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It’s supposed to be #WomensEqualityDay. But I do not feel very equal. #NationalDogDay is trending higher than #EqualRightsForWomen. I even posted a pic of my dog Mocha on Instagram. But it’s saddens me that she has more rights and protections than women do in this country and around the world. Why is that? Women have been fighting for equal standing since Adam and Eve! I have said it once and I will say it again, NO ONE HELD A GUN TO ADAMS HEAD AND MADE HIM EAT THE APPLE!!
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When will the struggle for women end? Without women, we have no civilization. Women keep the population going! Men can’t carry babies and I have yet to see anything outside of a science fiction movie about babies being born outside a woman’s womb! So, I ask again and again why are women paid less? Why are women treated like cattle? Actually, cattle are probably treated better! Why do women continue to suffer at the hands of men who rape, beat, molest, and disparage on every turn? Why? Women throughout history have proven themselves equal to any task put before them. Women have proven over and over they can handle any crisis equally, if not better than men! Lastly, WHY is there even a competition between men and women in the first place? Both genders have to co-exist for the world to turn! So, can we PLEASE STOP THIS LUDICROUS WAR AGAINST WOMEN???
You know that line “funny thing happened on the way to the forum”…well a not-so-funny thing happened a couple of weeks ago that just left me floored. I soul-searched and consulted a few folks that I consider family and they thought I should let it go. But, I’m NOT ELSA and I can’t let it go! In light of the continued “discussions” about race relations in America I MUST share what happened:
I found out a so-called friend had been spreading a viciously criminal rumor that I drugged him and stole money from him. Anyone who claims to know me wouldn’t believe such foolishness yet, some people did and cut me out of their lives. I confronted him and was hoping for an explanation or apology but after a heated exchange he finalized the demise of our acquaintance when he responded with the following text message:
It seems folks don’t understand that this kind of treatment has been a part of my life since and before I was born and where as I can slough off most of it, this cut deeply because this person claimed to be my friend. It made me wonder how many of my other friends might be harboring this kind of venom waiting to spew it when I said or did something they deemed wrong. Some folks think because I am “light-skinned” that somehow I had it easy. WRONG! I had it worse because I got this type of treatment from both sides of the racist issue. My own race would taunt me saying I was trying to be white because I spoke grammatically correct English, call me a sell-out, and Uncle Tom’s bitch. Other races would refer to me as nigger bitch, black bitch, Queen-Kong bitch (because I’m supposed to be descendent from apes, etc.) and any other name they could think of except my given name of Karen. Racism has been a part of the American tapestry for hundreds of years and doesn’t seem to be letting up. I am not posting about this to garner sympathy or pity. I am posting this to show people there is racism and hatred out there that isn’t going away. Every time I read a moronic post about there being no racism, my stomach turns! I remember every slur, the physical violence I endured at the hands of people in authority, classmates, and strangers. I remember the feeling of shame and doubt that permeated my life for a long time before a few good people helped me realize that not everyone holds such disdain for people “different” from them. They helped me overcome any doubts as to my worth and made me realize my contributions to this planet are as valuable as anyone’s. I don’t hate this person for throwing those nasty and hurtful words my way. I feel sorry for him. He will never realize how much he is losing by being a loser. What’s worse is he is a gay man and always cries when people hurl gay slurs at him. Another reason this behavior was so shocking. I’ve said it before and I will say it until I die: It is my prayer for him and the world that discrimination becomes a thing of the past and we realize we all bleed red, die, and turn to dust and all this turmoil over race is really all about the $green$!
Ok MEN FOLK!
Real Talk! Plain Talk! You MEN FOLK ( I’m from Texas and I’m a little fussy right now) have a SUPER BAD HABIT of ignoring the signs when you might be sick or getting sick! This is why insurance is cheaper for you and why you die quicker than women! But I am here to tell you, that “I can push through it” attitude isn’t cool and should be scrubbed from your psyche! It isn’t fair to those of us who have to take care of your raggedy butts! Y’all act like the world is ending when you get a hang nail! So, can you imagine how y’all would act, God forbid, if you had a heart attack, cancer, or stroke??? Well I do! It’s not cool! Patience goes out the door and y’all get mad when things don’t happen at the speed of yesterday! While y’all are acting like that, you are forgetting that YOUR STUBBORNNESS is what got you in the mess you may be currently in or may find yourself in!
My Advice to Men
Let me give you a couple pieces of advice:
1. Get REGULAR CHECK-UP’S – I know some of you may not have insurance. Trust me, I know how you feel on that! BUT DO NOT IGNORE ANY SIGNS OR SYMPTOMS! Save a few pennies for your doctors visit. I know you have at least one day off a week that you can take to go see a doctor or go to one of those neighborhood clinics. Request a physical to see what the state of your health is.
Exercise…it does the body good! Photo Wiki Commons
2. EXERCISE and HEALTHY DIET– Once you have found out what may or may not be ailing you, adopt a new lifestyle. PRAY you don’t have anything life-threatening that can’t be fixed with a balanced diet and exercise.You don’t have to join a fancy gym or hire a nutrition expert. Limit your bread and potato intake. Add more fish, chicken, and fresh veggies to your diet! WALK! Just WALK! That’s great exercise! It covers all your body parts. If you want muscular definition, get a few free weights or use the internet to find muscle-building exercises that won’t break the bank or your back!
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If y’all do these two SIMPLE things, your wives, girlfriends, children, and friends will love ya!! They will appreciate not having to rush y’all to the emergency room because your heart may be shredding or your face is melting from a stroke! So, do us all a favor and TAKE CARE OF YOURSELF! Please and thank you!
#Vote People! I voted so I get to complain! I am part of the solution! Will you be part of the problem or the solution? Our Founding Father’s gave us the RIGHT to vote. Yes, for some of us it took a little longer than other but at least it came! Not exercising your RIGHT TO VOTE is tantamount to treason in my UN-Humble opinion! YES, TREASON! So, VOTE DANG IT! SEND A MESSAGE to those nit wits who want to continue to ruin this great nation of ours! Show the world what democracy in America is about! Show it is still OF The PEOPLE and FOR The PEOPLE! Don’t keep letting our Founding Fathers turn over in their graves!
Yin/Yang Balance of Life
Don’t be afraid to change
(Don’t change that smile)
Change means growth
(Don’t change your hair)
Change can be good
(Don’t change your body)
Change is fulfilling
(Don’t change your loving spirit)
Change for you
(Don’t change your quiet strength)
Change for the better
(Don’t change for me)
It is said that a house where the “Rose of Jericho” is kept, will be a blessed house!
Why did I find you like the same?
Why did I find you’re not ashamed?
Why do we smile when we say each other’s name?
Why must we continue this cat and mouse game?
Why can’t we say what we feel, and go after our love with the utmost zeal?
Why is the question of the day, but what would be the answer you’d say?
I pray for my friends and their families whether they need it or not or believe in it or not.
I pray for my family and their friends whether they need it or not or believe in it or not.
I pray for forgiveness from my family and their friends whether they reciprocate or capitulate.
I pray for forgiveness from my friends and their families whether they capitulate or reciprocate.
I ask God to bless one, bless all and that we all remain saved from the fall.
Karen L. Fields Easter 2014