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Signs You’re an Empath

Are you an empath?

You are an empath if you have highly developed intuitive senses or sensory perceptions.

The Mirriam Webster dictionary  defines empathy as “the action of understanding, being aware of, being sensitive to, and vicariously experiencing the feelings, thoughts and experiences of another of either the past or present without having the feeling, thoughts and experiences fully communicated in an objectively explicit manner.

 Did that definition help? No?

In reader friendly terms: Empathy is feeling the emotions of others

All humans possess empathic characteristics to a certain extent–we can “catch” a sneeze from someone else, or laugh/cry when we see others doing the same.

“Don’t cry! I’ll start crying too.” A phrase used by many women–whether they have extreme empathic traits or not.

We all put on our game face-especially in public, but an empath actually feels what another is really feeling.

Indicators you’re an empath:

  • Do you get instant feelings  about someone and intuit their true mood?
  • Do you instinctively know if someone is lying and the emotion behind the lie ( malice, guilt, courtesy)?
  • Do you cry or laugh or sneeze or feel pain when you are in close proximity to another who is experiencing those emotions/symtoms? For example: Will your own knee hurt when speaking to someone who is recovering from knee surgery?
  • Do certain noises drive you crazy? ( besides a screaming baby on an airplane)
  • Does a particular scent cause you to cry or laugh for no apparent reason?
  • Can you discern the prevailing emotion in a meeting?
  • Can you discern the emotional atmosphere in an empty room? ( leftover or residual emotional energy)
  • Can you determine if a person has high or low energy upon first meeting them?
  • Do parties leave you drained or overwhelmed?
  • Do people seek you out to dump on you emotionally?
  • Does watching some horror or tragedy on TV or movies leave you upset for hours!
  • Do you feel compelled or obligated to help people in pain?
  • Are you able to heal people through word or touch?

Most people possess empathy–it’s what makes us human.

Advertisers know this and  use our capacity to feel another’s emotions to drive sales ( think about all those sad puppy commercials).

Many websites are devoted to Empaths and the “problems” that come with being an emotional sponge. Wish I had time to review them all for you!

Related Posts: Engaging Enigmas
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Teen Slang 3

Are you flossin’ to your friends about your knowledge of slang!

Final 20 words! I saved the easiest ones for last! (Although I included a few obscure terms  just to “keep it real.”)

1. steelo
2. bomb
3. crib
4. ghetto
5. yo
6.keep it real
7. play
8. all that
9. player
10.kill it
11. grip
12. hot
13. holla
14. cold
15. what’s up
16. off the hook
17. beef
18. peace
19. ice
20. floss

 

Definitions below!

1. steelo: noun: 1. style   2: confidence
2. bomb: ( often followed after da)  adj: 1. excellent  2. popular
3. crib: noun: house, abode
4. ghetto: adj: cheap, imitation
5. Yo: interjection denoting surprise, recognition. hey (In Shakespearean times is was ho— only one letter change)
6. keep it real: verb: to tell the truth, to be authentic
7. play: verb: 1. to deceive, mislead, lie to  2. noun: sex
8.  all that: adj; arrogant, pompous, egotistic
9. player: noun: one who is sexually assertive with multiple sexual partners, one who is skilled with flirting or manipulating others
10. kill it: verb: to do a great job/task, to perform well
11. grip: noun: a large amount,
12. hot: adj: attractive,trendy
13. holla: verb: to call out 2. noun; a greeting
14. cold:  adj: cruel, unkind,
15. What’s up ( pronounced wazzup or wad up) interjection: greeting
16. off the hook: adj, very fun/enjoyable,
17. beef: noun: problem, negative reaction
18. peace or peace out: interjection: good bye
19. ice: noun: jewelry, diamonds,
20. floss: verb:1.  to brag, to show off. 2. to pretend

Are you keeping hip with the times or are you no longer in the teen lingo loop?

OK folks, that’s all for the slang words! Hope you had fun!

Related Links: Teen Talk; Teen Slang #2
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Teen Slang 2

Don’t be a tool!

OK hipsters! I have 20 more words for you! Let’s see if you know the definition of these slang terms.

1. tool
2.down
3. trip
4. beat
5. chill
6. wack
7. tight
8. bunk
9. dis
10. bling
11. game
12. props
13. step off
14. front
15. played
16. lit
16. janky
18. dope
19. Hoopty
20. hater

Here are the definitions.

1. tool: noun: fool, person with no self-esteem
2. down: adj: to be in agreement
3. trip: verb: to panic, worry
4. beat: adj: being old -fashioned, not trendy, boring
5. chill: verb; to relax,to clam down
6. wack; adj: crazy, inappropriate, weird, stupid
7. tight: adj: cool, excellent, begin emotionally close to a person(s)
8. bunk: adj: no true, unacceptable, disagreeable, false
9. dis: verb: short for disrespect, criticize,
10. bling: noun: jewelry, shiny, sparkly
11. game: noun: having charisma, people skills, sex appeal
12. props: noun: to give credit, to praise,
13. step off: verb:to leave alone, to retreat
14. front: verb; to pretend to be something your not
15. played: verb: over used, tired
16. lit: noun: to get drunk, high OR to get angry
17. janky: adj:nasty, tacky, worthless
18. hoopty: noun: old, dilpatidated  car
19. dope: adj: awesome, great
20: hater: noun: a person who is jealous of another

How many did you get correct?
Think you can
 you use the words in a sentence? Leave a comment using the terms!

20 more words tomorrow!

Related Links: Teen Slang; Teen Talk 3#
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Countless Club Cards

securedownload (1)My wallet is FAT, heavy with plastic.

Not with credit cards—goodness no.

Bulky with those cards that EVERY store believes is necessary to hand out to receive “points,” “savings,” and   “discounts.” They tell you the cards are “valuable” and “redeemable.” Whatever.

I don’t want any more plastic!

                                                                                 Stop with the cards already!

Plastic currently taking up space in my cashless wallet:
  • Starbucks card: $ remaining= 0.00
  • Vons
  • Albertsons
  • Price Club
  • Ralphs
  • ClubBev (used once )
  • Off Fifth
  • Sephora ( points add up when you buy for 2 daughters)
  • Ulta ( see above)
  • Staff ID

Those are the cards are in my wallet, another stack of plastic is in the purse’s side pocket. Gift cards!  But I would NEVER complain about gift cards!

Yesterday, while I was buying something at the mall, the clerk asked for my zip code and email. I was paying cash! (Cash…you remember…it’s green, has wings, the government prints lots of it, and you don’t have any if you have teenagers.)

I digress.

I already get a zillion ( a slight exaggeration)  emails from every store I ever purchased anything from. Does that form of marketing actually work? I just delete all the ads. Do you?

So back to my  rant complaint  about all those ever-so-important plastic cards.

I’m thinking about pairing down. Way down. I’ll just bundle them up and leave them in the glove box until I need them. But you know I’ll forget to take out that super saver plastic and I’ll be standing in line sans club card.

Just like I usually forget to bring in my cloth grocery bags. (They’re in the trunk–outta sight–outta mind. Plus, my mind is usually busy thinking about the novel I’m writing.)

How many super-saver-discount-value-preferred-rewards club cards are in your wallet?

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Techno Troubles

I love technology. I do! I really do. Except on those days when everything goes horribly wrong. Well, maybe not horribly, but it’s frustrating when the technology doesn’t work and I  waste time.

Case in point: Monday.
  • My car won’t “find” my phone so I can’t  make a hands-free call.
  • Once the car finally “finds” my phone, the cheerful female voice informs me the “phonebook” is empty. Empty?
  • Walked into the classroom to find a new phone system installed—complete with high-tech phone. Great! Except, there’s  no User Manual—I might read it–uummmm who am I kidding? Because of the upgrade, important extensions were changed. Now I have zero clue how to get messages AND I don’t know how to record a greeting AND passwords haven’t been assigned  to access the voice mailbox. ( ACK! Another password to add to my list—see yesterday’s post)
  • Printer gets jammed.
  • Computer won’t “load.” No icons. Just blue empty screen. Once. Twice. Three times. Ahhh—there it goes. I have icons!
  • Can’t figure out the digital recorder I need to use today. There’s a wheelie thingy, and a mode button and a whole row of functions I can’t figure out.
  • Phone has no bars. (Ten years ago, no one would have known what that statement meant—now you’re all thinking—“Yep, no bars, you’re in a dead zone.”
  • My iPad is demanding a new email password.
  • The connector from digital recorder to computer doesn’t work.recorder
  • My school computer won’t “read’ the memory card.
  • Online form won’t download correctly.
  • Keep getting errors on an upload.
  • I can’t remember which flash drive I put all the stuff I need for today’s work.

I love technology. I love technology. I love technology.

I’ve had worse TechnoTrouble days. We all have. What’s yours?

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Password Blues

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Do YOU have too many passwords?

Do you suffer from password or PIN confusion?

Passwords multiple—like rabbits, more and more, and more—and well—you get the picture.

It started out innocent enough. Long, long ago, in a galaxy far, far away (do you hear the musical score to Star Wars in the background) when the first computer was brought into the home many years ago. A password  was needed to access the computer. OK. Innocent enough.

But now! OMG! Even the mention  of “create a password” sends me running down the metaphoric hall, hair flying, arms flailing in the air, screaming “nooooooooo.”

I have over 25—that’s right—different passwords. How did I accumulated so many?

  • Bank accounts
  • Social media platforms:face book (personal, teacher, author), twitter, pinterest, 2 Instagrams, Tumblr, Goodreads, etc
  • Various publishing  and/or writing websites/programs
  • Multiple—and I mean way too many school-related  programs, websites, etc
  • several emails
  • a few software applications
Puppy commiserates while I rant about passwords!

Puppy commiserates while I rant about passwords!

The biggest problem. Those programs that demand the passwords be changed every few months. ACK!

“But L.Z.” I hear you saying, there’s a program for that. It saves all your passwords, even enters the  passwords and PINS for you.” That’s next on my to-do list. And I have a sneaking suspicion it will require a password!

My techie-son was appalled I have so many passwords. He demanded to know what they were all for. I read him the list, and he shook his head sadly. “Sorry, Mom, yeah you do have a lot.”

The other day, I swiped my card at the grocery store and was about to enter the PIN—another word that makes me quake in terror—when I had a brain fart. The mind went blank. Zero. Nada. My own memory wiped clean of those random numbers assigned by the bank.  I blame the checker, he was talking to the manager and they were discussing numbers and WHAM—I couldn’t remember my own.

Lucky for me, my gorgeous 17-yr old daughter stood next to me. She burst out laughing when she saw the expression on my face. “Mom, the brain is the first to go.”
“No,” I snapped back. “A woman’s cute looks are.”
That shut her up!
As we sat and sipped our mochas a few minutes later, I asked my daughter what her social security number was.
She grimaced, “I don’t know.”
“What’s your employee number?” Smug sip.
“I don’t know.”
“How many passwords and PINs do you have?”
“OK. OK. I get it, already.”
Yep! Soon enough, she will get multiple passwords. Life. School. Career. They all come with passwords.
 In addition to the password and the PIN, some sites want you to create secret  security questions. The toughest site I ever encountered demanded 3 security questions NOT related to name of pet, color, favorite food, locations, letters in your name, or  D.O.B

I really, really hope I wrote the answers down somewhere…

Related posts: Random Realities
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Pinterest Convert

Short post today–I’m catching up on novel writing, picture pinning, and other author-ly stuff.

After a bit of hemming and hawing, I joined the ranks of the Pinterest groupies.  So far, I have 5 boards and plan to add more. It’s fun finding and pinning all the pictures for the different novels. Daphne’s clothes, the stones in the merkabah, her favorite coffee…a great tool for author and reader. Warning: One’s imagination is ever so much more powerful, so I won’t be too specific–we all have a vision of what S.J. might look like.

We loved picture books as children–we still do! Pinterest indulges our need for visual candy!

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The “stuff I love” board is glimpse into L.Z.Marie’s head. It’s pretty tame at the moment, but has definite scary (or nerd) potential.

The “recipe” board will come in handy when the cooking/baking bug bites.

If you already have a Pinterest account, I would love you to follow me. There’s a link on the side bar (on laptop) or scroll down to end of page ( on iPad or iPhone.)

And of course, it goes without saying that I love when I get “Likes” on my Facebook page.

Note: If “it goes without saying” then why do people still say it?

The next free e-copy giveaway of The Merkabah Recruit is February 16th and 17th. (President’s Day is the 18th).

If you don’t have a Kindle, but you do have an iPad, just google Kindle for iPad and download the app! It’a free! Now you can download bazillions of Kindle books at a fraction of the cost of paperback or hardback. And you can take advantage of the many free ebooks  Amazon offers–like mine!

My daughter has a Kindle app on her iPhone and there are also Kindle app for PC, Android, Blackberry, and MAC.

Happy Reading!

Free Read

Amazon Prime members can now read The Merkabah Recruit for free! 

Not a Prime member? No problem! The novel can be downloaded for FREE December 25th through December 27th.

Reminders will be posted on my Facebook  and Fanpage L.Z.Marie  and Twitter @LZMarieAuthor

Free–especially after those wallet busting Holidays–is great!

FYI: Amazon Prime is an amazing program if you’re a voracious reader. It gives you access to zillions ( OK, maybe not that many) of free downloads.

 

Novel Wednesday

Myth and history collide  in my novel, The Merkabah Recruit. Often times, they are rooted and merged so deeply in ancient history and culture we can’t figure where one ends and the other begins. Add modern science to the mix and those fantastical myths are now explainable!

I’m not pushing my novel today, but just want to remind you how deeply ingrained our earliest mythology  is.

 What’s your favorite mythological creatures? Don’t know any? Sure, you do!

Here is one of my favorites.

The Harpy! Hailing back to ancient Greece, these creatures were a fusion of bird and woman—portrayed either as ugly or beautiful.

They were ravenously hungry (aren’t all women on diets?) and stole food before  fouling the area with their excrement (really hope that’s some kind of Greek metaphor).

To call a woman a “harpy” today is a total slam! Instantly a nagging, scolding, annoying ugly woman comes to mind!

I took a poll of under-thirty somethings–to my surprise they all knew what a harpy was–although they claimed they hated Greek mythology in high school and–even more surprising–laughed or snickered  when they heard the word used to describe a woman.

Which is the worse insult? Biddy or harpy?

Novel tidbits: Are you an empath?

Are you  an empath?You  are an empath if you have highly developed intuitive senses or sensory perceptions. All humans possess empathic characteristics to a certain extent. We all put on our game face-especially  in public, but an empath actually feels what another is really feeling.

  • Do you get instant feelings  about someone?
  • Intuit their true mood?
  • Do you instinctively know if someone is lying or depressed?
  • Do you cry or laugh or sneeze or feel pain when you are in close proximity to another who is experiencing those things? For example: Will your knee hurt when you speak to someone who is recovering from knee surgery?
  • Do certain noises drive you crazy? ( besides a screaming baby on the airplane)
  • Does a particular scent make you cry or laugh?
  • Can you discern the prevailing emotion in a room or a meeting?
  • Can you determine if a person has high or low energy upon first meeting them?
  • Do parties leave you drained?
  • Do people seek you out to dump on you emotionally?

In The Merkabah Recruit, the main character is an unique empath.

If you’re interested in this subject or want to know more, check out my novel.
Tomorrows topic: history of the Merkabah

Teasers, anyone?

Busy re-writing, fine-tuning, and fact checking  for The Merkabah Deception–the 2nd in the Merkabah series.

Daphne Sites and her Guide are in Ecuador where they hope to put a stop to the mysterious mass hysteria illness at a prestigious girls prep school.

Her search for answers leads to a trip to the Amazon jungle, the equator line, and visits to Quito’s most majestic cathedrals–one with spooky catacombs! Mmmm…wonder what Daphne will find there?

Daphne must also learn to work with Caesar–and arrogant and licentious Merkabah Medium with a chip on his shoulder and a few secrets to tell.

El duende, an azeman, and a keyeme are just a few of the  mythological South America creatures who come out to play in this adventure.

And S.J. shows another side of himself–one that Daphne has a difficult time accepting.

That’s all for now!

Why I love to write

Writing my novel—whether its throwing a rough draft down on paper or fine-tuning a paragraph–is one of the most enjoyable activities I know. The crazier my life becomes, the more worries swirling around the room, the more enticing to dive into a world of my creation. A world I rule. Only in my novel do I have absolute power.  Problems and worries disappear as imagination takes over. My slice of zen. Cathartic writing. Being inside my characters’ heads is ever so much more entertaining than pondering my life.

“Time to go. We’ll be late.” My husband says as I sit at the computer. “You can finish the scene when you get back.”

He is wrong. I finish the scene in my head as we drive. I finish the scene as we arrive at the party. I finish the scene while making small talk.

And then I start another.