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How LONG DO I STARE AT THE SCREEN!?

I have 6 .. thats right SIX drafts right now… just sitting there. UGH. I didn’t know writing would be so hard. Over a dozen years ago I could write any one a hand written letter… seven pages long without even thinking of it. I would have this journal with me.. well multiple journals with me… and I would write and sketch and write and sketch and write like it was the last words I would ever say. I use to have a Live Journal and a My Space that I would cling to …. omg I think I even have a Dead Journal out there in the universe. I don’t remember any of the names… or the names but the emails they were married to no longer exist. I can’t wait to figure that out one day. I will laugh so hard when I see whatever it was that I was going through that I THOUGHT I couldn’t. Late teenage/early adult angst…. the best right????haha.
Angst is a funny thing that sticks to you like glue.  The definition of angst is “a feeling of deep anxiety or dread, typically an unfocused one about the human condition or the state of the world in general.”  When you grow up with angst you don’t seem to quite get over it like you get over other things. You can get over jealousy and you can even get over love; most of the time it isn’t true love. You can get over being angry or being sad, but to get over angst is to get over an entire mental process. When you surround yourself with angst at a young age it becomes a mindset, it becomes your entire view into your adult life. Perhaps you really do suffer from anxiety so you have it going in to your adult life, you dread going to school and therefore you learn to dread going to work. You are upset over the human conditioning in the world and that again leads to your general disposition of your adult life leading into the rest of your life. Think about it. ….
A generation of kids growing up with Nirvana, Pearl Jam, Stone Temple Pilots, The Smashing Pumpkins, Bush, Marilyn Manson, KORN, Rage Against The Machine, etc. becoming parents. Think about it, really, think about it.


So in all of my drafts that I kind of see as a waste of momentum that I had only for a few moments, I am really trying to sit down with my thoughts. Nathaniel Ratliff is on in the background and it will be followed by Ben Howard. Yesterday we had a great listening session of Thelonious Monk and Miles Davis, and earlier today I was listening to … you guessed it.. Today by The Smashing Pumpkins. My 8.75 year old; hes close to being 9 and reminds me how close he is; loves that song. I was listening to Pink Floyd earlier this week and I also jammed out to Outkast. My musical taste is all complete feeling. I never listen to anything that doesnt move me. Sometimes I love to dance, I mean just love to dance around my house completely unaware of anyone that lives with me and sing my heart out while I shimmy around. Other times I want to sit with some deep heartfelt music that just touches my soul, and perhaps I need to call my parents so if I throw on some Carol King or Jethro Tull it will make our conversations a little more meaningful. Every once in a while I want to just throw my husband through a loop and I will throw on some Stevie Wonder and LifeHouse and anything that I can slow dance with him to in our kitchen.. ya know….. just because I want intimacy without sex.  I love holding someone close to me and a spontaneous commitment of body touching for 4-10 mintes. MEN listen up… your woman; or man or whomever you are with; wants you to pull her close and do something a little silly, a little intimate, and something that will make her grin when she remembers it. Ya’ll have no idea what grabbing a woman by her waist to her favorite song and dancing with her will do, something that is so underrated in a sexualized generation. I feel like men have lost their intimacy while women have gained theirs. This isn’t because of our born sex, or because of any political naming, this is just my opinion.  Maybe you could get laid more if you empowered your partner you know? Men see empowerment as their strength when it comes to sex but you know that a woman leads in the bedroom? I mean sure you could pump and dump one right in, but in all honesty, it is her that can make sex into love making. And of course if you are two men, two women, two … human beings of whatever you claim your nature to be.. this applies to you as well. Remember that the better your partner feels about themselves the more open they can be with what they want and I think that we have lost that in a generation that is full of angst.  We are filled with too much inside of ourselves from our past to really explore what is the truth of our nature. I know this blog has gone a bit 180 but its how my mind works.


My last note is to remind you of something:
Life is really short and a lot of people have a lot of shit going on. So keep thinking of yourself. We are often told about how tougher it is to be someone else so it musst be a sham how we feel… but its not. how you feel is how you feel and i am really starting to get pissed every time I HAVE to play some pissing contest of WHO HAS IT WORSE? Its not a competition. ALSO FUUUUUUUCK LET ME SAY THIS…

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change  <—fuck you keep trying to change it all the fucking time

The courage to change the things I can<—-YOU CAN CHANGE THE WORLD you need the courage to CHANGE EVERY SINGLE THING YOU WANT AND IVE GOT YOUR BACK

and the wisdom to know the difference<—-YOU ARE THE BEAST TO CHANGE ALL THE THINGS IN THE WORLD. EVERY VOICE MATTERS. YOU DON’T NEED WISDOM, WISDOM COMES FROM AGE AND YOU JUST GO WITH YOUR GUT AND MAKE A DAMN DIFFERENCE EVERY WHERE YOU GO!

 

Much love.

Miles

 

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Episode 15: The Age of Aquarius, A Conscious Universe, Astronomy vs Astrology and Coffee!

Miles & Crawford are back this week to take a walk on the weirder side of things. Are we in the Age of Aquarius? We talk about Astronomy vs. Astrology, Pseudo-Science, Planet effects, touch on physics just a bit and then get distracted and meander into random topics before bringing it all full circle just as we do every week!

Episode 10: Women! Equality! Suffrage! Progress? Season Ender!



13This week we ended Season 1 with episode 10! Ohio, known for its lovely winter weather means that Miles & Crawford will have a harder time reaching each other to podcast so we are ending our season with the first attempt at MC Variety hour, Coast to Coast! This also enables us to record episodes more often as we are hoping to bring you a new episode on a weekly basis with this awesome new way of recording. We still have some kinks to work out with sound but we think this is going to be an awesome way to bring you regular content more frequently. That’s right! Exciting things are happening!

So what did we talk about in this episode? Well we’ve touched on Women’s rights here and there and our own history, we’ve talked about the Women’s March in January 2017 a few times, and of course ranted about women’s health issues that are always in the news, because you know, they need to be policed, policied, controlled and ruled over by the government.

This episode starts us off on a several part series on the Women’s Movement for equality.  Each episode will examine a different decade or generation of women and how they have advanced or pushed back against the status quo, culminating in where we are today versus where we were around 1900, and where are we headed in the future? This episode focused on securing the vote, equal pay, home roles, the mental load, and trying to break into male-dominated fields.

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Join us as the weather turns a bit chilly as we explore our own history and talk about how we are shaping future generations, breaking barriers, securing basic human rights and equality.

As always, Thank you so much for listening, reading,  or supporting us, in general, it’s greatly appreciated! We hope you enjoy listening and join in on the conversation!

 

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Get Out and Fucking Vote!

According to an article I was reading today from thehill.com linked here, I found some interesting facts at the end of the article that made me really think about our voter population, how many people are registered, and how many people voted in the last major election. The article focuses on a Fox News Poll conducted during the last days of August 2017. Currently, Mr. Trump is sitting at a low of 41% percent approval, which is still baffling that it’s even that high. Have we really not learned the lessons of our ancestors?

There are an estimated 200 million registered voters in a country of about 323 Million. So 41% of 323 Million is 82 Million that theoretically approve of how Trump is doing. (The Fox News Poll only sampled little more than 1000 registered voters and demographics are not mentioned.) In the last election, only 58% of registered voters made it to the polls, of those voters:2016 registered voters

Another troubling thing I read was this small paragraph:

“Fifty-six percent of respondents to the survey say Trump doesn’t respect racial minorities, and only 35 percent approve of his response to the deadly white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., earlier this month.”

So, 35% of around 1,000 people amounts to about 350 people. 350 people. Really. They walk, hate and live amongst us, my friends.


Sources on voting data:

https://fivethirtyeight.com/features/registered-voters-who-stayed-home-probably-cost-clinton-the-election/

http://www.politico.com/story/2016/10/how-many-registered-voters-are-in-america-2016-229993

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Voter_turnout_in_the_United_States_presidential_elections

http://www.pbs.org/newshour/updates/voter-turnout-2016-elections/

 

-C

Episode 8: Racism, Heritage, Ugly Crying, Lamps & Back to Garrett!

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MC Variety Hour is back this time with another enthralling episode where we meander through a conversation about Racism, current events in the news, White Supremacy, veer off into ugly crying, passion for ugly lamps, and finally get back to Garrett.

 

Tiny Town Bartending & Political Conversations in Trump Country.

Image result for upper sandusky aerialI live and work in a small farming community in Ohio. 70% of the county voted for Donald Trump. I work as a part-time bartender and listen to the majority of our patrons discuss politics and current issues regularly, as the news is always on at least one TV. The one thing I keep hearing is how he’s ‘shaking things up, tearing down the establishment!’ from people. Maybe that’s true, and while we do need reform in Washington I don’t think that Donald Trump is the way to go. As referenced in the Mother Jones article linked at the end of this post- Politico obtained a transcript of his interview with WSJ, here is unedited Donald, giving non answers and stringing vague, nonsensical words into sentences:

BAKER: What have you been doing, Mr. President, sort of behind the scenes?

PRESIDENT TRUMP: A lot. A lot.

What?

“You know, a lot of people say – they say, well, but the United States is large. And then you call places like Malaysia, Indonesia, and you say, you know, how many people do you have? And it’s pretty amazing how many people they have.”

um…

What boggles my mind is the fact that these people listen to him talk but don’t seem to hear, process, or absorb-there is no substance or depth to his words. Trump is and always been just a salesman, talking in doublespeak and trying to make a quick sale. It’s such a whirlwind of an experience that a person is nodding along agreeing to what he says without realizing none of it made any sense- but there sure were a lot of words and assurances that they like to hear.

I struggle everyday listening to the conversations, but keeping my own very different opinion of politics to myself behind a frozen smile. Something I heard the other day after the news about Transgender people in the military was “Good! I don’t like those people they ain’t right!” or “Well I don’t agree with those people anyways, those are sick people!” “He’s gonna build a wall and get rid of the all the illegals, who are just feeding off the system anyways!” Again, this is a farming community with a robust migrant community in the summer picking months…. If they met a Transgender person and didn’t know they were Transgender, thanked them for their service, shook their hand, would they  then recoil when finding out the military personnel they just showered with accolades was a transgender person?

I guess I should mention I live in a extremely religious town, with 10 churches for a population of just over 7,000 in town in a county with a population of 22,000. I hear over and over again how people love what he’s doing but don’t give specifics, like they just enjoy the chaos and doom on TV everyday, as though politics were or are a reality show. Are they right though? So many people want things to change in Washington. Is Trump the catalyst? Will he be our turning point? Will America finally look at it’s ugly reflection in the mirror and see the deep lines of shame, the wrinkles of stagnation and archaic views, her cruel superficial eyes staring back? Will we resolve to do better?   How much longer will our elected officials hold out, putting party and personal interests before country?  I hope this is the catalyst, the ending to what 9/11 kicked off in this country.  I worry everyday about our future, the world we are giving to our own children, their children and down the line.

I realize that older generations have seen chaos and craziness at times in this country, but it always brought about change in one way or another. Which way will we swing this time? How far will fall behind or will we leap ahead into a new era focused on knowledge, prosperity for all, conservation and a clean environment, probing into new sciences and medical breakthroughs? Will I finally get a darn flying car?

-C

Donald Trump Knows Nothing About Health Care, Taxes, or Trade