Ahhh, For the Smell of It

A few weeks ago, I learned that a top wholesaler of the most exquisite collection of perfumer grade essential oils and resins, White Lotus Aromatics, would be closing their business.  The owners, a husband [...]

Not All Shampoos Are Alike

I can’t help but notice that clients will spend much more on conditioning and styling hair products than they will on shampoo.  It is often thought that any shampoo will do.  Some folks even [...]

Coastal Differences

The difference between the east and west coasts as it relates to my business has not been lost on me.  On the west coast, farmers till the land where flowers and herbs are grown [...]

Mocha to Warm and Delight Your Senses

I have loved these temperate early days of autumn. They have been languid, and already caused me to have a shift in my perfume of choice for this season.  Mocha has taken the lead [...]

Will You Pray With Me?

I am calling on you to pray in your own way, by sending healing energies to our planet and by also asking for guidance on what we can do to honor and truly love [...]

What Color Are Your Pearls?

A friend reached out to ask me if I could lengthen a strand of pearls she had inherited from her mom. I was delighted to oblige and asked her to send me a photo [...]

Rites of Passage

A few weekends ago, several Black teenage girls graduated from a two-year-long initiation into young womanhood. Known as rites of passage, this type of tutelage helps prepare young people for the challenges of adulthood. [...]

This Hair Thing – Going Through Changes

Back in January, I began locking my hair but also had twist extensions put in to avoid the early ‘not so cute’ stages of locking.  Four months in, under pandemic lockdown, I noticed the [...]

The Real Cost of Cruises

As some of you may know, I am an advocate for earth justice and treating the earth with respect. My ears are always perked up for the latest news on our planet and none of [...]

Ramadan in the Time of COVID-19

  “Ramadan Kareem!” is a greeting you may hear Muslims exchanging this month. Meaning, “blessed Ramadan,” it is a wish that the holy month be a generous and rewarding experience. Along with other Muslims [...]

Ptahra Jeppe ~The Sweet Smell of Success

Recently, my niece Ptahra Jeppe, shared with me the account of her latest academic and career triumphs. I am so very proud of Ptahra, who deserves every accolade for her diligence, fortitude, and belief [...]

Adult Coloring for Relaxation

 As a child, I loved coloring, and still do, but today coloring options are far more sophisticated and use any number of computer coloring programs. Since I enjoy coloring by hand in a coloring [...]

There is Nothing Wrong with Doing Nothing

Are you feeling like you’ve not been productive enough during COVID-19? I have been amazed at the incredible number of past-times being offered to keep us busy and entertained while we shelter-in-place.  All day [...]

The Present Moment is the Only Moment

By now, you may have heard of the Buddhist teaching called mindfulness. Its purpose is to help us manage and take control of our thoughts, which will lead to managing our suffering, our pain, [...]

The Run on Bottles and Tops

Due to the global pandemic, many companies are now creating products they never imagined making.  Their businesses were faltering, and so they quickly made a pivot.  A company that used to make sails for [...]

Burn, Chew, or Drink

If you have any Anu Essentials Royal Hojari Frankincense, you not only have at top quality resin with an incredible aroma, but you also have a healing agent that can be used in different [...]

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