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Pledge to Not Shop On Thanksgiving

Pledge to Not Shop On Thanksgiving

Hi,

In retail, Thanksgiving and Christmas Day are the only two holidays that workers traditionally receive. Now that many stores are choosing to open on Thanksgiving, that break is being taken away, denying retail workers the rare opportunity to spend a holiday with their families. And most of these workers are only being paid minimum wage for their trouble.

A holiday should not be a luxury for the rich – all workers deserve time to spend with loved ones.

That’s why I signed a petition to Retail CEOs, which says:

“Thanksgiving is one of the only holidays that retail workers receive. By opening stores on Thanksgiving, stores rob thousands of men and women the opportunity to spend time with their families.

A holiday with family should not be a luxury for the rich; we believe that all workers deserve the chance to relax and give thanks with loved ones.

We, as consumers, have the power to tell stores not to open on Thanksgiving by staying home. We hereby pledge not to shop on Thanksgiving Day, to show the retail industry that everyone deserves a holiday.”

Will you sign the petition too? Click here to add your name:

http://petitions.moveon.org/sign/pledge-to-not-shop-on?source=s.fwd&r_by=7208408

Thanks!

8 food idioms that are right under your nose

8 food idioms that are right under your nose

1. Nutshell

The term in a nutshell refers to a short description, or a story told in no more words than can physically fit in the shell of a nut. But the origin of the term tests those limits with the most long winded of tales. The ancient Roman encyclopaedist Pliny the Elder claimed that a copy of Homer’s The Iliad existed that was small enough to fit inside a walnut shell. Almost 2000 years later in the early 1700s the Bishop of Avranches tested Pliny’s theory by writing out the epic in tiny handwriting on a walnut-sized piece of paper and lo and behold, he did it!

2. Beans

English speakers have been using the word “spill” to mean “divulge secret information” since 1547, but the spilling of beans in particular may predate the term by millennia. Many historians claim that secret societies in ancient Greece voted by dropping black or white beans into a clay urn. To spill those beans would be to reveal the results of a secret vote before the ballots had been counted. Kidney he lives, pinto he dies!

3. Pie

As many of us know from experience, it is not so easy to make a pie. A buttery crust can fall apart in the deftest of hands and around Thanksgiving many pumpkin “pies” might be more accurately deemed pumpkin “soups.” On the other hand (or for our purposes) anyone can become an expert at eating a pie. Popularized in the U.S. in the late 1800s, the most notable use of pie to mean “simple and pleasurable” appears in Mark Twain’s The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn. Part of our next food idiom makes a home in many pies, especially in America.

4. Apples

Apples and oranges refers to two incommensurable items, i.e. a comparison of things that cannot be compared. Though they are both fruits, apples and oranges are separated by color, taste, juiciness and 89.2 million years of evolution. The idiom first appeared as apples and oysters in John Ray’s 1670 Proverb collection, and equivalent terms exist in many languages: “grandmothers and toads” in Serbian to “love and the eye of an axe” in Argentine Spanish. What other funny fruits turn unusual phrases?

5. Bananas

Not only does going bananas mean “to go crazy,” the term can point to things for whichyou’ve gone bananas, or obsessions. According to lexicographer E.J. Lighter, going bananas refers to the term going ape often used in American popular culture in the second half of the 1900s. Apes were seen as crazy by the mid-century media, and what do apes eat? Bananas! For example, here at Dictionary.com, we’re bananas for grammar but we go bananas when people end sentences with prepositions.

6. Tea

Though English is spoken all over the world, there are certain idioms that recall its, well, Englishness. Popularized in British Edwardian slang, cup of tea originally referred to something pleasant or agreeable. The negative usage as in not my cup of tea arose during World War II as a more polite way to say you didn’t like something. “You dont say someone gives you a pain in the neck,” explained Alister Cooke in his 1944 Letter from America. You just remark, he’s not my cup of tea.'”

7. Cheese

Perhaps the savoriest idiom on this list, the word cheese can refer to a person or thing that is important or splendid as well as to the delicious dairy product. The usage is thought to have origins in Urdu, from the Persian chiz meaning “thing.” In common usage, “the big cheese” is a person of importance or authority, and cheese is often associated with smiling, based on the “say cheese” method of posing for pictures.

8. Eggshells

Our final idiom is our most delicate: walking on eggshells or taking great care not to upset someone. It is thought to have originated in politics when diplomats were described as having the remarkable ability to tread so lightly around difficult situations, it was as though they were walking on eggshells. In a nutshell, we hope you go bananas for food idioms. Whether or not they’re your cup of tea, these terms are easy as pie to use and they’ll make you the big cheese of any conversation! So go ahead and spill the beans, it’s just like apples and oranges.

(I found this on dictionary.com.)

Anybody have anymore?

Take our tour of imaginary lands in literature

Take our tour of imaginary lands in literature

1. Camelot

Camelot is the castle and court of Arthurian legend. It first appeared in a 12th-century romance by French writer Chretien de Troyes. Countless writers and artists have found a muse in the stories that take place in the realm of Camelot, such as Lord Alfred Tennyson in “Sir Lancelot and Queen Guinevere,” and Mark Twain in A Connecticut Yankee in King Arthur’s Court. Though Camelot is in ruins now if it ever existed, Arthurian legend is still told and retold today.

2. Xanadu

The most popular depiction of Xanadu was dreamed up by Samuel Taylor Coleridge in his 1797 poem “Kubla Khan” under the influence of opiates, where he describes Xanadu as “a stately pleasure-dome.” This famous poem was inspired by Marco Polo’s reported visit to Xanadu, the summer residence of Mongol ruler Kublai Khan.Xanadu has surfaced in 20th-century film, making an appearance as the grand estate in Orson Welles’ 1941 film Citizen Kane, as well as being featured as the title of a cult fantasy musical in 1980.

3. El Dorado

El Dorado (which literally means “the golden one”) is the name of a mythical lost city thought to be located in South America on the Amazon. This term first appeared in English in the late 16th century; as legends of the city of gold spread, explorers including Sir Walter Raleigh made expeditions in hopes of returning to their home countries with riches beyond imagination. All expeditions failed to locate the gilded city. The term El Dorado can be used metaphorically today to refer to any place promising great wealth.

4. Oz

L. Frank Baum’s beloved children’s book The Wonderful Wizard of Oz gained so much immediate popularity that within two years of its publication in 1900, it was adapted into a Broadway musical. In 1939 the musical was made into the classic film, which not only solidified the career of the then-teenaged Judy Garland, but also brought the term Ozinto widespread usage. From that point on,Oz took on the more general sense of a fantastical place. Ironically, in 1903 Baum wrote that the name Oz came to him while looking at an “O-Z” label on a file cabinet.

5. Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair first appeared in John Bunyan’s The Pilgrim’s Progress in 1678. In this Christian allegory, Vanity Fair is an ongoing fair in the town of Vanity where worldly ostentation and frivolity are valued above all else. William Makepeace Thackeray titled his 1848 novel Vanity Fair in a nod to Bunyan, highlighting the selfishness of Victorian society. He even used the construction Vanity-Fairian to describe characters in his novel. Today the concept endures on newsstands all over the world with Vanity Fair magazine.

6. Atlantis

First written about by Plato around 360 BCE, Atlantis is the mythical island that is believed to have existed in the Atlantic Ocean west of Gibraltar before it sank deep into the sea. The name Atlantis comes from the Greek literally meaning “daughter of Atlas.” Atlas was the Greek Titan condemned by Zeus to hold the celestial spheres on his shoulders. While many locations have been proposed as the historical site of Atlantis, to this day the legendary lost city remains lost.

(Although, I disagree with this. 95% of the ocean floor has yet to be explored. You cannot say mermaids or Atlantis does not exist yet. :P)

7. Utopia

Sir Thomas More coined the term utopia in his 1516 book of the same title. It comes from the Latin literally meaning “nowhere.” More’s Utopia depicts an invented island society that enjoys perfection in law, politics, and all social interactions. Within 100 years of its publication, Utopia, in addition to referring to More’s vision of the perfect society, became metaphorically applied to any perfect place. Three centuries after utopia entered English,dystopia entered the language as a word describing the opposing concept.

8. Erewhon

Erewhon was first published anonymously in 1872. The author Samuel Butler named his book and invented country Erewhon because it is an anagram of nowhere, a cynical take on More’s Utopia. George Orwell praised Butler’s foresight on artificial intelligence. In Erewhon machines are outlawed because they are seen as potentially hazardous; should they become self-aware, they would endanger humans. While Erewhon does not really exist, it left a mark. The concern for self-aware machines is a recurring theme in science fiction.

9. Shangri-La

Shangri-La is a fictional Tibetan land of eternal youth in James Hilton’s 1933 novel Lost Horizon. The term la means “mountain pass” in Tibetan, and the imaginary land of Shangri-La was inspired by National Geographic articles describing isolated Tibetan mountain communities. One county in the Yunnan Province even officially renamed itself to Shangri-La County in 2001 in an effort to promote tourism, claiming that the imaginary paradise that Hilton wrote of is in fact real.

(I found this on dictionary.com.)

Is anything missing?

“Become Empowered” Reading List (Short Video)

“Become Empowered” Reading List (Short Video)

This is a video continuation of the post about the reading list: click here to see the post.

Writing about them is one thing, but showing them to you is another. I also plan on making videos addressing the specific books to give you an idea about what they are about for they are definitely worth the read.

A Crisis Will Reveal Who We Really Are In Life: Strength Comes From Within

A Crisis Will Reveal Who We Really Are In Life: Strength Comes From Within

Pressure squeezes out the reality of us. Strength Comes From Within

Doing something that everyone else told you was impossible is the best form of triumph and achievement. But it all starts with your head. If you don’t feel empowered; if you don’t feel able, you won’t be.

You will get nowhere fast with negativity running through your mind.

You are smart; you are strong; you are important.

Anyone get through a crisis, lately?

Just Trust What You Feel

Just Trust What You Feel
Just Trust What You Feel

Anyone have powerful instincts?

Hey! You!

Stay Strong

If You Don’t Take Risks You’ll Never See The Rewards

If You Don’t Take Risks You’ll Never See The Rewards

Take Risks

There is risk in everything. Living is a risk.

There is a chance that I will choke on my breakfast every morning.

There is a chance that I will get into a car accident.

And there is a chance that will punch an idiot that decided to mess with my family and get  myself arrested.

Every day is a risk. Something is bound to happen, yet you don’t see everyone on the planet hiding in their rooms.

Without risk there would never be any rewards.

You won’t win unless you play the game.

You can’t receive a reward for work you didn’t do.

Play to win; don’t play to not lose.

There is a difference.

Winners take risks to get their results and move forward.

People who play to not lose, who play it safe, stay in one spot.

Work to learn and learn what you can.

Take chances!

Have fun!

Work to move forward, not to remain in the same place.

Look back on your life and say, “I can’t believe I did that!”

If you win, you’ll be happy; if you lose, you’ll be wise.

Anyone take a big risk lately?

I Don’t Want You To Think Like Me. I Just Want You To Think!

I Don’t Want You To Think Like Me. I Just Want You To Think!

I Just Want You To Think

In my opinion, cults come to be because the leader is very good at telling their “followers” what to think to the point where they believe they feel the same way. I’m making that sound bad, but it doesn’t have to be if you think about it.

I wish the entire world was part of a cult under a leader that had everyone thinking they had to be kind, considerate, compassionate and against stabbing others in the back; would build a strong people that built other up instead of making a bunch of crabs in a buck that pull the strong ones down.

But I don’t see that happening in the near future. At least, not while I’m alive; unless I can make that happen and leave my mark on the world.

Hmm…

But I digress.

The point of this post is to alert people to the fact that our entire lives we are being told what to think and how to think; by our parents, teachers, friends, enemies, the media. Subliminal messages and double standards are everywhere and they run our lives. We are being fed fear and doubt instead of hope and confidence. We are fed one idea and we aren’t taught, at least some of us aren’t taught, to tolerate other perspectives.

I feel that needs to end.

For those who haven’t seen them yet, I have been posting things that have videos by the Nostalgic Critic. In those posts, I would give you my thoughts first and then you would hear his. I did that on purpose.

I encourage you to listen to the people around you and learn to value peoples’ perspectives. Get out of your bubble, you box, your comfort zone and learn to put yourself in other peoples’ shoes. Think.

I’m not saying think like me. I’m saying think.

There is more than one perspective. There is more than one think you can learn to be in this world. We live in an age of information, specializing when you can take advantage of that is hurting you.

I am learning to be a writer, poet, storyteller, artist, and internet marketer. I don’t have anything that defines me except for what I am, which is human, a woman, and a college graduate. But just because I graduated from school does not mean my education ends there.

I go to the library almost every day. I have at least 30 books check out right now that include topics like Tumblr/Wordpress for Dummies, to financial literacy, to new writing techniques.

My perspective on life keeps changing the more I read.

And it is still MY perspective.

Read.

Learn.

Think.

What book will you be reading today?

Stand Up For Yourself Even If Nobody Is On Your Side

Stand Up For Yourself Even If Nobody Is On Your Side

Stand Up For Yourself

Of all the things most of us are told while growing up, the one that I agree with is that you need to stand up for yourself, but not everyone is told how. My father told me the “Three Strikes, You’re Out” method.

  1. If someone is bother you, tell them to stop.
  2. If they do it again, tell them to stop again. Louder. Draw attention to the situation.
  3. If they do it again, you have witnesses as to why they got punched in the jaw,

I was taught confidence and assertiveness; I was taught not to put up with disrespect. Unfortunately, not everyone receives that lesson.

Also, a lot of people are taught that violence is not the answer. I agree to an extent. Words can only take you so far. If your bully is verbal, however, a punch in the face would make you look bad. Words will work just fine.

I’ll give you an example.

Back in highschool, I was one of those people who only had one friend to sit with at lunch because of scheduling. A bully sat at our table one day with two of her friends and, subtly, began insulting me. At my table.

Okay.

I sat there and let her talk. Analyzed her crew. The one on her right was clearly the submissive type and didn’t say a word. The one on her left, however, was clearly her own individual and was appalled by the fact that she was insulting me at my own table.

Okay.

I continued to sit there and let the bully talk. My friend sitting next to me was surprised by my silence. Her confusion was understandable. I had been spending the entire year teaching her how to defend herself and increasing her confidence. But, despite her confusion, she followed my example and remained silent.

The bully continued to talk. I continued to let her. I can’t remember everything she said. I didn’t need to. I already had my smoking gun; paying attention wasn’t mandatory.

Lunch ended and we were dismissed in sections. I was on the south side of the cafeteria. When my section was called, I stood up, gathered my things and said:

You need to get those extensions outcha hair before you start talking about mine.

The bully’s mouth hung open in disbelief while her independent friend and my friend laughed.

I haven’t seen that bully since.

So, in many cases, words are an adequate and efficient weapon. It all depends upon the bully.

All bullies are insecure. That’s why they bully. They are weak people who only feel better about themselves while they are tearing someone else down. To win, you just need to figure out said insecurities and use them to your advantage. Just like my example about, you might only need to fire back once. I had established that I wasn’t going to put up with her and she backed off.

Not a lot is being done about bullies and bullying these days besides the holding of seminars to explain to children why bullying is bad. And, also, the bullies are not taught the consequences of their actions at school or at home.

Which is why kids need to start doing it themselves.

They need to learn to depend upon themselves.

They need to know that they need to stand up for themselves even if they are alone.

They need to know that it is already for them to defend themselves.

If push comes to shove, they need to be able to rely on themselves.

Everyone does.

How would you get rid of a bully?

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