Peace is the beauty of life . . . the triumph of truth.

I especially like this cuz the guy looks trans! 😉 ❤

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too.
You can watch it on YouTube or go to my home page:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com

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“Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine.
It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother,
the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family.
It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause,
the triumph of truth.”

– Menachem Begin

Text & image source: Return To Eden https://web.facebook.com/SpiritualTruths/

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So why do we look at ourselves this way?

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too.
You can watch it on YouTube or go to my home page:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com

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“One does not walk into the forest and accuse the trees of being off-center,
Nor do they visit the shore and call the waves imperfect.
So why do we look at ourselves this way?”

~ Tao Te Ching

Art by Jennifer Smith
Text & image source: Rivers in the Ocean https://web.facebook.com/RiversInTheOcean/

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Monday Funnies…

It’s after midnight here. We had to take Smokey back to the vets. We have changed his diet. But he keeps looking in the kitchen & on the floor for scraps of food!

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too.
You can watch it on YouTube or go to my home page:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com

 

Creative Courage for Young Hearts: 15 Emboldening Picture Books Celebrating the Lives of Great Artists, Writers, and Scientists

I don’t usually post links but there is so much cool stuff here, I had to share it! It’s about Children’s books & the art in them. I have never seen so much beautiful art in one place! And yes, I have been to many, many museums in my lifetime! ENJOY!

https://www.brainpickings.org/2015/04/13/picture-book-biographies/

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too:    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc
San Diego Book Review gave “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” 5*s:
http://www.sandiegobookreview.com/secrets-and-lies-in-el-salvador/
An article about Sherrie Miranda and her debut novel:
http://www.thestarnews.com/entertainment/war-torn-el-salvador-is-setting-for-cv-novelist/
An article about the writer’s group Sherrie Miranda started:
http://southbaycompass.com/the-scribes-south-bay-writers-have-their-own-group/         Here’s a great interview by Fabricio Correa:
Meet Author Sherri Miranda
An interview by Fiona McVie on her Authors Interviews WordPress blog:
https://authorsinterviews.wordpress.com/2015/11/18/here-is-my-interview-with-sherrie-miranda/comment-page-1/#comment-5917
The San Diego Public Library’s 50th Annual Local Authors Exhibit featured Sherrie’s novel:
http://online.flipbuilder.com/tyny/sair/#p=64
GoodReads Author page:
https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/13490857.Sherrie_Miranda

Funnies on Facebook this week – Spiders, Bikini tops and spot the horse!

I just love that last one! Actually, I just worked four days, & besides remembering why I quit teaching full-time, I also realized that my hubby can cook & clean as good as the best of them!
Peace, love & a tranquil home for all,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to her Home page to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com
Or you can see it on YouTube:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P11Ch5chkAc 😉 ❤

The Most Momentous Don Draper Quotes – Mad Men is gone, but Don Draper is still alive! Bring him back!

Don Draper was the ultimate salesman! He got people to buy his upper class background when those of us who watched the show from beginning to end knew that it was all a lie. Don (whose real name I have forgotten) was the son of a prostitute. But he was smart, handsome & had charisma, so, of course he made it it the world of Advertising.

Similar to Don’t 1st quote is one by my RIT Art professor. He said “What people are buying is beauty and happiness,” then he jumped up on a desk in the Art class “But neither happiness OR beauty can be bought … so these people will continue buying for the rest of their lives to try & get what can’t be bought!”

I totally can see Don Draper becoming an Art professor & telling his students this. And if he invents a way for cats to use the toilet, then I will know HE WAS MY PROFESSOR ALL ALONG!  😉  ❤  😉  ❤  😉  ❤

http://www.magicalquote.com/the-most-momentous-don-draper-quotes/

Sherrie Miranda’s historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador” is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too. You can go to her Home page to watch it:
https://sherriemiranda1.wordpress.com Or go to YouTube & type in the title of her novel! 😉 ❤

Review of “For Colored Girls,” both the movie & the Broadway play (seen in New Orleans 30 years ago)

Book cover "For Colored Girls"
I may be opening a can of worms with this, but . . .
I had the movie “For Colored Girls” (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/For_Colored_Girls)
recorded and waiting for me to feel ready to move through the emotions in Tyler Perry’s written, directed & produced version of the play “For Colored Girls Who Have Considered Suicide When the Rainbow Is Enuf”
I saw the play in New Orleans about 30 years ago and I remember that I felt a profound sadness at the time. So I knew I had to be ready to go through a roller coaster of emotions while watching the movie. Emotions that did not include a lot of joy or peace.

I thought this was the cast I saw in New Orleans production, but they would have been a long way from home.
I thought this was the cast I saw in the New Orleans production, but they would have been a long way from home.

It should be noted that “Colored” doesn’t stand for the skin, but the colors of the rainbow. Each woman/girl represents a different color.
I was surprised that a man (Tyler Perry) made the movie as I know that this is the kind of film that some like to call “anti-black male.” But Tyler had the understanding and foresight to see that these negative images of the male are about men conforming to what a Black Man “is supposed” to be in our society. So, the war vet who (accidentally) drops his kids out the window when trying to convince their mother to marry him is what society turns a man into after convincing him that he will be a hero if he goes and fights for our country. Like many of these “heroes,” he comes home broken, with no job in sight, which eventually has him turning to alcohol. (Do not read the plot in the first link. It will only confuse you. They also claim the vet only wants to marry her so he can get more benefits – I don’t remember anything about this statement from watching it)
The other stereotype is the black man on the down low, who gives his wife the HIV virus. He finally admits to his wife that he isn’t gay, but he has sex with men because “Nothing else is expected of him.” It’s just sex.
Interestingly, many people criticized the movie for being too dramatic. Well, he couldn’t have the women talking to the audience like they do in the play. So they talk to other characters or to themselves. If it is dramatic, it is because the play is dramatic. Besides, aren’t movies and plays supposed to be dramatic? Ad for the movie "For Colored Girls"
Some people may say the women were too dramatic. Or the storyline was too dramatic, but I think the role of black women has changed so much since the 70’s that you would hardly recognize these women today.
Somehow, without even seeing many of these dramas, black women became strong. Or maybe some of them went through one or more of the situations depicted and became strong because of that process. Or maybe some black women taught other black women that they need to stick together & support each other. However it happened, black women have become stronger, more enlightened and more in control of their own lives.
Now, we just need a play/movie/book “For Colored Men.”
P.S. The book is available if anyone wants to make the play. Although there are some teens in the story, this would have to be done somewhere other than a high school. (https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/58098.for_colored_girls_who_have_considered_suicide_when_the_rainbow_is_enuf?ac=1)
Peace & blessings,
Sherrie
Sherrie Miranda is the author of the historically based, coming of age, Adventure novel “Secrets & Lies in El Salvador.” It is about an American girl in war-torn El Salvador:
http://tinyurl.com/klxbt4y
Her husband made a video for her novel. He wrote the song too: