Overcome Your Fears

Don’t let fear or insecurity stop you from trying new things.  Believe in yourself.  Do what you love.  And most importantly, be kind to others, even if you don’t like them.  – Stacy London

I learned that courage was not the absence of fear, but the triumph over it.  The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid, but he who conquers that fear.  – Nelson Mandela

Courage is resistance to fear, mastery of fear, not absence of fear.  – Mark Twain 

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Thoughts on Villains and Heroes

The only difference between a hero and the villain is that the villain chooses to use that power in a way that is selfish and hurts other people.  – Chadwick Boseman

I think all of us have a hero and a villain in us.  _ Anson Mount

Every villain has their belief system that makes perfect sense to them.  – Patty Jenkins

George Romero – Zombie Guru

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George Romero passed away yesterday, due to lung cancer.  He was 77 years old.

In 1968, George Romero directed the film “Night of the Living Dead.”  His film quickly became a classic and is credited for launching the zombie genre into the mainstream.

The movie also featured an African-American man in a leading role and portrayed him as a hero.  Ben (played by Duane Jones) was resourceful and level headed, unlike several other characters in the film.

George Romero decided to cast Duane Jones as Ben, because he displayed great skill and was the best actor for the role.  George Romero was willing to go against cultural norms, placing a non-white actor in a leading role and as a hero, was simply not done in the late 1960’s.

In many ways, George Romero was way ahead of his time.

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Felt Like a Hero

Our dryer started acting crazy.  It was getting hot, but didn’t dry the clothes.  I have zero handyman skills, so my first inclination was to buy a new dryer.

My mom and I discussed the issue.  Mom noticed there hasn’t been any lint coming out of the dryer lately.  She suggested there might be a clog in the dryer.  That seemed like a logical idea, so I decided to make an attempt at repairing the dryer.

I went into the laundry room and pulled the dryer out from the wall.  I used a screwdriver to loosen some screws on a metal round piece that was holding an aluminum foil looking hose thing to the dryer, but it wasn’t clogged.

I pulled the lint screen thing out of the top and used a long skinny hose attached to the vacuum cleaner to clean the inside of the dryer.  I shoved the hose all the way down into the machine and jammed it all around to make sure it cleared any possible blockages.

After I finished, I put the hose thing back on the machine and put it back up against the wall.  My mom took a load of clothes from the washing machine and put them into the dryer to see if it would work.

Much to my surprise and amazement, the dryer was working.  The clothes were dry and the machine was not overheating.

I was so proud of myself that you would have thought I rebuilt the motor.  Even though all I did was remove an attachment and vacuum out some gross looking junk, I still felt like a hero.