I’ve been gone for way too long

I got the sequel “Frankenstein Takes the Cake”; not as hilarious as the first one but still a great read for kids.

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Ugh, life seems to get in the way of living. I noticed that it has been a whole year since I last posted know here. School, kids, jobs… anyway! I’m here now. What reignited my desire to post again was this AWESOME book I read to my girls. It has to be in the top 3 best kids books I’ve ever read.

Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich

by Adam Rex

This a series of poems about popular monsters and how they live their lives. It gives a silly view of things that happen to them, making the monster a lot less scary. For example Frankenstein is hungry and wants a sandwich. He leaves his home in search of the ingredients when an angry mob attacks him by throwing food at him. Frank makes the most of it by gathering the food and making a sandwich.

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One of the poems is titled…

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I’ve been gone for way too long

Ugh, life seems to get in the way of living. I noticed that it has been a whole year since I last posted know here. School, kids, jobs… anyway! I’m here now. What reignited my desire to post again was this AWESOME book I read to my girls. It has to be in the top 3 best kids books I’ve ever read.

   Frankenstein Makes a Sandwich

by Adam Rex

This a series of poems about popular monsters and how they live their lives. It gives a silly view of things that happen to them, making the monster a lot less scary. For example Frankenstein is hungry and wants a sandwich. He leaves his home in search of the ingredients when an angry mob attacks him by throwing food at him. Frank makes the most of it by gathering the food and making a sandwich.

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One of the poems is titled “Godzila pooped on my Honda” which warns the readers to “never go to Tokyo”. This was by far my daughters’ favorite of the poems although I was impartial to The Phantom Of the Opera’s reappearance throughout the book. Poor Bastard is having a hard go of it.

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I highly recommend this book. It’ll make you and the kids laugh out loud. This book is a nice break from all the cutsy kids books out there.

The book is available on amazon.com. Just click here.

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Embarrassed

I’ve seen this video of spoken word artist Hollis McNish twice in the last 12 hours. I took a break from my work to share with you.

This is powerful, and like great poetry, brings up great points to an important issue. I’m from Ottawa, Canada, a place were breastfeeding is not only accepted, it’s encouraged. Women there are not expected to stay home when breastfeeding, they are not asked to go to a restroom to feed their child. No one bats an eye when a mother provides nourishment to her baby. I live in the US now, things are a little different here. I’ve been asked once to go somewhere more private to feed my daughter. I promptly ignored them. Not all women are like me. Some women would not have the confidence to hold their ground. Let me be clear: If a breastfeeding mother in a restaurant makes you uncomfortable, you are more than welcome to take your own meal in the bathroom.

I love this video, not only for the subject matter, but Hollis McNish has an impactful delivery.

Cheers

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Book review: Firebears the Rescue Team by Rhonda Gowler Greene

My father in law if a firefighter for the city of Dallas and he gave this book to my girls. FIREBEARS The Rescue Team by Rhonda Gowler Greene is a cute book illustrated by Dan Andreasen. You can guess what the book is about. It’s beautifully written and I would like to share a passage from the book:

“… Off they go,

Wheeling, rolling, now so slow.

Weary bear

Smile and wave,

Humble heroes, bold and brave.”

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Firebears the Rescue Team by Rhonda Gowler Greene

I love this book and read it to my girls often. The poem-like story shares the multiple jobs a firefighter might encounter on a typical day. They even have a Dalmatian, although dogs have not been part of the firehouses for quite some time. I recommend sharing this book with your kids, girls and boys alike, especially if you have a little wannabe firefighter. 🙂

~Jessi~

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Find solace in these words

As an atheist, I find it difficult to comfort people when they have suffered a great loss. In truth, the words “when you die nothing happens” comes off as quite crude. I’ve suffered loss, of which I’m still recovering from, after over a decade, so much so that I am starved for commiserations. And then I found these words. After reading them, these two words where whispered to myself, breathlessly: We’ll damn. After reading them, the pain of losing someone that I love very, very much, someone that was taken away suddenly and tragically became bearable.

Please don’t misunderstand me; this quote is not only for atheists. Anyone can find comfort in them. I share them in the hopes that they will comfort you, dear reader.

You want a physicist to speak at your funeral. You want the physicist to talk to your grieving family about the conservation of energy, so they will understand that your energy has not died. You want the physicist to remind your sobbing mother about the first law of thermodynamics; that no energy gets created in the universe, and none is destroyed. You want your mother to know that all your energy, every vibration, every Btu of heat, every wave of every particle that was her beloved child remains with her in this world. You want the physicist to tell your weeping father that amid energies of the cosmos, you gave as good as you got.

And at one point you’d hope that the physicist would step down from the pulpit and walk to your brokenhearted spouse there in the pew and tell him/her that all the photons that ever bounced off your face, all the particles whose paths were interrupted by your smile, by the touch of your hair, hundreds of trillions of particles, have raced off like children, their ways forever changed by you. And as your widow rocks in the arms of a loving family, may the physicist let him/her know that all the photons that bounced from you were gathered in the particle detectors that are her/his eyes, that those photons created within her/him constellations of electromagnetically charged neurons whose energy will go on forever.

And the physicist will remind the congregation of how much of all our energy is given off as heat. There may be a few fanning themselves with their programs as he says it. And he will tell them that the warmth that flowed through you in life is still here, still part of all that we are, even as we who mourn continue the heat of our own lives.

And you’ll want the physicist to explain to those who loved you that they need not have faith; indeed, they should not have faith. Let them know that they can measure, that scientists have measured precisely the conservation of energy and found it accurate, verifiable and consistent across space and time. You can hope your family will examine the evidence and satisfy themselves that the science is sound and that they’ll be comforted to know your energy’s still around. According to the law of the conservation of energy, not a bit of you is gone; you’re just less orderly.

Amen.
~Aaron Freeman

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From our friends at The World of Steam

I’ve been unable to express myself, as of late. It’s been difficult to define such feelings as hopelessness, fear and uncertainty. Boston was dealt a shitty hand recently, but they seem to be bouncing back, but even their recovery has a cost. 

Since I have been unable to find my words, I have looked towards others for help. A contributor from The World of Steam Facebook page expressed things perfectly for me, and I share these words with you.

 

In the wake of all of this… we create. We take our rage and pain and confusion and… we create. We paint, we draw, we write, we craft. Something, anything to allow us to rail against those who deconstruct and destroy.

We take the pain of a ruined leg, and build a new one. We see the fallen and we raise a tribute. We find a question and we answer it. To find a better way to do things. We yell our vitriol and disorientation at canvas and screen, page and program and find a way to grow. A way to grow out of the fire, and find a deeper root. A way to inspiration.

Because that’s what inspiration is isn’t it? A breath. To inspire. To breathe in. To LIVE. To take a breath of hate from someone else and breathe out creativity. To take a breath of hurt from another and breathe out healing. To take a breath of insight from someone and breathe out a construct larger than the idea that spawned it. 

So here we go. We’re going to take it to the workbench. We’re going to set our noses to the grindstone, sharpen our pencils… and create. 

-Matt

I ask that you visit their page and contribute to the inspiration. 

 

~Jessi

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Unlikely place

I love social media. I really do. Although I’m not an avid user of the twatter, *cough* I mean Twitter, I do love me some Facebook and I won’t even mention Pinterest (I hear angels sing whenever I load the page). I’ll tell you why I like social media: I find inspiration from it. Although Pinterest was created for that very reason, I found inspiring words from the most unlikely place: Instagram

Here I am, mindlessly scrolling my feed page, when all of a sudden a captivating picture with enthralling words seizes my attention. I read the words, and I smiled. I wanted to share those words with you (I have the writer’s permission of course). Follow her @rubyfruitjungle and follow me @thefrenchjess

she sits on empty canvases

and waits for the new millennia that never comes

she’s not well.. but she doesn’t know.

who plays her harmonica while she is gone?

it could be me

it could be another one of me…

but I don’t feel it necessary to twist hair in circles

far too wide. far too far.

she wears a raincoat to bed

trying to save herself from the storm that never comes

she’s not well.. but she doesn’t know

tiger lily falters under her pressure

not well made- not well off

but who peels the skin off her lips when she is away?

it could be me

it could be another one of me

but I feel my own burns

no need for more wreckage

floating in a polluted ocean

she barricades her doors and windows

to save herself from the soldiers that never come

she’s not well…

but she doesn’t know

purple plush paint chips away

in her living room

but who itches her scar tissue while she is gone?

it could be me

it could be another one of me…

I am her escape.

far too far.

far too true.

truth I cannot escape.

for I am not well.. and she knows.

 

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A-holes are like opinions and it’s impossible to avoid them

A-holes are like opinions and it’s impossible to avoid them.

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A-holes are like opinions and it’s impossible to avoid them

I was so excited, everyone. I had found one of the best sic-fi authors that I had ever read, but it turns out that asshole are like opinions; there is always one around, and it’s fucking impossible to avoid them. Assholes, that is.

After reading Ender’s Game, I thought: “This is it! Here is an author that I will follow for the rest of his career, much like Stephen King.” And then I went and Googled the name Orson Scott Card. It turns out, Mr. OSC and I have very different opinions about marriage equality. That alone would not stop me from purchasing and enjoying his books. He’s entitled to his opinion. If we were to stop using products because we didn’t agree with a manufacturer or company CEO’s opinion, then we would probably be walking around naked, homeless, with bad breath and horrible hair. So, I went on with my life, bought Speaker of the Dead, read it, enjoyed it and completely forgot about OSC’s opinion.
And then my house of Card came crashing down.

My husband is a comic book fanatic *cough* nerd *cough*. He has been a loyal customer of Zeus Comics for years, and pointed out an article that Zeus’ owner was quoted in. For the article, go here. Basically, OSC has been commissioned to write the comic Adventures Of Superman and Zeus Comics will not be carrying the series because of the writer’s opinion on gay marriage.

After reading the article (seriously, go read it), I decided to look into Orson Scott Card again. As it turns out, not only does he have strong opinions on the subject of marriage equality, but he is actively trying to prevent it. Now this is where shit gets real. Card has been voicing his opinions, rather loudly, about gay marriage since the early 1990s, and in 2009, he became a member of the board of directors of the National Organization for Marriage. Don’t let the name fool you, the National Organization for Marriage (NOM) is an American non-profit political organization established in 2007 to work against legalization of  same-sex marriage in the Unites States. The group has opposed civil union legislation and opposes gay adoption.
I’d like to point out that OSC is involved in other organizations that oppose equality but I won’t mention them here, I hate mentioning religion in anything, but please, do you own research.

I think I should point out that the comic strip has been postponed because the artist,  Chris Sprouse, has backed out of the Superman series because, and I’m paraphrasing, there’s too much negativity around it recently. That’s great, except that Sprouse didn’t state the right reasons for backing out. He should have said that he could not work with someone that has such views, or that OSC is a fucking bigot…. but that’s just me being an asshole equalitist (made up word… live with it!). If you want to see that article, go to Wired.com, or click here.

Anyway, I’m not saying that you shouldn’t read his books, all I’m saying is that I won’t, nor ail I be reviewing them. Ender’s Game, the film, is set to be released this year: The jury is still out if I will watch it.

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I Like Myself! by Karen Beaumont

I personally believe that the best gift you can give a child is a book. I often buy them for other children on their birthdays or christmas (yes I’m that lame) and not coincidentally, it’s my favorite thing for my children to get, but that has more to do with me getting bored of their books more than anything else. I read to both my kids twice a day, and when the house is quiet, it’s usually because they are sitting in a corner somewhere reading… usually. Other times it means they are doing something they shouldn’t be doing which means you want to check to see why they are so quiet in the first place.

My oldest received I like Myself! by Karen Beaumont for her birthday. How can someone not like a book about self confidence??? It’s impossible, especially when it’s delivered with cooky-ness like purple polka dotted lips??? It’s funny and wacky for kids, and it reminds parents to take it easy on the self analyzing and remind your kids that they should like, nay LOVE, themselves, worts and all.

The illustrations are done by David Catrow and they compliment the book perfectly!

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I give this book 500 000 frizzy hairs out of 500 000. Go buy the hardcover and watch your kids light up at the illustrations!

~Jessi

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