Eccentric and Bent

Come on a fantastic voyage in the backwaters of my mind.

Daily Archives: April 24, 2014


The month of April is usually full of excitement as it is my birthday month and 16 years ago I also gave birth on the 1st day of April to a beautiful baby boy. (Well, he’s actually considered handsome now and he tends to chap my hide. 😉) But this April has been kind of challenging. I started the month mourning the loss of my Aunt D.A.P. (It was the second death since November so you know I was taking it really hard.) I made sure to make my son smile for his birthday since he had reached the milestone of driving and working age. Then my oldest told me she would be moving to her first apartment on the 16th. While I was excited and happy, I felt a profound sense of loss. The family dynamic would change. I would be apart from someone I’ve lived with for the last 22 years. I’m not real good at accepting change but I try to roll with the punches. But before she moved out we celebrated my 41st revolution around the sun. I realized that I have been stuck in a mild depression for a couple of years. I really don’t find the same joy in my hobbies or day to day living that I used to have. I thought it was just the consequence of getting older but it’s not. Still haven’t quite found my way out of it but at least I have an action plan. I know I have to get around it in order to fulfill my goals. Until then I can’t do anything but take it one day at a time… I digress. I’ve also adopted a guinea pig named Charles Alexander Jackson. My daughter could not take him to her new place. So now I have 5 of my 7 children, a dog, several fish and a guinea pig, and my awesome husband to give my all to; another challenge that I must master. I am also dealing with the death of home. I only have one home place left to count on. My grandparents home (and the place were I was made) will be auctioned off in June. While it is “just a house” it is the house that they, my father, aunts and uncles built with their own hands. Their blood, sweat, tears, laughter and spirits reside within the plaster and floors. That is the last place I can go to feel my Grandfather, Grandmother and 3 of my Aunts. That is where I go to remember who I am. I am dreading the sale. I’m thinking about going just to see who buys it. Either way it’s just like mourning my family all over again. So yeah, April has been a bit challenging but at least I’m breathing.

A Lesson in Social Media

I have reblogged things that I find interesting and/or insightful. I have quoted blogs and linked to the source material. I have even written rebuttals to blog topics but never have I plagiarized someone. OM was very correct in offering this blogger a lesson in social media. I haven’t seen such a blatant rip off since elementary school when another student lifted a whole section of the encyclopedia and tried to pass it off as their own work. Ghanaian Boy should just be glad OM didn’t make him stand in front of class and read both the original source and then the work he tried to pass off. I know that in the grand scheme of things there will be no real punishment for the thief but hopefully the public shaming will make someone think twice before engaging in plagiarism.

Traveling Life

In life we will travel many paths and roads. Some of them will be smooth and you’ll be able to see far down the road. Others will be rough and pitted; they could cause a bit of damage. Some will be heavily populated but others will be infrequently traveled. Stop occasionally and check your map to be sure you are headed in the right direction. Stop and enjoy the scenery because you may not ever see it again. In other words, find your purpose and joy wherever you happen to be traveling; the journey is where life actually happens.

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