Please enjoy this conversation featuring Michelle, the therapist with myself and Dr. K. E. Garland. In this discussion, we talk about motherhood and mothering adults vs younger children.
Happy Mother’s Day to all of the mothers out there!
LadyG loves YOU!😘💋
So, I could have started by mentioning the fact that his name is Alphonso Thomas, but I was compelled to be a bit more “possessive” in my approach 🙂
It made you look, didn’t it?
I had the great honor of being invited by my cousin to witness his official induction ceremony into the Department of Air Force Senior Executive Service!
You don’t know what the Senior Executive Service is?
No worries, I didn’t know what it was either…
However, that is no longer the case.
Apparently, it is a RARE and GREAT honor.
I have to say that during the ceremony, I was amazed to learn of Alphonso’s many accomplishments during his service as an officer in the Air Force, and later, as a civil servant.
Suffice it to say, he has racked up quite a few outstanding achievements. Most of which, I can barely understand, but I will say that it involves missiles, bombers and some other such wizardry that my mind can’t quite comprehend.
It’s alright though…most cousins don’t really talk shop….
I THANK GOD
Trust me when I tell you that Alphonso has to knock it down about 20 levels whenever he talks to me.
By the way, my cousin is also well known for his skills on the saxophone!
Actually, music is his first love!
He even released an album a few years back.
No doubt there is a Youtuber out there who has posted it without his permission… and if I can find it, I’m also going to publish it without permission!
Anywhats…It is important to note that Alphonso also studied at Berklee College of Music in Boston, MA!
Excuse that musical digression, but it’s hard to stay focused on one thing when it comes to this Masters degree having Electrical Engineering Saxophone player.
So…if you landed here and you are obsessed with saxophone playing electrical engineers who are also members of the Senior Executive Service,
To that end, please check out this little video that I put together about Alphonso’s background in the military and highlights from his appointment into the Senior Executive Service.
FYI: While working on this video, I learned that if you are not familiar with a given subject matter, you will most assuredly sound ridiculous should you choose to narrate about it.
Please accept my apologies in advance!
If that statement doesn’t make any sense to you now, it will become crystal clear after you listen to me vocally labor over Alphonso’s vast bio!
But it’s all love!
Please enjoy the video, it’s a little more than 7 mins long.
Told you I was going to lift this video! LOL!!!
If you follow this blog, you probably already know how much LadyG LOVES being in nature.
Best believe, I never get bored with a beautiful sunrise, a stately tree, or twittering from the feathered ones.
Today, I decided to capture some video of a walk that I took a bit earlier this fine Easter Sunday morning.
No doubt thoughts of resurrection and rebirth swirled all around my mind and heart.
It’s a perfect day to ponder such things…don’t you think?
Anyway, the video is quite short, but it has a meditative quality.
At least to me it does 🙂
The whole thing is less than 5 minutes long and packed full of trees, sky, sun and tweeting birds.
OH! If you beleive that orbs are actually spirits or angelic beings, then look closely because I caught sight of an orb in one of the clips.
I meant to mark it but I forgot!
Take a look-see and let me know what you think!
BTW, this was shot on my iphone7 plus.
I use several techniques to lift my mood/spirits. Please enjoy this fun little mini movie that highlights how I do it!
For my brother, the SKEPTIC!!! LOL!!!!
In this video, Dr. Garland talks about her writing process and the affect that some of her subject matter has had on her personally.
And YES, my Southern accent is SUPER THICK in this one!
Stay tuned for subsequent videos!
Please comment below!
Please check out this post that my good friend Dr. K. E. Garland asked me to write for her blog’s “Self-Love” series.
Many of you may already know Dr. Garland as the author of The Unhappy Wife.
Well, in addition to that, she is also the Editor of Daddy, an anthology which includes stories written by women about their relationships with their fathers. Tikeetha Thomas, a well-known blogger on WP is featured in Daddy.
Both of these ladies are fierce in this writing game and I encourage you to check them out, if you haven’t already.
Also, be sure to catch the latest edition of the “Self Love” series as it is written by my dear sister, Michelle, who is also the very talented author of a love poem that I recently read on this blog entitled, “Present Distance.”
You can find Michelle here.
Seriously, check her out! I can assure you that you will NOT be disappointed.
I hope you enjoy my piece. Let’s discuss it in comments 🙂
PS: I will continue the poetry readings through Valentines Day. That said, you will not want to miss my reading of one of the baddest poets on WP, Braeden Michaels!
Love and Light,
House of Mathilda….
More about that later!
Admittedly, I’ve fancied myself as a “royal” of sorts since about 1981.
During that time, my mother used to refer to me as Lady Di because she clearly thought that I regarded her as a servant!
But don’t all children tend to see their mothers in that way?
Anyway, at that time, one of my favorite singers was Teena Marie who also used the title “Lady” …as in Lady T.
With both of these things in mind, I just ran with it and started doodling the name Lady G.
And, with that, Lady G was “born.”
After starting this blog, I was fortunate enough to meet a whole new group of wonderful friends.
One of these included an awesome writer by the name of R J Llewellyn. Most of you guys may know him as “Roger” or “Woebegone but Hopeful”—he is the founder and chief writer for his own blog, Heroically Bad Writer….which is ironic because he is anything but. He also has a couple of really good books on Amazon!
Anyway, I became a huge fan of his uproarious series, “A True History of These Isles”, which retells the history of The United Kingdom.
That said, I often joked with him about the many historic characters that were featured.
One set of characters, in particular, included a couple of royals named Mathilda.
To me, they were sooooo badass!
When I told Roger that, he responded that I embodied that same spirit of badassity!
Of course, after a good laugh, Roger started referring to me as Lady G or Lady Gwin, House of Mathilda or Matilda!
Either spelling is acceptable.
Now you know!
No doubt, that’s a brief synopsis of events, but here is the PROCLAMATION with a preface, as written by RJ Llewellyn:
My research when writing my two volumes of ‘The History of These Isles’ led me to conclude that whereas many folk impacted upon the history of these isles, not enough consideration was given to the ‘Age of the Matildas’
This period took place during the reign of Stephen I (1092/6 – 25 October 1154), when his right to the throne was contested by the daughter of his predecessor Henry I, she being Empress Matilda.
A great struggle took place, Matilda being a stalwart and tough foe. When Stephen was captured his rule was kept in place by his equally determined wife Matilda of Boulogne. Thus did these two strong women hold the reigns of powers for some time and made a more constructive effort than the men who just hit each other and the peasants.
It should also be noted that the powerful King David I of Scotland was married to Matilda of Huntingdon (one of her children becoming a saint).
This writer concludes it is undeniable these were women of striking character and ability.
Thus when considering the scope in depth of achievements in Life of Family, Profession and Blog, the Lady Gwin of Best Blog it must be stated by this historian The Lady Gwin has displayed similar qualities of determination, skill and forbearance, added to which she has a sense of humour, possibly lacking in these aforementioned formidable ladies.
Therefore by the powers vested in me as an Historian it is with all solemnity and gladness that I, Roger Jacob, writing as R J Llewellyn, do this day 19th December in the year 2018 do proclaim as follows:
From the date of The Lady Gwin of Best Blog’s 50th Birthday, let it be known she may with all truth and dignity bear the title Lady Gwin; Honour’d Lady of the House of Matildas (And Mathildas) by proclamation and efforts. And from that date bear herself as a true Matilda or Mathilda as she so see fit.
Laudo et congratulor.
So…yeah…I turned 50 this week and I don’t feel a day over 49.
Anyway, I thought I would share some of the more interesting birthday greetings.
To be more specific, I received greetings in Spanish from my Puerto Rican chica and a “traditional birthday greeting” from an awesome “Kiwi” native to New Zealand. By the way, the second video looks sideways but it plays normally once you click it!
I also had a good old Southern Happy Birthday from a Girl Raised In The South (GRITS).
Check them out:
Stay tuned tomorrow for the Official Story of Lady G from the House of Mathilda, as told by that dashing Welshman, Roger Jacob, writing as R J Llewellyn aka Woebegone but Hopeful.
You can find “Roger” at his blog, Heroically Bad Writer. Click HERE to get THERE.
Love and light
Let’s chat in comments!