This fiction was very inconsistent. Nevertheless, I read it to the end. I guess I was seeking a ending that tied the chapters together. I even found myself going back over the chapters thinking... perhaps I missed something.
The beginning of the novel... I had a visual or an understanding of the main character Mahogany, her grandmother and mother. THEN right before Mahogany's aunt and her family were introduced... the story line became cloudy. For instance, every death in the book happened without leading the reader to that moment. One chapter, the character is alive and breathing. However, the following chapter... Mahogany loses yet another family member. Also, to add to the confusion... it's a part in the book that suggest that Mahogany knew Aunty Ann before her mom died. Prior to that piece, the story described them meeting for the first at the grandmother's service.
My goal is not at all to "roast" the author but to provide a feedback. The story line is there but needs a re-edit. Hoping the writer (whom I tried to find on IG) takes this back to the drawing board, I would LOVE to read the revised version and of course submit a second review.
A few weeks back, I was out running errands and had to stop at one of my favorite grocery stores (Harris Teeter) to get the items for dinner. Prior to going there, I stopped at the Dollar Tree to get some tootsie rolls.
As I pulled up at the Teeter, I spotted a female all bundled up (due to the cold) with bags and some luggage beside her. I immediately thought to myself, when I get in the store I'll grab her some food and something to drink. Unfortunately, once parked and shopping was done, I loaded my things in the car. Yet did not think anymore about this young lady until I started my car to leave the parking lot.
At the time, I parked my vehicle closer to her, got out with the tootsie roll bag in my pocket and asked her would she like to go to a shelter. She barely looked up at me. I could tell that she was cold, approachable, about my age and was busy into her reading. Her instant response to me was "no, I don't want to go to no shelter." For the life of me, I could not understand why this lady would rather be in this cold and outside with all her belongings than a SHELTER?! However, I quickly reminded myself not to judge.. not to judge her decision. Therefore, we talked and I asked her if she'd like a tootsie roll. Her response, tootsie roll... that's all you got?! She was not rude, she was actually laughing. She said, out of all the things, a tootsie roll, that is such a old school candy. Then she and I both began to laugh. Soon after, she shared... her need is financial... which I am sure many of us could attest to that! She also shared that her faith will not allow her the desire to go to a shelter. She continues, going to a shelter would be giving up faith on God. In return, I just listened. In closing of our conversation, she says thank you for giving her that laugh and that she needed that! Speaking on how I reminded her of her grandmother years ago with her "church candy."
Needless to say, she was not interested in the candy or going to a shelter for that matter. Yet, the mouth WIDE open laugh and short chat meant the world to her.
Sharing this to say, laughter is healing. And it's important to show kindness without judgment. In the world we live in, poverty is something that is swept under the rug way too much. Although I could not change her mind on going to a shelter. I walked away knowing I tried.
What was your most recent act of kindness?
~ give assistance to, especially financially; enable to function or act.
Being a person that has supported friends, family, and/or colleagues for years... I can honestly say support is not always reciprocated. I wholehearted feel that we should root for one another. I find on social media, hashtags such as;
Women Support Women
Support Your Peeps
but are you truly providing that support that you "hashtag" about or better yet... that you seek?
Here are a few ways to support thy neighbors endeavors on a monetary level, followed by a non-monetary avenues.
~ Purchase their product or service(s) and gift it to a friend
~ Acquire their gem (product or service) for yourself
~ Ask them, where can you assist with a donation of goods or services to help them to get to the next level.
~ Tell a Friend (word of mouth is POWERFUL)
~ (Follow,) Like, Share their social media post on your social media outlets
~ Provide constructive feedback (this makes them BETTER)
Basically, be ENGAGED.
I may not know the title of every song or the beat of every tune
My music collection is more in my head than at hands reach
I can relate many of my life encounters to a song that was wrote for you to... just get your "Prettygirl Rock" on, to "Beat it" when I'm done, or if I'm having "One of those Days" as I had the other day, "Cater to you" when I'm doing for my man
Its a "Beautiful Day" when I am blessed with another day to live love laugh (and learn)
And of course, "Its a Family Affair" when I see the fam
When I'm feeling myself "Just Fine" is on REPEAT
When I need a shoulder to cry on and someone from my support system say.. "That's What Friends Are For" is so appreciated
However, my latest song in rotation is "Her Heart" when I think of a man expressing how his hearts been woke up
But when I'm down.. real down can I get a "Window Seat"? Although I've seen better days.
A known quote, beside every strong man is a strong woman "Ambitious Girl" was introduced to me by my future hubby. Although I can't hold a note but if I could I would sang (and yes I said sang) "If This World Were Mine" to Rashad on a DAILY
For those who didn't know.. "I'm a Boss" (R Elegance Event Planning has been in motion since 2007)
Childhood tidbit, "Greatest Love Of All" was my jam
I can go on and on with my music favorites but basically music is you, your beat and tune is your ballot so "Live your Life" the way you want it to be played
Before I share my thoughts on the question. Let's just take a moment to enjoy this bowl of deliciousness which was prepared by yours truly.
Heat the olive oil in a large skillet or Dutch oven over medium high. Add the turkey and onion. Cook and stir, breaking up the turkey as you go, until the turkey is no longer pink, about 5 minutes. Transfer to the bottom of a large crockpot.
To the slow cooker, add the quinoa, enchilada sauce, black beans, tomatoes, corn, red bell pepper, green bell pepper, chili powder, cumin, garlic powder, and 1/2 cup water. Stir to combine, then cover and cook on high for 2 1/2 to 3 hours or low for 5 to 6 hours, until the liquid is absorbed and the quinoa is tender.
Remove the lid and stir. Taste and adjust any seasonings as desired. Stir in 1/2 cup of the shredded cheese, then sprinkle the remaining cheese over the top. Cover and cook on high until the cheese melts, about 10 to 15 minutes. Serve hot with any desired toppings.
Recently, there has been a shift in the Newson household. This shift has granted the opportunity for me prepare more home cooked meals throughout the week. That said, comment with a recipe or two if you'd like to help a working wife out! Before you side eye, know that prior to this my husband and I would not go hungry or depended on fast food nightly. Difference is, by the time I get home after running evening errands, walking the dog and finally taking a moment to relax... my desire to cook had lessened.
Currently, my thought (baby steps) is to plan our meal out at least a day before. In our household, we prefer fresh produce if all possible. Therefore, our visit to the grocery store (or farmer's market) comes a bit often.
Let's address my attempt on being a pescetarian in a divided home. If you follow me on IG (@author_rnewson), you may remember a couple post on this being my second attempt. Quick update, I started off really well. Then we went on vacation and all efforts went out the window of this FINE korean cuisine restaurant. Literally, I have not been able to get back on track. However, I have changed my meat to veggie ratio a bit. I tend to plate more veggies then meats. Also, it's not vital to have meat with every meal for me.
As for my husband, he is very supportive in my eagerness to change my eating style. He even concoct meals that's pleasing to a pescetarian. Ask him about those salmon steaks... yummy! And I DO kiss the cook! Nevertheless, changing the way you eat is pricey!! Of course, one could say, just prepare a meal how you normally would, just leave the meat out of yours. Or ask him to adjust with you!
The truth of the matter is, my best solution is to enjoy what WE cook. Depending on how I am feeling, I'll ration accordingly. Eating healthier does not require one to be vegan, vegetarian, pescetarian and/or etc etc. In my opinion, having a balance and being a more conscious eater is this bigger picture.
So on that note, what's for dinner?!
1) I "hum a tune" it doesn't even have to be a tune at times.
2) I like to wear fishnet (or embossed) tights and colorful socks.
3) Once I get off the elevator, sometimes I'll press the button for the elevator to head back to the main floor. Hoping to lessen the next persons wait.
4) When I eat temperature or seasoned hot foods, my nose run.
5) For 9 years, I had my tongue pierced.
6) When I was about 8 or 9 years young, I attempted to get in Oprah's limo. So close!
7) Silver over gold
8) My favorite dish is lasagna. Yet I have never prepared it myself.
9) When we met, I pursued my husband. He was playing hard to get. Got em!!
10) A free spirit yet I must have a calendar.
11) I'm a self-proclaimed advocate for Me-Time.
12) Some shows, I watch only with the Mista... it's our thing!
Walking Dead, Black Ink, Blackish, and this is just to share a few
13) Has been faced with adversities.
14) My middle name is Az-Shel, after Shell gas station.
15) I threw myself a 25th, 30th, and 35th birthday celebration. All were well attended.
Dinner at McCormick & Schmick’s, High Tea and Vision Board Party
16) When I first met my in-luvs, I was nervous. Like sweating nervous. I had on a pink and green shirt, jean skirt and decided to take my tongue ring out for that day.
17) Starting my loc journey, this month was a birthday gift to myself.
18) My first car tag read: WANTZLOTS or was it WANTZLOTS
19) I worked in a factory for 1.5 days.
20) I could never understand the purpose of side-eye.
21) I'm looking to enroll in a writing course or two.
22) Applied to become a dental hygienists, was accepted yet decided not to pursue it. I have a weak stomach.
23) Once I retire, the plan to dye my hair totally purple.
24) Determined to never be someone's afterthought.
25) I'm that person that goes to the airport 90 minutes before boarding.
That's because I literally witnessed my plane in reverse in Vegas and I was RIGHT at the door. Waited 8 hrs for another flight, that was not even a straight flight either.
26) I love me some GroupOn deals!!
27) And the close-out or clearance aisles... WEAK!!
28) I believe in paying yourself.
29) I can (and have) learned from others mistakes as well as my own.
30) I prefer mailing a letter at the post office than the mailbox on the corner.
31) I believe in vacationing.
32) Would literally follow my husband to the moon. I didn't say that I would be quite while in transport... but I will be present.
33) Have the manuscript completed for my children's book. And finalizing pieces for my marketing book. However, you don't have to wait til then to support.
34) I have a sister-in-luv, college bestie, business bestie, bestie bestie, work bestie, three sisters and countless amount of sorority sisters but yet totally fine when it's JUST ME.
35) I will not eat the same meal after the 3rd day and that's pushing it.
36) Yoga is in my near future.
** Bonus, last year for my birthday... the husband and I stayed home, painted a couple rooms in our house. We ate carryout and just enjoyed each others company.
37) My opinion, your birthday is the most liberating holiday of the year. It's the celebration of YOU!!! Selfish? No, just real. Think about it, your children's birthday, your marriage anniversary, the holidays, friends celebrations, and such you're a good steward. It's, your turn. Now excuse me while I go reclaim my time.
This is a really quick read. However, the amount of information was right on target. Of course, all may not suffer from this disease of not being able to implement their NO muscles.
The author share tips on bettering the process on giving a NO response and more importantly not placing someone else's needs above your own. I have been a self-proclaimed victim of this for years. Not really for reasoning based on what is expressed in this read. More along the lines of IF ASKED... I respond no, how will the requesting party get the job done (or manage) with my help?
Luckily, with grace and respect... applying the EDC model, the readers major take away will guide when attempting to set boundaries.
This is a book of poetry. As defined, poetry is literary work in which special intensity is given to the expression of feelings and ideas by the use of distinctive style and rhythm. I will be honest, poetry for me is either relatable or not depending upon the topic. My top 4 pieces in Diary of a Young Black were; Why, Courage, Warriors of Knowledge and Apple Of My Eye.
Reading work from a fellow black author is enlightening because it gives the reader a glimpse of the writers thoughts, experiences or encounters that may not be their own but possibly a circumstance belonging to someone dear to them.
Would I suggest this read to the next? I most certainly would. The author, Lora has more work on the way and I plan on following her journey as a published writer.
OMG, so I started my reading thinking.... Carla is a beast!! I really do not want to go in great detail why I felt this way because I want you to enjoy this read for yourself. However, I will say... a woman scorn, her actions are limitLESS. I will also tell you, the power of the "monkey" is real. It can have the interested party getting involved where they shouldn't, acting out of lust and so much more.
While reading, I pondered... this is a true "Extremity Killer" who was frigid and surely fueled with the spirit of revenge. However, the twist at the end will have you are like wait a New York minute, WHAT?!
P.S. James better kiss his lucky stars... lol.
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