A Family Conversation: We Gon’ Make Our Money || Defining Terms

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“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.


Recorded on April 16, 2021

Contains Adult Language and Conversation


  • Decriminalize our non-government sanctioned money making endeavors!
    • Don’t knock a person’s hustle–especially after using discriminatory hiring practices against them–thereby leaving them without work.
  • A happy little feed — with the occasional Trump.
  • I Cannot Define It
  • “A scary ass thing”
  • Ron’s inspiration to write “I Cannot Define It,” based on a White Supremacist’s demand for a definition of the term “racism.”
  • Ron’s “spider sense” in the Air Force

After this audio was recorded, Prosecutors in Manhattan decided to stop prosecuting prostitutes.

I can assure you that we had nothing to do with it! LOL!!

Rambling Musical Commentary: LadyG and J. Reneé Share Favorite Jams From Teena Marie (Pt. I)

Me and my cousin, J. Reneé in 1988


Contains Adult Language


A word of advice, NEVER take a picture in front of a mirror!

YAAASSSS!

In today’s audio, you get to eavesdrop on two Southern cousins talking cash sh!t about our favorite singer, Teena Marie.

Chile, it took us damn near two and a half hours to get Zoom up and running in order to record this thing.

After all that trouble, J. Reneé had the audacity to ask how to get her picture loaded to her Zoom profile!

I was like—whaaaa?

You get to hear us fuss about that at the beginning of the audio 😂

Anyway, back to the true matter at hand…

Now, I could go into a long history of “wild and peaceful” Lady T., but you can just Google her.

Fun fact, although Teena Marie, born Mary Christine Brockert, was White, her fan base was largely Black.

This is probably the case because she was a true soul singer!

Not knowing how to categorize her, Motown intentionally left her picture off her first LP because, based on her vocals, everybody thought she was Black.

At any rate, she was a beautiful and highly talented soul who wrote, composed, arranged and performed vocals, piano, lead guitar as well as bass guitar–she probably played other instruments as well.

Sadly, she passed away on December 26, 2010.

Anyway, if you are into the business or legal aspects of music, you must research The Brockert Initiative–a law that resulted from a civil case brought against Teena Marie by Motown–which she ended up winning.

Google it!

Google her!

And so,

Special thanks to my cousin, on Eva tha Diva’s side, the beautiful J. Reneé!

I love you cuz!

Anyway, on with the show!

Enjoy, and don’t forget to comment!



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Notes:

Teena Marie shared about how she was musically influenced by Smokey Robinson and other Soul and Jazz greats on Being: Teena Marie

You Make Love Like Springtime was actually released in 1980.

Rambling Musical Commentary: You Just Been Hit By The Capricorn King!

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Oh yes honey, LadyG’s Rambling Musical Commentary is about the year 1981.

Join me as I remember my favorite R&B jams from the year that started the whole “My Jams” series!


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Titles always come the lyrics of one of the selected jams

A Family Conversation: Trying To Explain The Unexplainable and More

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“A Family Conversation” is a storytelling audio series that features weekly discussions between blogging cousins LadyG and Ron Brown on current events along with favorite posts from each other’s blog.


Recorded on April 12, 2021 (Adult language and content)

In today’s audio, the cousins are talking about:

  • Lived experiences–explaining the unexplainable
  • Lt. Caron Nazaro:  Had this interaction NOT been filmed, what would we believe–based solely on the law enforcement report?
    • Do police forget that they are being filmed–or do they even care?
  • Cultural appreciation:  
    • Tom Jones and UK love of Blues and Soul music
    • Blue-eyed soul in Muscle Shoals, Alabama
  • Lil Naz X (Montero)
  • Parenting Gen Z and late stage Millenials
  • Family trickery: Who dis?


Links:

I Cannot Define It by Ron Brown

Williams Turton. Bloomberg: Hackers Breach Thousands of Security Cameras, Exposing Tesla, Jails, Hospitals

Lisa Singleton Rickman. AP News: Local music legends talk interracial collaboration in 1960s


Stay tuned for a continuation of the conversation on Friday, April 30.

My First Harvest In 2021 | Greens From Daddy’s Patio| (S.2 Ep.3)

Three little cherry tomatoes from LadyG’s Garden

Yesterday, when I went to tend to my garden, Daddy shared a surprise with me.

It seems that his eyes espied something new lurking on one of my plants.

What was it? You ask.

Well, there–at the base of my cherry tomato plant–sat four or five ripe red cherry tomatoes!

Never mind the low yield!

WE HAD SOMETHING TO HARVEST!

Check out the video below for more about my first “harvest” for 2021, and an update on what’s growing in the garden and how things are progressing.

Save Your Money By Making Your Own Food: Homemade Guacamole With Steak Fries

LadyG’s homemade guacamole with steak fries

Save your money!

Today’s dish, guacamole and steak fries, is great served as a snack, lunch or even a light dinner.  

Why buy it at a restaurant when you can save your money by making it yourself for pennies on the dollar.

For those who are interested, it is vegan, but, as long as there is avocado, oil and potatoes involved, there’s no honest way to call it low calorie.  

I will, however, say that it is healthy as it was prepared from fresh whole foods.  

The only thing that appears not to be fresh is the pickled jalapenos, but if you’ve been following me, you know that I prepared those myself just last week.  

By the way, they were a hit!

Anyway, as you might have guessed, I cook intuitively– as did my mother; so, there is no recipe for the dishes that I share.

I simply combine the meats, fish, vegetables, fruits and starches that I enjoy– then season them to my liking.

But to be fair, I do consult with recipes on timing or temperature for something that I’ve never cooked before.  I also tend to follow baking recipes rather strictly because–er, um–chemistry, but that’s about it as far I go with recipes.

And so,

I hope you enjoy today’s video and please remember to like, share and subscribe to the blog and to my Youtube channel.

Enjoy the video,

LadyG

Rambling Musical Commentary: You’ve Only To Ask Me There’s Nothing I Wouldn’t Do

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By the prickling of my thumbs, something wicked this way comes.

William Shakespeare’s MacBeth

Oh yes! LadyG’s Rambling Musical Commentary has returned with the year 1980.

Join me as I remember my favorite jams from a year that brought some fond memories along with a very bitter pill to swallow.


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Save Your Money | Preserve Your Produce

Georgia collard greens– fresh from the garden!

I’ll go ahead and admit to having had a penchant for buying a gaggle of produce, placing it in the bottom of the refrigerator, then promptly forgetting about it.

And while I was busy NOT remembering it, my supermarket harvest quickly became wet and funky bags of slime– waiting to be trashed.

Fortunately, I realized, in the words of my Late Great Uncle Bubba, “That ain’t no way to do the thang.”

So, I had myself a “come to Jesus meeting” which led me to confess my sin of wastefulness.

Think about it, for years, in my case, I have bought food that someone took the trouble to grow—only to allow it to rot away in those sad little plastic produce bags that I also didn’t give a hoot about.

Don’t get me wrong, I cared about the environment but not enough to change the way I lived my best life.

Yeah, I was pretty reckless…

But I digress.

We’ll talk about the environment later.

Anyway, now that I’ve started gardening, I have some idea how much work it takes to plant and grow vegetables.  

So the thought of squandering them the way that I had done so many times before is now, in my opinion, appalling!

Still, I can’t even imagine the amount of time and work that our nation’s farmers invest in growing food that frequently gets trashed in a land where, ironically, much of the population suffers from some level of hunger.

Whew! All the words…

Now, on a personal level, I could kick myself for the amount of money that I’ve spent on food that never touched my lips. 

Y’all, I did it for years!

Anywhats…

After my meeting with The Lord, I decided to do better by adopting the following practices:

  1. Placing produce in a more prominent place (top shelf of my fridge) so that I don’t forget it
  2. Finding new and creative ways to prepare and eat whatever I buy
  3. Blanching and freezing or pickling vegetables before they spoil
  4. Refraining from the use of those little produce bags in the produce section

Now, in the interest of safety, I must make a clarification by adding that my pickled foods go immediately into the refrigerator as I have not yet started to deal with canning.  

Ah, but do not worry, canning is on LadyG’s list of “next things.”  

Yes, there is such a list and there are other food preservation methods on it. (You can download a template below)

Additional entries on said list may never be revealed to the public. 

*Insert diabolical laughter here*

Best believe, whatever I do, you’ll definitely be amongst the first to know— so stay tuned.

What about you?

Do you currently use food preservation techniques?  If so, which ones?

Does preserving food help you to save money?

Drop down in comments and lets discuss it.

Below is a video of me preserving some collard greens and broccoli. 

The collards (also pictured above) are from my garden; the broccoli is store-bought.