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Welcome to Mirth and Motivation! This is a Lifestyle/Motivational blog offering an eclectic mix of mirthful and motivational pieces: Life Tips / Advice, Affirmations/Wellness, Women’s Lives, Food, Travel, Interviews, Inspirational posts, Reviews, Peace, AND Social Media ruminations on people, places, and events that shape our lives. I invite you to stay awhile, read some posts, and share your thoughts with this growing online blog community.

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So, How should we handle the global economic shift? How do we stay mirthful and motivated?
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Motivation Mondays: Black Panther Movie Review – Lessons On Leadership


“What happens now determines what happens to the rest of the world … the wise build bridges and the foolish build barriers.” T’Challa

Motivation Mondays: Black Panther Movie Review - Lessons On Leadership

Motivation Mondays: Black Panther Movie Review – Lessons On Leadership

Motivation Mondays: Black Panther Movie Review - Lessons On Leadership

Motivation Mondays: Black Panther Movie Review – Lessons On Leadership

BLACK PANTHER Trailer 2: (Extended) Marvel 2018

WAKANDA FOREVER:  Black Panther is the seminal, Afro-futurism, superhero film of 2018; it’s about the technologically advanced, yet largely unknown, nation of Wakanda and the battle for control of its leadership. The black panther as the animal personification of the reigning king is protector of the Wakanda people. We have a rightful King to the throne, T’Challa son of the late King T’Chaka, challenged first by the neighboring Jabari Tribe’s leader, M’Baku, and then by a renegade, pretender to the throne, Erik Stevens a U.S. black ops soldier nicknamed “Killmonger” who is the son of King T’Chaka’s late undercover brother, N’Jobu. The powerful fight scenes, struggles for control and overall intrigue in the film are greatly tied to the one major resource that nation holds dear – Vibranium – a magical metal capable of endless uses that make the Wakandans invincible, wealthy and, by choice, isolationist. From the opening scene of the majestic waterfalls, to the powerful presence of the Dora Milaje female warriors, the ancestral rituals, the outrageous technological wizardry managed by the beloved Shuri, sister of T’Challa, and to the closing, post credit scene of T’Challa at the UN, this riveting movie, based on the Marvel Comics character of the same name, grabs you by the neck and holds you captive.

Black Panther is powerful, inspiring and rich with strong, purposeful characters who will make you laugh, cry and champion them on to the end of time. The cinematography is lush and the characters are complex  and there are no gratuitous sex scenes in this movie. There are no namby pamby females relegated to second class status here… we see female warriors, in charge, doing their duty in concert with male warriors on the battle field. The portrayal of women as an important, VALUED and strong presence in Wakanda made me want to move there ASAP. Okoye, as the King’s general, keeps her fierce battalion of Amazonian female warriors in ship shape. God damn it, pass me my vibranium tipped spear! Queen Ramonda is dignified and wise and invokes the ancestral powers, that only a mother knows best, to save her son. Nakia is willful yet smart at stalking the enemy. She is a past and recent love interest of the king but duty to Wakanda calls first as her dharma. Shuri, hands down, rocked her female scientist role. You’d get my drift when you watch the flick. She’s sassy and sharp on her feet… plus, the creative muse loves her.  There are no insipid, one dimensional blaxploitation characters running amok either.  From the costumes to the hair styles to the action packed scenes, this is all business  with humor added at the right moment for comic relief. We laugh with and not at the characters and even the reprehensible arms dealer, Ulysses Klaue, makes us want to see justice prevail even if it includes his demise at the hands of Killmonger … but enough with the spoilers!


“If you’re not so stubborn, you would make a great queen.”King T’Challa “I would make a great queen because I am stubborn—if that’s what I wanted.” Nakia

Motivation Mondays: Black Panther Movie Review - Lessons On Leadership

Motivation Mondays: Black Panther Movie Review – Lessons On Leadership


Marvel Studios: Black Panther World Premiere Red Carpet

HomeTeam History: 5 Things You Need To Know About African History Before You Watch Black Panther!

What lessons can we learn about leadership from this epic movie? The first lesson that stood out powerfully in the movie is that a true leader serves his people unequivocally. The people do not exist for his manipulative pleasure. He seeks the counsel of the elders who represent the people. He mingles among them and participates in ancestral worship and rituals that are beneficial to the nation.  The people are reminders of the responsibility that rests on his uneasy shoulders and he must defend his title in the face of great challenges from a neighbor and an outlier. T’Challa proves his métier in his battles with M’Baku and Killmonger and still finds room in his heart to forgive W’Kabi for his betrayals.   Another lesson is that a leader honors the spirit of previous leaders by continuing to develop  the nation and do good works. While a great leader seeks the advice of those who came before and doesn’t malign them, he must also make his own decisions for the good of the country. T’Challa feels compelled to right the wrong done by his father to his late Uncle and even though it leads to a repeat of their familial destiny, T’Challa’s determination to use the knowledge and power of the Wakanda people for universal GOOD rises above everything else.

A great leader must seek and have access to ALL the facts and use the information with great wisdom to benefit ALL of the subjects of the nation. True growth and advancements cannot flourish in the face of half truths and efforts to disenfranchise some while elevating a few. True leadership demands humility, clarity, decisive action, diversity of access/opinion, benevolence and good will. Great leaders remember their trusted allies and seek their support. No leader can truly lead in isolation or as a supreme dictator forever. A great leader must look to the future of the nation they lead and focus on creating a legacy that sustains the nation, its neighbors, and its allies while taking into account ways to work towards peace with its enemies/detractors.  So, uneasy lies the head that wears the crown because leadership demands constant reflection, collaboration and correction. Come back for more on my thoughts.

The details for Motivation Mondays are below. Join in! The themes for JAN 2018/FEB 2018 are:



01/01 –    01/01 New Year’s Day, 01/04  World Braille Day, 01/07 Orthodox Christmas, Golden Globes Award
01/08 –   01/11 Human Trafficking Awareness,  01/14 Orthodox New Year,
01/15 –   01/15  Martin Luther King Day,  01/21 World Religion Day,
01/22 –   01/26 International Customs Day, 01/27 International Day of Commemoration in Memory of the Victims of the Holocaust
01/28 –   01/28  Grammy Awards,


02/04 – 02, National Wear Red Day, Groundhog Day,
02/11 – 13, Mardi Gras, 14, Valentine’s Day, Ash Wednesday, 16, Chinese New Year
02/18 – 19, Presidents Day
02/25 – Wrapping Up February – Black History Month, American Heart Month, National African American History


Are You Looking for Ways to Stay Creative in 2018?

– Join the Daily Post Post-a-day or Post-a-week Challenge.

— Join the BlogHer Writing Lab


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Musings: Happy Chinese New Year! #YearoftheDog


“Happy New Year, I wish you good health and lasting prosperity. Gōnghè xīnxǐ, zhù shēntǐ jiànkāng, shìyè fādá.”  Traditional greetings

Musings: Happy Chinese New Year! #YearoftheDog

Musings: Happy Chinese New Year! #YearoftheDog


For thousands of years, a twelve-year cycle named after various real or mythological animals has been used in Southeast Asia. This twelve-year cycle, sometimes referred to as the “Chinese zodiac,” associates each year in turn with a certain creature, in a fixed order of twelve animals, after which it returns to the first in the order, the Rat. The eleventh in the cycle is the Dog.

One account is that the order of the beings-of-the-year is due to their order in a racing contest involving swimming across a river, in the so-called Great Race. The reason for the Dog finishing the race second from last despite generally being a talented swimmer is explained as being due to its playful nature: the Dog played and frolicked along the way, thus delaying completing the course and reaching the finishing line.

As of 2012, the next Year of the Dog in the Chinese calendar is February 16, 2018 to February 4, 2019 (Year of the Yang Earth Dog). The personalities of people born in Dog years are popularly supposed to share certain attributes associated with Dogs, such as loyalty or exuberance; however, this would be modified according to other considerations of Chinese astrology, such as the influences of the month, day and hour of birth… Wikipedia


 Happy New Chinese New Year and Happy Year of the Dog!  新 Xīn 年 nián 快 kuài 乐 lè! Since this is the year of the venerable Earth Dog, we can add another auspicious greeting to the mix: Wish you luck in the Year of the Dog! 狗年大吉 gǒu nián dàjí. I had planned to post this on Thursday in preparation of the New Year but, as life would have it, other pressing events superseded my plans. Since my blog is still on West Coast time… (if you recall, I started this blog on the West Coast in 2008), I decided to be dog like: loyal, brave and even stubborn about following through on this planned post. You see, I’ve always been a huge fan of New year celebrations and the more the merrier. I love the fact that we can start a Western New Year on the first of January and then enjoy other cultural new year celebrations that include this one.  But I digress; the year of the dog is a time for us to focus on how and what we communicate. Barking out orders or talking out of both sides of our mouth, while expecting others to treat us with integrity, are poor doglike traits to avoid at all costs. To  make the commencement of this Dog year a positive experience, we must reach for the qualities of our higher self and remember that honesty, loyalty and kindness pays.

If you were born in the following years, 1934, 1946, 1958, 1970, 1982, 1994, 2006, 2018, and 2030, you are a member of the Astrological Dog tribe and fall under one of five types of dogs: Wood, Fire, Earth, Gold and Water. Each has special qualities that add to the energy  and style of the type and people born under the sign also exhibit some of those traits; be it sincerity, intelligence, responsibility, an eagerness to help and more. Regardless of the Dog type you fit, this year has significant influences that could help or hinder your progress. Health concerns are in the charts for dog signs  so, some precaution is needed. But have no fear, Dog soul, even with the inauspicious predictions of the wise ones, there are ways you can ameliorate the negative karma tossed your way. You see, in Chinese mythology, Tai Sui, the God of Age had a beef with the time god and 2018 is not favorable in his books. But, of course, with patience and courage, all good dog quantities, you can overcome the challenges. How to change bad luck in your dog year? You can wear red gifts from loved ones, jade accessories, change your direction and be more observant with your surroundings. Honor the good around you and keep your chain of communication open and clear.

READ: HuffPost – What’s The Meaning Of Chinese New Year’s Year Of The Dog?
Chinese highlights – The Year of the Dog 2018 — Fortune, Career, Health, and Love Prospects


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Reflections: Ending the Violence


“We have to face the fact that meaningful gun control has to be a part of homeland security.” Jeh Johnson

Reflections: Ending the Violence

Reflections: Ending the Violence

This morning, as I scrolled through the heart-wrenching tweets posted by students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, I was heartbroken. I am heartbroken for the families, friends, teachers, and many others touched by this terrible tragedy. It saddens me deeply that our schools are no longer the safe haven we once imagined them to be. We are in a war zone and our collective conscience must be moved to find meaningful, long lasting bipartisan solutions to this problem. How could we continue to stand by and offer hackneyed platitudes as mass shootings become ubiquitous in this great nation?

According to a Gallup poll, most Americans would like to see stronger laws and ways to handle the presence of guns in our society. So why are we not pursuing that logical pathway? Sure, there is a gun culture in America and those who collect and use guns responsibly feel that building in more restrictions might hamper their access to and use of their weapons. But where does an AK-15 and similar assault weapon fit into this conversation? Why does anyone need to own a gun designed to kill massive numbers of people in a few seconds? The formidable NRA and gun lobbyists feed off of the fears of  their gun owner base as they battle to maintain the status quo. But how many more mass shootings will wake us up to the urgency many of us know is desperately lacking? Did you know that in all of the 20th century, we had 226 school shootings and that so far in this millennium we have had 212 shootings? How many more children, teachers, innocent bystanders need to die before we come to our senses that our present laws and efforts are NOT working?

With each deadly mass shooting, we gather and share our grief and prayers and a lot of folks ask for changes but not much gets done to prevent it from happening again. The numbers of innocent lives lost to gun violence continues to grow and the conversation that needs to take place must rise above our fears and address the stark and horrific impact that the use of assault weapons and access to guns are having on our society. The debate on Gun Control is not about depriving responsible citizens from owning one. It is about having stricter checks and balances to prevent those who are not qualified, for a range of reasons, from owning them.
READ: SLATE – In 1996, Australia Enacted Strict Gun Laws. It Hasn’t Had a Mass Shooting Since.
Aging Millennial Engineer: “F**k you, I like guns.”
Mass Shootings Are a National Security Threat



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