Maven Moment

A Birthday Thank You from Las Vegas.

A Birthday Thank You from Las Vegas.

From a city where I turned 21, a long time ago, I wanted to say thank you to the loving Joyner family for having me tag along to their family reunion at The Jockey Club way back when to celebrate with Shannan, Beth, Tina, and Meganne, my wonderful high school girlfriends. I turned 21 on the dot in the Aladdin which is now where Planet Hollywood stands — that was such a great trip. Respects to Dick and Dottie Joyner who are no longer with us and were such kind, dear, fun people who made me part of their family during my high school years in Wheaton, IL.

Despair. Disappointment. Disgust.

Despair. Disappointment. Disgust.

I see a lot of social posts about despair, disappointment, disgust, and “what is happening?”

The dismantling of one’s ideals and what we thought is true, of who we are and what we stand for as a people is disheartening.

But you are not the first nor the last that this will happen to, it is and has been happening since time began.

For new ground to be broken, there will be cracks and fissures that swallow people up whole.

Funk is…. making something out of nothing @Bootsy_Collins @GrandPerfs

Funk is…. making something out of nothing @Bootsy_Collins @GrandPerfs

So, the funk mothership lands and all you see is a beam of light, and a hear a bassline and horns that make your booty shake. And bad ass, shining star Bootsy Collins comes through the entire crowd, walks on water and hugs you. I say hot damn. I’ve been shaking tail to Bootsy, Parliament Funkadelic and James Brown since I was a kid — the bassline and horn sections of that music live in my heart.

Geekricans, #ComicCon #PuertoRico

Geekricans, #ComicCon #PuertoRico

Geekricans is my new favorite word.

Heroes come in many shapes and forms.

Puerto Rico is still recovering from Hurricane Maria.

4,600 people dead.

Countless homes and hearts destroyed.

Attitudes of carelessness avail.

Electricity still not back on many parts of the island.

Recovery isn’t a one-time shot, it is daily and happens over decades.

Puertorriqueños are kicking ass, but they still need our help.

Dear Ms. Newman, Sincerely, The Management. #innervoice

Dear Ms. Newman, Sincerely, The Management. #innervoice

Dear Ms. Newman,

It has come to our attention that you gave that little shit inner voice space this week, yours in particular, you know the one with the guilt and the worry. And it is our profound suggestion that you complete the following:

Shut that shit down

Apologize to yourself

Let it go

Namaste if you need that

And get back on track being a light for this world.

We only say this because we love and adore you and your light is needed in this chaotic world of ours. And, hey, always remember your “why.”

Friends don’t let friends be blue, for too long.

Sincerely,

The Management

Happy #19thAmendment Day — 99 Years and We Need Just One. Women Received the Vote Today. Illinois Ratifies the #ERA.

Happy #19thAmendment Day — 99 Years and We Need Just One. Women Received the Vote Today. Illinois Ratifies the #ERA.

History. Her story was made last Wednesday by the State of Illinois ratifying the Equal Rights Amendment 45 years after it was approved by Congress and 36 years past the 1982 ratification deadline.

And TODAY, 99 years ago, the U.S. Senate passed the 19th Amendment.