Don’t Eat Yellow Snow…Wisdom for Everyone

Hi and Welcome to the A & J PEI Treasures E Jean Simpson Author Blog Post and Podcast.  I’m your host, Jean coming to you from the beautiful Province of Prince Edward Island, Canada!!  The blog post and podcast is an opinion piece and only reflects this author’s opinion and not that of any other entity.  Today I talk about some wisdom with a bit of a folksy flavour.  I use a few samples to illustrate points.  If you want to find out more, then stay tuned…!

As stated by Elizabeth Cady Stanton, “We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men and women are created equal.”  Yet it seems that some of the assumptions that we hold to be true seem to be misunderstood and our culture makes it difficult to draw boundaries.  Some of the folksy wisdom still holds true today.  For example, the title one of “don’t eat yellow snow”.  It becomes even more evident when you take a pet out for a walk.  Because any of us who have walked a dog know exactly why there is yellow snow.  I wouldn’t recommend ingesting it.  It is not lemon slushy.  I think some of the old fashioned wisdom has gotten lost between the cracks in our social networking world.  For example, there were some who posted some kind of news and were terribly upset that they were getting negative responses and there were some who were ‘harassing them’.  They had brought it to the police, according to them.  They had brought it to their employer.  Though people were ‘supportive’ nothing was being done.  It finally occurred to me that drawing boundaries has become confusing or threatening.  Why else would someone continue to complain about people abusing them online than that they didn’t know one simple fact.  I call it “The Sanity Clause”.  Here is what I mean.  It’s almost like society discourages ‘blocking’ someone on social media.  What I want people to know is that they do have the right to block people from being part of their Twitter experience and an excuse is not always necessary.  If someone is abusive or for some reason, you don’t want to follow them, then there is a block function on Twitter.  It is not impolite to block someone.  That, in a nutshell is “The Sanity Clause”.  Someone who does harm to you, you have a right not to ‘play with them on social media’  I find a lot of people think they’re being mean or whatever and therefore refuse to block people who are making their lives miserable.  If you are just blocking someone for some weird reason and will just unblock them later, I’d suggest don’t block them in the first place, but if you feel abused or intimidated by someone, you have the right to block them.  Now, if they are misusing intellectual property that may have to go as far as police reports. 

There is the assumption that because you see a first and last name and a face that the people that you are talking to are who they say they are.  I choose not to put up my picture.  I used to also not use my name when I was just interacting for friends and family.  Since becoming an author I have started to use my name and a branding of our A & J PEI Treasures.  I also leave the disclaimer on because not everything I say is part of A & J PEI Treasures.  The pictures are ours, the gifs belong to Twitter.  I sometimes leave strange comments for fun.  The strange fun comments are not part of A & J PEI Treasures, but they are part of my having fun as an author.  However, guess it’s time to get to the main point of this and stop taking a circular route.  This brings us to another saying which is don’t believe everything you see.  I’m sure in a greater proportion of the population, you will find that they are the people in the picture and the name is accurate.  However, people like myself like our privacy.  You won’t find my picture very visible on my pages.  I just don’t do it.  You can choose not to communicate with me on that basis, but that is your choice.  I’ve discovered over time that there are methods of getting a face to put onto any account.  I won’t go into details because I don’t want to make available ways for people to be dishonest about who they are.  However, there are many ways including stock photos.  The other thing that I have found is that one can say their name is anything, this doesn’t mean that is what it is.  This is the equivalent to the bar scene of the 80’s….someone wanted to have some fun, but not have to talk to the person again, would give a fake name and fake phone number.  The problem with social media is that you don’t know if this is one of those things or if it is someone who is real.  This is why I suggest some caution about what information you are giving people that you don’t know from outside social media.  It could be them, it could be them 20 years ago.  It could be someone entirely different.  Not that I want to terrify everyone, but until there are ways to ensure that who you talk to is who they say they are, use a bit of caution.  Don’t click on links you aren’t expecting or open documents you have not requested.

As Voltaire is credited with saying, “Common sense is not so common.”  For many the ability to create your own boundaries is misunderstood.  Generally people think that it is being rude or that we should give people a second chance.  Statements seem to be along those lines.  There seems to be a variety of opinions on it.  However, this is the way I look at the controversy.  If you are on Twitter or some other forum and you find that there is someone who is continually trying to start fights, not just make the odd comment you don’t like (just delete those comments if they are annoying, it’s your page after all).  If you are indeed unhappy to have someone following you, then block them.  You aren’t being mean nor are you being rude.  You’re saving your sanity.  Some things you have to deal with through police.  Provide police report numbers and you’ll likely get some action.

I think we often mistake folk wisdom for something that we should know or people being funny.  Things like don’t take a wooden nickel.  The meaning to this is don’t get fooled (https://idioms.thefreedictionary.com/don%27t+take+any+wooden+nickels).  This is good advice, especially with all the scams around nowadays.  I think scams are more widespread than they used to be.  At one time, if there was a scam, it would take a while to make it around the world.  Now with computers and networks, they make their way through in next to no time.  Instead of swindling a few people, they might get thousands.  It is sad that in this day of social media and instant communication there are still those who seek to take advantage of people using these methods.  At the same time, there are also people trying to find a way to get rid of these practices.  It isn’t new having scams go around.  They’ve been around for a long time.  But, now there is a wider audience that can be affected and more people who can be hurt.  I have found with scams and such, the more people try to tell them that they are falling victim to a scam, the more they ignore the advice.  So, what is the answer, seems when the police get involved with putting up scam warnings, then they are taken seriously.  In the meantime, many people have lost a lot of money to scams and scammers. 

As they say, buyer beware.  This is a piece of wisdom that suggests the need for due diligence.  In other words, thoroughly research these potential ‘money makers’.  When someone suggests a ‘money making opportunity’ to me, I look up whatever it is with the addition of is it legit or scam in a search engine.  I go through both the legit and scam views and their arguments.  More often than not these ‘opportunities’ end up being of questionable validity after careful reading.  Another old folksy saying is “if it sounds too good to be true, it likely IS too good to be true.  I think this is the most valuable piece of folksy advice I can give.  If it sounds like you’re living in a dream if you do this or buy that or join something and it requires an outlay of money, then the chances are that there is a catch or something that isn’t quite right.  As soon as something comes out, there is generally a lot of information on both sides of the fence on it.  Of course the last piece of folksy advice I can give that would save a lot of people a lot of money and pain is:  “Don’t invest more than you can afford to lose”.  I have found this invaluable in helping me make decisions.  If you don’t have a lot of money to play with, consider how much you could afford to lose if the opportunity goes bad.  This is old folksy wisdom that could save a lot of trouble.  Unless you’re independently wealthy, you need to consider your financial futures and not jump at the first thing that looks like it would gain you money.  It might, but then you might lose it all.  Would you be in trouble if you lost it all?  If so, it might not be the thing you should do.  In conclusion, I will give you one bonus folksy bit of advice.  Don’t put all your eggs in one basket.  This means not to put everything you have into one thing.  If it doesn’t work, you need something to be a backup.  Always have a plan B in other words. 

Though some would laugh at the idea of folksy advice, I find it quite refreshing to think about the many facets of our past, present and future and use it to help myself and others move forward during these trying times.  As Julian Casablancas said, “Vanity can easily overtake wisdom. It usually overtakes common sense.”  In any case, vanity can cause a lot of trouble if you aren’t willing to look deeper into things and realize that not everything you see is true and be willing to look into things more deeply.  Thanks for listening to my podcast and/or reading my blog post and thanks for your interest in A & J PEI Treasures!

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E Jean Simpson, is the author, blogger, podcaster and one of the photographers of A & J PEI Treaures. A & J PEI Treasures is located on Prince Edward Island, Canada. All opinions stated in the Blog Post are my opinions and may not be that of A & J PEI Treasures. We are made up of a husband and wife team and our companion animals. There are a number of things that drew us to the Island…one of which was the natural beauty of the area. We enjoy constructing things and renovations to our place, upcycling, photography, writing, and a simpler lifestyle. Some of our e-books are winners of the Canada Book Awards (https://canadabookaward.com/). ​​​​​​​Quotes, Poems and Thoughts: With Pictures from Prince Edward Island, Canada, ​​​​​​​Rocky Mountain Memories (Accepted for the 2020 Reader's Choice General Nonfiction- https://www.tckpublishing.com/2020-readers-choice-voting-page/) *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/​​​​​​​) ​​​​​​​Floral Photography: Hope of Life and for the Future *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/) ​​​​​​​From the Lens of my Camera: This and That and a Big Black Cat. *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/) How to Publish an E-book on a Budget of $0: Making your Dreams a Reality The Big Kid’s Magical Path to Numbers (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 1) (Canada Book Award 2020 winner https://canadabookaward.com/) The Big Kid’s Magical Path to The Alphabet (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 2) (Canada Book Award 2020 winner https://canadabookaward.com/) The Big Kid's Magical Path to Shapes in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 3) The Big Kid's Magical Path to Colours in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 4) The Big Kid's Magical Path to Insects in Nature (The Big Kid's Magical Path Book 5) More to follow! ​​​​​​​Thank you for your interest. E Jean Simpson/Andrew Simpson of A & J PEI Treasures (2019). You can find us at: ​​​​​​​https://www.pinterest.ca/ej2466/ (Pinterest) https://twitter.com/EJS08026749 (Twitter) https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC5zpCudGThZpEC92ZgHm13A? (YouTube) https://www.goodreads.com/author/show/20155854.E_Jean_Simpson/blog (GoodReads) https://www.amazon.com/author/ejeansimpson_a-jpeitreasures (Amazon) ​​​​​​​https://www.bookbub.com/authors/e-jean-simpson-eab163aa-3938-4609-9afc-7a65b8b9ed21?follow=true (BookBub) ​​​​​​​https://www.linkedin.com/in/e-j-s-151a2219 (LinkedIn) https://aandjpeitreasures.wordpress.com/ (WordPress) New addition, we have podcasts started on Anchor FM and can be found on the following: Anchor https://anchor.fm/a--j-pei-treasures (Anchor). Anchor also distributes the podcast to: Breaker https://www.breaker.audio/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-author-a-and-j-pei-treasures Google Podcasts https://www.google.com/podcasts?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly9hbmNob3IuZm0vcy81MDJkOTZjOC9wb2RjYXN0L3Jzcw== Pocket Casts https://pca.st/he6mroww RadioPublic https://radiopublic.com/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-author-8grQ72 Spotify https://open.spotify.com/show/1xzUQzKzGyAChOXT4WLe1Z Apple https://podcasts.apple.com/ca/podcast/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-author-a-j-pei-treasures/id1558288352?l iHeart Radio: https://www.iheart.com/podcast/269-e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-a-82327485/ https://www.podchaser.com/podcasts/e-jean-simpson-bed-ba-ma-autho-1715585 ​​​​​​​ ​​​​​​​ *(Canada Book Award winner https://canadabookaward.com/​​​​​​​) is noted on books that won

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