Tonight

Diamonds or Light

Tonight is the night

We get it right

Diamonds or Light

no flight or fight

Diamonds or Light

One is in the spotlight

What if we both get the light

Does that work for diamonds or light

Maybe I have to step forward

Diamonds or Light

It’s only right

You fade to black

And I’m Good with that

Someday we’ll both fade to black

Cause that’s where it’s at

But tonight is the night

We switch diamonds and light

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Discussion of The Knight’s Tale by Geoffrey Chaucer

Palamon and Arcite fall in love with Emily. They are arrested and spend time in jail. They both get out and claim Emily. They have to battle to win her. Arcite wins but he is killed by his horse and he tells Emily to marry Palamon. Arcite’s love for Emily shows when he tells her to marry Palamon. He wants her to be happy because she cannot be with him. He knows that Palamon will love her and he gives his blessing.

Are we standing in the way of our friends happiness? Are we contributing to their happiness or are we a part of their downfall? If you ever have to wonder if someone is you friend, just think about all the times they supported you. If no one is around when you need support then all your friends are gone.

Oakland – Reblog

Welcome to our guide to Oakland. The first place we would like to visit is Lake Merritt. The Lake is one of the largest man-made lakes in the U.S. You can rent paddle boats or walk the lake. There is also a bird sanctuary, which is nice if you like birds. I remember as kids we used to run from child-sized geese, but they no longer inhabit the lake. BBQ is limited to Oakland natives. Just kidding! There are places to sit and have a picnic. The lake was renovated in 2018 and it has a cul-de-sac at one end to cut off traffic. You can see the entrance to Fairyland in the picture. The outside path on the lake is about three miles and the inside path is about 1.5 miles.

The pimp

He pimped her

He got what he needed

He tried to take her life but he took as much as he could

He took her money and her peace

He took her self respect

He slapped her in the face with abusive language

She took everything like it was the way to go

She still deals with pain you know

People think she was crazy and she was bad

But inside that house it was always sad

She didn’t tell anyone because they would use it against her

One of her friends found out and she would get put out

Only the angels could have saved her

From the depths of hell she was in

He gave her things but took away her soul

She paid him dearly and he pretended that he was always right

He even sent the goons but God had another plan

He would get justice very soon and everyone would know that he dug out her heart with a spoon

I see God

I was looking for purpose and sometimes I was lost.

I couldn’t be found.

I didn’t even see me around.

I looked for a reason for being.

I looked for a meaning.

I know that I didn’t put myself here because I gave up a long time ago.

I wonder how I made it and then I know.

God gave me a reason. God gave me time because I spent hours wondering why.

He gave me the hardest journey I could imagine.

It lasted longer than I could fathom

Or anyone else for that matter

And my heart fills with laughter.

Discussion of The Alchemist by Paulo Coelho

We are spiritual beings having an earthly experience. Santiago goes on a quest to find treasure. He was happy being a shepherd, but something was telling him to go find the treasure. Sometimes we are searching for happiness, but it is always inside of us. We may think we are looking for a destination, but we should be looking for the journey. It is not about the destination. It is about finding who you are and what is really important because everyone who is looking for a treasure outside of themselves is lost.

Discussion of Beloved by Toni Morrison

Beloved comes back from the dead to be with her family. When she comes back she may be Sethe’s mother or she may be Sethe’s daughter. When she comes back she causes chaos. She is like a baby in a teenage body. She helps Denver escaped the haunted house. She makes Sethe recognize the pain she has caused by trying to kill her children to keep them from slavery. Beloved represents the past and how it is coming back to you whether you like it or not. Are you ready to deal with it?

Discussion of Parable of the Sower by Octavia Butler

Lauren travels California after it has been devastated by climate change. The price of water is high. Violent nomads roam the streets robbing people. Lauren has created her own religion because she believes God is change. Lauren’s family has a neighborhood that is safe most of the time. Her family life is destroyed when marauders come in and kill people. Lauren has to leave with her safety pack that she made for this day. She travels and gathers followers. Lauren has to protect herself from the pain of others, because she has hyper-empathy. Lauren is protecting others after she has learned to take care of herself. We must take care of ourselves first and then when we are strong we can protect others.