Neglected Children, Sweet Potato Pie, and Other Book Turn Offs

I am not a picky reader, in fact, there are few things that will make me stop reading a book once I’ve started it. However, the craziest things will turn me off while reading a book to the point where I will have a harder time finishing it. The ones that annoy me the most involve small, seemingly insignificant incidents where characters take strange turns.

Below are a few incidents that I’ve encountered while reading that left me scratching my head, searching for answers and wishing I could call the authorities.

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Book Review: Boroughs Apart

Boroughs Apart

Boroughs Apart: A Novella

Erica Buddington

Length: 143 pgs.

Publication Date: December 30, 2015

I first learned about Boroughs Apart in the most unique of ways. While perusing my Twitter timeline, I noticed a retweet made by author Christina C. Jones . The tweet stated “If you’d like to read more, you can purchase ‘Boroughs Apart here:’” and included an Amazon link to the book. Curious, I found the profile that the tweet originated from. Continue reading

Why I Blog Under the Name Lily O.

“Why did he use a pseudonym?”

“ ‘cause the REAL one wasn’t suitn’ him”

I love lilies. The flower, and the name in all of its forms (Lily, Lilly, Lillian, Lillian etc.). You see, my Grandmother’s name was Lily and she was a vibrant storyteller. After she passed, I became slightly obsessed with all things Lily. The “O” stands for Ohio and represents, to me, a part of the Midwest. A few years ago, on the first day of class one of my History professors (African American Migrations) asked us to introduce ourselves based on our geographic roots. It was a concept that I was unfamiliar with until that time. I never realized how important it was for me to note my Midwestern roots, especially as an African American woman. I am descendent of two people who left the land nurtured by their ancestors to move north. Continue reading

Easy Button Earrings

I love buttons. I collect them; I decorate with them, and wear them nearly every day. I am not sure when I started using buttons in ways other than their utilitarian purpose, but I enjoy them. I also love wearing earrings; however my ears aren’t pierced. While I am able to wear pierced earrings with the help of earring converters, I still like to personalize my accessories. What better way to do this than to pair my love of buttons and my love of earrings.

Today I will demonstrate how I make button earrings, with a special emphasis on those who have non-pierced ears. Not only is this an inexpensive way to spice up your jewelry collection, but is also fun to do as a craft project for parties and gatherings. Continue reading