Return of the Bus Fare Survey

Within this horrid disaster called the COVID-19 pandemic, there has been the silver lining of not having to pay the bus fare because of the blockage of the front entrance. However, the MTA started charging their passengers again two weeks ago, although the pandemic is far from over. I, for one, miss getting free bus rides and not having to worry about getting my Metrocard ready or buying a SBS ticket. However, some may argue that the return of the bus fare is beneficial for the MTA and for the bus drivers who work hard to make a living. What do you think? Are you okay or even over-the-moon happy that the bus fare requirements returned? Or do you absolutely hate it? Or are you feeling neutral/in the middle about it? Vote by clicking on the link below!

https://strawpoll.com/s84uk93po

Bus Time Manhattan Launch
Bus Time Manhattan Launch by MTAPhotos

Reflecting On Nineteen Years Ago

On September 11, 2001, we faced a national tragedy when al Qaeda attacked us. Many people got hurt, and we lost many lives. Since I was little when 9/11 occurred, I remember nothing, aside from what my mother told me (I was at school when the attacks took place). Also, no one I know got injured or killed. Where were you when 9/11 happened? Did someone you know get hurt? Did you lose a loved one or loved ones because of the attacks? Please comment below!

USA flaglet
9/11 Memorial in New York City by Anthony Fomin
curtain wall building
WTC by Kirby Kizuki
Emergency Response after 9/11 attacks
Emergency Response after 9/11 attacks by USACE HQ
Grayscale Photography of High Rise Buildings
Thomas Svensson

Please donate to BTSADV!

Hello, ladies and gentlemen! How many of you can’t stand when a man raises their hand against a woman, and vice versa? How many of you have either experienced this first hand or witnessed someone else going through it? If you answered yes (or raised your hand) to any of these questions, you may be interested in donating to my (post) birthday fundraiser for Breaking the Silence Against Domestic Violence. I chose this organization for my birthday fundraiser this year because I sympathize with people in abusive relationships. No one should have to put up with domestic violence. If you agree with me, please head over to my Facebook Fundraiser page and donate as much as you can (the minimum they allow you to send is $5). BTSADV uses donations to fund programs such as the Angel Scholarship Program and the Survivor Sisters Retreat. You could go on the BTSADV website to find out more about them, their mission, and about how they use donations. Thank you very much in advance!

#breakthesilence #saynotodv #wordsnothands #thegoldenrule

http://breakthesilencedv.org

https://www.facebook.com/donate/597750464462458/

Domestic Violence Awareness Month
Domestic Violence Awareness Month by heraldpost

Check Out My Novel, “Best Served Cold”!

Now that it is summer, it is time for some summer reading. Speaking of which, be sure to take a look at my novel titled Best Served Cold on Amazon. This novel is about a teenager who goes to extreme measures to get revenge on her sister after she treated her as an outcast and humiliated her at school. The main character later regrets her actions. It is available as a paperback for $5.99! The link to preview and purchase it is below! Happy reading!

Twelve Songs That Are Suitable For the On-going COVID-19 Pandemic

  1. Locked Up- Akon ft. Styles P*:
Akon at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, USA on September 12, 2010.

2. Another One Bites the Dust:

Magelang indonesia, december 24, 2018 :potrait queen on color abstract art  style isolated.

3. I Will Survive- Gloria Gaynor:

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4. Survivor- Destiny’s Child:

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5. The Lazy Song- Bruno Mars:

bruno mars sigh GIF

6. Three Little Birds- Bob Marley:

motivational bob marley GIF

7. Stayin’ Alive- Bee Gees:

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8. Paint It Black- Rolling Stones:

Rolling Stones Paint it Black 7' Single

9. Lonely- Akon:

heatwave GIF by Robin Schulz

10. That’s Life- Frank Sinatra:

thats life sal valentinetti GIF by America's Got Talent

11. Lean On Me- Bill Withers (may he rest in Peace):

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12. See You Again- Miley Cyrus:

or by Wiz Khalifa and Charlie Puth:

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Song List Sources:

Photo Sources:

  • Akon at the 2010 MTV Video Music Awards held at the Nokia Theatre L.A. Live in Los Angeles, USA on September 12, 2010.– Tinseltown/Shutterstock
  • Magelang [I]ndonesia, [D]ecember 24, 2018 : [P]o[r]trait queen on color abstract art style isolated.– Muhammad suryanto/Shutterstock
  • Animated GIF– r/shittyreactiongifs (Reddit)/GIPHY
  • Destiny[‘]s Child Beyonce GIF– beyhive1992 (Tumblr/Page Not Found)/GIPHY
  • Bruno Mars Sigh GIF– ilavbrunomars(Tumblr/Page Not Found)/GIPHY
  • Motivational Bob Marley GIF– No Source Found/GIPHY
  • Season 6 GIF– simpsonsworld.com/GIPHY
  • Rolling Stones Paint It Black 7′ Single– vinylmeister/Creative Commons
  • Heatwave GIF– Robin Schulz/GIPHY
  • That[‘]s Life Sal Valentinetti GIF– America’s Got Talent/GIPHY
  • Soul Train 70[s] GIF– The Things You Are (Tumblr/Qwizzable)/GIPHY
  • Wiz Khalifa Long Day GIF– Freefall-in-Blue (Tumblr)/GIPHY

*Videos embedded from YouTube

Check Out “Seasons: A Poetry Anthology!”

Hey, fellas! Happy Memorial Day Weekend! If you’re bummed about being stuck at home for the holiday, I know something you could do to cheer yourselves up: take a look at the second book I wrote with the SMS Novel Group! The book is a poetry anthology titled Seasons, and the poems we had written were inspired about our emotions. For instance, many of us wrote about past experiences that made us angry and sad, as well as our feelings about the COVID-19 pandemic. If you want a sneak peek, most of the poems I wrote were about issues that make me furious, such as bullying and domestic violence. For the full story, you must go to Amazon or SMS Novel and get the book. The E-book is free, but if you prefer the physical version of the book (like me), you’ll have to order the book from the SMS Novel website for $19.99. The link to the website is below. Enjoy!

Seasons: A Poetry Anthology by [Jana Keely, Carlin Hertz, Anna Draniewicz, Yvonne Harris, Bethany James, Lordy Belance]
Photo Credit: Seasons: A Poetry Anthology- SMS Novel/Amazon

https://www.smsnovel.com/product-page/seasons-a-poetry-anthology

13 Songs About Saving The Environment

Hi, peeps! In honor of (late) Earth Day, here are some songs that will get you into the spirit of making the world a better place:

  1. Heal the World- Michael Jackson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BWf-eARnf6U
  2. We Are The World- USA For Africa: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9AjkUyX0rVw
  3. Earth Song- Michael Jackson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XAi3VTSdTxU
  4. We Can Change The World- Bridget Mendler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M59EB3Z9tOo
  5. Big Green Taxi- The Counting Crows: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tvtJPs8IDgU
  6. Radioactive- Imagine Dragons: https://youtu.be/ktvTqknDobU
  7. What A Wonderful World- Louis Armstrong: https://youtu.be/m5TwT69i1lU
  8. Give Peace A Chance- The Plastic Ono Band: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=C3_0GqPvr4U
  9. This Land Is Your Land- Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings: https://youtu.be/XQ78uDio_ao
  10. Mercy, Mercy Me- Marvin Gaye: https://youtu.be/efiDnHS3fzk
  11. Send It On- Disney’s Friends For Change: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-RpivcId8o
  12. Imagine- John Lennon: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VOgFZfRVaww
  13. Get Up Stand Up- Bob Marley: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JLYOOezs3DA

Sources:

https://www.dummymag.com/10-best/10-best-songs-environmental-message-cerrone/

https://www.thenation.com/article/archive/top-ten-songs-about-environment/

https://spinditty.com/playlists/Songs-About-Nature

-Google

*Note: According to Google, most of these songs have many different recordings (ie. We Are The World was re-recorded by Michael Jackson in 2004).

Check out my new group book “My Love Matters”!

Good evening, guys! I hope you all are staying safe and sound during this pandemic! I have an idea: to pass the time, why don’t you check out the new book that I co-wrote with the SMS Group? It is titled My Love Matters, and it is about a black college senior named Aries Johnson who falls in love with a white junior and football quarterback named Ryan Wolf. However, racism from others, disapproval from Aries’ parents, and a huge secret causes a few bumps in their relationship. Will their love for each other survive? You’ll have to read it and find out! Click on the link below to order. I hope you’ll like it! (P.S. I used my pen name, Laurel C. Belanz)

https://www.smsnovel.com/product-page/my-love-matters-group-book

What To Do While Confined Because of Corona

Greetings, everybody! I know that a lot of you must be going ballistic from being cooped up because of the deadly Coronavirus. But never fear! Lordy is here….to tell you that you do NOT have to go out to have a great time! Here is a list of things you could do while safeguarding yourself from this ugly disease:

  1. Take up reading
  2. Enjoy your favorite Netflix, Prime, Hulu, Disney+, and/or TV programs
  3. Write stories, plays, poems, essays, blogs, journal/diary entries, anything you fancy!
  4. Call, email, text, or video-call your loved ones (and ask them how they are holding up through all of this).
  5. Exercise. The gyms are closed, so you might as well.
  6. Surf through social media and post funny content
  7. Record live videos on social media
  8. Learn a new hobby/skill
  9. Play mobile games (SongPop and Choices are my favorites!)
  10. Arts & Crafts
  11. Meditate
  12. Listen to music and jam to karaoke!
  13. Start a podcast or web show, or both!
  14. Fun cooking sessions and dinners with your fellow residents!
  15. Try to become a star on YouTube, Tik Tok, Soundcloud, Instagram, etc.
  16. Attend or host an event via Zoom, Instagram Live, Facebook Live, Twitch, etc.
  17. Play cards or other games with your friends on a virtual game playing site (suggested by someone in one of my Repair The World campaigns)

Image Sources

  • Riga, Latvia – March 25, 2018: Earphones connected to iPad showing Netflix logo on the screen.– Kaspars Grinvalds / Shutterstock.com
  • Child cut applique top view. Artwork workplace with creative accessories. Flat lay art tools for painting.– s_oleg/Shutterstock.com
  • RIGA, LATVIA. 4th April 2019. Young woman listens to music and reads message at smartphone. Sitting on lounge chair.– Gints Ivuskans/Shutterstock.com
  • Happy friends singing together at home. Karaoke party concept– Prostock-studio/Shutterstock.com
  • Concentrated On Writing– © Studio Dream/Dreamstime.com
  • Exercise Ball Rollout– © Tadija Savic/Dreamstime.com

All About Me (Condensed Version)

Hello, guys! For those of you who found my introduction post to be too long, here is a shorter version of it. My name is Lordy Emmanuella Belance, and I am from Brooklyn, NY. I recently finished school at Brooklyn College with a BFA in Creative Writing. A few of my works have been published in school publications, one of them being “Catching Up With The Other Lordys”. That story was about me contacting both my younger and older selves. I am the daughter of Haitian immigrants; both of my parents are from the city of Jérémie. A few things that I like are karaoke, creative writing, The Bachelor, international cuisine (especially Haitian food), and Disney. On the other hand, things that I dislike include bullying, child abuse, homophobia, when people diss the arts as a career field, and police brutality. I will talk more in depth about these topics as I continue blogging. However, I also would like to know what you want me to write about. Please comment your requests below, and tell me a little about yourself!

Christmas Eve Mass 2019 (Courtesy of fellow Mass attendee)