Monthly Archives: April 2014

Swarm of Tornadoes Tears Across the South


TIME

Updated 4:58 p.m. ET

At least 16 people were killed Monday as deadly tornadoes ripped through sections of Alabama, Mississippi and Tennessee, bringing the death toll for the storm system that hit the Midwest earlier in the week to 35.

The dangerous weather was headed toward Georgia early Tuesday, after having flattened buildings in towns throughout the region, and Governor Nathan Deal has declared a state of emergency.

“For about 30 seconds, it was unbelievable,” said Mississippi state Sen. Giles Ward, whose Louisville home was destroyed in the storm while he huddled in a bathroom with his wife, four kids and dog. “It’s about as awful as anything we’ve gone through.”

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The storm system rumbling east across the country has slammed a huge swath of territory with dangerous weather, from Iowa south to Oklahoma and into Arkansas, which alone saw 15 deaths. An estimated 11 tornadoes hit the…

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BREAKING NEWS: “To Appomattox” Kickstarter Officially Launched!


To Appomattox

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The official Kickstarter Campaign for To Appomattox launched today at 8:30 A.M. PST. The goal set for the campaign is the largest ever attempted on Kickstarter: $2.5 Million. To donate to the Kickstarter, click here! This is your chance to help get a major production before the cameras, and actually take part in the making of this epic historical drama! Spread the word on the project, as the producers hope to achieve their goal by May 16th!

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Letters


I found this park bench, sitting outside a computer store, in Sheridan, Arkansas. They painted it to look like a computer as a way to advertise their business. I thought it was neat and took a picture of it.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Letters


We thought it was a neat thing that our soda cans we received during our replenishment while on deployment, had a different look to them. I’m not sure what language it’s written in, but I think they’re neat looking compared to seeing the usually American style soda cans.

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Weekly Photo Challenge – Letters


I saw this carved into the wall at the Memphis Zoo, near the polar bear exhibit. I believe this to be true. We are all created from the earth and when we die, we are given back to the earth.

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Divergent – book and movie comparison


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I have finally been able to see the new movie, Divergent (still playing in theaters). I have read the first book and am currently reading the second book, Insurgent. I am happy to say that the movie stayed true to the book. Though movies that are adapted from books can’t put everything from the book into the movie, this wasn’t the case with this film. If you haven’t read the book, then you wouldn’t understand how you shouldn’t miss anything from the book when making the movie. Instead of filming certain things to show the audience, they had some of the characters explain it instead.

For example: there is a scene in the movie where Tris leaves Dauntless to visit her brother who is in Erudite. When she is caught and taken back to Dauntless, she is attacked by a few of her training mates, then saved by Four. She tells him later about her leaving Dauntless and visiting her brother. The book tells that entire part differently. When she returns to Dauntless she is confronted by Eric and Four, Four vouches for her so that she doesn’t get into trouble for leaving when she wasn’t allowed to. Later on that night she is confronted by her attackers and is then rescued by Four.

They did leave out small details of the book here and there, but they made sure not to skip the important parts. I’m happy to see that they are going to continue filming the rest of the trilogy, with Allegiant, book three, being a two part movie. I’m currently on chapter five in the second book, Insurgent, so I will be all caught up by the time the next movie hits the theaters. They did such an awesome job with the first movie, I’ll be happy to go see the second movie in theaters.

Little Rock’s Turkish Food Festival


Yesterday, my daughter and I ventured out to Little Rock where they were having a Turkish Food Festival at the Raindrop Turkish House. They had bouncy houses for the kids, cultural music and dance, arts and crafts booths, henna tattooing, and plenty of food booths with all types of Turkish food and deserts.

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I stopped at one table, where a guy was writing peoples names in Turkish style calligraphy on a large piece of colorful paper. I had him write my daughter’s name for me of course. We moved on to another booth, where a guy was painting colorful pictures on a giant plate. I couldn’t help but stare as he dabbed his pen every so carefully on the plate. I was mesmerized by the beautiful artwork he was doing, as well as the other pieces of artwork they laid around him, on top of his table.

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We ventured to the desert booth and I had my daughter pick out something, then walked outside to see what else we could find to fill out plates. We watched a small group of young women, dressed in beautiful cultural costumes, dance to some cultural music, then listened to a Mariachi band play.

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Bucket Lists


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Usually, when one hears the words ‘Bucket List’, they usually think of the movie that came out in 2007, starring Morgan Freeman and Jack Nicholson. They also think about a handwritten list of things to do before one dies. That is what the movie is all about, accomplishing feats, dreams, wishes, adventures, or whatever it is that you want to accomplish before you “kick the bucket”.

After I saw the movie I contemplated making such a list for myself. I had already done several things that would’ve been on the list, had I had one. The very first on my bucket list would have been to go to Rome and eat pasta, drink wine, see the Colosseum and the Sistine Chapel. I have already done all of that, although I would love to go back and spend more time sight seeing since I didn’t have that much when I first visited Rome.

A few years ago I actually started writing my bucket list. So far, I have crossed off things such as, learn to snowboard, learn to surf, go to Disney World, become a published author, and become a mom. Those really aren’t outrageous requests I’ve made for myself, but I’ve been happy to have been able to cross them off my list, especially when I became a mom. I waited until I was 30 years old, whereas many women have children much earlier in their life. I had done four years in the navy, which allowed me the chance to travel the world. I had traveled around the US and had moved around a little bit (from Arkansas to Colorado, then to Oklahoma). I had gone to college and obtained my associates degree in Aviation Airframe, then worked in aviation for a few years. That’s when I felt that my life was incomplete. Even though I became a single mom before I had my daughter, I wouldn’t trade being a mom for anything in the world.

I still have quite a few things on my list, but won’t disclose any of them until I’ve crossed them off. Do you have a bucket list? If so, what have you crossed off your list?

To read about other bucket lists, click here.

One Word Photo Challenge: Peach


Here’s a little bit of knowledge to go along with this weeks ‘One Word Photo Challenge’: Peaches are originally from China, but the nutritious fruit became popular, spreading throughout the world through the trade routes. They’re low in calories and contain no saturated fats. They do contain a lot of antioxidants, minerals, and vitamins, such as potassium, fluoride, iron, lutein, Vitamin-A, B-Carotene, Vitamin-C, just to name a few.

 

For more about this photo challenge, click here.

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Peaches are one of mine and my daughter’s favorite fruit.

National Library Week – Blogging From A to Z Challenge


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This week is National Library Week. This is the time to take the opportunity to thank your local librarian or to have your community become involved in your local library. I grew up two doors down from a library, so I’ve spent many, many days curled up in a corner of the library, with my nose in a book, capturing an imaginative moment with each page I turned. My librarian, Mrs. Zoch, who has since passed away, would help me find the perfect book to captivate my attention. I’m deeply thankful to her in helping me get to where I am today. Because of her, I found a love for books. And because of that, I have become a published author for children. I find the use of imagination helpful in creative thinking.

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Literacy is an important tool in a person’s life. It helps in our advancement in the workplace. It helps us obtain the right jobs for us. As a blooming anthropologist, I’ll be spending many hours in a library, amongst the research materials, trying to uncover the mystery behind whatever group of people I’ll be writing about. Libraries play a crucial role in my job. For years I’ve been working on my genealogy and have noticed that everything isn’t found on the internet. I spent an entire day on vacation, researching my genealogy at a library in Georgia. They have a room that is specifically for ancestry.

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I stared into the library from the doorway and was captivated by the numerous shelves full of records, books, journals, newspapers, and other items, as well as several shelves full of film. None of these items would be found on the internet. After several roles of film, then thumbing through a few records, I found some important documents on a couple of my grandparents. I had searched for years on the internet for these documents, only to find them from taking a trip to Georgia from Arkansas. I actually went to Georgia to visit with my sister and some cousins of ours, but once I learned about the library in Macon, Georgia, I had to make a trip.