Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Weird Movie Wednesday

It's Kind of a Funny Story

It's Kind of a Funny Story has an Girl, Interrupted vibe. So yeah, you know weirdness and dry humor are to be expected! Starring: Zach Galifianakis, Keir Gilchrist, and Emma Roberts. Viola Davis, Jeremy Davies, Jim Gaffigan, Lauren Graham, Zoe Kravitz are also part of the cast. Lauren Graham and Zoe Kravitz are also in Birds of America.

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

Misidentified: The Jungle Girl

Hollywood Jungle Girl - the Actress Acquanetta - Jet Magazine Feb 14, 1952

Born Burnu Acquanetta in Cheyenne, Wyoming, to an Arapaho mother and a French-English-Cherokee father, she was given up for adoption and raised as Mildred Davenport by adoptive parents in Norristown, Pa. Accounts of her "real" story vary widely because early agents thought it best to conceal her Black heritage. Which really wasn't too unheard of back then because there was favoritism towards light skinned women within the race. And as for outside of the Black race, the lighter you were back then, the better you could pass for White. Therefore, you have two conflicting stories one being she was born on a reservation... The other story is she was born to light skinned working class Black parents.

After graduating high school, her exotic good looks brought her to New York to become a model. As her career took off, she took back part of her original name and, with the aid of helpful New York columnists, fabricated a South-of-the-Border background. In 1942 she landed a contract at Universal Pictures, where she played a succession of jungle girls and exotic beauties.

She is perhaps best remembered for her role in "Tarzan and the Leopard Woman" (1946). Other films included "Arabian Nights" (1942), "Captive Wild Woman" (1943) and "The Sword of Monte Cristo" (1951).

In the late 1950s, she married Los Angeles businessman Jack Ross and the two moved to the Phoenix area, where he became a successful automobile dealer. She starred in radio and TV commercials for her husband's Lincoln-Mercury dealership and became a socialite and philanthropist.

The couple donated money to help build a hospital in Mesa, Ariz., founded a theater in Scottsdale, Ariz., raised money for the Phoenix Symphony and served as a member of the Arizona Press Club. They also founded Combined Charities Inc., a foundation that allowed smaller charities to use the interest from its consolidated donations. Ross later ran unsuccessfully for governor.

In 1974 she published a book of poetry called "The Audible Silence." The couple eventually divorced in the 1980s, and among the property she gained in the settlement was the Mesa Grande ruins that scientists suspected was an ancient Hohokam temple. She eventually sold the site to city of Mesa, after obtaining promises that it planned to preserve the site as a museum.

This Black and Indian actress died in 2004 at 83 after having lived an apparently very full life with four children and seven grandchildren.
Pictures via google.
 Some enlightenment
 from Barry L. Atkins
via vieilles_annonces.

Striking Ladies

I'm loving Adepero Oduye (on left)
and Paula Patton (at right) in the Hollywood issue of Vanity Fair!

I particularly love Adepero Oduye's vintage-inspired hair and Paula Patton's vintage-inspired dress! Even though there are only two women of color representing, it is still good to see the diversity in skin complexion there. To you it may seem trivial, but that doesn't take away the importance of the matter for others. Especially to certain girls who may have a skin complexion complex. I've certainly witnessed shadeism towards the dark chocolate skin girl who gets teased by the light caramel skin girl or vice versa. Shadeism even includes getting dissed by the guys within your own race. Which in my personal case a long time ago went like, "You're pretty, but I don't date the brown ladies". Ending with me saying something along the lines of, "Your loss jerk-off and thanks for not further wasting my time."

I enjoy seeing our many shades! How we came about to getting our many shades is a completely different subject. WE ARE ALL BEAUTIFUL. Do you realize how many people want to be us in the world girlies?!??

We have to consciously study how to be tender with each other until it becomes a habit because what was native has been stolen from us, the love of Black women for each other -Audre Lorde

Follow Up

the health care industry.

Just in regards to this post, of course one of my first thoughts would be to go to the pediatrician! Yes, I do have common sense LOL. I just get worrisome and irate when it comes to issues with my daughter. Especially when she is very accident prone. That chil' is going to be the death of me! However, my child's pediatricians and I are not on the same page so I was already in the process of finding different doctors (who aren't mindless a*s) not associated with the last ones. Which just led me back around into a circle for the time being. I do feel much better just by having an appointment set. Even if it is on a waiting list set for weeks from now...

Monday, February 27, 2012

Manly Monday

Common, originally Common Sense, born Lonnie Rashid Lynn, Jr. (born March 13, 1972). I love that he is a true lyricist. How can you not be with Dr. Maya Angelou as your mentor? It doesn't hurt that he is handsome, well dressed, down to earth, midwest native, and has some great female-friendly songs for the female fan base. He is the renaissance man transforming from underground, social conscious hip hop flows to on the big screen actor.

  • Can I Borrow A Dollar? (1992)
  • Resurrection (1994)
  • One Day It'll All Make Sense (1997)
  • Like Water for Chocolate (2000) third studio album as Common, not Common Sense.
  • Electric Circus (2002)
  • Be (2006)
  • Finding Forever (2007)
  • Universal Mind Control (2008)
  • The Dreamer/The Believer (2011)

Sunday, February 26, 2012

Saturday, February 25, 2012

Continue Giving

So guess what movie I got to see on ENCORE on one of my sick days at 4:30AM (being restless).. give in?

The answer is:

Twister Official MovieTwister Movie

After the fact that I posted this. This movie made me want to be a storm chaser when I was younger. But there is nothing glamorous about people getting injured, losing their life, or their home. Many people in Joplin, Missouri could still use our help.

Here are some charities:

To find out what exactly is still needed and ways we can all help, there is a Facebook page.

Continue giving after the media goes away.

Words I Needed

Philippians 4:6-7

"Don't worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God's peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus."
Isaiah 41:10
These are the meaningful words I came across yesterday at The Pless Play! Nothing is a coincidence for me.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Parental/Hypochondriac Stress

So starting from mid-week I've been bugging out. I've noticed this black dot in the corner of my daughter eye, on the pink flesh part closer to the nose. At first I was just thinking it was a piece of sleep, but I knew I didn't want to pick at it with a wet rag. It would have been difficult to get to anyway because she has baby skin folds around her big round eyes. The next day I didn't notice it because after all it is deep in the corner of her eye, but later on that same day my mother noticed it and had mentioned it to me. I'm sure at that moment I had some sort of strange look on face, because I knew from that point on the situation was going to bother me. But I still thought it was just sleep. The next morning I checked my daughter eye and tried to use a wet clothe to get the sleep out around her eye and to my horror it is still there!

I guess as a way for me not to over react (as I have a tendency to do) I tried to look up (google) some info with the same eye issues. Here's something that came up:

From: Corner Of Eye...


Hello...a year or two ago, I noticed a small dark brown or black dot in the center of the skin in the corner of my eye. I'm not sure how long it has been there and I just havent noticed, but since then, i forgot about it for a while and a few months ago i looked at it again and it appears as though it may have gotten darker, or maybe I'm just imagining it becuase I hadnt looked at it for a while. It looks similar to a small, dark freckle or tiny mole. Does anybody know what it is???????? THANK YOU.

Re: Corner Of Eye...

There is a name for it, but I've forgotten what it is. I've had one for 45 years; showed up at age 6 after my tonsillectomy, of all things. I was rubbing my eyes like mad while waiting for my parents to pick me up the next day after surgery and someone looked at my eyes and said there was this "spot" in the corner of my left eye. One doctor said it was just a vein right beneath the skin and could be removed at any time either for purely cosmetic reasons OR if it got bigger and began to block the tear duct(s) at that inside corner.

Here I am, age 54 now, with the same "brown/black spot" in the same place, pretty much unchanged. It has never itched nor hurt. In all my years perhaps two people have actually said anything about it and I doubt many more have even noticed. It has never grown out of proportion to the rest of my features nor has it blocked the tear duct.

My opthalmologist recently said he'd be happy to remove it (yeah, sure he would!) but there is no need. It's entirely up to you unless you actually have a problem from the spot or just decide you don't want it there.

**[Insert Parental Sigh of Relief HERE]**

**[Now 3 Seconds Later Re-Insert Stress HERE]**

I know you can't believe everything on the internet. So now I have to search for the right opthalmologist, not just any ol' doctor. I do wonder if it did happen from her being a cry baby and rubbing her eyes often and too hard. I need to know what this dot thingy is called and if there's any special care for it. Plus, it seems like after the fact that I rubbed it with the wet clothe, or after my mother commented on it, it has gotten slightly bigger.

On top of that, since Wednesday both me and my daughter have been sick with sore throats and runny noses. Today it has turned mucousy with pressure in my head. Everytime I blow my nose or yawn my ears pop. Since the ears, throat, nose are all connected I just pray it doesn't turn into an ear infection for her.

Weird Movie Wednesday

To make up for missing this week WMW, here it is:

This is one of my absolute favorite movies. Birds of America has an A+ cast starring: Matthew Perry, Ben Foster, Ginnifer Goodwin, and Lauren Graham. The point of the storyline actually isn't so weird to me. It just has quirky characters. That is how I feel about some of the movies in my WMW category. They are only "weird" by other peoples standards. Who really has a "normal" life? What is "normal" to you anyway? Saw this back in 2009. As you can see 2008 and 2009 was really the pinnacle of when this indie escapade got deep. Eventhough, I've always been an alternative individual and by that I mean the open-minded nerdy black girl. I must've have really been going through some dramatic changes is the only conclusion I can come to. Any ways the indie thing has been a part of me ever since then so I know this isn't just a phase of some indie-affair trend.

Just as a reminder if you don't know what's going on with WMW: WMW's are just a showcase of movies I've crossed paths with and took an open-minded chance on. These posts aren't supposed to have a full description of the movie. I didn't read the back of the cases when checking out the movies. So in the same way, maybe you'll want to check out these movies without prejudgment and knowledge of the whole movie plot too.

Monday, February 20, 2012

Manly Monday

This story has stayed with me:

Tornado, Joplin Missouri

While an F5 tornado hit Joplin, MO, a man by the name of Don Lansaw, was busy laying down his life for his wife. He literally covered his wife's body with his own. He was hit in the back by flying debris and died while saving her. What a real man has... SELFLESSNESS.

To me this speaks exactly to the heart of Ephesians 5:25-33, and 2 Timothy 1:7.

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Whitney Houston

Whitney Houston was laid to

I'm so glad the home going service for Whitney Houston yesterday truly was just about her. Thank you so much to her mother, Cissy, who still selflessly shared Whitney Houston with the fans. It is good closure for fans like me that were still in a state of shock. When I heard the news that Whitney Houston had passed away on that very Saturday I didn't really believe it. Then I started to see it on trustworthy news websites. Today was her burial. Until this point, I couldn't bring myself to do a post about her on the blog. Quite honestly, this is the first passing of an Icon that feels like losing a family member for me. On quite a few occasions her music has hit home through my rough patches. I'm so glad she is a firm believer in the Lord and that always came across no matter what crazy things people want to be a hypocrite about. My prayers are with her mother and daughter. Bobbi-Kristina is just a year older than my sister (we're seven years apart). Imagine losing your mom at that age.. and to us a superstar, but Whitney Houston was also human. Matthew 24:42

whitney houston daughter bobbi

Everyone falls in love sometime
Sometimes it's wrong
And sometimes it's right
For every win
Someone must fail
But there comes a point when
When we exhale (yeah, yeah, say)

Shoop, Shoop, Shoop
Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop (yeah)
Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop
(All you got to say is shoo be doop)
Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop
Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop (Shoo be doop)
Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop
Shoo Be Doop Shoop Shoop
Shoo Be Doo

Sometimes you'll laugh
Sometimes you'll cry
Life never tells us
The when's or why's
When you've got friends to wish you well
You'll find a point when
You will exhale (yeah, yeah, say)


Hearts are often broken
When there are words unspoken
In your soul there's
Answers to your prayers
If you're searching for
A place you know
A familiar face
Somewhere to go
You should look inside yourself
You're halfway there

[Repeat Verse 2]


Graceful Sundays

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Tupperware Showers

Confession time: I enjoy reusable containers! I even like buying the deli meat that comes in the containers from time to time. They are just so handy and durable.

Selling Tupperware was another way for women to
 make money after World War II.

I would so have a 50s theme for a fun, joyous occasion, like a bridal shower!

Some things I would do whenever that time comes:
  1. Everyone would have to bring Tupperware, to go along with the theme.
  2. Recipe cards as part of party favors.
  3. Play bridal shower games, of course!
It would be so fun! Yes.. I know, I'm a nerd, but I embrace it. So take that you naysayers! Ever since I saw these next ideas in the following pictures, I've been harping on it!

Table settings

Handmade paper pom-poms dangle above tables.

Paper flowers in vases were used.
Guests drank homemade sweet tea and lemonade.

Napkins with 1950s housewives and funny captions
 are an easy way to further drive home the theme.

Champagne in retro style ice bucket

Cupcake tower with variety in flavor

A Pimp My Cupcake station label.

Guests had fun making their own cupcake creations.

Take home gifts for guests

Pop quiz, “Who Knows the Bride Best?” for guests
to take. The quizzes are on white paper
with a retro-style teal and red border.
the winner gets a prize!

Guests also went home with
heart-shaped measuring spoons as favors,
in keeping with the housewife theme.
I've also seen these on Etsy!

Now see, doesn't this look fun?! Gotta love! Though it just happens to be the two colors I really like throwing together, I would try to incorporate more original ideas so that my own function can be uniquely mine. 

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Weird Movie Wednesday

Today's WMW pick is:

2 Days in Paris is written, produced, directed by, and starring Julie Delpy (as Marion). Also starring: Adam Goldberg (as Jack), Daniel Brühl, Marie Pillet, and Albert Delpy. I saw this movie on DVD from the library in 2008 or 2009.

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

To My Daughter

Best Valentine's card ever! <3

The Jackson 5 - "Got To Be There" (Lyrics)

Got to be there
Got to be there in the morning
When she says hello to the world

Got to be there
Got to be there bring her good times
And show her that she's my girl
Oh oh what a feeling there'll be
The moment I know she loves me!

Cause when I look in her eyes
I realize
I need her sharing the world beside me!

So I've...
Got to be there
Got to be there in the morning
And welcome her into my world
And show her that she's my girl
When she says hello... World! (Got to be there)
I need her sharing the world beside me!

That's why I..
Got to be there
Got to be there when love begins
And that's everywhere she goes
I've got to be there so she knows
That when she's with me.. She's home! (Home she's home, home she's home)

Got to be there, got to be there
Got to be there
Got to be there, got to be there
Got to there

Got to be there, Oh baby got to be there
Got to be there..

Happy Valentine's Day to the person who will ALWAYS be my Valentine, my daughter! XOXO

Monday, February 13, 2012

Manly Monday

Vince Herbert and Tamar Braxton

Today I'm posting Vincent Herbert, husband to Tamar Braxton (sister to Toni Braxton), just for having to deal with Tamar's smart-mouth 24/7! Plus, he knows how to dress. Now, I don't know what the full dynamic of their relationship really is when the cameras aren't around, but, she definitely needs a mental makeover. That attitude of hers is over-the-top diva mode on The Braxton Family Values show on WE TV. I'm glad he can be direct with her when he needs to be. He says what is on his mind and then is able to just walk away without blowing up on her. These two could get a spin off show with all of that drama!

Tamar Braxton's Husband Now

1 Timothy 2:11

Saturday, February 11, 2012


Great new Valentines Day goodies just made it in the mail! Yay me!

This is Item #: 21263

New! Chocolät Smoothing Collection 3-Piece Starter Kit from Carol's Daughter! This set smells good enough to eat because of course it is cacao-based! It includes: Chocolät Smoothing Shampoo (2 fl oz), Chocolät Smoothing Conditioner (2 fl oz), and Chocolät Smoothing Blow Dry Cream (1.5 fl oz). The end result is actually floral scented, silky, shiny hair with some frizz control. As if all of that wasn't enough, free Godiva Chocolates are included with purchase! Products does not contain: parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, artificial colors.

For curly hair, the Impossibly Smooth Controlled Curls set is available. This set includes: Chocolät Smoothing Conditioner (8.5 fl oz), Chocolät Smoothing Blow Dry Cream (3.9 fl oz), and Hair Milk the Original (10.0 fl oz). The Hair Milk keeps curls manageable by keeping them soft and bouncy. Products does not contain: parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, and artificial colors.

There is an complimentary 4 oz, Mimosa Hair Honey on orders $50 or more ending on 2/12/12 at midnight. The Mimosa Hair Honey is a pomade using beeswax, nettle extract, shea butter, and cocoa. Not containing: parabens, petroleum, mineral oil, artificial colors.

Almost close to perfect on the ingredients list for a now mainstream, popular brand!

Friday, February 10, 2012

Annie Malone

Annie Turnbo Malone (1869-1957)

On August 9, 1869, Annie Minerva Turnbo was born in Metropolis, Illinois. When Malone was young she enjoyed styling her sisters hair. This made her start seeking ways to straighten it. She developed a chemical product that straightened African American hair and sold her products locally. Prior to this African American women used animal fat, heavy oils, and soap to straighten hair during the 19th Century. She claimed to have studied chemistry and to have been influenced by an aunt who was trained as an herbal doctor. She expanded her hair care line to include other beauty products such as: the pressing iron and comb. Including her popular Wonderful Hair Grower.

In 1902, Malone moved her business to St. Louis, Missouri, where she provided training for jobs as assistants. The recruits sold products door-to-door providing free hair and scalp treatments. Hmm.. like companies of today's world; Mary Kay, Avon (I used to be an Avon Rep.), and Mark. The 1904 World's Fair really helped Malone launch her products nationwide. Visitors to St. Louis were really impressed with her brand. She held press conferences and advertised in African American newspapers. Malone traveled throughout the racially discriminating and violence-charged South, giving demonstrations in churches and black women's clubs. Everywhere she went, she hired and trained women to serve as local sales representatives. In turn, they recruited others. Distribution had expanded nationally in 1910.

One of her recruits was Madam C.J. Walker. Walker sold her own similar products including, "Wonderful Hair Straightener", which Malone deemed as fraudulent. So, Malone renamed hair brand to Poro and got it trademarked in 1906. Poro, is a West African word for an organization dedicated to disciplining and enhancing the body spiritually and physically. Historians credit Malone with having developed her products and distribution system first.

In 1914, Malone married Aaron Eugene Malone, an ex-teacher and Bible salesman. He became the company's chief manager and president. This young couple did more than just manufacture beauty products. They also provided a way for African American women to improve themselves on many levels. Few career opportunities were available in that time. Poro offered them a chance at economic independence. Malone believed that if African American women improved their physical appearance, they would gain greater self-respect and achieve success in other areas of their lives.

In 1918, Malone started Poro College. The complex, which was valued at more than $1 million, included classrooms, barber shops, laboratories, an auditorium, dining facilities, a theater, gymnasium, chapel, and a roof garden. Many local and national organizations, including the National Negro Business League, were housed in the facility or used it for business functions. The training center provided cosmetology and sales training for women interested in joining the Poro agent network. It also taught students how to walk, talk, and behave in social situations.

During the 1920s it was believed that Malone was worth $14 million! However, she lived conservatively and gave away much of her fortune to help other African Americans.  A $25,000 donation from Malone helped build the St. Louis Colored YWCA. She also contributed to several orphanages and donated the site for the St. Louis Colored Orphans' Home. She raised most of the orphanage's construction costs and served on the home's executive board from 1919 to 1943. The home was renamed the Annie Malone Children's Home in 1946.

Unfortunately, her overwhelming generosity towards many people lead to the demise of her beauty empire. Malone's business failure tarnished her image. Her former employee, Madam C.J. Walker, often overshadows Malone because Walker's business remained successful and more widely known. Walker is often credited as the originator of the black beauty and cosmetics business and the direct distribution and sales agent system that Malone developed.

While I personally may not be into the chemical processing of hair anymore, you can't just simply deny the success, hurdles, and history of Annie Malone and Madam C.J. Walker. They are America's first major female black entrepreneurs and philanthropists.

Thursday, February 9, 2012

Natural Hair 1O1

 If you haven't noticed by now, I do have a thing for hair throughout some of my posts. If my hair is all jacked up, then it'll be one mucked up rest of the day for me. When I'm in that mood, that is when I throw on a wig! I've previously mentioned that I've been relaxer-free for almost a year. I've noticed that the females in my family hair starts to thin out around the crown and bald through time from the over use of relaxers.  So that put me en route of refusing to furthermore use relaxers.

Now I've been accidentally in "transition" for a while now. It is kind of tough actually. I have to work with two different textures in my hair at the same time. I have my new growth coming in at the roots while the chemically treated hair is still on the ends. The whole time I was sitting, wondering, "Why are my old usual products not quite working for me anymore?" LOL. I was also still unknowingly damaging my hair with heat to maintain the two textures.

I'm too wimpy to do a big chop (BC). My hair was already armpit length when I was using relaxers, so it was pretty devastating when big clumps of hair would come out at a time while detangling. I'm figuring out that conditioning and braiding has been key to preventing major breakage.  I've even taken to the technique of leaving the braids up while washing my hair. It cuts the terrible detangling process out, which makes major hair breakage pretty much none existent. I've also learned that when I do have to do some detangling it is way better to just finger-comb and sometimes follow up with the use of a wide tooth comb if needed. I've always combed from the bottom working my way up through the roots.

For a deep conditioner (DC) I like to use:
  • Olive Oil (EVOO)
  • Coconut Milk (can be found in the healthy section of regular grocery stores)
  • Coconut Oil
  • 1 Avocado
  1. Mix ingredients in a blender until smooth.
  2. Strain the mixture through an knee-high, if it isn't smooth enough. This is so that you won't have to pick out pieces of avocado in your dry hair later.
  3. Strain into an applicator bottle to prevent a huge mess during application.
  4. Part hair into sections and apply mixture.
  5. Massage into hair and scalp. Massaging the scalp actually promotes hair growth stimulation.
  6. Leave in hair for at least 45 minutes. The longer it stays in, the better. I like to let hair sit for 2 hours covered in a plastic cap and a towel wrapped around my neck.
  7. Rinse out mixture.
These ingredients add shine and moisture with great natural fats. Ingredients can be found in health food and vitamin stores. For a quick hit of much needed moisture, throughout the day I use a mixture in spray bottle consisting of mainly water with an oil, like olive oil. Sweet almond oil or jojoba oil are good to use too. It is better to spray water onto hair first and then with oil. This way the oil seals in the moisture instead of blocking it out. Doing hot olive oil treatments help as well, especially, throughout the harsh winter weather.  By the way, you can also enhance cheaper conditioners by adding an oil to the bottle!

Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Weird Movie Wednesday

Today's WMW dvd/blu-ray pick is HappyThankYouMorePlease!

I like Malin Ackerman's character in the film the most. What she said about guys that "text only" is so true!

Tuesday, February 7, 2012

Upgraded: School Lunches

Has anyone else noticed through the year changes made in the kids cafeteria food? The other day my sister said they've stopped having pizza day at school a year ago and now they've stopped serving cheese fries. Even 2% milk will no longer be an option. We can thank First Lady Michelle Obama for making the biggest changes to school food criteria with the USDA in fifteen years! Through the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, kids won't have any other choice but to eat healthy. Of course, healthy eating has to take place at home too. Kids can still bring their own unhealthy lunches to school.

Click here to view full menu PDF.

Monday, February 6, 2012

Language of Roses

Ashton Kutcher and George Lopez
 as floral deliverymen in Valentine's Day movie.

Florists usually can't keep up with the demand of roses on Valentines Day. This is what makes roses so expensive and why guys furthermore detest the month of February. Since roses are the popular choice on Valentines Day this is all about the Language of Roses.

Be sure not to send the wrong message!

Red Roses = "I love you" Send them if your intentions are long-lasting and romantic.
Yellow Roses = Friendship on Valentines Day
Deep Pink Roses = "Thank you"
Light Pink Roses = Fun and Happiness
Pale Pink (lighter than light pink) Roses = 3G network as in: Gentleness, Grace, Gratitude
Lilac Roses = Enchanted. "Love at first sight has taken place!"
White Roses = "I miss you" and "You're Heavenly". Innocent and true.
Orange Roses = Enthusiasm
Coral Roses (bold orange-red color) = Desire!
Peach Roses (soft orange but not too pale) = Appreciation

Have fun sending combined messages with color combinations!

Red Roses + Yellow Roses = Celebration of happiness.
Red Roses + White Roses = Bonding harmony.
White Roses + Yellow Roses = Harmony

But what amount shall you give? Come here, lets talk numbers.

Single Red Rose = "I love you" (but I'm not going to go broke telling you).
Single Rose Any Color = "Thank you" (and I'm still not going to go broke saying so).
Two Roses Entwined = An engagement or marriage is happening!
Full bouquet (12 or more) = I really really want to go the distance with you!
Long stemmed  = Expensive!

What nobody wants.. Dead Roses = "IT IS OVER!"

Manly Monday

Two one syllable words: So hot!

Officer in Blue, Harlem, 1943
Photographer Gordon Parks for the Office of War Information (OWI).
Mr. Police Officer in Harlem, 1943