What Young Folk Say | The Word Detective

slang-creative-commons-licenseCurve: (verb) to reject a potential suitors romantic advances

First Known Use: No Clue.

Spotted on Twitter (10-19-16) when tweets described Singer Jazmine Sullivan’s actions towards Atlanta gospel singer Thomas TC Clay-2 who recently passed away (10-15-16).  Sullivan confessed in Facebook tribute –1  how she kept her distance from “TC” whom she thought had a crush on her.

Twitter response echoed this one:

"Curving Dudes Beyond the Grave"
“Curving Dudes Beyond the Grave”

Origin/Etymology question:  Is this slang word “Curving”  based on the move a dog/rabbit makes when you run and try to catch them?

Let me know.

Revenue Therapy | Deprogramming 101

Create Solutions
Create Solutions

Retail Therapy , it’s time for us to delete this marketing concept from our brains.

Spending your hard-earned money on frivolous things makes bank for the producer or corporation. but leaves your account depleted – you in debt with a trinket that has no monetary value.

How is that remotely satisfying or therapeutic?   It’s not.

Change your mind.  Go from mindless consumer to mindful producer.

If you’re feeling bad; instead of going shopping, create a solution that is valuable to you and those in need.

Revenue Therapy

Now there’s a new catch phrase that is much more satisfying. You’ll be smiling all the way to the bank, while helping someone solve their problem, to boot.

Mindless Consumer to Mindful Producer…

Just in case; there’s only 38 days ’til Black Friday, November 25, 2016.

There’s always next year.

Wednesday Wisdom | Study Your Lessons

Marvel's Luke Cage
Marvel’s Luke Cage

Luke Cage takeaway Season 1

History, whether it be cultural or personal is a double-edge sword.  Better or worse, history controls your present.

Try if you may, but you can’t hold onto it.  Nor can you outrun it.

History serves us best when we learn from it, settle it, make peace with it and move on.

Then and only then can you can move forward, Always.

Friday Fright Fest | Are You Afraid of the Dark?

Survey Says…Probably not.

Less than 10% percent of Americans interviewed in The Chapman University Survey of American Fears 1 2015 admitted they’re afraid of the dark.   The California university study found that adults have traded in the childhood phobia for fears of political corruption and technology.  .

In fact, if you find yourself on the game show, “Family Feud” – here are the top three answers to what Americans say they fear.

  1. 58% fear of corruption of government officials
  2. 8 % are afraid of Cyber-terrorism
  3. 6% fear corporate tracking personal information.

So while we’re no longer afraid of the dark itself, we still fear what might be “done in the dark.”

Contrary to conventional wisdom, however, good things happen in the dark.  A fetus forms into a human in the dark, then emerges into the light to take its first breath of life. Before the cork is popped on a bottle of fine wine, it must first undergo the aging process in a cool, dry and dark place. A dazzling array of celestial bodies are visible to eye as they dance across the darkened skies.  Darkness is the cornerstone of any successful metamorphosis.

The dark isn’t just a catalyst for big productions either.  It also plays a role in our recommended daily requirements.   In fact, 7 years ago, in 2009, American Medical Association members voted to keep us in the dark after researching and observing the effects of artificial light.2

The AMA indicated that without darkness

  • humans lose the ability to use their vision’s natural low-light function.
  • our circadian rhythms which regulate a host of biological activities including the sleep pattern are thrown out of whack.
  • the production of melatonin, the miracle hormone and antioxidant, from the pineal gland doesn’t occur.

The AMA voted they would support any efforts to curtail artificial light pollution. They said it would not only save the environment but help earth-dwelling species who need the natural darkness to survive and thrive.

Since our physical well-being relies on the darkness; could it be possible our mental well-being might be dependent on the darkness, as well?

Just as artificial light is weakening our natural abilities; hiding from our fears instead of examining it, is causing many of us to become time bombs.

There is an old saying “what is done in the dark will come to light.”   This aphorism may conjure up a caveat to exposing evil deeds.  Looking at this old saying with new eyes, however, may provide an invitation to expose the impetus of our fears before it exposes us in the most unflattering way possible.

Fear is the master of disguise. It may appear to some as butterflies in the stomach; or metallic taste in the back of the throat. It resides in darkness, yet has far-reaching effects.  Unchecked, however, fear controls its host with an invisible hand as a ventriloquist would control and speak for her/his “dummy”.

Except, fear isn’t seeking to control us; it works for us. Fear reminds us:

  • what is important to us, but tucked away
  • of our creative abilities
  • of our descent into uncharted territory
  • we’re about to enter into a danger zone

Fear beckons us to the dark side so we can regain intimacy with our self. In doing so, we remember our agreements we’ve made with ourselves a long time ago or just yesterday.   When we confront our fears we gain control of our actions. We can decide whether we should honor our covenant or write a new one.

For example, you arrive at the airport two hours ahead of your flight’s scheduled departure. Today is your day to meet with the executive panel of your prospective employer. You and another candidate have made it to the final round of interviews.  It is Thursday morning, May 12, 2016 and hundreds, if not thousands, of travelers are queued up from Chicago Transit Authority ‘s Orange Line train station – to Midway Airport’s TSA security checkpoint. You are at the end of this line. .


What would you do?

  1. Bum rush the security line and run through the airport to catch your flight?
  2. Jump in front of all the waiting passengers?
  3. Believe it is a conspiracy as one visitor stated on the video’s page -“Take heart sheeple, they will soon offer you a 666 chip which catapult you to the front of the lines.” .

News media reports of Transportation Security Administration under-staffing at the nation’s airports has littered the airwaves.  Together, you and the other travelers can easily overtake the few TSA agents on duty.

But you don’t.

“F-E-A-R”, a small four-letter word, is keeping you and the others in line, literally. It’s not that you fear being arrested.  You along with the rest of the obedient travelers have silently acknowledged fear of terrorism and anarchy.  The possibility of insurgency coupled with another 9/11 attack is the architect of this fear.

According to the Survey of American Fears, man-made disasters such as Terrorist Attacks, (44.4%) Civil Unrest (32.0%), Economic Collapse (39.2%) rank the highest in the domain of fear.   When a group experiences collective fear, they are willing to endure a host of inconveniences to protect against those who we believe have refused to abide by a social agreement or rules of engagement.

As individuals, we tend not to be as submissive when it concerns our personal fears. Ranking at the bottom of the domain of fear, on this survey, are those that are personal in nature.

The individual plays host to a fear that remains hidden behind some agreement that no longer serves her. But as long as her personal fears goes unchecked, it stands to reason, that she’d be willing to stand on a too long line to go through a security checkpoint.    She knows she’s hiding something and that means others may be hiding something too.

No one’s afraid of the dark because we have artificial light to hide it. But if by some chance, we really no longer fear the dark; then turn off the lights and enter the darkness.

Our fear is calling and it’s ready to have a long talk.

  1. https://blogs.chapman.edu/wilkinson/2015/10/13/americas-top-fears-2015/
  2. http://www.skyandtelescope.com/astronomy-news/u-s-physicians-join-light-pollution-fight/
  3. https://youtu.be/byUVR04CMBU
Tom Keen holds Karakurt captive
~Karakurt, Russian Assassin w/Tom Keen The Blacklist (season 3 Zal Bin Hasaan (No.31)

“You cannot excel at anything you do not love” -Karakurt

You cannot excel in what yon do not love, and you cannot love what you do not understand.” – Colonel Wilford at Hythe

Original quote from “A Volunteer’s Narrative of the Hythe course of Instruction in Musketry – Volume 6 1860 Oxford University


Katherine Johnson, Legendary Mathematician and Inspiration for the Upcoming Film Hidden Figures, Turns 98

Along with helping the United States win the Space Race for NASA, Katherine Johnson, physicist and mathematician also worked on the Space Shuttle program, the Earth Resources Satellite and plans for the mission to Mars.

Hidden Figures hits theaters Jan. 13

Source: Katherine Johnson, Legendary Mathematician and Inspiration for the Upcoming Film Hidden Figures, Turns 98