I’ll Meet You At WordCamp Sacramento 2018 (Yes, I’m a Speaker!)

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I will be speaking about personal blogging (i.e. non-commercial blogs like yours and mine,) the blogging community and keeping your unique blogger voice alive at the 2018 WordCamp Sacramento this September.

Yes, I am over the moon honored to have been chosen as a speaker. Note: I will be speaking under a different name. More on that later. 

As you all know, I’m passionate about my blog, your blog, and supporting each other. I’m passionate about creativity. I’m passionate about sharing. I’m passionate about you.

From the official WordCamp Sacramento site:

WordCamp Sacramento is a casual, locally organized conference happening September 15-16, 2018 that covers everything related to the world’s favorite platform: WordPress. Whether you’re brand new to WordPress, you use it casually, or you’re a seasoned professional, there is something for everyone at every skill level!

In its fourth year, the event will include a Beginner Track and two mixed tracks of sessions running concurrently on both Saturday, and three mixed tracks of sessions on Sunday.

Tickets go on sale in June.

For more official information click on this link: https://2018.sacramento.wordcamp.org

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I’ll be talking more about blogging and the event as we get closer to September. In the meantime I’ve got to bug Vlad about getting his latest Vampire Diary post finished, and I have some book recommendations too (and a new summer feature for Wednesdays.)

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

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Yes, this is the place.

Questions my kids ask that I can’t answer

Questions my children ask that I can’t answer

My children have asked a lot of questions over the years. It leads to a lot of discussions because they are “big picture” kids. They see the world outside of their own neighborhood and outside of their own family, friends and school.

I can give them answers but it still never makes sense. I mean, I can logically and emotionally give them something but sometimes I feel frustrated because I don’t have solutions. As a mom I always wish I had a solution. As a citizen of this planet I wish I had solutions. It is frustrating as Hell.

I didn’t make these questions up. It came from the kids.

 

  • Why do people hate Jews?
  • Why do people have more children than they can take care of?
  • Why do people have kids they don’t love? Why don’t they give them to someone who will love them?
  • Why don’t people take care of animals?
  • Why does the media sexualize women and girls so much?
  • Why is everything in the media about sex?
  • Why does every movie or TV show have to have a sex scene in it for no reason? It doesn’t add to the story.
  • Why don’t people change?
  • Why does anyone allow their daughter to be a child bride?
  • What is Tiananmen Square and why did it happen?
  • Why can’t I get my belly button pierced? (Because I’m your mom and I said NO.)
  • Why are boys so stupid?
  • Why are girls so stuck up?
  • Why are the roads so bad?
  • Did you know I can get the dog to eat anything if I put Ranch Dressing on it?

 

The list goes on and on. Every morning it is something new. So we talk about it. We talk a lot. It is what we do, because we’re a family. That is what families do. At least I hope it is what they do.

You might not have all of the answers but you can sit down with your kids on whatever computer device you have, or go to the library, or call a friend and get an answer. Or you can figure out the answers between you. Sometimes there are no answers.

But even when there are no answers there can still be discussion.

Talk with your kids. It is the best investment of time you’ll ever make.

 

~ Juliette aka Vampire Mom

Who doesn’t have all the answers, but will continue to look for them.

And more along this line but with Vampire stuff and a story from Tellias (the ancient Vampire) to come later today or tonight…

 

What we talked about today – kidnappings, con-artists, safety, school and other assorted business

We’re in the car a lot so we listen to the radio and talk about the news and school and life…

This is what we talked about today:

STAR testing continues in school. We’re still talking about colleges. We’re talking about all the end of the year school activities (proms, dances, graduations, trips, grades.)

We’re talking about news too. Three girls were kidnapped and 10 years later escaped, with a small child in tow. It was good news and horrible. Good that they were no longer captives in Hell. Bad that they had to endure such Hell. It was horrible.

In the meantime my kids pointed out that some physic had told the mother of one of the girls that her daughter was DEAD. About a year later the mom died, never to know her daughter was alive. She died thinking her daughter was dead.

The Physic was the famous and very rich con-artist Sylvia Brown. She claims to see angels (give me a fucking break), ghosts and talk to the dead. If she starts in on Vampires…oh don’t even go there. For years I’ve been seeing people taken in by liars and cons like Ms Sylvia Brown.

Dear Ms Brown,

I have warned my children about people like you. You are a con-artist of the lowest order. You are cruel, selfish and opportunistic. Your kind disgusts me. You are a parasite who feeds on the hopes of grieving parents. There is a special place in Hell for people like you. You’re a piece of shit.

In the 1800’s there were a lot of con artists like Ms Brown. I thought by now people would know better. But when people are in grief and pain they’ll believe anything. The pain is so great that they’ll do anything to make it go away. I believe it was Pen and Teller who did a show about con artists who claimed to talk to the dead and disproved most of them. They showed how it worked. I don’t know why people believe. My father has explained it to me many times that some people need someone to follow and to tell them what to do because it is easier than making their own decisions.

Now hand me that box of rattle snakes Jethro. Anyway, one of my brothers HAS been to a church with snakes. He said it was pretty crazy – and I believe him on that one.

Next the kids mentioned “That singer who tried to hire someone to kill his wife.”

The lead singer of the metal band As I Lay Dying, Tim Lambesis was arrested Tuesday and charged with attempting to hire a hit man to kill his wife.

He was Post-Metal and supposed to be on the Warped tour. My daughter said he was a Christian so she was surprised to hear he’d done what he did. I said a lot of Christians do horrible things just like everyone else. It was sad. He threw it all away and nobody knows why. He had kids too. So sad. My son said it was sad too because he brother was in the band too. Maybe they’ll find another singer, maybe not. Please lovely readers of this blog no comments on religion PLEASE. It was just a simple observation. 

From there Clara talked about the bad hygiene among kids at middle school and the need for good bras. Some of the girls don’t know about bras. Where are their moms? Young girls need bras that fit, especially if they’re doing sports and have big boobs. The kids mentioned “flopping.” Sorry for the visuals…there were even more descriptions but I won’t go into details. Just for any parents out there …. PLEASE guide your kids to wear proper underwear and to use soap at least once a day. They need to brush their teeth too. Remember, if you ignore your teeth they’ll go away.

We talked about TV. Weird stuff. On Monday we all became comatose and watched TV together on the couch like puppies. I’m not saying it was to be enlightened. It was pretty  mindless. OK we watched Hawaii Five-O and it was creepy because it was about a couple who were abducting girls and keeping them prisoner – and in the news three girls who’d been abducted had been found. Just like that.

And THEN on CSI tonight they featured ghosts and serial killers. More weirdness. It was fun and we all got a good dose of much needed brain drain. Most important it gave us time to just pile up in one big heap of cuddling and dogs and cats and kids and spend time together. And it led to more conversations about all sorts of things (yes, we do talk while we watch the magic picture box.)

After that the usual conversation about why there are so many serial killers from Northern California came up. I could do an entire blog about that subject. Holy crap. From the Zodiac to Richard Allen Chase to the Unibomber. Sick and twisted and scary. Same with abductions. We always wonder.

I started to tell my children about stranger danger when they were just toddlers. I told them that nobody, no matter how they threatened could hurt mommy and daddy. I told them that anything anyone told them would be a lie and to never forget that. We’ve all told our kids that. We all have. We shouldn’t have to but we do. And we keep telling them that.

Then we wondered what roller rink was in Modern Family this week. Orange? Fountain Valley? We’ll have to look that one up. We spend a lot of time in roller rinks. No long afternoons in the sun.

From there we discussed the best way to get glued off stones off of a skate dress without cutting it up. Goo-Gone seemed to work the best. Now we’d need a gallon to get 400 flat back crystals off of a skate dress (for dance).

We went back to physics and the like. Most people I know who’ve had experiences with the paranormal keep it to themselves. When it is real it is held close, like love.

Most of the paranormal and physic stuff people tend to enjoy is just for fun. A horoscope or a card reading. I can read palms and used to read Tarot cards and Ouija boards. It was all for fun. Tarot cards can be a guide, but only that. Don’t be fooled by smoke and mirrors and other such parlour tricks. Follow your own heart and don’t follow false prophets. So I tell my children. I’m proud to have raised a couple of skeptics, just like my dad raised his kids.

On the other hand we thought it would be really cool to create our own set of Tarrot cards. Stay tuned.

Almost everyone I know has experienced something along the lines of the paranormal, but it ghosts, or an answered prayer or a hunch or a vision – but they keep it close, personal and it is theirs. They aren’t cons. It is theirs and theirs alone to live with and learn by. And if they share it is out of their hearts. They don’t hurt others with false hopes, bull shit and lies.

Garrett asked if Werewolf blood really tasted like bourbon and I told him yes. You have to be straight with your kids. I also told him not to get any ideas because it could get him seriously injured or killed.

Not much else happened except a few conversations about how good cranberries are and about a birthday party coming up this weekend and how I MUST go online and get the right gift certificate for Allie. OK I’ll do that.

We fool around and play trick on this blog – but we know what is real and what is right and what is horribly wrong and what is truly evil. There are a lot of things I don’t believe in but I do believe in evil. And I do believe in good and in hope – and so do my kids.

~ Juliette aka Vampire Maman

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Note: I’m back to 15-20 minutes per post tops. Busy days and nights. So if it sounds like rambling it is.

How do you explain? What we talked about with our kids this morning.

This morning the radio was on and my kids and I talked about news and life and what is going on in their lives.

How do you explain to your teens about things like the Boston Marathon bombings yesterday? They’re smart kids. They discuss events in school with their teachers and friends. They listen. They have their own opinions. I can give the line about them being our future.

Clara’s history teacher had told the kids about it right before school got out. Garrett had heard about it earlier in the day. They were shocked. Clara asked about cameras. Didn’t they have security cameras? I don’t know. We all agreed it was senseless. We discussed other events – too many this year and last. Too many ever. Too much sadness.

We talked about how it happened in April. Bad things happen in April. Oklahoma City Bombing (explained that to the kids), Virginia Tech shootings, Unibomber, Columbine, Hitler’s birthday and the list goes on. Click here to a story on NPR about it.

I told them about the Bath School bombing in 1927. It was in May but it was bad. To make the story short a man bombed a school because he was angry about election results. Thirty eight children were killed. For nothing. Absolutely nothing.

We talked about the IRA again. The kids for some reason still seem surprised that there were Irish bombers. The kids wanted to know why any American’s would want to blow up their own people. Why would anyone want to blow up anyone? I can try to explain beliefs and sending messages but nobody can explain the face of evil or insanity.

They asked about what was going on when their dad and I were kids. Their dad, who was making coffee, gave them a side ways look. “Think about it,” he said with his usual lack of patience for our two young Vampires.

“What?” Clara asked that looking totally clueless – such a 13 year old sometimes. Then the light bulb went off. “The Civil War.” That is another conversation.

We changed directions.

We talked about funny things people post online. They all know who Chuck Norris is or at least that he is the ultimate bad ass justice seeker. This is the one we talked about.

Chuck Rocks

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Clara mentioned that her history teacher asked the kids in her class about Kim Jong Un the “leader” of North Korea. They’d heard of him but half hadn’t seen a photo of him. When the teacher showed a photo the kids all started to laugh. They didn’t expect someone who looked like an overgrown baby. Then we talked about the memes. There are ALWAYS memes.

 

 

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Garrett mentioned the 19 year old pop star Justin Bieber comment about Ann Frank “Truly inspiring to be able to come here. Anne was a great girl. Hopefully she would have been a belieber.”

My kids were disgusted by his self-centered comment and also mentioned that Ann Frank would have more than likely been a Post Metal or Indie band fan.  We talked about how smart she was and that had she lived she would have been brilliant and successful at whatever she did.

It wasn’t a good day for news. It hasn’t been for a while, but on a good note, there are two new babies at the Sacramento zoo.

 

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We talk with our kids about the news. It just gets more difficult because we (Teddy and I) don’t have answers. Our kids are too smart for us to paint a world of puppy dogs, unicorns and sparkly Vampires. World Peace isn’t something I expect them to ever see.

But, remember at the bottom of Pandora’s box, there is always hope. For every bad person there are 100,000 good people. For ever evil deed there are thousands of good deeds. Yesterday the people of Boston proved that. And all of us need to keep proving that ever single day.

 

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~ Wishing you all peace and hope,

Juliette aka Vampire Maman

Vampire Masquerade! I can’t wait!!!!!

I am so excited! We just received the invitation to this year’s Vampire Masquerade! THE most exclusive event of the vampire year!!!!

Clara will have just turned 13 so this will be her very first year! We’re already working on sketches for our dresses.

My mom said she and dad already have something fabulous planned. No surprise from my parents, the most fabulous and stylish vampires I’ve ever met!

It received a text from my old “friend” Pleasant. He said he’d be there. My kids made some snarky remarks. Teddy just laughed. He’ll have plenty of old friends there too. But there will be new friends as well, a few “new” vampires we’re introducing into the Circle!

I can’t wait! I’ll post sketches of our dress ideas. Let me know what you’re wearing!

Hope to see you all there!!!!!

~ Juliette

One of our favorite shops!

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My friend Steve’s store, Crown Precious Metals is now open  10:00 am – 5:00 pm  Monday – Friday, 10:00 – 4:00 Saturday
Steve buys silver and gold – and gives the best prices – cash on the spot.
Steve has a passion for sterling silver, antiques and watches! If you’re looking for unique silver he is the guy to see!
Crown Precious Metals – 3245 Folsom Blvd, Sacramento CA, 95816. (On Folsom between 32nd & 34th). 916-456-6227.