is true that me…

is true that men and women with no plans become leg deep in sinking sand. Like idle ideas that never see the light of day, they become dormant then slowly fade away. A life without laughter and love is truly its own death, its lack of contraction in the lungs, a soulless wanderer is all thats left.

As I scrolled through my “jackbook” AKA Facebook timeline I found something of substance. I absolutely love quotes and just had to share it with you all. Maybe those restless nights that you need inspiration you will find this passage and it may direct you to step out of the sinking sand! 

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Violence, VIOLENCE, violence

Yesterday the buck stopped here! My brother was shot in the leg during an attempted robbery (he wash’t the robber). I was a bit taken aback by the news. It was the pregnant pause then the typical WHAAT?!? My boyfriend didn’t stutter, my ears did not need cleaning, but I didn’t hear him correctly. It was that all encompassing wealth of emotion that makes you freeze, fight, or flee. I froze. Just what everyone thinks when something finally makes it around to their family “I never thought this could happen to me, my family.” I could not understand. 

Even though I know all about the statistics, I live in a shady neighborhood, more people die from gun violence than of natural causes …etc. It still was unreal. I met someone recently Janet Fitch of New Moon Productions. Awesome lady looking to change the conversation about gun violence. Because gun violence is generally discussed from a persecutive of urban homicides (like above) and the statistics state something different, Janet has been on a mission to reframe the conversation and put it into the context of public health and prevention.

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No, I am not pressuring you to support me or my family in anyway because of the shooting or want to ride the gun wagon until the wheels fall off because of it. The incident just pushed me to finally tell people about her work, what she hopes to do for the community through it, and how you can be a part of it. Visit Janet’s website and see what she has been up to before you are feeling as I yesterday.

 

Later Dayz…

How do you feel about non-profits? worthy or worthless?

There was a discussion board in my class and this was a question. Because of how some of the readings and supporting statements of my classmates it made me wonder what the rest of the world thought? Working in NPO’s there is good and bad. Receiving services from NPO’s can be good and bad as well. I have had the privilege of all four experiences and I still could not bring myself to side with NPO’s not being useful. With any organization public or private there are the good, the bad, and the ugly, but I’d like your opinion on that…

 

Later Dayz

Winter car pile up, but you’re from WI?!?! My soapbox moment #1

Image I have always been perplexed as to how Wisconsinites can’t drive in snow. Every year around the same time we get snow. I expect it. Frankly, I look forward to it. It is the signal of thanksgiving, christmas and holiday cheer for me. It signals the coming of an end to this long drawn out semester… NO MORE CLASSES!!!! WHOOP WHOOP!! As soon as I see snow I instantly think great winter times. As much as I love all those things before there must be the ying to my yang, right? Of course! The snow also marks the start of mindless accidents to come. 
Channel 12 shows the raw footage of Highway 41/45 in Waukesha’s dozen+ car pile up. Its very obvious that people were simply driving too fast for conditions. As much snow that is shown on the video it should have been moving at a snails pace! When driving all there is to do is look ahead, scan ahead, prepare for whats ahead. Yet, its 10 cars on the road with people out of their cars and cars are still flying and then sliding into the cars and groups of people. Im sorry, but some people just need not be on the road. Is it rocket science?
After having all of this to say I went to the DMV Statistics to check and see if November – February are our worst or most accidents. I was very shocked that AUGUST, the dry, hot as hell month of the year averages about 66 car crashes and the winter months in which I expected to clobber the rest of the year with the amount of crashes are actually the months where the least amount of crashes occur! January averaged high thirties and November/December were low forties. 
Later dayz…

Where are all the black men in WI?

Back in jail are they?

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Recidivism : 

Blank stares
Green suits of despair that everyone wears
Nothing but thoughts to share 
One ideal to abide
Only me to confide
Eyes wide shut
But it’s warm when I wake up
Don’t institutionalize me!

Yelps of control
Restrictions 3 fold
Dreams and desires 
Like paper in fire
But  I got a hot shower
Don’t institutionalize me!

Distrust is a must
Lack of lust
Miles and miles of dial tones
Needing to be shown a way
But I had a great time in rec today 
Don’t institutionalize me!  

Set-up for failure
Always of the lesser
Too late to plan for a successor
Already an inevitable offspring future
But I got my own bed to dream in
Don’t institutionalize me!

Back against a wall 
Closed doors to catch my fall
Counting down
Stuck in a system dedicated to ensuring I’ll be back around
Institutionalize me…