Y2R Adventure 11: Burlesque (PG-13)

What I did:   Watched a burlesque show.

When I did it:   Surprisingly, NOT on our Floriday Keys/Miami trip. I couldn't find a show in the off season. So this was part of the Adults' Only Halloween Party.

The Takeaway/What I learned:   Be more open to the beauty of all bodies. There are none perfect, although this performer is close.

Do Again?:   Why not? Great performance. 

Rant:  Trouble getting a clear shot in the dim lighting.

Rave:  Talent outshines nudity.

Words of Wisdom:   Relax the uptight standards if you're uptight about nudity in art. The classic artists saw its beauty in the imperfections. 


The Classics - A Bucketlist Item

I've added reading 10 classics to my Bucket List, but not my Adventure Challenge, because it's a subset of my "Read 40 books" challenge. 

Image: Jemimus/Creative Commons

Still, I feel like I've missed out when I hear pop culture referencing certain classics that I didn't read or don't remember. 

  1. Zen & the Art of Motorcycle Maintenance
  2. Catcher in the Rye
  3. Frankenstein
  4. Slaughterhouse Five
  5. A Clockwork Orange
  6. Memoirs of a Geisha
  7. The Alchemist
  8. The Four Agreements
  9. The Bell Jar
  10. The Secret Garden
  11. Walden
  12. Wind in the Willows
  13. Uncle Tom's Cabin
  14. The Divine Comedy (not just The Inferno)
I've read most of these:  http://www.marieclaire.co.uk/blogs/543792/15-classic-books-that-you-have-to-read-at-least-once.html
and all of these: http://www.us.penguingroup.com/static/pages/features/tenessentialclassics/
and many of these:  http://www.listsofbests.com/list/11305-100-greatest-books .

I am an English Lit major, after all. So I guess my 10 will fill in the blanks in my pop culture classic literature list.

Here is a list I think I can use. It's an updated classics list. Yum :)

What are your beloved books?? 
What do you still have to read for your Bucket List?


Wise Words from Health Magazine, 12/13

  1. Being dehydrated by as little as 2 % (1-3 lbs) can lead to cramps, headaches & fatigue. Don't wait until you're thirsty to rehydrate. (page 48)
  2. Try Jin Shin Jyutsu, a form of Japanese light-touch energy therapy, to unlock blocked energy. To start, put right hand on top of head & left hand in between eyebrows. Take relaxed breaths for five minutes. (page 55, tip from Julia Millspaugh, RN)  . More help here http://jsj-holds.blogspot.com/
  3. In the aftermath of Newtown, check out 1simplechange.com to see what you can do to keep children safe. (page 60)
  4. "Being personal and specific about gratitude is more important than expressing lots of it." (page 89)
  5. Top 5 things Americans are thankful for (in order):  our families, our freedoms, good health, close friends & ability to practice religion. (Source:  John Templeton Foundation, page 89)


90 Adventures to Go

Updated Adventure List 2/26

Boy, I'm behind. And I need your help to fill out my list. Please comment with your G to PG-13 ideas.

Please help me add more to my list.

My adventure list possibilities, updated periodically with additions and completed activities crossed off. Check back for changes. Feel free to suggest PG-13 options. Thanks!

The Official 100 Adventures List
Original plan:  to be done with 100 new adventures by my birthday 2014.
Yes, I started off with some slow pitches, just to get the ball rolling.

  1. New haircut from new stylist          http://godgirlgoth.blogspot.com/2013/11/y2r-adventure-4-new-do.html
  2. Facial              http://godgirlgoth.blogspot.com/2013/10/y2r-adventure-2-facial.html
  3. Massage               http://godgirlgoth.blogspot.com/2013/09/y2r-adventure-1-massage.html
  4. Flight instruction lesson              http://godgirlgoth.blogspot.com/2013/10/y2r-adventure-3-flying-lessons.html   
  5. New hair color
  6. Permanent tattoo? No. Maybe. Not yet. Are there any alternatives other than henna and temporary tattoos?
  7. Host, no Attend an Adults' Only Halloween Party.         http://godgirlgoth.blogspot.com/2014_01_01_archive.html
  8. Miami trip               
  9. Hang out in the Venus Williams' Royal Palm Presidential sans kids for a few days          
  10. Snorkel in the Florida Keys               http://godgirlgoth.blogspot.com/2013/11/y2r-adventure-6-snorkel-in-florida-keys.html  
  11. Salsa dance    Technically, I salsa-ed right there on that pier, knowing I probably wouldn't make it into a Miami club with how sick I was. http://godgirlgoth.blogspot.com/2014/01/y2r-adventure-9-wear-bikini.html
  12. Go to a reunion.    Yeah. I don't think so. I've never been to a high school or college reunion. Read my upcoming memoir, then you'll understand.
  13. Get my first psychic reading.
  14. Take improv or standup comedy class.
  15. Go on a ghost hunting tour.
  16. My 1st professional bikini wax            (ouch! http://hairremoval.about.com/od/waxing/a/bikini-styles.htm)
  17. Be an extra in a local movie or series
  18. Finish my memoir
  19. Sell memoir in an auction :)
  20. Go scuba diving  **Sadly, initial research is making this look like a bad/potentially fatal idea with my unstable asthma symptoms.**  http://godgirlgoth.blogspot.com/2013/11/fail-1-scuba-diving.html
  21. Go skydiving with my husband.
  22. Enter something into the State Fair           http://godgirlgoth.blogspot.com/2013/11/fail-2-enter-something-into-state-fair.html
  23. Sell my first piece of art
  24. Create Zentangle gifts
  25. Enter scarecrow into local competition.   Not in 2013, but maybe in 2014?
  26. Singing Lessons (my family will thank me :) )  (Thnx to @7SacredPools 4 suggestion.)
  27. Try out for a part in a play. (Thnx to @7SacredPools 4 suggestion.)
  28. Take a cooking class.        upcoming
  29. Make a video short.
  30. Go swimming with the dolphins. (suggested by my sis-in-law. I'm torn btw the experience and the potential harm to the dolphins.)         No.
  31. Collect $ for Trick or Treat for UNICEF or other charity. 
  32. Let youngest son try out for Cub Scouts (I had said "NO!" after his brother's stint.) If he joins, I'll be the one doing the activities with him as a "scout mom".)   He decided to wait until Boy Scouts in Middle School. 
  33. Sign up for running training program.
  34. Finish a 4k.         upcoming
  35. Meditate for 15 minutes a day most days. (Reinstate practice.)   In progress
  36. Do 10 perfect pushups.         In progress
  37. Camp out under the starry skies. (@7SacredPools suggestion, modified.)
  38. Visit one of the great national parks.          In planning
  39. Join Toastmasters.
  40. Visit Georgia's Aquarium.
  41. Pitch/Interview with a TV producer.             Fingers crossed for it to come through.
  42. Read 40 books. (Reading is a luxury in my busy life.)           In progress.
  43. See The Story-A Christmas Celebration. http://www.premierproductions.com/tour/story-tour-christmas-celebration
  44. Take up an instrument & get decent at playing it.               At the beginning.
  45. Girls' weekend away.
  46. Take a pottery/ceramics class.
  47. Carve pumpkins with kids.     Done!
  48. Zip line.
  49. Be part of a flash mob.
  50. Draw funny faces on the eggs in my refrigerator.
  51. Tithe 10% of my advance to some of my favorite causes. :)
  52. Wear a bikini in public.    http://godgirlgoth.blogspot.com/2014/01/y2r-adventure-9-wear-bikini.html
  53. Girls weekend. (Thanks to @lettygarced )
  54. Read 50 Shades of Grey to see what all the hoopla's about, or something racy from Ellora's Cave.
  55. Tour a winery
  56. Go to one of the big parades: Mardi Gras, Macy's Thanksgiving, NY Eve in Times Square etc. (@7SacredPools suggestion)
  57. Visit Biltmore House.
  58. Drive a race car (Thanks to @lettygarced).
  59. Sit on a sandy beach reading a book and drinking a "big giant head" drink. (Us not having an adventure vacation is a BIG deal.)
  60. Couples massage.
  61. Try out for a game show (like Jeopardy, Wheel of Fortune, etc.).
  62. Go camping with family.
  63. Ride/drive jet skis.
  64. Be in the audience of one of my favorite tv shows.
  65. Hire a stylist/wardrobe consultant.
  66. Host my parents' 50th anniversary party or our 20th anniversary party.
  67. Las Vegas trip with shows.
  68. Watch a Broadway show.
  69. Watch a Burlesque show.           Done!
  70. Swim with sea turtles, shark and sting ray.           Done! 
  71. Visit the Florida Keys.            http://godgirlgoth.blogspot.com/2013/11/y2r-adventure-5-keys.html
  72. Stay in a bed and breakfast for the first time.          http://godgirlgoth.blogspot.com/2013/11/y2r-adventure-7-b.html--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------new additions below:-------------------------------------------
  73. Joyce Meyer's 30 in 30 Challenge:  http://joycemeyer.org/articles/ea.aspx?article=take_the_challenge
  74. Write a list of 101 things that make me happy and take a picture of them. 

  75. Go to Paris with my husband.
  76. Host a Mardi Gras dinner/celebration.
  77. Help find 1 missing person or help to bring an open murder case to a close by using my medium & psychic abilities.
  78. Make my husband the Hummingbird Cake he never got for his birthday.
  79. Make sushi with the kids.
  80. Master mixing up 5 cocktail drinks to use when guests come over.  (thebar.com)
  81. Start a memory journal with the husband and kids.
  82. Go visit my BF in NJ. It's been too long since we've seen each other.
  83. Go camping with family.
  84. Learn 5 songs on piano.
  85. Learn to read tarot cards w/o help from book.
  86. Report psychic tips to police.    done!
  87. Go to shooting range. 
  88. Eat vegan for 1 month (to see if I feel better).
  89. Research local art galleries & show portfolio for entry.
  90. Create a collection of art to show at local art galleries.
  91. Buy our vacation/retirement home in the mountains.
  92. Learn to frame and matte art correctly.
  93. Help host a wedding shower.
  94. Walk to nearest town and back for lunch. (Now that's a long hike!)   In planning.
  95. If necessary, have sinus surgery to remove scar tissue or whatever is ailing me.
  96. Bring in $2000 for our elementary school during my last year of the fundraiser I began.
  97. Stain decks and chairs. (Both prettifying & meditative.)
  98. Reach my pre-asthma medicine's goal weight range.
  99. Sell my memoir as a book.
  100. Sell my memoir as a movie.
  101. Go see Joyce Meyer in person.
  102. Buy my first pair of bifocals/progressive glasses.   Done!
  103. Kayak some of the Intracoastal Waterway.
  104. Go back to Linda's Bar & Grill and see if it's still the best tasting burger in CH.
  105. Try that BLT at Merritt's Grill to see if it's worth the wait and the fame.
  106. Upgrade to a king bed for the master bedroom. 
Enough entries added to day. What are you doing? What would you add? Let's hear from YOU.


Interview with Psychic Medium, Justin Chase Mullins

Q:           Introduce yourself.        
A:   I am Justin Chase Mullins, psychic, medium, paranormal researcher and writer.   I was born and raised in the Appalachian Mountains, in the small town of Clintwood, Virginia. The population of Clintwood is 1,000 people.  I am your typical guy, that just happens to have the psychic and medium abilities.  I love to work out, love sports,  and of course I love food.  I am not very "New Agey". I try to maintain a sense of realism and normalcy with what I do.  I am a featured adviser with Best American Psychics,  I am on their wall of fame,  the 2012 Psychic of the Month for November,  the 2013 Awesome Accolade Award Winner. I have appeared on Mysterious World TV.  I tour the country, doing gallery style readings and paranormal investigations.  I have been considered for a few television projects from producers and I am still being considered.  Although,  I don't base my success off of television. I have walked away from a few pitches in the past.  
Q:           Do you consider yourself spiritual or religious? Why, or why not?
A:           I consider myself to be spiritual.   I don't confine myself to the beliefs of religion. I am very guided by love and the desire to help other people. I know that there is an afterlife filled with powerful forces.  We are very powerful as well. We are souls/spirits in a human body. However, I believe that religion can be a great thing to give people the basis to change their life.  I have seen many people battle alcoholism,  drug use, womanizing,  only to find religion and change their ways. Religion provides structure and belief. The act of religion, praying,  and church is very higher vibrational. What I mean by that is simply the act of praying, raises a person's vibrations.   It raises people's moods to a level where we are not lower vibrational.  Symptoms of people that are lower vibrational consists of folks that battle drug problems, people that live in a world of fear,  hate and sadness.  The power of prayer and meditation are very key to raising vibrations. 

On the flipside, religion can be a very bad thing when it's used for war, and hatred. If you look back at the history of mankind, some of the most horrific wars and tragedies have occured because of religion. Look at the Holy Wars occurring in the Middle East,  the Crusades,  World War 2,   religion when used incorrectly is a very bad things. Fractions from the Cathlotic Church to the Knights Templar have abused their power under the guise of religion. 

Q:           What life roles do you find yourself living at this moment in time? Which one(s) surprises you?
A:  I really consider my life role to be similar to the show Highway to Heaven or Quantum Leap.  I "leap" into peoples lives to help them make change and I leap out.  This can range from relationships, to friendships, to associations.  Having the psychic and medium ability has really changed my life. I have the ability to help people make a difference in their life and to reconnect with loved ones.  I am very surprised with how my career has taken off.  I've had the chance to travel previously to such areas as Atlanta, GA,   Savannah, GA,   Wisconsin, Iowa, and on my plate for this year is Texas, New Hampshire, Mass and New York.  It's very humbling to get to share my gift with groups of people in different states. 

Q:           Do you consider yourself “Goth” (see http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Goth and http://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Christian-Goth ) or “Gothic” as interested in the paranormal and curious about the darker side of life? Explain. What word(s) do you use to describe this/these traits?  
A:           I have always been a little bit "gothic". I have been attracted to the works of Shelly, and Poe in literature.  When I was growing up I went through a small phase of wearing black. I like how I look in black and darker colors.  But however,  I wear lots of earthy colors at the moment. I am from the Appalachian Mountains, but have more of a "city" taste in clothes and my lifestyle.  I am most comfortable in jeans, a v-neck t-shirt and leather jacket.   With my work, I am very much in the light. I connect with Spirit Guides and Angels that are in the light.  When I do paranormal investigations. I always experience a spiritual hangover from my energy being around potential dark forces. I always have to take a few days to readjust. 

Q:           What are the most pressing issues facing people today?
A:   The world can be a very depressing place if we allow it to be and dwell on it.   People cope with their depressions in many different ways from adultery, to drinking,  and drug use.  Many people live in a lower vibrational world of no-possibilities where happiness is based upon material things and at the same time "fame".  We live in a world where we worship figures in the media,  a world where we "want it", "gotta have" the latest technology craze. If people are unable to buy these items, then they seem to be a little depressed.  Old fashioned values are out of the window. In marriage,  people are more apt to cheat and leave the marriage. Instead of understanding that marriage is filled with good times and bad times. No relationship is perfect.  Instead of looking to solve problems, people are always making changes.  There is not enough love and good energy.   People truly need to come from a place of balance and higher vibrations.  That can be found in meditating, praying, and learning to take life with a grain of salt.  I have found that folks are more and more "sensitive" to energy. Suffering from anxiety attacks and general depression.  More people are having "spiritual awakenings" and becoming in tune with their natural abilities of intuition.  Folks, are failing to acknowledge these abilities and how to control them. That's why I believe there is so much more anxiety in people.

Q:           What keeps you going when you times get hard? (People, places, things, philosophy, quotes, songs, foods, etc.)

A:           After very draining readings. I tend to grab carbs and sugars.  I need to learn not to grab a bag of chips.  My comfort drink is coffee. It is my life blood what I "jokingly" wake up for in the morning.  I love food but I also love working out. I am in the gym about 5 to 6 days a week doing weight lifting. That is very meditative and therapeutic.   I love music.   I believe that I am one of the few heterosexual males that enjoy Gavin Degraw's music.  I enjoy music in general.  The song, "I dont wanna be" is my anthem.    I have to limit myself with hip hop music,  violent movies or violent video games.  This is due to my profession as a psychic and medium.  Anything with violent content or lyrics can affect my energy. If I play a large amount of Call of Duty for example, when I attempt to sleep or do a reading, in the third eye I will see Call of Duty images. I have to be in a place of positivity and good vibrations.  I really enjoy the work of James Van Praagh. He is really one of the people that I look up to spiritually. I really admire Chip Coffey as well. I had the pleasure of meeting Chip last year at an event that we did together.  Chip is one of the people that I look up to as a psychic.  He really puts it all out there in his public persona he is very authentic. 

One of my favorite quotes is from the movie Rocky Balboa, "The world ain't all sunshine and rainbows. It is a very mean and nasty place It will beat you to your knees and keep you there permanently if you let it. You, me or nobody is going to hit as hard as life. But it ain't about how hard you're hit, it is about how hard you can get hit and keep moving forward, how much can you take and keep moving forward. That's how winning is done!"     

Q:           What is your hope for the future?
A:  My hope for the future in the psychic profession is that the public can have a better understanding of what I do.   The public perception is that we are all "fakes",  fortune tellers, and out to make money.  The work that I do is very serious and spiritual. Nothing like the public perception that has been brought on from such people as "Miss Cleo".   When I do a reading, I provide evenditial information.  What this means is,  I will give people numbers,  describe images,  sometimes names and objects that I have no way of knowing about. I take being a psychic medium very serious. Before every reading I meditate. I cleanse my energy with white sage and make sure that I am working in a place void of sound.  The slightest sound can affect the reading.   I really hope that the public can become more open minded to what psychics and mediums do. At the same time,  I really hope that the public can be better protected from psychics are "scams" or not "legit".  I have read of psychics taking thousands of dollars from people to remove "curses" and etc.  I was tested and certified by Best American Psychics for my ability. 

Q:           What is something about you that no one knows?
A: My Facebook friend and followers know me as the "pie man". I am always posting on Facebook about my love of pie.  My favorite pies are strawberry, lemon and coconut. Although, I try to limit my intake of carbs and sugars with dieting.  Though that hardly ever works out :).  I am the type that tries a diet for a few days and falls off of the band wagon.
See his talent for yourself. Check out his website at http://www.justinchasemullins.com/ .

I'd love to interview you, too! Get the questions at http://godgirlgoth.blogspot.com/2014/02/interview-form-questions.html and email your answers (and a picture, if you like) to donna@starryskiesmedia.com . Thank you and have a blessed day.


What I've Learned So Far From My Adventure Challenge Pt. 1

At the end of 10 challenges, I realize that I have already learned many things.

Some bad, some good: 
  1. Listen to your body and your intuition. Not wanting to disappoint my husband or rob myself of an awesome trip to Miami & the Florida Keys, I pushed past that wise voice telling me not to go and the pain of illness and a broken toe. Yes, I got to do some a-ma-zing things, but not without a steep price. 
  2. Make sure you're willing to pay the price for the adventure.  Four months later, multiple recurring instances of sinus infections, severe bronchitis, re-broken toe and my whole right side out of whack, I'm still healing, not healed. You may pay in another way. Think through the worst case scenario and decide if you're willing to pay that price, if the worst happens.
  3. Life needs adventure, not risk-taking to the point of jeopardy. Don't put yourself in danger to mark something off your list. You need to choose wisely and act with prudence. 
  4. Fear is the greatest reason for procrastination.  Gabrielle Bernstein talks about fears in Day 1 of May Cause Miracles :  "Each of us picks up fear from our past, and re-creates it in the present, then projects it onto the future." So any variation from the norm, like an adventure/bucket list is sure to bring up old/current/new fears. You might believe you're being wise in avoiding risks when you might be avoiding living. See fear through realistic eyes and plan accordingly.
  5. Breaking out of your comfort zone introduces you to the current version of yourself. Maybe the old you didn't like this thing, or you loved this other thing. But if something has changed, you may find yourself craving that thing you never though you'd like or being repulsed by one of your old faithfuls. If so, this is your current self telling you that you've grown beyond and you need more. Should you take a chance, or live confined? Only you know the answer.
  6. You'll never know what you'll find. A new hobby, friend, passion, calling. Aren't you curious?
Well, I'm only a tenth of the way through writing about my adventures. Time to catch you up by writing about the other completed adventures and take on new challenges. See you next Friday for Adventure #11.


Interview with Midas of Fedora Photo

Next up, Midas of Fedora Photo. Check out his twitter feed at http://twitter.com/FedoraPhoto 
and his website at http://t.co/OPLW0Q0fzG .  
On to the interview:

Q:           Introduce yourself.        

A:         My name is Tim but I’ve been called Midas since I was 13. 
Got the name from acting in a play in 7th grade. Twitter name @FedoraPhoto

Q:           Do you consider yourself spiritual or religious? Why, or why not?

 A:        I was at one point both spiritual & religious but in 2008 my views changed. 
Several events forced me to look at life differently and realized that good and evil 
are controlled from within and not from any external influences.    But I have to 
agree with the lyrics from Edie Brickell:  “Religion is the smile on a dog”

Q:           What life roles do you find yourself living at this moment in time? 
Which one(s) surprises you?

 A:       A pretty decent husband, proud father of a 14 yr old son, help desk tech, 
a part time night auditor, weekend photographer, occasional writer and guitar 
player always a smart-alec! As for the surprise it’s the part time job, I hoped that
 our family would be more financially stable so I could spend more time with 
everyone on the weekend.

Q:           Do you consider yourself “Goth” (see http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Goth and
 http://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Christian-Goth ) or “Gothic” as interested in the paranormal
 and curious about the darker side of life? Explain. What word(s) do you use to describe 
this/these traits?

 A:       Although black is my favorite color, I’ll have to go with gothic! Not interested 
in the paranormal, but the dark side of life and what is hidden in all of us. I’d have to 
look back and say the fascination has always existed but it took a few people to bring
it out. My wife, who loves Halloween, brought out the “mad scientist” who loved to
convert our garage into a haunted house/lab and our yard into a cemeteryWatching 
classic horror movies non-stop and inspire me to write of creepy characters. Another person 
sparked my fascination into the darkness of human beings; what was inside of the minds
of Lizzie Borden, Ed Gein, Ted Bundy, etc. to turn to murder?

Q:           What are the most pressing issues facing people today?

 A:           LOL..it’s what to do with all of that lottery $$$. Seriously..it’s the opposite, how do you
stretch out a small paycheck so you can eat, give everyone (landlords, utilities, gas, doctors, cable,
etc.) their cut and have a few cents left for yourself.

 Q:           What keeps you going when you times get hard? (People, places, things, philosophy, 
quotes, songs, foods, etc.)

A:            Knowing that there are 2 people who love me and a dog that loves me but only when I 
have a leash in my hand.  Peanut butter and sometimes just letting the natural instinct to survive 
guide you through.

Q:           What is your hope for the future?

A:      My personal hope, it’s for my son to become an attorney (that’s my goal not his). He’s got the 
personality, charm and smarts to do well in the field.

And to work with a future Miss USA as a photographer! ;o)

I’d love to see us to turn off the TV, put down our gadgets and begin to see the world and its people 
through our eyes, not by what we’re told to see.

Q:           [What question should I have asked you? Who was the biggest influence in your life?]

 A:  My dad, but not for the usual reasons. He grew up in the rough mountains of Virginia during
the Great Depression so that influenced how him and how he treated his family. So I never got 
the impression of love and caring from him growing up and he died when I was 14. So I think the 
seed was planted that I would do the opposite when it was my time to be a husband and dad. 
I believe I’ve succeeded.


Interview with Felix Onyi

I am soooo excited to introduce my first interviewee, Felix Onyi. Better yet, let him introduce himself. Don't forget to check out his inspiring twitter quotes at https://twitter.com/OnyiFelix .

Thanks, Felix!!

1 - introduction of myself
     my name is felix onyi a.k.a onyx, i'm a pastor in house on the rock. we are a vibrant multi-racial, multi-cultural, multi-ethnic congregation with over 7000 worshippers.

presently, i over-see one of our outreach arm known as the urban alternative service where we help, feed, empower and educate the down trodden in our society.
you can be part of it by visiting our website -- houseontherockng.com.

2 - i consider myself spiritual because i'm a spirit, i have a soul and i live in a body.

3 - presently i am living the life that God have called me to live. i am not there yet, but i am not where i use to be.
the one that surprises me is how far God has brought me.

4 - a christian goth should live a christ like life, that way they can affect the society positively.

5 - the most pressing issues facing people today is knowing who they really are and finding out the purpose why they were created.

6 - the father and God of my lord and savior jesus christ keeps me going .

7 - my hope for the future is to see myself fulfilling my life given assignment, which is to empower and encourage others to become all they are created to be.

8 - no question really.


Interviewee, GGG. That's me!

I'll go first. Probably not much of anything you don't know.

Q:           Introduce yourself.        
A:           Donna Reeve, aka GGG
Q:           Do you consider yourself spiritual or religious? Why, or why not?
A:           Both now. I started out Southern Baptist. It was too condemning and too restrictive. After fluttering around all kinds of religions, I realized I missed some of the rituals and the community. I have landed at a United Methodist Church with traditional and contemporary services. Still, my beliefs are so far beyond the scope of that branch of religion...
Q:           What life roles do you find yourself living at this moment in time? Which one(s) surprises you?
A:           Wife & mom, neither a surprise. I am surprised at how often I "fail" my own standards at both. I'm more surprised at what I'm not--a published book author. This destiny is taking its time. I'm getting impatient.
Q:           Do you consider yourself “Goth” (see http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Goth and http://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Christian-Goth ) or “Gothic” as interested in the paranormal and curious about the darker side of life? Explain. What word(s) do you use to describe this/these traits? 
A:           I still wear my eye makeup too dark and often smeared. Given the time and money, I'd always have some shocking color in my hair. In fact, I'm long overdue. I'll have to correct that. More than looks, I consider myself a non-traditional, contemporary traditionalist, if that makes sense. I like to shake up the status quo. I'm a warrior at heart and have to watch myself so I don't blast mean people with psychic energy.
Q:           What are the most pressing issues facing people today?
A:           Keeping track of everything and everyone. You have to specialize to "make it" in this society, yet the generalists are the ones who keep the wheels turning.
               Globally, I believe the environment is our most urgent problem. Dirty energy's bad stuff ripples through all of life. Just look at this global warming/polar vortex trend and fracking. Mother Nature is NOT happy. Neither is God. Look what we've done to His beautiful creation.
               Personally, it's that we forget or refuse to acknowledge that we're spirits having a bodily experience. We're supposed to integrate the two to really live and explore this lifetime.
Q:           What keeps you going when you times get hard? (People, places, things, philosophy, quotes, songs, foods, etc.)
A:           Good people, good music, good food, art, music, quiet fun, nature, etc. Philosophy:  Doing your "best" regardless of what others do BUT  Not burning out by being perfect when "Good enough" will do. It's a balance.
Q:           What is your hope for the future?
A:            That my children find their places in a career where they can follow their passions and in a relationship where they are loved for who they are. I wish this for ALL people, not just my family.

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Interview Form Questions

GGG Interview Form 2/1/14

Thank you for responding to this form interview. Through this interview, I hope to:

1.    Learn more about you.
2.    Let others learn more about you.
3.    Get us both more fans and more exposure.
4.    Have fun.
5.    And eventually cultivate a magazine article out of this collection.

Answer the questions you like, and leave the others blank. PG-13 rating or lower, please.
Don’t forget to include your relevant contact and link info.

With much appreciation and love,
Donna, aka GodGirlGoth

Upping the Ante :)   If you need more incentive to participate, I'll give you a priceless gift.  To my first 7 interviewees, I offer a 5 question psychic reading in exchange for my interviews. Win-win :) I need to practice on others & I'm pretty accurate, so you'll get a good reading and some unbiased insight. Thanks! This should be fun

Q:           Introduce yourself.        
Q:           Do you consider yourself spiritual or religious? Why, or why not?
Q:           What life roles do you find yourself living at this moment in time? Which one(s) surprises you?
Q:           Do you consider yourself “Goth” (see http://www.wikihow.com/Be-Goth and http://www.wikihow.com/Be-a-Christian-Goth ) or “Gothic” as interested in the paranormal and curious about the darker side of life? Explain. What word(s) do you use to describe this/these traits? 
Q:           What are the most pressing issues facing people today?
Q:           What keeps you going when you times get hard? (People, places, things, philosophy, quotes, songs, foods, etc.)
Q:           What is your hope for the future?
Q:           [What question should I have asked you? Insert here]

Your links:  

Please email your answers to me at donna@starryskiesmedia.comYour email return of your answers grants me permission to post your answers on my blog, godgirlgoth.blogspot.com .
I will edit for brevity, PG-13 rating, grammar & spelling issues.

Thank you for your participation. Nice to get to know you. J GGG, aka Donna


ESQUIRE 2/14 Pearls of Wisdom

ESQUIRE  2014:  "Weird Men"
Yes, I do have a subscription to Esquire Magazine. I bought it on the recommendation at the 2013 Write Now! Conference (sponsored by the Triangle Area Freelancers), featured speaker & past Writer's Digest Editor, Zachary Petit.

While I'm seeing some of the freshest, cutting edge writing, I'm learning a lot about men. Okay, some men.

Anyway, here's what I got from this issue:

  1. Helena Bonham Carter, Amy Sedaris & Dora The Explorer (!) make the few weird women list (page 13). Why Dora? Because she "seems a little young to be traveling with just a monkey."  LOL!
  2. Why is Johnny Depp's look "Brillant" and Aerosmith's Steven Tyler "Crazy"? It's a difference between intention and execution. "If...you're simply throwing this and that on and adding a little zing just for kicks...you're inching closer to insanity" (page 18).
  3. Even the "Sexiest Woman Alive 2013," Scarlett Johansson, has flaws:  "She always looks bewildered, regardless of the film's plot. It is as if she graduated from the Kristen Stewart school of acting," says the writer in a letter to the editor (page 21). Spot on ;)
  4. Jimmy Fallon has earned his place as the rightful heir to The Tonight Show's time slot. "...not long after he was born he began to study the men who came before him, and he practiced and he learned and he practiced some more. Before Jimmy Fallon talked for a living, he listened." (page 38).
  5. There is a perfect underwear for all you guys. See the flow chart on page 52 for help. This writer believes that a pair of boxer briefs might be the answer. They're practical, relatively attractive and help keep everything in place. (page 52)

And last but not least...
From their Men Survey:                 
  "A popular web site posts a nude photo of a famous male athlete, actor, or public figure. You...:
  • Ignore said photo. you have no interest in seeing another guy's junk, ever 61%.
  • Look at said photo discreetly. Nothing wrong with seeing what another guy is packin', especially if he's famous. 29%.
  • Look at said photo, and discuss it with your friends, coworkers, etc. 9%.
Go pick up an issue from the stands or the library.


I'm looking for a few good people to interview.

No pressure. The interview will be a Q&A by form on topics related to God (spirituality), Girl/Guy (your life roles) and Goth (paranormal, gothic). And I'll post interviews here.

Are you game?

Once I have the initial Q&A ready, I'll post it here with links to the interview on Twitter and Facebook. All you have to do is fill out your answers and email it back to me at donna@starryskiesmedia.com .

Let the world know who you, your brand and your website are.

Let's have some fun. Thanks!