Tuesday, March 21, 2017

Sherlene Stevens: A Taste of the Germans Beer

That's how it began for many whites in our country.  Yup, drinking habits that were taught to the Native Americans, then the African slaves of how to survive without good, clean water. Some German immigrants even suggested that mothers give their infants and children beer instead of milk or dirty water.  That's how it began--

Our continent has less population of whites now because: (1) they're moving back or staying put in the Europe continent, and (2) they're dying from addictions (opiods, heroin, and Oxycontin). The opposite of population, some people of color have a personal attitude of "whatever whites can do, I can do far better." WARNING. Some humanly actions should never be imitated. Yet, they're are people of color, on a daily basis, that are abusing or selling drugs within our towns and neighborhoods.

I believe if Americans would accept and teach the reality that most of our generational, skilled and unskilled workers had wish-and-a-prayer, local, job choices.  You can call it luck, or you can call it the Holy Trinity of God's grace and mercy (translation: providing the needs of all creatures that he has made) that allowed some of our history's workers to prosper (or be blessed or wealthy) financially, and some to just get by (with little needs and wants).

The addictions have never cared of one's race, social identity, work ethics, family relationships, gender, or even lacking or poor with the categories that I often describe.

The following poem is the modern viewpoint of the clarity of the drug habit; of how the North-American continent's generational dysfunction of drug abuse began with a simpleness desire of trying to be sociable or friendly, of tasting the original Germans' beer--


Source: Author Unknown.

I destroy homes, tear families... apart, take your children, and that's just the start.
I'm more costly than diamonds, more costly than gold. The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.
And if you need me, remember I'm easily found. I live all around you, in schools and in towns.
I live with the rich, I live with the poor. I live down the street and maybe next door.
My power is awesome, try me you'll see. But if you do, you may never break free.

Just try me once and I might let you go, but try me twice, and I'll own your soul.
When I possess you, you'll steal and you'll lie. You'll do what you have to just to get high.
The crimes you'll commit, for my narcotic charms, will be worth the pleasure you'll feel in your arms.
You'll lie to your mother; you'll steal from your dad. When you see their tears, ordinarily you should feel sad. But because of me, you'll forget your morals and how you were raised. I'll be your conscience, I'll teach you my destructive ways.

I take kids from parents, and parents from kids. I turn people from God, and separate from friends. I'll take everything from you, your looks and your pride; I'll be with you always, right by your side. You'll give up everything--your family, your home, your friends, your money, then you'll be alone. I'll take and I'll take, till you have nothing more to give. When I'm finished with you you'll be lucky to live.

If you try me, be warned this is no game. If given the chance, I'll drive you insane. I'll ravish your body; I'll control your mind. I'll own you completely; your soul will be mine. The nightmares I'll give you while lying in bed. The voices you'll hear from inside your head. The sweats, the shakes, the visions you'll see. I want you to know, these are all gifts from me.

But then it will be too late, and you'll know in your heart, that you are mine, and we shall not part. You'll regret that you tried me--they--others who have tried me, always do. But when you do, just remember you came to me, not I to you:

You knew this would happen. Many times you were told, but you challenged my power, and chose to be bold. You could have said no, and just walked away. If you could live that day over, now what would you say?

I'll be your master; you will be my slave. I'll even go with you, when you go to your grave.
Now that you have met me, what will you do? Will you try me or not? Again its all up to you.

In plain truth, I can bring you more misery than words can tell. Don't believe me, here ... here take my hand. Let me lead you to what some describe as hell.


Tuesday, March 14, 2017

Sherlene Stevens: The Gayish Americas

Simply put--As it were, there is nothing new under the sun. (Or for this week's topic, there is nothing new of humanly actions of distinct sexual emotions and behaviors within the earth realm). The following sexual behaviors can not really be summarized into specific sexual styles.Each person's participation is unique which causes more anxiety by straight people of the meaning of, you know, "them kind". Don't believe me? Just ask anyone who considers themselves to be of the LGBTQ gender-community. Though today's world offers more clarity of these group-name labels:

L esbian
G ay
B isexual
T ransgender
Q ueer

          Is America really the land that is made for both "you and me"? -(This Land is Your Land song)

As we are so eager to express, "North America's continental land is the symbol of democracy to be acknowledged by the rest of the world's continents." And with that being said, the reality is, all other continents acknowledge the fact that our united states have a well-known history of sexual flirtations--if I may say--of the described LGBTQ community. American history is full of individuals who discreetly or openly have had sex with the same gender. Some founders of our local lands of states. Some religious leaders of our most cherished religious sects. Some military soldiers who've earned high-ranking medals. Some CEOs of our largest companies. Some mom-and-pop shops in a local town near you. In other words, same gender-and-same gender shops. If enough of such sexual desires, will there be added generations within our local towns and cities? How many of our citizens have publicly hidden their lovers after making love to them? in public bathrooms? How many, after taking time out of their ordinary busy lifestyles, to secretly have closet affairs with the same sex?

If you are a faith believer, of any religion, then you probably have read the beginning chapters found in the Holy Scriptures. There are descriptive verses that discuss lands being over taken by such defined sexual behaviors. Individuals that have such a lust attitude for their own gender identity, or who would rather not even identify with their obvious born-gender identity. Generations are steadily losing traditional traits associated with each gender--humankind female or male gender: pink or pastels for girls and blue and dark colors for boys.

Do you really think the reality, of this-here continental land, offers consistent history of all straight or heterosexual individuals, partners and couples?  There has been a real wakening of the opposite of traditional sexual lifestyles within our country.  Is this land really made for the LGBTQ and straights as the historical lyrics would like to suggest? There are gays who realize the decline of same-sex gender sexual opportunities. They want it, they want you. When such choice can't be found the idea is to begin to persuade "the straights." Aren't you curious? Aren't you bored of traditional sex actions with your mate? You've heard the saying, Once you try black you will never turn back." Well the gays have a saying too: It's like no other sex, don't you want to try it? 

It was easy to rephrase the lyrics for this week's article of the popular song that most of us learned in our local, public-schooling system's music class. I beg to ask you, though, do you think that yesterday's [years or even decades ago] music teachers would have been so eager to suggest reversing the labels of bathrooms nearest their classrooms?

When individuals sing there are classifications of voice tones.  When we all sing together you are able to hear the uniqueness of blended sounds.  Does such humanly actions only apply to the music genre?  Is it possible to identify who is gay within our lands like when there is a difference in voice tones? Simply by the way one talks? one walks? Or even, what colors one chooses to wear? Myth: Some say gays are easy to identify because they blend many colorful designs within their wardrobes and hairstyles.

Have we no empathy? There are some individuals, that are quietly hoping, anxiously hoping, that we will one day truly sing the song with the humanly meaning of compassion as suggested by its creator. Will we ever have such unison of singing "This land was made for you and me"? ...This land was made for the LGBTQ and Straights as history is now retelling. The retelling of the gayish Americas.

Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Sherlene Stevens: Uber Travel Service for Celebrities

Recently I traveled by Uber in the Atlanta area. With over 30,000 entertainers in Atlanta, Georgia, I wondered how on earth could an Uber driver be discreet of celebrity-passenger pickup. The following are a few tips of why I believe celebrities should avoid the Uber and Lyft service whenever possible:

Discretion isn't available!

  • ALL DRIVERS IN THE AREA WILL HAVE YOUR LOCATION AND FIRST NAME. In turn, the quickest driver can choose to pick you up; first-come-first-serve basis.
  • Uber requests first-name identity for paying. Then, the driver can address you by your name during pickup and travel time. They will also have your phone/text info to contact you, if necessary (before pickup)
  • Uber can't guarantee that you will always have the same driver, within the area.
  • The good thing is that you will have the driver's name and contact info before and a few minutes after an Uber ride.
  • You must choose the UBER X to ride alone without pickup of additional passengers (the general public). In other words if you choose the wrong UBER ride experience, just like a public-bus ride, your driver will be picking up other passengers along the traveling route, too.

Other Advice
  • A pickup trip can be processed within a "next" 15 - 30 minute cycle before the actual pickup to a destination. There is no immediate pickup choice. Uber will inform you of a destination time for your driver to pick you up. With all the new drivers, pickup time has gotten much faster. A driver can be at your door in less than 5 minutes! So always try to be ready "before" scheduling a driver pickup.
  • Your Uber driver will contact you upon arrival, if necessary (directions to your door if lost, etc.).
  • While in an Uber, and you decide to change the destination address, pricing may increase an additional  $5 - $15.
  • You will have the option of contacting your Uber driver before and after via phone call or text.
  • You will be given a digital receipt via text, etc.
  • Lastly after the completion of your Uber trip, immediately, you will be prompted to complete a short survey of customer experience. It is always nice to give your opinion of a driver's service. If you are too busy after the Uber ride, you will be given adequate time to take the time to complete the feedback survey.

Tuesday, February 21, 2017

Sherlene Stevens: Mardi Gras Week

Those of you who are planning to attend this year's Mardi Gras in New Orleans, Louisiana:

  1. There are a variety of parades to enjoy. Some will last for a few minutes to a couple of hours. Most of the main-traffic streets will be blocked off.
  2. There may be shuttle availability, be prepared to walk. Those streets will be crroowdded.
  3. Similar to New York, some New Orleans attractions will be open 24/7.
  4. Purchase an all-day public-transportation ticket or a Jazzy Pass ($3.00), even if you think you will only need to use it for a couple of stops. You can use your ticket for their in-town street cars and public buses--New Orleans Regional Transit Authority. Have correct change, and the nice thing is that you can purchase your ticket on any street car within Orleans Parish!
  5. Have exact change  when paying for ticket. 3-Day passes are $9. Resource link: 
  6. There is a public park near Canal Street.
  7. You may want to dress your kids in same-color attire, etc.
  8. There are plenty of places to dine. Be cautious in seeking kid-appropriate eating and rest-area venues.
  9. Pancake day is on Shrove Tuesday. Eat those pancakes, and afterward begin fasting with my audience family and me (our hosted theme for month of March).
  10. Do you have your purple, black, gold and green beads or decor?
  11. Before they run out of stock, purchase a New Orlean's decorative mask ($7 - $50). Some locals worked laboriously just to bring out-of-towners, guests, pleasure.
  12. Music lovers visit the Louisiana Music Factory.
  13. New Orleans-branded items range from $5 - $100.
  14. Don't forget to purchase a locally-made product or service.
  15. There are Walgreen and CVS stores in the area that will be open. You may want to check times for pharmacy and prescription pickups, refills, etc.  
  16. If you drink a little too much, if that's what you do, then ask your bartender to call you a cab. Otherwise, it's legal to drink on the streets of New Orleans, provided your beverage is in a plastic container rather than a bottle or can.
  17. Smoking is banned in all public buildings, including restaurants and bars.
  18. Public nudity and public urination is against the law.
  19. There is plenty of street lighting in most areas near the main venues.Caution: beyond Canal Street is a little dark.
  20. It may be a little cool near the water; you may want to carry along a jacket. The weather will be between 70 - 80 degrees during the day and the 60s at night. 

Photo Credit: Unknown

  • Aquarium; butterfly insectarium; zoo
  • Casino; gay clubs (be cautious if you're the straight-and-easily-offended kind); other dance clubs
  • The gay and transsexual squad will be out, okkaayy! :) 
  • Jazz market; live entertainment lounges
  • Art centers; museums and galleries