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How was your day?

Reflecting on today.

I cannot complain because it simply is a blessing to be alive. I went to work as normal, but I did not work on the display I should’ve got done eons ago! I scheduled blog posts for the week and caught up with blogs I follow. 

Talking about God is my favorite topic and I never shy away from entertaining questions about His Word. It was the same today as I discussed our Savior and how to pray with a fellow colleague who is interested in drawing close to Him once again. Please keep her in your prayers. She is making every effort to make her way back to Him. 

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A friend stopped by to say hello and we got to chatting about many things and we found out that we have two things in common: we dislike magic, but we like Tom Cruise. I grinned at him and asked him, “What are the odds?” I would’ve never pegged him for a TC fan. 

The sun has set, and once again, I look towards heaven and thank God for bringing me through another day here on earth. I just finished Bible study with my sister and now we’re going to spend some time bonding. ❤

How was your day?

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Tell a hater later!

Tackling cyberbullying.

WE Day is an annual youth event that celebrates everyday heroes. This year, it was held on September 20th and although many issues were tackled, I was interested in the #LaterHaters campaign because they were tackling online bullying. So it was a pleasant surprise when I saw these boys repping the campaign.

But I was disappointed because enough light was not shed on cyberbullying. Pre-teens and teenagers are not the only victims of cyberbullying; adults also suffer from this electronic type abuse, but the media tends to focus on the teens. 

What is cyberbullying?

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Cyberbullying takes place by the unfair usage of electronic technology to humiliate, target, threaten, embarrass or harass someone. Electronic technology may include devices such as computers, tablets and cell phones. Cyberbullies can also use communication tools such as websites, social media and text messages. 

Here are a few examples of cyberbullying:

Impersonation: This is the act of taking someone else’s identity for the purpose of damaging the person’s reputation. Some impersonators carry the act further by creating a false online profile. 

Cyberstalking: The use of electronic communications to persistently harass someone. Simply put, this is online stalking. The person receiving the threatening messages may eventually begin to question his/her safety and even mental being.

Proxy attacks: These kinds of attacks happen when the bully install a proxy onto the victim’s computer. The bully will then be able to access the victim’s information through the proxy; they’ll then use this information to threaten, humiliate and sometimes even blackmail the victim.

Photos: Bullies tend to upload private/embarrassing images of their victims on the internet to humiliate them. The images may be altered/photoshopped to embarrass the victim. I’ll also advise teenagers to not send nudes online to anyone. 

It does not matter the example, the bully’s main aim is to torment the victim making his/her life miserable for the fun of it.

Later Haters!! Don’t let online trolls stop you from making the difference you know you can make.

But is it that simple? Cyberbullying can hurt as much as physical bullying for most people that are bullied online are also bullied in real life. This can cause the victim to become traumatized, have lower self-esteem, turn to alcohol and drugs, question their mental health, and in some cases, even take their lives. 

You might ask what causes a human being to do this cruel act to another human being. Well, most of these bullies are insecure and in harming someone else’s life for the fun of it makes them feel superior. There may not always be a reason for cyberbullying.

How to prevent/stop cyberbullying?

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While cyberbullying is not going to go away anytime soon, there are ways you can prevent being bullied online.

* Don’t empower a bully. By responding to bullies, you empower them because your reaction is exactly what they want.

* Block the bully. If you’re using platforms such as Facebook, Twitter, or even a blog, use the security settings or privacy tools to block the person. Change your account settings by making sure you don’t reveal your address and phone number. If you think someone is impersonating you, create a new account and notify your friends and family.

* Save the evidence. Yes, this means every text message, email and even fake profile account/s in your name. Make sure to file and record the time and date each message was sent just in case you have to go to the police.

* If you’re a child or a teenager, do not be afraid to ask for help. Go to someone you can trust (parents, older siblings, teacher, school counselor etc.) and ask them for help.

* Don’t become a cyberbully. If you witness your friend/s teasing someone online, ask them to stop and let them know that cyberbullying has the same consequences as bullying someone in person. Do not distribute photos or videos of someone that is considered humiliating or could be used against the person.  

*** I finally got around to working on the Social Media topics, but I’ll try to have all posted by November God’s willing, though. I wanted to write more about cyberbullying, but I did not want it too chatty.

Disclaimer: I am not saying that you shouldn’t use social media because there are many good things that you can reap from it, but use it wisely and thoughtfully.

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365 Days of Writing

October 23rd: As seen on T.V

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Write a script for a late-night infomercial — where the product is your blog. How do you market yourself? What qualities do you embody that other “products” don’t? What are the benefits of reading your blog?

Want to read something uplifting, spiritual and God-centered?
Want to read about the current world in which we live in?
Need a recommendation for a good book?
Then you’ve come to the right place. Look no further than La Petit Muse!

La Petit Muse brings Bible Trivia, writing, inspiration, book and movie reviews in one random place! 

You won’t regret your time! Or maybe you would. Nevertheless, La Petit Muse is grateful for every visit.

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*shrugging* I tried. 🙂

Positive Monday

Positive Monday: take it not for granted

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Good morning everyone! Well, it’s afternoon now. I’ve been trying to get this post up all morning, but it didn’t work out. Anyway…

Yes, today is the day that you should’ve woken up and go…

Being alive is a wonderful gift because every day that we get to breathe is an opportunity to get closer to our Lord and Maker and…

Don’t ever take being alive for granted. Each and every one of us is fighting a battle out here, but being alive is certainly a blessing. You should always have this mindset whenever you greet the day and people.

And never forget to thank Him for equipping you with the strength that you needed to get through another day. 

Enjoy the rest of your Monday.

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Fall for Food 2: Pumpkin Pancakes with Cinnamon Syrup

Via tastesbetterfromscratch.com here’s a yummy recipe for Pumpkin Pancakes with Cinnamon Syrup. Perfect for breakfast on Fall mornings!

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INGREDIENTS

  • 1 cup flour
  • 1 1/2 tablespoon brown sugar
  • 1 teaspoon baking powder
  • 1/2 teaspoon baking soda
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground allspice
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/4 teaspoon salt
  • 3/4 cup milk
  • 1/2 cup canned pumpkin
  • 1 large egg
  • 1 tablespoon vegetable oil
  • 1 tablespoon vinegar
For the Cinnamon Syrup
  • 1/2 cup butter (1 stick)
  • 1 cup granulated sugar
  • cup buttermilk
  • 1 tablespoon vanilla
  • 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
  • 1/2 t teaspoon baking soda

INSTRUCTIONS

  1. In a bowl, mix together the milk, pumpkin, egg, oil and vinegar.In a separate bowl, combine the flour, brown sugar, baking powder, baking soda, allspice, cinnamon and salt. Stir into the pumpkin mixture, just enough to combine.
  2. Heat a lightly oiled griddle or frying pan over medium high heat. Pour or scoop the batter onto the griddle, using approximately 1/4 cup for each pancake. Brown on both sides and serve hot.
For the Cinnamon Syrup:
  1. Melt the butter in a LARGE saucepan over medium heat. Stir in the sugar, buttermilk, vanilla, and cinnamon until smooth. Bring mixture to a boil.

  2. Once boiling, simmer for 2 minutes, stirring constantly. 

  3. Add baking soda–it will cause the mixture to foam up. Cook for 30 more seconds and then remove from heat. 

  4. Allow to cool for 10 minutes before serving — it will thicken as it cools. Store leftovers in an airtight container, in the fridge, for up to 2 weeks.

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