Category Archives: Mama Kat’s Losin’ It

Charles Bukowski

The Prompts:

1. Share a 10th grade memory.
2. Look into your archives. What were you blogging about a year ago around this time? Are you still dealing with the same thing? Your thoughts?
3. Write a blog post inspired by the word: falling.
4. Book review!
5. 10 things you love about Spring.
6. Share a quote you love.
7. Spring Cleaning! Share a before and after photo of a room you recently tackled.

 

“We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state,  and our educational system.  We are here to drink beer.   We are here to kill war.   We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well that Death will tremble to take us.” 

          Charles Bukowski 

This is a link up to Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop.  Hop over there, choose a prompt, blog about it, share, and read other’s post. Easy Peasy! 

Looking for Mary Gabriel – Book Review

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It is rare for me to read a book that makes me cry. I’ve had books touch my heart in the same way a good song will. It was different with Looking for Mary Gabriel. I stumbled onto a part that you don’t see coming, and it’s shockingly heartbreaking. 

Bonita Gaberiel wants a normal childhood with a normal sister but there’s nothing normal about her younger sister, Mary. Mary suffers from a mental illness that causes her to act on impulse, see and hear things no one else can, and to take off without warning. Bonita’s father appoints her Mary’s keeper. At times it seems he’s only trying to instill the importance of family. Then there are moments when he’s asking too much and his motives are questionable. Bonita and Mary’s mother had a sister who suffered with mental illness that led her to commit suicide. Their mother worries it’s her fault and she doesn’t want Bonita to ever feel responsible for Mary but rather than share this with Bonita, it is kept secret from her. At times it appears their mother is wanting to protect Bonita and other times it seems she just can’t deal with her sister’s death. 

Bonita struggles with wanting to protect her sister and wanting a normal life away from Mary. A tragedy occurs which leads Bonita away from her family and then another tragedy happens that cuts Bonita’s ties with her family. She chooses a quite life hidden away from family and friends who love her more than she thought possible. With the passing of Bonita and Mary’s father, Bonita is forced to emerge from her hidden life to handle funeral arrangements and deal with Mary. What she thought was true is contradicted by what she learns is true. 

Beautifully and poetically written, the story of a family that is flawed is wonderfully conveyed on every page. ‘Looking for Mary Gabriel’ is a story that shares the love of family and the harsh truths about family making it relatable. It’s a book that can be read a 2nd and 3rd time; each time bringing  some new fascination to the reader. I give it 5 stars and recommend it to everyone who loves reading. 

This was written for Mama Kat’s Writing Workshop – Prompt 3. Head over to Mama Kat’s and choose a prompt.

 

 

 

My Limerick

The Prompts:

1. Something you learned in February.
2. Write a blog post inspired by the word: sleep.
3. Share a childhood story about a time you got lucky.
4. List 8 things you accomplished this week!
5. Write a Limerick!

There was an Irish girl in town

Wherever she walked, she fell down

She always had the blues

‘Til she bought new shoes

She went everywhere running around

 

Written for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop. 

This is my first attempt to a limerick. I’m not sure I followed all the rules but I had fun writing it. Any thoughts on limericks? Feel  free to comment.

Coolest App

The Prompts:
1.) Have you ever felt that life was getting in the way of a big goal? Did you end up giving up or pressing forward? (inspired by Crissy)
2.) 10 ways to cool off on a hot day.
3.) An app you love.
4.) If you could have any super mom power, what would it be?
5.) A blog post inspired by the word: glistening

3.)  An app you love –
I absolutely love my photos.  I have albums that belonged to my grandparents, albums that belonged to my aunt, and my own photos, some in albums, some in scrapbooks, some hanging on the wall.  There are many of me in my aunt’s album taken with her polaroid camera.  When I was around 23 or so, my mom bought me a polaroid camera, a newer edition compared to the ones her and my aunt used.  My oldest daughter just turned 12 this past Wednesday.  I have many photos of her snapped by my Polaroid 1200.
Now with smartphones and Android, along with Google Play Store, I have so many photo apps to choose from.  I must admit, I download on a whim and then don’t care much for the app and uninstall it.  I’m trying to work on this.  I ran across an app recently called Retrica, which basically lets me transform my photo before I take it.  I have played around with it and it’s a great app.  But then, yesterday, I discovered an app that I absolutely love and don’t know how I ever took photos without it. 
Camera ZOOM FX – This app has so many shooting modes, filters, frames, and fun effects that you can use before you snap the photo.  This app also allows you to customize buttons on your phone to instantly zoom into an object, snap the photo, ect.  The coolest thing is that it has an effect that captures things in motion without blurring it, so you never miss that cute shot of your child running.  It has an on-screen shot meter that shows you how stable the camera is held.  Isn’t that cool?!
It has voice activation, zooming levels, and so many other features that I’m still playing with.  You can save your favorite colors or settings to use over and over again.  Also, you can  set this as your default camera on your phone.  
I haven’t always been a huge fan of smartphones.  This app made me rethink that sentiment.  It’s free in the Play Store, and of course, you can purchase the premium edition. 
This was written for Mama Kat’s Writer’s Workshop.  
Mama's Losin' It

6 Quotes I Love

Mama's Losin' It
The Prompts:
1.) List 6 of your favorite quotes.
2.) Talk about a time you faced a fear.
3.) Tell us about a love story that makes you happy.
4.) The last thing your pet destroyed.
5.) Share Spring inspired craft

1.  ~Let me tell you a few things about regret…There is no end to it. You cannot find the beginning of the chain that brought us from there to here. Should you regret the whole chain, and the air in between, or each link separately as if you could uncouple them? Do you regret the beginning which ended so badly, or just the ending itself?~     Janet Fitch 


2.  ~The man of knowledge must be able not only to love his enemies but also to hate his friends.~   Friedrich Nietzsche

3.  ~You don’t need a weatherman to know which way the wind blows.~   Bob Dylan

4.  ~Time’s march is a web of causes and effects, and asking for any gift of mercy, however tiny it might be, is to ask that a link be broken in that web of iron, ask that it be already broken.  No one deserves such a miracle.~  Jorge Luis Borges A Prayer
                                                                                   (Translated by Andrew Hurley)

5.  ~”Was it you that killed me, or did I kill you?”  Abel answered. “I don’t remember anymore; here we are, together, like before.”   “Now I know that you have truly forgiven me,” Cain said, “because forgetting is forgiving. I, too, will try to forget.”            Jorge Luis Borges – Legend  (Translated by Andrew Hurley)

6.  ~”The human race is unimportant. It is the self that must not be betrayed.”

“I suppose one could say that Hitler didn’t betray his self.”

“You are right. He did not. But millions of Germans did betray their selves. That was the tragedy. Not that one man had the courage to be evil. But that millions had not the courage to be good.”~      John Fowle