via Daily Prompt: Invitation Last July, I took a girls’ trip to New Orleans to attend Essence Music Festival. The trip was months in the making. Well, years actually. I’d been wanting to attend Essence Music Festival for over ten years. Year after year and month after month as an Essence magazine subscriber I’d be … More Not Without Me!
When Breath Becomes Air by Paul Kalanithi My rating: 4 of 5 stars Paul Kalanithi could have easily become a writer, but felt a stronger calling to become a neurosurgeon instead. After he was diagnosed with stage IV lung cancer, he focused his time to draft his beautifully written memoir When Breath Becomes Air. The … More Sherring’s Goodreads: When Breath Becomes Air
She was the second woman to ever break my heart. Not in a romantic way. The first was my mother when she left—my preferred terminology of her losing her battle to cancer when I was eight. Nearly twenty years later, my closest friend left. But she didn’t die. She left. Disappeared. I was the one … More A Million Dollars
Year of Yes: How to Dance It Out, Stand In the Sun and Be Your Own Person by Shonda Rhimes My rating: 4 of 5 stars Shonda Rhimes is a liar. Her word, not mine. She calls herself this because she likes to make up stuff, all the time. Lucky for her it’s paid off. … More Sherring’s Goodreads: Year of Yes
I stopped setting New Year’s resolutions. Not only is it cliché to set new goals at the start of a new year, but it’s too much self-imposed pressure. Besides, I don’t think I should wait for a new calendar year to eat better, exercise more or be a better me. That didn’t stop me from … More I Failed the Goodreads Challenge and It’s OK
Having a crush sucks. I’m not talking about typical Hollywood crushes most women probably have on celebrities. Morris Chestnut always and forever, baby! In second place is Jake Gyllenhaal. Polar opposites, but both are able to garner my unwavering support of their projects. My crushes on them don’t suck. They’re pure flights of fancy. Crushes on … More Maybe Next Life You’ll Be a Flamingo
I was sitting on my couch watching TV and minding my own business when the commercial came on and brainwashed me. The ad showed people getting alerts from their FitBits to go for walks. A woman lept from a bench at the bus stop just as the bus arrived and opted to walk instead after … More Let’s Get FitBit!
Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still Came Out Smiling by Rosie Pérez My rating: 4 of 5 stars I was completely in shock and awe throughout Rosie Perez’s memoir Handbook for an Unpredictable Life: How I Survived Sister Renata and My Crazy Mother, and Still … More Sherring’s Goodreads: Handbook for an Unpredictable Life
The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins My rating: 1 of 5 stars I’ve got to stop giving in to peer pressure. And by peer pressure, I mean best seller lists. Over and over, I read about how The Girl on the Train by Paula Hawkins was comparable to Gone Girl. So wrong, and … More Sherring’s Goodreads: The Girl on the Train
Queen Sugar by Natalie Baszile My rating: 5 of 5 stars Queen Sugar hadn’t been anywhere on my radar until I started catching promotions for its television series adaptation on Oprah’s network OWN. As the first season of Greenleaf was winding down, commercials said that if viewers liked Greenleaf they would love Queen Sugar. When … More Sherring’s Goodreads: Queen Sugar