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I'm an old lady so the big glam thing doesn't work for me. Too many wrinkles to slap that stuff on!! Being a latter day hippie, the natural look has always been my look. Some time back on BBW, Chris recommended argon oil for hair and I took off running with that. Lemme tell you, that helped A LOT! Even my hairdresser was pleased with the results. My doctor also recommended biotin, and the result has been excellent although slow in coming as the damaged hair has grown out.

The net effect is that we are uniquely beautiful women. We need to play to our assets-- beautiful eyes, full, sensuous lips, high check bones, smooth soft skin. Ain't nobody got it like we do.

1 week, 1 day ago on Just for Fun…What Makes a “Creature Like No Other?”

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This poor woman's letter is painful to read. Even more disconcerting is her father's denial, lack of recognition for her loss and his unwillingness to accept his part

In her situation. Throwing a little chicken feed here and there to his children and then expecting accolades makes me sick. He bettah pay off those loans! And thinking he is better than the "Johnny Appleseeds" who spread it around the neighborhood is sheer self-deception.

He isn't going to listen to her or change his mind-set because he has made up his mind in his own favor. If all his children picketed his house with placards it would only solidify in his mind that he is a good father and they are wrong.

Pitiful.

1 week, 1 day ago on The Iyanla Vanzant Cluster Cuss: We BB&W MUST Keep Discussing the High OOW Rate

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This poor young woman's letter is painful to read. Ev

1 week, 1 day ago on The Iyanla Vanzant Cluster Cuss: We BB&W MUST Keep Discussing the High OOW Rate

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See, don't make a Black woman mad!

1 week, 2 days ago on Beyond Black & White Fan Page is Under Attack Again. Time to Go to War.

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HMMMM! Bozo the Clown musta been booked.

This brings up a story that happened just last Friday. Beloved Spouse and I went to dinner at a local neighborhood restaurant that we frequent regularly. It is a tablecloth and napkin restaurant that is common in Vegas where singles and childless people rarely eat at home. Nice place, neighborhood prices, good service, exceptional food.

We were seated by this really oddly dressed--or right on trend for you young folks--young hostess. Beloved Spouse took my jacket, pulled out my chair and helped me get settled in my seat before taking his own. The young hostess stood back in awe( for real, I'm not making this up) and said she'd never seen that before. She admired my wedding set while I proceeded to lavish praise on Beloved Spouse who turned beet red. WTF??? Are men not gentlemen anymore?

Admittedly we are older, but men should know their manners. That's one of the many things that turned me off to younger men in my dating days--poor or outright bad manners. No one talks about what BM should do to attract quality women. It is always on the BW to do something. BM need only show up and be male. Sorry but that don't get it for me.

Bozo, where are you when we need you?

1 week, 2 days ago on Steve Harvey Has a New Dating Websites Aimed at ‘Teaching Women to be more DATEABLE’

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Donated and continuing to support the BBW mission. It speaks to me personally. It reflects my life and experiences. I want BBW to continue to offer the advice and encouragement it has to share to all Black women who are open to the message.

It is a source of amazement to me that so many people who grew up in Western democracies that promote, protect and value free speech have no appreciation of it. Didn't they learn about how important freedom of speech is in school? Isn't freedom of speech, association and the right to peaceful assembly part of the platform of the demonstrations in Ferguson? My dear sisters, that door swings both ways. You cannot have true freedom of speech if you silence speech you do not like. Join the uniquely American dialogue! Don't like the free expression of some ideas? Argue with it or ignore it, but don't shut it down. That is the American way.

As to these semi-literate knuckle-draggers who have made it their business to attempt to silence BBW, clearly these people have too little education and too much time on their hands. They would be better served improving their acquaintance with the English language and working at getting some job skills. Get outta yo mamma's basement and get a life!

1 week, 2 days ago on Beyond Black & White Fan Page is Under Attack Again. Time to Go to War.

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Good to see you again, Toni, speaking the truf!

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Three men who say they are “good.” Three types of men black women should stay the hell away from.

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Being an old lady, I admit that I have NO idea who these people are, but it seems clear that ALL the young lovelies here do. Being old fashioned, It would be expected that your man would come to your defense; however, these commenters ain't shit. They ain't nobody and don't nobody care what they have to say. It is sheer jealousy.

That said, he could easily post a one- liner to to effect of this: back up and back off. This is a private matter not open to public comment.

And Lady Friend could do the same. Don't feed the trolls.

3 weeks, 1 day ago on Is Robert Pattinson a Lame Swirler? Leaves Black Girlfriend to Save Himself From Online Bullies!

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That's a very nice French braid!  I see all kinds of women wearing those.  Never tried it myself even though my daughter says it is easy to do.  I should try it, because it is a great look!

3 weeks, 2 days ago on Super Easy, and Super Elegant Side Twist Tutorial

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May I gently suggest to my dear sisters that not every Black person in this country is a decedent of slaves, so It seems not quite right to me to blame their violent behavior toward their children as the result of slavery. I do, however, consign with the idea that excessive corporal punishment is something that many people of all races have grown up with. Mores the pity.

I had a very violent upbringing and it created a rift between my parents and me that lasted for more than 20 years. Now, they are either passed on or are so weak and feeble that they need the help of their children to maintain an independent life. Some of my sisters and brothers are having none of it. I feel differently.

It takes some doing to move past old hurts, but that is what they are--OLD. Adults can make the choice to do that as a Christian matter. For those who can't, I understand.

I admit I dusted my only child's drawers with a bedroom slipper a few times when she specifically disobeyed my instructions regarding her personal safety or her behavior at school. A few swats with a reminder of what I expected her to do were always enough. After about the age of 7, a stern talking-to, disapproval and banishment worked reasonably well. There's little point in corporal punishment after the age of reason (age7).

Beatings are NEVER ok. A swat or two to solidify your teachings are quite another. Prisons are filled with people whose patents beat them mercilessly. It doesn't seem to be working if you overdo it. It ain't about slavery.

1 month ago on Why are Some Folks Defending Child Abuse as ‘Black Culture?’

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Is she somebody at the NYT sister-in- law or something?

1 month ago on Shonda Rhimes Hands NY Times WW Writer Her Hindquarters on Social Media

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So much happiness in evidence here!! May the happy couple have love to sustain them through life!

1 month ago on Three Cultures One Couple – Anou and Siobhan

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I'm all for love and affection, but aren't these two a little old for PDA?? Dude, get a room!

1 month, 1 week ago on Update on Danielle Watts: BB&W Exclusive Interview with Boyfriend, Brian

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@Harold13 Would someone please go out with Harold??  He seems like a perfectly presentable man who wants and needs a good woman.  I hate to see a perfectly good prospect go to waste.

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Open Forum: Okay; We Know White Men Married to Black Women are 44% Less Likely to Divorce. But Why?

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Are they a cute couple or what!???!  Must be something in the air bringing out all the loving couples ready to join hands and leap into the abyss of life.  Many blessing and much happiness to these newlyweds!

1 month, 2 weeks ago on Video: You Tubers, Shelly and Michael Tie the Knot!

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Wishing you both the best of everything in life, Jeff and Toni.  Also hoping everything we're working on together for your big day turns out right (Hey, everyone, I WARNED them about Vegas in July, but you can't tell lovebirds anything!)


Looking forward to toasting the bride and groom on your big day!!



1 month, 2 weeks ago on BB&W’s Very Own ‘EarthJeff’ is Getting Hitched!!

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Dani, you offered up some winning ideas.  I'd also recommend volunteering at charity events. A while back in my single days we were asked at work to volunteer to check people in and do other minor chores at a charity ball that I couldn't have afforded to attend.  I borrowed a gown from a girlfriend, gussied myself up and worked the check-in table making name tags for the guests, so I met a lot of the attendees.  After the party got going, I weaseled my way into an invite to sit at a company table and got introduced around.  Met some charming people and ended up with a better job offer (later on, of course) and a whole new group of friends.  It never hurts.

Right out of college, I was looking for a job in the hospitality industry in the Bay Area.  I heard about a luncheon for a women's hospitality executives professional group.  Bought a ticket, mixed and mingled and was directed to a woman who was leaving her position at a Marin property to move to another state.  Got introduced, just happened to have a resume in my briefcase and got an interview with her a few days later.  Got the job!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Ten Interests that can Connect You to Other People

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Cj, I have also used Mary Kay mineral powder, which comes in broad range of colors and is also MUCH less expensive. I also use her mattifier which is relatively inexpensive and works reasonably well. My Mary Kay rep left town after her husband died but I just found out I can order those things from Amazon. I'd recommend them if you want to give them a try. Bare Minerals is overpriced but a good powder--not a good foundation, though, in spite of what they say. You can order some Mary Kay on Amazon with free shipping. Why pay more for Bare Minerals and pay shipping too? Also, their service isn't that great.

Try it and let me know what you think.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on BB Creams For Brown Girls

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Generally, in social settings people have their guard down and are open to seeing you at your best--nicely dressed, well-spoken, friendly, charming--without any presssure to do anything.  If they decide they like you personally, they are more inclined to want to be your friend, help you or even hire you, all without any real competition going on around you.  It is an ideal way to expand your sphere of influence.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Ten Interests that can Connect You to Other People

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@Brenda55 @onmywayup 

For what it's worth, Miss Brenda, my baby sister (who is 56) just met her New Year's goal of losing 100 lbs.  She did it by joining a gym and changing her eating habits.  She looks FABULOUS!  I'm going to see her next month when I go visit my Mom in VA and I can't wait to congratulate her in person!

My own weight issues have always been pretty minor even in my dotage.  But what little sis has done is truly amazing!

1 month, 3 weeks ago on SirLoinsBabe Wenesday: For Mature Audences only.

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@cjdimplez 

I'm with you, cj, my skin is very oily so I never put moisturizers on my face, which is what I understand beauty balm to be. I do need a good concealer, though, for the hyperpigmentation on my cheeks and nose.  A couple of years ago, Chris recommended a  concealer that came in a wide variety of shades by Obessesive Compulsive Cosmetics.  I have been using it ever since with very good results, along with a mattifier and Bare Minerals powder.  Still get a little shine by the end of the work day, but also have good coverage in a good match to my skin tone.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on BB Creams For Brown Girls

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Places I've been approached by men over the years: standing in line at the post office; in a bookstore; at the grocery store (a LOT! That's a GREAT place!); on a train; in a coffee shop; shopping at a mall; waiting for a bus; on an airplane; at a business mixer; at a charity event; at a social gathering where I only knew the host/hostess. My point is that almost anywhere a man may approach you. If you see one who seems appealing, give him a sly smile and a come hither look. Unless he's blind, deaf and dumb (or attached) he won't be able to resist the invitation. Once he comes over to get a closer look, start with a little pleasant, flirtatious banter. See where it goes. It's easy once you get the hang of it.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on AAWG, ‘Savage Tango’ “Getting him to do more than smile.”

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@DWB @MixedUpInVegas

I have little doubt that you already are.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Is It Okay to Discourage Your Daughters from Dating Black Men?

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Dang! I am so out of the loop! You young people know everything that goes on. I only marathon watch series that I missed in Roku! If I and when this one comes on, I'll put it on my watch list.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Is Anyone Watching Halle Berry in Extant?

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One of the happiest things my ( now adult) daughter ever said to me was, during fall break from college, that we were a "happy little family." Her father, my late husband, practiced intimidation therapy on any young man she brought home. No boy was allowed to take her out if he had not been a guest in our home previously, whether it was for dinner or to watch a movie or spend the afternoon swimming with other friends. The young man HAD to meet her father. Dad would grouse at them and make it clear that if she was late coming home, it was on the boy's head. She was never late. He waited up for her.

No young Black men ever came to ask her out. There were a few who were in her group of friends who came to swim or watch movies, but none ever approached her for a date. Only White boys ever asked, which is kinda how my life went. No Black men ever asked; I went on dates with one or two, but they never asked for a second date. Strange, huh? In any event, I credit her father, by his example as a man, husband and father, with keeping riffraff of any shade away from her. We never told her to pick an ethnicity. She got the message anyway and married a fine young man to whom she is still happily ( from all appearances) married. Her father never thought he was good enough for her. I thought he was a fine man. My hope is that her father now knows, in his spot in heaven, that he was too quick to judge him inadequate for her.

1 month, 3 weeks ago on Is It Okay to Discourage Your Daughters from Dating Black Men?

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By the way, I get so pissed off when I see tomato hornworms or cabbage loopers eating my stuff, it is somewhat satisfying to grab those little boogers (in a gloved hand, of course) and squish the hell out of them.  Or, throw them on the ground and hit them with the world's oldest pesticide--the bottom of your shoe!

1 month, 4 weeks ago on How Caterpillars are Like Your Crazy Uncle Larry and Other Tips I’ve Learned to Deal with Pests

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Aphids and powdery mildew tend to be seasonal problems.  Aphids don't like it when it gets too hot--hence, in the Mojave desert, they are a late winter and early spring problem.  The heat of summder, which is just awful, dtives them away.  I can see how they might be a problem for other urban farmers when the night time temps drop.  It gives them a foothold.  Insecticidal soap is your friend.  Spray it in the late afternoon.  Sun shining on the freshly-applied spray is disastrous.  Go out and do it after you get home from work.  By morning, it will be settled in and less likely to burn your plants.

1 month, 4 weeks ago on How Caterpillars are Like Your Crazy Uncle Larry and Other Tips I’ve Learned to Deal with Pests

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Powdery mildew tends to be a seasonal problem as well.  With our humidity around 4% or less most days in the summer, it is only an issue when the night temps get cooler.  If your plants are crowded, that can be an issue as well.  For the most part I ignore it--by the time it gets my squash, roses and cukes, I'm pulling up the veggies to plant my winter crops--like about now.  As for the roses, well . . . let's just say I'm not as committed to organic growing for ornamental plants as I am to food crops.

When you water can help deter powdery mildew somewhat.  Don't water after 2 PM; Don't use overhead watering--keep the leaves dry; Don't overcrowd your plants.  I've heard of the baking soda thing, but never tried it myself.  But, since it is so natural, how bad could it be?

Happy gardening!

1 month, 4 weeks ago on How Caterpillars are Like Your Crazy Uncle Larry and Other Tips I’ve Learned to Deal with Pests

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Amen, Miss Brenda. Just because you are Black doesn't mean you are heavily invested in the "Black culture" thing. I am an American citizen, a woman and I'm working at my business and meeting all the obligations of citizenship. It rarely occurs to me that I am any different than my white, Hispanic or Asian neighbors. Beloved Spouse and I are happily going about our lives unaware of the fact that we are "different." If I don't identify with the looters and criminals who shoot each other on a daily basis, well, I hope that doesn't make someone exterior to my life feel some kind of way.

Just because a man loves you and wants to commit to you, does that mean he has to take on "the struggle?" That's a lot to ask of someone who wants no part of racism, prejudice and discrimination. Believe it or not, there are a lot of white people who are totally disinterested in this stuff and consider it an embarrassment to their own race. Please don't ask them to jump into the fray when they just want to live with you in love and peace. If you want to be a Sistah Soljah, don't be surprised if that interferes with a harmonious irr relationship.

2 months ago on (Bonus) QOTW: “How Can I Talk About My Culture with My White Boyfriend?”

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Lookit, since Black men never paid much attention to me ( I could never pass the paper bag test) and I grew up in Europe, none of the men I dated or married knew anything worth mentioning about Black culture. But honestly, I really didn't either. We never lived in a situation where Black culture was a major blip on the radar. Consequently, it didn't seem odd to me that the men I dated or married were clueless. I wasn't invested in the Black culture thing, nor did my parents encourage it.

Fast forward to Late Husband. He was raised on a hog farm in South Dakota. He'd never ever seen a black person until he went into the service. He had no feelings one way or the other and simply assumed they were his fellow soldiers. When the '60's came along, he was shocked and dismayed. None of this had anything to do with him and he wanted no part of it. We fell in love and were happily married until he passed away.

Fast forward some more to Beloved Spouse. He went to a private military academy until he finished high school. His family held no prejudices (they lived near the Bay Area in CA) and he wanted no part of the nasty business of prejudice. He didn't seem to think my ethnicity was as important as our love for one another.

My point here is that some people don't have a dog in this fight. They are unilaterally for equal everything. They have no prejudices and don't want to be lumped in with those who act a fool over race. Frankly, I don't blame them. Just as I don't want anyone to assume anything about me because I am a Black woman, I can understand if they feel the same way.

What, exactly, is your husband/SO supposed To do/say/believe? If everyone us on board (him, his family ect.) then isn't that enough? Why should something that happens outside your relationship require him to put the offenders on blast to you? If you are on the same page and happy, what else do you need?

Give the man a break. If he wants nothing to do with racial strife and is a loving and sensitive partner to you , what else is necessary for you?

2 months ago on (Bonus) QOTW: “How Can I Talk About My Culture with My White Boyfriend?”

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::::SLURP!  OOGLE!!  GASP!::::


I love art!

2 months, 1 week ago on Man Candy Monday: Arabesque, Allongé! The Beauty of Ballet

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:::wiping eyes from laffin' so hard:::

Chris, you really outdid yourself there, girl. In fact, you outdid In Living Color and SNL! You have a future in comedy.

Hope that won't be your last skit. That was PRICELESS!

2 months, 1 week ago on Video: Sh$t Black People Say to Black Women to Keep Them Stuck in the Matrix

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Tony, I met Beloved Spouse on an age-specific dating site, which is to say for people over 50. When I first signed up I was besieged by younger men. Don't have to tell you that they weren't what I was looking for. Made the awful, awful mistake of dating a couple of them--most boring and awkward thing I ever had to live through, although one of them fixed my computer, so there's that. Even the men my own age were damaged divorced men who had an axe to grind. Being a widow from a long, happy marriage, I dispensed with them very quickly. I had no anger issues and didn't want to deal with theirs.

I decided to be proactive and sent a wink to a few men who hadn't contacted me first but seemed interesting. One of those men turned out to be my now Beloved Spouse. He responded immediately and we wrote back and forth for a few days. After exchanging phone numbers and a few phone conversations we met for drinks. . . Which ended up having dinner . . . After which, we saw each other every day for 6 months. We then became engaged, and 6 months later we were married in front of our (adult) children and family. That was over 9 years ago.

The point of my story is that while I don't know diddly about Tinder, I met a rare creature through a dating site: a nice man who wanted to be married. For that I am eternally grateful.

2 months, 1 week ago on BB&W Writer Joins Tinder…Check Out the Results

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Awwww! How cute is that??  They look like they are having a great time together.  Congrats on finding each other you two.  Hope you will share more fun times together in the future!

2 months, 1 week ago on Two BB&W Fans Sitting in a Tree…Real Life Meeting on Two Regulars. Sparks?

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Law, you devil, I believe you summed up at least some of the issues here. When my (now) 41-year-old) daughter married her Georgetown law school-graduate husband, my brother commented to me that he found her "exotic." That mat be true, but 14 years later they are still married and apparently happy as two pigs in slop. Go figure.

When Late Husband married me he said " you're different; loyal, loving and committed to the success of our partnership." Yes, I think the sex/ exoticism thing was part of it, but so what? Sexual attraction us what it is and if it helps support the intimacy of the marriage, well . . . Then it does. How is that a bad thing if the union happily endures?

Beloved Spouse came along when even asking or being concerned about ethnicity had long since passed, at least in his mind. We connected and fell in love because we were compatible. The issue of race only came up when I asked him about it. He said " Uh, what? Ok, we're good"

So my sisters, the bottom line is, if you are a rare and desirable jewel, please accept ! The issues may very we'll be on your mind but not his.

2 months, 1 week ago on As Millennials Support Dating Out, the Black Community ups the “Fetish” Rhetoric

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I make my own compost, since I have such a large garden as well as fruit trees, rose bushes and assorted perennials. The kitchen scraps, leaves and plant trimmings go in there, obviously, but I also use my chipper/shredder to shred rose canes, grape vines, tree prunings and other woody garden waste and add that to my compost. Consequently I have a LOT of compost. Most of it gets tilled into the veggie beds twice a year, but it is also good for top dressing existing flower beds. If you use a fine screen you can screen it for starting seeds and refreshing the soil in potted plants with good success.

2 months, 1 week ago on The Secret to Growing HUGE Produce in an Organic Garden

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Dang, that made me tear up, too!  How touching and sweet!  May they love and be happy together for a lifetime.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Video: BB&W Fan Get Married, Serenades Groom; Bring Him to Tears

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@Maxine @MixedUpInVegas 

Girl, you ain't never lied!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Could You Be a Vegetarian Until Dinnertime?

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That was supposed to be tummy. Thanks, iPod

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Could You Be a Vegetarian Until Dinnertime?

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I know this will sound completely crazy. Since we live in the Mojave Desert, I get up about 5:30 or so to do my little gardening stuff very early ( all my veggies are in the ground and not in pots.). While I am pulling weeds, feeding or giving extra water to specific plants, I often grab some--strawberries, cherry tomatoes and such-- and munch on them while I work. Other times, I eat carrots, broccoli, sugar snap peas and humus for breakfast. The hummus keeps your gummy quiet. It has helped me to eat more veggies.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on Could You Be a Vegetarian Until Dinnertime?

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@tonyrog @MixedUpInVegas 

:::AHEM::: Only in the strictly Constitutional sense . . . . .

2 months, 2 weeks ago on SirLoin’s Babe Wednesday: From Hair to There

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Ok, you men just get carried away! And tonyrog, I dunno if you are a bad influence on SirLoin or if it is the other way around!!!

2 months, 2 weeks ago on SirLoin’s Babe Wednesday: From Hair to There

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A mother also has to be brave and have the strength of her convictions when there is criticism from others regarding her choice to educate her daughter about her body.  I faced plenty of it from my mother and others when I chose to take my daughter to a carefully selected female gynecologist in her middle teens.  I met with the doctor and told her what I wanted for my daughter and signed a release to allow her to treat her as needed.  I thought that what she might not want to discuss with me she could discuss with her doctor without fear of being ratted out.  I explained to my daughter that I wanted her to learn how to care for heself as a grown woman would and that adjusting to an appropriate ongoing birth control method is part of that.  Even Late Husband questioned me about that decision, but once I explained it to him, he understood.  Ignore others and do what you know is in your daughters' best interests.  Take the lead and direct your daughters in the right direction.  Teach them what they need to know to protect themselves and their feminine health.  If you don't do it, who will?

2 months, 2 weeks ago on New Documentary Decrying 72% Out-of-Wedlock Rate…Love the Content But…

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We women--mothers especially--can do something about this.  It is our responsibility to teach our girls to be women, and part of that is teaching them how adult women take care of themselves.  Girls should learn and understand early that a woman has to control her fertility in order to have control of her life.  It is not sinful to teach your daughter how to control her body and introduce her to seeing a gynecologist annually.  It should be a habit to get a Pap Smear annually and renew her birth control.  We should be teaching our daughters that there are only a few times in life when we will want to be fertile and open to bringing a child into the world; the rest of the time, it must be controlled so that a woman can go about her life, education, self-development and career building without the threat of a life-altering pregnancy disrupting her plans.  This isn't giving your daughters license to be promiscuous--it is, instead, giving them motherly information that will help them care for themselves as women, which is our duty.

2 months, 2 weeks ago on New Documentary Decrying 72% Out-of-Wedlock Rate…Love the Content But…

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I hardly know what to say to this young woman.  An unplanned pregnancy is almost always disastrous for a young, unmarried woman.  It is disastrous because the stakes are so high; the lives and futures of the children involved, who will need years of nurturing and financial support, education and appropriate living circumstances are hanging in the balance.  The life, education and career opportunities of the single mother are all almost always interrupted at just the wrong moment in her life.  The father, who certainly shares responsibility in the matter, is also impacted, whether he chooses to participate or not.  The larger family of both the young parents will also be affected, not usually for the better, as they are often expected to pick up the slack financially, emotionally and physically for the upbringing of these children.  It is easy to see why this is disastrous.

Focusing on your desire for love, whether with this man or anyone else is entirely inapropriate at this point in time.  This is no longer about you.  The wellbeing and future of the children have to come first.  If you can make a decision that will ensure a loving, secure and supportive future for them, you will have done what every mother should do.

2 months, 3 weeks ago on #NWNW: Don’t Look for the New Man to Clean Up the Mess.

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@Law Wanxi 

Awww, Law, you're taking most of the fun out of it. Making your own beansprouts is so easy and so well known that it is hardly worth mentioning.

2 months, 4 weeks ago on Quick! Help Me Create Some Meals with the Massive Harvest!

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Oh my! What an incredibly handsome couple. May they enjoy the love, loyalty and peaceful contentment of true love for the rest of their lives! Love conquers all!

3 months ago on Love It! Couple I Interviewed for Loving Day 2014 Tied the Knot!!

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As an American citizen, I object to deadly force being used on a small-time crime. The last I heard, selling untaxed cigarettes on a small scale was not a capital offense. The use of force was clearly overdone in that this man died. That outcome is entirely disproportionate to the crime. We hold the police to a higher standard of conduct because they hold the power of deadly force; it should not be taken lightly by the public at large or the police force.

Was a petty crime worth this man's life? Was this the best and only way to handle this situation? Was this an over zealous use of force? I say it was. Frankly, the state stands to lose far more in a wrongful death lawsuit than it gained by apprehending and killing a petty criminal. The police not only killed a man over a small criminal matter, they stand to cost the taxpayers far more in the undoubtedly ensuing lawsuit. So who "wins?"

Smart move, Officer Friendly.

3 months ago on Gotta Say Something Because This is Inexcusable: Eric Gardner Didn’t Have to Die for 50 Cents.

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Had I not seen it on you (I think we are about the same shade of brown skin) I NEVER would have thought to try a hot pink.  Always figured I was too dark.  But it worked out really well for you, so I just might have to give it a try.

3 months ago on OMG Pink for Dark Girls…Yay Mineral Fusion!

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