Susan Felice Turner

Lessons from the universe

Hello Again:

Well I am finally back. This has been a week of lessons from the universe, one of them being my issue of procrastination. I have stated I would stop this pattern but looking at ho long it takes me to blog, I realized this needs more work. Another lesson this week was breaking my rib and being forced to slow down. In doing this, I revisited the world of Shannara (a great fantastical world of adventure and mystery) and remembered on a soul level my love of writing and books. This has reinforced how much it means to me to keep writing. The second book in the trilogy of Cimmy & Baird-The Magic Arises will be finished this year. I cannot wait to see where Cimmy’s world takes me. Wherever it is, it will be a place of magic.

Pascale Victor

Teen Dating Violence

Adolescents can also be involved in domestic violence relationships. Often times teens are subjected to verbal, emotional and physical abuse by people they are dating. Being stalked by a partner is also common. In today’s world of advanced technology, perpetrators will use their cellular telephones and social media as tools to stalk, threaten, harass and scare their partners; thereby, ensuring that they remain in control of their relationships.

Carol Nelson Independent Authors Forum

Vidal Sassoon is a Fuckin’ Liar

Vidal Sassoon Smirk Carol Nelson FalconeLet’s face it — we all age — we all turn gray. The vanity in us tries to fight the inevitable and in an effort to stay young we turn to hair dye. I personally like to go dye my own locks because whenever I try to get a professional dye job they fuck it up so bad I resemble Don King. Typically after screwing up the first time they try to correct it and dye it three more times, #messedupshit , and I wind up leaving after five hours with three hairs left on my head like crispy bacon.

I have to say though, that Lady Clairol saved my butt when I was out in L.A. My sister took me to this famous hair dresser, “Pierre”, that does the likes of Heather Locklear and Lindsay Lohan. I explained to the guy that I wanted blonde highlights but with one thin streak of red in the front. My sister went next door for a croissant and coffee and by the time she came back the job was just about done. I stared at the train wreck in the mirror with the whole front of my head dyed to a bright fuchsia. I looked like a troll doll!! My sister spit out her croissant in little chunks all over this hot pink horror show. “I can’t let you leave looking like that,” she hysterically laughed. She tells Pierre it looks horrible which offends him and he wasn’t so gentle during the second dying. The end result was a disaster to say the least with me and my sister in tears. On the way home we stopped at Rite-Aid and got a box of Lady Clairol doing it a third time that night. It came out exactly how I tried to explain it to Pierre and it only cost $6 bucks! That and the $200 I blew at Pierre’s’ made it a total of $206 bucks. Oy! Read more

Francine Vale Independent Authors Forum

Stand Up Against Hatred

Dear Friends,

At this precarious time in our country when we Americans worry about the direction our leaders are taking us it is imperative that we move out of blame and negative dialogue and into strength of shared purpose. It is imperative that we eradicate racism. Remember, To harm another is to harm ourselves, to love another is to love ourselves. Stand up against hatred. There is no longer any room for such things as hurting people because our skin is a different shade or because we worship in a different way. At this time it is not more anger or division that is needed. What is desperately needed is joining together with friends and associates to encourage understanding through respectful discussion of religious beliefs, culture and ancestry. Coming together in honest forum as true Americans, accepting one another with awareness that within each person shines a beauteous divine light. Remembering this most precious truth: In the eyes of God, however we choose to envision God, we are all one. We all bleed red. We hurt when we see our neighbor hurt. We all hurt when our children hurt. In one way or another we are responsible for one another’s well being. We are in 21st Century. We need to move forward in a healthy way in this land that we love, and that includes recognizing our shared responsibility. Read more