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Review My Poetry / Re: On Attending an HBCU
« Last post by heartsongjt on Today at 08:18:30 AM »
Racism requires power.  ::) Like the kind you've exercised to take part in a conversation about a subject you have little regard toward, usurping the voices of your other grandchildren by lumping them in with children whose life experiences will be different, regardless of their grandmother's abhorrent attention to detail.

Like the kind you've left in your back-handed thank you, leaving remnants of your disdain for the uncomfortable conversation, you initiated. Your comments seem like a weak, pedantic criticism of social reform disguised as a criticism of my poetic work. 

The readers are addressed in the vocative as "children" (L1), because their ignorance is supposed.

Thank you, for explaining my comments to me. 
Best of luck with your writing.

jt
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Review My Poetry / Re: On Attending an HBCU
« Last post by AntonioM on Yesterday at 11:57:50 PM »
Racism requires power.  ::) Like the kind you've exercised to take part in a conversation about a subject you have little regard toward, usurping the voices of your other grandchildren by lumping them in with children whose life experiences will be different, regardless of their grandmother's abhorrent attention to detail.

Like the kind you've left in your back-handed thank you, leaving remnants of your disdain for the uncomfortable conversation, you initiated. Your comments seem like a weak, pedantic criticism of social reform disguised as a criticism of my poetic work. 

The readers are addressed in the vocative as "children" (L1), because their ignorance is supposed.
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Writers Wanted! / Re: Freelance Writers Wanted
« Last post by FritziGal on Yesterday at 06:49:56 PM »
I visited both sites.  For anyone interested in freelance writing:
https://www.freelancewriting.com/jobs/
https://www.indeed.com/q-Freelance-Writer-jobs.html

Good Luck with your writing!

Jan
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Review My Work / Looking for Criticism. Please and Thank You.
« Last post by bmarshall07 on Yesterday at 06:36:04 PM »
Hi. Here is another post of different subject matter. Let me know what you think, please. Thank you for your time.  :) -Bryce


Be More Grateful
Something To Think About

Are the people that were unfortunate enough to grow up in a poverty-stricken environment like the slums or the ghetto not living in hell already? Crime and violence are all they know as a means to survive. Does it seem rational that they are to live out their lives in hell here on earth and then be condemned to an eternal hell for the sins they have committed? Fundamentally, I don’t see how this type of dogma fits into the belief system of a rational human being. This is besides the point that I am trying to make in this post, but we should begin to re-think much of the dogma that we have been taught.

A Change of Pace

Most of you growing up were fortunate enough that your basic needs were met. It may not have been pretty, but you had a roof over your head; food, water, clothing, were able to attend school and create a future for yourself. You were privileged enough to pursue your pleasures, indulge in a meaningful life, and for the most part, you did not have to worry about having another shot at life tomorrow.

Why You Should Be More Grateful

Forty-five percent of child deaths a year are due to starvation and diseases of malnutrition. A seventh of the worlds’ population lives on $1.90 a day and have only one task; to find a means to food and clean water, so that they may live to fight another day. Just survive.

Food distributors, on the daily, throw away excess food by the dumpster. During my employment at Jimmy Johns, we threw away two more trash bags of freshly cooked bread at the end of every shift. So, I called the food bank, and they explained to me that they are turning down donations due to over-abundance and that if they were to accept our donation they would be forced to ‘pay’ to dispose of it.

So, I take issue with the fact that we have one-seventh of the world living off of $1.90/day, 45% of our children are dying of malnutrition, and here in State College, Pennsylvania (and many other US cities), we need food banks for our food banks. We have families who can’t even pay for food, and in many places, we are struggling to get rid of the excess.

Conclusion

There is nothing wrong with pursuing financial comfort, but decide when enough is enough. We can afford to go sit down to eat and have someone serve us our meal, and then leave a tip that could feed another family or two. So, keep this in mind when you are complaining about a meal, or your service wasn’t great or you’re hungry. The majority of us are not hungry when we think we are, or else we wouldn’t have an obesity epidemic of just under 40% of the population. Be grateful that you can decide to eat when you want, because there are many families who don’t know when their next meal will be if, they even get one.

Final Thoughts

I am very grateful to be born in America and for the privileges that come with it, but these privileges are not an excuse to be gluttonous and wasteful. We are living beyond our means in many ways and our lack of discipline and focus is showing up in our culture, politics, and places of work. We need to humble ourselves before it happens beyond our control.

Rome may be the greatest empire in history, but ultimately they defeated themselves. Rome imploded. Their vanity and overindulgence of their privileges had blinded them of what was yet to come. Their culture began to spiral out of control and their political incompetence matched that of what we see today in American politics.

When in Rome.

“Incremental change works like compound interest.”
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Review My Work / Need Review/Criticism of Short Blog Post, Please.
« Last post by bmarshall07 on Yesterday at 06:30:30 PM »
Hello Everyone. I am interested in freelance writing, but unsure of my ability or inability to write. I am grateful for anyone who will take the time to read this very short blog post, along with your best criticism. Thank you!  :)



My First (Shitty, Yet Informative?) Blog Post

Being Present

To be or not to be. Stick with me. You can either be here now or lost in thought or judgment, thus losing your participation at the moment. You can’t try to do something and do something at the same time, because ‘trying’ is the act of doing. Athletes become professional when they no longer have to try to do the motions, they just do them without thinking about it. Failure by ‘trying’ until you succeed by ‘doing’.

Why You Need to Be Present

The only thing we have to lose is this moment right here. And, even then the present moment is always fleeting. My brief point (of a much bigger point) is that when we are ‘being’, here and now, we are participants at the moment. We can exercise our free will. Otherwise, our brain puts us on auto-pilot, and we are a product of the vicious chain of cause and effect that began at birth. It is in auto-pilot that we no longer have control of our destiny. We are a leaf in the wind.

Driving Force of the Universe

Call it what you want. The driving force of the universe, Logos, God, etc. The cause of this fleeting of the present moment. I like to think of it as a horse-drawn carriage that never stops. And, attached by a leash to the carriage is a four-legged animal, and that animal is you. (You could just think of yourself as being attached to the cart running along if you would like.) Anyway, my point is to think of that carriage as the fleeting moment, the now. Whenever you stop to judge, dwell on a problem, and/or hold on to past thoughts, you lose your participation at the moment and are thus being dragged along by the carriage.

Conclusion

So, either live fully now keeping up with this force(or even ahead of it via sacrifices (a bargain with the future)) and in control of your destiny, or allow it to drag you through life against your will. Heaven or hell is a mindset and a result of involuntary or voluntary action. Your current circumstances are the aggregate sum of all the choices that you have made up to this point. Create your circumstances by participating in the present moment and exercising the power of conscious choice through discipline(and other things).

Take This and Run!

Every single one of us is all-in on this game of life. Why? Because none of us are getting out alive. You can either choose your next move, or it will be chosen for you. Play the best game that you can, because your heaven or hell depends on it. Choice, is your golden ticket. Happy choosing.

Thank you for reading!
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Authors' Resource Centre / Re: Do you ever feel . . . . .
« Last post by heartsongjt on Yesterday at 05:54:17 PM »
Thanks for your kind words.

It's a daily struggle, I suppose.

I don't write things, to appear to be 'nice'. Your writing is above average-I wish I was as talented. If I were, I would have  finished and published a book on the Terry Schiavo case long ago.

As for struggling times,  like you,l get down....and doubt myself, and my own worth sometimes. 

Every time negative  starts, I've  learned to think about my son, who stayed positive even after a doctor told him he'd have no lungs by the time he reached 35....He will be 41 in October.  My son still tells me, all any of us get to live is 'one breathe at a time."

Thinking positive helps get through the hard times.

Best wishes to you and yours,
jt

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Authors' Resource Centre / Re: Do you ever feel . . . . .
« Last post by landmersm on July 16, 2019, 10:18:03 PM »
Thanks for your kind words.

It's a daily struggle, I suppose.
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The Coffee Shop / Re: Quotes that make you stop
« Last post by Noizchild on July 16, 2019, 09:15:37 PM »
"This is America" --Don Glover
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Review My Poetry / Re: On Attending an HBCU
« Last post by heartsongjt on July 16, 2019, 07:37:42 PM »
Jt, thank you for reading. I would suggest viewing the following video. Your grandchildren need your protection.

https://youtu.be/uqbweqWph44

You welcome. I clicked on the video saw Oprah ,listened long enough to get the feel of what was being said....Just remember racist come in every color. All my grandchildren need protection from people like Opera and others who feed racism . My grandchildren, all, have the highest level of protection: Family.

Thank you for the link.

jt
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Review My Poetry / Re: On Attending an HBCU
« Last post by AntonioM on July 16, 2019, 07:14:09 PM »
Jt, thank you for reading. I would suggest viewing the following video. Your grandchildren need your protection.

https://youtu.be/uqbweqWph44
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