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Lawyer | Romantic Suspense Author | Speaker | TV Junkie | Foodie | Sweet Wine Addict | Savvy Shopper You can visit my website at www.authordeelawrence.com to learn more about my romantic suspense novel, Gotta Let It Go, which is set in Baltimore. You can also connect with me online @ thewritepen (Twitter and Facebook). Thanks for visiting with me today!

Saturday, November 28, 2009

Holiday Season, Giving Thanks, Bracing for the Unknown

The holiday day season is upon us and this past Thanksgiving I had a lot to be thankful for not only for that day but everyday. The Christmas season is right around the corner and sales are abound, but I wasn’t one of those frenzied shoppers out there on Black Friday. The hassle was simply not worth it.

Anyway, across the country many people aren’t so fortunate or blessed to be in a position to splurge because they’re either unemployed, underemployed or partly employed. A friend of mine recently sent me the link below which reflects the state of the economy and the effects it has on some people living in New York who lost their jobs including those who started their business in search of the American dream only to find it deflated by having to close their doors.

It’s a sad reality but they still have to give thanks that they have the drive to move on and brace themselves for the unknown (hopefully, better luck!)

Here’s the link:

http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/closetohome/view/

Sunday, November 22, 2009

My Very Special Day!






I had a fantabulous (lol)birthday weekend. It's good to know you have family and friends who truly care and remember your very special day. It's also good to know that folks who don't even know you can serenade you at a karaoke spot (I won't mention any names) - it made me feel oh so very special!

Here's to another year of blessings, hope and prosperity.

Saturday, November 21, 2009

Music Lover In Me

I love music better yet, who doesn’t? Anyway, the other day I heard an old skool (sp, lol) mix and I couldn’t resist going back into the vault and blowing dust off some of the din da da…

Anyway, what’s playing on my iPod?

Mariah Carey - Obsessed

Mario et al - Break Up

Trey Songz - Successful

Ryan Leslie – Addicted to you

Prince – Red Corvette

Sheila E – Glamorous Life

Rihanna – Live your life....just to name a few!

Saturday, November 14, 2009

Check out my Shelfari!


One of my favorite pastime is reading. I love to attend book signings and I've met some of my favorite authors - Eric Jerome Dickey, Carl Weber, Zane, Kimberla Lawson Roby.

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

What Brings Me Joy?

On the flip side of what makes me wanna holler, here's a list of things that bring me joy:

My solitude when I need it
Writing
Community Service
Collaborating with others
Daycations
My book club
My writers’ critique group
Self-discovery
Men who express themselves, good, bad and indifferent (at least they’re communicating)
Friends who aren’t afraid to be silly
Laughing at myself
Day dreaming
Being creative in the kitchen
Singing and dancing
Hanging with my sister friends
Exploring new things
Breaking bread with the fam
Sweating it out at the gym (whew, let me wipe my brow!)
Thinking outside the box
Shopping (no, I’m not a shopaholic!)

Saturday, November 7, 2009

What Makes Me Wanna Holler!

These are things that make me want to scream. So here goes:

Black on black crime (crime in general but especially black on black crime)
People who spew hate
Men who are afraid to express themselves
Women who lack self-love, self-esteem, self-confidence
People who are not thankful for everything they have
Mothers who don’t tell their kids they can be whatever they want to be
People who don’t realize they have a choice in all things they do
People who are stuck on stupid
Selfishness
People who live in a vacuum
People who risk it all for nothing
Men and women who are afraid to love
People who can’t commit to anything
Men who wear pants sagging off their butts (teenagers...a fad but grown men…should know better)
Stalkers of radio and TV personalities and other celebrities (huh? Get a life folks!)

Sunday, November 1, 2009

Hooray November is HERE!

I’m excited because this month is my birthday month. This means that I’ll be celebrating all things ME all month long which includes things that I love to do, places I love to visit, things I would love to do, my musings, etc.


To kick off this month, I joined some members of the mentoring program and some mentees to see the movie “Good Hair.” I found the documentary hilarious and quite sad at times especially how much emphasis we as Black women put on our hair. I thought Chris Rock did a good job in showcasing how obsessive some of us are about this issue (not wanting to swim, have anyone put their hands in it, paying too much money for a weave and even putting it on lay-a-way etc.).


What I found interesting was that the hair (weaves) that so many of us crave comes mostly from India where women and young girls are encouraged to sacrifice their hair to the temple for blessings such as good harvest and prosperity. The temple then sells the hair for money and the hair ends up in many U.S. salons (first stop Los Angeles, the mecca of hair weaves).


The highlight of the documentary was the Bronner Brothers International Hair Show in Atlanta, GA which has been going on for 60+ years. I couldn’t help but bust out laughing at the lengths these hair dressers went to in order to win the grand prize of $20,000. To me it was more of putting on a performance rather than showcasing how to cut hair BUT I guess pleasing the audience and the judges came first.


While I can understand that some of us would rather have a weave than work with what we have, I fear that the message that young girls are getting is that it’s more important than what is inside their heads. Personally, getting a weave is not a priority of mine. It’s good to have options and I believe that women should do what makes them happy but not paying the rent or buying groceries so that you can pay for a weave is just plain ridiculous.


Also, I’m glad that Chris Rock got some male point of views about this issue (yes, barber shops are where the brothers joke around but talk some deep stuff too). If you’ve seen the movie then you’ll know what I’m talking about.


Overall, the documentary was a good way to start a dialogue among women and young girls about the issue of hair and how much it can consume or define who you are.