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Haiku Friday – Excite & Karma

18 May

Hello everyone! Happy National Endangered Species Day!

If you know me or have been following ‘The Writer Next Door’ blog for a while, then you know that I love animals. I’m sure most people are fond of animals and have had one or more pets at some point in their lives. But whether or not you have a pet makes no difference really. A life is a life and should be respected. At least that’s my opinion and everyone’s entitled to one.

Each year on the third Friday in May, National Endangered Species Day is an opportunity for everyone to learn about the importance of protecting endangered species, their habitats and the actions necessary to do so.

Every year you can participate along with thousands of others at events to celebrate National Endangered Species Day at wildlife refuges, zoos, parks, community centers, aquariums, botanical gardens, libraries and schools.

Why don’t you check to see what National Endangered Species Day events/activities are scheduled in your area this weekend?

Animals currently on the endangered species list:

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African Elephant (Loxodonta africana) mother and calf, Sambru National Reserve, Kenya

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An Arctic fox, Vulpes lagopus, at the Great Bend Brit Spaugh Zoo in Great Bend, Kansas.

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Dolphins – I’ve seen many dolphins here in Florida and they are just as playful and sweet as you’ve seen them on TV.

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Giant Panda | San Diego Zoo

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Indochinese Tiger

There are many more animals on the endangered list. I can’t show them all. 😦 Wouldn’t it be sad if your children or grandchildren grew up without ever seeing these beautiful animals? It breaks my heart to think that many of these animals may be extinct by the time my nieces and nephews have children.

 

An amazing field

Full not of wild animals

but earth stained in blood

The price of karma is high

For silent roars and dust-wings

Where did love and compassion go?

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Bald EagleI had the privilege of seeing a couple of Bald Eagles in Alaska. They are awe-inspiring birds.

 

Excite and Karma are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

Haiku Friday – KING & DAY

10 Mar

Hello, today’s post may not be easy for some to read or see but that doesn’t mean that you shouldn’t.

 

King and Day are this week’s prompt words chosen by Ronovan Hester of Ronovan Writes.

Ron hosts a challenge that anyone could participate in called Ronovan Writes Weekly Haiku Poetry Prompt Challenge every Monday, and you have until Sunday to create a post featuring your haiku poem. He is an author and poet and also does author interviews and much more on his blog. Be sure to check it out. Read Ron’s Haiku Prompt Challenge Guidelines for more information.

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God created man

To rule with kindness and love

Not to kill or maim

Many kings shall have their day

Until Mother Nature reigns

When God said,

“Let us make mankind in our image, in our likeness; and let them rule over the fish of the sea and over the birds of the sky and over the cattle and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creeps on the earth.”

~Genesis 1:26

I’m extremely certain that He didn’t mean, breed animals and torture them everyday of their lives until they die or hunt them down, not for sustenance but for sport or profit until they are extinct. I believe the key words in the statement above is God made mankind not only in his image but in his likeness as well which I interpret as ‘with his character’. Hunting animals for fun, testing products on them and killing them for profit was not what God intended when he put mankind to rule over them. God is love and he would not condone this behavior toward his defenseless creatures.

I’m sure this will not be a popular post, because many people rather live in a bubble and not know the truth of what is really happening in the world when it comes to animals and what greedy corporations are doing to them on a daily basis.

I saw an article on Facebook about animal testing. I had no idea how many companies tested their products on animals. I knew some companies did but I had no idea what these tests involved. After reading this article I went on to do my own research and investigation and what I learned made me sick. I’m not kidding. I was crying and vomiting at the same time. I was very affected by what I read and the videos and pictures I saw. This knowledge shook me to the core and changed my life.

These tests are cruel, inhumane, monstrous and they’re done on a daily basis to dogs, cats, rabbits, monkeys . . . intelligent animals that feel pain, fear, anger and sadness just like we do. These poor animals are being tortured everyday for hours until they die.

Take a look at your dog, cat, parakeet, pig, monkey, horse, snake . . . whatever pet you have and imagine that sweet animal living that kind of life––it’s heart-wrenching.

If you’re a good, kind human being you’re probably asking yourself, ‘I’m just one person, what can I do?’ There are lots of things you can do. First of all, do not buy products that test on animals. That alone will help a great deal. When you’re at the grocery store or pharmacy or Costco, Target, Walgreens . . . look at every bottle, jar or box you pick up and be sure it says ‘No animal testing’. You’ll see these words somewhere on the product––look for it. If it doesn’t say it that means the company does torture and kill animals.

Animals deserve better. No being created by God deserves to live a life of pain, fear and sadness. Please do your part.

“Don’t turn your face away.
Once you’ve seen, you can no longer act like you don’t know.
Open your eyes to the truth. It’s all around you.
Don’t deny what the eyes to your soul have revealed to you.

Now that you know, you cannot feign ignorance.
Now that you’re aware of the problem, you cannot pretend you don’t care.
To be concerned is to be human.
To act is to care.”

 

Please, be well informed and follow at least one of the links below and read the article.

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What is animal testing?

Animal Testing 101 | PETA

11 Facts About Animal Testing 

These Companies Test on Animals, Never Buy These Brands

Avon             Almay                  Clorox              Windex             Tide

Revlon          Aquafresh           Febreze            Vicks                 Nivea

Covergirl       Vaseline             Lysol                  Secret               Coppertone

I know, these were some of my favorite go-to brands too. It was difficult to change them but I believe these poor defenseless creatures are worth this small sacrifice. I’ve been finding some great replacements for them and I’m sure you will too. You can also write letters, emails and make phone calls to these companies asking them not to test on animals. There are alternatives to testing on animals. Other companies and products have found a way so can they.

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How Will The World End?

3 Dec

How Will The World We’ve all heard and read many theories of how the world will end. This is a subject that I’ve thought about from time to time (somber, I know). I have my own theory of how the world will end, but before I get to that I’d like to first mention other worldwide theories.</p><br /><br /><p>There are scientists who have theories such as the explosion of the moon, a giant meteor collision, or a misbehaving sun violently releasing a sudden blaze of fire our way. Some add an extremist in power, drunk with supremacy, who releases nuclear weapons causing World War III and the end of the world.</p><br /><br /><p>A number of experts say the world will end in an inferno, while others believe in a new ice age. I don’t buy it.</p><br /><br /><p>The truth is there are seven billion of us now inhabiting every breathing space on this planet, even the most remote corners of the world that were once thought uninhabitable. The human species is like a virus.</p><br /><br /><p>A virus is a tiny parasite. One that’s not too bright because it kills its host, and then it too dies as a consequence. Mankind, like a virus, has infected this planet. We will continue to multiply, invade and destroy the earth until there is nothing left, and then we too will perish. Not too bright.</p><br /><br /><p>However, this is where my theory comes in…wait for it, this is going to be good. Microscopic species, such as viruses, bacteria and fungi have been around long before us, and will never allow the human species to destroy the planet. No matter what doomsday scenario we concoct, there is nothing we’ve yet conceived of that can kill every bacteria, virus and fungus on earth. So how do I believe the world will end?</p><br /><br /><p>Actually I believe the world will go on, but the human race, as we know it, will cease to exist. Perhaps the final stanza of the famous poem The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot will give you a hint about my theory.</p><br /><br /><p>This is the way the world ends</p><br /><br /><p>This is the way the world ends</p><br /><br /><p>This is the way the world ends</p><br /><br /><p>Not with a bang but a whimper.</p><br /><br /><p>You see, I don’t believe the end of our world will come from an earth-killing asteroid, a nuclear war or a solar flare. I believe the smallest and oldest species on the planet will do us in.</p><br /><br /><p>Viruses and bacteria continue to mutate and become stronger. Every time a person gets infected by bacteria and does not finish their course of antibiotics, those bacteria become stronger and more adapted to the antibiotic. Soon, they will become resistant to treatment. A “Super Bug.”</p><br /><br /><p>A Zombie Apocalypse sounds far fetched, but is it? Don’t get me wrong, I know dead humans can’t come back to life, but there are certain viruses that can induce such aggressive, maniacal, zombie-like behavior. The rabies virus comes to mind.</p><br /><br /><p>Rabies in Latin means madness. Any warm-blooded mammal can become infected with the rabies virus, including humans. The virus has been adapted to grow in our cells. Rabies infects the central nervous system of its host and can drive a person violently mad.</p><br /><br /><p>When the influenza virus was first introduced it spread like wildfire, infecting five hundred million people across the world and killing five percent of the world’s population. This happened because the virus was airborne.</p><br /><br /><p>Imagine for a minute what would happen if the rabies virus were to mutate and become a “Super Bug.” I’ll give you a minute.</p><br /><br /><p>The rabies virus would invade our living cells and cause genetic mutation, and if the infection became airborne, it would spread quickly through the air from one person to another. We then might have the makings of a Zombie Apocalypse.</p><br /><br /><p>Humans would cease to possess the qualities, which we have determined make us human. People would scurry about - hostile, foaming at the mouth, taking chunks off their neighbors with their teeth.</p><br /><br /><p>Okay, calm down. I’m not a scientist. I’ve probably seen 28 Days Later and I Am Legend more times than is advisable. Besides, doesn’t it take eons for a virus to mutate so drastically? So we probably won’t see anything like this happening in our lifetime or that of our loved ones.</p><br /><br /><p>Unless…</p><br /><br /><p>There are rumors that our government is trying to create a biological armament. They are experimenting with viruses and genetic mutation (not too bright). Perhaps the geniuses messing around with Mother Nature’s most lethal weapons will bring about the Zombie Apocalypse a lot sooner than nature intended.</p><br /><br /><p>So how will the world end? Not with a bang, but with the whimper of a man being bit in the neck by a zombie.</p><br /><br /><p>(For those of you still not acquainted with my humor; the above post is purely fictional and solely for entertainment. It should not be taken seriously. So don’t go out and purchase zombie slaying weapons, start an anti-zombie campaign or dig a hole in your backyard to build a doomsday anti-zombie bunker.)</p><br /><br /><p> by Vashti Quiroz-Vega?

A warm word of welcome to everyone today.  Thank you for visiting my blog.  Sit back and enjoy today’s post.

How Will The World End?

We’ve all heard and read many theories of how the world will end. This is a subject that I’ve thought about from time to time (somber, I know). I have my own theory of how the world will end, but before I get to that I’d like to first mention other worldwide theories.

There are scientists who have theories such as the explosion of the moon, a giant meteor collision, or a misbehaving sun violently releasing a sudden blaze of fire our way. Some add an extremist in power, drunk with supremacy, who releases nuclear weapons causing World War III and the end of the world.

Solar Flare

Solar Flare

Moon explodes and collides with the Earth

Moon explodes and collides with the Earth

Nuclear bombs released worldwide

Nuclear bombs released worldwide

A number of experts say the world will end in an inferno, while others believe in a new ice age. I don’t buy it.

The World Freezes Over

The World Freezes Over

The World On Fire

The World On Fire

The truth is there are seven billion of us now inhabiting every breathing space on this planet, even the most remote corners of the world that were once thought uninhabitable. The human species is like a virus.

virus

VIRUS

A virus is a tiny parasite. One that’s not too bright because it kills its host, and then it too dies as a consequence. Mankind, like a virus, has infected this planet. We will continue to multiply, invade and destroy the earth until there is nothing left, and then we too will perish. Not too bright.

However, this is where my theory comes in…wait for it, this is going to be good. Microscopic species, such as viruses, bacteria and fungi have been around long before us, and will never allow the human species to destroy the planet. No matter what doomsday scenario we concoct, there is nothing we’ve yet conceived of that can kill every bacteria, virus and fungus on earth. So how do I believe the world will end?

Actually I believe the world will go on, but the human race, as we know it, will cease to exist. Perhaps the final stanza of the famous poem The Hollow Men by T.S. Eliot will give you a hint about my theory.

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

This is the way the world ends

Not with a bang but a whimper.

You see, I don’t believe the end of our world will come from an earth-killing asteroid, a nuclear war or a solar flare. I believe the smallest and oldest species on the planet will do us in.

Rabies Virus

Rabies Virus

Viruses and bacteria continue to mutate and become stronger. Every time a person gets infected by bacteria and does not finish their course of antibiotics, those bacteria become stronger and more adapted to the antibiotic. Soon, they will become resistant to treatment. A “Super Bug.”

A Zombie Apocalypse sounds far fetched, but is it? Don’t get me wrong, I know dead humans can’t come back to life, but there are certain viruses that can induce such aggressive, maniacal, zombie-like behavior. The rabies virus comes to mind.

Rabies in Latin means madness. Any warm-blooded mammal can become infected with the rabies virus, including humans. The virus has been adapted to grow in our cells. Rabies infects the central nervous system of its host and can drive a person violently mad.

Violently Crazy

Violently Crazy

When the influenza virus was first introduced it spread like wildfire, infecting five hundred million people across the world and killing five percent of the world’s population. This happened because the virus was airborne.

Imagine for a minute what would happen if the rabies virus were to mutate and become a “Super Bug.” I’ll give you a minute.

The rabies virus would invade our living cells and cause genetic mutation, and if the infection became airborne, it would spread quickly through the air from one person to another. We then might have the makings of a Zombie Apocalypse.

Zombie Apocalypse

Zombie Apocalypse

Humans would cease to possess the qualities, which we have determined make us human. People would scurry about – hostile, foaming at the mouth, taking chunks off their neighbors with their teeth.

Okay, calm down. I’m not a scientist. I’ve probably seen 28 Days Later and I Am Legend more times than is advisable. Besides, doesn’t it take eons for a virus to mutate so drastically? So we probably won’t see anything like this happening in our lifetime or that of our loved ones.

Unless…

There are rumors that our government is trying to create a biological armament. They are experimenting with viruses and genetic mutation (not too bright). Perhaps the geniuses messing around with Mother Nature’s most lethal weapons will bring about the Zombie Apocalypse a lot sooner than nature intended.

Mad Science

Mad Science

So how will the world end? Not with a bang, but with the whimper of a man being bit in the neck by a zombie.

How do you think the world will end?

(For those of you still not acquainted with my humor; the above post is purely fictional and solely for entertainment. It should not be taken seriously. So don’t go out and purchase zombie slaying weapons, start an anti-zombie campaign or dig a hole in your backyard to build a doomsday anti-zombie bunker.)

by Vashti Q

Writer’s Quote Wednesday – Comfort during the Holidays

9 Dec

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Hello everyone! Welcome. 😀

Colleen Chesebro is a writer, poet, and book reviewer. She hosts an inspiring event every Wednesday on her blog, Silver Threading, called Writer’s Quote Wednesday. Anyone can participate by choosing a quote by a favorite writer and posting it on your blog. Check out her weekly wrap-up every Tuesday and be inspired by all the quotes.

Ronovan, from Ronovan Writes and Colleen have joined forces! He has been linking his #BeWoW blog share (Be Wonderful on Wednesday) now to include: Be Writing on Wednesday. If you would like to combine both posts feel free to do so and link them to Colleen’s post. She will make sure and add you to the quote wrap-up she does each Tuesday. Please make sure and check out Ron’s blog for more writing inspiration and motivation!

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Quote by Helen Keller

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Have a wonderful week everyone. Happy Holidays!

Haiku Friday – Don’t Abuse Grandma!

7 Aug

Hello everyone! Happy Friday! Today is Haiku Friday but I don’t have a haiku for you. 😦 I got back last night from a mini vacation and didn’t have the time or energy to prepare one––sorry. My sister, Kathleen came down from NYC for a few days and since we both have birthdays this week we decided to go down to the Florida Keys. We had three marvelous days of swimming, kayaking, fishing, and generally celebrating our birthdays. We had a great time but I’m exhausted.  We have plans of continuing to celebrate our birthdays here in Miami until she leaves on Sunday. 😉

 

I wrote a guest post about elderly abuse a couple of months ago and I had plans to post it on my blog eventually, so that day has come. Today I will share that post with you. It’s an issue that I care about and that more people should be made aware of.

 

Elder Abuse

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I’ve written on the subject of abuse and bullying on many occasions on my blog but I don’t think I’ve ever specifically addressed the abuse of the elderly. This is obviously an important subject that’s too often overlooked.

 

Words cannot describe how much I love my maternal grandmother. She passed away years ago but there’s not a day that goes by that I don’t think about her. I can’t imagine someone abusing my sweet, kindhearted ‘granny’ in any way. Sadly, there are plenty of grandparents being abused on a daily basis.

 

Elder abuse happens to men and women, in all ethnic, social and economic groups.

 

And while a lot of media attention has been given to stories of elder abuse by caregivers in private homes, the truth is that anyone can be guilty of committing elder abuse, including family members.

 

Elder abuse is generally divided into the following categories:

 

Physical Abuse

 

Sexual Abuse

 

Domestic violence

 

Psychological Abuse – The willful infliction of mental or emotional anguish by threat, humiliation, or other verbal or nonverbal conduct. This includes threatening to put them in a home if they don’t act the way you’d like them to.

 

Financial Abuse – The illegal or improper use of an older person’s funds, property, or resources.

 

Neglect – The failure of the caregiver, and that could be the spouse, son, daughter or grandson/daughter, to fulfill his or her care giving responsibility. Is it abusive to not call or visit your elderly parents for months at a time? I’d say yes.

 

We shouldn’t forget that every day we grow older. No one gets any younger and one day we will be the elderly. We will no longer have the speed, agility or strength we have now. Our bodies will grow weaker, our minds will become foggy, our vision cloudy . . . Would you like someone to take advantage of that? How would you feel if you were discarded because you were no longer young?

 

Elder abuse is a substantial subgroup of Family Violence. It may be more widespread than thought. Awareness of its occurrence is a first step in halting its progression.

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If you’d like to know the origins of this poem look here.

Have a great weekend everyone! 😀

Writer’s Quote Wednesday

17 Jun

Hello everyone! Welcome to Writer’s Quote Wednesday hosted by Colleen Chesebro from Silver Threading. Please visit her fabulous blog and check out her interesting posts.

Game of Thrones

“There are three rules for writing a novel.

Unfortunately no one knows what they are.”

~W. Somerset Maugham

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If you’re a fan of the HBO series Game of Thrones then you may also be a fan of the author whose books the series is based on, George R. R. Martin. Whenever I talk about the rules of writing I tend to think of several popular writers, George R. R. Martin being prominent in my mind. He’s broken so many ‘rules’ I’ve lost count. But yet, he is genius in the choosing of which rules to break, and his timing is impeccable. His writing is unique and fascinating because he takes many risks. The HBO series is as captivating as his books because he is also one of the  screenwriters of the show.

What makes your writing different from that of other writers? Do you take risks when it comes to your writing?

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Real Life Horror: Superbugs

24 Feb

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The Center for Disease Control (CDC) has packaged a series of disaster preparedness resources for the general public related to the possibility of a zombie apocalypse.

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5 Real Diseases That Could Make You Act Just Like A Zombie

“This is the way the world ends

Not with a bang but a whimper.”

~T S Eliot

real life horror: superbugs

 

I have written on this subject before. Read my article How Will The World End? I believe ‘Superbugs’ are a real threat and I have the Medical and Science communities to back me.

 

Rising Spread of Drug-Resistant Superbugs

“With a sinking stomach, I scrolled through my patient’s medical record, down the list of antibiotics that could do nothing to help her get well. Her infection was due to bacteria resistant to most of our antibiotics. Treating it would be challenging—if we could do it at all—and require a regimen of multiple antibiotics, each with their own side effects and interactions. I called the Infectious Disease physician for her input –- for the third time that day. I’d had two other patients with similarly resistant medications in the past five hours.”

~Darria Long Gillespie, MD

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How did we get here?

When doctors began using penicillin to treat infections in the 1940s, it was hailed as a “miracle cure.” Before antibiotics, strep throat was fatal. A simple urinary tract infection (UTI) could spread and lead to organ failure. Patients died from infections after surgery. But no longer. Infections that had once been inevitably fatal, claiming thousands of lives, were now treatable.

The balance shifts

Doctors started to notice that some patients seemed to be resistant to penicillin. Fortunately, pharmaceutical companies were able to develop other, more comprehensive, stronger antibiotics that could kill bacteria. But things are changing once again. And while new antibiotics are part of the solution, resolving the problem isn’t that simple.

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A global health crisis

 

How big is the problem?

Big. And getting bigger. In the U.S., the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) estimates that two million people become ill from resistant bacteria, and 23,000 die every year. It’s not just the U.S. and other developed countries, however. This is truly a global problem, especially in developing countries. In India, more than 58,000 infants died last year due to resistant infections. The World Health Organization (WHO) warns us of the possibility of entering into a “post-antibiotic era” in which our antibiotic regimens are ineffectual.

 

Why is this happening?

Overuse of antibiotics

Some doctors prescribe antibiotics for any little issue. Your toe nail hurts? Here’s a prescription for antibiotics. You sneezed twice this morning? Here’s a prescription for antibiotics. You scratched your head? Here’s a prescription for antibiotics.

– Antibiotics pumped into some of our animal food sources, creating drug resistance in those animals.

Some of those bacteria strains may get passed to humans.

– Patients failing to complete a course of antibiotics.

Think of the times you may have stopped or forgot to finish an antibiotic once you were feeling better.

 

Superbugs sound scary — and they are.

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A superbug is a strain of bacteria that can no longer be killed with an antibiotic — they become antibiotic resistant, or drug resistant. Some common infections and conditions that may become untreatable include MRSA, tuberculosis, urinary tract infections, E. coli and meningitis. Find out what you need to know to protect yourself and your family from superbugs, avoid infection and stay healthy.

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“Anyone who pays attention to health news knows that deadly bacteria are a growing threat to everyone.” ~ Joel Fuhrman, MD

 

“Antibiotics are medications that fight bacterial infections. Often the bacteria learn how to avoid antibiotics over time. The more exposure to an antibiotic that bacteria have, the more likely the bacteria is to learn to avoid it. This is how bacteria develop resistance to antibiotics.”

~ Univ. of Nev. School of Medicine

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Have you ever stopped taking antibiotics a few days after beginning your dosage because you were feeling better? Do you take antibiotics every time you get a cold? Are you concerned about the growing number of ‘Superbugs’?

Don’t Turn Your Face Away

16 Feb

Hello! Welcome to my blog! My name is Vashti and I’m a writer of fiction. I plan to entertain you with my short stories, articles and featured writers, artists and poets, but once in a while I will get serious about the issues I care about. I have zero tolerance for any kind of bullying or child abuse. I believe creating awareness of these issues is an important first step to stopping it. I also believe that the people who stand up to bullies and abusers are real life superheroes.

 

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Don’t Turn Your Face Away

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

Don’t turn your face away.
Once you’ve seen, you can no longer act like you don’t know.
Open your eyes to the truth. It’s all around you.
Don’t deny what the eyes to your soul have revealed to you.

Now that you know, you cannot feign ignorance.
Now that you’re aware, you cannot pretend you don’t care.
To be concerned is to be human.
To act is to care.

Domestic Violence

Domestic Violence and Abuse: Signs of Abusive Relationships (Click on picture)

1 out of 7 children are abused . . .
How many do you know?

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Child Abuse Prevention: What You Should Know and How You Can Help (click on picture)

Don’t turn your face away.

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Domestic Violence Against Men (click on picture)

If my post were made of paper it would be wet with my tears. Have you ever confronted a bully? If you saw a woman beating up a man would you interfere?

And the Oscar goes to . . .

15 Jan

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Hi everyone! If you’re a movie buff like I am then you’re excited about the announcement of the nominees for the 87th Academy Awards. Well, guess what? I will provide you with the full list of nominees right here on my blog. Isn’t that awesome! Now you can go out and see a couple of the nominated movies before the big day. Before I show you the list I must tell you that although there are some great surprises there are also some bitter disappointments. Check out some of the headlines:

 

2015 Oscar Nominations: ‘Selma’ snubbed; ‘Birdman’ and ‘The Grand Budapest Hotel’ lead with nine. ~Washington Post

 

The Internet Is Very, Very Angry The Lego Movie Missed Out On An Oscar Nod ~People Magazine

 

Everything is awful: Lego Movie snubbed by the Oscars ~The Telegraph

 

Oscar 2015 Nominations: Only White Actors Received Academy Award Nods and the Internet Is Outraged ~Us Weekly

 

Oscars 2015: Academy President Commits ‘Dick Poop’ Gaffe ~LA Times (This one just added for laughs)

 

The 87th Academy Awards will be broadcast live from Hollywood on February 22nd, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. ET

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I have to admit I’m a bit disappointed that Ellen DeGeneres will not be hosting this year’s Oscars. I will keep an open mind and try to enjoy Neil Patrick Harris.

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Neil Patrick Harris

 

Click here to see the 2015 Oscars Snubs and Surprises: Jennifer Aniston, Angelina Jolie, Selma and more . . .

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Jennifer Aniston

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Angelina Jolie

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David Oyelowo

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Clint Eastwood

 

Are you hosting an Oscar Party? Here’s a great link from Better Homes and Gardens that will give your Oscar Night Party red carpet appeal.  You can also click on the pictures for more party ideas. 😀

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Oscars Party

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Alright, it is time for the 87th Academy Award nominees . . . drum roll please . . .

BEST PICTURE

American Sniper
Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Boyhood
The Grand Budapest Hotel
The Imitation Game
Selma
The Theory of Everything
Whiplash

 

BEST DIRECTOR

Alejandro González Iñárritu, Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Richard Linklater, Boyhood
Bennett Miller, Foxcatcher
Wes Anderson, The Grand Budapest Hotel
Morten Tyldum, The Imitation Game

 

BEST ACTOR

Steve Carell, Foxcatcher
Bradley Cooper, American Sniper
Benedict Cumberbatch, The Imitation Game
Michael Keaton, Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Eddie Redmayne, The Theory of Everything

 

BEST ACTRESS

Marion Cotillard, Two Days, One Night
Felicity Jones, The Theory of Everything
Julianne Moore, Still Alice
Rosamund Pike, Gone Girl
Reese Witherspoon, Wild

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR

Robert Duvall, The Judge
Ethan Hawke, Boyhood
Edward Norton, Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Mark Ruffalo, Foxcatcher
J.K. Simmons, Whiplash

 

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS

Patricia Arquette, Boyhood
Laura Dern, Wild
Keira Knightley, The Imitation Game
Emma Stone, Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Meryl Streep, Into the Woods

 

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY

American Sniper, Jason Hall
The Imitation Game, Graham Moore
Inherent Vice, Paul Thomas Anderson
The Theory of Everything, Anthony McCarten
Whiplash, Damien Chazelle

 

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY

Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance), Alejandro González Iñárritu, Nicolás Giacobone, Alexander Dinelaris, Jr. and Armando Bo
Boyhood, Richard Linklater
Foxcatcher, E. Max Frye and Dan Futterman
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Screenplay by Wes Anderson; Story by Wes Anderson & Hugo Guiness
Nightcrawler, Dan Gilroy

 

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY

Birdman (The Unexpected Virute of Ignorance), Emmanuel Lubezki
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Robert D. Yeoman
Ida, (Ryszard Lenczweski and Lukasz Zal
Mr. Turner, Dick Pope
Unbroken, Roger Deakins

 

BEST COSTUME DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel, Milena Canonero
Inherent Vice, Mark Bridges
Into the Woods, Colleen Atwood
Mr. Turner, Jacqueline Durran
Maleficent, Anna B. Sheppard

 

BEST FILM EDITING

American Sniper, Joel Cox and Gary Roach
Boyhood, Sandra Adair
The Grand Budapest Hotel, Barney Pilling
The Imitation Game, William Goldenberg
Whiplash, Tom Cross

 

BEST MAKEUP AND HAIRSTYLING

Foxcatcher
The Grand Budapest Hotel
Guardians of the Galaxy

 

BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SCORE

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Alexandre Desplat)
The Imitation Game (Alexandre Desplat)
Interstellar (Hans Zimmer)
Mr. Turner (Gary Yershon)
The Theory of Everything (Jóhann Jóhannsson)

 

BEST MUSIC (ORIGINAL SONG)

“Lost Stars” from Begin Again
“I’m Not Gonna Miss You” from Glen Campbell: I’ll Be Me
“Everything is Awesome” from The Lego Movie
“Glory” from Selma
“Grateful” from Beyond the Lights

 

BEST PRODUCTION DESIGN

The Grand Budapest Hotel (Adam Stockhausen; Anna Pinnock)
The Imitation Game (Maria Djurkovic; Tatiana Macdonald)
Interstellar (Nathan Crowley; Gary Fettis, Paul Healy)
Into the Woods (Dennis Gassner; Anna Pinnock)
Mr. Turner (Suzie Davies; Charlotte Watts)

 

BEST SOUND EDITING

American Sniper
Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies
Interstellar
Unbroken

 

BEST SOUND MIXING

American Sniper
Birdman (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Interstellar
Unbroken
Whiplash

 

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS

Captain America: The Winter Soldier
Dawn of the Planet of the Apes
Guardians of the Galaxy
Interstellar
X-Men: Days of Future Past

 

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE FILM

Big Hero 6
The Boxtrolls
How to Train Your Dragon 2
Song of the Sea
The Tale of Princess Kaguya

 

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM

Wild Tales (Damián Szifrón; Argentina)
Tangerines (Zaza Urushadze; Estonia)
Timbuktu (Abderrahmane Sissako; Mauritania)
Ida (Pawel Pawlikowski; Poland)
Leviathan (Andrey Zvyagintsev; Russia)

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE FILM

CITIZENFOUR
Finding Vivian Maier
Last Days in Vietnam
The Salt of the Earth
Virunga

 

BEST DOCUMENTARY (SHORT SUBJECT)

Crisis Hotline: Veterans Press 1
Joanna
Our Curse
The Reaper
White Earth

 

BEST SHORT FILM (ANIMATED)

The Bigger Picture
The Dam Keeper
Feast
Me and My Moulton
A Single Life

 

BEST SHORT FILM (LIVE ACTION)

Aya
Boogaloo and Graham
Butter Lamp
Parvaneh
The Phone Call

 

Are you hosting or attending an Oscar Night Party? Have you seen any of the nominated movies? How do you feel about the movies and people that were snubbed by the Oscars?

Haiku Friday – Happy New Year!

2 Jan

Hello, welcome to Haiku Friday. Happy New Year! May 2015 be filled with love, happiness, good health, and prosperity for you and your loved ones.

 

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For Those Who Stayed Home on New Year’s Eve

by ramara ♥

Time for a new year
we’ve used up the old one, and
are ready to move.

 

A New Year

by Vashti Quiroz-Vega

A new year begins

Eve’s fresh snow covers the old

New dreams in the stars

 

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Happy New Year!