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This Easter was really different this year. I’m used to having Passover and Easter Sunday falling on the same day but I thought it was really freaky to have those holidays scheduled on the same day as April Fool’s Day.

I basically went to Easter Sunday service at the local Unitarian Universalist Church. There was an all-ages crafting table where people can dye Easter Eggs and make Easter-related crafts.

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

There were a number of eggs that had the contents removed via blowholes so one could decoupage an egg as a permanent keepsake decoration. I tried my hand at making a decoupage Easter egg and here is the result.

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

There was an Easter egg hunt held in the glen of the church after Sunday service ended. The kids really had a blast hunting for those Easter eggs then turning the plastic eggs in for a special Easter goody bag.

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

The adults spent the occasion socializing while some of them wore festive Easter themed clothes and accessories.

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

There was a box of matzohs set out for people to eat since that day was also Passover.

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

Even though the weather was cloudy and cold that day the flowers were in bloom, such as these daffodils.

Easter Sunday at Paint Branch UU Church, April 1, 2018

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I’m currently trying to pay off my debts I’ve incurred when I underwent an expensive car repair by selling off a few things on eBay. For this post I’m highlighting this lot of five classical music CDs where the songs are played with various stringed instruments.

Lot of 5 Classical Music CDs Played With Various Stringed Instruments

This lot includes songs like “Allegro Ma Non Troppo,” “Fantasia I-XII,” and “The Girl With the Flaxen Hair” written by Bach, Telemann, and Beethoven performed by musicians like Christopher Parkening, Jascha Heifetz, and John Dowland on stringed instruments like guitar, violin, and lute.

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Why most people will remain in mediocrity.

Undoing the New Deal: Bill Clinton rolled back the New Deal and Barack Obama blew an FDR moment.

Is revolution brewing in the US?

The $1.80 Instagram strategy to build your business or brand.

Yes, America, there is a class war and you just lost it.

How the baby boomers—not millennials—screwed America.

Elon Musk doesn’t really like the mass transit system he’s trying to build.

Struggling with your career? Here’s how to maximize the happiness in your life.

China will collect the DNA of every adult in Xinjiang province, where Uyghur people are systematically oppressed.

The post office can offer financial services that private banks won’t. In fact, it’s been done before.

It’s time to make life hard for the rich.

A video featuring a master craftsman working on a Japanese teapot from the beginning until the startling end.

Wyoming is a poor state that exports talent. Will that ever change?

Sex slavery, ISIS, and the illegal arms trade: Libya plunges into failed state after US invasion.

Confederacy of Dunces: Neoliberals jump the shark in The New York Times.

This person photographed women in 60 countries in order change the way that we all see beauty.

The Trumpdroid at Disney’s Hall of Presidents looks an awful lot like a hastily modded Hillarybot.

The truth behind “The Macarena” will leave your jaw on the floor.

Behold this one of a kind Krampus nativity set.

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Benjamin Franklin

Laws like to cobwebs, catch small flies;
Great ones break through before your eyes.

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I’m currently trying to pay off my debts I’ve incurred when I underwent an expensive car repair by selling off a few things on eBay.

The Lore of Ships by Tre Tryckare

The Lore of Ships is a distinguished work which comes out of the international co-operation between maritime specialists in Sweden, the United States, Denmark, Finland, Great Britain, Holland, Norway, and Germany.

The Lore of Ships by Tre Tryckare

This magnificent volume explains and illustrates all of the significant components of sailing ships, merchantmen, liners – every kind of ship from primitive dugouts to the nuclear warships of the present. It contains more than 1,550 illustrations of diverse nautical details – more than any previous work – in the form of drawings printed in a total of seventeen different colors, including gold.

The Lore of Ships by Tre Tryckare

This is a handy reference guide for anyone who wants to build a model ship or is doing research into ships. If you or someone you know like ships, this is the book for you!

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Recently I went to Karaoke Night at The New Deal Cafe in Greenbelt, Maryland when a line dance suddenly broke out. Here’s this short video I shot. Enjoy!

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I’m currently trying to pay off my debts I’ve incurred when I underwent an expensive car repair by selling off a few things on eBay.

Small Brown London Fog Suitcase

It’s a small brown London Fog suitcase.

Small Brown London Fog Suitcase

This suitcase has four wheels and a handlebar that’s retractable.

Small Brown London Fog Suitcase

It’s perfect if you need to pack lightly for a short trip.

Small Brown London Fog Suitcase

Here are the dimensions when the handlebars are retracted:

Height is 24”
Width is 13”
Depth is 9”

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Back in February I saw a livestreaming of the Poor People’s Campaign event in Washington, DC. A month later I saw a different livestreaming that was a national town hall on income inequality in America. Bernie Sanders, Elizabeth Warren, Michael Moore, and Darrick Hamilton discussed the worsening income equality in America. It was amazing to watch. Here are a few screenshots I took of that event.

The four panelists for this town hall were (from left to right) the Milano School/The New School for Social Research associate professor Darrick Hamilton, filmmaker Michael Moore, Senator Elizabeth Warren, and Senator Bernie Sanders.

The next screenshot shows Elizabeth Warren and Bernie Sanders.

Michael Moore talked about how he witnessed the rising income inequality as he made his documentaries like Roger & Me and Capitalism: A Love Story.

Darrick Hamilton also spoke about the rising income inequality.

The town hall included various guests, such as Catherine Flowers, who founded the Alabama Center for Rural Enterprise.

I found the livestream to be amazing, informative, and, at the same time, very depressing. I’ve gone through my share of dealing with tight finances and trying to find work in a bad economy while seeing more and more people becoming homeless. (I’ve been panhandled in the suburbs, which never used to happen. Thanks to more and more people being homeless, they are now in the suburbs as well as the inner city.)

If you missed that event, you can catch it on YouTube at your convenience.

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Yesterday I completed my first week at my new day job. (The gist is that I’m doing basic clerical work for a therapist who also have rental properties on the side plus he’s also handling his late aunt’s estate. I type and file.) Right now the therapist is having me work part-time hours on a trial basis. This may go into full-time hours depending on how much work really needs to be done.

I worked from Monday-Thursday but I ended up having Friday off because the therapist had to be elsewhere that day. I went into work for four hours yesterday and I have the rest of the week off. The therapist’s two children are off from school because right now it’s Spring Break week in the Maryland public schools and the family decided to take an out-of-town trip for the rest of the week. I won’t have to report back until next Monday at 11 a.m. I know it sounds strange to have time off after starting work the previous week but that what happens when one begins a new job just before Easter, Passover, and Spring Break. Yesterday I got my first paycheck from that new job, which was nice. The only downside is that because I’m new on the job, I won’t get any paid vacation days for the week that I have to take off so my finances are still tight.

Right now it’s too soon to determine whether I can support myself with just this job alone or if I’ll need to either take on a second part-time job or look for an entirely new job with full-time hours. So far I’m glad to finally start earning money after being unemployed for nearly two years. (That was when I walked off my last job at a startup after just a few weeks because I wasn’t being paid. That startup ultimately ended up going nowhere so it was just as well that I quit when I did. My former boss did pay me the money he owed me six months later but six months is a long time to wait for a paycheck.)

I have a few well-meaning friends who are excited for me and asking me about my job and I have to tell them that it’s on a trial basis and I have no idea how it will all work out since I don’t know if that part-time job will even turn into full-time work. For now I’m just going to assume that I’m temporarily working at a part-time job and continue to attend networking events. I probably won’t be able to gauge how things are going for at least another two or three weeks.

I’m trying to get out from under my mound of problems stemming from having two hip surgeries while dealing with my husband leaving me soon after the second hip surgery while abruptly turning from a very loving person to becoming cold and nasty while replacing me with a severely mentally ill person whom he married just two months after our divorce was final. I have so many friends tell me that I’m lucky he’s out of my life because they’ve witnessed some pretty strange things regarding him and his wife that I really can’t get into here. At the same time I’m dealing with having my mother struggle with multiple sclerosis, trying to find a job in an awful economy, and the daily insanity that is the Trump Administration.

I have a college degree in journalism with a minor in government and politics. I’ve done the occasional writing and editing gigs but they have all been volunteer. Given the media consolidation that has gone on non-stop since the 1980’s, which has led to fewer and fewer journalism jobs overall, I’ve been pretty peeved that I’ve gone through great lengths to attend college to get that bachelor’s degree only to not have it pan out for me on a professional level. If I had to do it all over again, I probably would have either gone to a post-secondary trade school and gotten an administrative office job or join the military and make that my career instead of going to college.

These days I advise young people with an interest in journalism to either pick a different major with journalism as a minor or do journalism as part of a double major with another field. That’s because the chances of anyone landing a journalism job that pays well are not that great. At least having a non-journalism major would ensure that a person would have something to fall back on in case he/she doesn’t land a journalism job.

Then, again, with all of this media consolidation that’s going on, there is the rise of right-wing Fox News, which is notorious for coming out with slanted biased news that reflect Rupert Murdoch’s ideology. But that’s not all. There’s another right-wing media company, Sinclair Broadcasting, that has been buying up local stations in an effort to challenge Fox News for being the biggest and most pro-Trump media outlet. Sinclair has really been requiring the local news reporters on its own stations to air certain segments that looks more like propaganda than actual news. This past weekend Deadspin.com had compiled a bunch of videos from the Sinclair-owned stations where the local anchors are parroting the same statements, which gives it a totally creepy feeling. Of course this video compilation went viral.

Here’s another video featuring John Oliver which goes further into why Sinclair’s local news teams should be considered as more propagandists than journalists.

Some of you reading this are probably wondering why don’t the journalists who are forced to read their employer’s right-wing propaganda on the air simply quit their jobs. Apparently Sinclair Broadcasting makes their on-air presenters sign this contract as a condition of their employment where if the on-air presenters quit before their contract is up, they can be forced to forfeit up to 40 percent of their annual compensation to the company, be subjected to a six-month noncompete clause, and forced arbitration. Basically Sinclair makes it too expensive for their employees to simply quit. Talk about indentured servitude!

UPDATE (April 5, 2018): A broadcast journalist who works for a local news outlet at a Sinclair Broadcast-owned TV station writes anonymously for Vox.com about what it’s really like to work for Sinclair, which is definitely an eye opener and worth reading.

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I’m currently trying to pay off my debts I’ve incurred when I underwent an expensive car repair by selling off a few things on eBay.

Rubbermaid System Sweeper PC System Vacuum

Got crumbs in your keyboard? You can clean it up quick with this vacuum. It comes with the original box and the original manual.

Rubbermaid System Sweeper PC System Vacuum

This vacuum can also be used on many printers and other peripherals as well. The box mentions that this vacuum should NOT be used with toner powder and laser printers.

Rubbermaid System Sweeper PC System Vacuum

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