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

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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) -- 

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 -- 


Understanding Life After a Miscarriage from AMC's Preacher

My new Mother's Day rule: If you are over the age of 30 and have had a miscarriage, you get to do what you want on Mother's Day. 

I never wanted to be one of those women who couldn't get over a miscarriage, but some days it hits hard, especially when it's close to the day that would have been my first Mother's Day with a kid had life not happened the way it did. 

But life did happen the way it did and I had a miscarriage, not a kid; and I continue to work at making peace with it by not blaming myself or others, my job, my choices, or anything else that I deem blame-worthy. I know there are better things to do with my energy.

Yet even though I work at not placing blame, and even though karma may be teaching me a hard lesson I can't control for past regressions, and even though I believe that every single thing in life happens for a greater purpose beyond my earthly comprehension, and even though I understand that miscarriages do happen because something beyond anyone's fault wasn't right, at times I still feel a gut-churning urge to blame something...because IT'S JUST NOT FAIR, period. It is un.fuck.ing.fair., and I want something to blame and someone to pay for it.
That is what it feels like for me to live with this -- to want blind revenge -- in momentary battles of mind over matter at least; and I found the sentiment poignantly enacted by the character of Tulip (Ruth Negga) in the Season 1 finale of AMC's Preacher this past year. 

I created the Preacher fan art image above because the brief and surprising exchange between the characters Jesse and Tulip spoke directly to me in a way it may not have to others; and I wanted others to have an understanding of what it can feel like to live with a miscarriage, because (1) not everybody has experienced it and doesn't understand it, and (2) the better people understand each other, the better people understand the human condition that connects everyone to each other.


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.