A poem by Michael Eaborn.
On the heels of the body policing discussionsparked by Lizzo‘s (incredible) thong outfit at last weekend’s Lakers game, PopCulture.comrevisited a recent radio interview in which the star said she’d be down to do a show in the nude.
As the publication notes, while speaking to 3FMahead of her show in Amsterdam last month, Lizzo talked about the possibility of quite literally baring it all for a future performance.
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“I would do a special naked performance,” she said, though she made it clear the show would only work in a few specific markets.
“I would only do it in Vegas or Amsterdam,” Lizzo stated, before adding that she’d also have to enforce some audience rules. “Everyone would have to give up their cell phones — your phone would be safe, but I think we’d do it like that. Then it would just be ‘everybody, let’s go.'”
And while there’s no word on when exactly in 2020 she’d like to do this show, it’s refreshing to continually see Lizzo do whatever the fuck she wants while flouting the near-constant scrutinyshe faces.
That said, as she reminded us in the wake of all the outfit hubbub, “This is who I’ve always been. Now everyone’s lookin’ at it, and your criticism can just remain your criticism.”
“Your criticism has no effect on me. Negative criticism has no stake in my life,” she continued — and let’s just hope all the recent bullshit doesn’t affect her plan for this performance as well.
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A woman’s tirade against staff at a Burnaby Shoppers Drug Mart on Monday — captured on video and being shared widely on social media — was rude and racist, says the man who filmed it.
In the video, posted on Facebook by Allen Tseng, a white woman is seen berating the Asian staff for “speaking Chinese” in front of her. The unidentified woman calls one staff member “rude as f–k” for not speaking English.
“Speak English in Canada,” she says while pointing her finger at a female customer service agent. “You’re rude, you are rude. Go somewhere else.”
The woman continues her profane rant against three employees while a young boy looks on beside her. According to Tseng’s post, it happened Monday at the Shoppers Drug Mart at Kingsway and McMurray Avenue.
“I just want to put this lady on blast for being extremely rude and racist. And hopefully show her there (are) consequences to this type of behaviour. It’s sad to see this sort of racism still in 2019 and in Greater Vancouver,” Tseng said in his post.
Tseng didn’t see what touched off the dispute but said the female staffer who took the brunt of the abuse was working to assist the woman.
“The Asian lady was trying to help. She was asked to help by (a manager), but they spoke to each other in their own native tongue and that’s when the misunderstanding happened,” he said.
Tseng said the staff members were all visibly shaken after the woman left the store.
“It made me feel sad for the employees that they had to be verbally harassed like that,” he said.
A spokeswoman for Loblaw Canada, which owns Shoppers Drug Mart, says the company has been in touch with the Burnaby store and will offer additional resources and support to staff if required.
“The incident that took place on Monday was unacceptable and extremely disappointing to see. It has absolutely no place in our stores. We believe fully in two-way respect between our employees and our customers and were appalled to see that behaviour,” Catherine Thomas said in a statement to Postmedia News.
Massacre is a noun. It is an indiscriminate and brutal slaughter of people. I would use this as another name for a Mass Shooting. The shooting at a Walmart in El Paso, Texas was a massacre.
On the morning of August 3, 2019, at approximately 10 a.m. local time resulting in the deaths of 20 people and at least 26 injured, making it the deadliest shooting of 2019. A single gunman is suspected of committing the shooting. He was apprehended by police shortly afterward and arrested. An ongoing FBI investigation suggests the shooting may have been a hate crime or act of domestic terrorism; no charges have been filed.
At least 20 people were killed on Saturday in an armed attack at a Walmart in El Paso, the nation’s second mass shooting in less than a week after three fatalities at a garlic festival in Gilroy, Calif., last Sunday.
Saturday’s bloodshed in Texas represented the 31st mass killing by firearms in 2019. A mass killing is defined by the Justice Department as three or more killings in a single episode. There is no legal definition for the term “mass shooting,” despite its frequent use by gun control groups and the news media.
Here are some of the deadliest shootings in 2019. (Death tolls do not include the shooter.)
July 28 — 3 killed
An annual garlic festival in an agricultural community south of San Jose turned deadly when a 19-year-old man opened fire with a semiautomatic rifle that he had bought legally in Nevada. The shooter killed himself in the attack. The victims included a 13-year-old girl and a 6-year-old boy.
July 6 — 5 FOUND DEAD
The bodies of five men who had been fatally shot were discovered in an apartment building by police officers in north St. Louis County, according to The St. Louis Post-Dispatch. The victims ranged in age from 37 to 65. Two men were arrested in the killings, which the police said were connected to “drug activity,” as reported by The Post-Dispatch.
June 8 — 5 killed
Five members of the Yakama Nation were killed in White Swan, a remote community on the Yakama Indian Reservation in central Washington State. Four people were arrested in the shootings, the latest act in a cycle of criminal activity on the reservation, which is nestled between the Cascade mountains and the Columbia River. Two of the men charged in the killings took a child hostage at gunpoint, the authorities said.
May 31 — 12 killed
A city engineer quit his job and then went on a shooting rampage at Building No. 2 of the Virginia Beach Municipal Center. The suspect, a former soldier, was armed with two handguns and a cache of ammunition as he targeted his former co-workers in offices and hallways, according to the authorities. His victims were civil servants in the public works and public utilities departments and a contractor who was at the offices to discuss a permit. Until the attack in El Paso on Saturday, the shooting at Virginia Beach was the greatest loss of life in a mass killing this year.
Feb. 15 — 5 killed
A disgruntled employee who had been fired from his job returned to a suburban Chicago factory with a .40-caliber Smith & Wesson handgun with a laser sight, which the authorities said he used to kill five of his former co-workers. The shooter was not supposed to have a weapon, as his gun permit had been revoked a year earlier because of a felony assault conviction. The victims included an intern who was on his first day of work and a grandfather of eight.
This guy just keeps getting crazier by the day. He keeps talking about Obama’s Administration. One thing Mr. “So called President” Trump: The mess you’re in is your fault. You keep running your big mouth to other countries and getting yourself in trouble. You can’t even talk to our NATO Allies without starting trouble. You are a disgrace to your own country. If you think for one second We, The People, are going to just allow you to embarrass us, you have another thing coming. You are a 70 year old man who tweets constantly. You can either continue your irrational temper tantrums on Twitter or you can delete your account, resign, and go live under a rock.
Donald Trump was voted by the deplorables. The people who disagree with every basic human right(sounds a lot like Tomi Lahren) are the supporters of Donald Trump. The Peanut Gallery is what they represent. All his supporters are going through ‘buyer’s remorse’. They were too dumb to know that this clown was lying, that they got scared over those emails. Now that they are at risk of losing their insurance, they are now regretting voting for him. I don’t feel sorry for them. They were the one’s who claimed that Trump was a “savior sent from God” and all this other garbage. They said that Trump was going to be great. They said that Russia had nothing to do with the Election. They said that Muslims and Illegal Immigrants were Murderers, Rapists, and Terrorists. The reality is that they are in denial. For starters, his base supporters are Racist Extremists. They never think of Domestic Terrorism.
Domestic Terrorism, in the simplest definition, is Terrorism from the inside. A great example of it is Dylan Roof. He was the Charleston Church Shooter. He didn’t feel any remorse when he killed 12 African American church goers. Just pure hate on the African American Community. Another Example of Domestic Terrorism is the Portland Killer. The Trump Supporter who attacked a Muslim with a knife. The one who probably called her a terrorist. These are the real terrorist. Not the millions of Muslims. Not the Illegal Immigrants who have no criminal background. The real Terrorists are the ones who murder people due to their hate. Then there those who use their religion to justify it.
DO NOT USE YOUR RELIGION TO JUSTIFY YOUR HATE OF ANOTHER!! Before some of my readers get upset, I just want to say that everyone can believe in their own religion. It just crosses the line when there are some that use their hate “in the name of the bible”. One of the problems that I have with Trump supporters are that some claim to be extremely religious, aka Evalangicals. Some of them are the ones who hate people for being homosexual. They use the bible as a defense to attack other religions. Before they attack Muslims, they need to know this: The real reason you have a problem with them is because they actually believe in their God. If these do called “Evalangicals” that voted for Trump were religious, they would have seen a snake in an orange mask. They can’t say Trump is very religious. He has been married three times, lies constantly, sources say he has raped someone, etc.
The problem is that those people who voted for Trump have dug themselves into a hole that they are unable to get out of. They were too ignorant to see the lies. They believed a billionaire, with no political experience, could “Make America Great Again. They believed that he could “Drain The Swamp”. Well if you ask me, the swamp needs to be drained. By swamp I mean Trump’s Administration.
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Whether I like to admit it or not, I enjoy working at Taco Bell. Taco Bell is DANG good and endlessly satisfying to your tastebuds and to your wallet. Having experience to many a Taco Bell fanatic and become one along the way myself, these are some of the absolute best items on the menu. In this blatantly indulgent journey through the best Taco Bell items, prepare to find yourself in need of one of these crave-worthy entrees immediately.
10. Cinnamon Twists
Cinnamon twists are cinnamon- sugar dusted nostalgia. Before there were fries or chips, the Taco Bell side to have were these cinnamon twists. Accompanying most meals, whether you wanted them or not, the cinnamon twists are synonymous to the entire experience. Love ’em or hate ’em, you’ll probably find yourself mindlessly chowing down on one whilst wishing you had another taco left in the bag.
9. Chicken Quesadilla
Don’t roll your eyes! It’s simple, it’s plain, it’s delicious! In my more reluctant years, my go-to was always the chicken and cheese quesadilla, and old habits die hard. No matter the newest cheesy taco goodness that gets added to the menu, this will always be a staple of the Taco Bell experience. It can be a snack, a meal, or even a side to another taco—the possibilities are endless! Make sure to include the jalapeño sauce too; it adds another creamy, spicy dimension that kicks the chicken quesadilla up to the coveted spot on this list!
While the Meximelt is admittedly a glorified beef taco, it feels like the hidden treasure of the drive-thru that makes my inner- foodie squeal. This beef and cheese combo inside a warm soft taco is the ooey gooey goodness that makes me wonder why it’s not a more popular find on the menu. This Mexican comfort food may have been overpriced at $2+ during it’s run, but it can easily be duplicated by ordering a “beefy mini quesadilla with meat and cheese only” for only $.99! That alone gets major props in my books!
7. Nacho Fries
The latest addition to a seemingly perfected menu came with the announcement that nacho fries would be joining the menu for only $1 and some change… say no more. The expectations were high and these fries didn’t disappoint. They accompany any—yes any—meal off the menu and are dirt cheap. The fries are crispy, flavorful, and paired with a cheese dip that’s great, but definitely not necessary to make the fries a success.
This non-alcoholic, sugary treat is marked down daily for three hours during Taco Bell’s, “Happier Hour” and the world does not talk about this enough. With constant flavors including the “Mountain Dew Baja Blast,” and “Skittles Strawberry,” as well as limited edition flavors like, “Watermelon,” there are endless opportunities to find the freeze of your dreams. During “Happier Hour,” the frozen beverages are $1 between 2pm-5pm, giving you the perfect afternoon sugar high and an aesthetic cup of color that’s Instagram-worthy.
5. Crunchwrap Supreme
This handheld tortilla with a crunch is pure innovation in taco form. While I prefer this number without tomatoes, there’s no shortage of ingredients. With meat, lettuce, sour cream, a crunchy tostada shell, nacho cheese, and tomatoes, this blend of flavors is key to making this indulgent taco sheer perfection.
The Quesarito stole my affections from my initial love of the chicken and cheese quesadilla. I’ll always hold the quesadilla close to my heart, but the Quesarito has climbed the ranks and created the same love and then some. Available in beef, steak, and chicken, the Quesarito closely mimics the quesadilla when ordering the chicken option.
With the added rice inside the nacho cheese-lined layer of tortilla, this burrito is unlike any burrito that has ever come before it. When the craving for a dense dish of meat, cheese, rice, and a grilled exterior hits in the late hours of the night, this item will have you marveling over the sheer level of cream and cheesiness.
3. Doritos Locos Tacos
Whether they’re the prized possession packed in your lunch box in third grade or the special foundation to a taco salad at the ballparks, Doritos are a staple chip to have on hand. With shell flavors ranging from Nacho Cheese, Cool Ranch, and Fiery Doritos, you’ll be hard-pressed to not find a taco for your enjoyment. Replacing the average taco shells with Doritos will leave your fingers with the cheesy dust we love to lick off later.
2. Cheesy Gordita Crunch
I would trade every item previously mentioned for one bite of this masterpiece. A true gift to the senses, the Cheesy Gordita Crunch is savory, crunchy, soft, delicate, satisfying, and downright beautiful. In any form that it can be ordered—regular or with a Doritos shell—it’s the showstopper amongst everything else on the Taco Bell menu.
Similar to biting into a cloud, and then a satisfying crush of crisps, this meal does it all. This menu item combines the features of a quesadilla, hard shell taco, gordita, and chalupa whilst somehow breaking the mold of them all and creating an experience that’s equal parts fluffiness and crunchiness.
1. Nacho Fries Box
With all that being said, here’s why this is my #1 “DANG THAT’S GOOD” spot. The nacho fries box is all of the best Taco Bell items for only $5! This bargain is a game-changer, but with an included drink, a Cheesy Gordita Crunch, a nacho cheese Doritos Locos Taco, seasoned fries, AND cheese dip, this is the epitome of Taco Bell. Whether you’re a taco-loving newbie or a seasoned vet, this is the most delicious, affordable, and tempting combination of Taco Bell items ever.
Hopefully, you have a location near you so you’ll be able to enjoy any of these Taco Bell items at any hour. With this insight into the very best of the best, I hope you gain an appreciation for this fast food paradise just like I did.
A song about Trump
And he looks like a chump
Always asking people am I racist?
Well my friends think he is
That he’s full of shit
‘Cause he’s constantly tweeting on twitter
And when there’s dumb things he’d say
I bet he says ’em to hate.
And did I mention he looks like Oranges?
I know he’s short and he’s plump
But I won’t give a fuck
Don’t want his hands or his lips coming near me.
‘Cause he’s a racist.
And they’re all the same
Like a stain on your life’s reputation
Yeah you’re a racist.
I’ve been through it before
I’d rather cut off my ears
Then hear you scare me with fear!
‘Cause you’re a
‘Cause he’s a
There’s this Commander in Chief
I have always liked the least
So I went snooping around on his socials
In all the tweets that he tweets
He seems to enjoy a defeat
And his favorite hashtag is MAGA!
Cause he’s a racist.
And they’re all the same
Like a stain on your life’s reputation
Yeah you’re a racist.
I’ve been through it before
I’d rather cut off my ears
Then hear you scare me with fear!
‘Cause you’re a
‘Cause he’s a
Alright listen up people far and wide
There is a growing epidemic
And it does not just affect America but the whole world
Keep your families inside, keep them safe
We must eliminate these people
And if you elect this president
He will exterminate each and every one of them!
Don’t want no racist
‘Cause they’re all the same
Like a stain on your life’s reputation
Yeah you’re a racist
I’ve been through it before
I’d rather cut off my ears
Then hear you scare me with fear!
‘Cause you’re a
‘Cause he’s a
‘Cause you’re a
‘Cause he’s a
‘Cause you’re a
Parody and lyrics by: Michael Eaborn
Actions have consequences… first rule of life. And the second rule is this – you are the only one responsible for your own actions.
The news about Belcalis Almanzar, also known as Cardi B, and the scandal that has made its round in the news and social media. In a old Instagram Live video, she is ranting on about what she had to do to get by. She admitted to drugging men’s drinks and robbing them in hotel rooms. Being a huge celebrity, it was no surprise to me that her fans came to her defense. One issue that has come to my attention are the crimes she committed. People have been asking why isn’t she being investigated? I am not a fan of her music. That being said, it would be easy for someone to say that I have a personal vendetta against her. People are arguing that “rape is different than robbing”. Well I disagree. After researching on this scandal, I’ve learned a lot about different laws. Also how this scandal is in some ways similar to the Bill Cosby case.
The law is different in each state. For example, the state of Washington has RCW 9A.36.021, a law which states:
“…someone who “administers to or causes to be taken by another, poison or any other destructive or noxious substance” is guilty of Assault in the Second Degree.”
The law includes sedatives or other sedating type drugs within this definition. This is a class B felony and is punishable by imprisonment up to 10 years.
Bill Cosby was convicted of three counts of aggravated indecent assault for DRUGGING and ASSAULTING. Looking at all points of views, he didn’t just rape women. He also drugged them, making them unconscious. Supporters of Cardi B have beeAt face value, this is completely different from what Cardi B did.
At the time, Cardi B was a stripper in New York when she DRUGGED and ROBBED men. By drugging, she potentially committed second degree assault and violated two laws: NY PL 120.05 and NY PL 10.00(10).
NY PL 120.05 states:
“….where “serious physical injuries” resulted from the assault, and the assault was carried out with the intent of causing such injuries.”
NY PL 10.00(10) states:
“….“serious physical injuries” as “a physical injury which creates a substantial risk of death, or which causes death or serious protracted disfigurement, protracted IMPAIRMENT OF HEALTH or Protracted loss or impairment of any bodily organ.””
It can be challenged in court that she committed 2nd Degree Assault, when she intentionally drugged each men in order to rob them. This would be a CLASS D FELONY, which is punishable by up to 7 years in prison (NY PL 120.05)
In addition to 2nd degree assault, she may have committed Petite Larceny and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property in the Fifth Degree, when she robbed men. Both crimes violate NY PL 155.25 and NY PL 165.40. They are considered to be “A” misdemeanors and are punishable by up to a year in jail.
Furthermore, in the state of New York, a person is guilty of assault in the second degree when: a purpose other than lawful medical or therapeutic treatment, he/she intentionally causes stupor, unconsciousness or other physical impairment or injury to another person by administering to him/her, without his/her consent, a drug, substance or preparation capable of producing the same.
In conclusion, to say that rape and robbing aren’t the same is irrelevant. They are crimes and in this case, they involve drugging someone and assault. Bill Cosby is serving three to 10 years in a state prison for drugging and sexually assaulting someone. Cardi B may not have raped anyone but what she possibly did was commit a series of crimes. Should she be investigated and convicted, she would be facing fines and serving time in prison. Fortunately for Cardi B, the laws in each state are different, which could could give Cardi B the benefit of the doubt.
Dear Donald Trump,
I am a supporter of the Democrat party. I have always found your party’s politics somewhat crazy and your individual views rather deplorable. I believe in the values of honesty and morality.
Your morality is deplorable and your conduct, crumpled.
Recently, I have come to feel worried about Leadership. I am affected by this daily because I care deeply about the leadership of this country.
Since taking an oath to defend and uphold the constitution, you have repeatedly failed to to uphold the constitution. As President, you have spoken out against Women’s Rights and argued in favour of Border Walls, resulting in the rise of Hate Crimes. I have lost all hope that you will rise to the challenge and lead the country.
I am writing you to ask that you delete your Twitter account and also, hopefully stop telling lies. But that will deem difficult, considering your relationship with honesty and transparency. Your presidency is standing in the way of progress.
As Commander in Chief, you are to help lead the United States of America.
Thank you for taking time to read my letter, oh entertaining one.
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A Narrative Poem
by Michael Eaborn
I met a man selling books,
For money he wanted to swap,
But I really wanted some guidebooks.
“Got any guidebooks?” asked I.
“For that’s how I’ll spend my money.”
“No guidebooks here!” said the guy.
He seemed to find it quite funny.
“We’ve got some lovely cakes,
I’ll give you a very fine price.”
“I’d rather have some snakes.”
The man blinked rapidly thrice.
The man seemed exceptionally smart,
And his manner was strangely amused.
He wasn’t what I would call multipart,
Great disdain he noticeably oozed.
Like others, he thought I was odd,
Some say I’m a bit mighty.
Still he gave me a courteous nod,
As if he thought I was plenty whity.
So in search of my goal I departed,
But before the book shop could I leave,
The man came running full-hearted,
“I can help you I believe.”
“Books, guidebooks, you shall find.
Cakes, snakes, you can get.
You must now open your mind,
And get down to Barnes & Noble Market.
So to Barnes & Noble Market I decided to go,
In search of the guidebooks I craved.
The winds it did eerily blow.
But I felt that the day could be saved.
There were stalls selling rings,
Comic books in many shades.
There were even stalls selling wings
People were scattered from many trades
I was greeted by a peculiar lady,
She seemed to be rather mighty
I couldn’t help thinking she might be quite shady.
I wondered if she was at all whity.
Before I could open my mouth,
She shouted, “For you, I have some guidebooks!”
I headed towards her, to the south,
Past some cakes and books.
“But how did you know?” I asked,
“Do you want them or not?” she did say.
Silently, the guidebooks she passed.
Then vanished before I could pay.
As I walked away I hard a crackle
Or was it, perhaps, a hushed cackle?
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“To truly appreciate this poem, you need to see it as a metaphor. I mean, literally wanting to spend all your money on some guidebooks, really?”
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March 31, 2019
The remarkable number of notable writers who have studied or taught at the Iowa Writers’ Workshop includes Flannery O’Connor, Robert Lowell, Dylan Thomas, Rita Dove, Sandra Cisneros, Kurt Vonnegut, John Irving and Marilynne Robinson. In “A Delicate Aggression,” David O. Dowling, an associate professor at Iowa’s journalism school, tells the “cultural and industrial history” of the workshop through a series of biographical portraits. He captures writers “in their formative years taking their first tentative steps toward professional careers, forming alliances and rivalries among intimidating world-renowned faculty and high-powered peers.” He writes about the program’s blend of mentoring and marketing, its rigor and its wiles. Below, he discusses the workshop’s founder, Irving defending Vonnegut’s honor in a fight, how Ralph Waldo Emerson helped to inspire this book and more.
When did you first get the idea to write this book?
I had written a book called “Emerson’s Protégés,” published in 2014. It was about how the promotion of young literary talent took place in Concord, Mass., and how the growth of creative writing happened within this enclave, this literary circle. Then I thought: How does that promotion move into the 20th and 21st centuries? I wanted to follow how the growth of young talent becomes institutionalized.
I didn’t have to look too far. Doing some preliminary research, I strolled into Prairie Lights bookshop and asked the bookseller Paul Ingram what they had in the way of histories of the workshop. He took me over to a big shelf of books, and said:
“Everything here is either a memoir or retrospective collection of commemorative pieces. These are all inside jobs.”
There wasn’t one book there by someone who wasn’t an alumnus or a former faculty member. “So,” Paul looked at me, “someone’s got to write this book.”
What’s the most surprising thing you learned while writing it?
Too many to tell you. One was the business savvy of many of the authors — their ability to move themselves into favorable positions in the marketplace. For example, Flannery O’Connor advocated for herself in a way that demonstrated her business acumen by essentially pulling out of a deal that she had originally arranged with a publisher — standing up for herself and having the wherewithal to know when she was working with an editor who was blind to her talents.
Kurt Vonnegut hosted wild parties at his house. And John Irving got into a barroom brawl with someone who insulted Vonnegut, his adviser, by calling him a “science fiction hack.”
I thought this was going to be a Darwinian shark tank, with writers suffering in isolation as they struggled to survive the workshop method. Paul Engle was the first and most noteworthy director of the workshop. His father was a horse trainer. Engle saw the workshop as breaking the writer, the way you would break a horse. If you can survive, as he said, without losing too much blood, then you’d be able to handle the critics and editors who were going to be so tough on your work. So I was expecting more individualism, but I saw lots of collaboration, lots of humor, lots of mutual support and unlikely alliances of support forming.
In what way is the book you wrote different from the book you set out to write?
I first thought of doing a biography of Engle. But then I realized that no comprehensive history of the workshop had been done. There were important questions about intellectual history that hadn’t been answered. Publishers were showing up at Vonnegut’s parties, which turned into handpicked parties, where the best of the students would be matched with the publishers and put on a fast track. I learned that this book was going to be about the writer and mass culture, about media industries and the intellectual history they shape.
Engle solicited the attention of mass culture — for instance, trying to get Esquire magazine to sponsor a conference. And it got all the way to the point where the workshop wasn’t reaching out; others were reaching out to the workshop.
Who is a creative person (not a writer) who has influenced you and your work?
I’ll go back to the foundation of a lot of my thinking, research and writing, which is the Hudson River School of painters; specifically, Asher B. Durand and his painting “Kindred Spirits.” It depicts Thomas Cole and William Cullen Bryant standing on a rock discussing something. What that signifies to me — that moment and the Hudson School as a whole — is a collection, a constellation of creative artists. The link to Emerson and the Transcendentalists is there, of course. There’s a reciprocal enrichment. Indeed, one of Emerson’s protégés was a painter, Christopher Cranch, who made the “transparent eyeball” illustration of Emerson as an eye on long legs walking through nature. That’s where I go for my source of inspiration: that very fertile ground for creativity that happens in circles.
Persuade someone to read “A Delicate Aggression” in 50 words or less.
It brings you inside the mechanism of fame that has produced America’s most important writers since World War II. It tells of their struggles and triumphs, the lasting impression the Iowa Writers’ Workshop forever left on them, and the influence they had on the world’s most powerful creative writing program.
Feeling apprehensive as you approach writing an RFP response?
1. Read and understand the RFP
2. Pay attention to the evaluation criteria
3. Figure out your price
4. Decide whether to respond
5. Do background research
6. Get clear on why you are the best choice
7. How to complete the checklist
8. What to write first
9. The executive summary
10. Copy-paste with care
11. Explain your pricing
12. Provide evidence that you’re the best choice
13. Appearance matters
- Bulleted lists
- Graphs/charts which make data easier to digest
- Headings in a different colour or font
- Team photos to add a human touch
- Icons to highlight key points
- Call-out boxes for optional material such as technical details
14. Answer the questions, be clear, and don’t skimp on the details
15. Editing: Content
16. Editing: Writing style
17. Learn for next time
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I have become famous through my writings and published books. I have thousands of social media followers. In addition, Google has verified me. I’ve learned that there are to choices we make when becoming famous: Either become a positive influence or a negative influence. Michelle Obama is a positive influence. With Audible by Amazon, I had the opportunity to read her book “Becoming” for free.
Becoming is the autobiographical memoir of former United States First Lady Michelle Obama published in 2018. Described by the author as a deeply personal experience, the book talks about her roots and how she found her voice, as well as her time in the White House, her public health campaign, and her role as a mother. The book is published by Crown and will be released in 24 languages. One million copies will be donated to First Book, an American nonprofit organization which provides books to children.
Why should you never underestimate the influence of a mistake? Well, as we know, humans are bound to make mistakes. From those mistakes we learn how not to make them. when it comes to being famous, mistakes can end your career or cause irreparable damage to your reputation. Society has shown us that celebrities sometimes say some of the most senseless statements. Unfortunately, certain statements can be controversial.
A great example is Logan Paul, an actor and popular Internet personality. He is facing backlash for insensitive comments he made this week during an episode of his podcast, Impaulsive.
The social media sensation who’s only 23 years old, has upset some listeners while discussing New Year’s resolutions with cohost Mike Majlak.
While joking about trends like “sober pvegan January” and “fatal February,” referring to a return to drinking and meat-eating. This was followed by Paul stating, and laughing like he had the perfect one liner,
“It’s male-only March. We’re going to attempted to go gay for just one month”
Karma is the great law of “cause and effect”, which controls the destiny of all living entities. Being famous doesn’t exempt you from the reactions caused by your actions. Being a celebrity with a massive social media following and negative publicity, he was quick to receive backlash from the online community. Twitter users were quick to condemn and speak out.
“Logan Paul joking about being gay “for one month” while countless LGBT+ around the world are killed & committing suicide for their sexuality, is disgusting. He continues to be an awful representation of the YouTube community & shows he truly has learned NOTHING over the last year.”
— Daniel Preda (@MisterPreda) January 11, 2019
Being gay isn’t a choice, being gay isn’t a phase, being gay shouldn’t be used for a trend and subscribers. Grow up Logan Paul. pic.twitter.com/peCFmpBSpe
— Skai Jackson ♡ (@skaijackson) January 11, 2019
“Logan Paul joking about being gay ’for one month’ while countless LGBT+ around the world are killed & committing suicide for their sexuality, is disgusting,” tweeted social media personality Daniel Preda.
“Being gay isn’t a choice, being gay isn’t a phase, being gay shouldn’t be used for a trend and subscribers,” added Disney Channel star Skai Jackson. “Grow up Logan Paul.”
Even Michael Eaborn responded: “Your Actions have consequences. You have so much power being famous. In the words of Fictional Character Benjamin Richard Parker: “With great power comes great responsibility!”
In response to the backlash, Paul was quick to justify his comment by replying to GLAAD’s tweet Friday, writing:
very poor choice of words… my fault. let’s get together and talk about it on my podcast next week?
— Logan Paul (@LoganPaul) January 12, 2019
Last year, Paul incited outrage when he posted a YouTube vlog showing the body of an alleged suicide victim in Japan. Since then, Paul has deleted the video, apologizing because he was losing money, and later rectified his mistake by creating a video dedicated to the educating and prevention of suicide. I give Logan Paul credit for at least taking responsibility for his actions.
“I know I’ve made mistakes, I know I’ve let people down,” he said in the clip. “But what happens when you’re given an opportunity to help make a difference in the world? It’s time to learn from the past as I get better and grow as a human being.”
“When you’re given an opportunity to help make a difference, you should make it something positive. Use this opportunity to evaluate your actions before you execute them. Spider-Man has to learn “With great power, comes great responsibility.”
In a later vlog, Paul stated,
“I know for a fact everything I do from this point on will get criticism, it will get backlash, because I’m a very polarizing dude. You either love me, or you hate me… I’m not going anywhere.”
Well there’s a quote that says “The only mistake, is the one in which you don’t learn.”
We are all human. We all make mistakes. But when the same mistakes keep happening, we start to fall. Is this fall of Logan Paul ? What do you think? Comment below.
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You can’t walk past a magazine rack without seeing at least 17 different headlines about losing weight, burning fat, or flattening your tummy. These messages peak twice a year: In the beginning of the new year and right before “bikini season.”
The truth is, your health involves so much more than your weight, and your body size and shape aren’t an exact representation of your health status. It’s great to pursue your healthiest self, but chasing weight loss isn’t always the best way to go.
Instead, we asked various professionals in the health and medical community to share ideas for other wellness goals you can pursue instead. As with all goals, the key is to make sure they are specific, realistic, and sustainable. “Any resolution should be attainable and lead to a healthier you,” says Lauren Harris-Pincus, MS, RDN, founder of NutritionStarringYOU.com.
1. Add an extra 30 minutes of sleep to your nightly routine.
Getting enough sleep is a struggle for everyone, and sleep deprivation has numerous consequences on your everyday life. Vowing to “sleep more” is too vague, so Harris-Pincus suggests setting your goal on getting just an extra half hour of sleep. It’s a reasonable amount, and it can help you make long-term changes.
2. Pack your lunches and snacks on work days.
Brown-bagging your meals Monday through Friday has major benefits. “Getting take-out [and] vending machine snacks on a regular basis can add up financially and potentially worsen conditions like prediabetes, diabetes, hypertension, and high cholesterol if you aren’t making healthy choices,” says Michelle Hyman, MS, RD, CDN.
Hyman also points an added perk of packing a lunch: You’ll avoid the long lines and free up some of your lunch hour. This might “allow you to eat and enjoy your packed lunch slowly and mindfully, or even take a walk,” says Hyman. Here are all the benefits of eating more slowly.
3. Floss daily and brush teeth twice a day.
Be honest: How much are you flossing every day? If you’re like 84 percent of Americans, you don’t floss every day, according to a survey by the American Dental Association. Find out how bad it is to never floss here.
Flossing daily (and brushing teeth for two minutes twice a day) helps cut down on plaque buildup on the teeth and along the gum line. “Plaque irritates the gums, causes cavities, and leads to a host of dental issues from gum disease to receding gum lines,” says Jennifer Silver, DDS, dentist at Macleod Trail Dental.
To make flossing and brushing daily an easier task to sustain, Dr. Silver suggests setting a reminder on your phone, watching video clips while you clean your teeth, or finding a buddy in the household to hold each other accountable.
4. Train for a 5k (or marathon) with a buddy.
Many people set goals to “start exercising,” but that’s just too vague to yield results. Plus, many make the mistake of exercising just for weight loss. If the weight loss doesn’t happen, or if you plateau, this can quickly result in frustration and lead to quitting your fitness regimen.
A better way to approach a new exercise routine is to train for something, suggests Chris Cucchiara, NASM-certified personal trainer. This could be anything from a basic 5K to a natural bodybuilding competition. Training for a race or competition “sets you up for more sustainable success [so] it isn’t about weight loss anymore,” says Cucchiara. “It is more about the end goal.”
Another way to kick up the motivation is to run a race on behalf of your favorite cause or charity. “Linking weight loss to something emotional will provide you with a big enough reason why you will keep going when you want to quit,” says Cucchiara.
And, as you already know, having a buddy to do it with you increases your likelihood of sticking with it. Not only will it make the activity more fun and social, but a buddy can hold you accountable on those days you just don’t want to train. Here are more tips to train for your first 5K.
5. Practice positive self-talk.
It I sounds “fluffy,” but tweaking the way you talk to and about yourself has real effects. Negative thoughts can hold you back “in the gym, at work, and in relationships,” says Maggie Winzeler, exercise physiologist. She adds that “many people who experience better overall health (internal, mental, and aesthetic) when they stop beating up on themselves and expressing disappointment in their progress and achievements.”
To make this more concrete, Winzeler suggests, “For every negative thought or verbalization, follow it up with one positive affirmation. “Another idea is to write down at the end of each day three things that made you happy or proud that day.
6. Organize your life with a planner.
Your elementary school teachers tried to instill this habit in you every time they made you pull out your planner and write down your homework, and they were onto something. In addition to helping you remember to practice your spelling and get the best grade possible, having a planner simply cuts down on some of the chaos in life, whether you’re 8 or 80.
“The more organized you are, the less stress you will encounter,” says Lisa N. Folden, DPT, physical therapist, naturopathic lifestyle coach, and owner of Healthy Phit Physical Therapy & Wellness Consultants in North Carolina. “Stress has more negative effects on the body than many other factors. Decrease stress at all costs.” Here are strategies to relieve stress.
Dr. Folden suggests using your planner to keep track of work, family, and fun, and to write down “goals, grocery lists, menus, and appointments so that you are aware, on time, and prepared for your daily life.”
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