MixTape

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Mix Tape Masterpiece.” “Music is the soundtrack of my life” – Dick Clark “There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you” – Maya Angelou The soundtrack of my life: 1.  Happy – Mary J. Blige 2.  Imagine Me – Kirk Franklin 3.  […]

Responding to the Storm

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “In a Crisis.” Every morning I awaken and thank God for blessing me with the gift of another day. I enter my bathroom with a mirror full of scriptures and affirmations posted with yellow sticky notes.  As a Christian, I know I will never be perfect but […]

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I’m Random Weekly, the author of The Eclecticist’s Weekly Chatter.  This public blog is dedicated to writing about anything that comes to mind.  My blog will be inspirational, motivational, informational and even spiritual.  At times, I will voice my opinion about currents events.  I’m hoping to connect with anybody interested in reading about random topics and issues.  My goal is to use this platform to relay information, uplift and sometimes tell my story.

There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside you.

Causes

To be able to trust someone to take care of my day-to-day responsibilities in order for me to completely throw myself behind a few causes would bring great joy to my day.  I would throw myself into assisting the Ronald McDonald house as House Manager for a few hours.  The Ronald McDonald house is a cause very close to my heart.  My oldest daughter was born 3 months premature which involved a 3 month stay in a hospital hours from home. My husband and I could not afford to travel back and forth and pay for hotels.  The Ronald McDonald House provides a home away from home for family members to visit and still care for their young ones that are hospitalized.  The facilities are equipped with rooms, a community kitchen and stocked pantry, play area, lounge and family area.  There is no fee however donations are accepted.

After leaving the Ronald McDonald House, I would head down to a No Kid Hungry site to assist with feeding school-age children lunch during the summer months.  Most families rely on their children eating free or reduced lunch and/or breakfast when school is in session.  During the summer months, many of these children go hungry because of the family’s lack of funds to provide breakfast and lunch while school is out.  In some areas, a bus transports the children to a site to enjoy free meals.  In other areas, the bus arrives at a designated location filled with lunches for the kids.  The kids just hop on the bus and grab a meal.  Some areas also provide parents with information on how to prepare healthy and affordable meals.  Please help with surrounding kids with healthy food where they live, learn and play.

“Doing nothing for others is the undoing of ourselves.”
― Horace Mann

“To ease another’s heartache is to forget one’s own.”
― Abraham Lincoln

“There is no exercise better for the heart than reaching down and lifting people up.” ― John Holmes

http://www.nokidhungry.org/

http://www.rmhc.org/

Mixtape

“Music is the soundtrack of my life” – Dick Clark

“There is no greater agony than bearing an untold story inside of you” – Maya Angelou

The soundtrack of my life:

1.  Happy – Mary J. Blige
2.  Imagine Me – Kirk Franklin
3.  Dear God – Smokie Norful
4.  I Still Believe – Mariah Carey
5.  Hold Me Back – Rick Ross
6. Tomorrow – Winans
7.  So What – Pink
8.  Bitch Better Have My Money – Rihanna
9..Honesty – Billy Joel (there is also a great salsa cover to this song….love it)
10.  All Is Fair In Love – Stevie Wonder
11.  I’ve Got So Much To Give  – Barry White
12.  Happy Endings – Betty Everett
13.  All At Once – Whitney Houston
14.  Every Woman – Whitney Houston (Chaka Khan)
15.  Didn’t We Almost Have It All – Whitney Houston
16. Please Pardon Me – Chaka Khan
17.  Lost Ones – Lauryn Hill
18.  Save The Best For Last – Vanessa Williams

The power of music can motivate, encourage, and inspire people. This list represents a snippet of my life. I can go on and on from different decades to different genres.  Every song in my playlist represents or tells my story.
Please take the time to really research and listen to the lyrics of these songs. At some point in your life I bet you can relate to the artist. With some lyrics beware of expletive content.

Co-Parenting

As I skimmed through the Internet, I came across a picture of celebs Nick Cannon and supposedly soon to be ex-wife Mariah Carey with their two beautiful children Easter egg hunting. Everyone appeared completely joyous and at peace, including the parents. Now I don’t necessarily know whether the tabloids are correct about their impending divorce and current misery with each other but I do know that co-parenting done amicably (of course) can leave parents especially the children extremely happy.

I think at least half of Americans don’t believe co-parenting amicably is even possible or if done amicably there is always a hidden agenda. Sometimes I believe society just wants to be angry and at odds with any and everything, especially things that are new and different. Co-parenting done correctly can be good for the kids, good for the parents and even the spouses (stepparents). But we must always remember that co-parenting is for the welfare of the children.

My ex-husband and I have been divorced for at least eight years. We were mature enough to know that we must get along for the sake of the children. Now I must be honest we didn’t have a nasty drag out divorce either. That too was rather amicable. Over the years, we have coordinated birthday dinners and sometimes holiday meals and we all have a great time. Now that we are grandparents, I guess you can say we co-grandparent. Just last year we gathered at Chuck E Cheese for my oldest granddaughter’s birthday. I do realize that everyone may not be onboard with this idea especially people like my ex-husbands current wife. She does not agree and at time I believe she wants us all to be at each other’s throats which is why she does not participate. I am glad that my ex-husband is a peaceful man and has not lost sight of the bigger picture, the kids. Children can sense anger, resentment and negativity amongst people they are surrounded by. I even have coworkers that have been in excellent co-parenting families, so see it can be done.

I guess you would need two mature and unselfish adults to make this work. Immaturity, hatred and anger are definitely not part of the formula for co-parenting.

http://www.eonline.com/news/644696/nick-cannon-says-easter-reunion-with-ex-mariah-carey-was-amazing-insists-there-s-no-drama-watch

Cut Veteran Restrictions

Well Veterans Day has come and gone and so have the free meals, discounts etc. although Golden Corral recognizes veterans tomorrow.  Every year I sit and reflect on my time in the military. Great times,  hard work,  teamwork,  friendships,  commitment the list goes on. I served in the United States Marine Corp during Desert Storm. It was rough for me in the military at that time professionally and personally.  Three months earlier I gave birth to my daughter who was born three months premature weighing 1 lb 13 oz and couldn’t breathe on her own. She was required to stay in the hospital until she gained weight and was able to breathe on her own which took approximately three months. My unit got word that we were to participate in Operation Desert Storm, the same day my daughter was finally being released from the hospital.  Now of course, I did not want to leave my baby who was now 3 lbs. 6 oz but I had a commitment to the military. I participated in Desert Storm with the help of family members but it was difficult.

Veterans sacrifice alot personally to serve their country. I am thankful for the discounts, free meals, etc but I get slightly aggravated by having to eat off of a select menu, or limited items,  better yet only being served during certain hours or being told you can only order items on the left side of the menu. To some this may be unimportant or petty. What’s up with all the restrictions? I don’t feel there should be any restrictions on Veterans Day for the men and women who have served this country. So much is sacrificed for them to serve. They give up time with loved ones, schooling they may have been in the process of completing, and even missing out on the birth of a lil’ one.  I’m talking about one full day without any restrictions in restaurants for the men and women,  active duty and veterans of the armed forces. I’m sure many may think I’m ungrateful just the opposite,  I am grateful for the service provided by veterans.