I hope that everyone celebrating today, enjoy their fete. Enjoy the time with family, friends, or a simple quiet day. The holiday experience is different for everyone, but find some peace and warmth in these special moments, these times. I’m always grateful to be in the company of my family during this time and others. Find some grace and thankfulness in yet another occasion to eat, talk, or listen. Yes, I’m foremost on family. I hope you find your base today and enjoy.
It seems like we’ve been waiting forever for Season 8 (S#) of Game of Throne. It’s been well over a year since Season 7, Episode 7 last aired on August 27, 2017. Me and most of my family and friends have re-watched every season at least twice. The madness is real! The anticipation and discussions on social media about plausible outcomes for S8 have been intense. Who will live and who will die, spearheads the discussions topics. Yes, there will be deaths and probably outcomes that will surprise the fans.
Game of Thrones has never disappointed with delivering shocking endings and I don’t expect to change with S8. I suspect that some fans will be mad and others will deem the outcome as reasonable. There has been so much material delivered in each of the previous seasons. I promise there are messages that were missed. It’s the reason people have watched season over and over again.
There Are Certain Deaths Or A Death That Must Happen In Season 8 To Appease The Fans
To the many watchers it’s probably obvious who must die. If it’s not, then allow me to tell you. Cersei has to go! If anyone has earned a cruel death it’s her. Cersei is the daugher of Tywin. She married King Robert Baratheon when she was a younger woman. She also maintains a constant sexual relationship with her twin brother, whom she her three children by. In other words none of her kids belong to King Robert.
Jamie should probably follow since he always supported her madness. I would like to give him the benefit by saying he’s not as smart as her and was probably manipulated with talks of family and loyalty along the way. She’s not as smart as she thinks she is and I believe her father, Tywin, said this to her on a episode. Cersei has brought into this thought that everyone is her enemy. After everything that she’s done, it’s the proper assessment. The fact that she has sex with her brother and all of her children have been by her and not the King Robert who she married, makes her the lowest person amongst the high born.
Honestly, I will be satisfied if this is the only death that comes out of S8. In reality, I suspect that there will be more. I’m prepared…at least I hope I’m ready.
My Favorite Characters From Previous Seasons Who Are Not Main Characters And They Are Still Alive…YES!
Game of Thrones has provided us with a multitude of characters in previous episodes. They have not always been main characters or have large pivotal moments like Jon Snow, Cersei Lannister, Jamie Lannister, Arya Stark. But, they play second and even sometimes third to the main characters. If third is a possible position to play in film. The are above extras, but not main. Nevertheless, they have been dynamic in their roles and memorable. That’s just what great actors do in any position. So here are a few of my favorite characters from previous episodes and episodes to come.
Lady Mormont – The Lady Of Bear Island
You must be as fierce and courageous as Lady Mormont. The Lady of Bear Island refuses to sit on the sidelines and let anyone else do her fighting. What do we know about her? When she was first introduced in S5, via a Raven, she was only ten. The raven Stannis had received from the Lady of Bear Island read “We only know one King in the North, and his name is Stark“. In other words, Stannis was a Baratheon of House Baratheon. I say was because …spoiler, if you have never seen Game of Thrones, Stannis was killed in S5 by Brienne Tarth. The Lady of Bear Island, in her words “Commands a small house, but a proud house”. She serves for a Northern house whose loyalty belongs to the King in the North. This means her people swore fealty to the Great House in the North, House Stark.
No matter what king Ser Davos serves, he is guaranteed to make you chuckle. He doesn’t try to be funny, but he is. The jump from serving Stannis, who in my opinion was proper fool to Jon Snow hopefully means his making better decisions, faster for a far better king.
Lady Brienne of Tarth
Lady Brienne prefers not to be called a lady, but she is one by nobility. Brienne, like Arya Stark, prefers swords to dress. She prefers to be fighting in a battle versus being shield, in a room full of ladies during the battle. She is darn good with her sword.
Samwell Tarly of House Tarly is not like his brother Dickon, who is a swordsman. He’s not the most courageous like his father, Randyll Tarly. Hell, he’s not as courageous and handy with a sword like Brienne and Arya. Sam is smart. He knows the value of information and he came from the southern portion of Westeros. This area is known as the Reach. He may seem fidgety around women, but he know pretty girls.
Sam’s father sent him to the Night’s Watch at Castle Black in S1. In the end, if Sam survives the The Great Battle in S8, House Tarly is his, though his father took all his inheritance away because Sam is not a Military Man, he is the apple of his mother’s eye. Sam is smart, and with all the information hidden in the Citadel in Oldtown, the show needs smart if they are going to defeat the White Walkers and The Army of the Dead.
Missandei Former Slave
Missandei was a slave during her time in Astapor. She served as an interpreter for her masters. Once Daenerys freed the slaves, as a free woman she stayed with Daenerys Targaryen and now freely servers as her trusted adviser. Missandei is beautiful, fluent in different languages, and smart. This can be accredited to the time she spent in the company of her masters. Missandei was born in Naath, located in the Summer Sea or Summer Islands. She was taken from her home when she was young girl. Now, she stands by side Daenerys. She has also, probably found love for the first time her in life and it is with Grey Worm who serves in the Unsullied Army.
These are a few of my favorite characters over the course of S1 – S7 of Game of Thrones. Each and everyone have small pivotal roles that they play to the people they serve and to their friends they made over time. If you have never watched an episode of GOT, it is not disappointing in any form.
Laissez Les Bon Temps Rouler! Translated, “Let The Good Times Roll”. It Is Countdown to Mardi Gras!! It Is The Celebration Of Three Kings Day!
I would like to talk Hip Hop music for just a few minutes. I have to admit that the Breakfast Club is one of my guilty pleasures which, I watch on Revolt television. I love the interviews with today artists and yesterday artist who paved the way. For me, it has taken the place of all the music dialogue shows I use to watch in the 90s, when BET was 90s hot. Let me tell you, 90s hot was blazing!
I am and will always be a 90s hip hop/rap head. It’s not because of my age but, because rap lyrics were less about clout chasing, pill popping and lean drinking. Thank you Snoop Dog for the lesson on Clout Chasers. I will always love the high energy dancing of hip hop. I have seen the inclusion of my many different cultures over the years embrace Hip Hop dancing. Why am I talking Hip Hop music and dance together, because I cannot talk one without the other. Both have always complimented each other. The dance is an additional exaggeration to express the music. It’s an accentuation of the lyrics like the videos but, let me digress and refocus.
The 2000s increased the existence of independent artist through multiple media outlets and web capabilities. Everywhere I turn on social media, there is music and videos from multiple avenues , from different people promoting their music. It can be an overload and the hype is one hundred times greater than it use to be in the 90s. Even through all the self promotions and horrible attempts to be a Rap artist, I have found some artists that’s worth my music app. Who made my list? My list is short, but effective and promising. Let’s just say I don’t part with my money easily, but I did invest in their music. I was not disappointed. My list sounds like:
- Kendrick Lamar
- J. Cole
- Rae Sremmurd
- ASAP Rocky
- Nipsey Hussle
My music collection still contains 90 artist and any of their recent music. The Straight Outta Compton soundtrack did not disappoint and it was worth the purchase. Enter the millenniums, J. Cole album, Kendrick Lamar’s album and the double album from Rae Suremmurd are outstanding. ASAP Rocky slaps us with hot collaborations on his new album and Nipsey Hussle brings it in with the Victory Lap…West Coast styling! All is not lost in Rap music there is still good music being made. I had to search and dig deep in 2018, but I found some artist that are and will trail blaze Hip Hop music. So, when someone says decent artist or good rap music does not exist in 2018, I must protest. They or it exist, you just have wave through all the garbage to get to real solid gold.
This is me, holding the mic just for today. Go to your daily destiny!
Attitudes shift fast when our lives depend on us giving a care. Not the word I want to use but, you get the picture. In a time, where not caring is the hype, it is still advantageous to embrace attentiveness. It’s still a good practice to care about traditions, standards and people.
Attentiveness has its rewards. It’s what makes us human and why we are at the top of the food chain. We are dynamic thinkers and helpers, we can’t lose or diminish those attributes. Good health, finance and maturity depends on us having a healthy level of caring about who we are and what others mean to us. Obsession and overthinking needs to be put in a box and sealed shut but caring, is human. Enjoy this day and go to your daily destiny.
I am Grateful for Wednesday, 16 May. I love this month because it’s the gateway month to the Summer. It’s the month that begins to warm up, what has been some of the coldest states in North American. We finally hit 90 degrees in the D.C. Metro area on yesterday. Life without gloves, hats and heavy jackets will be lovely over the next few months.
The anticipation of Memorial Day weekend is building and if you haven’t made plans for that, well there is still time. I’m awaiting my first cookout invite and ready to embrace a nice beach town. For now, enjoy this day and make the most of May. Go to your daily destiny.
Monday is the top of the week. It can be a continuation of the weeks before or a start over for those that need it. Use this day how it best suits your need. Be great, be discipline and be focus on you. Go to your daily destiny.
We all have our ways of relaxing and seeking clarity. We all have some means of ensuring protection over our home and properly cleansing it. For me, I believe in cleansing out negative energies or forces that seek to disturb my environment or living. Smudging is quite the common ritual or event that leans on ensuring negative energy is not ensued on my personnel dwellings or take up permanent residence.
Sage Smudging is a simply way to add another level of spiritual cleansing against unwelcome energies which may exist and to raise vibrations in your environment . I don’t pretend to be an expert in this area but, I spend time researching and consulting with those who are. Negative energies in the forms of ions do happen and will exist in the environment and smudging is a method of clearing out negative energy.
The act of Sage Smudging is simple. You light one end of the smudge stick such as letting it catch fire. As it begins to smoke? you work the smoke through the corners of your home. These areas are where negative energies tend to get stuck or reside and needs clearing. You then lay the smudge stick on a dish designed for this activity and let it smoke out. Meditation is good at this point to bring clarity into your presences. It’s a practice used by Shamans for centuries.
The activity can be practice anytime and as much as you need it. Enjoy!