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I am a very proud gay man that has been living with HIV/AIDS for over 22 years. During this time my life has changed in so many ways some for the worst but mostly for the better. During those 22 years I managed to get both my Bachelor of Arts in Communication with concentrations in Public Relations and Technical Communication and my Master of Arts in Communication from The University of Texas at San Antonio. I also gained and have kept a loving partner for 18 years and we now live with our five dogs in the order they arrived at our home – Crissy, Zailey, Little Bitty, Sadie and Stitchy! I am so blessed with a most loving family to include my two sisters and their husbands; my three nieces and their respective husbands or boyfriends, and four of the most adorable great nieces and great nephew that a great-uncle could ever have. My interests include cooking, reading, playing with my dogs, and of course making sure that I am as healthy as possible after many years of being an alcoholic and addict. Yes, I am very open and honest about myself and you never know what you will read on “My Rattled Cage”!!!!

What a difference???

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I have not written a post since May 2, 2019. There have been may things that have happened since that last post. but more on that later. The best thing that has happened is that I was hired as the Lead Sales Associate Part-Time for the Dollar General and started working on 6/3/19. Even better than that the full time Lead Sales Associate just up and turned in their keys and walked out on 7/4/19 – which in turn allowed me to be promoted to Lead Sales Associate Full Time also giving me the ability to have full benefits.

Yes, the recovery journey continues with hiccups but they are coming fewer and further between each other.

It has been interesting adjusting to a schedule that is not set in stone, I am glad that I am sitting behind a desk – but the standing and constant walking is taking a daily toll on the hips causing me to be extremely tired – but that is a good thing. I love the fact that I am interacting with people daily and many of them are regulars that we see everyday.

I also attended the wedding of my youngest niece on 6/23/19 and that was a wonderful event. I will writ more on that later with pictures.

That’s what’s in “My Rattled Cage”, thanks for stopping by!!!

 

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“Z” is for Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter Z

#AtoZChallenge “Z”

The hit song from From Walt Disney’s “Song of the South” released in 1946 was “Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah”. Enjoy!!

Zip-a-Dee-Doo-Dah, I am a little late with my “Z”, but here it is and I made it through another #AtoZChallenge. I am so glad that I participated in this the 10th Anniversary of the Blogging From A to Z Challenge. My first year was in 2015 with my previous blog What’s Rattling My Cage.

So yeah, I did it, we all did it and I cannot wait until next April!!!! Thank you so much to A to Z Team for their hard work with this challenge every year!!

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That’s what’s in “My Rattled Cage”, thanks for stopping by!!!!

“Y” is for You Found Me. You Say & You Were Loved

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Often when mired down in the chronic pain, manic episodes and just feeling like crud I am reminded by my love for God and Christ that I was found and I thank them and remind them that You Found Me  as sung by Mercy Me!!

 

 

When each of us begin to fell less that, or that we will always have to struggle through whatever life is throwing at us, just take a listen to this awesome song by Lauren Daigle, You Say!!

 

Finally this song by Wynona Judd that was sung by her in an episode of Touched By An Angel says it best and I will say that for all of you bloggers that have participated in this #AtoZChallenge, I have loved hopping and reading your posts as a participant myself. Thank you for your visiting my blog as well and always remember You and Your Writings Were Loved!!!!

That’s what’s in “My Rattled Cage”, thanks for stopping by!!

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“X” is for Xylophone as in “It is almost time to play the Xylophone for the end of the 2019 Blogging from A to Z Challenge!!”

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The Merriam-Webster Dictionary gives the following full definition for XYLOPHONE: a percussion instrument consisting of a series of wooden bars graduated in length to produce the musical scale, supported on belts of straw or felt, and sounded by striking with two small wooden hammers.

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When I started my original blog “What’s Rattling My Cage!” in August 2014, I wanted this to be a blog where I would write about politics, relationships, issues in education, and anything else that I chose to write about. That being my current blog has turned into such a wonderful tool for me to help educate and help others who suffer or have loved ones that suffer from alcoholism/addictions to anything (mine so happens to be cocaine); being a proud homosexual in a still homophobic world and living with HIV/AIDS for 18 years at that point. I lost access to the original blog in 2017 and so I began a new blog titled My Rattled Cage in August 2017. 

This blog has have continued a tool of my recovery from my alcoholism/addiction to cocaine. There is nothing greater than being able to be open and honest about who you are, where you have been and where you are going. In Chapter Five “How It Works” of the Big Book Alcoholics Anonymous it states, “our stories disclose what we were like, what happened and what we are like now!” How great is it that I have a forum to do just that!! TELL MY STORY!! I love it.

Why did I pick the XYLOPHONE post? Because I want to make as much noise as possible to congratulate myself at the end of the Blogging From A to Z April 2019 Challenge! Why, because I did my first A to Z Challenge in 2014 and have participated since then a few times. I believe I have done just that and I am so proud because I have increased my numbers followers, I continue to gain followers and impressions through WordPress, Facebook and Twitter and my love for blogging has grown exponentially!! You see I may not have a contract and get paid to write – but guess what – I am published and it feels awesome!!!

That’s what’s in “My Rattled Cage”, thanks for stopping by!!

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“W” is for – Where I belong!!

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter

#AtoZChallenge “W”

It is great to know that throughout all of life’s challenges, some created by me and those that come naturally I know that I am right Where I Belong currently in this life. The other great thing is that I know that when it is all said and done and I leave this earth, I also know that I will be going Where I Belong  because John 3:16 tells me so!!! I am a true believer in God and His Son Jesus Christ!!

There are two songs both of the same title Where I Belong that I really like. The first is by Mercy Me  and the second is by Building 429. Enjoy!

 

That’s what’s in “My Rattled Cage”, thanks for stopping by!!

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“V” is for Victorious

#AtoZChallenge 2019 Tenth Anniversary blogging from A to Z challenge letter V

#AtoZ Challenge “V”

With my God’s help and the love of family friends, I will ALWAYS be VICTORIOUS!!!!!

If You could send a burning bush to Moses

Lead Your people home through a parted sea

Give a boy the strength

to defeat Goliath

I know You will always take care of me

CHORUS

With You on my side

I am victorious

With You on my side

I’ve got nothing to fear

So I can walk through this valley

With confidence

Knowing You will deliver me

CHORUS

If You could raise the dead bones of Lazarus

If You could feed five-thousand

With a couple fish and a loaf of bread

And in the middle of a stormy night

You can walk on water

I know, I know, I know

nothing’s out of Your hands

CHORUS

If You could pull me out of my sin

And give me new life within

And keep all Your promises

And Your Word is true then

I don’t have to be afraid

I know this is the day you made

So no matter what comes my way

CHORUS

All credit goes to Mandisa and Sparrow Records.**

That’s what’s in “My Rattled Cage” thanks for stopping by!!!

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