Living Outside the Stacks

Navigating through life away from the library


Coffee Talk: Common Sense, Television, Dog Fur, and Coffee, of course

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}

Wow, it’s been a long time since we’ve chatted. How’ve you been? I’ve been OK. Just busy with, well, life… You know how that is, right?

Anyway, I’d like to welcome you to Coffee Talk. In case you’re new here, this is where I share some of the great and not~so~great stuff that I find on the web. Topics range from news stories that leave me scratchin’ my head to DIYs that I think are absolutely clever. And, who knows, there may even be a recipe thrown in here or there just for fun.

So grab a cup of coffee {or tea or whatever floats your boat} and let’s talk…

1. Daniele Watts, an African American actress who was in the movie “Django Unchained” is accusing Los Angeles police of racism for cuffing her while responding to complaint. The actress says that she and her boyfriend were targeted because she’s black and her boyfriend is white. I read the story and listened to her interview on CNN yesterday morning and I’m gonna to have call nonsense. Someone reported that a couple was engaged in a sex act in a Mercedes; she admits that she and her boyfriend were “making out” but that it had ceased by the time the cops arrived. In the video, you can hear the cop ask for her ID several times and you can hear her refusing several times. She then throws out the race card, the actor card, and the “it’s my right to make out with my boyfriend” card as excuses for why she won’t comply with the officer’s request. insert eye roll here

Girlfriend, had you just followed your boyfriend’s lead and given the officer your ID, you never would’ve been cuffed and detained. As a general rule, when the cops ask you to stop and put your hands up, you should just do it. If they ask for your ID, give it to them. I’ve been followed, profiled, pulled over, etc. and every time, I’ve complied with the requests. Even when I knew the stop was unjustified. I’m looking at you, Mr. Police Officer who pulled me over and asked me why my kids were in the car with me instead of at school. It’s just easier. Yes, it’s frustrating. Yes, I’ve cried. But I’ve never ended up in cuffs or face down in the asphalt.

Here’s the deal, there are enough people who’re dealing with genuine race based discrimination out there that people don’t need to make things up or bring crap on themselves… A whole lot of Jesus and a little bit of common sense, people, that’s all it requires to get through this life.

2. I’ve stopped watching Extant and Under the Dome. Both shows had me wondering what the heck is going on here? And not in a good way either. But Hell on Wheels? If you are not watching that show, stop everything you’re doing and catch up. Then get back at me so we can discuss Sunday’s episode. Oh. Em. Gee. Anson Mount and Common had me all in my feelings.

3. You guys, I love Squeekerz. Goodness knows, I love that dog. I cried right along with the kids when he ran away. And I cried even harder when he came back with a pregnant cat. But there is no way in the world, I’m going to walk around with a purse made out of his fur. Yep, someone is making dog fur purses. And people are buying them. The rational side of me says this is no different than carrying a leather or cowhide bag but there’s another part of me that goes ewwwww…. But I will say one thing, they are GORGEOUS!!!! shudder

4. Coffee served in an ice cream cone? Yes, please.

Talk to me, what’s got you scratching your head?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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September 11th, 2001: God Bless America

September 11, 2001 #NeverForget {Living Outside the Stacks}

I well remember them,

and my soul is cast down within me.

Yet this I call to mind

and therefore I have hope:

Because of the LORD’S great love we are not consumed,

for His compassions never fail.

They are new every morning;

great is your faithfulness.

Lamentations 3: 20~23

So many people’s lives were forever changed on that day ~ lives were lost, people were injured, wars were {and are still being} fought. There’s a generation of kids who’re growing up having never known a time when this nation has not been at war.

There’s just so much of everything that words almost fail me. I think the best sentiment that I’ve heard  was from a good friend of mine on Facebook who suggested that instead of reserving all of our love, patriotism and service to others for one day, perhaps, we should spread it around throughout the year. Live each day as if it may be our last. Love our family and friends, tell them and show them every day. Forgive those who’ve hurt us…  Extend a helping hand to those in need. Check on elderly neighbors. hank a soldier or first responder and his or her family for their service. These may seem like little things, but they mean so much. And, hopefully, they will serve as a reminder to us of what a great country America really is.

So I leave you with this final thought, not just on today but every day, God bless you and God bless America….

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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#FMSPHOTOADAY on Instagram

Happy Monday! Are you ready for a new week? I am. This’ll be my first full week back at work. In fact, it’ll be everyone’s first full week back at work. We had last week off due to a water main break. While I was off, I decided to join the photo a day challenge hosted by Fat Mum Slim. It’s been a long time since I’ve participated and I’ve pretty much failed at the 52 Week Project: 2014 Edition, so… If you’re participating, leave a comment below so I can check out your pictures. And don’t forget to give me a follow on Instagram.

Day 7 {Father}

Day 7 Father {Living Outside the Stacks}

My father passed away 6 years ago yesterday. This ring is one of the few things of his that I own.

Day 6 {I Need}

Day 7 Father {Living Outside the Stacks}

I need more time to work on my photography skills. Hence the failing at the 52 Week Project…

Day 5 {Upside Down}

Day 5 Upside Down {Living Outside the Stacks}

What would it be like to walk on the sky?

Day 4 {DIY}

Day 4 DIY {Living Outside the Stacks}

Hand crocheted flowers that I use to customize my cardigans.

Day 3 {Buttons}

Day 3 Buttons {Living Outside the Stacks}

A bunch of buttons that I bought in one of those Bag O’ Button thingies for like $3. I use them for the flowers that I crochet.

Day 2 {Stripes}

Day 2 Stripes {Living Outside the Stacks}

There’s a whole lotta pattern mixing going on here. But, seriously, doesn’t it just make the whole outfit all kinds of fun?

Day 1 {In My Cup}

Day 1 In My Cup {Living Outside the Stacks}

Coffee, of course…

Favorite Coffee Picture

Coffee {Living Outside the Stacks}

Again, I love the pattern mixing that’s going on here. And the angle is pretty cool, as well.

How was your week?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}



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