A Single Lightning Strike Kills Nearly 20 Cows in Texas — TIME

A lightning bolt struck and killed nearly 20 cows in Texas just days after a lightning strike left more than 300 reindeer dead in Norway. A herd of cows was huddling under a tree during a thunderstorm near Hallsville, Texas on Sunday night when a lightning bolt hit the tree and immediately caused the cows…

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Serena Williams Casually Hangs Out With Simone Manuel and Ibtihaj Muhammad at U.S. Open — TIME

In what might be the epitome of “real recognize real,” Serena Williams hung out with fellow pioneering athletes Simone Manuel and Ibtihaj Muhammad at the US Open on Tuesday night. All three women have been trailblazers in their respective sports, which helps make this epic meeting truly legendary; Williams is widely regarded as the premiere…

via Serena Williams Casually Hangs Out With Simone Manuel and Ibtihaj Muhammad at U.S. Open — TIME

On silence, healing fibromyalgia, dealing with narcissism, and learning a whole heck of a lot about myself

First, thank you to my followers, both new and old, for continuing to bless me with your support.  I have not been around much, nor have I posted much of anything personal. Still, you continue to stick with me. Thank you!

 

“If you have nothing [nice] to say…”

Over the past year and a half, my life has changed dramatically. Some of those changes were good, others were not so good. Still, I try my best to take changes as they come, learn from them what I can and keep taking steps towards achieving my goals. In my opinion, that’s the most effective approach to living my life.

Part of the process of accepting change is observing change. And I truly believe that observation is a silent process. It’s hard to observe and act at the same time–at least it is to me.

So, I’ve been in observation mode, mostly observing myself and my reactions and actions in dealing with myself in my environment, as well as just the environment itself. I’ve spent a lot of time in my head and subsequently in my body, i.e. I’ve been sorting through my mental blocks (negative self-talk/thinking) and how they impact my health and prevent me from quickly reaching my most important goals.

On the subject of health: I’m glad to state that my health has been truly awesome, and that my fibromyalgia symptoms have diminished significantly. I’ve had fewer flares, fibrofog moments and have been getting enough normal/restful sleep (between 7-9 hours). Also, I’ve been walking for about 1 hour almost daily and have recently started the BeachBody On-Demand 30-Day Free Trial that has a great deal of exercise programs for people of all levels.  If you have fibromyalgia and are interested in starting or improving an exercise program, I would say check it out because it allows for you to select programs by type: cardio, muscle building, less than 30 minutes, slim and tone, dance, low impact, and yoga. Personally, I am sticking with less than 30 minutes, low impact, dance and yoga.

I think my greatest challenge is that I consume news and, as a person of colour, it stresses me out…then again, who isn’t stressed when watching the news. Still, it’s important to stay informed, and I try to do so without being inundated.

So, what have I learned during my silence? A whole heck of a lot. Here is a list:

So, that’s it. It’s good to be writing again.

Until Next Time,

D.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Nearly 9,000 unaccompanied refugee children have gone missing in Germany — Quartz

The number of unaccompanied refugee children reported missing in Germany has doubled in the past six months. According to figures released by the Federal Criminal Police Office (BKA) to the Neue Osnabrücker Zeitung (link in German), the total number of children who’ve gone missing after their initial registration hit 8,991 in July—up from 4,749 on…

via Nearly 9,000 unaccompanied refugee children have gone missing in Germany — Quartz

A Short Analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 1: ‘From fairest creatures’ — Interesting Literature

A critical reading of a Shakespeare sonnet ‘From fairest creatures we desire increase’: so begins Sonnet 1 in Shakespeare’s Sonnets. This opening sonnet is all about procreation, but also, perhaps, sexual pleasure (including solitary sexual pleasure – about which we say more below). For the next 154 weeks (or nearly three years, in other words), […]

via A Short Analysis of Shakespeare’s Sonnet 1: ‘From fairest creatures’ — Interesting Literature

Owner Of La Belle Femme Talks Entrepreneurship After 50 & Making Her Kids Proud — HelloBeautiful

Angel Cornelius glided into our NYC office with her silver-haired natural crown and luminescent Brown skin lighting her path. With toned arms (totally reminiscent of Angela Bassett’s in What’s Love Got to Do with It) carrying her branded gift bags of natural body butters and soaps, one thing is very clear, this woman bathes in the fountain of…

via Owner Of La Belle Femme Talks Entrepreneurship After 50 & Making Her Kids Proud — HelloBeautiful

Guest Post – Poetic RITUals – Five Star Review! — But I Smile Anyway…

I felt the need to share this, a recent Five-Start review of my book, Poetic RITUals. “…there is something for most situations.” Oh, is that right? If we respect convention, my age warrants questions, about the longterm boyfriend I do not have, the left ring finger pale as eggshells, and what I would do upon…

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