Sunday, 12 May 2013

Dear Mom :: 10 Thank Yous (List)

me & mum chillin' on a lazy Sunday evening.

Dear mother.

1. Thank you for asking that teacher who laughed at me on my first day of my new school 'What's the joke?' with a kind voice quick with silent and deadly venom, you showed me that ignorance in the face of disability or illness or whatever the sort is not to be tolerated no matter the station.

2. Thank you for giving freely the food in your home to those who took it greedily, you really did receive it back ten fold and passed on to me, eventually, the importance of sincere and loving giving.

3. Thank you for never giving up when you were young and times were so hard, you taught me that the blood in my veins trickles down from a long line of women who keep on moving forward, adversity got nothin' on us!

4. Thank you for being so wise you understood the things i never said, the pains i never voiced and thought you never knew, for understanding them so very well that when you swooped in to provide wisdom, i was wise enough myself, under your own coaching, to understand the words that came out of your mouth, to see your language and culture and my learning and seeking of culture meet in the middle, hold hands and join in mutual understand.

5. Thank you for laughing at my silly stupid jokes so hard till we rolled and fell and cried and our stomachs hurt and for sharing yours with me.

6. Thank you for staying up till two in the morning that time talking about the workings of the world and the people around us that night when i couldn't sleep so that when i got on the plane i couldn't stay awake and so i couldn't be scared.

7.  Thank you for acknowledging my ten fingers and ten toes when i was born more than anything else about me, it was a foundation from my entrance into this world that magnified itself in my life and taught me to always acknowledge first the things that are right with me before the things that are perceived as not, because of you i know that i am awesome and was so from the time i graced the stage of this world, sometimes it just takes a minute for people to recognize it.

8. Thank you for helping me feel and grow both as a beautiful and sexy woman of class and standard.

9. Thank you for praying for me, it's the gift that keeps on giving.

10. Thank you for listening to me explain why i am different.

Thank you for loving me with your actions when it most count.

Friday, 10 May 2013

What I Read :: The Great Gatsby Book Review (and movie expectations!)

I've a short Semester's break this week so i thought i would indulge in reading something for pleasure that had not been assigned to me. Sure enough twas a good time! I had forgotten what it is like to pick up a book and read it because you want to in your leisure time. To long for the moment when you can pull it out and smile to yourself, sharing secrets with pages and ink and characters and an author, to have heavy eye lids but whispering in your heart, despite all the obligations of tomorrow just one more chapter... A feeling i think no writer should ever let themselves forget.

I'd been running across a lot of hype for this movie lately, i figured well if the release is about a week away, a week is enough to read the book and have fun seeing how the big screen adapts the story. The movie premiers today.

Warning: There will be spoilers in this post if you haven't read the book.

Fitzgerald uses mysterious delayed introduction, foreshadowing and my favourite, beautifully crafted similes to tell a lovely short story showcasing what is often classified as the American dream. I think what i enjoyed most about this novel was the rich, vivid description of details one can not readily see with the eyes of an onlooker, yet...he is one. The author uses very careful diction, piecing it together to say a multitude of meaning in one sentence. His writing is like poetry, he strives to use the perfect words, not one more and not one less.

His choice of point of view helps to farther the alluring mood of his story, taken from the perspective of an innocent by stander sucked into a world of glitz and glamor, of wealth and prestigious. Nick, the person through who's eyes we see this tale, while has come from some money one gets the impression that he has not particularly adored it or sought to proudly own it but rather to simply live, purposefully To be rich in character and wisdom, both superficial accessories in the time when the book is set.

Summarizing Nick from the text:

' Yet high over the city our line of yellow windows must have contributed their share of human secrecy to the casual watcher in the darkening streets, and I was him too, looking up and wondering. I was within and without, simultaneously enchanted and repelled by the inexhaustible variety of life.' Chapter 2

It takes the reader a little time to get past the well described frills of the aristocratic society that is a central theme of the novel, one finds that at the heart of the story is a heart, a broken heart, a longing heart, a heart that seeks to feel the drum beat of love again, that seeks to be told that self worth is truly in equal proportion to prestige as it appears and as is handed down religiously by society.

This man seeks to do anything to move forward by going backwards, to live by re living happiness. And so he spends his entire life chasing the key to the road not traveled and for him, his key comes in the shape of a beautiful refreshing Daisy...

But what happen when one grabs hold of a key to the garden of love where youth was spent? Will the flowers still be in bloom? Or will they have withered by the time you get to prying that door open again with hands finally worthy to touch it?

We often expect a memory, a place, a feeling in time to stay exactly as we remember it...but is that possible? Is our memory, is the strength of our love enough to sustain it?

That is the dangerous question The Great Gatsby (oh the irony!!) has forgotten to ask himself...

There is a moment in the story when Daisy crumples up Gatsby's letter and one wonders if they really just spend the entire novel asking each other with hopeful eyes if the paper crumbled up can be perfect again...

Quotes i loved:

That Summarised the book:

Chapter 9
'They were careless people, Tom and Daisy — they smashed up things and creatures and then retreated back into their money or their vast carelessness, or whatever it was that kept them together, and let other people clean up the mess they had made… . '

Chapter 9
'Gatsby believed in the green light, the orgiastic future that year by year recedes before us. It eluded us then, but that’s no matter — to-morrow we will run faster, stretch out our arms farther… . And one fine morning —— So we beat on, boats against the current, borne back ceaselessly into the past.'

That Summarize Characters: 


Chapter 5
'consumed with wonder at her presence. He had been full of the idea so long, dreamed it right through to the end, waited with his teeth set, so to speak, at an inconceivable pitch of intensity. '


Chapter 6
'He knew women early, and since they spoiled him he became contemptuous of them, of young virgins because they were ignorant, of the others because they were hysterical about things which in his overwhelming self-absorption he took for granted.'


Chapter 8
' And all the time something within her was crying for a decision. She wanted her life shaped now, immediately — and the decision must be made by some force — of love, of money, of unquestionable practicality — that was close at hand'

 Random Well Worded Others:

Chapter 5
 ;No amount of fire or freshness can challenge what a man will store up in his ghostly heart.;

Chapter 6
 ;The truth was that Jay Gatsby of West Egg, Long Island, sprang from his Platonic conception of himself.;

Chapter 7
;There is no confusion like the confusion of a simple mind,'

Chapter 7
'' and it occurred to me that there was no difference between men, in intelligence or race, so profound as the difference between the sick and the well'

Chapter 9
“I’m thirty,” I said. “I’m five years too old to lie to myself and call it honour.”

 My Very Favourites:

Chapter 7
“Self-control!” Repeated Tom incredulously. “I suppose the latest thing is to sit back and let Mr. Nobody from Nowhere make love to your wife. Well, if that’s the idea you can count me out… . Nowadays people begin by sneering at family life and family institutions, and next they’ll throw everything overboard and have intermarriage between black and white.”

Chapter 4
“There are only the pursued, the pursuing, the busy and the tired.”

What I'm looking forward to from the movie the most? 

Honestly? i CAN NOT WAIT to see Gatsby's car! Its such a repeated motif, the vehicle of his splendour, at the centre of his highest greatness and lowest of lows, looked upon as he grasps hold of it all and watches all slip away. Magnificently bitter sweet!

  Also, might i add i passionately dislike Daisy. I can't help but notice how dapper Tom looks in the movie too! lol did not picture him so hot!

 These two (Nick & Jordon) were my favourite and i can't wait to see them lovin' on each other!

Friday, 3 May 2013

Musing :: NOTD : Black Nail Polish

When i was younger i went through a stage where all i wore was black nail polish, sure i was fascinated by goth culture and yes my personal style is preferred with some punk to it but that was not the only reason at all...  The fact of the matter is i realized with my light skin the darker colours looked exquisite on me! (in my opinion) and my experience with black nail polish was my gateway into that realization. Plus, come on, how classy is black ware?!

  It was one of my first instances openly breaking social boundaries as well. For some reason people are of the opinion that black polish and a liking for going all black wardrobe wise and the like represents evil and witch craft, at least where i am from. I got a lot of heat for it form the illiterate to the intellectual...

At which point i made it my duty to engage these people in conversation about why they thought this way. There excuses were flimsy and sad honestly and were a long the lines that 'because black it represents darkness and gloom and dirt!' at which point i would often take the moment to point out to these people that they are categorized under the 'black' race or at least shared the earth with people who do. I was then greeted with shock and surprise that i could see a connections between the negative mentality between the colour black and the perception they held towards anything that held it's likeness whether that was self or style.

Isn't it funny how we can stand behind something the origin of which we do not understand, hating it and condemning all others for not following sooth?

I love the shade black, one it complements me and two it stands as a constant reminder that perception decides meaning. This shade by L.A. Girl is my favorite, look how shiny it is!! That's not white streak that's just shine! Wore this look to a funeral this week, my little way of saying that even in this dark moment, may the reflections of her light continue to shine in us.

R.I.P you wonderful wonderful woman, I don't know when i will truly believe that you are to be welcomed into the arms of our loving heavenly Father whom you well served

Peace. Love. Positive Perceptions

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Thursday, 2 May 2013

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Aside from vegetarianism, though i think it is so important to take care of ourselves and maximize our intake of the natural. In a world surrounded with such negative energies, why not place ourselves among goodness, around us and inside of us, body as well as spirit?

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