Archive for January, 2014

PostHeaderIcon “Bridge over troubled water”

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By Vernalee
Numerous artists have performed the Simon and Garfunkel’s classic, “Bridge over troubled water.” Of the renditions, I love Aretha Franklin’s gospel version.
The lyrics ease your mind. Remember what the old folks say, “Troubles don’t last always. Day light comes in the morning.”

Bridge over Trouble Water
“When you’re weary
Feeling small
When tears are in your eyes
I will dry them all

I’m on your side
When times get rough
And friends just can’t be found
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

When you’re down and out
When you’re on the street
When evening falls so hard
I will comfort you

I’ll take your part
When darkness comes
And pain is all around
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will lay me down

Sail on Silver Girl,
Sail on by
Your time has come to shine
All your dreams are on their way

See how they shine
If you need a friend
I’m sailing right behind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind
Like a bridge over troubled water
I will ease your mind.”

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PostHeaderIcon It’s party time!

By Vernalee
There is a new party in town. They are called passion parties! That’s right; you read it right. These parties provide women the opportunity to discreetly purchase sex toys, gadgets, and intimate things. Purposed to spice up their sex lives, women can see first-hand, up close and personal, what’s new on the market for their experimentation. Purportedly, these gadgets can make your love life sizzle! Hush! These parties are no secret; they are advertised on television! The host can become paid consultants and even earn free gifts! Why reinvent the wheel. Use the same gimmicks and incentives as offered in other well known home party concepts. These passion parties just feature innovative sexually oriented products! Make no mistake; this is big business with annual conventions.
If you have attended one of these parties in the privacy of someone’s home, no worries! “Ain’t nobody’s business… but your own!“

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PostHeaderIcon Where are your manners?

By Vernalee
I am often flabbergasted at the lack of manners that I see – or should I say fail to see. Commonly, the hesitancy and failure of people to merely speak and hospitably greet another is inexcusable! Whatever happened to acts of gratitude, kindness and displays of common decency and respect?
Etiquette experts have long identified the five magic words of decorum. The words – Please, thank you, I’m sorry, you’re welcome, and excuse me – though simplistic, easy to spell and pronounce – are taken for granted and not judiciously used. To some, these words have become extinct, like dinosaurs. Without question, many of us have definitely fallen off the wagon when it comes to acceptable social behavior. Chivalry and etiquette are not dead however the demonstrations of their uses are. Teach, learn and do! The child that doesn’t know how to act and has bad manners grows up to become the ill-mannered adult. If not trained, nothing changes but his / her age. How you act, shows – every hour of the day!

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PostHeaderIcon The Versatility of our hair

By Vernalee
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From the kinky locks to Madame Walker’s straightening comb, Black women have always experimented with the appearance of their hair. With the use of certain chemicals, we have changed our hair molecular structure with styles like the jheri curls and processed permanents. To change and enhance our looks, we have on occasions added wigs, weaves, extensions, and hair wraps. The fibers of our hair afford us creative versatility and many manageable styles. The stylistic craze today has reintroduced the “natural” of the 1960’s Afro Sheen look with a return to the chemical free look. Whether we bleach, rinse, dye, flamboyantly cut, corn row, spike, twist, dread, braid, wave, box braid, straighten, or maintain our tresses in their natural state, the ultimate goal is to look uniquely beautiful. And that we do!
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PostHeaderIcon Get the monkey off your back!

By Vernalee
Are you tired of being burdened down with other folks’ drama? Are you tired of carrying extra weight around? Then there is only one thing that you can do! Get their monkey off your back! Stop letting other folks’ drama stress you out to the extent that you cannot exceptionally function. If you must be worried and endure stress, let it be your own stuff! When you can say, “I am sick and tired of being sick and tired” of other folks stuff, you would have reached a viable step toward placing you above them!

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PostHeaderIcon An empty Master Bedroom

By Vernalee
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Decades ago, I gave the master bedroom suite to my daughter. Located on the back wing of the house, it is a sizeable bedroom with an in suite bathroom. My rationale for doing this was to provide a space to keep my daughter and her little girlfriends “out of my hair.” Situated in a world all by itself, this move smartly provided me privacy. It also provided a contented watchful eye! I always knew what she and her girlfriends were doing! Consequently, we had one of the “Kool Aid” houses as our home was routinely full of giggling adolescent girls.

Interestingly enough, though I am still the master of my house, the master bedroom is empty until my daughter returns home. Since I gave her this room, I find it difficult to reclaim it.

I have tried to sleep in my spacious master bedroom, but the space seems so foreign. I consider it my daughter’s room despite her leaving over a decade ago. Go figure!

Some things never change. I guess this is one of them!
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PostHeaderIcon Traveling

By Vernalee - 2 way streetLife is a journey. If you don’t know where you are going, any road will take you there! You can either plan or drift to your destination. It’s your responsibilty to determine your course and directional path.
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PostHeaderIcon The house of the Lord

By Vernalee
“Do not forsake the gathering of yourself.” Giving praise to God and hearing his word will strengthen you. It is your spiritual food. If you don’t want to be a CEMF (Christmas, Easter, Mother’s Day, and Father’s Day ) church goer, find yourself a place of worship where you feel comfortable with the congregation and the message. Attend! I have so many things to thank God for; his blessings engulf me. Thank you Lord! I share with you one of my favorite scriptures.
Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
“Our God is an awesome God!” Get to know him! Keep him in your heart and he will order your steps!

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PostHeaderIcon Mind your business!

By Vernalee
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Why are we so nosy? Why can’t we just mind our own business? My Momma would tell us, “Stop looking out those curtains. One day, you gonna see something that will knock your eyes out!”
Yet, we love peeping. We also love watching what other people are doing in their lives. That is why the reality shows are so popular. Maybe it is the drama of it all. Who knows? As the old folks say, “If ya take care of yer own business, ya ain’t got time to git in other folk’s mess.” We should listen and take heed!
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PostHeaderIcon Hats, hats, hats…

By Vernalee
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I remember the days that you would rarely see a woman in the southern churches without a hat. My Mother, aunts and women of her generation wore hats, matching shoes and purses to church. Sometimes, they added gloves to round out their look. How chic! There is a lady in my hometown named Molly. I have never seen her without her signature hats. Her husband, Jessie jokingly says that she owns hundreds in every style and color. Hats make a woman look distinguished, sophisticated, and all dressed up. Although I am not a hat wearer, I love the look!

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