Sunday, June 29, 2014

Collection of Advice for the High School Graduation Senior Class of 2014

Harry S Truman said: “The best way to give advice to your children is to find out what they want and advise them to do it.”

Graduation is over and the anticipation of your looming life is before you. It is a bittersweet thing filled with all the hopes & dreams you've accumulated so far - and the uncertainty of what is to come for you in this life.

The BEST advice you will ever receive is to learn from the mistakes of others first - and then learn from your own mistakes. Of course, you will learn the most from mistakes you make. But, here is a collection of advice, life hacks and observations from the older crowd who have been where you are now.

Congratulations High School Seniors and Enjoy the Ride!!

Life 101
Looking back, what I wish I knew when I was graduating from High School.

The Best Graduation Wisdom of 2014
A collection of quotes from the best graduation speakers

6 Vintage Graduation Tips That Still Apply Today
These are profound - especially the first one.

Graduation Advice for Aspiring Humanitarians & Aid Workers
This is excellent advice if you've got a bleeding heart.

Advice to High School Graduates - You Are Not Special
This post will give you a realistic yet hopeful perspective.

12 of the Best Graduation Speeches, EVER!
They inspire us to think deeper about our future and how to accomplish our dreams.

Social Media Advice for Graduates
These are really good, practical suggestions from 'normal' people.

Monday, June 9, 2014

I Heart My City! The Seattle Symphony Orchestra & Sir Mix-A-Lot Performing "Baby Got Back"

Okay, this was just about the neatest thing I could have woke up to this morning - Sir Mix-A-Lot performing his INFAMOUS hit, "Baby Got Back" with our own Seattle Symphony Orchestra.

I just wish I would have been there!! Btw, don't tell us white girls that we can't dance to rap music. Some of us have obviously got it going on. ;)

What a treat, THANKS SO MUCH - ENCORE!!

6/8/14: Seattle Symphony Orchestra, Sir Mix-A-Lot and girls having naughty fun. ;)

Friday, May 2, 2014

Will Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson Ever Reunite?

They did it once after the 'cheating' scandal in 2012.
Will Kristen Stewart & Robert Pattinson ever reunite again?
Update 5/28/14 - In The Hollywood Reporter Interview with Robert Pattinson - he is asked if he and Kristen are still in contact; and his reply is, "Oh, yeah."

That response could mean anything, and it would NOT be unusual for them to remain in touch and still be VERY good friends even IF they are no longer stoking the fires of a romantic relationship.

Plus, there is an image of Robert with his arm around a girl during Katy Perry's London concert, recently. This has many fans flustered.

Just relax, take a deep breath and find a good diversion - CREATE one if you have to. Stop doing internet searches on them and surfing into tabloids. When WE stop, the tabloids will stop when those stories no longer make them money.

None of this new stuff has changed my opinion below, at all.

We've all seen the rumor-mongering out there... Will Kristen Stewart and Robert Pattinson unite at Cannes or will they EVER reunite? Or heck, did they ever break up to begin with? Are they putting on this show for the paparazzi & tabloids this year or have they REALLY split?

I've said this from the beginning, it's none of our business. However, fans have a hard time staying away from the question, especially when the gossip rags keep bringing it up. It concerns many fans whether it should, or not. That is a perfectly normal fan-response.

So, as someone who has been watching them both pretty closely for the past couple of years - this is my opinion, and that's all it is. Keep in mind at this point that NO ONE KNOWS what is actually going on between them.

I, for one, am hoping that either Kris or Rob will at least say something in response to this mess in a Cannes interview. It would be perfect timing for them to do so since they will both be there for professional reason and the interviews will be rolling. We'll see what happens.

But, from a semi-educated distance, this is what I think:

Ever since the 'breaking up for now' rumors started last May - it seemed pretty obvious to me that they had started that rumor themselves. They either needed a break from their crazy lives and/or their relationship. Plus, they have both remained (debatably) single throughout this year - mostly paying attention to their careers (btw, they have been doing that for their beloved FANS as much as for themselves).

One thing that has struck me from the beginning is how DIFFERENT this 'break-up' was this time than last time. For example, we started seeing things happening right away - Kristen was seen hanging out with friends & smiling for the papz, and Robert moved stuff out of the house, he had a Hollywood party without her, Kristen got her own new puppy, etc. It was almost like they had a plan.

It also seemed quick and hot - like something came to a head (and we didn't hear any of that "we'll always love each other" BS like most Hollywood 'divorces'). That 'something' didn't necessarily HAVE to be their relationship. This split COULD be 'all about the papz & tabloids' because they had been taking hits against them both individually and as a Hollywood couple all the way up until the split happened in May.

They could have just decided to create a break for themselves.

And, Kris and/or Rob seemed to be consciously trying to affect the course of the story at first - but it didn't take long for things to get out of hand. I would imagine they just let go of things at some point and let the stories take their course.

Fans were pretty much on their own to do the right thing and ignore the lies - or deal with whatever they were hearing from the tabloids.

BUT, did anyone else think that the images Kristen was allowing to be captured of herself within a couple of DAYS of the 'split' were awfully HAPPY-looking? I swear, she seemed to almost be GIDDY. Maybe it's because I'm an Aries, too - I just don't see that as being my response THAT FAST.

If it was a real break-up, I would have HAD to wait at least a week or two or three - and that would have been a normal time lapse for those kind of images to be coming out, I think. (I realize Kristen and I are different, and us both being an Aries doesn't necessarily mean that I can predict her responses. This is just 'my' slant.)

While I'm sure Kristen was trying to put on a happy face for fans after the rumor to help calm the wild fires that were going on - she sure didn't seem to me to be very heartbroken, and she has NEVER seemed that way to me - NOR has Robert.

They've been all business.

And THEN... We SAW them together in October!!

What arguments that event has caused among fans, huh? I've seen every explanation from Kris & Rob were living close at the time and just happened to be driving down the same road; to Kristen setting up the scene and calling the paparazzi to tip them off, herself.

*I* took that situation to mean that they are NOT enemies whether they have actually ceased the romantic part of their relationship, or not. I believe they still keep in contact via cell phones and texts - just based on knowing what all my past 'breakups' have been like. (Yeah, I was even married to a Taurus once for ten years. It CAN work, ha! Well, for awhile at least - we did eventually divorce.)

It would not be unusual for them to downgrade their relationship to BFF status - even if the romance is gone. Especially in a place like Hollywood - you need all the allies you can get; and these two professional actors have been allies for too long to let something that valuable in that hostile environment fizzle completely out.

They have too much of an 'in the trenches' bond whether anyone thinks they should have it or not.

I've never been obsessed about these two, and I do not consider myself to be a 'robsten' fan. But with everything that I've seen and read about them and their relationiship over the past couple of years - with how much they have had to put up with and how HARD they have had to fight; I'm having a hard time believing that things ended on such a hostile, permanent note.

Even today... Kristen still looks pretty happy and so does Robert. When they are both DANG good and READY is when we will see them either together or with someone else.

I'm placing the odds at 60% that they WILL eventually reconcile when the time is right again; and a 95% chance that they will at least remain BFF's.

NOTE that there is a 40% - 5% possibility of the opposite - it's a very real possibility that things are completely over between them. In that case, their relationship likely never stood a chance against Hollywood, tabloid rags, paparazzi cockroaches and fan judgments ASIDE from the 'normal' hard work it takes to make a romantic relationship thrive in todays world.

No one should be mad at either one of them no matter what happens - you know (probably many) someones will be infuriated whether they end up on the same road again or not. They TRIED - they get credit for that.

I'm not so sure *I* would have. They both get credit for jumping back into the fire against the odds. ;)

What do you think? Feel free to disagree - just try to be semi-non-cruel about it, Okay?

If you need help dealing with a stubborn Twilight and/or Robsten obsession, click here. A LOT of fans are having a hard time dealing STILL because it IS HARD to get past an obsession like Twilight when there are so many jerks poking at you about it.

Twilight & Anti-Twilight Over-Obsessions can be Explained
"Telling on my big Twilight Sisters" Why was Twilight an
inappropriately-targeted story for OLDER girls? ;)

This post goes into extreme detail about how the obsessions of Twilight’s
different FanFactions developed and progressed. It is also the
BEST REASON for ALL Twihard & Current Anti-Twihard Fans to UNITE

(The petition for tabloid & paparazzi reform is in here at the end if you’re interested.)
This is how I know so much about 
what’s going on with ‘robsten’.
It was sort of a side-effect of doing all this research on The Twilight Saga
from a movie fan's perspective. I could see all this stuff happening to us and
Kristen & Robert – but I wasn’t really paying attention to it like NONE of us were.

Wednesday, February 5, 2014

Bill Nye the Science Guy Debates Ken Ham the Creationist on Evolution

*Note: 'Creationist' and 'Christian' are not the same thing. MANY Christians don't believe in creationism (even conservatives ones, sometimes).

Thank you, Bill Nye for going against just about every one of your peers in the Scientific and/or Liberal communities to take on this run-into-the-ground, nonsense-bombed issue AGAIN.

Before the debate, moderator Ken Foreman from CNN asked both men if they expected to change people's minds. Bill Nye said:

"Here is my hope: I will remind Kentucky voters (all voters, I would hope) that this is a serious issue and that it is inappropriate to include creationism as an alternative to ... the body of knowledge and the process called science."

Many liberal & scientific minds around the globe didn't want Bill Nye to take on this debate. The Guardian summed it up like this: "The public debate between Bill Nye and the president of a US creationist museum gives creationism a scientific legitimacy that it isn’t entitled to"

Many other people agree with that view: Bill Nye Lost the Creation Debate - Just by Showing up, Slate Magazine

I'd like to think that most people are glad this debate happened - again. I don't care how many times it happens. As someone who grew up in a conservative Christian home who was coerced into believing in 'creationsm' at a young age - and then discovered the truth, later...

Yeah, silly as it may seem to people... It's like finding out that Santa Clause isn't real. It can be a really shocking and even traumatic revelation to Christian believers that can result in HUGE side-effects of depression to have a cherished belief debunked like that.

However, the thing you need to keep in mind is - just because evolution is a Scientific Reality doesn't mean that God doesn't exist. Many Christians have just been taught misinformation about him.

I go into that more in this article, but bottom line... If the JEWS (then or now) who originally kept The Book of Genesis AND early Christians didn't believe that it was a literal retelling of the creation of the world - why do creationists keep insisting on it when there is so much Scientific evidence against it?

If you are a Christian who believes in creationism... God isn't afraid of questions from true believers. Seek and ye shall find when what you believe doesn't seem to hold water against evidence like that - knock and the door will open. God gave you a brain separate from everyone else's for a reason - so YOU could use it.

In all honesty, ALL religions have been warped, and Christianity is no exception. Don't just seek God for the answers to this question that you may have - he'll reveal every truth you can handle if you're brave enough.

It isn't always necessary to seek out every answer to every spiritual question that you have, however - sometimes the purpose of life is just to LIVE it. :)

Ken Ham: Why I'm Debating Bill Nye About Creationism, CNN Blog

Bill Nye: Why I'm Debating Creationist Ken Ham, CNN Bloig

Watch the Creationism vs. Evolution Debate: Ken Ham and Bill Nye on NPR

What I Learned Moderating the Creation/Evolution Debate by Ken Foreman, CNN

7 Zingers from the Ham-on-Nye Creation Debate, Religion News