What The Hell Am I Watching?

I like to watch the debates in full before I listen to podcasts or read recaps, because while I am happy to read the opinions of others, I’d like to develop my own first.

What follows is my personal ramblings I typed while listening to/watching the debate that aired last night.

Did you watch the democratic debate last night?

I’m watching it now, and I have no idea what the hell I’m watching.

I’m not sure the live studio audience is a great idea. Maybe, we should have closed debates. The audience oohing and awing, clapping and laughing as the candidates land zingers on one another while entertaining is not helpful.

While the candidates were pretty well behaved, they spoke over their time, spoke over one another, and made cheeky comments at the expense of one another. How does that help us choose who is going to represent us? I mean, that might be exactly what we need here in Idiocracy land.

Also, are the debate still for us to learn more about the candidates or is it a place for the people “moderating” them to appear smarter than the people on stage?

I’m angry about this.

Let me be clear – this, politics and debates, are not my area of expertise. I want to make informed decisions when I vote. I still feel like voting is my duty despite understanding how our election system is fundamentally broken and needs to be updated.

I’m only in the middle of the debate as I type this, but I don’t feel like this has helped me at all so far.

I am going to stop watching it and pick it back up later, because right now, I’m just stressed out.

Publications on Medium

Medium.com is a blogging platform that allows writers to get paid for their articles. Before you get all excited, wait! This is not a “get rich” place. This is a “hopefully, make enough to buy coffee to fuel my next article writing extravaganza” platform.

I blog there from time to time to test ideas. I currently run six publications on the site. Publications are categories essentially, but you can use them for much more than that. For now, I use it for organizing as I write on a wide range of topics.

In fact, yesterday I started a new publication about my quest to have a uniform.

Here is a list of all of my publications and links to some of the articles. As always – I’m a writer. Not an editor. I am sure there are typos. Yes, I will fix them later. Now is not later.

Newest Publication – The Simple Wardrobe – https://medium.com/the-simple-wardrobe

Mind Your Big Red Dot – https://medium.com/mind-your-big-red-dot

Step People Magazine – https://medium.com/step-people

Barbara On Writing – https://medium.com/barbara-on-writing

On Love by Kahlil Gibran

Then said Almitra, Speak to us of Love.

And he raised his head and looked upon
the people, and there fell a stillness upon
them. And with a great voice he said:

When love beckons to you, follow him,
Though his ways are hard and steep.
And when his wings enfold you yield to
Though the sword hidden among his
pinions may wound you.
And when he speaks to you believe in
Though his voice may shatter your dreams
as the north wind lays waste the garden.

For even as love crowns you so shall he
crucify you. Even as he is for your growth
so is he for your pruning.
Even as he ascends to your height and
caresses your tenderest branches that quiver
in the sun,
So shall he descend to your roots and
shake them in their clinging to the earth.

Like sheaves of corn he gathers you unto
He threshes you to make you naked.
He sifts you to free you from your husks.
He grinds you to whiteness.
He kneads you until you are pliant;
And then he assigns you to his sacred
fire, that you may become sacred bread for
God’s sacred feast.

All these things shall love do unto you
that you may know the secrets of your
heart, and in that knowledge become a
fragment of Life’s heart.

But if in your fear you would seek only
love’s peace and love’s pleasure,
Then it is better for you that you cover
your nakedness and pass out of love’s
Into the seasonless world where you
shall laugh, but not all of your laughter,
and weep, but not all of your tears.

Love gives naught but itself and takes
naught but from itself.
Love possesses not nor would it be
For love is sufficient unto love.

When you love you should not say,
“God is in my heart,” but rather, “I am
in the heart of God.”
And think not you can direct the course
of love, for love, if it finds you worthy,
directs your course.

Love has no other desire but to fulfil
But if you love and must needs have
desires, let these be your desires:
To melt and be like a running brook
that sings its melody to the night.
To know the pain of too much tenderness.
To be wounded by your own under-
standing of love;

And to bleed willingly and joyfully.
To wake at dawn with a winged heart
and give thanks for another day of loving;
To rest at the noon hour and meditate
love’s ecstasy;

To return home at eventide with grati-

And then to sleep with a prayer for the
beloved in your heart and a song of praise
upon your lips.

Lily Dae Has Her Own List

If you read A Christmas Rideshare, you might be wondering when the next book is coming out?

There are two ways to find out:

One – join the Lily Dae exclusive email list! I am not trying to bribe you, but there will be a couple of vignettes about Charlotte and Opal coming to the mailing list as well as some previews of the next book in the Snowed In Love series which features a new crew of characters. Again – not trying to bribe. Just informing you.

Clicky, clicky for the Lily Dae Exclusive List.

Two – You can join the PFP (Pilgrim Fowl Press) reader list. This list will update you on all of the new books, events, etc. that are going on at the small press including but not limited to Lily Dae stuff.

You can join that list here by doing your best clicky, clicky here!

Harrison Bergeron

Favorite Short Story – Harrison Bergeron

Harrison Bergeron is the first short story that comes to mind when I think of short fiction. I was 15 or 16 years old when I read it for the first time, and I remember being absolutely terrified of the reality depicted in that story.

I will not ruin it for you, but there is a ballet scene in this story that is at once moving and jarring.

You can find the audio version of Harrison Bergeron on YouTube though I am not entirely sure how legal it is for them to be there. You can read it with your eyeball or your ears in Welcome to the Monkey House by Kurt Vonnegut.

I have never felt so cool.

This is a member’s only magazine in which I am F E A T U R E D! Can you believe this? So stinking cool!

My friends, Hether and Kayla, have this wonderful membership site that is all about self-care. They have a 3-month trial package offered at discount, so you can take a look around and see if their place is a good fit for you.

They definitely overdeliver every time. I highly recommend you take a look around if you’ve been looking for ways to take care of yourself, learn more about everything else, and find people like yourself who are interested in being healthy and a real person at the same time.