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Containing Flames

She’s just trying to contain a flame

that wants to spread wild.

Appearances are just face value;

the truth about her is being buried,

buried beneath the stones that have been

thrown at her across the many years.

A constant battle between

being who she wants to be-unchained and free-

and being what is accepted

in the world that surrounds her.

-LMS

 

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Have You?

Have you?

Have you ever really looked at the snow?

Watched the flakes fall until they touch the ground,

Accumulating into fluffy piles.

Have you ever really looked at the snow?

Watched the flakes as they touch the glass window,

Only to melt from the heat penetrating through

From your home.

Delicate, crystalline structures that fall from the sky

Only waiting to penetrate the soil.

One day returning to their original home in the sky again.

-LMS

Brilliance

“People with brilliant ideas always appear to be crazy.”

-Laurie Maria

We all love free stuff. You would be considered crazy if you didn’t enjoy getting free stuff. So, this is a list of what I consider are the best free rewards programs that don’t involve having a credit card to use to earn points.

Beauty

Sephora’s rewards program is great because of the quality samples and occasional free products you get for every $100 you spend. You also get a birthday product every year. If you like quality beauty products, this is definitely the place to go.

Shoes

I may be a bit biased because I worked here many years ago but DSW has a great rewards program. For every $150 you spend on already discounted shoes, you get a $10 rewards certificate that has no spending requirement to use. You can combine up to 3 certificates in a transaction and although they have an expiration date, the store always takes expired certificates (with the exception of the birthday and special promotion ones).

Food

TGI Fridays gives you points for every dollar you spend earning you free appetizers, entrees or desserts. I can’t ever say no to free food either.

Health Care

CVS lets you earn points on everything purchased in store, including prescriptions. You can use these points for discounts on many items in store.

Hotels

Intercontinental’s program which includes Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza, gives you a  free night for every $1000 you spend. This is so far the lowest spend amount needed out of all the major hotel chains.

What does love mean to me?

What does love mean to me? Love means sacrifice; religiously, it means God. It is an emotion that binds two people together inseparably no matter the distance or the time. Love to me is when you find that person who makes you happy no matter what goes on in your life. It isn’t easily defined due to being such an abstract concept. I just know it exists when it is there. It goes beyond an emotion; it is more a physical sensation that alters your perception on life.

The Dream

This is a great poem I found online called The Dream.

I dreamed that you had ceased to love me—
not that you had come from other beds
back to mine, or gone from mine to others,
just that something in your heart had stopped.

I willed myself awake to find you still
beside me. It was just a dream, I thought,
yet when I turned to kiss you, in your eyes
I saw that you had ceased to love me.

I willed myself awake a second time
to find myself alone, as I have been
these many months, but did not know if it
was terror or relief I felt, and whether

dreams unfold the past or make the future
plain. I dreamed that you had ceased to love me,
and know when I see nothing in your eyes
I can’t dream myself awake a third time.

David Solway

Fear and Death

With the recent school shooting in CT that left 20 children dead, I cannot help but think about the fear those children faced, and what the families of those who lost a loved one are going through. Many years ago, I was a victim of an armed robbery which for the first time in my life I felt the fear of death. I was 15 years old; however at that age, one understands malice, hate, crime, and all the evil things of this world. What does a 7 year old know about fear or death? What does he know about murder? I can relate in terms of that fear, but I will never understand fully the horror they went through.

What about the survivors? Those children heard their classmates have their lives taken away as well as the lives of the teachers they saw every weekday. Some of them lost their best friend or their childhood crush. These are children who have lost a large part of their innocence at such a young age. One can only hope that they can be as unaffected as possible by this tragedy as they grow.

Those parents now have to spend a Christmas with one less child as well as the families of the employees who passed-all of them having to bury their loved ones a week before the holiday.

I hope that this inspires change in our mental health system and protection of our youth. These tragedies are occurring way too frequently for a nation that is considered to be so advanced. Our prayers are insufficient where action must be taken.

Best Time To Buy

With Black Friday coming up, everyone is looking for deals, especially to purchase gifts for the upcoming Christmas season. However, this is not the best time to buy everything. Here is a list of when you should buy certain things during the year-this list can save you big bucks.

Airline Tickets

When: 1 a.m. Wednesday because airlines reset their fares every Wednesday after midnight. Wednesdays are also the cheapest days to fly and Sundays the most expensive. Traveling during the holidays? Start looking in September for flights.

Gym Membership

When: mid-summer due to people losing interest in joining gyms during this time of the year and gyms are more willing to negotiate.

House

When: Fall and Winter. The Spring and summer seasons are very active in buying and selling so you have a better chance at negotiating prices during the cold months.

Furniture

When: January and July due to new inventory coming in.

Outdoor Gear such as bikes

When: February and March due to replacement of older models.

Electronics

When: Black Friday. Yeah it’s worth the trampling when buying your next TV.

Electronics-Cell phones

When: Always on sale for new clients. Contracted client: wait 6 months for that new phone.

Auto

When: New Car in September to purchase last year’s model. Used car- April.

Clothing

When: 6 weeks after item has been delivered to store. Preferably Thursday to catch weekend sales and that is when items start getting marked down.
Hope this helps!

Family and Career

History has reflected a change on the priorities we have in life. The past shows that the priority for us as humans was to find someone to spend the rest of our lives with and create a family-this family was our legacy, our print we left on the world. Throughout history, there were also the remarkable few that left their mark on the world with their inventions and  discoveries. However, as time progressed we have become so consumed by our personal success that the fundamental purpose of our evolutionary existence-reproduction-has degraded in importance. People focus more on their careers now than their families. People have changed their priorities to the point that many no longer believe building a family is of any necessity anymore. We have become focused on trying to achieve things like fame, money, and power and forgetting about love, friendship, and care. Society has turned selfish. We have been consumed by our personal wants and needs-we all want to be that remarkable few that leave their mark on the world without realizing how often normal people leave impacts on the lives of others that love them.

Does money and success give you more happiness than the love and friendship of your family? I don’t say one must give up on their personal dreams and become factories of children. I just say that one must take a look at what we will leave behind in this world. Are you just going to be remembered by the success you had in your career or are you also going to be remembered by the role you played in raising your family?

Einstein was married and had children too.

Love of Your Life?

How do I know who is the love of my life?

Is it a feeling of never possibly being able to let go?

Is it something determined by destiny if such concept exists?

What differentiates someone from being the love of your life or just someone you love?

Are they only the love of your life if they feel the same way too?

“The minute I heard my first love story, I started looking for you, not knowing how blind that was. Lovers don’t finally meet somewhere. They’re in each other all along” – Rumi