Tuesday, May 10, 2022

Some tidbits on me

 Defendo a alfabetização e a numeracia. Estou muita mais preocupada com a alfabetização, mas todos deveriam saber aritmética básica.

                English translation: I advocate for literacy and numeracy. I am far more concerned with literacy but everyone should know basic arithmetic.

Estou ofendida com a queima de livros.

                English translation: I am offended by book burning.

The Berenstain Bears: God Made The Seasons by Stan and Jan Berenstain with Mike Berenstain

   I appreciate that the Berenstains have acquired a clear stance on Christianity. It's not far-fetched that the Berenstains endorse Christianity because the stories have always been wholesome. I pray that the grandchildren and further descendants of Stan and Jan Berenstain continue the family legacy.

Long live the Berenstains!!!

rating 5 out of 5 stars

Black Girl in Paris: a novel by Shay Youngblood


original comments from February 2004: Vividly written, Black Girl in Paris freshly tells the literary growth of Eden. She is enriched by her experiences as a struggling writer in the chic French capital. She encounters various types of relationships, interracial, sapphic, and a May-December. Thought-provoking and sensual.

current recollection: I first became aware of this novel from reading Essence. There is a classy eroticism to this novel. Subtlety and clarity meld in this novel. J'adore.

rating 5 out of 5 stars

The Justus Girls: a novel by Evelyn Lambright


I read this novel in January 2004. I decline to post my initial review because it was actually a book summary. That's unjust to Miss Lambright. No foolishness or fakery in this story. Four friends who lived in the trenches and hugged each other through the war. It speaks volumes about what the publishing industry holds valuable because I have not seen another work by Miss Lambright. Oops!!! I stand corrected. I almost confirmed my ignorance!!! Thank goodness, I just went on the MSN search engine and learned that Miss Lambright has published another novel. Why just two? I pray Miss Lambright didn't get discouraged. No, I don't believe that.

Brilliance often accompanies realness. A lot of people can't handle that.

rating 5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, February 10, 2022

Cook Korean! A Comic Book with Recipes by Robin Ha

 I saw two recipes in this book that I would eagerly cook: Chile Chicken Stew and Brown Sugar Pancakes. One of my aunties would love these recipes. The problem rests in the fact that she has been occupying herself away from books. I mention books to my Auntie but I keep hoping she'll return to the love.

Thank you, Robin Ha and her mother, for writing this book.

rating: 5 out of 5 stars

The Soul of a Woman by Isabel Allende


Initially, I was repelled from this book because the subtitle includes "good witches". I resisted and then I decided to be brave. A good witch will not cause harm. So delighted that I read this jewel!!! I read it in a matter of hours. I want women to ascend into places of power so that we cease from suffering. Nor do I want men to suffer as we have.

A world with love, joy, and peace that we share with each other!!!

rating: 5 out of 5 stars

A Cry from the Streets: Rescuing Brazil's Forgotten Children by Jeannette Lukasse


Volunteering with this organization sounds life-changing. I know it would deepen my gratitude. It would reframe my perspective on life. Plus, I would get to see if I could live in Brazil. I know I am not a missionary but reading this book gives me fuel to directly assist with this organization. The time will come.

rating: 5 out of 5 stars

In the Company of Women: Inspiration and Advice from over 100 Makers, Artists, and Entrepreneurs by Grace Bonney

 This tome doesn't exhaust the reader. I took a break from it because I enmeshed with other books. Of course, we create but we must possess business acumen so we thrive and survive. We need multitudes of women to ascend into the arts. 

rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Half the Sky: Turning Oppression into Opportunity for Women Worldwide by Nicholas D. Kristoff and Sheryl DuWunn

 Oppression wounds the entire population. It proves short-sighted to alienate people. When will people in power see that we have a world of untapped geniuses? Hope has not been extinguished. It relieved me to read of Goretti Nyabenda of Burundi. She had suffered under submission to an abusive, alcoholic husband which magnified their poverty. Frustrated with their circumstances, Goretti advocated for herself and lifted her family. Her husband began to respect her. Everything improves when a woman respects herself.

rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Friday, January 28, 2022

Namoro inter-racial (Interracial dating)

 A sociedade global não me dá a opção de detestar o namoro interracial. Vejo infinitas combinações para o romance. Eu sou uma mulher negra com uma tez chocolate. Atualmente, perdi mais de 50 quilos. Anseio por me ver esbelta. Estou convencido de que a vida se abrirá em abundância quando eu perder o excesso de peso. Subi as escadas hoje e a tensão foi muito menor. Estou aliviado. Sem truques extravagantes. Eu como quando estou com fome e bebo muita água. Eu mantenho frutas e legumes na minha geladeira. Eu gosto de Mango Madness da Snapple. Vou saber se amo mangas quando for ao Brasil. Li e vi fotos de seus frutos. Fruta= comida requintada!!! Além disso, comer frutas com água fria me refresca.

The global society doesn't provide me with the option to detest interracial dating. I see infinite combinations for romance. I am a black woman with a chocolate complexion. Currently, I have lost more than 50 pounds. I yearn to see myself svelte. I am convinced that life will open abundantly when I shed the excess weight. I walked up the stairs today and the strain was far lesser. I am relieved. No fancy tricks. I eat when I am hungry and I drink plenty of water. I keep fruit and vegetables in my refrigerator. I enjoy Mango Madness from Snapple. I'll know if I love mangoes when I go to Brazil. I have read and I have seen photographs of their fruit. Fruit= exquisite food!!! Plus, eating fruit with cold water refreshes me. 

Uma opinião sobre atração

Se você ama duas pessoas ao mesmo tempo, escolha a segunda. Porque se você realmente amasse o primeiro, não teria se apaixonado pelo segundo.~ Johnny Depp

Cada pessoa deve falar a sua verdade. Mas mantenho-me firme nesta questão. Eu ficaria desconfortável com alguém olhando para mim com olhos de luxúria, amor ou desejo, quando todos sabem que o observador tem um parceiro. Não acredito que precise me sentir atraída por alguém simplesmente porque a pessoa gosta de mim. As pessoas fingem atração muitas vezes.

If you love two people at the same time, choose the second. Because if you really loved the first one, you wouldn't have fallen in love with the second. ~ Johnny Depp

Each person must speak their truth. But I stand firm on this issue. I would be uncomfortable with someone looking at me with eyes of lust, love or desire, when everyone knows the observer has a partner. I don't believe I need to be attracted to someone just because they like me. People fake attraction a lot.

Renato Alves Menezes Barreto e Cynthia Helena Ribeiro Luz: um casal

 Até ouvir Efeito Violeta, achava Cynthia Luz fraca sozinha. Alguns cantores podem cantar a caixa de cereal e soar maravilhosos. Cynthia Luz precisa se relacionar com suas letras e batidas.

Eles parecem chiques e soam sexy !!! 

The Skin I'm In: a novel by Sharon G. Flake


I ordered the follow-up to this novel. Maleeka lacked a backbone yet possessed massive writing gifts. I was grateful she finally found her strength.

rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Thursday, January 27, 2022

Chaka! Through the Fire by Chaka Khan with Tonya Bolden


Chaka toned herself WAYYYYY down. She admitted her addictions but she deleted meticulous detail about events. There wasn't much discussion about sex but she did discuss love. She admitted the songs she loves are not always the hits. She doesn't mind using the word 'never'. Hmm, that seems outlandish but this is Chaka Khan so I should not be surprised.

This autobiography packs some wisdom.

rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, January 19, 2022

Wild, Wicked & Wanton: 101 Ways To Love Like You're in a Romance Novel by Christie Craig and Faye Hughes


I thought I wanted these types of problems.

Thank you for your candor, ladies!!! 

rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Eroticism does not fail to intrigue but I want a husband who shares a deep and abiding love with me. I DON'T want a long list of boyfriends. I am surprised that more women did not buy this book.

Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx by Adrian Nicole Leblanc


The first time I read this book, I left a scathing review on Amazon. The second time I read this book, I feel ashamed for my haughtiness. The saying, 'deal with the cards you're dealt'. I ask this, what happens if you can't afford a deck of cards?

Random Family: Love, Drugs, Trouble, and Coming of Age in the Bronx reveals how one family chose to buy decks of cards.

rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Sunday, January 9, 2022

Wise Women: A Celebration of Their Insights, Courage, and Beauty by Joyce Tenneson


Resplendent portraits in sepia form the visual collective of this book. Each sage provides a quote on any issue of merit. Some women elected to share the photograph with another woman, a relative or a friend. All female subjects but some had not crossed the threshold into 60. I anticipated a lengthy profile of each woman. Perhaps Joyce Tenneson prefers spare prose. I applaud this work.

rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Go To Sleep, I Miss You: Cartoons from the Fog of New Parenthood by Lucy Knisley


Lucy Knisley serves delights. This book, which I enjoyed over a Sunday afternoon, presents the tossing of emotions that many mothers experience. The succinctness gives laughter.

I choose to demonstrate more empathy for parents with screaming babies. There exists infinite ways to raise a child. Many of us have tremors finding just one.

rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, January 4, 2022

The Canary Journal: a novel

 My first book, The Canary Journal: a novel, is available on Amazon Kindle.

My author page link:


Thursday, December 23, 2021

It Couldn't Happen to Me: Three True Stories of Teenage Moms by Beth Johnson


I bought my copy from Thrift Books. Ever am I delighted I did!! Everyone possesses an intelligence of some sort. These young ladies learned harshly the perils of misdirection. I am thankful they continue to persevere. I feel optimism for each of them: Johanna, Rasheedah, and Rachel. I would love to know how they have prospered despite the Great Recession and the COVID-19 pandemic.

Live and learn AND/OR

read and learn through the lives of others.

rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

One Crazy Summer by Rita Williams-Garcia

Gimme more, gimme more, gimme more!!! Not 'gon put up a fight!!! Tell me more, tell me more, tell me more!!! When I placed a hold for this book at the library, I wasn't aware that it ran first in a trio. During reading, I placed holds for the next two books. Rita Williams-Garcia proves herself a phenomenal writer. I refuse to spoil the story. In eager anticipation, I wait for the next books!!!

rating: 5 out of 5 stars


Saturday, December 18, 2021

A Christmas Present that Arrived A Week Early

Keith Richards (born on December 18,1943 Saturday) loves books, too!!! He maintains an expansive library in each of his homes. If you want to read more about his love of the written word, I implore you to read At Home With Books: How Booklovers Live with and Care for their Libraries by Estelle Ellis.

Great musicians possess theory of mind. Keith Richards' facial impression indicates broad-mindedness on this photograph with the great Aretha Franklin.

Himawari House by Harmony Becker


A book that breaks life with gentle candor. I love this book!!! I won't spoil it but Miss Becker illustrates the varying experiences of adapting to foreign soil. No one is too good or too wise. They suffer yet they ascend. The sparseness of the prose initially rattled me but I grew fond of it. Thank you, Harmony!!!

rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Friday, December 17, 2021

Lucky directed by Laura Checkoway


Truth beauty, beauty truth.~ John Keats

This woman has survived tumult. She is capable of love but in the film, we see her directing her love towards her family. On a lighter note, those of us who feel trapped by not investing in our appearance, watch this documentary and see if you are still willing to not make yourself beautiful. Since the end of filming, Lucky sees the worth in herself and has begun the process of healing.

Monday's Child


Monday's child is fair of face,
Tuesday's child is full of grace.
Wednesday's child is full of woe,
Thursday's child has far to go.
Friday's child is loving and giving,
Saturday's child works hard for a living.
And the child born on the Sabbath day
Is bonny and blithe, good and gay.

This fortune-telling poem dates to 1838. 

According to "Monday's Child",

~Emicida works hard for a living.
~Froid and Cynthia Luz are full of woe. (I hope not! They're a couple and they're raising children.)
~Peter Doherty is fair of face.
~Carlos Barât is full of grace. 
~Gilberto Gil is loving and giving. ( He is lifelong friends with Caetano Veloso. Both excel at musicianship and singing. Water seeks its own level.)
~Caetano Veloso is loving and giving. (I met him and I am convinced he provides love and generosity.)

Emicida (born Leandro Roque de Oliveira on August 17, 1985 Saturday)

Froid (born Renato Alves Menezes Barreto on September 1, 1993 Wednesday)

Cynthia Luz ( born Cynthia Helena Ribeiro Luz on January 12, 1994 Wednesday)

Peter Doherty (born March 12, 1979 Monday)

Carlos Ashley Raphael Barât (born June 6, 1978 Tuesday)

Gilberto Gil (born Gilberto Passos Moreira Gil on June 26, 1942 Friday)

Caetano Veloso ( born Caetano Emanuel Viana Telles Veloso on August 7, 1942 Friday)

Gilberto Gil and Caetano Veloso- two men who love each other and occupy the position of immense creators.

Every luminary in this post maintain the positions of sibling and parent. I pray that their children and siblings love, respect, and honor them. I pray their children realize the wisdom of their example and obey the path of love. The Heavenly Father is love and He reveals himself through art. The Heavenly Father is the Master Creator and He pours His love onto us. I see it especially in these individuals. 

Embrace the pantheon of art!!!! 

Tuesday, December 14, 2021

Réflexion (en français)

 Je suis allé à une fête d'anniversaire dans un club de l'ancien Hollywood Park Casino vers 2007-2009. Je suis allé au Savoy Club pour voir Daley ("Alone Together") jouer le samedi 6 juin 2015. Nous avons attendu 3 heures et 43 minutes. Je me suis régalé en attendant. Il y avait des clips vidéo et le club Savoy sert des TACOS !!! (C'était la première fois que j'allais dans un club depuis mon expérience au Hollywood Park Casino.) Tout le monde était agréable, sans coups de poing ni agressivité. Je suis toujours ravi d'avoir attendu. Une invitée surprise est arrivée ce soir-là : Marsha Ambrosius. Nous avons éclaté de joie !!! "Alone Together" sonnait exquis même en direct !!!! J'ai réalisé quelques leçons précieuses cette nuit-là. Yvonne Orji ne trompe pas quand elle dit que l'attente est sexy. J'ai aussi rencontré quelqu'un d'autre ce soir-là. Vous vous souvenez de Darlene Ortiz ? Elle était la petite amie d'Ice-T avant son mariage avec Coco Austin. Darlene Ortiz se tenait devant moi en ligne avec son amie. Elle était gracieuse et cela m'a surpris à quel point son style avait évolué. Elle était toujours chic mais pas révélatrice comme elle l'avait été. Lorsqu'elle s'est retournée, je l'ai immédiatement reconnue. Son visage était toujours aussi charmant. Sa silhouette aussi. Elle m'a dit qu'elle écrivait un mémoire. Je suis ravi d'écrire ce paragraphe. Cela m'a rappelé que je n'avais pas encore lu ses mémoires.

Cabo San Lucas, au Mexique, était ma destination pour les vacances de printemps en 11e année. Ma mère, ma tante et moi sommes allés dans l'État de Baja California Sur. Une nuit, nous nous reposions de la journée. J'ai dit à ma tante : "Je veux sortir." Alors nous (ma tante et moi) avons marché sur le trottoir. Cherchez et vous trouverez. Nous n'avons pas marché longtemps. J'ai remarqué un lieu LIT. Cap Wabo Cantina !!! Le club de Sammy Hagar. Nous avons dansé follement. Il faisait encore plus chaud car il n'y avait pas de climatisation dans le club. ROCK CLASSIQUE!!! Je suis monté sur le podium. Tante a choisi de rester par terre. Une autre dame sur le podium a bu beaucoup d'alcool. Elle a commencé à agiter ses poings au rythme de la musique. Elle était si excitée qu'elle m'a donné un coup de poing dans le nez. J'ai doublé. Il était évident pour moi qu'elle n'était pas au courant de ce qu'elle avait fait. Son amie : « elle est ivre. Une fois que j'ai fini de me frotter le nez, j'ai dit à tante qu'il était temps pour nous de retourner à l'hôtel. Elle a accepté. CALIENT !!!

Le Savoy était la seule fois où je suis allé seul dans un club jusqu'à présent. Une autre leçon s'est manifestée. J'avais lu que "toutes les filles sont belles à minuit". Un homme que je n'avais pas remarqué s'est approché de moi. « Non, je dors dans mon lit, monsieur. Bonne nuit et soyez prudent. Ma mère m'avait déposé et était venu me chercher au Savoy. Pas de honte, pas de jugement.

Postscript : Pour ceux qui ne le savent pas, le Savoy est à Inglewood, en Californie. Il s'appelle officiellement le Savoy Entertainment Center. J'ai commandé des tacos au poulet avec de la coriandre et de l'oignon. Vous pouvez manger des tacos à votre guise.

Reflexión (en español)

 Fui a una fiesta de cumpleaños número 21 en un club en el antiguo Hollywood Park Casino alrededor de 2007-2009. Fui al Savoy Club para ver a Daley ("Alone Together") actuar el 6 de junio de 2015 el sábado. Esperamos 3 horas y 43 minutos. Disfruté mientras esperaba. Se mostraron videos musicales y el club Savoy sirve TACOS. (Era la primera vez que asistía a un club desde mi experiencia en el Hollywood Park Casino). Todos fueron agradables, sin puñetazos ni agresividad. Todavía estoy encantado de haber esperado. Una invitada sorpresa llegó esa noche: Marsha Ambrosius. ¡Estallamos de alegría! "Alone Together" sonaba exquisito incluso en vivo. Esa noche me di cuenta de algunas lecciones valiosas. Yvonne Orji no engaña cuando dice que la espera es sexy. También conocí a alguien más esa noche. ¿Recuerdas a Darlene Ortiz? Ella era la novia de Ice-T antes de casarse con Coco Austin. Darlene Ortiz estaba parada frente a mí en línea con su amiga. Fue amable y me sorprendió lo mucho que había evolucionado su estilo. Seguía siendo elegante, pero no tan reveladora como lo había sido. Cuando se dio la vuelta, la reconocí de inmediato. Su rostro seguía siendo encantador. También su figura. Me dijo que estaba escribiendo unas memorias. Estoy encantado de estar escribiendo este párrafo. Me recordó que todavía tengo que leer sus memorias.

Cabo San Lucas, México fue mi destino de vacaciones de primavera en el 11 ° grado. Mi mamá, mi tía y yo nos dirigimos al estado de Baja California Sur. Una noche estábamos descansando del día. Le dije a mi tía: "Quiero salir". Así que nosotros (mi tía y yo) caminamos hacia la acera. Busca y encontrarás. No caminamos por mucho tiempo. Noté un lugar LIT. Cabo Wabo Cantina !!! Club de Sammy Hagar. Bailamos maniáticamente. Hacía aún más calor porque no había aire acondicionado en el club. ¡¡¡ROCK CLASICO!!! Subí al podio. La tía decidió quedarse en el suelo. Otra dama en el podio bebió mucho alcohol. Ella comenzó a agitar los puños al ritmo de la música. Estaba tan emocionada que me dio un puñetazo en la nariz. Me doblé. Para mí era obvio que ella no estaba al tanto de lo que había hecho. Su amiga: "está borracha". Una vez que terminé de frotarme la nariz, le dije a la tía que era hora de que regresáramos al hotel. Ella estuvo de acuerdo. CALIENTE !!!

El Savoy fue la única vez que fui solo a un club hasta ahora. Otra lección manifestada. Había leído que "todas las chicas se ven bien a medianoche". Se me acercó un hombre que no había notado. "No, estoy durmiendo en mi cama, señor. Buenas noches y esté seguro". Mi mamá me había dejado y recogido en el Savoy. Sin vergüenza, sin juzgar.

posdata: Para aquellos que no lo sepan, el Savoy está en Inglewood, California. Se llama oficialmente Savoy Entertainment Center. Pedí tacos de pollo con cilantro y cebolla. Puedes comer tacos al contenido de tu corazón.

Reflexão (em português brasileiro)

 Fui a uma festa de aniversário de 21 anos em um clube do antigo Hollywood Park Casino por volta de 2007-2009. Eu fui ao Savoy Club para ver Daley ("Alone Together") se apresentar em 6 de junho de 2015 no sábado. Esperamos 3 horas e 43 minutos. Eu me diverti enquanto esperava. Foram exibidos vídeos musicais e o clube Savoy serve TACOS !!! (Foi a primeira vez que frequentei um clube desde minha experiência no Hollywood Park Casino.) Todos foram agradáveis, sem socos ou agressividade. Ainda estou feliz por ter esperado. Um convidado surpresa chegou naquela noite: Marsha Ambrosius. Nós explodimos de alegria !!! "Alone Together" soava requintado mesmo ao vivo !!!! Eu percebi algumas lições valiosas naquela noite. Yvonne Orji não está sendo enganosa quando diz que a espera é sexy. Também conheci outra pessoa naquela noite. Lembra de Darlene Ortiz? Ela era namorada de Ice-T antes de ele se casar com Coco Austin. Darlene Ortiz estava parada na minha frente na fila com sua amiga. Ela foi gentil e me surpreendeu o quanto seu estilo havia evoluído. Ela ainda era chique, mas não reveladora como antes. Quando ela se virou, eu a reconheci imediatamente. Seu rosto ainda era adorável. Sua figura também. Ela me disse que estava escrevendo um livro de memórias. Estou muito feliz por estar escrevendo este parágrafo. Isso me lembrou que ainda não li suas memórias.

Cabo San Lucas, no México, foi meu destino de férias de primavera na 11ª série. Minha mãe, minha tia e eu descemos para o estado de Baja California Sur. Uma noite, estávamos descansando do dia. Disse à minha tia: "Quero sair". Então nós (minha tia e eu) caminhamos para a calçada. Procure e você deve encontrar. Não andamos por muito tempo. Notei um local LIT. Cabo Wabo Cantina !!! Clube de Sammy Hagar. Dançamos loucamente. Ficou ainda mais quente porque não havia ar condicionado no clube. ROCK CLÁSSICO!!! Eu subi ao pódio. A titia preferiu ficar no chão. Outra senhora no pódio bebeu muito álcool. Ela começou a acenar com os punhos ao som da música. Ela estava tão animada que me deu um soco no nariz. Eu me dobrei. Era óbvio para mim que ela não sabia o que tinha feito. Sua amiga: "ela está bêbada". Assim que terminei de esfregar o nariz, disse à tia que era hora de voltarmos para o hotel. Ela concordou. QUENTE!!!

O Savoy foi a única vez que fui a um clube sozinho até agora. Outra lição se manifestou. Eu tinha lido que "toda garota fica bem à meia-noite". Um homem que eu não tinha notado se aproximou de mim. "Não, estou dormindo na minha cama, senhor. Boa noite e esteja seguro." Minha mãe me deixou e me pegou no Savoy. Sem vergonha, sem julgamento.

pós-escrito: Para quem não sabe, o Savoy fica em Inglewood, Califórnia. É oficialmente chamado de Savoy Entertainment Center. Pedi tacos de frango com coentro e cebola. Você pode comer tacos o quanto quiser.


 I went to a 21st-birthday party at a club at the former Hollywood Park Casino around 2007-2009. I went to the Savoy Club to see Daley ("Alone Together") perform on June 6, 2015 Saturday. We waited 3 hours and 43 minutes. I enjoyed myself while waiting. There were music videos displayed plus the Savoy club serves TACOS!!! (It was my first time attending a club since my experience at the Hollywood Park Casino.) Everyone was pleasant, no fisticuffs or aggressiveness. I am still delighted that I waited. A surprise guest arrived that night: Marsha Ambrosius. We erupted with joy!!! "Alone Together" sounded exquisite even live!!!! I realized some valuable lessons that night. Yvonne Orji is not being deceptive when she says the wait is sexy. I met someone else that night, too. Remember Darlene Ortiz? She was Ice-T's girlfriend before he married Coco Austin. Darlene Ortiz was standing in front of me in line with her friend. She was gracious and it surprised me how much her style had evolved. She was still chic but not revealing as she had been. When she turned around, I recognized her immediately. Her face was still lovely. So was her figure. She told me she was writing a memoir. I am delighted that I am writing this paragraph. It reminded me that I have yet to read her memoir. 

Cabo San Lucas, Mexico was my spring break destination in the 11th grade. My mom, my auntie, and I headed down to the state of Baja California Sur. One night, we were resting from the day. I told my auntie: "I want to go out." So we (my auntie and I) walked onto the sidewalk. Seek and ye shall find. We didn't walk for long. I noticed a LIT venue. Cabo Wabo Cantina!!! Sammy Hagar's club. We danced manically. It got even hotter because there was no air conditioning in the club. CLASSIC ROCK!!! I went on the podium. Auntie chose to stay on the floor. Another lady on the podium drank plenty of alcohol. She started waving her fists to the music. She was so excited she punched me in the nose. I doubled over. It was obvious to me she wasn't cognizant of what she had done. Her friend: "she's drunk." Once I finished rubbing my nose, I told Auntie it was time for us to return to the hotel. She agreed. CALIENTE!!!

The Savoy was the only time I went to a club by myself thus far. Another lesson manifested. I had read that "every girl looks good at midnight." A man who I had not noticed approached me. "No, I am sleeping in my bed, sir. Good night and be safe." My mom had dropped me off and picked me up from the Savoy. No shame, no judging. 

p.s. For those who don't know, the Savoy is in Inglewood, California. It is officially called the Savoy Entertainment Center. I ordered chicken tacos with cilantro and onion. You can eat tacos to your heart's content.

Wednesday, December 1, 2021

Frida Kahlo: The Brush of Anguish by Martha Zamora

My love does not cease for Frida Kahlo. This tome provides light detail of her life. It doesn't provide immense analysis but it is pleasing for someone who wants a brief sketch of her life.

rating: 5 out of 5 stars

Look Again by David Bailey


I laughed quite a bit with this book. He's cantankerous and honest. He doesn't deny his shortcomings. He wasn't vile about sex even though he has a reputation for lots of it. I didn't know anything about him until I read this book. I love the dishing about days long gone. He has a raucous tale.

rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Tuesday, November 23, 2021

Good Talk: a memoir in conversations by Mira Jacob

 ** spoiler alert ** I value her perspective. But sometimes, I didn't like her response to a situation. A wealthy white lady named Bree hires her to write a book about her colonial ancestors. Bree admits that she was uncomfortable with Mira writing the book due to fears of plagiarism. If someone said that to me, it's time to leave. Bree invites Mira to lunch. Mira accepts. I don't get Mira's reasoning for going to lunch: "I wanted Bree to pay for it. I wanted my eating it to mean I was getting something for free (211)." Another moment is when her mother-in-law holds a dog party at her Florida home, some of the guests assume she's the help. Why didn't she say she's Lynda's daughter-in-law and let them serve themselves? I think she's too interested in politeness with strangers. 

rating: 4 out of 5 stars

Tightrope: Americans Searching for Hope by Nicholas Kristof and Sheryl DuWunn


Social failure and personal responsibility factor into poverty. Yes, we need greater investment in social services to edify society. Somehow, the individual must place priority on something substantial. On page 226, Kristof notes that Emmanuel Laster's family in Pine Bluff, Arkansas, has "three televisions, a pit bull, no food, much chaos." I don't understand that logic. The mother, Christine, discloses: "Mean critter. He's expensive to feed, but he keeps the utility people away, so that they don't cut off our power." Where does she find the funds to feed a dog if she cannot pay the utilities or provide for herself and her son? If Christine chooses to use her money to pay for pet upkeep and electronics, she could have redirected those funds into helping her household. Christine appears illiterate: "she hasn't had much schooling and had difficulty writing her name for us (226)." The Lasters could prosper but fail to secure provisions. Annette Dove, a leader of community outreach, alerts Emmanuel and Christine of an upcoming trip to Florida. On the day of departure, he arrives with $0.35 and outgrown shoes. At the end of their segment, Emmanuel stands on a worrisome path of bad associations.

On the gleaming note, a Nigerian immigrant named Tami Adewumi lived in a homeless shelter in New York City. He was exposed to chess through a part-time teacher who "encouraged the boy to sign up for the school's chess club (126)." His parents and his older brother supported his endeavours in addition to pursuing their goals. Tani became the state champion of chess in his age group. Tani and Emmanuel are both black but Tani had a wider support system. Annette Dove extended herself to Emmanuel but his mother needed rehabilitation and employment.

Kristof places more blame on the system. True, we need a higher quality of social services but personal responsibility stands stronger. Many of these people collapsed due to poor decision making. A worthwhile read.

rating: 4 out of 5 stars