Opinion Battles Round Two Favourite Oscar Winning Best Picture

Darren at Movie Reviews 101 hosts “Opinion Battles” in which I am a contributor. Movie reviewers/bloggers compete with a blurb about their pick for their favorite oscar winning best picture. I picked “A Beautiful Mind.” You can vote for mine or any other favorite Oscar Winning film you agree is best at Darren’s post, linked below.

We are about to hit Oscar season and what better than to pick our favourite Oscar Winning Best Picture because let’s face it we do love some more than others.If you want to take part in the next round which is Favourite Ryan Reynolds Role to celebrate the release of Deadpool, if you want to take part end your pick to moviereviews101@yahoo.co.uk by Sunday the 7th February 2016.Darren

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Cup o Fight – just add hot water

A few years ago I was teaching a very quiet room when all of a sudden I heard fighting and slapping noises. I was shocked to see that two of my boy students had started fighting each other.

After breaking it up and sending them to the office, I learned they had a family issue between neighbors at home. They vowed never to do it again. It was the first thing I thought of when I imagined a sudden shift for the WordPress Daily Post prompt today.

I’ve noticed in recent years that kids, especially boys, are more prone to fight than in years past. I’ve also seen and heard examples of females fighting mercilessly. I have to wonder if it’s due to the violence in society, the fights we sometimes see going viral on Youtube, and the like. If we all gave a dose of 70’s "peace" wisdom to our kids I think the world would be a lot less violent.

I spend a good part of my social studies time teaching the peace giants like MLK, Ghandi, Pocohontas and American Indians still unnamed. I never miss an opportunity to show my students that "an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind." -Ghandi

Top Ten Tunes in My Car at the Moment

  • Damien Riley VelosterI Sold my Bed but Not my Radio – Capital Cities
  • Ship to Wreck – Florence and the Machine
  • Demons – Imagine Dragons
  • On Top of the World – Imagine Dragons
  • Every Night – Imagine Dragons
  • It’s not Right for You – The Script
  • Keep on Walking – Passenger
  • Me and my Broken Heart – Rixton
  • Jerome – Zella Day

This post is part of the #TopTenTuesday blog meme on Twitter.

Song Lyric Sunday – Daya – Back to Me


I like this song lyric so much #1 because it’s sung by such a talented performer: Daya. Also, it’s so true you can’t keep taking someone back to you if it becomes a pattern. That isn’t a healthy mutual love relationship. It’s the feeling when that person just refuses to love you the way you long to be loved, you want to sing them this song.

You only call me your baby when she wasn’t there
Now you go calling me crazy because I don’t care

We’ll never turn back time, now lovin’ you is an after thought
Too late to press rewind when all I want to do, do is sob

I’ve got to break you free
Don’t know why you’d ever say love
Knowing I’ll never be enough
Breaking the best part of me
When I dont let you do me like that
Can’t keep pulling you back to me, me, me, me, me
Can’t keep pulling you back to me, me, me, me, me

I’ll never trust you after the things that I saw
Who wants an ever after if it ain’t forever at all

We’ll never turn back time, now lovin’ you is an after thought
Too late to press rewind when all I want to do, do is sob

I’ve got to break you free
Don’t know why you’d ever say love
Knowing I’ll never be enough
Breaking the best part of me
When I dont let you do me like that
Can’t keep pulling you back to me, me, me, me, me
Can’t keep pulling you back to me, me, me, me, me

You’ll never be the one ’cause it’s not how it’s supposed to be
Won’t pull you back, pull you back, pull you back to me
I don’t want your love baby we were never meant to be
It’s not enough so your gonna have to break free

You’ll never be the one ’cause it’s not how it’s supposed to be
Won’t pull you back, pull you back, pull you back to me
I don’t want your love baby we were never meant to be
It’s not enough so your gonna have to break free
I’ve got to break you free
Don’t know why you’d ever say love
Knowing I’ll never be enough
Breaking the best part of me
When I dont let you do me like that
Can’t keep pulling you back to me, me, me, me, me
Can’t keep pulling you back to me, me, me, me, me

This is Helen Espinoza‘s blog meme, if interested the rules are below:

Here are the “rules” for all the first timers:

Post the lyrics to a favorite song or a new song you want to share
Make sure you credit the singer/band and provide a link to where you found the lyrics
Link to the YouTube video, or pull it into your post so others can listen to the song
Ping back to this post or my own Song Lyric Sunday post
Read at least one other person’s blog so we can all share new and fantastic music and create amazing new blogging friends in the process

#ROW80 Late Goals Post With Much Ambition

Hi #ROW80 folks. I’m checking in over a month late this round … I really hope to keep it up to the end though. Here are my goals for this round. The first hashtag represents the corresponding category on my blog. It may seem like a lot of stuff but I am actually in the habit of doing it already.

    1. #postaday A Daily Post or #NaBloPoMo writing prompt daily.
    2. #Journal tumblr paper & pen journal prompt daily.
    3. #Diary daily #Blog entry.
    4. #ROW80 Checkins Wed and Sun
    5. #Blog Mama Kat’s Weekly writing prompt.
    6. #SoCS Stream of Consciousness Saturday prompt.
    7. #PhotoBlog #MySundayPhoto challenge.
    8. #PhotoBlog The Daily Post Weekly Photo challenge.

As you can see, I have my blogging laid out for me. I hope to visit a lot of your blogs and see how your doing. You support as well is much appreciated.

Green Eyed Mind

 Is Jealousy mind over matter? If it’s not in mind, it doesn’t have to matter so just keep your mind free of it? Is it that simple? A guy I knew was jealous of his wife’s female coworker once. This odd person became highly interesting to his wife. She shared daily about their talk of anal sex, marital lies, her affairs  and the like. My poor friend could only take it for so long. He believed in his wife until one day. On an innocent lark, his wife shared that she had been invited by a male coworker to do a threesome with the idiot friend. That was his breaking point. I don’t think he’s proud of it though.

His jealousy went rampant but as he shared with me, it was more anger at these people than his wife. They knew him. He felt highly invisible and disrespected. He confronted both of them which he now regrets. He and his wife got some counseling and now the green eyed monster rarely comes out. I wish them the best and hope I’m never in his position. He may have had a good reason but he really put his wife through a lot of needless crap. As far as jealousy goes, keep it out of your mind I say! His marriage survived but it went through a rough couple of years, out of mind. Yours might not survive if you let the green eyed mind go crazy.

In response to Stream of Consciousness Saturday Your Friday prompt for Stream of Consciousness Saturday is: “mind.” Use it any way you think to. Have fun!

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Green-Eyed Monster.” Tell us about the last time you were really, truly jealous of someone. Did you act on it? Did it hurt your relationship?

Those are “the Snarkies Nominees” and the Winner is …

I have no hope for modern music, I have hope for modern music.

In response to The Daily Post’s writing prompt: “Snark Bombs, Away!.” Try your hand at parody or satire — take an article, film, blog post, or song you find misguided, and use humor to show us how.

“Stitches” by Shawn Mendes. Holy smokes in my life I’e never heard such atrocious and shallow lyrics. It’s as if his teacher assiged him the job of writing what it’s like to fall and slice yourself up in front of a car. I suppose I am getting older now at 46 and I should give some grace to the acts out there making tunes these days. I get it that love can mess you up. I also get it that it can be painful. How old is our Shawn though? I’d gamble 15 or less. Can he know the good parts of suffering and learning through love at his age? I know I didn’t at that point.

There are many more examples of stupid lyrics out there. For the record, I love the melody to “Stitches.” It’s just the lyrics that have me pressing “FWD” on Spotify. Meagan Trainor is another gross offender with lines like “Momma told me men want a big booty to hold at night.” I won’t disagree but dear me, such a crass approach to songwriting. The other day I heard children singing, “Sex you like Marvin Gaye.” Oh my goodness, I’m about ready to punch my ticket when I hear spoiled brats getting paid to put this stuff out. I keep hope open for new stuff. One band that I actually really like is “Lonely the Brave” from Scotland. Check this guitar and vocal driven song out.

You Can’t Go Home Again

slides (49)Once grown up, and having ventured out into the real world, “home” can never be the same again. The old place will never be “home” to you any more than any other place you live. Thomas Wolfe wrote about that in 1930 and it applies here in 2015, even to my blog. This domain has been my property since December of 2005, though I moved after a few years to DamienRiley.com and that has been where I have rolled in the mud with WordPress and online diary visions up to now. Riley Central has been a composite of feeds showcasing all my online projects from flickr to Tumblr.

After some issues with sites like WordPress.com not receiving my pingbacks, I decided the best way to fix it was to advance to the past, the domain that has been gathering dust for years. I tested pingbacks and they work without fail. I thought over switching my blog exploits here and immediately began to see all sorts of pre-existing benefits. The clearest benefit that you would understand is that all my online projects are already living here. I certainly will miss Damien at the Speed of Life but I always felt like the name was a little silly and self-aggrandizing. Riley Central sounds like a project page and also a blog. It’s a better banner to improve my writing under. To close this christening: I am Damien Riley and as always, thank you for being my reader. Below are some relevant links. You’ll get all new material here only. I don’t plan to migrate the old stuff to this blog. It will stay there for at least a year, maybe indefinitely.

Riley Central – blog and project site of Damien Riley – formerly “Damien at the Speed of Life”
Dear fans of Damien at the Speed of Life, please adjust your bookmarks. The new RSS feed is http://www.rileycentral.net/feed/