7 Gemstones Engagement Rings That Look Just As Precious As Diamond

 It’s finally happened! The question, the answer and that magic moment where you’ve decided that you want to spend the rest of your life with one special person has happened. But even before you get to that, you need a token of your love and affection. You need a ring. Diamonds are the only way to propose. That’s the rule. But just like any other fashion accessory, engagement rings can be changed to suit your special one’s personal style. Here are a few examples of gems other than diamonds that make great, unique engagement rings....more


TreasureTodays photo challenge subject is Treasure and here is what the Daily Post has to say:In the absence of a wooden chest full of gold doubloons, any object or experience that is deeply meaningful can be a treasure. Items, places, people — we all cherish something, or someone.A treasure can be grand, like a precious heirloom or a night out with a loved one you rarely get to see, or teeny-tiny — like the first plump, juicy blackberry of spring, dripping with bright red juice as it preens on top of a tart:...more

(GIVEAWAY) Meeting Sapphire: Beyond Precious, Push or Even The Kid

"I'm not here to be your massage therapist," she said, leaning over to sign my copy of The Kid. "I'm here to tell a story." And then I watched Sapphire draw a big, puffy heart around the title, her signature as looping and graceful as her reading voice. ...more
Ah, Rita - you create the best giveaways. Would love to read this. Would have loved listening to ...more

Sapphire’s The Kid: Precious’ Child in Sequel to “Push”

Chaotic. Disturbing. Confusing. Brave. Those are words that float through my head as I try to think of what to say about Sapphire's The Kid, the follow-up her acclaimed first novel, Push. ...more
@TeeTee SPOILER ALERT: I may have missed it but I don’t think anyone tried to answer TeeTee's ...more

Shaniya Davis, Dead at 5, a Story Nearly as Ugly as the Movie Precious

CNN and bloggers report that the body of 5-year-old Shaniya Davis of Fayetteville, NC, has been found. Earlier today 200 people searched for the child's body after police received a tip that she was dead, say news sources. ...more
Everything has to be race related these days... Why is that? This poor, defenseless, beautiful ...more

Listening to 'Precious' on iTunes, an otherly experience to embrace.

For avid readers who prefer their own imagination to someone else's interpretation, audiobooks can detract rather than enhance. Recently I've enjoyed re-visiting Rebecca and The Castle of Otranto if only because my imagination dictated the first impression. ...more

Sapphire's Push: Merciless Honesty

I first became aware of the buzz about Sapphire's debut novel Push in 1995 or 1996. The novel gained attention for its distressing storyline but possibly more because the novelist received a $500,000 advance, a sum unheard of in those days for a first novel. Well, unheard of except that another writer that year had received even more, Jacquelyn Mitchard. ...more

I am currently taking a class called "Politics and the Media," and as part of this class I am ...more

Why Everyone Should Know Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe

Last night, I took a break from my homework and read New York Magazine. When I hit page 77, I was surprised to see a stunning black and white photo of a large black women gracing the page. I thought Mo'Nique was looking good. Then I realized that it wasn't Mo'Nique, but Gabourey "Gabby" Sidibe, Mo'Nique's co-star in the movie Precious. ...more

I agree, when she is ready the pounds will come off.  This is not only true for her, but ...more