Book Reviews, Interracial Romance

Book Review: The Maid’s Daughter

In 1950’s South Carolina, Naomi Jackson’s mother takes a live-in maid’s position in the home of young William Cooper’s parents. Over the years, Naomi and William become fast friends and eventually teenage lovers.When William’s parents discover the interracial affair, Naomi is sent away. Forty years later, the young lovers cross paths again, but can they find their way back to each other after all the deception and lies? I one-clicked this book on a hummer, meaning a hunch knowing nada about it, including this was Ms. Knight’s debut novel. Yet, I am so happy to have found her at the…

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Sex-Selfies: Yes or No
Blog, Dating, Romance

Sex-Selfies: Yes or No?

Unsolicited Penis Portraiture…a devilishly clever phrase. But what’s it mean? In a nutshell, people sending unrequested sex-selfies of their intimate body parts to others. Men love sending sexy selfies (or sexlfies) of their junk according to a recent New York Post article. Women do also, but their sexflies are mostly solicited. That’s all intriguing, but my concern is sex-selfies period. As a teen, I rarely credited my parents with having brains, nevermind advice worth listening to. My father never talked about dating (he simply didn’t let us date), but as I went 2,000 miles away to college at 17, Daddy imparted…

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Thomas Markle To-Do's
Love and Marriage, Marriage, Relationships

5 To-Do’s for Thomas Markle and the Royals

No sense pretending nonchalance re Meghan and Harry’s wedding. I’m a sucker for a fairy tale love story. And I gotta give props to the sister. Any more open,  the boy’s nose would be suitable for highway traffic. He’s smitten. Nevertheless from personal experience, the soap opera with her father Thomas Markle worries me. My first husband didn’t get along with my family. They thought us unsuited, and he felt it. By and by, my mom and sisters tried everything they could to make him feel part of the family, but the die was cast. I didn’t blame him for years, but…

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Book Reviews, Books, Memoir, Writing

Book Review: The Duchess of Bloomsbury Street

New York writer Helen Hanff has corresponded for years with Marks & Co. Booksellers on London’s 84 Charing Cross Road, and they’ve faithfully cared for all her eccentric reading needs. Having developed a touching transatlantic friendship with bookseller Frank Doel and all the good folks at Marks & Co., she’s been issued countless invitations to visit the United Kingdom. In this sequel to 84, Charing Cross Road, Hanff  takes us along on her trip of a lifetime as she explores all the places she’s dreamed of for so long. Feted by friends and admirers alike, she is dubbed the Duchess…

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Health, Liza's Big Yes Series, Self Help

Liza’s Year (maybe) of Yes

  Reading Shonda Rhimes’ Year of Yes truly inspired me. So much so that I have decided to give it a whirl myself. So this is the first (or last) in my Liza’s Big Yes series, highlighting personal issues I am working on. First up: my health. I have been plagued with asthma, eczema, and allergies since six months old. At 21, I became deathly allergic to fish. For the past few years, I have nearly disfigured myself (my older sister’s words) scratching and rubbing my perennially itching eyes. NOTHING helps. Oh, no. That’s not true. Steroids help, but no doctor’s gonna…

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Autobiography, Book Reviews, Inspirational, Memoir, Self Help

Book Review: Year of Yes

On Thanksgiving Morning, Shonda Rhime’s watches big sister Delorse cook and relates all the glittering events she’s been invited to. When Delorse asks will she accept any of these invitations, Shonda says no, citing her busy life. Her sister’s response—you never say yes to anything—sets Shonda Rhimes on a year-long commitment to saying YES to everything that scares or challenges her, to finding the real Shonda hiding inside, and to changing her life. As with a hella books I have, YES had been sitting on my shelf for a long time. Waiting like a 19th-century spinster for a proposal. I’m…

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Awareness Days, Books, Goodreads

April 10 Is Siblings Day

So, I got a sweet email wishing me Happy Siblings Day a couple of days ago. From one of my three sisters? Naw. They barely know what day of the week it is nevermind an awareness day. No, not a sister. Really, I have no clue whom it was from. Or why I got it today. Siblings Day is 5 days away. Damn spam is getting ridiculous. Nevertheless, it did give me a good idea for a post. Books about siblings. So I googled and found this Goodreads list of the 100 Best Siblings Books. A quick perusal shows I…

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Facebook, How To, How To, Social Media

Facebook Saved Post Collections

So, if you’re like me, you probably don’t know half the things you can do on Facebook. Took me forever to figure out backgrounds on posts. Kept seeing them, and finally asked a friend how to get them. Turned out, I wasn’t really so clueless. Facebook Germany hadn’t gotten the Add Background capability yet. But here’s a new feature I just happened on that I love, too. First, if you didn’t know–which is perfectly possible if you’re Liza–you can save Facebook posts from your news feed. I would save links galore after I discovered it. But when I went to…

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Blog, Dating, Romance

Why Divorce Date?

So, I am reading 4 Reasons to Date Someone Who’s Been Divorced. First off, I learned something new. Seems there’s still a stigma attached to dating divorced people. Never knew that, especially since at a certain age, if s/he isn’t divorced, I would wonder. Okay, but that’s not my point here. After reading the article, I realized my reason Numero Uno didn’t appear. In fact, this reason might make it advantageous to only divorce date. So here it is.   1.  How they treat their former spouse is a GOLD MINE of information. I am divorced, and my former husband and I are still…

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