A Family Conversation: The Bass and The Tweeter

“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.

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In today’s conversation, we use my post “Pandemic: The Winds of Change” as a conversation starter on :

-The fact that nobody knew more…. back in February

-The “bass” and the “tweeter”

-Cult of personality 

-Not the norm

-Cheat if you can’t win 

-Stupid ass look

-Done with Covid

-Breaking all manner of ethics

-From 44 to 46

-The pandemic is just the canvas

-Foreboding for the clairsentient

-2020 the year of clarity

-Day by day til better days

-Missing checks and balances, was it intentional?

-All hell breaking loose

-Find a fool leave a fool

-A level of abnormal-ness

The Time is Nigh: A Rant About You-Know-Who For You-Know-What!

“What is the hour of the night?”

Written by: Fletcher L. Brown aka “Pro” (ca. 1974)

From What Time Is It? Courtesy of The Time Tunnel

Trump Rona Rant/WHAT TIME IS IT!
Just a little something I created to go with the audio
I created this chart based on the numbers that I have logged quarterly

Good Day!

From the daughter, niece and cousin of a bunch of SUCKERS who served faithfully in the USAF, U.S. Navy, and the U.S. Army!

And I’m out

LadyG

Resources:

BBC

https://www.bbc.com/news/world-us-canada-54094559

Johns Hopkins University

https://coronavirus.jhu.edu/map.html

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A Family Conversation: Don’t Just Talk About It, Be About It!

“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.

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All babies together, everyone a seed
Half of us are satisfied, half of us in need
Love’s bountiful in us, tarnished by our greed
When will there be a harvest for the world

Harvest for the World. Songwriters: Christopher H Jasper / Ernie Isley / Marvin Isley / O’kelly Isley / Ronald Isley / Rudolph Isley
Harvest for the World lyrics © Sony/ATV Music Publishing LLC

Today the cousins discuss LadyG’s post America Needs Some Samfundssind Up In Here.

Pt 1: Family Chit chat
Samfundssind vs Hygge
Mr. Spock’s Philosophy  
The Facebook Provocateur 

Pt 2: Americans: Diametrically opposed 
If you’re not going to help, don’t hinder.
Dunning-Kruger solve the puzzle
Stop the Parties!

Pt 3: George Washington’s warning 
Back to Samfundssind: Prioritizing the greater good 
Greedy Capitalists don’t trickle it down
Running the Gauntlet 

Pt 4: Walking in other folks shoes
Sacrificing for the country…but not really. 
Don’t talk about it be about it. 
Do unto others 

Links from the discussion:

Dunning -Kruger Effect

Robert Reich

When A Doctor Cries…

One of Mom’s Doctors. NBC News July 16, 2020

WE’RE IN BIG TROUBLE!

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A Family Conversation: The Cousins Discuss The Elusive American Dream

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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.

“A Family Conversation” is published on Wednesdays.

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Excerpt from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.’s “I have a Dream” speech:

In a sense we’ve come to our nation’s Capital to cash a check. When the architects of our republic wrote the magnificent words of the Constitution and the Declaration of Independence, they were signing a promissory note to which every American was to fall heir.

This note was a promise that all men, yes, black men as well as white men, would be guaranteed the unalienable rights of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.

It is obvious today that America has defaulted on this promissory note insofar as her citizens of color are concerned. Instead of honoring this sacred obligation, America has given the Negro people a bad check; a check which has come back marked “insufficient funds.”

-Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr

If you are interested, you may read the full speech transcript here.

Now…

Observe as I switch my focus from the words of a King to a topic that appears to be totally different.

I’ll begin “the switch” by asking…

Isn’t it funny how the lyrics of a song can mean one thing in one context, and another thing in a different context?

That very fact inspired Ron to post two throwback jams from one of the most prolific songwriting duos of all time, Valarie Simpson and her late husband Nickolas Ashford.

And so….

This week, Ron and I discuss the song lyrics from Ashford & Simpson’s “It seems to hang on” and “Found a cure.”

Listen in as we flow with the lyrics into conversations on :

  • Dealing with the ever-present albatross of discrimination.
  • Interacting with people who either intentionally or unintentionally invalidate our experiences of prejudice.
  • Maintaining a hopeful optimism that one day America will live up to its greatest potential by adhering to its own assertion that “all men are created equal.”
  • A Divine prescription for the cure that we need; hint, it’s been there all along.

Enjoy,

Adult Language and Situations

Pt 1

Pt 2

To listen to a deeper conversation click here for parts 3-5

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.

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.

 

 

 

 

Coronavirus Ramble/ Rant: You Can’t Find Nothing!

 

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**Contains adult language; not excessive though**

I misspoke, I meant to say that brown eggs are closer to natural….

I guess 😂 !

If you’re wondering what that means, listen to me ramble/rant about not being able to find a damn thang in the stores!

LadyG just having a little fun to brighten up the days!

Love you!

Run time:  About 10 mins

 

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Spam Is Pretty Good…

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And so are…

Powdered Doughnuts

Chocolate Covered Cashews

Pancakes

Mugs of Hot Chocolate

Bowls of Spaghetti…

And pretty much every damned thang else that I can get my freakin’ hands on!

My apologies for getting sidetracked…

Let me get back to the assertion made in the title of this post…

Y’all, I haven’t eaten Spam since I was 12!

Well this morning, I fried some up and ate it for breakfast for the first time in 38 years!

IT was GOOD as HELL!

My daughter, Lady J, who has NEVER had Spam in all of her 14 years, CONCURS!

Hawaii is definitely on to something!

What the hell have we been thinking?

But seriously, I am going to be 300 pounds if coronavirus doesn’t do me in first.

NOW…

Seeing as how I am very connected to the ethereal, I know what you guys are thinking…

Exercise much, LadyG?

I get it, hell my son is an Exercise Physiologist and Certified Personal Trainer—but I am simply not motivated!

Typically, I enjoy walking and jogging…

But not lately.

This whole thing has me glued to the TV waiting on the next scary newscast!

But…

I still have sense enough to be GRATEFUL that my family and I are still, so far, alive, well- fed, sheltered, and healthy.

May God bless those who are not.

Talk to me in comments while I make myself a sandwich.  LOL!!

LadyG love YOU!

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Pandemic: The Winds of Change

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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.