“I Am Meth” Poem by Anonymous

I was watching a Buzzfeed video the other day about the stupid things people have done on meth, and the video featured lines of poetry about meth that caught my attention and made me want to read more. Fortunately in the comment section (never thought I would say that), someone posted the full poem. You may have read the poem before since it’s reportedly been around since 2005, but I figured I would share anyway because it’s that damn good. The poem is hauntingly beautiful and even though I’ve never tried or have thought of trying meth, the words struck me to my core.

I destroy homes, I tear families apart, take your children, and that’s just the start.

I’m more costly than diamonds, more precious than gold, The sorrow I bring is a sight to behold.

If you need me, remember I’m easily found, I live all around you – in schools and in town.

I live with the rich; I live with the poor, I live down the street, and maybe next door.

I’m made in a lab, but not like you think, I can be made under the kitchen sink. In your child’s closet, and even in the woods, If this scares you to death, well it certainly should.

I have many names, but there’s one you know best, I’m sure you’ve heard of me, my name is crystal meth.

My power is awesome; try me you’ll see, But if you do, you may never break free.

Just try me once and I might let you go, But try me twice, and I’ll own your soul.

When I possess you, you’ll steal and you’ll lie, You do what you have to — just to get high.

The crimes you’ll commit for my narcotic charms Will be worth the pleasure you’ll feel in your arms, your lungs your nose.

You’ll lie to your mother; you’ll steal from your dad, When you see their tears, you should feel sad.

But you’ll forget your morals and how you were raised, I’ll be your conscience, I’ll teach you my ways.

I take kids from parents, and parents from kids, I turn people from God, and separate friends.

I’ll take everything from you, your looks and your pride, I’ll be with you always — right by your side.

You’ll give up everything – your family, your home, Your friends, your money, then you’ll be alone.

I’ll take and take, till you have nothing more to give, When I’m finished with you, you’ll be lucky to live.

If you try me be warned – this is no game, If given the chance, I’ll drive you insane.

I’ll ravish your body, I’ll control your mind, I’ll own you completely, your soul will be mine.

The nightmares I’ll give you while lying in bed, The voices you’ll hear, from inside your head.

The sweats, the shakes, the visions you’ll see, I want you to know, these are all gifts from me.

But then it’s too late, and you’ll know in your heart, That you are mine, and we shall not part.

You’ll regret that you tried me, they always do, But you came to me, not I to you.

You knew this would happen, many times you were told, But you challenged my power, and chose to be bold.

You could have said no, and just walked away, If you could live that day over, now what would you say?

I’ll be your master, you will be my slave, I’ll even go with you, when you go to your grave.

Now that you have met me, what will you do? Will you try me or not? It’s all up to you.

I can bring you more misery than words can tell, Come take my hand, let me lead you to hell.

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Unusual Jobs of Famous Writers [Infographic]

I love reading about people’s lives before they became famous because it reminds me they used to be in the same boring boat as the rest of us. While the infographic is fun and done well, it would have been cool to see a greater diversity of authors. (I gotta admit though, Jack London being an oyster pirate is pretty bad ass.)

Original source:ย https://unplag.com/blog/writers-weird-jobs/

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#WomenNotObjects – A Step in the Right Direction

This video from Badger & Winters, an advertising agency in New York, has been circulating on social media lately and it’s been reigniting discussions around the portrayal of women in ads. Women being used as sexual objects isn’t anything new, but this is the first time an ad agency is taking this kind of public stance. “Socially conscious advertising” has been gaining traction over the last couple years so I’m not really surprised to see #WomenNotObjects taking off.

In general, I don’t have an issue with sex being used to sell products. Do I think it’s lazy? Yeah. Do I think it’s wrong? To a certain point (in particular, when adolescent girls are sexualized. It’s just so…creepy. ). I think over-sexualization isn’t only a women’s issue, however, men have become over-sexualized too in advertising. There is growing evidence that body insecurity is increasingly affecting men and boys. Sex and unrealistic body ideals may be effective to sell things, but it’s not the only way to do it. Hopefully other agencies and advertisers take a note from this video.

Source: http://www.marketingdive.com/news/ad-agency-vows-to-stop-creating-ads-that-objectify-women/412809/

“Textovert” and the Rise of New Words

I came across a word the other day while scrolling through my Twitter feed that made me stopped what I was doing and think about portmanteaus – two words mashed together to make a new word that combines the meaning of the original two. That word, as you can probably guess, is “textrovert.” (Which, by the way, seems like more and more people are becoming these days, am I right? Don’t get me wrong, I love to text, but if either of our texts start to resemble college essays, let’s just pick up the phone and call each other. It’s quicker, easier, and less annoying to respond back. But I digress…)

I have an affinity for portmanteaus. “Hangry,” the combination of hungry + angry, is a particular favorite of mine. And have you ever heard of “cinemagraph“? That’s another word I discovered in my Twitter feed! It combines “cinema” and “photograph” – basically it’s like a high quality GIF but more refined in its imagery, message, and purpose.

I think portmanteaus are fun because they make language more interesting, and they give us a deeper understanding of how our language, culture, and technology influence each other. Maybe since I work in marketing and love to read, I tend to notice the changes in our lexicon more than others. Then again, it’s probably us pesky marketing people coming up with these new words to begin with! ๐Ÿ™‚ Wherever these new words come from, it’s undeniable that as our world continues to grow, change, and evolve, so will our language.

So, what about you friends? What are some of your favorite portmanteaus?

How You Can Slow Down Time [Infographic]

Yes, yes…another infographic, but can you blame me for sharing this one though? I know I’m not the only one who wishes they could pause life for a couple minutes (or days in my case) to catch their breath from the daily hustle and bustle of life. Well now you can! Kind of. It’s mostly tricking your mind into thinking time is slower since it’s the one responsible for how we perceive time in the first place. Pretty cool, right?

Original source: https://www.keyretirement.co.uk/blog/a-visual-guide-how-to-slow-down-time/

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Join GHNI at “Orlando Magic Brings Hope” Event

If you’re a Magic (or Bulls) fan, “Orlando Magic Brings Hope” is just the event for you.ย  I volunteer at this great organization called Global Hope Network International (GHNI) that helps rural villages in Africa, Middle East, and Asia break the perpetual cycle of poverty. How they do this is through Transformational Community Developmentยฉ which focuses on five key areas to help a village transform itself out of severe poverty: clean water, agriculture, wellness, education, and income generation.

On March 26th, GHNI will be hosting an event at the Orlando Magic vs. Chicago Bulls game at the Amway Arena in Downtown Orlando. By purchasing your ticket through GHNI, you will get early admission, a family-friendly pre-game dinner with guest, Bo Outlaw, meet former Magic players along with an incredible silent auction. Hope we see you there!

To buy tickets: http://www.globalhopenetwork.org/us/

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Writing Music Playlist

Some writers can’t write without music and others can’t write with it, but me…I’m a little bit of both depending on my mood and surroundings. When I’m looking for writing music, I tend to listen to Pandora but I also like using YouTube. Last year, I created a writing music playlist to keep track of songs that I found on Pandora that I really liked when I was getting into my flow. I hope you like the playlist, and please feel free to comment with some suggestions ๐Ÿ™‚ I love discovering new artists, genres, and songs!

P.S. did you know the chills you get when listening to music is mostly caused by your brain releasing dopamine while anticipating the peak moment of a song?? 12 Facts About Music and the Way It Impacts Your Brain