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The Lobbyist

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I write to regain my bearings and reboot. It’s just not that serious our crazy life issues, right? I was a smoker when I wrote this poem. I guess The Lobbyist will be happy to know I gave up that bad habit! Poetry keeps me sane…

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The Lobbyist

This woman at an elevator
Was lobbying against my smoke
The ash cans didn’t count for starting up
But putting out the choking fumes
I forced upon her

Not goodwill, money or sex
Could be extorted from that soul
No secret smiles of afterglow
Or posture of secured future
Friendship brings no floor
To hear the lobbyist

Her ride up was too slow
Then, she stopped short of the number
Pushed too hard and caused a shaft
To break her lift
That swayed her against me
Against us all

Go… And Find Yourself Some Happiness

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I am so thrilled that my book, “Go… And Find Yourself Some Happiness” is now in reprint. It’s available at amazon and lovelier than ever! #goandfindyourselfsomehappiness

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Sunday Reflections

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Happy Sunday #friendsofTenaciousM! I hope it is beautiful in your part of the world. Have an amazing week!

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Larisa MODA Presents The Autumn/Winter 2015

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She never fails to impress! As seen on the runway of South Africa Fashion Week 2015, Larisa Terblanche release an amazing collection for the label Larisa MODA! Working with monochrome colours and fitted clothes, the talented designer once again has pushed the boundaries for the label given people a fantastic set of garments for the upcoming winter season.

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Chocolate Almond Toffee

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I love this recipe because it makes me look like an expert candy maker…it’s so easy!

Chocolate Almond Toffee

Total Time: Prep: 10 min. Cook: 25 min. + cooling
Makes: 75 servings
Yield: about 1 pound.

Ingredients

1-1/2 teaspoons plus 2 cups butter, softened, divided
2 cups sugar
1/3 cup water
2 tablespoons light corn syrup
1 package (11-1/2 ounces) milk chocolate chips
1 cup finely chopped almonds, toasted

Directions

1. Line the bottom and sides of a 15-in. x 10 in. x 1-in. pan with foil. Grease foil with 1-1/2 teaspoons butter; set aside.

2. In a large heavy saucepan, melt remaining butter. Add the sugar, water and corn syrup. Cook and stir over medium heat until a candy thermometer reads 290° (soft-crack stage).

3. Pour into prepared pan. Cool for 4 minutes. Sprinkle with chocolate chips; let stand for 3 minutes. Spread melted chocolate evenly over candy. Sprinkle with almonds; press down lightly. Cool until chocolate is firm. Break into bite-size pieces. Store in airtight containers.

a Picasso kind of love

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Proem...

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he says…
evaluate love’s edges of
juxtaposing angles…
estimate the length of
constricting planes…
judge shadow depth of
ardor in each new arena

he says…
be aware of ceremony,
private in a crowd of
deflowered expectations…
where brave costumes
paint stark nakedness

he says…
beware soft warm mouths
that speak barb-ed words…
watch from framing stands
a ritual catharsis where torn
shouldering–weakened tissue
of resolve–flutters banners of
defeat in a final agony of
spilled lust and love

Bonnie Marshall

Artwork by Pablo Picasso

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Hendrik Vermeulen Couture Collection 2014

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Ever seen fashion inspired by insects! Yes South Africa did that. Check out the amazing Hendrik Vermeulen Couture. The collection mimics the appearance of insects, using the patterning on their bodies printed onto fabric and incorporated into the design in strategic ways… Just for the love of the collection, some of the items on the runway.

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Over The Hump Old School Sound Check-Isaac Hayes

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Happy Thursday after hump day! Here’s Isaac Hayes performing Burt Bucharach & Hal David’s “Walk On By” from his landmark “Hot Buttered Soul (1969)” at Music Scene.

Better Than Robert Redford Dessert… And There’s Chocolate

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This make-ahead dessert consists of five delicious layers not counting the nut and chocolate garnish. When cut into squares, note the walnut crust, the cream cheese layer, the vanilla pudding, the chocolate pudding, and the creamy whipped topping.

Better Than Robert Redford Chocolate

Servings: 16
Prep Time: 20 mins

Ingredients

1 cup all-purpose flour
1 cup coarsely chopped walnuts
1/2 cup (1 stick) unsalted butter, melted
1 8 ounce package cream cheese, softened
1 cup confectioners’ sugar
1 8 ounce container frozen whipped topping, thawed
4 cups milk
2 3.4 ounce boxes instant vanilla pudding
2 3.9 ounce boxes instant chocolate pudding
Chopped nuts
Chocolate curls

Directions

1. Heat oven to 350 degrees F. Coat 13 x 9 x 2-inch baking dish with nonstick cooking spray.

2. In a medium-size bowl, mix flour, walnuts and butter. Pat into prepared dish. Bake at 350 degrees F. for 15 minutes. Cool.

3. In a bowl, beat cream cheese and sugar until smooth. Fold in half of the whipped topping. Spread over cooled crust.

4. Prepare vanilla pudding using 2 cups of the milk. Spread over cream cheese layer. Prepare chocolate pudding with remaining 2 cups milk. Spread over the vanilla pudding layer. Spread remaining whipped topping over pudding. Refrigerate at least 2 hours or overnight. Sprinkle with nuts and chocolate curls. Cut into squares.

Nigerian Fashion Label Mohanista Presents it’s Debut Collection Inspired by the Theory of Evolution

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Mohanista is a well known fashion brand which is based in Nigeria. The high street label is outrightly owned by siblings Moha-Lami and Habiba Lolade Audu, their debut collection is inspired by the theory of evolution, which is seen in the way and manner the pieces are styled and created, the wearable dresses have got to be fine and really structured.

The designers made use of floral prints as well as monochrome stripes and contrasted effectively to bring out the beauty in this fabulous collection. The collection which is basically feminine encapsulates “voluminous wide legged pants, print kimono, form fitting straight lined dress with the plunging neckline”.

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Credit: Fashionghana.com