarschall Erwin Rommel in December 1943. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)


Post first published at Dispensable Thoughts, Aug 15, 2012


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