A Family Conversation: LadyG and Ron Brown Discuss All Kinds of Fools

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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 some of our favorite posts from each other’s blog.

“A Family Conversation” is published on Wednesdays.

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This week, LadyG and Ron discuss one of his posts from February 2016, STORNADO.

In today’s conversation, Ron reads the original submission and recounts how his Gramp (Grandmother) and his Aunt used to talk about all kinds of fools; including the biggest kind of fool known to man…

The Stornado Fool!

Or was it Starnado?

Apparently, there’s some debate.

At any rate, as you might have guessed, Ron and I got sidetracked discussing conspiracies and all of the foolishness that we’ve observed lately; particularly in light of the current pandemic.

Please enjoy!

Contains some adult language and situations

Stornado (Part 1)

Stornado Foolishness (Part 2)

 

***In part 2, we refer to a woman who was coughing on fruit in the produce section of a grocery store.  We discussed her during an earlier conversation, prior to the broadcast.

***Dr. T.V. McCoo was Marilyn McCoo’s grandfather.  Her father, Waymon, went to school with our Grandmother (Mother).

**If you dare, visit the “Real Talk” page to listen to a deeper conversation between the cousins.

Did we slip?

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…into an alternate UNIVERSE?

Where we don’t know wrong from right?

Day from night?

Left from right?

Truth from lies?

Soldiers from spies?

Dumb from wise?

Laughter from cries?

Horseflies from pies?

Don’t worry, this is not poetry.

NOT EVEN CLOSE.

Simple word play for easy questions like….

Where are we?

Clearly, we dropped our MORAL COMPASS and lost our way back down the road a few stops ago.

Or was it a few years ago?

Who are we?

Do we simply overlook duplicity as long as it’s “our guy” who is being duplicitous?

Do we value all life?

REALLY?

To date:

247,752 valuable lives lost…

Millions of valuable lives affected…

And counting……………………………

And counting……………………………

And counting……………………………

Where is our common sense?

Do we blindly drink or shoot up the “Klorox” Kool-aid because someone thought it might be a good idea?

Where is our humanity?

Do we value ME  and MINE over THEE and THINE?

Are we expanding OR contracting?

Just a few questions for us to ponder.

Either way,

Lady G LOVES YOU!

REGARDLESS!

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A Family Conversation: LadyG and Ron Brown Discuss An Inconvenient Truth

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…And you will know the truth and the truth shall set you free. 

-John 8:32

In today’s post, Ron and I discuss an inconvenient truth as it relates to the current state of affairs here in the United States.

Uh…So….Yeah…

Politics?

Even though I have a B. S. degree in Political Science, this topic is not exactly my typical fare.

I get it…

However…

There comes a time when one, as they say, must speak truth to power…

And, baby, my cousin Ron is definitely BUILT. FOR. THAT!

In his post, Things Won’t Always Be This Way, Ron offers a commentary on the division that we are now experiencing in the United States, and how it came to be.

A highly educated veteran of the United States Air Force, Ron is, as we used to tease, “bonafide and qualified” to give an excellent lesson on what’s really going on!

Now then…

After listening to the audio, you’re more than welcome to respectfully join the conversation in comments.

Run time: 1 hour

**Excuse the background noise, but, like many of you, we are at home.

 

 

 

 

6 ways to stretch your coronavirus stimulus check

LadyG comes from a working class family, so I know how to be broke; I meant frugal.

Trust me when I tell you that I am very well prepared to educate you on making do when times are hard.  

Now then…

Most of the things that I am about to share in this post, I learned as a kid, and perfected when I went away to college!

Can you say, “canned Spam?”

Best believe, LadyG knows a little sumthin’ about the thrifty life.

Anyway, before I get sidetracked, allow me to define today’s terms AND use them in a sentence à la grammar school.

Terms:

Frugal:  Characterized by or reflecting economy in the use of resources.

Whereas, in this context, the word “economy” is defined as: thrifty and efficient use of material resources

Broke: penniless

Terms used in a sentence:

One must become frugal in order to avoid becoming broke!

YAAASSS!

LadyG has earned an A+ !

And so,

Today’s audio is a structured ramble, if you will, that details 6 things you can do, as we say in the South, to pinch a penny til it hollers; thereby stretching your coronavirus stimulus check!

If you like this post, please share it and don’t forget to holler at me in comments 🙂

LadyG loves you 🙂

Run time: About 10 minutes

*Important Note: LadyG retains the right to CONFUSE “dishwashing detergent” with “dishwasher detergent.”

**May contain adult language

Definition of terms:  Merriam-Webster Dictionary

Pandemic: The Winds of Change

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IMPORTANT: PLEASE SHARE!

If you have Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) that you need or would like to donate, please go to Get Us PPE where you can link to healthcare providers/organizations that NEED PPE or to individuals who would like to PROVIDE PPE.  

Thank You!  

Lady G

 

A couple of days ago, I posted a ramble on how the threat of Coronavirus has changed the way we do things.

Think about it!

We shop differently.

We are much more vigilant about hand hygiene and seemingly minor coughs and such.

Students who are used to being in a brick and mortar school are now learning online.

More folks are working from home.

We’re holding teleconferences instead of physical meetings and conferences.

People are “seeing” doctors and mental health professionals via telemedicine.

Funeral homes are conducting funeral services differently.

Businesses are forced to become creative in order to shift their products and services to accommodate “social distancing.”

Now, if you had asked me about “social distancing” back in January, I would have looked at you like you were a damned fool!

Funny how this pandemic has FUNDAMENTALLY changed everything about what we do on a daily basis.

So….Methinks the winds of change are upon us!

Or to use another metaphor, allow me to ask:

Now that the “GENIE” is up out of the bottle, will we ever be able to coax it back in?

Do we need to?

Geez…I’ll be honest, I think that some of these things needed to change….PERMANENTLY!

Now, for the downside, I will say that I don’t think that it is good for us to remain homebound for too long.

However, in the words of that great physician, and infectious disease expert,  Dr. Anthony Fauci, “…(T)he virus makes the timeline…”

No doubt, he was referring to the timeline required for most communities to remain at home in order to slow the spread of coronavirus.

Nevertheless, I can’t help thinking about a domestic violence expert, I can’t remember her name, (Google it) lamenting the fact that people who are abused by a family member are now forced to be in close quarters with their abuser for an extended amount of time.

Picture it! The abuser and abused cramped together – tormented by the specter of  long-term unemployment—minus cash. NOT GOOD!

At any rate, as I mentioned in my ramble, some of our societal structures needed a major re-working.

Frankly, I am encouraged by the rise in ingenuity and goodwill that we’ve recently witnessed.  We’re seeing everyday folks sewing  make-shift PPE for health professionals and there are so many more wonderful examples of celebrities donating money to those in need.

And…

Fewer cars on the road equals less pollution.

Oh, and what about crime?  Are we seeing any reductions there?

But then there are debates like “mitigation” vs “containment”

Clearly, a future full analysis of our actions will probably render a mixed bag of results.

What do you think?

Are we becoming too distant from one another?

Are we finding new ways to become closer?

What changes should remain permanent?

What would you like to see go back to the way it was before?

What are the inevitable long-term affects?

I’d love to get your take!

Hit me up in comments!

LadyG love YOU!

 

 

 

*Peace and love to all who have died.

 

 

 

 

Crisis, Opportunity, and Innovation

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Clearly, I ain’t got nothing but time.

That said, I’d much rather spend said time in a way that is inspiring and hopeful.

Frankly, I am getting heart-sick listening to grim statistics being flashed on top of needless political posturing.

I grieve for the sick and the dying.  Not to mention the ones who have made a painful and isolated transition.

I worry for my friends and family who are on the front lines of caring for the ill.

A change in perspective?

Yes!

It’s a MUST!

And so…

I’ve decided that I am NOW going to focus my attention on “the helpers.”

My apologies to Mr. Rogers for taking so long to do so.

To that end, I have been watching videos and reading articles about folks who are using their knowledge, skills and abilities to solve the problem of medical supply scarcity.

Baby, these folks are on the grind!  They are using their “know how” and ingenuity to design and create face masks, N95 respirators and even ventilators!

YES baby, they are from ALL OVER THE WORLD!

(Special shout out to Georgia Tech engineers as I am Georgia born and bred!)

Hats off to ALL the folks who are doing the damn thang and to the folks who produced this piece.

Check out this link:

LadyG love you!

Fae: An Ode to the Generous

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Photo taken by LadyG during a morning walk

If a man says, “I love God,” and hates his brother, he is a liar; for he who doesn’t love his brother whom he has seen, how can he love God whom he has not seen?

–1 John 4:20

Just behind this door resides a noble little fae

Who has an open heart of gold for those who’ve lost their way.

She gathers all her eensy friends;

They know just what to do.

They share their food,

They offer care,

They teach eternal truth,

No questions asked;

No judgments made;

No hoarding of “the loot.”

They know that one can’t pull a strap unless he has a boot.

-Lady G

 

A simple rhyme from LadyG’s imagination!

Anyway…

Lately, I find myself so disheartened by current events; especially in the U.S.

Seriously! I often wonder if people realize that our children are looking on as adults act like violent and malicious spoiled brats who are singularly focused on what is best for them and theirs.

Everything is…

MINE!

ME!

THEM!  They are the problem!

What about US?

What’s our role?

What are we teaching our babies when we behave this way?

What are we teaching ourselves…The world?

We can do better!

Question, do all of the God-fearing folks really believe in and have reverence for God?

Simply put, you can’t love God in heaven while stepping all over your brother on Earth.

I’ve had enough!

And so…

I’ve created my own alternate world where love, kindness and generousity reign.

I’ve done it before.

Does anybody want to join me?  Plan to pray and meditate 🙂

Love and light to you all 💋

 

Weather Watcher

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(Scroll down to listen to LadyG’s audio version of this post)

I’ve always been fascinated by the weather.

As a child, I remember watching my grandfather’s weather vane twirl from one direction to the next.

North, South, East, West…

But, somehow, it always seemed to me as if there was something deeper underlying those shifting winds.

What could it be?

I wondered if the easterly wind carried a portent of mysterious events to come.

If so, would it be something magical?

Odd?

Supernatural?

I had my suspicions, but I wasn’t sure.

So, in an effort to satisfy my curiousity about the wind and other weather related peculiarities, I decided to become an amateur meteorologist!

To that end, I feverishly consumed every book or article about the weather.

Which led me to…

Study cloud formations…

Fashion a bottle, balloon and some straw into a primitive barometer…

Learn the difference between spinning storms in the Northern Hemisphere..

And spinning storms in the Southern Hemisphere…

And spinning storms in the Pacific…

And spinning storms in the Atlantic…

And spinning storms on land…

And spinning storms on water…

You know….CYCLONES and what not.

At any rate, I became obsessed with other relevant phenomenon such as high and low pressure systems.

I was ever conscious of their locations 🙂

How’s that, you ask?

Well, I once read that if you face the direction of the wind, the low pressure system will be on your left side–at least in the Northern Hemisphere.

I’ve never verified that information but it seemed plausible to me 🙂

Oh, and don’t get me started on my passion for weather folklore, history and lies.

I love ’em all!

As a matter of fact, my dream job is to compile and study narratives and pictures from people who have lived through major hurricanes and other weather related events.

So…where does my preoccupation with weather come from?

Well, I can tell you with all certainty that my mother couldn’t have cared less.

Eh….My father might have had a passing interest.

But, honestly, I think that my obsession with weather may have come from the fact that I shuffled onto this mortal coil alongside Hurricane Camille.

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Hey…don’t laugh…Mark Twain had his comet and I have my hurricane 🙂

On a serious note, I realize that this storm left many lives lost.  That said, I do not in any way celebrate that fact.

However, I do have a certain amount of reverence and awe for mother nature’s powerful manifestations.

And, to this day, I am still captivated by all things atmospheric!

Speaking of which…

I grabbed a few photos of some of the damage cause by tropical storm Irma.

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Fortunately, my family fared pretty well.

I say prayers for those who were not so lucky and to those who are busy picking up the pieces.

In the end, this weather watcher has concluded that the Earth reserves the right to remind us of her power.

Either way, God will see us through.

 

Love and light to you all!

LadyG 😘 💋 💋

Audio version

Storms Make Strange Bedfellows

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LadyG is smack dab in the middle of Tropical Storm Irma land!

This morning our power went out just long enough to scare me into submission!

Thankfully, it came back on an hour later.

Best believe, right after that, I went into cook for your life mode!

Baby, I started cooking, baking and prepping food…any food!

You should have seen my kitchen!

It felt like I was Snoopy cooking Thanksgiving Dinner for Peppermint Patty and friends!

Toast, jellybeans, popcorn! Insubordinate folding chairs…

Oh my!

LOL!

Ok, I’m fibbing a bit, but I did end up cooking things with no rhyme or reason…all in an attempt to be prepared in case we lose power again….which I suspect we will.

I also made sure to wash up all the clothes and get out the lanterns, candles and flashlights.

For my friends and family in the Caribbean and Florida–in particular– I pray that you are safe.

To my friends and family in Georgia, South Carolina, Alabama and Tennessee, I pray that you are preparing and that you will be safe as well.

God willing and if the creek don’t rise…we’ll ‘see’ each other before too long!

Love and light to you all!

Lady G 😘

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