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Saturday, August 13, 2016

Remembering Robin Williams

Patch Adams - 1998  Quote  

“What's wrong with death sir? What are we so mortally afraid of? Why can't we treat death with a certain amount of humanity and dignity, and decency, and God forbid, maybe even humor. Death is not the enemy gentlemen. If we're going to fight a disease, let's fight one of the most terrible diseases of all, indifference.”

Stop the Indifference 
by Zeta Blankenship 08/13/2016

Society still considers Depression and Mental Illnesses, yes, that is what it is, a taboo. The disease that must not be named, sadly it exist with statistical facts that are heartbreaking.
The words depression and anxiety make us uncomfortable because anyone suffering is made to feel that they are wrong by social standards, they are hushed, judged, and treated indifferent, that is showing no particular interest or sympathy for and being unconcerned.
The epidemic of suicide rates in today's world has opened our eyes to understanding and the necessity of being able to communicate with each other from the heart, really listen to the feelings inside the words spoken. You may be the the one person who can make a difference in someone elses life. Be the helping light in a world full of so much need. 

Friday, August 12, 2016


A Perilous Question

By Barry Finlay

One innocent question asked by a teenager in Africa to an American stranger and the consequences of caring suddenly become an entangled, perilous journey of intrigue, life-threatening danger, and love.

I enjoyed the book and was drawn in immediately with the likable, main character Marcie Kane. I can relate to some of her experiences and why it was so important for her to get involved and try and help the girls Shoni and Irene.

The intrigue grew in intensity with each chapter as complications evolved from each action Marcie took and affected those who tried to help her with finding the girls.

An official visit to the local police station brings about an unexpected connection with an FBI Agent in Tanzania, Africa and the girls Marcie is trying to find. They join their resources together with the vain effort to locate the kidnapped girls.

Excellent Mystery with many unexpected twists and turns that keep you reading for answers!

I was given a free copy of this book in return for an honest review. ZetaZoo

Monday, August 8, 2016

16 Inspiring Book Quotes To Help Motivate Your Job Search

Summer means reading on the beach! Hanging with friends on a rooftop bar! And, if you're a recent grad, weeping softly into a stack of job applications! (I know that most job apps are online these days, but you get the idea.) If you didn't come raring out of college with a firm job offer, then you're in good company. Lots of shiny new post-grads are spending their first summer in the "real world" sending out job application after job application. And it can be... discouraging, to say the least. But don't lose hope, because here are some motivational quotes from literature to help you su rvive the job hunt hustle!
Of course, you don't have to be a recent grad to be drowning in job search woes. No matter where you are in life, updating your resume is an unpleasant task. And then those websites make you enter your previous job experience all over again! Why are we uploading our resumes if you're just going to make us enter all that information again, website? The first few months of a job hunt involve a lot of rejection. Add to that the expenses of everyday living, plus seeing all your Facebook friends posting about their wildly successful careers in new media and, well... here are some quotes to remind you that it's all going to work out:
1. We are all in the gutter, but some of us are looking at the stars.
― Oscar Wilde, Lady Windermere's Fan
2. There is only one thing that makes a dream impossible to achieve: the fear of failure.
― Paulo Coelho, The Alchemist
3. All of old. Nothing else ever. Ever tried. Ever failed. No matter. Try again. Fail again. Fail better.
― Samuel Beckett, Worstward Ho
4. What you're supposed to do when you don't like a thing is change it. If you can't change it, change the way you think about it. Don't complain.
― Maya Angelou, Wouldn't Take Nothing for My Journey Now
5. Fairy tales are more than true: not because they tell us that dragons exist, but because they tell us that dragons can be beaten.
― Neil Gaiman, Coraline
6. I must not fear. Fear is the mind-killer. Fear is the little-death that brings total obliteration. I will face my fear. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it has gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where the fear has gone there will be nothing. Only I will remain.
― Frank Herbert, Dune
7. People are always blaming their circumstances for what they are. I don't believe in circumstances. The people who get on in this world are the people who get up and look for the circumstances they want, and if they can't find them, make them.
― George Bernard Shaw, Mrs. Warren's Profession
8. Life is full of screwups. You're supposed to fail sometimes. It's a required part of the human existence.
― Sarah Dessen, Along for the Ride
9. Some people say, "Never let them see you cry." I say, if you're so mad you could just cry, then cry. It terrifies everyone.
― Tina Fey, Bossypants
10. You can't write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it. You have to let yourself be.
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun
11. You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes. You can steer yourself any direction you choose. You're on your own. And you know what you know. And YOU are the one who'll decide where to go...
― Dr. Seuss, Oh, The Places You'll Go!
12. Work hard, know your shit, show your shit, and then feel entitled. Listen to no one except the two smartest and kindest adults you know, and that doesn't always mean your parents. If you do that, you will be fine.
― Mindy Kaling, Why Not Me?
13. Do not stop thinking of life as an adventure. You have no security unless you can live bravely, excitingly, imaginatively; unless you can choose a challenge instead of competence.
― Eleanor Roosevelt, The Autobiography of Eleanor Roosevelt
14. But I kept at it with the help-wanted ads. My standards were sliding swiftly. At first I had insisted I would only work at a company with a mission I believed in. Then I thought maybe it would be fine as long as I was learning something new. After that I decided it just couldn't be evil. Now I was carefully delineating my personal definition of evil.
― Robin Sloan, Mr. Penumbra's 24-Hour Bookstore
15. Treat your career like a bad boyfriend. Here's the thing. Your career won't take care of you. It won't call you back or introduce you to its parents. Your career will openly flirt with other people while you are around. It will forget you birthday and wreck your car. Your career will blow you off if you call it too much. It's never going to leave its wife. Your career is f*cking other people and everyone knows but you. Your career will never marry you. (...) If your career is a bad boyfriend, it is healthy to remember you can always leave and go sleep with somebody else.
― Amy Poehler, Yes Please
16. Hold fast to dreams,For if dreams dieLife is a broken-winged bird,That cannot fly.
― Langston Hughes, The Collected Poems of Langston Hughes
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Saturday, August 6, 2016

31 Quotes Every 'Baby-Sitters Club' Fan Probably Still Lives By


Hit Backspace for a regular dose of pop culture nostalgia.
Kristy, Claudia, Mary Anne, and Stacey. Dawn, Mallory, Jessica and Shannon. Abby. Logan!
If these 10 names don't immediately evoke images of sleeping bags, coiled telephone cords, side ponytails and so. much. denim, you are clearly not a literary child of the '90s. Because no young man, woman or child with a library card between 1986 and 2000 was unaware of the girl gang known as The Baby-Sitters Club.
Thanks to a Facebook post from the "BSC" creator herself, author Ann M. Martin, we were alerted to the fact that the very first "Baby-Sitter's Club" book, Kristy's Great Idea, just turned 30 years old.
That means the entire series, with even greater titles like Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls and Mary Anne's Bad Luck Mystery and Dawn's Wicked Stepsister, is roughly the age of the millennial ladies who grew up with lettered-block cartoons dotting the margins of their super-secret diaries.
To avid fans, the "BSC" series was not just about a group of friends (between 11 and 13 years old) who decided to start a local baby-sitting service in the fictional suburb of Stoneybrook, Connecticut. Instead, the books served as textbooks for teenagedom, stuffed with first-hand experiences with friendship, school woes, sibling rivalry, first crushes, parental conflict, death, and so much more. Where would a now 20-something be without the mistakes and life lessons of Kristy, Mary Anne, Claudia, Stacey and co.?
In honor of this blessed day, here are 31 quotes ― because we couldn't quite stop poring over "BSC" gems ― to help true fans celebrate the beauty that is baby-sitting.
-Kristy, Kristy's Great Idea
#1: "I'm like that. I think of something to say, and I say it. I think of something to do, and I do it. Mom calls it impulsive. Sometimes she calls it trouble. But she doesn't just mean trouble. She means trouble."
#2: "Well, I'm sorry. I'm sorry I'm not up to trigonomulus, or whatever it is she does. We can't all be scholars."
-Claudia, Claudia and the Phantom Phone Calls
#3: "So, was I ever glad when Claudia told me Kristy wanted to start the club! Friends at last, I thought. And that's just what I found ... They're my friends and I belong with them."
-Stacey, The Truth About Stacey
#4: "Just once I'd like to go to school wearing skintight turquoise pants, Stacey's 'island' shirt with the flamingos and toucans all over it, and maybe bright red, high-top sneakers. I'd like to create a sensation. (Well, half of me would. The other half would be too shy to want to attract any attention.)"
-Mary Anne,
#5: "I loved the beach, I loved the sunshine, I loved the eighty-degree Christmases. Why, I wondered, would anyone want to interrupt all that warmth with three other seasons?" 
-Dawn, Dawn and the Impossible Three
#6: "Things could get pretty messy." [Editor's Note: They do.] 
-Kristy, Kristy's Big Day
#7 "I have many interests: reading mysteries, baby-sitting, painting, and drawing."
-Claudia, Claudia and Mean Janine
#8: "My parents have let me get away with a lot of things fashion-wise, but they draw the line at two earrings in each ear. They said I would look like a pirate, although I, personally, have never seen a pirate with more than exactly one earring."
-Stacey, Boy-Crazy Stacey
#9: "We're very official and responsible."
-Dawn, The Ghost at Dawn's House
#10: "I started talking to this nice-looking boy who was hanging around on the beach ... We really hit if off ... I don't know if we'll really write to each other (as we promised), but it's nice to know boys aren't aliens from Snorzak or something."
-Mary Anne, Logan Likes Mary Anne!
#11: "Anyway, to get back to the snobs ― I'm surrounded. They're everywhere..."
#12: "I wondered whether the fly was a boy or a girl. I wondered whether flies have families. I wondered whether flies have family reunions, because family reunions are almost always picnics, and at a flies' picnic, how could you tell the guest flies from the regular, uninvited flies who just want to land on the food for a while?" [Editor's Note: This is, obviously, a metaphor for life.]
#13: "It's kind of nice to be somebody's favorite person. (But it's scary, too.)"
#14: "Being eleven is a real trial."
-Mallory, Hello, Mallory
#15: "I like hot weather, not cold, and health food, not junk. And I dress with style, but it's my own style. I'm very independent." 
#16: "If you think about it, ballet is just another kind of language, except that you talk with your body instead of with your mouth."
#17: "It's a little hard to explain him because I like him so much. Do you know what I mean? I mean that I think everything about him is incredible and handsome and wonderful, and that probably isn't entirely true. So I'll have to try hard to be realistic."
-Mary Anne,
#18: "It is not a nice life." [Editor's Note: "BSC" gets dark, too.]
-Stacey, Stacey's Mistake
#19: "My friends and I, by the way, are more than just friends."
-Claudia, Claudia and the Bad Joke
#20: "Once she's your friend, you've got a friend for life."
-Kristy, Kristy and the Walking Disaster
#21: "I swear, the mall is another world."
-Mallory, Mallory and the Trouble with Twins
#22: "It's funny that us six club members work so well together, because boy, are we different. We have different personalities, different tastes, different looks, and different kinds of families."
-Jessi, Jessi Ramsey, Pet-Sitter
#23: "In my head I understand all the reasons why things are the way they are."
-Dawn, Dawn on the Coast
#24: "Sometimes I think of my friends as family, too. Is that weird? I don't know. But my friends do feel like family."
-Kristy, Kristy and the Mother's Day Surprise
#25: "It's just so weird to see your own parents dating."
-Mary Anne, Mary Anne and the Search for Tigger
#26: "My room is only messy because I have to keep so many art materials stored in it."
-Claudia, Claudia and the Sad Good-Bye
#27: "Probably my best feature is my legs."
-Jessi, Jessi and the Superbrat
#28: "I adore Henry and Grace. There's just something wonderful about them ... They look out for each other, they stick up for their friends, and they try very hard never to hurt anybody's feelings."
-Stacey, Welcome Back, Stacey!
#29: "I only write when I feel an urgency, which is often."
-Mallory, Mallory and the Mystery Diary
#30: "Honestly, living with my mother is like living with a very tall child."
-Dawn, Mary Anne and the Great Romance
#31: "Why did we want to catch [the bride's bouquet] so badly? Because there's this belief that if an unmarried woman catches the bride's bouquet after the bride has tossed it, that woman will be the next to get married. Now Mary Anne and I are only thirteen, so we didn't have any plans to get married, but I still thought I should have caught [it.]"
-Dawn, Dawn's Wicked Stepsister

Tuesday, August 2, 2016

J.K. Rowling’s 10 Most Inspiring Quotes

From businessmen in first class to first graders reading by flashlight, there was a time not too long ago when J.K. Rowling, who turns 51 on Sunday, had everyone and their mother devouring the stories about a wizarding world she dreamed up on the back of diner napkins.
She's responsible for many of literature's most beloved characters, and she's inspired a generation to become lifelong readers, with many still returning to her words for inspiration. Let's celebrate the birthday of the author who made our Muggle lives a little more magical with 10 of her best quotes:
1. On the future: We do not need magic to change the world, we carry all the power we need inside ourselves already: we have the power to imagine better. (via 'The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination')
2. On self: "It is our choices that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities." (Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets)
3. On failure: "It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all — in which case, you fail by default." (via 'The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination')
4. On values: "If you want to know what a man's like, take a good look at how he treats his inferiors, not his equals." (Sirius Black, Harry Potter and the Goblet of Fire)
5. On advice to her younger self: "So given a Time Turner, I would tell my 21-year-old self that personal happiness lies in knowing that life is not a check-list of acquisition or achievement. Your qualifications, your CV, are not your life, though you will meet many people of my age and older who confuse the two." (via 'The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination')
6. On happiness: "If someone asked for my recipe for happiness, step one would be finding out what you love doing most in the world and step two would be finding someone to pay you to do it." (via Amazon)
7. On outlook: "The world is full of wonderful things you haven't seen yet. Don't ever give up on the chance of seeing them." (via Twitter)
8. On life: "Talent and intelligence never yet inoculated anyone against the caprice of the Fates." (via 'The Fringe Benefits of Failure, and the Importance of Imagination')
9. On courage: "It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends." (Dumbledore, Harry Potter and the Sorcerer's Stone)
10. On depression: "I have never been remotely ashamed of having been depressed. Never. What's to be ashamed of? I went through a really rough time and I am quite proud that I got out of that." (via USA Today)