Living Outside the Stacks

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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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Coffee Talk: Borders, Love & Forgiveness, and Isolation

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}

Hi, and welcome 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. A coworker and I were talking about the border issue yesterday and I’ve come to the conclusion that there is no right answer. I can’t imagine being in a place that I’m so desperate that I would send my child to a foreign country without me. For goodness sake, three of my children are headed off to college this fall ~ two of them will be within 20 minutes of my house ~ and I’m a nervous wreck. I know people are calling on these children to be returned to their home countries, but how do we do that? Do we just put them on a plane, dump them at the airport, and hope their families come to claim them? And if they stay, where do they stay? Do they get adopted out? Do they end up in foster care or orphanages? What if they end up in the hands of unsavory people? Protective services can barely keep up with the American children who are in the system, add in thousands more who came out of no where and oh em gee

I agree with those who say something needs to be done to protect the borders. And, lest you think I’m a racist or anything else, every nation should protect its borders. Seriously, you protect your home, don’t you? I don’t know if the answer is a fence, more border agents {but, um, that would solve some of the unemployment issues, especially for service members who’re returning to the States and looking for jobs}, or what but this needs to be fixed. Do you have any thoughts?

2. This article from Christianity Today is probably one of the most honest pieces I’ve ever read about how it feels to have a sex offender in the family. There are so many conflicting emotions: love/hate, loyalty/repulsion, happiness/sadness… And then there are the times when there’s the overwhelming need to lash out and make that person hurt and then you remember, you’re called to forgive as Christ forgave you… But how do you forget?

3. I’ve often said that I should live in a Lysol encased bubble. This right here confirms it.

What’s got you scratching your head this week?

Daenel T {Living Outside the Stacks}

 

 

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Coffee Talk: Memories, Delusions, Apes, and More

Coffee Talk {Living Outside the Stacks}

Hi, and welcome 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. I love this video: “The heart remembers….”. Have your Kleenex handy.

2. Gwyneth Paltrow has decided that angering working moms is, ahem, child’s play; now she’s going after the military. In her latest woe~is~me~the~life~of~a~celeb~is~so~hard rant, she compared I won’t point out how absolutely ludicrous Ms. Paltrow’s comparison is because I think SFC. Bryan Sikes, a Green Beret, did it best here. Nor will I tell her to keep her opinions to herself, because it’s people like SFC Sikes and our other men and women in uniform who defend the rights of idiots to become internet fodder.

3. I’ve been waiting for the sequel to Rise of the Planet of the Apes since the last cough during the closing credits in 2011…

I’ve been a fan of Planet of the Apes since I was a kid. It all goes back to my intense love for monkeys {yes, I know monkeys and apes are not the same thing, but let me have my moment…}.

4. Being without a cell phone is not fun. I broke mine over the weekend and I seriously feel as if I’m missing a limb. Well, maybe not quite that serious, but close enough. I really hadn’t realized how dependent I’d become on that little device until now. It stores my phone numbers, my pictures, my health info… It keeps tracks of how many calories I’ve eaten and how many I need to burn off. It’s my lifeline to my family. When I get my new one, I’m going to love it and squeeze it and call it Fred.

What had you scratchin’ your head this week?

Daenel T

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