Cat-Eyes the Chameleon

Cat-Eyes the Chameleon

Friday, February 24, 2012

I received my 21-Day Challenge Badge!

I'm so excited to have completed this Bible reading challenge by YouVersion.  It's one thing to say you are GOING to do something, but its a WONDERFUL feeling when you actually COMPLETE it.  Here's the badge I received for it.

Of course there was an incentive to complete this; an iPad or Kindle Fire could be won.   However, even if I don't win one of those items I'm still a WINNER.  Statistics indicate that it takes 21-days to make something a habit in your life.

This is a HABIT worth having!

Monday, February 20, 2012

MM #3: Fred Hammond

Music Monday

It's Music Monday and I want to spotlight Fred Hammond. Today I'm listening to Fred Hammond's latest project "God, Love, Romance". 

Fred released this project in January, 2012 with much praise and a healthy dose of critics.  I'm still in the process of listening to the entire 2-cd project which is a change from his normal heavy hitting praise and worship based projects.  This project is focused on the love between not only God and man, but between a man and a women, which is natural, right?  So why all the fuss over this project by the "saints"?

Take a listen to what Fred Hammond has to say about it, keeping it all the way real.

Have you read from the Song of Solomon?  

As Fred stated in his interview, let's  not leave out a book that God clearly felt it important enough to include in the Word of God.

Life A Bit Sweeter: Family: Shelly and John

Family memories in the making! I so love my family members and wish we got together more frequently, but it's moments like the one described in this post that will be forever etched in our hearts.

The linked story is about an impromptu family get-together at a basketball game just to show our love for one another. Check it out!

How do you create family memories?

Sunday, February 19, 2012

Review: Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl

Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl
Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl by Harriet Ann Jacobs

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

I started this book very impressed! Thinking to myself, what an amazing story that this former slave girl was able to teach herself to read and write, or at least that's what I assumed, and ultimately to write this story of her life. I don't recall specific details in the actual book telling us how she actually learned yet she tells of many instances of her receiving notes from her master who was a Doctor. Initially, she hid the fact that she could read from the master by pretending to not know what his note said when he would ask her why she didn't respond.

I was further impressed with how she somehow seemed to maintain her physical 'innocence' to this slave master who clearly was longing to be intimate with her. As these stories continued about how she found ways to avoid his advances I started to wonder if this story was really true. In slave times it was not uncommon for the masters to have sex with the slaves against their will so I found it rather strange that this master was being so "endearing" towards her even in spite of her sassy mouth. Speaking of which, this was another thing I struggled to believe. A sassy mouth was sure to land the slave a severe whipping, but not in this story.

The preface of the book goes on to state that the book did not receive the usual editing in order to maintain an authentic feel and read from the slave girls perspective. However, as I got further and further into the book I again found myself not believing a real slave wrote the book. The one thing that increased this disbelief was when the author stated that if she had a copy of a particular letter she would have included it in the book for the readers to see. However, there are many very detailed quotes from letters that were written, which made me think...out of all these letters that are being quoted you mean to tell me that not ONE letter was preserved to be offered as proof? I highly doubt that. But hey...that's just me, perhaps.

It took me some time to get through this book as I found myself skipping 2-3 days between reading it because it began to be more and more unbelievable, thus it was boring me. I really hate to write this review because I wanted to believe the story, but in the end I just don't.

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Friday, February 17, 2012

A Timely & Unplanned Tribute to Whitney Houston on GLEE

For those that don't watch GLEE here's a tribute done just days after the passing of Whitney Houston that surprisingly wasn't planned, yet perfectly timed.  Amber Riley did an AWESOME job.

We'll Always Remember
Love You Whitney!

Adventures in the Wonderland of my Mind: PCOS: The Other Reason I Went Natural, Part 1

Very interesting so far. I can't wait to read the rest of her story. Check it out, you may learn something about Polycystic Ovary Syndrome.

Note to the author: You are beautiful inside and out!

Adventures in the Wonderland of my Mind: PCOS: The Other Reason I Went Natural, Part 1: This is a blog entry is from my blog at I wanted to post it here hoping that women would be encouraged or at least feel a ...

Thursday, February 2, 2012

Black History Month: Reading

In honor of Black History Month this year as part of my reading goal I will focus on reading books by and/or about African Americans of a historic nature.  Here are the books I currently have on my "Black History" to-read list on

Today I started on Incidents in the Life of a Slave Girl and so far I'm really enjoying it.  It is actually written by the slave girl and apparently was not not heavily edited for grammar in order to keep the true first person writing style from an uneducated slaves perspective.  The surprise is that, while I'm only about 25% into the book the writing of this "uneducated" slave girl is very well done considering the time period it was written.  I'm really looking for to finishing this book and sharing my full review with you.

Next up on my list will be Medical Apartheid.  I anticipate that due to the length and what I assume will be some really technical writing I will read this book while reading others through the month.

I anticipate 4 books being my limit for the month and even though I have more than four on my list now I would love to hear your suggestions for some great reading pleasure.  Leave our recommendation in the comments section.  Thanks and stay tuned for my review of Same Kind of Different as Me!

Wednesday, February 1, 2012

Wordless Wednesday 2-1-12

Review: Sex in the Sanctuary

Sex in the Sanctuary
Sex in the Sanctuary by Lutishia Lovely

My rating: 3 of 5 stars

A whirlwind of emotions throughout this book! The author really nailed it in this book when it comes to "reality" as it relates to singleness and the desire to be married at almost any cost and the attack of the enemy on men called to do the work of the Lord and how it affects their families. Infidelity is difficult to deal with from any standpoint, but when it happens in the First Family its magnified even the more.

In this story you will journey along and share in the emotional rollercoaster one first lady has in dealing with her husbands infidelity, a saved single women who is so sure she has heard the voice of God that she does the "unthinkable", a saved single man who is trusting God for His best for him and doesn't surrender to his flesh and a mirade of characters in between.

The language to me was at bit on the extreme for "contemporary Christian" fiction. It's raw, but real so if you can get past that as I did you will enjoy this story and feel that it is something that you could see played out in almost any church, BUT for God! This is how I felt until just before the very end when I was like "Why did she mess it up by putting this in the book!", LOL. The ending will having you cracking up in utter disbelief about what one character did, but you will feel sorry for her too.

If not for the lanquage and one too many steamy sex scenes I would have given this 5 stars

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