Maya Angelou: The Closed Door That Isn't.

When my favourite writers die, after the initial sadness has subsided, I begin to think of it in terms of gain, not loss.Yes, they have died; they have left the physical world. They are no more, and yet they aren't.I read a quote earlier, supposedly by William Hazlitt:Words are the only things that last forever; they are more durable than the eternal hills....more

Maya Angelou, a Phenomenal Woman, Has Died at Age 86

Dr. Maya Angelou, who was known most for being an award-winning poet, renowned author and civil rights activist, rose from an unkind childhood.  Through personal experience, she understood poverty and segregation firsthand.  She became one of the first black women to have the benefit of conventional success as an author.  Today, she died at age 86. ...more

Maya Angelou's Passing

I just saw that Maya Angelou has passed at the age of eighty six. My heart sank and I felt as though a friend had been taken from me. I honestly didn't read much of her poetry, but her book I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings has always been one of my all time favorites. ...more

Freed: The Story of a Teenage Low-Life

Originally posted on Feelings of inadequacy are not new to me. For reasons unknown, I’ve dealt with that feeling for most of my life. I’ve grown used to the fight, giving the world my all even when I feel rejection.I’m sharing one of my favorite poems, today. I don’t know that it’s any better than the rest, but it carries more emotion for me. This poem depicts my fight for acceptance and self-definition....more

Nicolaï Musc Monoï (2014): Ambre Solaire Remastered {New Perfume}

The house of Nicolaï will launch a new perfume to usher in summertime called Musc Monoï. It is inspired by the scent of the famous suntan oil Ambre Solaire, a favorite of perfumer-creator Patricia de Nicolaï......more

Reminiscence Love Rose (2014): Love as a Perfumery Ingredient {New Perfume} {Rose Notebook}

Fashion jewelry and perfume brand Reminiscence have launched a new fragrance called Love Rose, an opus dedicated to Rosa Centifolia, the precious rose cultivar grown in the perfumery capital of Grasse in the south of France......more

Van Cleef & Arpels California Rêverie (2014): Smelling California in Dream {New Perfume}

Van Cleef and Arpels will launch a new perfume in the Collection Extraordinaire series called California Rêverie N° 15485HG, which is inspired by the eponymous jewelry collection, but also by a dreamt smelloscape of California......more

Pickin' & Creatin' in the 1980s

In 1985 my then husband accepted a counseling position in a town outside of Rochester, New York, that I fondly dubbed "Nowhere" New York.  We rented an upstairs flat of an old Victorian home at the corner of a street in town.  I did not work, preferring poverty to spending time with my little girls and we spent the days together playing in the parks, exploring the wooded areas around the big house and catching minnows in the stream out back and then letting them go.  ...more