#No DAPL

In our world of fast information, 24/7 news channels, media platforms that range from old-school newspapers to new-age Twitter, it seems that certain topics are not newsworthy enough to get the coverage they deserve.

Why? Who’s call is it what gets reported and what doesn’t? How much money does it cost to banish news? These are real questions I want to see answered. I’m sure if we follow the money we would see exactly the “who and why” of it.

When I first heard of the protest of the Dakota Access Pipeline (DAPL) in North Dakota it was a year late and not even covered in mainstream media. Hello?! There is something seriously wrong with that! This is a protest to protect water, a source of life for us ALL. And things have gone from bad to worse in the ill treatment and human rights violations of these water protectors who are not saying don’t build it, they are just saying not here. It’s their land and it’s sacred and it would compromise their water. How is that not a reasonable request???

I really wanted to go to Standing Rock to lend my support and help in any way possible, but I know I can still be of help here in my corner of the world to get the message out about what is happening this very minute. I hope to use my writing to change a few hearts of those with the power to actually make things right.

The companies behind this pipeline are Energy Transfer Partners (ETP) and it’s subsidiary Sunoco Logistics (SL). CEO Kelcy Warren of ETP has said that these protests to the DAPL have already cost the business $100 million in future profits by delaying the project. Sources say that an estimated $8 million has been spent on law enforcement by the state of North Dakota in response to the unarmed peaceful protesters.

What I find so ironic is how this company can complain about profit loss from the protestors but fail to see the real loss is how their company is losing something more than money, it’s losing face. It’s losing integrity and respectability when it chooses to put profits before people.

All businesses were created from some common problem that someone found a solution to. So helping others is at the heart of any great business. I think these CEOs and employees at ETP and SL need to go back and read their mission statements. It’s on their websites incase they don’t have a copy handy. They both cite their mission and values to be about people, helping people, doing the right thing by having integrity, having the highest level of ethics, excellence in service…to people. At no point did I read where it says they are all about profit and people are expendable. I doubt anyone would support  a business with such a blatant disregard for human beings. But that is what these companies are showing the world at this present moment.

I am an optimist and I believe there is good in every situation and person, so I have hope that these companies will read my letters I will be sending and that the people on the other side of the desk will open their hearts to the problem and find a solution that will be inline with their company’s mission and values that they started with. Money cannot come before treating people right.

I urge everyone to send a letter or card or postcard to the two companies and ask that they please find a way to work with the Standing Rock Sioux tribe and respect their people and the water. It can be done and should be done. The sooner the better.

Here is the info for both businesses:

Energy Transfer Partners

CEO Kelcy Warren

8111 Westchester Drive

Dallas, TX 75225

 

 

Sunoco Logistics, LLC

Ms. Kathleen Shea-Ballay

Corporate Secretary

1818 Market Street, Suite 1500

Philadelphia, PA 19103

 

Maybe they need to scale back the pipeline until they figure out a better route. Take a loss now so they can have greater success in the future. There are options and breaking treaties and hurting people is not one of them. I know they are capable of doing better and will with encouragement from people with like minds and hearts.

Heck, send a Christmas card to these companies with a short note saying you want them honor their mission statements and values that they built their business on. Most everyone is sending out cards this time of year, pop two extra in the mail this year and do your small part in helping these large businesses get back to the business of helping people.

Let’s spread some good and share the love!

~Tillie

Far From Perfect: except my curls-they are on fleek

Let me stop you right there. You may get the wrong impression about me, I’m not perfect or live a perfect life. Seems I have a habit of only sharing the good in my life and that paints a really off-balance picture of what it’s like to be me. And what I want to do with my writing is show people how much we are alike and how no one is alone in this human experience of ours.

So for every wonderfully perfect thing I post about, I promise to keep it real and give you the bigger picture. You may not like it when it gets too real…that moment you want to judge but know you can’t because you are just as guilty. That can make you squirm and think, “I can do better.” That’s a GOOD thing! If by showing my amazing failures and social awkwardness, along with a dose of the perfect moments, inspires you in some way or fashion then I’ve accomplished what I set out to do here.

So “Cheers!” to being average, but striving for more! We can do this!

In my first attempt at keeping it real and helping my fellow woman(and man), let me tell you about living with curly hair. Now mind you, It’s sort of new to me since I was born with straight blond hair, but over the course of my teen years I permed and colored my hair in the worst ways imaginable. (I wish someone would have either advised me to “keep it natural” or just taken me to a good stylist…I’ll be dedicating a blog post to my epic hair fails over the years. That is one you won’t want to miss!)

After shaving my head a few years ago it grew back curly and now I’m a smoking-hot brunette with silver highlights! (That’s an opinion, not a fact, so you must make up your own mind.)

With curly hair, I’ve learned it’s not good to go to bed with wet hair because you wake up looking like Kramer from ‘Seinfeld’. Funny thing, you actually act like Kramer when you look in the mirror, you instinctively jump back from your own refection.

Case in point: This morning.

Yes, I commited the ultimate curly hair sin...went to bed with wet hair. I paid a price for it and it serves to humble me when I'm feeling all kinds of powerful when my curls are at perfection. Balance, that's what life gives us.
Yes, I committed the ultimate curly hair sin…went to bed with wet hair. I paid a price for it and it serves to humble me when I’m feeling all kinds of powerful when my curls are at perfection. Balance, that’s what life gives us.

I used to be called “cute” in the morning, but now I hear, “Oh wow, look at your hair!”, followed by a hearty round of laughter. With straight hair, I woke up looking like I just had sex-messy, yet cute-and now I wake up with hair that is trying to get as far away from my head as possible. Hilarious.

I’ve tried many products to tame my curls into something to be admired and bring about curl-envy. Today I will change your life by sharing the two best products I’ve found thus far. You’re welcome.

First off, these are fairly inexpensive products and last a long time. Can I get a “Hallelujah!”

REDKEN: Curvaceous Ringlets is no joke! This stuff keeps your curls on fleek. You can thank me later...
REDKEN: Curvaceous Ringlets is no joke! This stuff keeps your curls on fleek. You can thank me later…
REGIS: Designline Curl Lock Cream will keep the frizz away while keeping your curls soft and bouncy.
REGIS: Designline Curl Lock Cream will keep the frizz away while keeping your curls soft and bouncy.
These two products are the bomb! I bought them at HairMasters on 176th and Meridian by Fred Meyer. Get you some!
These two products are the bomb! I bought them at HairMasters on 176th and Meridian by Fred Meyer. Get you some!

After brushing and towel-drying my hair, I apply a dime-size amount of REDKEN: Curvaceous Ringlets ($18.79) and follow that with a pea-size amount of REGIS: Designline Curl Lock Curl Cream ($12.99). I am a wash-and-go/airdry kind of girl, but sometimes for added volume I will follow this beauty regime with a little diffusing action with the hairdryer. I love my curly hair! (Thanks, Mom and Dad, for passing on that gene.) When my curls are on fleek, I feel badass and powerful-like my curls are somehow a superpower. It’s good. Real good.

In 2011 I shaved my head-total G.I. Jane move-and it grew back dark and curly.
In 2011 I shaved my head-total G.I. Jane move-and it grew back dark and curly.
See! I was a born a blondie with pin-straight hair. After five kids and shaving my head, I'm now living a life of bodacious curls and a sexy brunette. Who knew I would become my Mom when I grew up?!
See! I was a born a blondie with pin-straight hair. After five kids and shaving my head, I’m now living a life of bodacious curls and a sexy brunette. Who knew I would become my Mom when I grew up?!
Shu-wing! Look at them curls. I can't help it, it's all natural. It's a blessing and a curse to look this good.
Shu-wing! Look at them curls. I can’t help it, it’s all natural. It’s a blessing and a curse to look this good.

There you have it. My life with curly hair, It’s time I go shower and use my products so I don’t scare the neighbor kids.

Enjoy those curls. They are beautiful! And share any products you love. I’m still trying to get my hands on Carol’s Daughter: Hair Milk after seeing a write up in a magazine about products for curly hair.