April Alisa Marquette's Blog

May 9, 2016

You know we loved him, right?

Hello Friends and Fam,

Today I just had to get with you. I have actually wanted to, for I don’t know how many days.
As of this writing, the world  recently lost a true icon and musical virtuoso, the peerless artist known as . . .Prince. Due to this loss, I — along with countless others are truly aggrieved.
superbowl prince
You may ask “Why?” You may even wonder if people like us aren’t being a bit dramatic and sentimental. If this is you, then you need me to break it down for you. Right here, right now.
Click on: Why we luh dat man Present tense, to begin to understand a bit about the man and his following.

 

Advertisements

August 12, 2014

A Messy Situation

Filed under: A Must Read,Author,Betrayal,Blog,drama — April Alisa Marquette @ 3:55 pm
Tags: , ,

funeral flowersI read an article today. It was about a messy situation that really got on my nerves. From this article it appears there was a man who died. It seems his funeral was arranged at a church in Tampa,  Florida.

However, the day before the funeral, as grieving family members attended the wake, a phone call was received. It seems the pastor of the church was calling to cancel the funeral.

Why? –Because church parishioners read in the deceased’s obituary that he was married to a man.

Now I have to ask: Does that matter?

The article points out that the living male spouse was able to make other rushed funeral arrangements. Yet he was quoted as saying, “I haven’t had a chance to grieve since I got the phone call.”

My next question is: Why? Why did the pastor/parishioners do this?

Are we not all people who live, love, laugh, and grieve — regardless of our religious, political, or sexual affiliations?

And my last question is: Shouldn’t people who aren’t necessarily like us be allowed to grieve too — in peace?

The article goes on to speak about homophobia and challenging it. It also said that while still reeling from this tragedy, the grieving spouse offered a message to the church. It was one that caught my attention. He said, “It is not okay to turn your back on people in need.”

I agree, especially if that church didn’t balk when it was time to receive those men’s tithes or offerings.

If you’d like to read the article detailing this messy situation, click here.

June 14, 2014

Reviewers didn’t fudge when they said

by Wendy Webb

by Wendy Webb

Hello lovely reader. I recently had the pleasure of reading a book by author Wendy Webb. Titled THE FATE OF MERCY ALBAN, this book is in turns creepy and chilling.  I tell you, reviewers did not fudge when they said it was gothic, mysterious and spellbinding. It is quite simply put, a good old fashioned thriller.  It is the type of book you’d read on a stormy night.

Then you will want to sleep with the lights on. I’m telling you, I had so much fun reading this. Set on a remote island, with people who seem more ghostly than alive, it reminded me, somewhat, of my novel EXODUS.

I have to tell you, this book had twists and  turns and the heroine sometimes had no idea whether she was going or coming. There is a love interest in the book, and there is another man. He is oh so ill-mannered, the very type of character readers love to hate on. There is a teenager with the proverbial near-rotten attitude and there are twists and turns, literally, that you the reader won’t see coming.

If you want to be just a bit scared, a lot intrigued, and ready for the next book when you finish, pick this up. Then go do yourself another favor, get my EXODUS. Travel to that little island, and let the goings-on give you the creeps again as you wonder ‘What the heck is going on now?’

Well readers, I’ve got to run but until we meet again, two things.

Happy reading.

Be blessed.

April

November 7, 2013

My lil’ stroll down memory lane

Filed under: Blog,Bookstores,Friendship,Thought Provoking — April Alisa Marquette @ 7:38 am
Tags: , , , , ,

In taking a lil’ stroll down memory lane, I  just want to share with you that recently I got to spend some time with extended family members. Boy, was it wonderful! Just being with my cousins, aunties and uncles brought back floods of Imagememories.  When we were all young we had no idea that the greatest gift that our Nana could give us was to insist that all of her family spend the major holidays together. a few times it seemed like an imposition, especially as we all started growing, spreading our wings and trying to become the people we wanted to be. However, now looking back, I see that my grandmother was a very wise woman. Although we weren’t aware of it at the time, she was actually giving us a foundation, to which we could return at any time. I have aunties who yet do that to this day. We lost one such beautiful shining light, but she did not leave us without admonishing us to keep the tradition of getting together alive. Therefore, despite all that keeps me busy, I have re-committed myself to the legacy of love that we have been left.  I think one of my cousins said it best in a cute little post. It read, and I’m paraphrasing, cousins are the first friends we have in life. In my book, sometimes they are the BEST friends we can have in life.

So there you have it, my lil’ stroll down memory lane.

Well, gotta run my darlings, but live and love!

 

family

August 14, 2013

Don’t Wanna Look Old?

Filed under: A Must Read,Author,Blog,For the Fashion Conscious,womens fiction — April Alisa Marquette @ 2:14 pm
Tags: , , , ,

Don’t wanna look Old? If you fall into this category, if you happen to be someone who doesn’t want to look old before you get –say ninety-nine, then have I got something for you to check out. Written by Charla Krupp, the book  How Not To Look Old is chock full of fast and effortless ways to look 10 years younger, 10 pounds lighter, and 10 times better — exactly what it says on the cover. Roughly about 254 pages, this guide begins with how to age gracefully. Not.

Actually, the author speaks candidly about how aging can stick in one’s throat, like my  grandma’s dry turkey. It can be hard to swallow. The author speaks of how women can discover things that seemingly pop up overnight — like age spots, crow’s feet, chin hair, sagging bazooms, and bunions! Witch But don’t be alarmed. I’m speaking to those of us who don’t wanna look old before our time. The book’s author says we can do something about those things and others. She also states we can look great doing so.
So there I was, reading about the author’s proposed plan of attack on aging, and becoming more interested by the minute. Click here to see why…

July 25, 2013

Bra Sense

Filed under: Author,Blog,For the Fashion Conscious,For Women — April Alisa Marquette @ 1:10 pm
Tags: , , , ,

lotta bras

You know, I discuss something different each time I blog … and there happens to be something that I’ve wanted to broach for a while now — shapewear. I’d like to discuss it because no lovely lady can afford to discount what she wears beneath her clothing. Sure, you’ve got your face done – your foundation. Then you’ve got the smoky eyes and glossy lips. Your hair is coiffed and your clothes are chic; however, what about your foundation garments? (My mom used to mention those. She even took my sister and I to stores just for that.) I ask because the right underthings can take your look, as well as your confidence, up quite a few notches.

 

If you’re a tween, a teen, or even twenty-something, you may not need to know as much about shapewear as a woman who may have lived a little longer. But you’re never too young to learn. Why? Because those sexily rounded ‘gurlz’ of yours will not always remain so. Therefore I want to discuss shapewear, brassieres — bras in particular.

 

Did you know that a bra can be one of the most important pieces in a woman’s shapewear arsenal? Not only does it re-shape but it can even re-size, and this is important because drooping bazooms can make one look slouchy, or old.  I don’t want you to be in the dark. bra confusionThe right bra can create an enchanting, smooth and youthful silhouette, no matter what your size or age. The right one can cause you to appear pounds thinner, but most of all, wearing the right bra can elevate a woman’s confidence. Then you can go get that job, confidently make the team, or stand before that audience and proudly address the issue at hand.

 

If you’ve got boob spillage, out of the sides or the top of your bra, or if you’ve got fatty bits swelling from areas like the back…then you’re due up for a new one. If your bra looks like a piece of armor – all pointy, and if it makes your gurlz resemble torpedoes which leave poke-marks in your sweaters or tees, then we need to talk.

 

Lady, if you need an inexpensive ‘breast-lift’ or if you now need more fullness, we’ll discuss it. If yours are larger gurlz that have decided to lie flat, I got you. We’ll cover that. I want to touch on fit, cup size, band size, underwire, color, and brassiere terms. So come on back, because there is a whole world of bra sense out there, and we ‘bout to get some!

July 23, 2013

Bet you didn’t know you could use coconut oil for…

Filed under: Author,Blog,Not Just for Women — April Alisa Marquette @ 2:05 pm
Tags: , , , , , ,

coconuts

“So,” you might say, “what makes coconut oil so noteworthy?” Well, let us first discuss what it is, and where it comes from. Coconut oil is ingestible, extracted from the edible portion of a mature coconut, from the ‘cocos nucifera’ tree. Believed to have origins in the Indo-Pacific, coconuts are a staple in the daily diets of millions the world over. Yet coconut oil can be used for a zillion things.

Were you aware that this incredible oil is widely used in the making of cosmetics? It is used in creams, lotions, and skin exfoliators. It is even used in organic deodorants! I’ve found it to be an excellent moisturizer. Chasing dryness, it leaves the skin soft to the touch and looking dewy. If it is applied right after a shower while the body is yet damp, one can reap the most benefits.  In the colder months it can be added to a heavier moisturizer as a base. Coconut oil has long been used for other dry skin ailments too, ailments such as Xerosis, which is often caused by diabetes.

Used widely in India and numerous places in the world for hair care, coconut oil’s conditioning properties are legendary, and aids with hair re-growth. Applied topically, coconut oil contains proteins that are essential for nourishing damaged hair. For people of color, for those with dry, curly or kinky hair, it can be applied after washing to seal the cuticle and add a near weightless shine. Massaging the scalp regularly with coconut oil will ward off dryness. It is also a key element in treatments for dandruff and lice.

We all know that coconut oil is used in the manufacture of various hair conditioners. Yet did you know about the benefits of fatty acids like Capric, Caprylic, and Myristic Acids — which are all found in coconut oil.

Although we know it has a plethora of uses, I wanted to point out that coconut oil is used in making soap. The reason that it is often a base ingredient is because soaps using it will retain more water than those made with other oils. Therefore it yields more soap. Coconut oil is soluble, dissolvable, in hard and even salt water, which enables it to easily lather and it doesn’t tend to dry the skin like other non-oil based soaps.

Coconut oil soothes irritations like sunburn and insect bites. cocnut tree This oil with its microbial properties and barely-there non offensive fragrance is even believed to heal wounds.

It has long been used by those who tan. It is a massage oil, and some people use it as it as a lubricant. However, if you’re getting your swerve on, remember will weaken latex — thus, rendering condoms inactive.

So there you have it, just a few of the wonderful benefits of wonderful coconut oil!

July 9, 2013

Ever start the day feeling not quite right?

Ever start the day feeling not quite right? Well, I’ll tell you something. You can fix that. How, you might ask. With the power of your mind of course. A man once told me that it didn’t matter what happened to him, he could always start his day over — in his mind. So I tried it, and today I’m even going to let you join me. Watch me now… because I am going to do something we often did as kids when things didn’t go like we wanted them to. I am going to indulge in a virtual ‘do-over.’

Since I feel like crap at this moment, I’m going to have a huge cup of coffee. This one right here…coffee

Then although I know it’s laden with calories and sugar, I don’t care right now. I am am going to enjoy a virtual apple turnover. apple turnover See, I’ve even taken a ‘bite.’ Mmm…dee-lish!

When I finish it, I am going to get up in this comfy bed where I will pull the covers over my head and sleep until I feel ready to face the day. comfy bed …Reaching from beneath the cover to turn out the light.

A virtual two hours has passed. Ahhhh, now I’m waking up. I feel refreshed and new. waking up new Don’t I look it?

 

You should try it. It’s amazing how just thinking about doing a few needful things will rejuvenate!

Well, I’ve got to go, get a few things done, now that I’m all better, therefore…

Until next time,

April

 

June 27, 2013

One of my new favorite songstresses is…

jaime Paul

Okay, so we’ve all heard certain songs a thousand times. Yet every once in a while a song or a song-stylist makes us do a double-take. Well, I had that experience not long ago. I even had to ask, “Who was that?

In my opinion, it takes a special kind of artist to cause people to stop and take notice; just go cold in their tracks. Young Whitney Houston did it, and now one of my new favorite songstresses is doing it. She singes great American standards, soul and some jazz. Her name is Jaimee Paul and to find out more, click here.

Thank you for stopping by,

April

back in the

June 21, 2013

Consider Stillness

Filed under: A Must Read,Blog,Books,Contemplation,Daily,Devotion,Inspirational,Peaceful,Stillness — April Alisa Marquette @ 9:03 am

You know you loved a book when it stays on your mind, and when what you felt when you read it stays with you…

April Alisa Marquette's Blog

There is a book that I’d read a while back and I could not think of the name of it. I knew that upon beginning to read that particular book I’d garnered such a sense of peace. I could see the cover of the book in my mind, but the words just would not come clear.

Then I remembered. I’d been so enamored with the book that I’d had to blog about it, thus this re-post. Do enjoy…

I’ve recently begun to read Thomas Merton’s ‘A Book of Hours.’ A monk at the Trappist Monastery of the Abbey of Gethsemani, Merton has led the way for many in their search for the divine. Upon reading the first few pages of the book, I sensed the peace that this devout servant strove for. I like that he advises us to listen, in silence, and to surrender to silence when we are…

View original post 358 more words

Next Page »

Create a free website or blog at WordPress.com.