Dear Reader,

I have been suppressing my interest in fashion and food for far too long. I won’t explain why but I will share some photos here and there and promote a few friends too. If you see something you like, please support them and tell them where you heard the news.

Food.

First, I would like to introduce you to Nikita. As I was thinking about my readers and the genre of novels I am working on, I thought of her style of food. Nikita Richardson is my former co-worker at MSM, and she is one gem of a woman, a major go-getter, and a culinary trendsetter. She started this incredible business called Sizzling Single in 2013 based on the concept of “serving solo servings, one recipe at a time.” She had nearly the entire C-suite buying lunches from her. Below are a couple of snaps from her Instagram page.

In a piece by VoyageATL, Nikita states that her company’s goal “is to eliminate food waste by providing portion-control based meals.” Inspiring, right? Well, I’ve had her salads and desserts, and they are scrumptious!!! You won’t waste a bite. So check out what’s cookin’ with Nikita at http://www.mouthjarring.com. And tell her you heard about it here. XO.

Earrings.

Erica found her purpose in jewelry design at MaddieX after Covid-19 took her job. But her past employers loss is our gain. Maddie X earrings are to live by. I have two pairs so far, and I like them so much I try to make them work with all my outfits.  

My silver hoops
Jewery bag and post card

You can support a homegirl (Ocalan now Atlantan) while adding some glam to your style at https://www.maddiexjewelry.com/  Please tell Maddie X jewelry that you heard about it here.

Shoes.

  

Pictures of pretty shoes make a pretty page. These aren’t bad to me, but according to The Zoe Report, these are some of the best for Spring and Summer 2021.

Ulla Johnson Spring/Summer 2021. Photo: Ulla Johnson.

Clunky, chunky platform heels.

Louis Vuitton Spring/Summer 2021. Photo: Getty 

For ladies who like labels.

Roger Vivier Spring/Summer 2021. Photo: Roger Vivier

Flowery flip-flops.

Thanks in advance for supporting the Black-owned businesses mentioned above. Sincerely,

Leah 

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Really, Leah?

Fathers better beam like the sun and hang the moon to get more than a card or a pair of socks…

Dear Reader,

We piled a lot into the last weekend, didn’t we? Americans celebrated a new federal holiday, Juneteenth, and we also celebrated Father’s Day. Yea!

I wish I could tell you I did something mind-blowing for either occasion, but I was otherwise obligated. So obligated that I neglected to show respect for fathers on any of my social media accounts. My oops!

So to all the real fathers out there, I want to wish you — all the best, and may your families be blessed.

Did you catch what I wrote?

“Real fathers.”

Am I the only person who too often ascribes “real” to fathers?

Of course not.

We (as a society) don’t discriminate against mothers that way. We usually assume that all mothers are the greatest. Right? I mean, mothers have done the laborious work of carrying, for approximately nine months, this growing seed that feeds off of the mother’s body to create a child that will slide through a birth canal and be pushed out into the world. Indeed, a woman’s work is hard. So we cheer in reverence, hooray for mothers!!!!

They deserve a holiday. Well, at least some of them deserve a holiday. And y’all know I am telling the truth. While I don’t intend to be a downer, we must admit that there are some seriously poor excuses for mothers out there. Am I right, again?

Specifically, but without calling names, we have all heard about women who have driven their kids into lakes, women who have left the security of one family to begin a new one with their teenage student. And what about the women who have kids to get a check? You know, the ones called gold diggers and other unkind words. Even so, regardless of those nefarious acts (minus the first one), come Mother’s Day, someone somewhere will make them feel good about performing a natural act, whether they really are a loving and nurturing parent or not.

While hurt people revel in hurting people I believe in healing people and keeping them well. And what brings healing like laughter? Enjoy!

In the famed words of Charles Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge, It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

I hope to spread some here in a new installment (est. 4.16.20) of things that crack me up called, THE FUNNIES. Here is a spoonful of sugar for whatever ails you. And MANY THANKS to everyone who reads and responds. XO


My Dad sent this to my Mom who sent this to me. Copy, paste, share.  🤣


Everyone PLEASE be careful because people are going crazy from being locked down at home!

I was just talking about this with the microwave and the toaster while drinking my coffee, and we all agreed that things are getting bad.

I didn’t mention any of this to the washing machine, because she puts a different spin on EVERYTHING!! Certainly couldn’t share with the fridge, cause he’s been acting cold and distant!

In the end, the iron straightened me out! She said the situation isn’t all that pressing and all the wrinkles will soon get ironed out!

The vacuum, however, was very unsympathetic…told me to just suck it up buttercup! But the fan was VERY optimistic and gave me hope that it will all blow over soon!

The toilet looked a bit flushed but didn’t say anything when I asked its opinion, but the front door said I was becoming unhinged and the doorknob told me to get a grip!! You can just about guess what the curtains told me: they told me to “pull myself together! We will survive!”

#alonetogether2020

Photo credit: Thanks to Remy Gieling.

While hurt people revel in hurting people I believe in healing people and keeping them well. And what brings healing like laughter? Enjoy!

In the famed words of Charles Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge, It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

I hope to spread some here in a new installment (est. 4.16.20) of things that crack me up called, THE FUNNIES. Here is a spoonful of sugar for whatever ails you. And MANY THANKS to everyone who reads and responds. XO


Remember when we thought these pictures were funny…

Who’s laughing now?


Is this the future of arts and crafts time?

If only Leonardo da Vinci was still living.

While hurt people revel in hurting people I believe in healing people and keeping them well. And what brings healing like laughter? Enjoy!

In the famed words of Charles Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge, It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

I hope to spread some here in a new installment (est. 4.16.20) of things that crack me up called, THE FUNNIES. Here is a spoonful of sugar for whatever ails you. And MANY THANKS to everyone who reads and responds. XOXO

On Working From Home


The struggle is real when it comes to looking professional while working at home.

Can you relate?

Remember the newscaster who got caught with his pants off?

While hurt people revel in hurting people I believe in healing people and keeping them well. And what brings healing like laughter? Enjoy!

In the famed words of Charles Dickens’ Ebenezer Scrooge, It is a fair, even-handed, noble adjustment of things, that while there is infection in disease and sorrow, there is nothing in the world so irresistibly contagious as laughter and good humor.”

I hope to spread some here in a new installment (est. 4.16.20) of things that crack me up called, THE FUNNIES. Here is a spoonful of sugar for whatever ails you. And MANY THANKS to everyone who reads and responds. XOXO

Last Friday was perhaps too deep for some, so I’m back this FriYaY with foolish fodder, some not quite my taste but always with you, the reader, in mind.

On Being Female

“For I had observed that men did not usually do things unless they liked doing them.”

Barbara Pym in her book, Excellent Women. (Which I am not endorsing just because I use the quote.)

Funny quote. I think we women may be on the precipice of making ourselves miserable, though, trying to compete with men, while more and more men are opting to stay at home with the kids and playing video games all day. What’s up with that? So to the women who want to do what the fellas do and feel they have something to prove: More power to you. But ladies, we only have one life to live. Let’s find what makes us truly happy and let’s do that instead. What do you think?


Cheap man or good steward?

No HIdden Legend. Katherine Johnson’s body was laid to rest yesterday after services at Hampton University. As we celebrate women throughout the month of March (and hopefully every month), I salute Katherine’s fearless contribution to NASA and the future of the United States space program! She is indeed a hero to our country and all STEM girls.

Many times, our dark places are about perspective in comparison to others. Someone may have woken up with an ache here or pain there but someone else may have just received a terminal diagnosis. Someone may have a child who wet the bed this morning while another man or woman deals with a child or a parent who wets the bed every morning.