Trying Something A Little Different

About a year ago, I decided to free myself and most importantly, my hair, from my dangerous addiction to heat. Actually, I had been attempting for a couple of years to go free during the summer months, but the look really wasn’t happening. I regularly had ends that would not revert to their natural state and this really boggled my mind, because I had not relaxed my hair; the only chemicals were coloring.
Then last summer it just seemed that nothing was working and I talked with a co-worker who had begun wearing her hair naturally and decided to take the plunge. I cut my hair and began wearing it natural and it really began to curl on its own. The only problem was humidity has never been my friend, and anyone who knows Cleveland summers understands my pain. Instead of the curly ringlets left after a shower or shampoo, the minute the air hit my hair I had what I called a curly ‘fro. Not the look I was hoping for, but I stuck it out, only blow drying and flat ironing my hair once – for my friend’s wedding.
The results have been wonderful. I believe my hair has become a little thicker and I know it is healthier, but I’m still not a fan of the shrinkage.
Fast forward to June and I receive an email from my friend and former writing group member, author Lori Johnson informing me and others that she is preparing a series on Natural Women as a prelude to the release of her next novel, A Natural Woman, and asking if we would like to submit a story. While reading her blog I came across a number of links on natural hair, maintenance and the journey to natural.
So, last week I decided to twist my hair as a change. The picture above is after three days. Not sure if it’s the look I’m after, but the feedback has been great. What do you think?
Check out Lori’s blog to hear more stories on the road to becoming a truly Natural Woman.

Are You A Natural Woman?

When asked to describe yourself, would a natural woman be a likely response? If so, check out author Lori Johnson’s Old School Mix and participate in her poll, or just read the accounts of women who for a number of reasons choose to be “Natural Women”.

This is all in honor of the release, this November, of Lori’s new work of fiction A Natural Woman. If you haven’t had the pleasure of reading Lori’s first novel, After The Dance then you have missed a treat. For those of us just this side of 30, After The Dance is an adult love story filled with humor and good musical references. The words have a rhythm of their own and the story will keep you reading.

In the meantime, stop by the Old School Mix for a mix of humor and down home wisdom.



I have not posted in the last several months, but I have been busy reading and re-evaluating the blog and what the focus should be. I’m still toying with this, but I hope to publish more frequently in the weeks to come.
A few things I will do more of is linking to sites that I find helpful, intriguing and/or just fun! Here are the first of my link submissions:
If you’re looking for some good southern humor then look no further than LadyLee, I’ve been lurking on her site for quite some time now and she is sure to give you a laugh when you’re in need. She doesn’t claim to be a writer yet, but if you read some of her stories you will probably wonder why she’s not published!
If you’re a writer looking for great tips advice and just a little down to earth knowledge from an accomplished author – check out Tayari Jones’ blog!
Writers looking for sites seeking submissions should check out Ericka Dreifus’s Practicing Writer
Soon to be published author Lori Johnson offers more southern humor and thoughts at Lori’s Old School Mix.
Hip Hop fans will learn much at Indy Hip Hop World.
That’s it for this posting – see you soon in the blogsphere!