The Sunshine Award from Michelle of Putting my Feet in the Dirt


My friend Michele from Putting my Feet in the Dirt   nominated me for the beautiful Sunshine Award. Thank you Michelle

Michelle’s Blog is Christian based Blog with a wide variety of post on travel, children, short stories. She is funny and serious when needed. Michelle is a great supporter to the WordPress community. Do yourself a favor and stop by to see what’s she’s up to.

Rules for participating. Have fun.

Thank the person who nominated you.
Answer the questions from the person who nominated you.
Nominate a few other bloggers.
Write the same amount of questions for the bloggers you nominated.
Notify the bloggers on their blog.
Put the award button on your blog.


1. If a zombie apocalypse would happen right this very minute, are you going to            tweet about it? But seriously, are you going to fight or run? Why?

I’m running. I don’t know what Zombie’s can do so I’ll get out of there.

2. How would you spend a million dollars?

Make contribution to charities I support. Then get on airplane and see the world.

3. What thing would you want to change yourself?

I cuss too much, it’s a bad habit I’ve had since childhood.

4. What’s your chinese birth year sign? I’m best suited for breeding.


5. If you could invent something, what is that? why?

This is hard, there so many. Clean drinking water to prevent children from dying of                                                        preventable disease. I have to add a far-fetched invention. Magic fairy dust to have all wars      stopped and peace around the world. I can always wish.

6. A gift that you would love to receive on your birthday?

A ticket around the world first class by myself and guide. Traveling alone is the best way  To top the dream birthday, a new professional camera and gear. We can’t forget bug spray, tall very think boots for snakes and a gun to kill anything trying to take me down.

7. What is WordPress effect in your life and your message to me as your fellow blogger?

My life with WP is shaped by the people I meet. It’s great to meet people with similar interest to BS with, great writers to admire. I can reach out to people who are struggling and offer  someone to talk to. My heart is filled with sunshine in many ways being in the WP family.

A message to a fellow bloggers: Being rude to follower or response to comment isn’t worth it. If you have a desire to grow your followers, thank each person for stopping by your site. Write for yourself not for the number of followers.

The nominations have opened my mind and touched my soul. Congrats!


XO Melinda

Amazon selling book series “thinly veiled guide to getting away with RAPE”

Important Petition

Warning: This petition contains details about sexual assault.

When I first read about Roosh V (real name Daryush Valizadeh), an American citizen and professional “pick up artist,” I became physically sick. His views on rape, women, and “dating” are that repugnant. His books, known as the “Bang” series, are thinly veiled guides to getting away with rape — a crime which he has repeatedly said should be made legal.
And yet, the largest online bookseller, currently stocks all of his books. They’re making money from a man telling other men how to rape women. So is he.

In one of the books sold on Amazon, “Bang Iceland,” he openly confessed to raping a woman:
“While walking to my place, I realized how drunk she was. In America, having sex with her would have been rape, since she legally couldn’t give her consent. It didn’t help matters that I was sober, but I can’t say I cared or even hesitated. I won’t rationalize my actions, but having sex is what I do.”
No, committing rape is what he does.

Valizadeh claims protest against him only ‘makes him stronger’. So let’s hit him where it hurts — financially. Help petition Amazon to remove his works from their their stock; sign and share.
To those who’ll cry ‘censorship’ – back off. He’s entitled to write and think and say what he likes. He’s not, however, protected from the backlash against his output, or removal of platform. This isn’t about banning books, it’s about ensuring he, and Amazon, can’t profit from rape.

I’m not going to link his site here; it’s too awful. If you want to read up, I am warning you; it’s grim. Help us shut him down. Together we stopped a similar “pick up artist” named Julien Blanc from getting a visa to enter the UK — now let’s see if we can make Amazon hear us as well.

If you feel strongly about Amazon pulling his books and no longer selling, please visit and let your voice be heard. 


Living a Beautiful Life nominated me for Dragon Loyalty Award

My friend Danica of Living a Beautiful Life nominated me for the Dragon Loyalty Award.  I like this award because everyone can participate. The bottom line is how active are you on WP. I’m thrilled to run side by side with Dragons everyday. 

What is the Dragons Loyalty Award? The Dragon’s Loyalty Award is an award for the loyal follower/commenter, fan, whether the recipient is a fellow blogger or a blog-free someone who follows and comments regularly.

The rules for this award are: Put the logo on your post, Thank the blogger who nominated you. Share 5 facts about yourself and nominate 5-10 bloggers.

Five Facts About Me:

I’m waiting for Quisp cereal to come back. Little pink guy with blades on head, ready for take off.

My first ocean dive, I took can of spray cheese. When the cheese swirled, I was swarmed by fish. After the dive I was talking about the fish with big teeth. Everyone laughed, it was a Barracuda.


At the end of IV Infusion treatment, David promised me a Porsche. One of my favorite’s is the Bright Red Porsche 911 Targa 4 GTS, top speed 187 mpg and the best rear end I’ve seen. I’ll do one run to see what it can do. I will wear a diaper just in case. My childhood nick name was Speed Racer. I can’t drive a stick and it cost 133K.

Most Gluten Free snacks suck causing me to live on Gluten Free Pop Tarts & GF Chocolate Shakes.

I collect old cameras.

I’m following the rules (sort of ) this time by nominating Bloggers.

Congrats! Each of you make a difference in my life.   XO Melinda

College Campus Sexual Assaults *Colegio Campus Assults Sexuales

RAINN  Rape, Abuse, Incest National Network

Help is available 24/7 through the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE and, y en español:

Survivor Spotlight: College Campus Sexual Assault

(August 10, 2015) — Ti’Air was happy that someone she met a few years ago reached out to help her through the process of moving to a new university campus, where she was beginning to study for a Ph.D. in biomedical engineering. “He was very friendly and helpful. We talked every day,” she says. “But suddenly, he became extremely flirtatious and aggressive.” One night, he invited her to karaoke. He took her back to her home at the end of the night, and when they arrived at her apartment, he raped her.

Although Ti’Air reported her rape to her university and the police, the case did not move forward. She channeled her frustration with this experience into founding a student group on campus. “The reason I started Students Against Rape and Violence (SARA V) was due to the lack of resources I found on my campus to help me cope,” she says. Ti’Air hopes SARA V can be a vehicle of change by educating students about sexual assault and providing a safe space for peers to share their experiences.

Ti’Air says there were a number of challenges she faced after her sexual assault. She had trouble focusing at school, developed post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD), and faced harassment from friends of her assailant. Yet, Ti’Air now feels stronger as a result of these obstacles. “In retrospect, these experiences were awful, but they have made my skin thicker.”

Ti’Air now has some tips for dealing with symptoms of PTSD. “To combat nightmares, I’ve found that drinking chamomile tea at night before bed helps me stay asleep,” she says. “If I’m in public and having triggers, I calm myself down and give myself words of affirmation.”

In addition to improved resources for handling sexual assault, Ti’Air wants colleges to provide mandatory education for students on the subject. She likes the idea of interactive workshops that facilitate conversations about sexual violence and consent. “I want to encourage student interaction [to learn] what is okay and what is not okay,” she says.

Ti’Air found many strategies that helped her heal and recover, including going to counseling and spending time with family and friends. “I actually discovered the Lafayette Crisis Center through RAINN’s website, and drove over to attend one of their therapy sessions.”

She also emphasizes the importance of not keeping silent. “I find that telling my story is cathartic,” Ti’Air says. As a title holder in the Miss United States pageant system, Ti’Air is able to encourage other survivors to speak up. “By far, the most rewarding aspect is hearing others come forth with their stories,” she says. “Although I may never see justice myself, it feels great to know that my work may help others see justice.”

“I want every survivor to know that it is not your fault. You are not responsible or guilty for what has happened to you,” she says. “You are worthy of respect and love.”

Bring the conversation about sexual assault prevention to your school this fall: Join the #TalkToRAINN campaign and sign up to receive free coffee sleeves for your campus.

If you or someone you know has been affected by sexual violence, it’s not your fault. You are not alone. Help is available 24/7 through the National Sexual Assault Hotline: 800-656-HOPE and, y en español:

Suicide is SECOND leading cause of Death in college-age students *Los estudiantes universitarios de suicidio

Suicide is the second leading cause of death in college-age students. In a recent study, one in ten students admitted to having considered suicide.

My name is Conner Mertens. I am a sophomore at Willamette University and a placekicker for the Willamette Bearcats. Last year, I became the first active college football player, at any level, to publicly come out about my sexuality. Before doing this, I felt isolated by my secret. I had to constantly watch what I said and how I behaved, and endure the normal locker room culture that often included homophobic language and behavior.

In those moments of profound loneliness, I wanted help, but felt I needed to steer clear of anything that, at the time, I thought made me seem weak (therapists, school counselors, etc.) Had I known then about an anonymous, judgment-free hotline I could call to get the help I so desperately needed, I might not have felt that same self-loathing, isolation.

Still, I was lucky. When I finally decided to be true to myself and come out publicly, my coach, team and entire school rallied behind me. I finally had my depression under control. Unfortunately, many college students don’t get this relief, and too many of them choose a permanent solution to this temporary problem by taking their life.

That’s why I am asking two of America’s largest university systems, the University of California and California State University, to include suicide hotline numbers on their student IDs. Let’s make it a little easier for those in need to find help.

I now have a public platform to make change. News organizations like Fox Sports, SB Nation and USA Today have interviewed me, and I am so glad to be able to show others that it’s ok to be yourself. But I want to take it further.

By putting suicide hotline numbers on student IDs across the country, we can provide students a much-needed outlet for their struggles. Join me in asking the UC and CSU systems to set an example for the rest of America’s universities. Sign my petition asking them to put suicide hotlines on student IDs.

Please click link to read more.

Colleges are experiencing a growing number of suicides and crime. Many students do not feel they have anywhere to turn. This problem is everyone’s problem. This is not a job for our Government, they are to slow and these issues are urgent now. We have to get involved at the street level in our communities to identify the real issues. We work collectively to push for change. Grassroots efforts can effect change much quicker.  

XO  Melinda