So we have had snow for a lot of the days this winter. Big snow storms and also one coming in to the state. What do we want to do this time around- avoid the snow. But as of March 19, 2014 I think it has stopped for a while.
So ok got a cup of coffee yesterday after not knowing if I slept or not. That may mean sleep. Not exactly sure. So I am so happy- I have fixed my last ticket recieved in Smashwords and it appears that the book will have one copy sold on Apple ITunes. I will post on the other blog who has the book ready to be ordered. This does not mean that the book is available online. Just that its shipping. With those books I may have sold a total of 14 to 20 copies and the book is out a year. I think that is not bad for a first go around considering people not know me. And its poetry. I think people would much rather have romance, crime, or sci fi. But that isn’t what I started to put out. I put out what I wrote.
The thing that i wanted to talk about today actually happened to be nothing in particular. I am just going to babble. Yes babble. Sometimes babbling is good if it has a purpose. My babble actually does have a purpose if I can remember it. AS you see, tiredness has set in.
So we are all aware of the missing flight from Malaysia MH370. I had a somewhat good conversation last night about it on a chat site. Of course it was after 12 midnight but hey, none of us could sleep. So we decided and I am thinking most of us are on the same wavelength now: there are two options: hijacking causing a forced landing or a forced landing in an emergency situation. But also in consideration is they went through Ukraine which is currently at war. They went through Thailand military space, and got on radar. This airplane could be landed somewhere or broken up because of a crash. I don’t know what to say to people but that no news about bodies and plane wreckage gives you hope. If you have the hope then you will believe. But according to reports on the news and being read on the internet, the plane made a directed turn either by the pilot or the tower before it disappeared. They know they had approximately another 4 hours of fuel left. If they could refuel then maybe they stopped off at the base nearby which someone told me about in the chatroom. Other than that its all speculation. So if you have any news please post in a comment in this section.
So I have started watching some shows on the television and they aren’t bad. I rented Thor 2- that was excellent. Of course its better in the movie theatre and I have to wait until it shows up on cable.
So I got my Norton fixed, but now I have a problem with my computer downloads on and something tried to “read my computer” and it wasn’t able to causing my computer internet not to work. And now I have like coupons popping up, and spyware, and a whole host of things I have to get rid of now. So mad it just happened. And they were downloads from the internet. For updates. Nope no more.
Oh I can’t say much right now but I was informed of a virtual book tour that may take place. I will let you know.
I have an announcement: the book A Book of Poetry by Yasmine Jameson is on sale at http://www.barnes and noble. Here is the link: http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/a-book-of-poetry-by-yasmine-jameson-yasmine-jameson/1118868764?ean=2940045737104
Hi how are you? Hope you are having a good winter until school ends. I have a question to pose for you? What would you do if you thought you were pregnant? Would you wait for two missed periods? Would you wait for one missed period? What about taking the actual pregnancy test? Would you take a blood test? Would you share your suspicions or wait until you know for sure? This article is kind of about that.
I will take you through what I have heard others say about pregnancy. But do you think this is too much information? This is me trying to be a better writer or a better person? I don’t consider the question of being a woman but I do question the idea of being an aware woman?
Some anectdotal stories of pregnancy throughout the years. My friend in junior high school had a baby by a man who was involved with someone else. I had another friend who had a baby in college. While she was in ROTC. And I had some people whose families who also had children as teens. Some in college.
This is a pregnancy test picked up at the store Pathmark. There are others so check when you go there. But it is important to take the first step if you believe that you are pregnant. If that is negative when you first try it then maybe a second time, it will come back positive if you still do not have your period. Or if it comes back inconclusive which I can’t show that result to you: then go get a blood test. The blood test is almost or is 100% full proof.
So go take one. I took one for this article. You can too. You can also use a pregnancy test also as a first line of defense if you think you have a hormonal problem. Also you can take semen detection test: http://www.getcheckmate.com/instructions.html. Although I am not sure what you would take this as exactly or for. But I found it surfing on the internet.
Going back to the point of the article is this: if you think you are pregnant go and spend the money for a pregnancy test. If you can’t afford it, then either ask a friend or wait at least two periods before you go to a clinic if you want. Then wait your nine months and welcome home a new addition.
God Bless you and your new baby!
Did you ever think that dining out could be a harrowing experience? I never have. But I have heard from friends and other sources of people being sick and having very bad allergic reactions to food actually. So this time this morning when I got the urge to go out for lunch for this weekend, I checked out the website for Red Lobster. The website link is here: http://www.yelp.com/biz/red-lobster-iselin. I got the link through Yelp (www.yelp.com). They are also good for reviews as well. And I am actually browsing through the website right now.
First I went to the nearest restaurant to me. Then I went to the menu section. http://www.redlobster.com/menus/. The menus also supply pictures of the dishes being served so you can actually see what you would be ordering prior to actually purchasing it. I like this. I can visually see and it makes me hungrier what I would order. I can also choose to substitute prior to going out. If you are looking to save time it helps; but I think it helps in general for you to see what is actually being served at the restaurant. And then you can choose to go or not right now.
Then I went to the health section (http://www.redlobster.com/health/ ). This lists information on allergies (http://www.redlobster.com/health/allergy/pdf/RL_Allergen_Menu.pdf ), how it is made, smart tips for dining out (http://www.redlobster.com/health/healthy_living/health_info.asp )and other things you might be concerned with for your dining experience. All of these should help to make your experience an enjoyable one.
Plus with sites like Yelp (www.yelp.com ) you can check out reviews prior to going, or post your own review.
So the next time you want to go out to eat and aren’t sure what is on the menu you might want to try the following:
1. Check out the restaurant website if they have one. If you don’t know the site, and you can’t upload http://www.google.com (Google) then call up the restaurant to get the most up to date web site url to input into your browser window.
2. While on the website, check out the menu options, if they have allergy information, health information and/or information regarding specials and coupons.
3. Then enjoy and have a good time.
If there is no website url then just call up the restaurant and see if they have time to answer your questions. Sometimes if you call during a busy day they won’t be able to answer you. But when you start the telephone call- ask them, is this your busy time right now? Do you have time to answer some questions about your restaurant? Most of the workers there may be able to take the time out of a not busy day.
So shall see if I get my lunch out soon. Enjoy your day.
Remember when Crystal Cox made the blogosphere news about having to pay an unusually large monetary amount for writing an article about a corporation’s employee? Apparently the corporation had sued her for defamation. And the court agreed with the corporation despite Ms. Cox assertion that the requests to reveal her sources violated her first amendment rights as well as her right to keep her sources confidential. Now a federal court has overturned that decision remanding it back to be tried in court again with her having those rights in place. The monetary amount awarded to the corporation will probably be modified at that time. For those who aren’t aware of this I am copying a link to a post that I had written back in December of 2011 entitled A Discussion Revisited- Are Bloggers Like Journalists and Should You As A Blogger Worry About Defamation Charges Being Filed Against You? Link: http://teribelle.wordpress.com/2011/12/19/a-discussion-revisited-are-bloggers-like-journalists-and-should-you-as-a-blogger-worry-about-defamation-charges-being-filed-against-you/ Please before you go further or after read this article. Included are some links about the story and some articles she has written. A recap of the issues in that trial are that she, Cox, is covered as a journalist for her information gained in writing the article meaning that she is not penalized or required to relinquish her sources that she used to help write the article, that the person written about or entity was for purposes of this article a public figure and therefore the person or entity being written about must show negligence on the part of the author of the article.
In an article written by a BlogHer contributor entitled UPDATED: FEDERAL COURT RULES BLOGGERS HAVE SAME FIRST AMENDMENT PROTECTIONS AS ‘TRADITIONAL’ JOURNALISTS Link: http://www.blogher.com/crystal-cox-loses-25m-suit-when-blogger-journalist-or-not; it says that bloggers have the same protections as journalists. In fact it goes on to state that Judge Andrew Hurwitz, Judge for the 9th US Circuit Court of Appeals in San Francisco said that the article was of “public concern and that the jury in Cox’s previous trial (who had ordered her to pay $2.5 million in damages) had not been instructed that negligence be proven.” The article further states that, in court, the party suing, (plaintiff) has to show that Cox, (defendant) failed to act with a reasonable level of care when writing and publishing this article online. If the party suing is unable to prove this then she has not committed any misdeed. But it is on the party suing to prove that. In other words, all she has to do is defend her position and her article. The right to not reveal sources or other media shield laws that give protection to those who write will take care of the rest for the most part. But you also have to be careful what you are willing to reveal and what you actually reveal because, once the door is open it is hard to go back and close it.
The maelstrom of articles that this case had brought will probably continue. But in reading the Blogher article I had found another one that I am not sure if I had mentioned so I am mentioning it now. If it is a repeat please excuse me. The article entitled, Why An Investment Firm Was Awarded $2.5 Million After Being Defamed By Blogger Link: http://www.forbes.com/sites/kashmirhill/2011/12/07/investment-firm-awarded-2-5-million-after-being-defamed-by-blogger/ ; specifically details what the opinion given as a link http://www.scribd.com/doc/74870113/Crystal-Cox-Opinion in the article states in reiteration:
Defendant fails to bring forth any evidence suggestive of her status as a journalist.
For example, there is no evidence of (1) any education in journalism; (2) any credentials or proof of any affiliation with any recognized news entity; (3) proof of adherence to journalistic standards such as editing, fact-checking, or disclosures of conflicts of interest; (4) keeping notes of conversations and interviews conducted; (5) mutual understanding or agreement of confidentiality between the defendant and his/her sources; (6) creation of an independent product rather than assembling writings and postings of others; or (7) contacting “the other side” to get both sides of a story. Without evidence of this nature, defendant is not “media.”
The opinion as listed above goes into why the 9th Circuit Judge addressed the public concern issue because of the claim of fraud made by Cox. He specifically states in the opinion:
…implicating First Amendment protections. “[W]hether speech addresses a matter of public concern must be determined by the expression’s content, form, and context as revealed by the whole record.” Dun & Bradstreet, Inc. v. Greenmoss Builders, Inc., 472 U.S. 749, 761 (1985)(internal quotation, ellipses, and brackets omitted).
The questions: Did Ms. Cox address an issue that could be considered public concern and thereby informing the public of something that the public needed to know. And if that is the case- then First Amendment protections would then be an issue. The judge found that the issue addressed by the court did not start the First Amendment protections and therefore the case wasn’t tried for the right issues in order to obtain the award.
The question: Was the plaintiff considered a public figure? Not according to the opinion nor his actions. Thus the case was not tried on the right issue and remanded back for trial.
The question: Is Ms. Cox considered media for purposes of this trial? Not according to the findings of the court of appeals.
However the court did find that if she gets a trial on the issues of addressing a public concern and writing on it with no negligence then she has a trial and a platform for which to defend her stand of journalistic practices.
I wait to see what happens and hopefully you will too.
I was perusing my Facebook and found a wonderful page in there the other day. I found a page called Women Working. The link is https://www.facebook.com/womenworking/. It is going to be my affirmation finder for the year 2014. Remember a while back I had stated that I was going to start saying affirmations in the morning. This is definitely it for you ladies and for the gentlemen as well.
If you are ever feeling in the need for being told the truth or being told that you were on the right track this website will have a quote or an article or something for you that will support you whether you were right or wrong. I suggest that you take a look. Here are some of the interesting quotes I found and we can discuss as I go:
7 Cardinal Rules for Life
(VERY IMPORTANT! I THINK THIS DESCRIBES WHAT WE LEARN AS WE GROW OLDER AND BECOME SENIOR CITIZENS)
1. Make peace with your past so it won’t disturb your present. (Ok ladies, I know what you are thinking- I am done with my past. But truth is your past will always rear its ugly head up to hurt you if you are not careful. Things stated in the past, things stated in the present –all connected somehow. A boss you used to work for now knows your current boss and oh boy they had a conversation about you. A relationship in which you told something that was private and that was detrimental to you or someone else, is now back in your present life. Oh My God how do I handle it you say? Well you deal with it. When it happens if possible or as soon as you can. Advice I need to take very much to heart. )
2. What other people think of you is none of your business. (Hold up wait a minute? Are you for real? But ladies, it is kind of true. What other people think of you depending on what it is will do one of these things: cause you hurt, causes you anger, cause your retaliation, or cause your passive tendency. WE have to recognize that when it occurs to handle it. Again some advice I need to take very much to heart.)
3. Time heals almost everything. Give it time.
4. No one is in charge of your happiness. Except you. (Now this shouldn’t be hard right? Do you realize how hard this concept actually is for some people-very hard. But once you do this- nothing fazes you unless it really affects you in some way. You will be content, you will be rested and peaceful, your body will grow strong and healthy [even if you aren’t strong and healthy], and your smile will be brighter.
5. Don’t compare your life to others and don’t judge them, you have no idea what their journey is all about. (So true. You ARE NOT them.)
6. Stop thinking too much. It’s alright not to know the answer. They will come to you when you least expect it.
7. Smile. You don’t own all the problems in the world. The less you respond to rude, critical, argumentative people, the more peaceful your life will become.
WORDS TO LIVE BY LADIES AND TO LEARN AS WE GROW OLDER. WE GROW UNTIL WE DIE.
21 Suggestions for Success
1. Marry the right person. This one decision will determine 90% of your happiness or misery.
2. Work at something you enjoy and that’s worthy of your time and talent.
3. Give people more than they expect and do it cheerfully.
4. Be forgiving of yourself and others.
5. Be generous.
6. Have a grateful heart.
7. Persistence, persistence, persistence.
8. Discipline yourself to save money on even the most modest salary.
9. Become the most positive and enthusiastic person you know. (Please excuse I switched numbers 4 and 9)
10. Treat everyone you meet like you want to be treated.
11. Commit yourself to constant improvement.
12. Commit yourself to quality.
13. Understand that happiness is not based on possessions, power, prestige, but on relationships with people you love and respect.
14. Be loyal.
15. Be honest.
16. Be a self-starter.
17. Be decisive even if it means you sometimes be wrong. (OMG-I get caught out there for this all the time. ALL THE TIME. Make a decision. I don’t have all day. You turn into this wishy washy person and I don’t like it. It’s a yes or no decision. So what is it YES or NO?)
18. Stop blaming others. Take responsibility for every area of your life.
19. Be bold and courageous. When you look back on your life, you’ll regret the things you don’t do more than the ones you did.
20. Take good care of those you love.
21. Don’t do anything that wouldn’t make your Mom proud.
Another helpful place to find affirmations was given to me by a Facebook friend who saw it on Elite Daily. The website link is: https://www.elitedaily.com/life/20s-things-you-need-to-let-go-to-live-happy-life/.
And last but not least of my affirmations on this Monday January 6, 2014, is this quote I found on this Facebook website which states:
A busy, vibrant, goal-oriented woman is for more attractive than one who waits around for someone to validate her existence. This is a link from the website: www.morethanlatina.com.
And that’s it for AFFIRMATION MONDAY Ladies, hope to see you again next time.
Sisters and brothers got to love them. I got a great email about this blog: Black Girl Nerds. The badge to put on your blog: HA-HA-HA!- glasses. Not like the small designer but the big lens’s glasses that take up your face. So nice to get some glasses respect. So anyway- it is December and the end of the year is near. I had so much to do the beginning of the year and didn’t complete half of it. But on the plus side- I got a writing gig that may have paid. Even if I don’t get money from it, I have the experience of doing it. Now to take an affordable class- looking at local colleges and even some not so local for me.
I have discovered news on my cellular phone. I have discovered video on my phone. I have also discovered my cellular phone doesn’t like video. Go figure that out.
Working as a substitute teacher since October this year. I am not sure if it’s going to continue but I am getting calls. When they stop then I am not so happy. But I like a paycheck as much as the next person. I do complain but happy to work. Oh, and I do definitely get uncomfortable but happy to be working.
So I don’t wear makeup a lot anymore. And yes I am the same person who says you have to dress nice for when you walk out your door because you never know who you will meet. But I got into this thought pattern of who cares how I look? No one is going to see me and the ones who do have seen me at my worse. The funny thing is the truth of the matter is appearance does matter. But again I got into this thought pattern that it isn’t the only thing that should matter. Other things should matter. I in my tunnel vision forgot that for some it can be the stepping stool to a lucrative position somewhere. But I took some pictures, I look not bad. If I do say so myself. Oh well- tomorrow is Monday!
So found my exercise videos on cable via On-Demand and I don’t feel pain or the need to collapse afterwards. So grateful. Now I still have to start. I started in the evening but I kind of think morning is better. But evening can happen and then you eat afterwards. Shall see.
December 8, 2013
Today woke up, and had a sore throat but was still very tired. So I had two and ½ cups of coffee and I am now awake with a sore throat. Still can’t swallow. It sucks cuz it hurts. I know, go to the hospital right? I should. A lot of money but I have a better feeling throat. You know what I heard the other day- why go to the emergency room? What for? Cuz you can’t eat maybe? But I am not sure what they were talking about. Just overheard it.
So I went to my one Facebook account and worked on it. I have to go to my other Facebook account and work on it. But I haven’t done so yet. Chatted for a bit but not a lot.
I talked with a friend via Skype. Got a nice poem. Found a scene for the Voyeur Lawyer and finishing it up now.
December 14, 2013
Today is the end of my first week substituting for another school district. They locked me in- wasn’t happy about that. But I got to teach a lesson on my own. Had some problems. It wasn’t bad. Not sure they got the lesson though. They did participate though. Asked their own questions. So I am getting a paycheck from them soon. Had to call to find out pay dates but figure I can go online and find it on their website.
I got a new magazine it’s called Fast Company. At quick glance it looks pretty interesting. Articles about music, computers, gadgets, personal anecdotes about their choices in life. Pretty interesting. Shall let you know.
I am out of things to say at the moment so I will end this blog entry and talk with you again in print later.