5.26.2017

How to Spend Less Time Cleaning: Decluttering Tips from a Housekeeper

📙📘📗 📣 This post has been removed and is now available as an ebook in my Amazon book shop for only $2.99 😸 🏡 -- that's cheaper than any housekeeping magazine in a book store, newspaper rack, or grocery check-out lane -- and no ads! 🌈 🎉


In 'How to Spend Less Time Cleaning: Decluttering Tips from a Housekeeper' Eve Penman unabashedly addresses the #1 time-killer when it comes to cleaning a home (and the #1 reason why people are too overwhelmed to clean their homes) -- 
TOO MUCH STUFF!

In an effort to educate and enlighten people around the world, Eve offers her witty insights and sound solutions in this helpful e-booklet, as she examines the creeping catastrophic epidemic that is burying households across America -- 
TOO MUCH STUFF! 




5.01.2017

Free Speech Bumper Stickers

I love bumper stickers. Don't you? I have been reading bumper stickers the majority of my life and have not grown tired of them yet. 

I love the shorthand nature of a bumper sticker. Perhaps the sticker is not as deep and drawn out (or as time consuming) as a book; yet, somehow, one short statement placed on the back of a bumper or elsewhere can have as profound an impact on an individual as a big book can. 

Funny how that works, but that is relativity for you. 


And that is what made me ponder: Why put all my writing creativity only into book format when I have been a bumper-sticker reader my whole life, and other people read stickers and buy them the same as people buy books? Why, indeed. 

That's why I began writing bumper stickers for my Prose and Pix shop at Zazzle back in 2015. In fact, one of my earlier bumper stickers had its first sale this past week and I was delighted to see that someone from my own state of Washington was the lucky buyer. Thank you, buyer!

The sticker is a mash-up statement inspired by a popular phrase that brings to light the fine line I see between popular speech and free speech, and how easy it is to blur the line between the two, to the point where people may say the most inhumane, unpopular words simply because they have free speech; or, likewise, one's popular speech that is followed by many may not necessarily be made freely because the speaker is anchored to it out of necessity to a career, a following, or possibly they are forced to say it by another who holds a higher power over them. 

Whatever the case may be, it is something worth pondering and reading -- and buying!: POPULAR SPEECH IS NOT ALWAYS FREE -- FREE SPEECH IS NOT ALWAYS POPULAR. 



4.10.2017

Why So Syrias? People Shouldn't Worry About the Syria Airstrikes

Why should I get upset over President Trump's airstrikes on Syria?

I voted for the man and I knew he was not anti-war; how come others didn't? It's almost as funny as when Hillary supporters were shocked that Trump won; only now the joke is on Trump supporters. 
Granted, I am not thrilled with more waste and war -- just like I am not thrilled with many other things governments do that I have no say in -- but I am not surprised, not in the least.

Not only that, but I am not as upset over it as I would have been in the past; most likely because I am not paying a federal income tax since I don't make enough. 

Therefore, since I am not knowingly funding the war nor enlisted in it, I have no good reason to let my blood pressure rise over it when plenty of other things that impact me daily elevate my blood pressure enough as it is. Please, spare me the arguments about how cash supports war efforts through inflation; grocery stores don't take bitcoin out here, so just shut it.

Yes, it is disgusting to think about billions of dollars being spent to bomb people in other countries rather than using the money to help people in America, but that is how earmarked money works. I loathe it with such passion, yet that is always the reasoning that is given to me as to why money can't be used to help people...because that is not the intended purpose of that money, therefore it will not be used for such a cause. Well played, congress.

Still, as disgusting as earmarked funds are, I am even more disgusted by the fact that there are American citizens in Washington State, some with high school diplomas, being paid $11 an hour to do basic jobs, yet are still unable to push in their chairs or pick up after themselves, as is evidenced in a typical employee breakroom when breaks end.

I can sense the confusion already: What in the world does pushing in chairs and picking up after one's self have to do with President Trump's airstrikes? This is what:

Making America great does not begin with a president; it never has and it never will. Again, something I knew when I voted for Trump.

It does not matter what the president is doing when it is the people -- the individuals -- who are unable to handle making life better for themselves on their own.

This is why I say that pushing in one's chair and picking up after one's self wherever one goes is what makes life -- and America! -- great, not only for the individual but for anyone impacted by such acts.

Think on it: How many people come behind you each day? How many of those people could be impacted for the better by having one less thing to do that is not their responsibility if your mess wasn't left for them to pick up? Just think on it for at least a minute.

Now, here is the kicker: The president -- whether it be Barry, Hillary, or Donny -- has absolutely 100% nothing to do with you choosing to pick up after yourself. It is your choice and yours alone. Therefore, when you choose not to pick up after yourself, you are choosing not to be great and you are choosing not to make America great. 

It is not President Trump who is making things worse by not picking up after you. You are making things worse for you and others by not picking up after you. So don't worry about what Trump is doing; worry about what you are doing.

This is why I am not upset over President Trump's airstrikes on Syria; it's also why I think people should not condemn the man so quickly when they can't handle pushing in their chairs, cleaning up their messes, or handling their own lives without expecting someone else -- the government! -- to do the work for them. 

4.01.2017

Trees by Eve: Pacific Northwest Tree Photography on Instagram

I may have stumbled into a natural niche on my Instagram account -- TREES! 

I have been taking photographs of trees for a handful of years now and have added many of those tree photographs to products in my shops for tree lovers everywhere to purchase.

The funny thing is, even though I am surrounded by trees and love taking pictures of them, it didn't occur to me to showcase them on my Instagram account. But after I posted a couple tree photos and saw the response -- and how awesome the pictures looked in my feed! -- I figured it couldn't hurt to share more pictures of my Pacific Northwest surroundings with the outside world.

The good news is it didn't hurt! I am slowly gaining more followers 100% naturally and organically -- without gluten or HFCS or cocaine! -- and without paying for them, which is not what I want to do. 

Plus, I am receiving way more 'likes' on my Instagram photos than my photography has ever received in the past on other media accounts. If it's wrong of me to want more likes and to want more people to see my content, then sue me, but posting content without gaining followers or receiving any feedback -- not even likes from 'friends'! -- is a spirit crusher. 

So, it was a totally refreshing surprise to see all the positive response from strangers to my simple tree photos. 

Sure, it may only be 20 to 30 likes right now, but that's 20 to 30 likes more than I get elsewhere; which is why Instagram is the only place to see the majority of my pictures, since it's the one place that gives my content the online love I believe it deserves.

It was especially surprising to see that Matt Forney -- the infamous woman hater! -- likes my tree photos. My photos, of all things; what a compliment! If that is what a woman hater does, I hope some more stop by my Instagram page. But I digress.  

Maybe it's the open style of Instagram, maybe it's the feed algorithms, maybe it's using the right hashtags, maybe it's all bots; I don't know. Whatever it is though, Instagram is where I get the feedback that boosts my spirits, so I will take it and focus my energies there.

That is why I continue to feed my feed daily, albeit a tad bit excessively at times; and I thank all my followers for liking the photos! -- or tolerating them while waiting for me to post a picture of my cats or something other than a dang tree!

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3.02.2017

Questioning Gender Equality & Freeing My Mind from Women's Lib

Q: Why does a woman have to do everything (or as much as possible) that a man can do? 

A: She doesn't. She can do what she can do, on her own level, in her own way, without giving a second thought about society telling her she has to compete with men when she is not a man. 

Q: Why can't a woman be a woman (or a girl be a girl)?

A: She can be. Women are made to be women; they aren't made to be men, because if women were made to be men they would be born with dicks. Surprisingly, that is how you tell the difference between men and women; if there is a dick attached, it is a man. If there is no dick attached, that is the genetic marker to act like a woman because you are a woman. Now, if there was a dick and then it became detached later in life, or vice versa, I can't help.

Q: What is wrong with a girl wanting to do girly things, or a woman wanting to do womanly things?

A: Nothing. Women don't have to do what men do for fun and women should enjoy womanly things, whatever they happen to be, without feeling as if they are less for not being macho women. Women don't have to shoot guns, or fight, or lift weights, or play sports, or read comic books, or follow politics, or watch movies, or do anything else that men tell women they should do because men do it. And do you know why? Because that is what makes a woman a woman -- not doing what men do. Granted, women totally can do those things, but they totally don't have to do those things if they totally don't want to do those things; and that is a definitive benefit of being a woman, saying no...along with not feeling guilty for crying when we would rather be strangling someone (that's why we cry, it's a coping mechanism that keeps us from going where you don't want to see us go!).

Q: Why do women have to be as strong and as tough as men (or other women)?

A: They don't; they can be if they want to be, but they don't have to. Men and women are unequal with each other, the same as women are unequal with each other, the same as men are unequal with each other. In fact, everyone being unequal is the greatest equality of all. Don't you think? 😉


2.03.2017

Randian Rebus: How to Pronounce Ayn Rand's Name

Finally! An accurate representation of the pronunciation of Ayn Rand. 

Somebody had to do it, and as every good reader of Rand knows: The question isn't who is going to let me, it's who is going to stop me; so I did it, and I didn't ask permission to do it.

I had no intention of creating a graphic design for Ayn Rand's birthday (2/2/1905), but I managed to do it subconsciously. The idea for this rebus popped into my head a couple nights ago the way lots of my ideas do, while trying to fall asleep. When I was able to create it the following night I was ecstatic with the results. What do you think?

For those who don't know, Ayn is not pronounced 'Anne', like Anne of Green GablesRather, Ayn is pronounced with a long i sound, like the eye of the tiger, or like the 'I' when speaking in the first person. 

But I couldn't use just the letter i because 'IN' capitalized is an uppercase 'in', and how would anyone know to pronounce it 'Ayn' when it's spelled as 'in'? Duh, silly letters! Thus, I used the human eye to represent the proper pronunciation and it turned out 'brilliant,' to quote a couple comments I have received on the work so far (thanks!).

As far as Rand goes, it's fairly self-explanatory and isn't mispronounced the way her first name is; but for the sake of clarification, Rand's pronunciation rhymes with the word 'band.' Hopefully this will clear the air on how to pronounce Ms. Rand's name for anyone who was unsure.  

RANDIAN REBUS DESIGN BY EVE PENMAN
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1.30.2017

How Immigration Policies Shape America: A Ketchikan Photo Essay

The recent uproar over the Trump Administration's immigration policies reminded me of a few historically-significant facts that I learned about three businesses while visiting Ketchikan, Alaska, last September (2016). Others might benefit from learning about them, too, so enjoy!

1. I learned about Tatsuda's Grocery and how the 1941 attack on Pearl Harbor impacted the family in two ways. Not only was the family sent to internment camps at the order of American government, but three sons served in the US Armed Forces at the same time the family was being interned. 

Crazy? That's America and that's history, folks. 
























2. I also learned about the history of the Diaz Cafe; specifically, that while immigration laws in the 1920s restricted Chinese and Japanese immigrants from coming to America, Filipinos were not blocked from immigrating. Thus, Ketchikan boomed with 'Alaskeros' who became part of the community, and still are.

So, it can be viewed as bad that certain groups were blocked from immigrating, yet at the same time other groups were allowed in who made America their new home -- and that can be viewed as good! Right or wrong, that is how history played out, and it is something to learn from.
















3. Lastly, I learned about the family who started the New York Hotel and Cafe. Even before the internment camps of WWII, in 1925 the Shimizu family was forced to move to another area in town due to local efforts to improve buildings and move minorities out. And this is Alaska, folks...freedom, the last frontier, and all that jazz.

The family was  also interned during World War 2, but people of the community took over running the business and gave the Shimizus all the profits upon their return (release). Now that's community!
























As sad as it is to understand that this is the truth behind a small part of America's history -- people being told they can or cannot live somewhere, people being forced to leave their homes and live in government camps, people being told they are not allowed to move to America -- this is what has made America the America it is today. 

America may not be perfect, like every other country, but it has a history unlike any other; and history continues to be made every day whether people go along with laws, fight laws, or ignore laws. Because it's the people who make America and its history incredible, not the government.

1.15.2017

I Don't Need Feminism...or Do I?

As a post-Women's Lib Gen-Xer, all I have ever been taught and shown by the world around me is that women can do anything and everything a man can do, at least legally speaking.

Here's the thought, though, that feminists forgot, or that got blocked by gatekeepers: Do I want to do everything? Who cares if I can do everything? Do I want to, as a woman of my own free will and volition, do everything and anything a man can do?

Let me think on that for a split second.

No! I absolutely do not want to do anything and everything a man can do. And why would I, or why should I? So that then I can be a man? Then, if I'm so manly that I can do it all myself, why would I want a man around since he can't do anything for me that I can't do myself? And why would a man want to be around me if I'm so manly; so that he can treat me like one of the guys? No, thank you.

Instead, what if, rather than trying to do anything and everything a man can do, I were to focus on becoming anything and everything a woman can be, considering that's what I am? Is that too crazy? I mean, how dare a woman not want to be a man, right? Right.

Not right.

This [ill]logic of feminism does amuse me, so much that I have taken it as a form of inspiration in creating new graphic designs for my online shops (links in sidebar); here are the four newest RedBubble stickers. What do you think?

Okay; so maybe I do need feminism...to inspire me to fight back against it!