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 [...]

What’s Your Quarantine Score?

A friend of mine posted this list on her Facebook page, and I thought, how cool.  I also realized there is so much missing from this scorecard, which is also just a bit stingy [...]

Women Who Run With the Wolves

  It is my sincere belief that every woman who can, should have at least two copies of Women Who Run With the Wolves by Clarissa Pinkola Estés, 1992, in her library: one for [...]

Practicing the Art of Self-Care for Our Nails

In this most unusual time, you might find yourself having to do things you had long handed over to others, like doing your hair, taking care of your nails, cleaning your own home, spring [...]

Caring For Your Hair During COVID19

If you are currently wearing a protective hairstyle such as braids, twists, locs, or a weave, chances are you will need a touch-up soon, long before the quarantine is over.  If you have had [...]

I’m Not New to This, I’m True to This

Recently, I posted an ad for one of my Spiritual Spritzers on my professional Facebook page. A stranger (older Caucasian man) commented saying, “Great business model - buy a bunch of spray bottles, fill [...]

Nature’s Natural Ventilator

If you’ve listened to the news, you know that at this time there are not nearly enough ventilators available for all those who need them. In the meantime, there are other options for those who [...]

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