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A Lesson I Learned While Living with a Hoarder

An easy way to measure our progress down this narrow path we call life is thru reflection, which simply means looking back at a period of time in our life and examining experiences as well as searching for meaning. While we often tend to look at our own experiences with rose tinted glasses, focusing on the highlights, or rather fun times, we often neglect the true lesson that often seems so elusive. I know in my lifetime I’ve often looked back in hindsight and discovered an epiphany, or better yet, a teachable moment, when truly thinking about the trials and tribulations that I’ve been thru. Often what I thought in the moment was unpleasant or even torture has thru reflection has revealed itself to be a lesson in disguise. I reflect on the past year living with my mother in Toledo, Ohio. I was an adult child at 30 years old, and staying with a woman who I had selfishly began to think of as a hoarder. For those who don’t know, a hoarder is …

A Sincere Apology For Reusing Photos on My Blog

Ignorance is bliss until you’re caught in your stubborness to listen to those who know more than I do. This is an apology to those whose picture’s I’ve stolen over the years, at first under the mask of ignorance but as of recently under a stubborn refusal to listen to a woman who knew what I was doing was wrong. I failed to take her advice but have since realized my own error, recognizing the need thru religious training and specifically because of my Christian faith to respect the rules and guidelines mandated by both my governement and civil demands. I used to be one to question authority and pick and choose which rule I wanted to follow, often under the guise that I knew more than the authority enforcing the rule in the first place. And while rebellion is a healthy attitude for youth, as I grow wiser and unfortunately older I’ve come to see how even failing to know the rule is not enough of an excuse for not following it in the …

A Summary of Brave and Reckless’ Advice for New WordPress Bloggers

A Summary of Brave and Reckless’ Advice for New WordPress Bloggers I’ve recently begun looking for advice and tips on how to improve my blog’s readership and overall quality and while searching found a useful post that offers some guidelines for new bloggers looking to grow their readership. I took the liberty to sum up the advice offered here. Feel free to read the actual post over at https://braveandrecklessblog.com/2017/03/06/brave-and-recklessadvice-for-new-wordpress-bloggers/ for more information and beneficial read!   Read guides for new bloggers Write daily and post frequently Subscribe and respond to the daily post Tag wisely Shorter posts are more likely to get read Follow blogs that excite us and resonate with us If possible, subscribe to a blog’s email list Reply to meaningful blog posts Don’t ask for someone to check out our blogs unless we are sincere and generally familiar with that person Be careful in how we ask for someone to look at our work Ignore the numbers and focus on the overall growth Keep in my that comments on posts are for the …

A Disorder Behind a Disorder

A Disorder Behind A Disorder My first memory as a child is of a little boy named Ian pulling down my pants in front of cars driving our neighborhood street, telling me to be Madonna while he pretends to be Dick Tracy. He had no doubt seen recently seen the famous film starring Warren Beatty and the infamous singer that has become synonymous with unbridled sex. I was exposed and vulnerable, alone with a friend who had seen a sex scene that should have been forbidden by his parents, this much I assume. Why it matters seems foreign to me and yet this is where it starts. A man named Reggie tells me we all have a disorder behind our disorder. Mine is bipolar disorder tho I know there’s something deeper. What doctors tell me is a vicious and never ending cycle of mania and depression must have a root that lies not in biology and chemistry but a psychological underpinning that can only be traced thru reflection and analytical perspective brought on by a …

Visions from God

Walking along the edge of the road of a busy side street A vision was given to me This is what I saw: A sky without telephone poles Nor concrete to obstruct the view A person showed me a place of green and brown With purple neon lines traced up from the earth to the sky Elevators to the heavens Highway to the stars … I envisioned a narrative one bright day on the banks of the Lake Erie shore A world where prisoners were welcome and faith was restored As I lay on the sand I dreamt this vision And this is what I saw: A man wakes up a sinner Committed of a crime he committed All day he looks for shelter As well as food and clothing And afraid to call home He looks for lumber to start a fire Finds a match and some timber And sleeps next to burning wood The next morning he wake startled A woman walks by and smiles And offers him a suit made of wool …

The World Just Witnessed Something

  If you stayed up last Sunday night to watch the Oscars, and saw what happened with the best picture announcement, you just saw something happen in the world. Rich white people were humble and explained what happened. Warren Beaty said he saw La La Land on the card for best picture, but what really was on the card was Moonlight. Wake up. When technology exists that can change what you see in your eyes and change your perception and reality you know we can never go back. And yet, they were humble and graceful, and never cried over what happened. They just told the Moonlight producers, you guys won. Here’s you Oscar. Humility Kindness Love We just saw it on TV, and someone knew it could be done. So don’t be afraid, but be aware. Weird shirt is gonna start happening. But I too can see America one day, because I already see the world.   Best,   Michael Medlen

An Open Letter to NBC

A Open letter to NBC   Dear NBC,   I have a great idea that you could steal!   What if there was a show called “Undercover Volunteer” where famous celebrities went undercover to volunteer with local charities and help poor people and homeless people.   The hook would be that the celebrities learn life lessons that famous people are unable to obtain while people in bad positions in life are able to get help.   What would really sell the show tho would be getting the local charities some national exposure and hopefully more recognition and money for their efforts. That is what America needs at the moment.   I’d suggest hiring Lady Gaga and Angelina Jolie as producers, but that’s just because those are two cool chicks who care. Taylor Swift could also add appeal to it as well. Naturally, Mark Cuban is tied down to another network but we could use a billionaire’s involvement as well.   Certainly couldn’t hurt the ratings!   Best,   Michael Medlen   Business Owner of “The …