Happy Birthday Grandaddy Pat

I was fortunate enough to have grown up with all four of my grandparents. We each had a unique bond, but I had an even closer bond with my paternal grandfather. Grandaddy Pat. My Grandaddy Pat had dark, smooth skin. He used Noxzema every day and made sure he had cherry chapstick in his pocket…

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Konfessions: Journey to 135

Steps on scale. Scale reads 154 pounds. I look on in horror! “Nah, Cant be…” This scale obviously hasn’t been calibrated in a long time. Steps off scale. Shakes scale. Replaces battery. Steps back on scale. Butt naked. Scale still reads 154. For the first time in my life, I’m appalled by my weight increase. I mean. Yeah…

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Positive Expression Does Wonders

I often wonder. How is it that certain people display negative expressions on their face. Not sometimes. But. At all times. Personally. When I’m angry, I smile. When I’m sad, I smile. When I’m frustrated, I smile. Until I’m behind closed doors. Then, I remove the smiley face and display my emotions. I discreetly stare at…

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Phenomenal Woman, Indeed


Phenomenal Woman

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies.
I’m not cute or built to suit a fashion model’s size
But when I start to tell them,
They think I’m telling lies.
I say,
It’s in the reach of my arms,
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It’s the fire in my eyes,
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing in my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can’t touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can’t see.
I say,
It’s in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.
Now you understand
Just why my head’s not bowed.
I don’t shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing,
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It’s in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
the palm of my hand,
The need for my care.
’Cause I’m a woman
Phenomenal woman,
That’s me.

I woke up this morning with this poem in my head and when I got in the car there was a woman on the radio also reciting this poem.

Listening to my inner woman and the deejay on the radio was confirmation that:














Who Is This Woman?

Ten years ago. There was an older woman that worked in the same building that I worked in. Eclectic and Bold. I’d never seen a woman wear striped button ups with polka dotted pencil skirts. Fishnets with blazers and short skirts. Leopard print cat eye frames. She wore her collars sticking straight up in the air. Fabrics that didn’t match, but…

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Hot Water or Espresso?

I’ve had my Nespresso machine since Christmas. Hubby gave it to me as a Christmas gift because I’m a coffee lover. I waited so long to use it because its so fancy and shiny. I decided to use it this morning. Its not just any ole coffee  maker, its a Nespresso machine. I know I…

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Spring/Summer 2019 Nail Trends

Spring is finally right around the corner and Summer is down the block! I’m overly excited. Its time to unglove those digits!! The Spring/Summer nail trends have finally arrived and I must say, creativity is the word this season! From bold bright colors, glam and glitz to dark hues and framed nail art. There is definitely something…

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Konfessions: My Name is Jade…

I’ve been challenged by my mentor and good friend to put a name to the ugly, negative parts of myself. The woman who lies. The woman who manipulates people. The woman who likes to gossip. The woman who cheats. The woman who will steal your joy. The woman who avoids important decisions to sit in…

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Black History Month: Florence Ballard

I spent most of my childhood reading my mother’s books. One of my favorite books was Dreamgirl: My Life As A Supreme. I enjoyed reading about the rise of the most successful Motown hitmakers of all time. The glamour, the glitz, the dramatics and the dance routines. Diana Ross, Mary Wilson and Florence Ballard. The Supremes! Childhood friends…

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