As I am vastly approaching that change of life… I find myself with just as much comfort as I am with discomfort. I did my own personal survey when you begin to ask other women about going through the change… And you know what I found out.,.THEY LIE…
I am almost at 50 years old… I see the changes in my physical body as well as my mental health. You can’t believe my age… and I say…I can’t believe it either…As much as I believe in physical fitness… realistically speaking… My body makes noises… like a bowl of Rice Krispies..SNAP, CRACKLE, AND POP!
I try to eat right most of the time… my changes aren’t every now and then. It’s my lifestyle…. Everywhere I go people ask what am I doing to maintain such a youthful appearance?…
When I say prayer, exercise, and I stay away from anything that is toxic…. PEOPLE, PLACES AND THINGS…. I don’t have to go to Macy’s for the expensive moisturizer cream…. You will be surprise at simple lifestyle changes that maintains that youthfulness…
When I realize that you have to surround yourself with beautiful things… I don’t mean materialistically… because anyone can accumulate “stuff”… and lack the peace of God. I mean beautiful from the inside and it will show on the outside…
I have seen what the world call beautiful people… that have the behavior of a desert vulture… HUMAN VAMPIRES…They drain you… they keep you upset, they keep up division and more or less they all about themselves!
When hear that “dumb and negative” conversation… I move on! I have to add energy and life to a room… Not messiness, lies and discord… Positive words keep my mouth and lips pretty… which keeps my spirit man heart healthy!
I am a sucker for love and not stupidity… That is why I love on people instead of being with negativity on steroids. People are jealous and hateful towards me because I don’t embrace the foolishness of mistreatment of others including myself… If that is what one might define stuck up… I am your GIRL!
In the history of menopause more women died younger or at the age of 40 many suffered with mental illness because of not identifying what the changes were. Hormones imbalance can create another mindset. And it’s no laughing matter…When a woman’s hormones are out of whack so is she… Being positive helps… knowing who God is at this time is a BONUS!
Women are still not to comfortable about going through the change… I for one don’t care! I have to stay true to myself… I am getting older things are shifting around, my patience might be longer but I don’t waste my time. Love me or leave me! I have to feel my best when I act my best.
I very open minded about life and where people are… that is what validates my sanity! I am not perfect… but I am not a phony… that’s what matters the most!
I was pretty laid back even in my younger years… but not I have gotten pass that… but I simply I don’t waste my time. I am more comfortable in my skin… even if I see the subtle flaws. I think about all the time I spent trying to find who I really was only to arrive at… I got so much more to offer!
Oh, I ready know about the prudes… who refuse to accept they might need new eye glasses. a better bra… and the whole enchiladas… I simply work out! They rather ignore what maybe they need to challenge!
Yep… I am still working on that six-pack… I pray to the good “sweet” Jesus it comes between the waking up pregnant every other month… That’s “bloating” for some of you who refuse to learn the new lingo for going through the change of life… During the fluctuation of hormones… sometimes our “belly” might rise over night like yeast inside the bread! You should see when I am speaking with women my age that act like they are not going through change. They already know something wrong with you when we are almost half-naked in 5 below zero weather… from the occasional “hot flashes”.
With myself, I have taken another approach about going through the change of life… I first got in touch with the God in me… to make a better me. I leave “ugly” in its place. I rather be alone in total bliss than surround myself with a bunch of donkeys who have nothing to offer but more upset! I rather have sincerity and quality…than the fake illusions of being popular surrounded by “losers”…
I can’t be everything to everyone only to the people that it counts the most with…
When I first had my menstrual cycle new things were happening in a much younger body I was going from a girl to a woman… Yet, as I go into this phase of my life being “middle-aged”… I am WOMAN!
What do I care about it now?
Greater things are happening in my body now… because I am more accepting of the flaws and I am wiser about taking care of them… Even if this is bigger this or that I have less of that!
Staying healthy in my spirit is key and the rest is soon to follow!
Sometimes with all the cares in life we have to just exhale. So, at my leisure I will dance anyplace even at the grocery store… Personally, I love and enjoy dancing…
However, I am also a avid fan of Ballroom Dancing, but I will admit… I am not a “Dancing With The Stars” Fan…Alfonso Ribeiro is shutting it down on the show!
I love watching Alfonso Ribeiro ( Carlton) … He is just a delight!
…Doing the “Carlton” From the television show Fresh Prince Of Bel-Air… Take a look at his talent and I love the song by Tom Jones as well!
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The gun violence is so far out of hand… whether it’s the wild west or the wild hundreds… Last week alone gun violence was escalating all over this country. From Washington to Chicago!
We have to understand that our children are now the ones pulling the trigger on a gun… or angry neighbor who decides that a laughing child should be placed in a body bag!
Are you serious? We need more than universal background check…we need mental health evaluations and assessments. When people with “anger” issues what can they be classified as being. Everything is an excuse…from standing on someone’s porch to a minor disturbance at a movie theater.
What happens when a person is just looking to shoot someone even if its a 13 year old child.It’s called demonic…People who have some anger issues are soon to look at some health situations not to mention out of control anger can set the pace for you to use any weapon and hurt someone, get hurt or be killed…
Anger isn’t good for anyone healthy mentally or physically. Where are you mentally when have to lose control and just unload a weapon all because you have no sense of value or the value of human life?
And my questions still remain… What has happened to self control? Where is the mindset of a senseless shooter? What in the world is your problem? Guns are still in the hands of wrong people!
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Born on Chicago South Side… Minnie Julie Riperton Randolph aka Andrea Davis… November 8, 1947 . She began her singing debut in Hyde Park A Capella Choir. Joining a girl group called “GEMS”… signing a recording contract with Chess Records at the age of 16. She also had the opportunity doing something totally different and off the charts after leaving the Gems. She then joined as lead singer for a psychedelic Rock Group called the “Rotary Connection”.
During this time… she met her songwriter and producer and Dick Rudolph…They married and had two children Marc and Maya… Dick then produced her first solo album in 1969 “Come Into My Garden” which didn’t do quite well… She then returned to Rotary Connection for their last album…before joining Stevie Wonder as a backup singer… for Wonderlove. After touring with Stevie Wonder he help produced her second solo album… “Perfect Angel”… which birth one of my favorites….”LOVIN YOU” which was a lullaby for Maya her second child.
“Perfect Angel”went “GOLD” bringing her much success. Her next album didn’t meet up to her last success but nonetheless did well…Which is another one of my favorite singles “Inside My Love”…It was this particular song that inspired me to write about her today! I woke up during the night… hearing this song. I decided to Google the lyrics. I was blown away … and instantly understood where she was coming from!
When I read the lyrics to this song it was about a supernatural experience…with what she called her kindred spirit or someone that connects with her until they are inseparable or becoming one. She expressed that this person connect with her to ride her heart…
When preparing for her next album…In 1976 she became ill and was diagnosed with breast cancer. She underwent a radical mastectomy. By then the cancer had metastasized. She was in fact was the first celebrity to go public about her breast cancer but never told that she was terminally ill with only six months to live.. With a death sentence she still continued to share, recording her music and touring.
In 1977, She became the American Cancer Society spokesperson. In 1979, The following year President Jimmy Carter presented her with the American Cancer Society Courage Award. In 1178 she also signed a new contract with Capital Records began on the last work Minnie …this album produced the single … “Memory Lane”became my mother’s favorite on Saturday mornings
The day came at the age of 31… July 12, 1979, I can recall the day she passed… I was almost 14 yrs old… How sad Chicago was to lose her. My mother and my uncle adored her and knew her…. When we study the musical history of Chicago she is someone I want us all to remember.
Her son Marc became a musical engineer and Maya is on the regular cast of Saturday Night Live…I also want to note her husband never remarried another kindred spirit. Minnie Riperton music lives on with me… as classical and romantic… Her Soprano 5 octave range registered in the Whistle Registry…and one Chicago’s Very Own!