For those in need of comfort

The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing.

He makes me lie down in green pastures,

He leads me beside quiet waters, He refreshes my soul.

He guides me along the right paths for His name’s sake.

Even though I walk through the darkest valley.

I will fear no evil, for You are with me;

Your rod and Your staff, they comfort me.

You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies.

You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows.

Surely Your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life,

and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.

Psalm 23

Coronavirus!

So schools were just announced to be shut down in Alabama recently. I thought maybe I should say a little something about it. I’m not all that concerned at the moment about it. Because I will be washing my hands all the time and thanks to my agoraphobia, I won’t be exposed to it too often. I’ve got lots of groceries so I don’t need to go out for a while. I could probably stay here for two weeks if I needed to. But don’t worry, I wasn’t one of those people who stockpiled toilet paper and fought to buy the last of everything. I did not go overboard about it. Partly because I’m younger and healthier than the older people who are more at risk of having serious problems if they get it (like dying). I left groceries for other people.

Why?

BECAUSE EVERYONE NEEDS TO BE ABLE TO STAY CLEAN AND HEALTHY SO THE VIRUS DOESN’T SPREAD!!!!

People seem to have forgotten that little nugget of truth. It’s not all just so you won’t get sick, it’s also so that others don’t spread it. Remember that. Clean everything you touch. Avoid touching your face as much as possible. Wash your hands ALL the time with soap and water because soap is actually more effective than the Clorox hand wipes and hand sanitizer.

(That’s a link to where I learned that information.)

So y’all stay safe! Stay clean! Remember others out there and take care of each other!!

British Crime Show

Vera

Vera is a show about a slightly frumpy woman, Brenda Blethyn, who is very good at her job. She’s a Detective Chief Inspector in Northumberland. So you might need subtitles at first, but your ears adjust to the accents pretty quickly. It’s a slower paced show. Something to watch while you’re doing something else that requires a little concentration if that makes sense. Each episode is about an hour and a half long, which explains the pacing. There are lots of characters and side stories you get to know in every episode. Vera is witty and emotional sometimes-just a good show. You can find it on Amazon Prime and a couple seasons on Acorn TV.

Overall, would I recommend the show? Yes. I rewatch it every now and then. Give it a shot. Let me know if you do in the comments and what you think!

Praying for Prisoners

This may not be a popular post, but I think it needs to be said. And so does my church, apparently. It’s been something that’s been on my mind for a while.

I watched the show 60 Days In, and if you’ve ever seen that show you get an inside look at what it’s like for prisoners of all types — capital murders to misdemeanors. You hear their stories. It gives prisoners a face and story instead of just thinking of them as a lawbreaker and getting what they deserve. “If you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime.”

I’m not saying what they’re doing is right or wrong or saying it’s what they deserve or don’t deserve, but what I am saying is that we can’t decide that. As far as we’re concerned, they’re fellow children of God. They are people that we need to pray for.

My pastor said something that stuck with me enough that it’s been weeks later and it still is rattling around in my head. To paraphrase it, he said something like how we treat prisoners reflects our love for Jesus Christ. Now, if you’ve seen 60 Days In, you’ve seen some of the horrible conditions of the prisons and the inhumane treatment of prisoners.

Keep on loving one another as brothers and sisters. Do not forget to show hospitality to strangers, for by so doing some people have shown hospitality to angels without knowing it. Continue to remember those in prison as if you were together with them in prison, and those who are mistreated as if you yourselves were suffering.

Hebrews 13:1-3

May the groans of the prisoners come before you;

with your strong arm preserve those condemned to die.

Psalm 79:11

So pray for prisoners. I always hear people saying to pray for the world leaders, the leaders of our country, the leaders of our churches, etc., but I can’t recall a time when I’ve heard pray for the prisoners. Pray for them. Pray for everyone, but the Bible seems to especially say the widows, orphans, and those in prison.

TV Friday!

So what’s next on my recommendation list? Don’t worry, it’s American this time. Now, it isn’t for everybody and I understand that.

At first, I didn’t find it that funny. For some reason, I stuck with it and I’m glad I did. There were hilarious episodes, times that even made me laugh out loud (which is not often).

It’s filmed like it’s a documentary of this office where they sell paper, and they interview the cast like they’re real people in a documentary. In the very end, they air the documentary and we see their reactions. But it’s worth it. It’s worth the time to watch.

I would put it on during study breaks because the episodes were about 20 minutes long. That’s just the right amount of time for a study break. Doing online school, it feels almost like I’m constantly studying for something. The breaks were exactly what I needed.

Give it a shot! Watch a few episodes before you make you a decision on it.

Podcasts

Podcasts aren’t really my thing, but this one is different. This podcast gripped me from the very beginning and held on tight. If you haven’t heard of it, you should really give it a shot. Make sure to choose a full episode, not the mini-sode.

A full episode is when each host brings a story and tells it. A mini-sode is when fans and listeners send in letters with their stories.

My Favorite Murder with Karen Kilgariff and Georgia Hardstark

They don’t just discuss true crime. They also talk about mental health and how to stay safe. And they’re just hilarious people. They manage to take true crimes — scary, horrible stories — and lighten them up making it very entertaining without being so morbid. I don’t think I’m doing it justice, but if you’re at all interested in true crime you’ve got to try them out! They’ve got a website, fan cult, and a book.

They’ve got cats, hilarious stories of their lives, and a great sign-off…

Stay Sexy and Don’t Get Murdered! SSDGM!

More British Comedy…

This week it’s a movie. I watched this first with my mother at the beach. We had the patio doors open. I’m pretty sure the entire condo building and some of those on the beach heard us cackling. It was so funny and just got funnier. If you’re having a down day and just want something to make you smile, try Death at a Funeral.

With Matthew Macfadyen, Keeley Hawes, and Peter Dinklage (to name a few), this stellar cast brings nothing but pure British comedy.

You don’t know my mother, but she rarely laughs at movies or TV (with the exception of Friends). Until this movie, that is. During this, at one point I’m pretty sure I wasn’t the only one with tears in my eyes from laughing so hard.

It truly did just get funnier and funnier as the movie went along. And it was ridiculous but so funny. I’ve seen it more than once and each time it never loses any of its humor. It’s well worth watching. Pick a night when you’ve had a hard day or when you’re with someone funny and watch it! Just do it! You won’t regret it! And let me know what you think in the comments!

APA Paper – Veterans and PTSD

I’m in an Orientation class and they’re teaching us how to write an APA style paper. Coming from an English major to Psychology major means switching from my well-known MLA style to the foreign APA style. Anyway, so I’m learning that. We get to choose our own topic. I chose veterans’ suicide rates and PTSD.

I’ve done lots of research and reading statistics and government produced documents. The point is… the state of the government and public’s relationship with veterans is pretty bad. The suicide rates and extremely high and getting higher. The ages of those committing suicide are getting younger and younger. And it seems like there’s a lot of talk and everyone agrees that something should be done and veterans should be taken care of, and yet nothing is actually being done. Not enough anyway.

It’s time for the public to stand up and demand better treatment for our vets, better facilities for them, and better education and training of the people working in these facilities. They need a bigger budget to accommodate this.

I’m ranting, but something should be done. Vets should be a much higher priority than they are now. They shouldn’t be homeless. They shouldn’t have trouble finding jobs. They should be able to get help from educated people dedicated towards their mental health. There should also be some kind of education, training, preparation for families of vets coming home with PTSD or any other mental illness.

Okay, I’m done now. But come on… America, the greatest country in the world but if you look at the state of veterans, we’re pretty low. Not enough people are speaking out about it. Certainly, not enough people are doing anything about it.

Done now. For real. But seriously… like if you agree.

It’s Mardi Gras Y’all!

Today is Fat Tuesday, in case you didn’t know. Talk to anyone from Mobile and they’ll tell you that Mardi Gras started in Mobile, Alabama. Most people hear Mardi Gras and think New Orleans, Louisiana. Let me clear this up for anyone who’s confused. Mardi Gras started in Mobile, Alabama. The “father” of Mardi Gras, is Joe Cain.

Joe Cain came to Mobile and dressed up and partied through the streets on Fat Tuesday. In Mobile, we have a celebration before Fat Tuesday. There’s Lundi Gras, which is the Monday before Fat Tuesday. Then there’s Joe Cain Day, which is that Sunday (this previous one). Joe Cain Day in Mobile is celebrated with the Merry Widows, all Joe Cain’s wives. They fight over who he loved more. It’s very family friendly, but it’s also just a lot of fun.

My anxiety allowed me to go out one year, a while ago. But I remember it very clearly. It really was fun. There weren’t any elbows being thrown, no fights for beads or moon pies, none of that.

This guy is dressed as Joe Cain, dressed as Slacabamorinico. (the center guy)

It’s a lot of fun. And remember, Mardi Gras started in Mobile, not New Orleans. Tell your friends!

A Netflix Original

Messiah

I binge-watched this Netflix original. I think that’s what you’re supposed to do with Netflix originals because of the way they tell the story. Slowly. So if you watch this, be prepared to binge because otherwise you’ll watch an episode and easily sum it up in one sentence. “X happened and then Y happened.” (I don’t want to give away any spoilers.)

But if you don’t mind the slow pace, the story itself is intriguing. There’s always this air of “what is happening” while at the same time you think you know exactly what is going on. Also, there are subtitles a lot. So if you don’t like to read subtitles in your shows/movies, this isn’t for you. There was some language and nudity so I’m not sure I’d watch it with younger kids or like your parents (if you’re like me).

The way the last episode ended was like there could be more or that could be it. I have a feeling there will be more episodes later, but am I desperate for them to come out, dying to see what happens next? No. I might not even watch the second season unless I’m really bored.

If you’re willing to give it a shot, and are interested in faith and religion, this show might be something you enjoy (I did while watching it). Would I recommend it as a ‘must watch’ TV show? I don’t think so.