Good News: New Job, New Energy

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So, after 8 months at a miserable job which sapped my time and energy, I have finally found a new job.

I’m working the front desk at a local resort. This  new job is a  sedentary one – which means I’ll have to hit the gym more – but it shouldn’t leave me so exhausted that I can’t pick up a pen to draw or form a complete sentence at some time during the day.  I’m hoping that means I’ll be blogging more and will be able to get back to my many, fun hobbies – especially my stories.

Another bonus at the new job is that I get to tool around, occasionally, on a golf cart and get some sun. You can’t beat that with a stick.

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So, here’s to a new start (once again) at this blogging thing.

Cheers!

Year of the Numen: The Quest

“It looks like one of those black magic symbols,” Ruby chimed in.
“I suppose it does,” Olivia answered, “but it’s not. It’s just a tool.”
“For what?” asked Miguel. “Ruby’s right. It looks like witchy Voodoo stuff. You shouldn’t mess with it.”

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[Author’s Note: This is an excerpt from the Year of the Numen]

Synopsis: On the threshold of old age, Avery and Olivia renewed their friendship after thirty years. Due to scheduling conflicts, they find themselves calling each other during Olivia’s morning excursion by shuttle to her new job. Over time, the regulars on the shuttle become involved in their daily conversation.

 

The Quest

 

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Avery’s Note Book: Triad Wheel

“What is that,” Steve asked, looking down at Olivia’s phone.

“It’s a visual representation of a memory palace – what we’ve been talking about all this time.”

“How do you use it?” he asked.

“We’re still working out the details. I’ll show you when we’re done.”

“It looks like one of those black magic symbols,” Ruby chimed in.

“I suppose it does,” Olivia answered, “but it’s not. It’s just a  tool.”

“For what?” asked Miguel. “Ruby’s right. It looks like witchy Voodoo stuff. You shouldn’t mess with it.”

“Uh huh,” Jalessica nodded. “Voodoo is nasty.”

“Is it a philosopher’s stone?” Steve asked.

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Art for Non-Artists: Phicops

Today’s Doodle:

Doodled on my Samsung tablet after watching Ellen Wolters’ Youtube channel. (see link below).  I’m very shaky on the tablet (well, shakier than pen and paper), but I still like the result.

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“Women used to have it easy. You could choose to stay at home, have a career, or be a sex slave. These days you have to be all three.” – Peg Bundy

Musings from the Home PlanetSo, where are we now?

Feminism used to be about equality in business and the political worlds. Then it was about who was morally better, women or men. Then it was about being blurring gender lines.

While the different forms of Feminism were slugging it out, we also had the inter-feminine wars: the stay-at-home moms and the career moms.  Currently, a  cease-fire exists where we seem to be trying to form an alliance. Sadly, that common ground seems to center around a woman’s sexuality. No longer does it matter whether you make a career choice or stayed at home. We are women, damn it!  We are all sisters in the same fight against aging – and we can prove it by our gym passes and our  lingerie!

At the present moment, Feminism is focused on power-Feminism with the aim of destroying the “Patriarchy.” But suppose what we call the “Patriarchy” is the social construct we need to make the right changes to our system? What if what we have today is built on hundreds of years of Western philosophical thought and progress? What if it’s this development, which have allowed women the greatest amount of equality and autonomy in human history, is one of the end products of that heritage? What happens if we tear it down?

On the other side, many people believe the female emancipation effort  has reached its end. However, I believe we are still in the process of coming to grips with so many new options for men and women.  That change can largely be credited to the political movements launched by women which gave us the vote and financial independence. At the same time, advances in science and technology have freed women (and men) from time-consuming domestic tasks. Our lives are changing with new technology giving us new moral and ethical challenges. DNA testing and surrogate mothers are such recent advancements that we are still in the early stages of understanding how they affect the social dynamics of family life.

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Re: Why you should never say “It’s not my job” (even when it’s not).

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… from the office of MOM

Watching some young people (you know who you are) out in the working world, I sometimes wonder where their parents are. Then I wonder where my bosses are. . .

I understand that the concept that “the customer is always right” is no longer taught in many workplaces, however, I think that the expression has gotten a bad rap (I know I’m dating myself here). It doesn’t mean – and has never meant – that the customer gets his/her own way all the time. And there is a reason why it’s good for you, the employee, to learn rules that seem counterintuitive in the beginning.

Here was the scene at the grocery store last week: I was bagging for a 20-something cashier who was telling a customer that she had picked up the wrong item for the coupon she wanted to use. The customer said something to her that I couldn’t quite hear, but began with: “You should…”

At this point, the cashier threw her head back and snapped, “That’s not my department.”
The situation escalated as the customer angrily snatched back her coupon from the cashier’s hand. The cashier responded with, “So rude.”

The next few minutes were very uncomfortable for everyone as the groceries were bagged up. Then the customer left in silence.

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