DADDY: Reflections of Father-Daughter Relationships (Cover Reveal)

Hi Loves, It’s been a minute since I’ve posted anything here but please check out the cover reveal of my friend’s new book. I was privileged enough to contribute my own Father-Daughter story to this book as well. Hope everyone has a Happy Easter!

K E Garland

I write to inspire. I write to motivate people to re-think social issues. I write to raise women’s voices because, although women make up nearly half of the world’s population, many times our experiences are not heard, and subsequently, devalued.

To that end, I’ve compiled another anthology. This time, I’ve invited 13 women to write memoirs centered on their father-daughter relationships. Over the next couple of months, I’ll introduce you to ten of the writers. Each Friday, they’ll explain why they wrote and what they hope to accomplish by participating in such a project.

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SYNOPSIS

A father’s presence is important in a daughter’s life. He is the first man a little girl sees and knows. He demonstrates how men relate to women.

But what happens when the father-daughter relationship is dysfunctional? Daddy answers that question.

Included are fourteen memoirs that describe the impact a failed father-daughter relationship can have…

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Rain – Blog Guest – What Sandra Thinks

Today I’m featuring What Sandra Thinks as she keeps it more than real with days that bring a disheartening truth to life. We all have those moments where nothing seems to go right in our world. Some of us more than others. Our foundations are all cracked below the surface in some type of way. We need a “fixer” to come in and repair the cracks to our foundation but can we even be fixed? She continuously pours her heart and soul into her writing and we’re fortunate enough to read it and catch her feels and share the pain. Good news is, we have each other and are able to let our words flow here and have the support, understanding and friendships we’ve made here to help us push through. Check it out and please pay her a visit…….

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There was a time
When the rain calmed me
The peaceful drops falling
Running down my window
Light reflecting off the pavement

But times have changed
The rain pours harshly
Soaking the dirt beneath
Leaving my shoes muddy
Making simple things difficult

I hate the rain
Complicating things
Making a bad day worse
Hiding all but the grey
Totally fucking with my head

Engaging Sandra

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Hi Loves,

It’s been quite a whirlwind lately in my life. Hence the reason why I’ve not written anything original for a while now. I’ll spare you the details for now because today I want to write about someone that is very special to me. Honestly, some of the best people I know are here in the blog world. I love that you can meet complete strangers here and have this overwhelming connection with them. I believe that I’m not the only one that has experienced this right? I have made an incredible friend, my as well call her family because I tell her everything whether she wants to hear it or not. She’s my person I believe.

No Guys, get your head out of that gutter. Not THAT person but she gets me and I get her. It’s as if we were born twins and didn’t know it and found each other. She’s loyal, dependable, and so many wonderful things to me. That’s why I’m featuring her here today on my blog. I want you to see what I see in her and read my perception of her…..I’m hoping she doesn’t get too embarrassed with my thoughts and love for her. Yes, I love her, although we’ve never met in person. One day I do hope to meet her and no doubt it will be absolutely fucking epic. If this should ever happen, watch out world because there will be trouble…the fantastic kind, of course. Please dive into her blog by clicking on two of my favorites below. Some of you are possibly already following Sandra. I’ve got news for you, I’m her biggest fan, so there’s that. Ha. I’ve even seen a glimpse of her once too and she is breathtaking. But, we’re not discussing looks here, it’s about her words, thoughts, imagination and her majestic individuality.

She would love to welcome you over and she always gets to know her followers so be sure to show her some comments and thoughts. Thank you for stopping by…….Enjoy!

Sandra

She’s marvelously starry-eyed with her fiction. My favorite series she’s ever written is Back To You

She’s even rightfully imaginative and scorching hot at times with her poetry. This one is alluring and gives me the sex feels….. Try It On

She’s perplexed, mysterious and hushed at times which leaves you wanting more. You’re eager and curious as you find yourself entranced in the deepness of her thoughts. She’s just enough disturbed, authentic, and genuine for you to feel the need to peel back the assortment of layers to find the hidden glow. Although she has frustrations with the roller coaster of life, there’s a tiny light that flickers in her secluded disposition that you can reach….only if you get through the tangled obstacles. She’s delicate yet verified and without a doubt unforgettable.

 

 

 

 

Pretty Pretty Please

I’ve written on this subject before. I have a few friends that suffer from depression. Bipolar depression. It runs in my family too. I’m one of the fortunate ones that hasn’t had a problem with depression before. Don’t get me wrong, I have plenty of things wrong with me… RMS (Restless Mouth Syndrome), overly confident, bossy, and the list goes on. But, it’s extremely hard on people with depression as there are days where they don’t feel like they’re enough. They feel as if their world is swallowing them up. They’re in pain mentally and trapped by these voices in their heads putting them down constantly.

I don’t necessarily understand it all but I can tell you it’s hurting them tremendously. My heart aches for these people. I have one friend that I adore. She struggles daily and has had this horrible sickness her entire life. She’s so talented, smart, funny, witty, sarcastic and just overall one of the most beautiful people I know. But yet, she can’t find that happiness and is constantly in the fight with those horrible demons in her head telling her she’s not good enough. I’ve told her in the past to punch those demons in the throat and tell them to f*** off. If only it were that easy…..I’m a fixer. I want to fix people. I want the whole world to be happy and confident and accepting of each other and themselves. Why can’t I fix it? Why can’t we fix ourselves? Life isn’t fair sometimes is it?

Well, maybe this is a little start. This is such a good song and when I hear it I think of my friends that suffer from depression and have such a difficulty getting out of bed and functioning. I hope this helps just a tiny bit today for those who are suffering with depression. With whatever battle you’re fighting whether it’s being body shamed, bullied, not fitting in, not meeting societies standards add this song to your playlist and I assure you it will get you through some tough days. P!nk is such an amazing artist and the words are incredible. So, turn up the volume and remember you’re enough.

As for my friend, whether you believe it or not, pretty, pretty, please, don’t you ever, ever feel like you’re less than f**kin’ perfect.

 

80’s Part I Male Artists/Hits + Cars

This week we begin the 80’s era of music & cars. I remember more from the 80’s than I do from just last week. So many fun times in the 80’s. I could wear my hair naturally without doing a damn thing to it because big hair was in. It was the day and age of Aqua net, jelly shoes, bright neon colors, head bands, big belts, and epic music.

1981 – The Cars – Shake It Up – I am a big Cars fan. I loved them so much it’s part of the reason I chose my vanity plate on my mustang. SHKITUP Such a fabulous song!

1981 Red Cadillac Eldorado Convertible – What a classic right? Beautiful car.

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1982 – Michael Jackson – Beat It – RIP MJ – You had so many hits and there wasn’t one that I didn’t like. But, this one, this is my FAVORITE. Loved the video, the song, the dancing, every single thing about it.

1982 Lamborghini Countach 5000S – There’s something about a Lambo that I love. Maybe the clean curvy lines or just how fast it will go.

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1983 Duran Duran – The Reflex – This one brings back fun memories of my friends and I dancing around in our PJ’s with tennis rackets, maracas, and bed posts using them as microphones or for air guitar. We LOVED Duran Duran. Bow down to their hair too will ya? They had fabulous hair, you have to admit.

1984 – Kenny Loggins – Footloose – I had numerous slumber parties and we would watch this movie over and over again. We were so crazy about Kevin Bacon. 🙂

1984 Chevy Monte Carlo SS – One of my dearest friends had one of these and we loved it. I can remember wearing bikinis and washing it every Saturday that summer. This was a bad ass car.

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1987 Def Leppard – Pour Some Sugar On Me – No matter where you’re at…when this song comes on and Rick Allen (Drummer) rolls out the beat you feel an electric shock run through your veins….

1987 Ford Mustang Notchback – One of my best friends had one of these with T-Tops and we would cruise for hours blaring Def Leppard and racing guys in this hot fast ride.

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1988 Billy Ocean – Get Outta My Dreams, Get Into My Car – This song makes me want to get up and do my white girl dance….you know the one that Carlton always did on Fresh Prince Of Belair? I can’t get enough of Billy Ocean. I recently (a month or so ago) saw him on The Tonight Show with The Roots and he sounded amazing, hasn’t changed much at all. He just has long dreads now but same ole’ Billy – he’s simply incredible!

1988 VW Rabbit Cabriolet – All of the cool cheerleaders drove these in high school. I wanted one so bad. But honestly, this car didn’t fit my personality. I wasn’t a cheerleader, I actually tried out and wasn’t good enough…I was more of the type of girl that needed a big motor in my car so I could race boys. But, this was a cute little ride. I always loved them.

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This wraps up this segment. Stay tuned for my Monday post. Not sure if I’ll have time to do a Mullet Monday. I might need to recycle one of my older posts for our Monday boost. Have a great Sunday loves!

1970’s Part II Male Artists/Hits + Cars

Hi Loves, we’re back with the second part of the 70’s. I’m diggin’ it!

1973 – Bennie & The Jets – Elton John – There really is no need in going over the many accomplishments of Sir Elton Hercules John Is there? What a star! So damn talented.

My ultimate dream car….I keep putting it on my Christmas list but I’m obviously not a good girl because Santa has failed to deliver it to me yet. I would give my left kidney for this car, I’m serious! It’s a 73 Mach 1 Mustang – Photo Credit: 7173 Mustangs

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1976 – Shower The People – James Taylor – I can’t think of one person I know that doesn’t like this song. James Taylor is such an essential part of my life. I grew up listening to him and his songs were all stories. It was almost as if he was a distant relative that sang to me and helped raise me. I feel a strong bond with James Taylor. His music is tranquilizing to me. He comforts me with his words.

I couldn’t resist the 1976 Chevy Camaro LT75 back in the day. Clean curves and dashing to say the least. Photo Credit: Pinterest

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1977 – Brick House – The Commodores – Funky, soulful, and hip guys. They really knew how to entertain. Their moves, harmony, fashion sense and happiness got us moving didn’t they? And praising the curvy women in this song, thank you lord! This song is iconic and everyone knows it.

1977 Chevrolet Monte Carlo – Photo Credit: Pinterest – My Mom always wanted one of these and this exact color. She never got one but it was a beauty back then. Knowing my Mom she would’ve hit the house with it, look at it, it’s a yacht practically.

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1978 – Mamma’s Don’t Let Your Babies Grow Up To Be Cowboys – Waylon Jennings – Although I’m not a country music fan I can remember riding around in the pick up truck with my Dad driving down a dirt road with me beside him. He took me fishing one day and I caught my very first fish. When I caught it I made the big mistake of jerking my pole and the fish landed in my long white curly blonde hair. My Dad had to pull out his pocket knife and cut it out of my hair. I had a huge hunk of hair missing but a huge grin on my face because I had caught a big fish. So, this song brings back some good memories.

1978 Ford Pickup Truck – Photo Credit: Pinterest – This looks a bit like my Dad’s truck back then although his was a funky green color. Lots of great memories in Dad’s pickup before he and my Mom divorced.

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1979 – Lonesome Loser – The Little River Band – I don’t know what it is about this song but I can’t get enough of it. I listen to it all the time on Spotify. The Little River Band was formed in Australia – Who knew? If you want to catch up with them and see what they look now, I’ve included their website here…. Little River Band

For this year I chose the 1979 BMW M1 – There’s something about this body style I love. Photo Credit: Pinterest

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Alrighty then, hoping each of you have a terrific Sunday! Stop by tomorrow for Mullet Monday 🙂

Dear Vital Records

In Honor Of Veteran’s Day For Pops

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It was 1966 and my Dad had joined the Army in hopes of fighting for our beautiful country The USA. He was pumped to be going to Vietnam. First stop was Germany. Germany was a blast and the beer and women were endless. He was a MP for a year and came home for a quick visit and would soon be flying over to Vietnam, his dream was about to happen.

My Dad you see was one of those hell bent kinda guys that wanted to be the bad ass mother fucker to go in with guns blazing. Little did he know that my Grandmother had other plans.

While home visiting his parents on that short break in the US he received a call from a Lieutenant. The Lieutenant informed my Dad that he would be reporting for duty at a Fort in the US and would not be returning…

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