Photo by Jenny Kaczorowski
Okay so it’ll need a better name, but the idea is amazing!
I want to have a café I can go to when I was feeling depressed. Because sometimes you just can’t stand your home for one more minute, or you want to be around people but not have to talk to them, or you need a safe place to just be.
So this café will have a Quiet Room with soft squishy couches, papasan chairs, and places to curl up. You can be on your computer, read, write, or just zone out. The colors will be soft and inviting. There will be buttons to call for a waitress so no one talks to you unless you want them to.
Photo by Ryan Gessner
There is also be an You Can Do The Thing Room where there will be realistic and cute quotes of inspiration, still comfy places to sit, but also desks and tables with more serious firmer chairs. The colors will be brighter and servers will check in with you to offer food and drink or advice/sounding board/ handholding.
There will be books in both rooms where people can offer advice to how they take care of themselves, or work themselves out of their darker periods. Books where people can write secrets to get them off their chests. Book where people can post poems, pictures of their art, and stories so others can leave encouraging feedback and constructive criticism (if you want it).
The menu will offer foods and drinks that nurture your body and mind, fruits, salads, healthy proteins and teas. And those that nurture your soul: cakes, rich sweet drinks, and cheese carbs.
This is a needed place. It’s awkward to call a friend and say, “Hey I’m in a dark place. Can I come over and read on your couch, but please don’t talk to me. I don’t want to be social, but if I stay in my house for one more minute, I might lose my mind.”
So please someone make this a thing, so I have a place to hang out.
What would you add to this café?
Patrick Stewart stars as Ian Hood, so, yes, you should watch it right now. LOL. This mystery series has Ian chasing scientists turned to the dark side. He investigates and solves crimes involving human cloning, a deadly virus outbreak, global warming, and a deadly cure for cancer.
There are only four episodes on Acorn TV, a streaming web service for BBC shows. SWOONS.
This was a very fun series. As always, Patrick Stewart is wonderful.
I couldn’t find an official trailer but here is a fan made one.
Photo by Debra Kristi
Seriously, I think this is a great idea.
First off, working with kids in the foster care system for the past eight years has made the words ‘mom’s boyfriend’ or ‘stepdad’ something that makes my stomach clench. AND yes, there are a lot of amazing men out there, but if a single mom wants to get laid wouldn’t it be nice for her to be able to go somewhere safe and not have to bring a guy to her home?
Or go to his home? In a country where one out of every four women is raped, getting our needs for sexual intimacy met can be very frightening. Sex shouldn’t be scary.
Which is why we need a brothel for women. A safe place where an exchange of money for services is clear. Expectations are clear, as are boundaries. A place where a women could explore kinks. Or maybe have a romantic dinner and sex after. A place where our weight, stretchmarks, age won’t be something we have to worry about.
A place where women healing from rape and/or sexual abuse can hire someone she knows will stop when she says “no” and won’t be hurt/frustrated/angry with her. A place where she can work to reclaim her sexuality before seeking out a partner.
Really, I think it’s an amazing idea. It could even be like a spa, get a mani-pedi, massage, have a lovely meal, and awesome sex.
No worrying about getting or not getting called by the guy.
No worrying about what he wants, if he’ll use you, if he’ll hurt you or your kids.
A safe place to explore and enjoy your body and sexuality.
So what do you think? Am I the only one who sees the potential here?
I didn’t realize my life was missing a mockumentary about vampires until I watch What We Do In The Shadows. This shows the ‘real’ struggles of centuries old vampires trying to find their way in the modern world. This is a slow movie, but funny, and it’s also classified as horror, and while, yes, they feed, and there are some bodies, I don’t remember it being very scary.
If you are a vampire fan and enjoy darker comedies, I think you’ll enjoy this movie.
I love mysteries, especially ones set in other countries, so this drama set in Auckland, New Zealand, was perfect. Fun little mysteries, quirky, engaging characters. I really enjoyed the first season of this show and look forward to watching more.
A creepy horror /mystery set in Italy. A combination of modern horrors and ancient powers force Jenny into searching for the truth hidden under her estranged father’s home.
This is a movie that builds. There are clues and things that obviously aren’t quite right, until all the different puzzle pieces come together. I will say I was surprised by what was really going on. I hadn’t guessed the truth, which was fun.
I enjoyed it. Not amazing but a creepily fun way to spend a few hours.
Teenagers frequently come into magical powers in fiction, my characters included. Of course it’s an metaphor for puberty, the power of their budding sexuality, and their maturing into adults.
But I also think it’s an expression for the forces of nature that teenagers become.
Your average eight year old feels things intensely and their emotions—joy, anger, sadness, happiness—surround them.
Teenagers are different; they fill a car, room, house with their seething anger, soul crushing pain, ecstatic joy, or gleeful happiness. No one is immune as their emotions take on an almost physical presence—filling every corner, attaching to the air you breath, sticking to your skin.
We write about teens coming into magic powers because in a way they are. They are usually blind to it, unaware of the effect they have on others, but we can feel the power of their adult emotions, the strength of their hearts and there is no getting away from it.
Photo by Jussi Ollila
Acceptance, breathing, drinking, and trying to build up psychic armor is all you can do until the current emotional storm passes, and you can breathe for a moment. Until the next thing happens which makes their teenage world explode.
I love vampire movies, even bad vampire movies, so I’m surprised it took me this long to watch Let the Right One In, the original. This is not a fast paced attack the sexy vampire movie. This is a movie about a sad little boy who finds a friend in his new neighbor who happens to be a vampire trapped as a 12 yr old girl.
The vampire was very well acted, she switched between a killer needing blood, a lonely 12 yr old child, and an immortal being. It blended very well and I found it to be an interesting story.
I’m not sure it was a happy ending. It wasn’t an unhappy ending, but only you can decide if the ending is happy or not.
So this was a super creepy movie, not foreign but I wanted to talk about it anyway.
Great actors, well done, super creepy. It’s dark humor, but a bit too dark for me. If you like really dark, dark comedy and don’t mind a lot of cussing, and gory moments then you might want to check it out.
I did learn never ever let the cat guide your actions cause they are amoral assholes.
Legacy of the Feathered Serpent is LIVE!!!!!!!! I’m so excited!!!!
First an ancient Phoenix King and Queen and now a sleeping Mayan god, could Sapphire’s life get any weirder?
Sapphire. 15 years old, strong, intelligent, with newly acquired Phoenix powers. She travels through South America, with her recently-discovered family. Performing with Cirque de Feu Magique as a cover, the Children of Fire respond to the need of magical creatures to return home to Akasha.
Powerful beings take a dangerous interest in the creatures they are called to save. The challenges of growing leadership and conflict with a Mayan god force Sapphire to realize she’s stronger than she thought.
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