BLW Interview w/ Dean Winters about his Near Death Experience (Live to the Fullest)

The Truth Hurts – Underneath it All

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Forget Me Not – Happy Birthday Dr. Seuss!!!

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Theodor Seuss Geisel (March 2, 1904 – September 24, 1991) was an American writer and cartoonist. He was most widely known for his children’s books, which he wrote and illustrated under the pseudonym Dr. Seuss.

He was a perfectionist in his work and would sometimes spend up to a year on a book. It was not uncommon for him to throw out 95% of his material until he settled on a theme for his book. For a writer he was unusual in that he preferred to be paid only after he finished his work rather than in advance.

Geisel published 46 children’s books, often characterized by imaginative characters, rhyme, and frequent use of anapestic meter. His most-celebrated books include the bestselling Green Eggs and Ham, The Cat in the Hat, The Lorax, One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish, The 500 Hats of Bartholomew Cubbins, Fox in Socks, The King’s Stilts, Hop on Pop, Thidwick the Big-Hearted Moose, Horton Hatches the Egg, Horton Hears a Who!, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas!. His works have spawned numerous adaptations, including 11 television specials, four feature films, a Broadway musical and four television series.

Motivation Monday – Dumb People & Negative Energy (Joe Rogan)

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THIS IS YOUR CHANCE TO POST ON BLW!!! – SHARE YOUR THOUGHTS, STORIES & IDEAS WITH US!!!

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WE AT BE LIKE WATER BELIEVE THAT WE ARE ALL PART OF THE LEARNING EXPERIENCE, SO WE WANTED TO REACH OUT TO OUR FRIENDS & FANS TO SAY WE APPRECIATE YOUR SUPPORT

AND WE WANT TO GIVE BACK BY SHARING YOUR OWN THOUGHTS, STORIES OR IDEAS ON OUR SITE.

SO, IF YOU HAVE A STORY OR TOPIC YOU WANT TO SHARE WITH US, JUST LEAVE IT IN THE COMMENT SECTION WITH A LINK TO YOUR TOPIC AND WE WILL POST IT ON BLW,

OF COURSE THE TOPIC HAS TO BE SHARED WITH OUR OWN PHILOSOPHIES. THANK YOU AGAIN!

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Weekend Inspiration – Leonard Nimoy (RIP) “LIVE LONG AND PROSPER”

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“LIVE LONG AND PROSPER”

The Vulcan greeting and the finger-separating hand gesture that accompanies it first appeared in the second season of Star Trek: The Original Series, during an episode titled “Amok Time.” Spock himself (actor Leonard Nimoy) has made no secret of the fact that the gesture and phrase were his idea, and that he based them on Orthodox Jewish blessings he remembered from his childhood. In the Jewish blessing, the position of the fingers forms the Hebrew letter “Shin,” which represents the name “Shaddai” (Almighty God). Nimoy put his own spin on the traditional gesture by holding up just one hand (instead of both) and changing

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Forget Me Not – (Harold Ramis) – How do you feel about the New All-Female Ghostbuster Cast?

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Harold Allen Ramis (November 21, 1944 – February 24, 2014) was an American actor, director, and writer specializing in comedy. His best-known film acting roles are as Egon Spengler in Ghostbusters (1984) and Russell Ziskey in Stripes (1981); he also co-wrote both films. As a writer-director, his films include the comedies Caddyshack (1980), National Lampoon’s Vacation (1983), Groundhog Day (1993) and Analyze This (1999). Ramis was the original head writer of the television series SCTV, on which he also performed, and one of three screenwriters of the film National Lampoon’s Animal House (1978).

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Ramis’ films have influenced subsequent generations of comedians and comedy writers.[1] Filmmakers including Jay RoachJake KasdanAdam Sandler, and Peter and Bobby Farrelly have cited his films as among their favorites. He won the BAFTA Award for Best Original Screenplay for Groundhog Day

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An all-female Ghostbusters Melissa McCarthy, Kristen Wiig, Kate McKinnon, and Leslie Jones

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No Woman (Or Man), No Cry… (Dating Philosophy) – 10 Old fashioned Dating habits we should bring back

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Most of us are too young to know about old-fashioned dating habits. But if you’ve seen old movies, then you know men used to call a lady to ask her on a date several days before. Then come date night, he’d show up all dressed up at her door with a bouquet of flowers, and take her to the movies. What if old-fashioned dating habits came back in style?

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#1. Getting picked up at the door.
No more of this texting or calling to say “I’m outside”, but actually getting out of the car and walking to the door. It takes just a minute and makes all the difference in the world. It’s a date, it’s special, and should be treated as such.

#2. Bring a small gift or flowers.
It’s thoughtful, kind, and a way of showing affection. Whenever I visit a friend, I always bring a little gift, whether it be a card, some fruit, or pieces of chocolate. It’s a nice little gesture to show that you care. Never go empty handed.

#3. Dress up for a date.
I don’t mean wear a formal, but at least wear nice clothes and put some effort into your appearance. Wear the special dress you’ve been saving, or the new shirt you got for your birthday that you haven’t gotten to wear yet. Dress to impress.

#4. Ask someone out on a REAL date.
None of this “meet you there” or “hanging out.” I have girlfriends who tell me all the time… “no one ever asks them out on official dates…” It’s easy, you just call someone and ask them out on a date, or ask them in person. No texting either.

#5. Open the car door for your date.
This will surely get your date’s attention. I knew a guy who always opened and closed the car door for me and I was charmed by his chivalry. Unfortunately, I found out later that his door didn’t shut and close properly, and he only was doing that so it wouldn’t rattle. Oh well!

#6. Make introductions.
If you’re out on a date with someone and you see an old friend who you want to stop and chat with, ALWAYS introduce your date. Even if you forget the person’s name. It’s just plain rude if you don’t.

#7. Don’t expect sex.
A person might flirt with you and may really like you, but that doesn’t mean the two of you will be having sex, so don’t ever assume it. It will happen if and when you are BOTH ready. Always be respectful.

#8. Put the cell phone away.
Remember when you were a kid eating dinner with the family? No one dared to use the phone while everyone was eating. We need to be able to communicate to the person we’re with… the person sitting right in front of us. We have all the time in the world to use our cell phones when other people aren’t around.

#9. Send a homemade card or romantic gesture to show you care.
Write a poem or song, paint something, or give a little handmade surprise. It’s a great way to let the person know you’re thinking of them. My boyfriend has given me many cards over the years, but my absolute favorites are the homemade ones. I cherish them.

#10. Be clear on where you stand with each other.
Most people are a little shy when it comes to asking, but it needs to be known after spending time together. Are we a couple? Are we seeing each other exclusively? It can be very confusing and people can get hurt, so just be direct.

What do you think, will these old-fashioned ways come back in style? If you liked these ideas, share them with your friends and family. Maybe one of them has a date this weekend!

Credit: http://www.lifebuzz.com

50 Shades of Stupidness by A Momma’s View (BLW Contributor)

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I tried! I tried so so hard not to write a post about ’50 Shades Of Grey’. I tried so hard. But I just can’t do it. There is this urge in me to get it all out. Just so you know, I have not read the book, nor will I ever read it. And I will for sure not watch the movie. I am actually really surprised and upset that this story has such a huge success and I am so so happy for the author. I truly am. I’ve heard that it is not really well written but you know what… so what, especially given that I’ve heard that EL James apparently wrote most of it on her phone in the sub on her way to work. So kudos to her. It would drive me nuts to write a long text on my phone…

What makes me mad is that this story is wrong in so many ways. I am not prude. Not at all. Although I am not the type to enjoy SM games, I still like a good little play with my husband (if I am not too tired… sorry my love…) and I can totally talk about all kind of stuff related to sex. I can even write about it.

What I struggle with in this case is that it is so wrong on so many levels. And what is even more wrong is all those women who run after the book and read it and think it is the most amazing story ever. What this tells me is that the story itself apparently pleases a lot of women, wives, moms. The ladies I talked with about the book think that the story is great and that although ‘they would never like to get involved in SM’ kind of appreciate what is happening. What?

What are we doing to ourselves?

Here is what I know about the book. It’s about this young woman who falls for Mr Grey and eventually gets drawn into SM games. Short version and so far I don’t really have an issue with it.

But… (takes a breath)… for the ones who have read the book: Do you remember how she gets there? Well, I did some research (still refused to read the book) and apparently he gets her drunk and then makes her do all that stuff.

Now lets just talk about this one thing here. If a guy gets a girl drunk and then has sex with her while she is kind of switched off we all scream ‘bad boy’ as loud as we can. We don’t agree with something like that and some would even go as far as calling it rape, depending on the circumstances. As I have not read the book I just assume that in this case she would have not said no. Or did she? Anyway…

And then… (takes another breath)… again for you guys, who have read it, do you remember that they agree on a safe word? As you apparently do in the SM world. The safe word is there for you to signal your partner that it goes to far and that you don’t want to keep going. It is the STOP sign of this game. So apparently in the book they have a safe word as well, which he then decides to ignore and just keeps going. And there it is. Now you tell me: What does that mean? For me this is rape. Relationship or not, if you tell your partner to stop and your partner does not listen, it is rape. No matter if you are in a relationship or if you are out there with a guy you only just met. But in this case this little fact seems to get lost.

Afterwards she tries to hide and get away from him but kind of doesn’t manage with in the end is a good thing because he magically changed and turns into a good guy… And of course gets away with all of it… Oh holly fantasy…

I am so torn here. I know it is a story. A story made up by an author. A story that sells well. A story like so many others out there. But I am still trying to kind of make sense out of the fact that so many women all ages seem to be so crazy about it. Is it the ‘let’s have a peek of a world we don’t belong in and don’t want to be in’ effect? Is it the fact that it is about a sexual practice most of us have no clue about? Is it about the fact that it seems dangerous?

Why do I call this post 50 Shades Of Stupidness? Because I feel there are so many layers of not thinking in the trilogy. So many dangerous layers. And it for me the development of the story is stupid. I was trying to find another way. But I can’t. Something is lost or better not considered here. And it is stupid to not consider it.

In any case, what is it doing to us? What picture are we painting here? Maybe because I am already thinking like this a blog post caught my eyes recently which then lead me to this blog. And I couldn’t agree more. The books romanticize the abuse happening over and over again. And I am not talking about the SM techniques. That is something you choose as a couple and you agree on it and hopefully both of  you enjoy it. It is the fact that there is one part involved that does not enjoy it really and does not want it and is getting run over and controlled by the other one. For a lot of women this a daily battle they fight. Something that is not fun and glamorous and more like a fight for survival.

Check out other great articles from A Momma’s View

Happy National Margarita Day!!! (Feb. 22nd) – Tell us how much do you love margaritas and what type?

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Today is National Margarita Day! The margarita cocktail—a famous concoction of tequila, Cointreau or Triple Sec, and lime juice—has been around since the 1940s. Every bartender in the world has put a unique spin on this classic, but no one knows who created the original.

Dozens of people claim that they invented the margarita, including a bartender named Willie from Mexico City. He said that in 1934 he created and named the drink for his friend Marguerite Hemery. Another popular legend is that Carlos “Danny” Herrera developed the drink at his restaurant in Tijuana in 1938. He invented it for Marjorie King, a customer who was allergic to all hard alcohol except tequila, and didn’t like its sour taste. Another story is that the Dallas socialite Margarita Sames mixed up the drink in 1948 for a house full of guests. One of them was Tommy Hilton who later added the drink to the bar menu at his hotels.

While the true identity of the tequila master may never be known, the margarita will go down in history as one of the most popular mixed drinks of all time. To celebrate National Margarita Day, invite some friends over and enjoy a pitcher of homemade margaritas!  

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