The ultimate sacrifice

If you’re not an American then Memorial Day may not mean as much. My late uncle was in the Korean War. I also have a nephew who is connected with the military. I saw the other day a young guy who was only 22 killed while in service. But it doesn’t matter whether it hit home or not, I’m always sad. They pay for our lives everyday. It’s nice to have barbecues and enjoy times with family, but don’t forget others who have made the ultimate sacrifice.

Queen Sugar series

Did anyone see the last episode of Queen Sugar on the Oprah Winfrey Network last year? My favorite scene was between Nova Bordelon played by Rutina Wesley and Calvin played by Greg Vaughan. An interracial romance that will end later next month, but there was too much that worked against them; a married cop and racial tensions. I always hate it when a married man gets involved with another woman. I’m thinking, ”Why don’t they separate?” That’s the least they could do. But it continues to happen in real life too.

The story is about the lives of the Bordelon siblings. Their father died and left a sugarcane mill company in Louisiana. The executive producers are award-winning filmmaker Ava Duvernay, Oprah Winfrey, and Monica Macer. The series is based on the book by Natalie Baszile. The 2-night season premieres on June 20 and 21. Watch it!

Using the right camera

I have a question for anyone who knows about photography: What is the best camera to use for filming the environment at a distance? I want a new one that has an SD card, a USB cord, comes with a user manual., and cost around $150.00. I checked some on amazon, but they had bad reviews. The camera should also be easy to use for a beginner. Thank you all for helping out.

Times like these

Violence may go down in some areas, but I wonder at times. Especially when almost every day it gets worse. When laws are not enforced, crimes get worse. We have good cops and we have bad cops. But our system here in America has problems from the top on down.

More reporters have been killed than ever before. You can be right in your home and get shot or attacked. Buying more guns is not the answer. We didn’t have neighborhood watch groups years ago. People looked out for each other more. So, why are we having these problems? Because society has broken down. We’re not even safe in church at times. There are people who don’t want to hear about God. All they care about is how to rip the next person off or some other crime. In spite of these problems, we have to live as best as possible. Put on the whole armour of God.

Running away

Kira ran out of the house as far as possible. She’s tired of them telling her what to do. She’s tired of them complaining about every little thing. They act like they’re perfect. Just because they go to church all during the week doesn’t mean that they do no wrong. So, Kira pulled on a yellow top with pants and ran straight to a friend’s home.

”Girl, your mother just called,” Anita said just before closing the front door. She’s 27, a little taller wearing an animal print lounge dress.

”I’m sick of them!”

”What is your problem?” Anita asked.

”It’s not me, it’s them. I can’t do anything without my parents complaining.”

Anita is standing right in front giving her one of those looks. ”Sit down for a moment.”

”Well, I’ll do that.”

”Girl, there are thousands of young people who wish they had parents like yours.” Then Anita sat next by and continued talking. ”So, what are you complaining about?”

”They’re too strict. I can’t do this, I can’t do that,” Kira answered.

”So, why didn’t you sit down and talk to them?”

”I did, but they won’t listen,” Kira claimed.

”So, what are you going to do, run away?”

Then Kira looked her straight in the eye and said, ”Well, I’m thinking about it.”

”Girl, your problem is nothing compared to some others.”

Kira thought about those words for a moment. ”Well, you do have a point.”

”The average young person who runs away ends up in trouble or something worse.”

”Most of them are tired of being told what to do.”

Then Anita continued, ”No, they have unstable environments, they’ve ran away before and other problems.” Then she wrapped her arm around Kira. ”Don’t be the next statistic.”

”And they’re in church all the time.”

”Honey, it’s best to be there than some other places,” Anita pointed out.

”I don’t want to go back.”

”Well, you can spend the night and think it over,” Anita suggested.

”I’d rather do that.”

”Well, I’ll call so they’ll know where you are.”

Then Anita got right on up and did just that. It’s best to stop and think before making the wrong decision.

 

You know you better what out!

The words are taken from Doo Wop (That Thing) by Lauryn Hill from her The Miseducation of Lauryn Hill album from 1998. Ms. Hill has won numerous music awards over the years and rightly so.

The song has a clear message for games that too many play regarding sex. Yes, we’ve all heard it before and too many of us continue to play that game. You lie to yourself or you allow others to lie to you. Unprotected sex is a terrible mistake. Stop fooling around. Oh, it feels so good but what happens if you end up with an STD?

According from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention site, 15-24 year olds account for half of new STD infections. Stick with one partner. Yes, age matters. Be careful because it’s your life.

So deliciously tempting

I have never gone to a food blog and didn’t find something good. Oh, my God! And the pictures only make it that more appetizing. Especially desserts. Don’t you know what that does to someone who’s trying to lose weight? You make it harder if not downright impossible. So I’m going to advise anyone who wants to lose weight, don’t go to any food blogs. All those cake and pie desserts with topping. Yum, yummy. But I’m not going to name one blog because you know who you are.

Now I bake a delicious lemon cake that requires only one egg. In fact, it’s called  ”one-egg cake.” You can add vanilla, lemon or another extract. My favorite is lemon. I put all the ingredients in a loaf pan because I want it to come out that way. I rarely bake cakes using round pans because I prefer a loaf pan. I know some of you add sugar substitutes because of sugar problems. Honey can be used, it just depends on the dessert.

I have two recipe books called Soul Food by Joyce White and The Joy of Cooking by Irma S. Rombauer and Marion Rombauer Becker. Many of you are more familiar with the last one. But I found out something on how to make glazed sweet potatoes. First you peel, slice, and rinse about 8 small sweet potatoes. Then you add 1/2 cup of dark brown and white sugar. About a teaspoon of cinnamon and nutmeg (I use both). About a teaspoon of allspice. I really use more of the spices because they smell and taste so good. Add 4 tablespoons of butter and a cup of water.

Now I know what some of you cooks are saying, don’t add water because it makes its own juice. But a little water won’t hurt just make sure that you don’t add too much. Make sure you slice the sweet potatoes crosswise thin. Bake them in a 2-quart casserole dish. Heat at 300 degrees in about 20 minutes. They should be glazed, thick, and delicious.

 

Come together

It would be beautiful if people got along. They would never argue or complain. They would see eye to eye on so many levels, but we don’t live in a perfect world and we’re not perfect. Nevertheless, we should as people get along better. I know some of you have been hurt so bad by certain people or individuals you really can’t stand being around them at all. Who hasn’t gone through that? But our world is full of so many other people who are not that way at all. There are so many songs about people coming together that we’ve all heard over the years. Music can bring people together. I love Santana, but I haven’t heard any new songs by him in years. I have all the old ones.

So I went to his website and guess what I found! The original Santana band are getting together for the first time since 1973. Santana IV CD came out last year. A new album came out in April. This band has the most soulful Latin blues rock songs by any group or singer. No one does it better. But you all have your favorites. Let love shine in. Check it out.

They have eyes but they don’t see

We can look for something and never find it. Even if it was right in front of our eyes. Why does that happen? Are we just so intent on finding whatever it was till we don’t realize it’s right in front of us? If you wear glasses (I do) or contact lenses then that makes a difference too.

I remember on one occasion, my oldest sister was looking for something (I don’t remember what it was though). She kept looking and looking. Well, my nephew was standing nearby and he pointed out where it was. Now, my sister was standing right in front of where the thing was, but she didn’t see it until my nephew pointed to where it was.

Now, that brings my attention to something else.

And in that day shall the deaf hear the words of the book, and the eyes of the blind shall see out of obscurity, and out of darkness. (Isaiah 29:18). But I have one more that I hope you’ll think about too.

Son of man, thou dwellest in the midst of a rebellious house, which have eyes to see, and see not; they have ears to hear, and hear not: for they are a rebellious house. (Ekekiel 12:2).

The scriptures from above have nothing to do with being blind. The problem is spiritual, not physical. God has many ways of punishing us for being disobedient. You may remember the term called curses. Generational curses in particular. But no matter what you do, you cannot stop that. Only God can. You can fight it all you want, but only God can remove the curse.

Some of us have a lot of problems. It can be the father, mother, and child. They may have been in jail dozens of times. They may have been in a rehabilitation program. But nothing seems to work because no matter how many times they’ve been in jail or rehab, they continue to have the same problems.

I have relatives the same way and we all know someone who has at least one of those problems. Why don’t they change? Because they’re not ready. I’ve talked to them. One never owns up to anything. And he’s in jail right now. While growing up he had problems, but no one did enough to help him. He has a mental condition but he won’t admit that something is wrong. And the man has too much pride. Remember, a haughty spirit before a fall.

It’s terrible that too many are out there who need help. They live in terrible conditions but as long as they’re not hurting themselves or someone else the police won’t do anything. Well, when you’re on the street with no money, that is harmful because you can be hurt or killed. There are organizations that help, but they can only do so much.

The other one has been in several rehabilitation programs, but she wasn’t ready to change. So, how can anyone help her? She said that she prays to God but that’s all. We have to be honest with God because no matter what we do, we cannot fool God. Now, you know what some say, you can fool some people, but you can’t fool them all the time. Well, we can’t fool God anytime.

Praying without action will never work. You must do both in order to really make a change. You can’t have one without the other. But time is moving on. We’re all going to leave this world one day. So many have died when they could’ve been helped. They waited and waited until it was too late. Please, don’t let that happen to you. If any of what I’ve typed here applies to you, then please get help now.

 

Talking about politics

Barbara invited a few friends over to talk about politics and you know what can happen. They all live in NW Ohio.

”So, what do you think about the director of the FBI being fired?” Barbara asked.

”I think it’s terrible because he was investigating this collusion problem,” Janet answered. She’s twenty-five, rather tall with lavender dyed hair and soft brown eyes.

Then Jackie said, ”The president made a decision that he felt was best.”

”He’s done a lot of business with Russians and he praised them for being tough and smart. That’s what he said on the Lettermen show four years ago. Now, half a year is almost over and they claim there’s no evidence of collusion. That’s a bunch of crap!” Barbara continued.

She’s 30, the oldest one. Her fluffy natural is soft and thick. Her deep eyes peer right through. They’re sitting in the lounge room snacking on sharp cheese crackers and a light drink. The women are wearing stylish summer dresses and jazzy sandals.

”We haven’t seen any proof of this collusion claim whatsoever,” Jackie pointed out.

”They keep delaying things and that’s the hold up,” Janet said.

”You democrats are still mad because Hillary didn’t win, that’s the problem,” Jackie continued.

”No that’s not true. That so-called president has been a problem since he ran for office,” Janet made clear.

”He’s made mistakes just like the others,” Jackie said.

”No. He has lied more than any president. And what’s wrong with showing your income tax form?” Barbara asked.

”He doesn’t have to,” Jackie answered.

”Being audit doesn’t mean you can’t reveal your tax form,” Barbara continued.

”Well, it’s his decision,” her friend said.

”Anyhow, we’re going to continued this later, I have to get my hair done.”

Well, at least they’re still friends.