Thursday, November 20, 2014

THROWBACK THURSDAY_MILLENIUM THROWBACK

Today's #throwbackthursday is dedicated to the millennium. A time we all waited with expectancy and hope to see the changes that would be realized.



TOP SCANDALS


2011 -
  • IT'S REVEALED THAT ARNOLD SCHWARZENEGGER FATHERED A LOVE CHILD WITH HIS HOUSEKEEPER 14 YEARS PRIOR

2010-
  • JESSE JAMES AFFAIR ON SANDRA BULLOCH IS REVEALED
2009 -
  • TIGER WOODS CAR CRASH LEADS TO INFIDELITY EXPOSURE
  • ALTERCATION BETWEEN LOVE DUO RIHANNA & CHRIS BROWN LEADS TO RIHANNA IN THE ER W/BRUISES & CHRIS BROWN AT THE POLICE STATION
2008-
  • ACTOR HEATH LEDGER DIES FROM AN ACCIDENTAL OVERDOSE OF PRESCRIPTION PILLS
2007 -
  • ANNA NICOLE SMITH DIES & A CUSTODY BATTLE ENSUES OVER HER DAUGHTER BETWEEN HER HUSBAND & DAUGHTER'S BIOLOGICAL FATHER
2006 -
  • BRITNEY SPEARS APPEARS TO ABDICATE HER MARRIAGE, MOTHERHOOD & THE IMAGE THE WORLD HAD BECOME USED TO

2005 -
  • BRAD PITT & JENNIFER ANISTON'S SPLIT BLAMED ON ANGELINA JOLIE
2004 -
  • JANET JACKSON'S BREAST EXPOSURE AT SUPERBOWL HALF TIME PERFORMANCE
  • MARTHA STEWART SENTENCED TO 5 MONTHS IN JAIL FOR CONSPIRACY, MAKING FALSE STATEMENTS & OBSTRUCTION OF AN AGENCY PROCEEDING



TOP 10 SONGS OF THE FIRST DECADE OF THE NEW MILLENIUM:

2000 - FAITH HILL - BREATHE
2001 - LIFEHOUSE - HANGING BY A MOMENT
2002 - NICKELBACK - HOW YOU REMIND ME
2003 - 50 CENT - IN DA CLUB
2004 - USHER FT. LIL' JON & LUDACRIS - YEAH
2005 - MARIAH CAREY - WE BELONG TOGETHER
2006 - DANIEL POWTER - BAD DAY
2007 - BEYONCE - IRREPLACEABLE
2008 - FLO RIDA FT. T-PAIN - LOW
2009 - BLACK EYED PEAS - BOOM BOOM POW


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Writing My Dreams

by: Chelle Ramsey

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Wednesday, November 19, 2014

NANOWRIMO UPDATE_WRITER WEDNESDAY



There you have it ladies and gentlemen, my word count is 11,253. Okay, so I'm not doing so great with my nanowrimo project. But have I given up? Not quite. I've actually reverted to working on another project that I was completing prior to nanowrimo. And that's what I'm going to share with you today. So before you bash me read on...


EXCERPT FROM A WOMAN'S CHOICE:

I was sitting in my husband’s hospital room reading a book early that Sunday morning when the door opened. I sat on the left side of his bed, surrounded by flowers and hidden by the bed, which was lifted high. I couldn’t see the person who entered the room, which was unusual. Whenever anyone walked in I could often see their head and chest above the bed. But as I listened I heard a distinct noise. Suddenly it dawned on me when the squeaking stopped that it was the sound of a wheelchair.

I rose slowly from my seat by his side and walked around the bed. I was still unseen as I stood there with a look of disgust on my face. I took in the light skinned woman, whose skin was the color of creamy coffee. She wore her long, brown hair in a wavy braid down her back. She was bent over in a wheelchair with her head lying on his bed. Her shoulders shook as she cried. I chose not to say a word, not because I wanted to give her a private moment with my husband, but because I needed to gather my thoughts.

I remained that way for almost two minutes and I couldn’t take it anymore. “Kendra?” I had never met her or even seen pictures of her before, but I knew who she was.

She turned her head around, with her eyes widened in surprise.

“I’m Ambiance, Eric’s wife.” I stood with my arms folded across my breasts, my face lined with fury.

She sniffed, wiping her arms on the sleeves of her robe. “I know who you are. Can I just have a moment with him please?” Her voice was somewhat deep, what most would probably call sensual. I couldn’t believe she had the gall to ask me if she, his mistress, could have a moment alone with my husband.

“Don’t you think you’ve had more of them than you were entitled to, Kendra? I always thought about all the things that I would say to you if I ever met you. I wondered what you looked like, what you offered him that I couldn’t, and so many other things. And now that I see you, I’m not impressed at all. Actually I feel sorry for you. A woman who can’t get her own man and has to sink to the level of sharing another woman’s man is no woman at all in my book. You have no self-respect, no love for your fellow sisters, and no self-worth. I pity you because until you’ve learned how to love yourself you can’t truly love anyone else. And don’t tell me you love yourself because if you did you would have placed yourself in a much better situation than this. You have to settle for his leftover love,” I spat out at her in anger.
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by: Chelle Ramsey

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Tuesday, November 18, 2014

FALLING INTO FOREVER_A BOOK REVIEW

Today's book review takes a stroll down romance lane into a little town called Wintersage.

OVERVIEW:

The Silk Sisters—longtime friends Janelle, Sandra and Vicki—have turned their business savvy into a top-tier event agency. And in the wealthy enclave of Wintersage, Massachusetts, there's an abundance of lavish parties, society drama and longing hearts to keep them busy. 

Growing up among the powerful and privileged, formal-wear designer Sandra Woolcott learned early on to never show weakness—just smile and hold your head high. And ten years ago, when her young heart was broken, she learned just how strong she really was….
When Isaiah Jacobs left for the Naval Academy, he said he didn't want to hold Sandra back—although he really wanted to hold on to her forever. Sandra let him go, masking her hurt with a glittering social life and career. Now Isaiah is back in Wintersage to care for his ailing father. And when he and Sandra meet again, it's all they can do not to fall for each other once more.
But they've built such different lives, and so many years have passed—is their long-ago love worth the risk? Can they bury the pain of the past and build a promising future together?


**I actually won the book, an owl mug, and pumpkin spice coffee in a contest along with some other gifts from Phyllis Bourne. However, those factors did not influence my review.


REVIEW:

This romantic novel was the most thrilling love story of the season.

Sandra Woolcott is utterly dedicated to business as a high-end fashion designer for the town's elite. She has no time for love or another broken heart, but her mind is focused on taking her business to a national level.

Isaiah Jacobs is simply returning home to care for his sick father for a short while. His future plans are firmly established in pursuing his dreams of becoming an artist. He will not let anything deter him from his goals again.

Both Sandra and Isaiah are caught off guard when they run into one another at a harvest fair. Determined to be the mature adults they've become, Sandra and Isaiah realize they can carry on a friendship and leave the past relationship behind them. But the more time they spend together, the more they want to explore the parts of their relationship they left untouched as teenagers. Hearts cannot choose whom they will love, and such is the case for these two.

I enjoyed the strength of his character as a man. He was mature and steadfast in pursuing his goals, yet, not so stubborn that he would lose what he really wanted out of life. I appreciated the feistiness of Sandra's character and how she was able to balance everything she had going on in her life, and still pursue her dreams.

This book set the tone for my favorite season, Autumn. Phyllis Bourne did a wonderful job setting the stage of the town's autumn season, giving detailed descriptions of the backdrop of the story. She wove a story with characters whose personalities were endearing and vibrant, allowing you to become easily connected with them and their stories. Her imagery of the town and the characters were so descriptive that you could easily see this book as a Lifetime Movie, or a holiday movie on the Hallmark Channel.

You will find yourself rooting for the off stories of characters such as, Jordan, Octavia Hall, and Vicki. If you've never been a romance fan, I encourage you to start your love affair with, Falling into Forever.

Pick up your copy here: FALLING INTO FOREVER


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by: Chelle Ramsey

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Monday, November 17, 2014

IS IT A LAUGHING MATTER?_MOTIVATIONAL MONDAY MOMENT

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"Laughter is what makes a home warm, and what makes a work place human." Catherine Pulsifer

Life's obstacles can challenge all that is good and righteous within us. Sometimes we don't know up from down, and we feel like giving up. There are even times when it doesn't appear as if anything will ever improve. Yet, it's these times when we must rely on faith. You know..."substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen." Hebrews 11:1 You have to believe that life will improve and that all you're going through has a purpose for your life. A greater purpose than you can understand at this moment in time.

If you can allow yourself the opportunity to smile just a little despite your circumstances, to laugh in spite of what you're going through, your perspective will change. Laughter will bring joy to the bleakest of hearts. Laughter not only warms the home and makes the workplace human, but it lightens the load that you carry. It also touches those around you.

We never know what others around us are going through, or what they've been through. But I know one thing for certain. There have been times when things were so difficult and I've struggled to keep it together, and someone's smile or laughter, completely changed my outlook of my circumstances.

Share your heart today, and brighten someone's life by sharing a smile and a laugh.

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Writing My Dreams

by: Chelle Ramsey

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Wednesday, November 5, 2014

NANOWRIMO_WRITER WEDNESDAY


As many of you may already know, November 1 kicked off the official start of Nanowrimo, or National Novel Writing Month, as it's known in author circles. The entire purpose of the movement is to get people writing and the goal is to write 50,000 words in 30 days.







DEADLINES:

No sweat you say? Yeah, that's the same thing I always say until I have an actual deadline and goal in
front of me. Why is it that when we set goals it's so difficult to achieve? Yet, when we just sit down and do it with no plan or deadline ahead of us, it's the easiest feat in the world to accomplish.

If I plan to sit and write, that's when my children have projects to complete such as, "Solving World Hunger," or "Determining the Genius of Einstein." That's also when my husband needs my help in finding world peace. So of course writing gets put on the back burner, and I become cranky. Not this month...or at least we shall see.


DISCIPLINE:


I can sit down and write 50,000 words in no time on any given month. Until that actually becomes a goal. So this month I am doing Nanowrimo for the sole purpose of learning to discipline myself. It takes a lot of discipline to be able to schedule out times to write and adhere to. This is a difficult goal in normal times, but it's even more difficult since my family has been going through a new challenge. But we shall survive! I am such a spontaneous person that if I can accomplish this and stay organized, I'll be able to accomplish anything else I want to. And hopefully make the hubby proud.


OUTLINE OR NOT TO OUTLINE:

The other difficult part of my task is that I am a bona fide pantser! Yes, I admit I'm a self-professed, fly by the seat of my pants "pantser" at heart. In my last couple of novels I have attempted to use an outline, but it doesn't come out anything like the traditional outline. My outline serves the purpose of keeping in mind whose personality is what, who likes coffee, and who is a die-hard soda freak, and whose zooming whom.

Other than that, the story always takes on a life of its own and I never know how it's going to end, until it ends. So with that being said, I definitely have to let my characters' personalities take over for the next 30 days to accomplish this mission. I'll pray that my family's feelings won't get hurt if I look up from the computer and it's not mom that they see, but super freak, or psycho girl.

I'll try to keep you updated on my writing status. But I can't promise anything. Remember at the point of writing this I am neither organized or disciplined. So maybe I'll remember to throw in how many words I've written each day and how on track I am to my 50,000 word goal in 30 days. And maybe I won't. You'll just have to tune in and see.


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Writing My Dreams

by: Chelle Ramsey

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