Trying..and Failing

I’m trying my best not to binge on news, particularly on the U.S. elections, and succeeded at least for a few hours getting distracted by DW Documentaries on Youtube. Then reached the bottom of that rabbit hole and checked in on some live coverage. Hoping against hope for a better outcome soon, for everyone’s health and sanity!

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Meanwhile, in my country of origin (PH), a super typhoon reaching the strength of Typhoon Haiyan/Yolanda and the world’s most powerful tropical cyclone yet in 2020 hit the country over the weekend and left massive destruction in its trail. About a million people had to be evacuated a day before the super typhoon hit and 96,000 families from the most hard-hit region (Bicol) or more than 345,000 people more on the morning the typhoon was expected to arrive. As if that was not enough, another typhoon entered PAR on the same weekend. For details on how to help, check out this link.

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But all’s not bad as in my country of choice (NZ), the new government led again by Jacinda Ardern and granted a single-party majority by overwhelming support of the electorate, just announced the composition of its incredibly diverse new cabinet, with nearly half being women and almost a quarter are people of colour. It was a record win for the Labour party and a show of overwhelming confidence and trust from the people and I hope the government sets a great example of unity in diversity in our current sick and broken world.

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shapes of ill (and too much voice)

Frank Prem Poetry

and I am
almost
too sad
to write

deaths mount

illness climbs

I
go on

haunting the boundaries
and perimeters

listening

the catcalls
of blame
are growing louder

more insistent

there will be blood
of a political kind
before long

I read the accounts
of plague
resurgent

of poverty
in the form
of helplessness

despair
in the shape
of a business that once
worked . . .

employed . . .

breathed
vibrantly

suicide
in new numbers
noted but
uncounted

and the salesmen
of government
tell us
to be brave

tell us
of support to come

and allocate the blame
(implied
only implied)
with a pointing trowel

I need no virus
to make me
ill

only to walk
the abandonment
in the heart
of town

and listen
to representatives
of the polis

~

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The Art of Parting

Damn, Girl. Get Your Shit Together.

This is going to come as a huge shock to you: I’m a fairly saucy woman. Spicy. A firecracker. A real pistol. An over-eater…wait, no, that doesn’t belong there.

I enjoy myself very much. I kick ass, take names, make sure those names are kicking ass, and make sure those asses are kicking names. What can I say, I’m thorough.

Being this way has its benefits. I set my mind to something and just…go. If there is something I want on the other side of a mountain, give me a shallow spoon and watch me tunnel, baby.

There is, however, a dark side to combining ambition, intense love, and brutal honesty.

The arson in me recognizes the arson in you

This post is for my warrior women. My Xenas. My tough mothers. Damn, you are sexy AF. I love powerful women. You bitches aren’t to be trifled with, and I…

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October 15th is Red Wine Day!

So yesterday was..

Foodimentary - National Food Holidays

Did you know?

One bottle of wine contains the juice of about 3 pounds of grapes


Here are today’s five thing to know about red wine:

  1. The top three imported wines sold in the U.S. are Yellowtail (Australia), Cavit (Italy), and Concha y Toro (Chile).
  2. The term bouquet refers to the total scent of the wine. Aroma is the scent of the grapes. When wine tasters want to describe the bouquet and the aroma together, they use the term nose.
  3. In 2008, the top five wine-producing states in the U.S. were California (3.4 million tons of grapes crushed for wine), Washington (145,000 tons), New York (45,000 tons), Oregon (40,000 tons), and Pennsylvania (13,200 tons).
  4. According to the U.S. Dietary Guidelines, there are 100 calories in a 5-ounce glass of wine (compared to 150 calories in a 12-ounce beer).
  5. The ancient Greeks had a wine glass to ensure the drinker’s moderation…

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First Draft

Finally got the time and heart to start this blog.  I’m very much a private person but I’m starting this as opposed to just keeping my journal since I’m online most of the time anyway, and I think I’ve reached a point where I’ve had a lot of lessons and I don’t want to forget, or at least have a better chance of accessing them without having to swim through a pile or  hoard roomfuls of notebooks.  Needless to say, I’m excited 🙂

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