#LetsDiscuss: A Relationship With Reading

In recent years we’ve seen reading and books take many forms, from the likes of a company, Amazon, selling books online to reading books on electronic devices to listening to books via audio apps, reading, thankfully, is still a thing! I, for one, have let my love for reading, fall by the wayside over the last few years, however, for 2021, I am vowing to read more. My favorite reading material today includes multicultural literature, poetry, cookbooks, and magazines. But when I was younger, I had different reading tastes. Also, if you are 40 and over, much of what we read was required reading for class.

I was a Scholastic junkie back in the day. As a poet, my favorite book was Honey, I Love by Eloise Greenfield and the Shel Silverstein books, including Where The Sidewalk Ends. For fiction, I loved To Kill A Mockingbird and the older Judy Blume books like Superfudge. And I’m dating myself, but back in the day many of the children’s movies were often accompanied by a recording (on LP record) and a read-a-long book. I had alot of those.

I saw this discussion in a Facebook group @bgrtbookclub (Black Girls Read Too) and thought I would borrow it and continue the conversation here! Whether it’s ONE book or a LIST of books that launched your love of reading, please share. Can’t wait to see your books! #LetsDiscuss #40AndOver #moderndayadulting #ReadABook #readingisfundamental

40 and Over ALMANAC. 40 years ago. John Lennon | Biography, Songs, Albums, Death, & Facts | Britannica

If you are 40 and over then 9 times out of 10, you know exactly who the Beatles are and who John Lennon was. And you remember when he was murdered in 1980. Next week, December 8th,marks the 40th anniversary of his death. Please share your favorite Beatles/John Lennon songs here. Mine are Imagine, I Want to Hold Your Hand, Love Me Do, Let It Be, and Come Together.

https://www.britannica.com/biography/John-Lennon

The day I became a Mom. A Plant Mom.

At 47, I’m what you call child-free so I don’t have kids, cats, or dogs but now I’m a #PlantMom, all gifted to us at my mother’s homegoing this summer. Let’s hope I have inherited my mother’s #greenthumb, I’ll keep you posted on their progress! I’ve even given them all fun names: Tupac, Kamala Ivy, Lil Kim, Shakira, JLo, Biggie, and Queen Bae (names in that order, see photo). Let’s call it a little self care.

#gardening #gardenlife #plantsofinstagram #planttherapy

SHARING. Love letters from Tupac, crown worn by Biggie offered in 1st-ever hip-hop auction at Sotheby’s

As an old school Hip Hop head, imagine my delight when I heard about this on the news this morning!

SHARING FROM KTLA.COM

Rivals in life, the rappers Notorious B.I.G. and Tupac Shakur are being united for an auction at Sotheby’s, the first-ever dedicated hip-hop auction at a major international auction house. Bidders will be able to vie for the crown worn and signed by the Notorious B.I.G. during a 1997 photo shoot held three days before he was killed in Los Angeles. They’ll also get to bid on an archive of 22 autographed love letters written by Shakur at the age of 15-17 to a high school sweetheart. The auction will be held Sept. 15 and features over 120 hip-hop-related lots. The items can be viewed in person — reservations are required during the pandemic — at Sotheby’s in New York City and the exhibition will also be available to the public online via its digital gallery. “The impact of hip-hop is everywhere — sneakers, clothing, jewelry, art, music. I wanted to have a sale that really recognized how massive that impact really is,” said Cassandra Hatton, the Sotheby’s senior specialist who organized the sale. The estimates for the headlining lots — $200,000 to $300,000 for the crown and $60,000 to $80,000 for the letters — are low, with the hope that the auction house can attract first-time bidders and show it is not just a stuffy place for multi-million-dollar watches and paintings. Onetime friends who became rivals in a hype-fueled war between the East and West Coast rap scenes, Shakur and the Notorious B.I.G. — also known as Biggie Smalls — were gunned down within months of each other. Both crimes remain unsolved. The crown has been in photographer Barron Claiborne’s possession since he captured Biggie for the cover of Rap Pages magazine. Claiborne had provided the prop, hoping to portray Biggie as the king of New York. Sean “Diddy” Combs, owner of Biggie’s label Bad Boy Entertainment, was with the rapper on the photo shoot. “I’ve seen the crown. Everybody’s seen the crown. It’s so famous. It’s so iconic. When I was first thinking of doing this sale, I thought, ‘Wouldn’t it be great to track that crown down?’” Hatton said. “I’ve sold all sorts of wild things. But this is a little different.” Shakur’s letters — many on lined stationary pages with neat hand-lettered script — were written in 1987 and 1988 to Kathy Loy, a fellow student at the Baltimore School for the Arts. The 42 pages chronicle their approximately two-month long romance, including a letter of regret for breaking up sent a year later. Loy provided the letters for auction. “I’ll always be there for you,” Shakur wrote to her in one. In a poem, we writes: “Everything is so beautiful/since I fell in love.” The trove also reveal his friendship with fellow student Jada Pinkett Smith, who he mentions in one letter: “Jada told me she can see how much I love you.” What interested Hatton most is the tone of the letters. Unlike Shakur’s tough public persona, the letters reveal a “sweet, poetic, sensitive young man.” “There are definitely moments that made me blush reading the letters — he is a 16-year-old boy after all,” she added. “But he is very respectful. He advocates for clear communication and boundaries and wants to define relationships.” The auction continues Sotheby’s recent trend toward embracing items prized by popular culture, including hosting the first dedicated sneaker auction at one of the big auction houses in July 2019. A pair of Michael Jordan’s signed, game-worn Nikes was recently auctioned by Christie’s for a record $615,000.

Love letters from Tupac, crown worn by Biggie offered in 1st-ever hip-hop auction at Sotheby’s

Join Me for Shut Up & Write! Virtual Events

Calling all writers!

Join the #HostessWithTheMostest as I kick off my @shutupwrite #VirtualEvents, TONIGHT, WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2ND AT 6:30PM EST. And the best part, it’s FREE! Be sure to RSVP at @Meetup using the link below (to get access to the Zoom info). Bring your snacks, bring a cocktail, but most importantly, bring your writing project (book, poetry, blog, dissertation, letter to your grandma, whatever!) #shutupandwrite
#writing #communityofwriters #virtualwritinghour
#virtualwritingworkshop
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Hot Planner Summer

We can all agree that 2020 has been absolutely nuts! However, one thing that 2020 has afforded me is the opportunity to slow down, reassess, review, and most importantly, write things down! This is a photo of all my planners that I recently purchased.

As a writer, one would think that journaling would have already been a habit for me, but it was not. I have not journaled in years. But since the pandemic, and since discovering @staciapierce #successjournals , I started journaling again and planning!

I’ve always been a sucker for planners, ever since high school, but now I’m doing it way more strategically. I’ve also become a new fan of #90dayplans. I recently started using the @racheal.cook #CEOPlanner, the @savorlifeplanner #selfcare planner, the @cultivatewhatmatters #powersheets, the @contentcreatorsplanner for my social media, looking forward to the @planathon this fall with @ambermccue and I’m officially a @the_happy_planner brand addict.

HAPPY PLANNERS: I have one FOR my startup business, one for my freelance projects, budgeting, my online courses, three for writing stuff, one I use as a calendar/memory book, etc.

Yes it seems like a lot, but this system has actually helped me out a lot this year. It helps put everything in perspective, sort of a form of therapy to get me through this summer. Oh and I can’t forget to shoutout the @Trello #ProjectManagement app and website, it’s awesome!

My planners

Art Journal Therapy

Started my #ArtJournal project today with artist @marjiekemper, this is the first page/section entitled “Family”, used stencil and using #scrapbooking paper I already have on hand. So glad I signed up for this workshop. I need a creative artsy outlet right now! #5DayChallenge #creativity #journal #journaling #blackgirlhappyplanner