Good Friday: He did it to save me

Today is a special day on the Christian calendar and I wanted to drop a quick post to say, “I’m glad He did it for me!”.

Life is so complicated. We live in a time where hate and violence abound. If you’re not careful, the images you see and the words your hear will begin to turn on you; infect you, harden you, change you. Isn’t it great to have a savior, that through it all, my sins; known and unknown, spoken and thought are all washed away by the BLOOD. There is power in the Blood, in knowing that I’m worth something; I’m worth saving. Even though I may be unpopular, unconventional, and even unworthy of such a sacrifice, He still did it.

If I think times are hard and the pressure of the racism and xenophobia and sexism and violence are difficult to get from under or free yourself from, that is NOTHING compared to what HE suffered on this day, oh so many years ago.

If you’re not a believer in Christ, I respect that, but for me and mine, we are happy to say it and show it. I think it’s good to have a compass, something that you believe in that’s bigger than yourself. So many of us thing we are the end all, be all and I have chosen not to be that vein or self-center. Knowing that there is something greater than myself gives me something to look to, to work towards. I am a work in progress.

As we prepare for the gift of The Resurrection, I’d like to take this time to thank the Lord for the sacrifice. He thought I was worth saving.

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Losing a parent: The thing kids never want to think about

We’ve all heard about Joan Rivers; the trailblazer, the writer, the comedienne, the cut up, the fashion police, the poster board for plastic surgery, the straight-no-chaser lady, the QVC lady, but the role that I admired the most was her role as a mother to Melissa. I don’t know these chicks, but when I heard she died, I immediately thought of Melissa. My heart when out to her. I was actually sad for her; she’s Joan’s only child. She just lost her mother. How does an only child deal with losing their last living parent?

I’m the only child, my dad died years ago, what would I do without MY mother?

The thought of losing a parent is a scary one, but losing your MOM? What is your life without your mother? Not one person reading this has thought about the day their mom would no longer be there. Maybe if she’s ill, it will at least enter your mind, but for most of us, for Melissa, Mom is up and about. A busy BEE with a full life that keeps her entertained and busy. She’s here for us when we need her when no on else is. When careers fail, relationships fail, when children are born, when good fortune comes our way, when we walk down the aisle; mom is usually there. During all the ups and down, she’s one of the only constants in our life. At least, the longest relationship you’ll have. She loved you before you took your first breath and you depended on her to nourish and care for you until you could do it for yourself.

Reading this post by Danielle, The Style and Beauty Doctor got me thinking about it some more. Quiet as kept, so should you. You’ll never be ready for it, but while you’re here, make it a point to thank her, listen to her, spend time with her, call her, make amends for any issues you may have had and most important, tell her you love her. That day will come, but isn’t it better to know that when she’s goes, she knew without a shadow of a doubt you loved her?

Scooter and Scooter's Mom
Me and my Mom

I was just scrolling through my Twitter feed and this quote just caught my eye.

It made me stop and think about what plans I have for myself; short term or long term. If you think about it, this is spot on. The plans you make for your life, be it financial, travel, educational, plans to enrich your mind, body or spirit, must be filled with confidence, built with a firm grasp on what you’re trying to accomplish and pursued with such fervor and passion that anyone looking from the outside will be able to palpably feel what you’re doing. Everything about you will speak to that power.

People with tangible goals are the type of people I’m attracted to. Someone on the outside should be able to feel what you’re trying to accomplish. Of course, that is no small feat. Most people keep their plans to themselves, but some bold and courageous individuals don’t mind putting their plans out into the universe in the hopes that it’s keenly listening.

Here is a little litmus test:

If your plans do not move your soul, stir your mind into a frenzy and feed your passions, then you, my friend are not doing it right.

Dream bigger, write it down, stare at it, follow it where it takes you, share it with other like minded folks and most of all, let it stir your soul.

Image by Todd Quackenbush
Image by Todd Quackenbush via Unsplash.com

Have a fantastic Day on PURPOSE!!

Jay-Z may need to rewrite 99 Problems

Before you read any further, this is NOT about Solange and Jay Z in an elevator. This is about losing your liberties. Still interested, keep reading.

Remember when a cop needed a warrant to search your car during a traffic stop???? Well, that is OVER. Did you know (or even care) that the PA Supreme Court ruled that in our state, all a cop needs now to search your ride is a “good faith belief” that a crime as been committed.

So, we should now have a lower expectation of privacy in our cars than we do our houses. For now, cops still need a warrant to search your premises. (I said, for NOW)

So all my weed smoking, unregistered gun toting friends and every other person in the state, time to get your mind right. There is no expectation of privacy ANYWHERE! Time to clean out those cars now, isn’t it?

Jay-Z, if you’re reading, may wanna start that REMIX for your PA fans. Things done changed my man.

 

Lyrics from “99 Problems” from AZlyrics.com

So I…pull over to the side of the road

And I heard “Son do you know why I’m stopping you for?”

Cause I’m young and I’m black and my hat’s real low

Do I look like a mind reader sir, I don’t know

Am I under arrest or should I guess some mo?

“Well you was doing fifty five in a fifty four”

“License and registration and step out of the car”

“Are you carrying a weapon on you I know a lot of you are”

I ain’t stepping out of shit all my papers legit

“Do you mind if I look round the car a little bit?”

Well my glove compartment is locked so is the trunk and the back

And I know my rights so you gon’ need a warrant for that

“Aren’t you sharp as a tack are some type of lawyer or something?”

“Or somebody important or something?”

Nah I ain’t passed the bar but I know a little bit

Enough that you won’t illegally search my shit

Article from Cherri Gregg on CBS Philly.

Facebook’s Paper App for iPhone Is the Future of Facebook

I just downloaded the new Facebook app called, Paper on my iPhone and I love the look already. I’ll check it out for a bit and maybe even write a review.
So far, so cool!

   *note* There is aPaper for Facebookn app out there for iPad called Paper and it’s pretty sucky that Zuckerberg is squatting on an already established apps name.

 

 

Tech

Last Thursday, Facebook announced that it was about to release an iPhone app called Paper. The app is now available from Apple’s App Store. If you use Facebook on an iPhone, you really need to try it.

That’s because the app — unlike other Facebook mobile efforts such as Messenger and the failed Snapchat knockoff Poke — isn’t a specialized tool or a side project. It’s Facebook — almost all of it, anyhow — rethought for a small screen, with 2014 aesthetics.

By calling it Paper and leaving the original Facebook app untouched in the App Store, the company smartly avoids leaving users feeling like radical, jarring change is being imposed upon them. But it’s hard to imagine that Mark Zuckerberg & Co. don’t see the ideas in this app as a first rough draft of Facebook’s future, period.

(Side note: For now, at least, I’m…

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The Abstract and the Dragon; take a listen

I’m a product of the hip hop age. Born in the 70’s, raised in the 80’s and came into my own in the 90’s. During that time, Busta Rhymes from Leaders of the New School and Q-Tip from the incomparable, A Tribe Called Quest were constants in my ear. Well, Christmas came for us all in the form a mixtape from both MCs called, “The Abstract and the Dragon”.

Click the album cover & it’ll take you to their website where you can stream or download it.

no infringement intended
no infringement intended

WordPress.com doesn’t allow for me to embed the player here.
Take a listen and let me know what you think.

• Disclaimer, my 17 year old hipped me to this joint and I’m so glad he’s down with the life such that he recognizes how cool this is. •