We are going to broadcast live on Facebook and Periscope–tweet and post on Facebook about all the festivities happening at Super Bowl LI in Houston, Texas–The Taste of the NFL, the NFL Experience, Ditka & Jaws Cigar Party, the game and more. Can we say “excited” Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Who knows maybe next time we can say “We’re going to Disney World”.
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The amazing Texas Conference for Women in Austin, Texas on November 15, 2016 is officially sold out.
As luck would have it, there may be a way to get tickets to attend this sold out event. You can put your name on a list to grab tickets if they become available. If you want to hear great speakers, be inspired, attend wonderful workshops, network with women who are on the move and so much more, you need to try as hard as possible to attend this event. To try for tickets click please let me get a ticket. Hope you are lucky! Remember “thisisyourbestyear”.
“thisisyourbestyear” is covering the NFL Kickoff game between the Denver Broncos and the Carolina Panthers. Also covering the Denver Food and Wine Festival. We are excited!!
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. We are ready for some football, good food and great wine!
See, smell and taste the world through food–sounds interesting doesn’t it. You can do it! Every time I fly I take a look at the airline magazine, and try to do the puzzles. This time while flying on American Airlines I ran across an article on Try The World and it caught my attention.
One thing that it seems most people can agree on is food. The world is always interested in trying new and exotic taste. Home cooks are trying to amp up their standard recipes by using different herbs and spices. Try The World gives you that opportunity in a cute box.
The box not only comes with ingredients, it comes with recipes, and a cultural guide to the country that the box features. If you only want snack foods, you can order their snack boxes. My box is shown below–it came from Thailand. My sister and I could not wait to taste some of the things that came in it. Our first try was the Coconut Flower Syrup. She put it in tea and I tried it on toast. We gave it 2 thumbs up. We’re kind of on a schedule to try the other items. Each trying it a different way–Soft Dried Jackfruit is next.
You can find out more about this wonderful taste experience by going to Try The World and starting your adventure. It’s the next best thing to traveling there.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear“. Try The World in a box.
It’s almost time–we are so excited!! We are ready for some football! Stay tuned.
We have exciting news to come! Remember “thisisyourbestyear”!
In my lifetime there have been good vacations, bad vacations and great ones. I’ve learned how to make them great. There are certain things that work for me, and have made my vacations truly vacations–not just trips. Let’s take a look at the top 5.
- Decide where you are going. Seems strange, but you must know where you are going. This is so important, it will affect everything else you do. All of California is not the same–the beach in Texas is not the beach in South Carolina. One Hawaiian island is not the same as the other one. Do you want hot or cold or somewhere in between? Do you want to sightsee, be active, meditate, be on the go every minute, rest by the ocean all day while reading? Do your research.
- Decide how long you want to vacation. I’ve read about people who have vacationed for a couple of days to a couple of months. You have to decide, and you must include travel time, hotel check-in and check-out times, and one that we forget–departure time. Sometimes we check-out, and have nothing to do but sit at the airport and wait.
- Transportation is one factor that we tend to forget. As women of a certain age, we may not have the children to take along, but some of you might be taking the grandchildren. Roadtrips can be the best if you are traveling with the right people. Do you have time to ride the train? It’s never on time. There are charter buses. Remember flying is not the flying of old. Sometimes the people look like they are on the bus (really), the costs for each piece of luggage adds to the cost of the vacation, and the time it takes to get through the check-in procedure can start your vacation off badly.
- What type of accommodations do you want to have during your vacation? Are you going to have a single room, a suite, is breakfast included? Maybe you would like a timeshare. Maybe you want all-inclusive, one with no children, one that does or does not allow pets. I don’t do colored bedspreads or pets–that’s just me. Please remember that the internet makes almost everything look picture perfect.
- Most Importantly!! Who are you going with? Are you traveling with your significant other, girlfriends, which girlfriends (some of your friends may not get along, or they like different things) or grown children? You may be going to your favorite place, but who you go with can change everything. This will determine all of the other things you need to do. It may seem strange, but know how much they like to spend on dining out. Do they get up in the morning with the television on, do they go to bed early? Do they hog the bathroom? Which one of you has to sleep with the light on, music going, television on? You know the adage, “you don’t someone until you live with them”, well try traveling with them.
These are just a few of the things that I have found to be helpful when planning a vacation. You may have others, please share so that we can all have a great vacation.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”. Vacations should be stress free.
Guest post written by Dr. Britine Perkins, PhD.
I was given the opportunity to preview the new Amon Carter Museum’s Norman Lewis exhibit before it opened to the public. This was indeed a special opportunity as the ACM is only the 2nd museum nationwide to host this breathtaking exhibit. Because Lewis’s work is about movement, the pieces are grouped to showcase how his art evolved from figurative in the 1920’s and 30’s, to completely abstract expressionist by the 1940’s. He is one of a very few African-American artists to pursue this style of painting.
When one thinks of abstract expressionist artists from the 1930’s to the 1960’s, immediately names like Jackson Pollock , Picasso, de Kooning, Max Ernst, and one of my personal favorites, Frank Stella, among many others will come to mind. Unfortunately, what does not come to mind are African-American abstract expressionist artists, which was usually considered a rare departure for an African American artist (at one meeting in Italy that featured the likes of Polluck and de Kooning, Lewis was the only African American in the room, much like this preview where I was only one of two minorities in the room). For Norman Lewis, who was born in 1909 in Harlem, expressing the energy of the Renaissance unfolding around him profoundly influenced his work. Early on in his career, he realized that he wanted to paint the Black experience, just not in the figurative way that was expected on African American artists of that time. By the 1940’s, he had rejected painting figurative works, and painting what he wanted to paint. Because he was African American he was not truly accepted by the white abstract expressionist artists, nor was he accepted by African American artists who felt the only way to express Black life was through figurative art.
Although considered a successful artist (his work was exhibited in over 130 exhibitions in his lifetime) he did not receive the true recognition as an abstract expressionist artist till after his death, something he has always predicted. Regardless, he continued to paint the way he wanted: American life is diverse and so should the art that depicts it, a struggle that Norman Lewis is definitely winning, even if posthumously. Today many of his pieces are being sold for between $250,000 and $350,000, while during his lifetime, most sold for less than $20,000 as noted in a recent March 2016 CBS Sunday Morning clip (Reappraising the art of Normal Lewis) about his long overdue rightful recognition as an abstract expressionist artist.
After viewing just some of his extraordinary works, one leaves with an overwhelming admiration for a man who fought racism on both sides and yet continued to do what he wanted to do. Although he was overlooked in his lifetime, I for one am very glad to see him finally get his due as not just an African-American artist, but one of this nation’s greatest abstract expressionist artists.
The Procession: The Art of Norman Lewis will be om diplay until August 21, 2016. To find out more about this wonderful exhibition and all of the other things click Amon Carter American Museum of Art.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”, enjoy great works of art.
Every time women of a certain age talk about Spring Break, we automatically think of Spring Cleaning. We think of putting away winter clothing, changing the comforter, clearing out the pantry, deep cleaning this and that. Why do we do that? Is there an unwritten rule that we have to use our time away from the office working while everyone else is enjoying their time off? What’s to keep us from doing the Spring Cleaning a little at a time after Spring Break? This year I decided to do just that.
When I left work on the Friday before Spring Break, I went home and did my weekend cleaning that night–I was determined that this would be my Spring Break. There would be no deep cleaning this Spring Break. There would be the day to day cleaning, but nothing that would take all day and/or all week.
Here is my week of during Spring Break. What was yours like?
- Sunday–great church service at Carter Metropolitan CME Church, and then dinner with my husband and our youngest daughter. Then I did a movie (Creed) in my pajamas with my husband and popcorn and wine.
- Monday–massage at Perfect Touch with Katie that made me want to lay there for a couple of hours. Went walking with my sorority sister and made my steps then coffee at Starbucks afterwards. Then I decided to make homemade peanut butter cookies. The kitchen was smelling good. We ate them while we watched the movie again (it was rented for 2 days).
- Tuesday–my guilty pleasure of a facial. I absolutely love getting facials especially at my favorite place Ageless Perfection Skincare. Miss Ruby is the best. Started reading “Natchez Burning” by Greg Iles for a book club I just joined. It is a very exciting read.
- Wednesday–my best friend since second grade and I went to the Amon Carter Musuem of American Art to check out their latest exhibition–American Epics (Thomas Hart Benton and Hollywood). Yes, it is very good and educational. Then we were off to West 7th Street to have lunch outside because the weather was just perfect. We tried our tastebuds at Mash’d, a place we had never gone to. The best lemonade bar none. I like mine tart, my friend likes hers sweet, we were both happy. Then my daughter cancelled our walk, but I went anyway–got my steps in.
- Thursday–manicure and pedicure at Zizi’s. Even decided to have a glass of wine while I was getting serviced.
- Friday–going to a networking event for women sponsored by the women’s division of the Metropolitan Black Chamber of Commerce. Got my TABC certification so that I can volunteer for the Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival.
- Saturday–meeting with volunteer coordinator for Fort Worth Food and Wine Festival to get my assignment. Then on to Fair Park to cover BeautyCon so that I can report about it to you, and see what they have for women of a certain age.
I started each morning with my prayers and coffee in my pj’s, and ended each night with wine and prayers in my pj’s. The house is still clean, yes the sweaters still need to go to the cleaners and be put away (well maybe, this is Texas weather). I’ll just drop them off on my way to work after Spring Break.
Spring Break is not for Spring Cleaning, it is for taking a Break during the Spring. Remember “thisisyourbestyear”–you can clean next week.
Some people know how to work a room, but most don’t know how to work a room with facts, humility, laughter and everything in between. Well they should meet Ms. Donna Brazile–she knows how to work not only a room, but an auditorium filled to the rafters during the Maverick Speakers Series at the University of Texas Arlington.
She entered the room on the heels of being introduced by her friend, Texas State Senator, Royce West. Ms. Brazile showcased her southern roots by first thanking the people of Texas for all they did for the people of New Orleans who were displaced by Hurricane Katrina. This thank you set the tone of her talk. This woman who has talked with all kinds of people–from the man on the street to the president of the United States (lots of presidents) thanked us for doing something we were supposed to do.
Then she preceded to teach us a lesson about politics with laughter, and we all know that if this years elections were not so serious, they would be the best comedy shows around. Even when she talked of some candidates, she did so without a mean bone in her body.
But my favorite time was when the audience was given an opportunity to ask questions. This was when the teacher came out of Donna Brazile. The people asking questions were the millennials, who were looking for answers. Ms. Brazile gave them her take on topics, her wisdom, her encouragement and her hope for them. She talked with them, laughed with them, and in her typical warm way even scolded them about their duty to vote.
Remember “thisisyourbestyear”, and as Ms. Brazile stated–VOTE!
To learn more about the University of Texas Arlington’s Maverick Speakers Series please go to the University of Texas Arlington website and type in the words Maverick Speakers Series. These events are free to the public–registration is required. They will “stimulate your mind”.