Monthly Archives: May, 2014

Maya Angelou (1928 – 2014): A writer, a wonder and an inspiration

Maya Angelou at York College, Feb. 4, 2013. (Image: Wikimedia/Creative Commons).

Maya Angelou at York College, Feb. 4, 2013. (Image: Wikimedia/Creative Commons).

 

 

 

 

 

Will I write a sentence that will just float off the page? Easy reading is damn hard writing. But if it’s right, it’s easy. It’s the other way round, too. If it’s slovenly written, then it’s hard to read. It doesn’t give the reader what the careful writer can give the reader. — Maya Angelou, The Daily Beast interview, April 10, 2013

News of the death of Dr. Maya Angelou (born Marguerite Annie Johnson) resounds throughout the world, because one of the great ones has passed on. She was born Marguerite Annie Johnson on April 4, 1928 and lived most of her childhood in Stamps, Ark. and died on May 28, 2014, at her home in Winston-Salem, N.C.

Click here to read my Maya Angelou story.

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Kanye West and Kim Kardashian marry at lavish ceremony in Italy

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian grace cover of US Vogue, April 2014.

Kanye West and Kim Kardashian grace cover of US Vogue, April 2014.

 

 

 

 

 

 

It’s a wrap. Kanye West and Kim Kardashian married Saturday in a lavish ceremony at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy. Guests were invited to an exclusive pre-wedding brunch hosted by fashion designer Valentino in Paris. In the evening, guests were invited to the Palace of Versailles for a private tour and enjoyed a performance by Lana Del Ray . . .

Read here about Kanye West and Kim Kardashian’s lavish wedding in Italy.

Strip club evacuated as 10,000 gallons of crude oil spilled onto L.A. streets

 Crews sop up residual oil on the streets of the Atwater Village neighborhood in Los Angeles. (Image: seattlepi.com)

Crews sop up residual oil on the streets of the Atwater Village neighborhood in Los Angeles. (Image: seattlepi.com)

 

 

 

A crude oil spill in the Atwater Village neighborhood of Los Angeles, Calif., near Glendale, prompted an evacuation of the Gentlemen’s Club Thursday. Oil spewed into the sky and onto the roof, covering the windows of the business.

It was initially reported that 50,000 gallons of oil flowed after a 20-inch, above-ground, oil pipe broke, but later reports stated it was 10,000 gallons. The pipeline was turned off remotely . . .

Click here to read about the broken crude oil pipeline in Los Angeles.

12-year-old Nevada shooter complained of ‘teasing,’ police say

ose Reyes-Urtiz, 12, shot and killed a teacher, injured two students, then turned the gun on himself at Sparks Middle School in Nevada. (Image: lasvegasworldnews.com)

Jose Reyes-Urtiz, 12, shot and killed a teacher, injured two students, then turned the gun on himself at Sparks Middle School in Nevada. (Image: lasvegasworldnews.com)

 

 

 

 

Jose Reyes-Urtiz, a 12-year-old boy at Sparks Middle School in Nevada, killed a teacher and injured two students before turning the gun on himself in October.

According to an in-depth investigation, just days before the shooting, Reyes-Urtiz complained of teasing . . .

 Click here to read about the investigation on Sparks Middle School shooting.

Rubio says he’s ready for Oval Office, but he doesn’t believe in climate change

Sen. Marcus Rubio (R - Fla.) -  drinking water during his Republican reponse to President Obama's 2013 State of the Union address. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

Sen. Marcus Rubio (R – Fla.) – drinking water during his Republican response to President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address. (Image: Wikimedia Commons/Public Domain)

 

 

 

 

 

Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida says he’s ready to be president, yet he doesn’t believe in climate change.

When interviewed by Jonathan Karl on ABC’s “This Week,” Rubio stated that not only is he prepared to assume the presidency, but that there are also several other qualified GOP candidates . . .

Click here to read about Florida GOP Sen. Marco Rubio’s disbelief in climate change.

Another perfect Mother’s Day gift from a man-child

Phyllis L. Smith Asinyanbi, April 2014. (Image: D.A. Asinyanbi, her son)

Phyllis L. Smith Asinyanbi, April 2014. (Image: D.A. Asinyanbi, her son)

 

 

 

 

 

Last year, my teen son, nicknamed Ade, penned a beautiful, poignant letter for my Mother’s Day gift. He concisely described his feelings, and by sharing his deepest thoughts, gave me the perfect gift . . .

Click here to read about the perfect Mother’s Day gift the writer received from her son.

NiSource Energy rescinds Ohio man’s job offer after learning he was homeschooled

Association of Chicago Homeschooled/Unschool Teens who meet to socialize nd work on projects. (Image: Chicago Homeschool Habitat)

Association of Chicago Homeschooled/Unschool Teens who meet to socialize and work on projects. (Image: Chicago Homeschool Habitat)

 

 

 

 

 

A man, whose name has not been disclosed, completed his education and was awarded a homeschool high school diploma. Subsequently, he acquired three years of relevant work experience and took seven college courses before he applied for employment with NiSource Energy in Ohio, which rescinded the job offer after learning he was homeschooled . . .

Click here to read about a homeschool graduate who had a job offer withdrawn after the company learned he was homeschooled.

Who better to set the record straight on the Clinton-Lewinsky scandal than Monica?

Monica Lewisky tells her story of the affair with former President Bill Clinton in Vanity Fair, which hits newstands on May 13. (Image: Vanity Fair/Mark Seliger)

Monica Lewisky tells her story of the affair with former President Bill Clinton in Vanity Fair, which hits newstands on May 13. (Image: Vanity Fair/Mark Seliger)

 

 

 

 

Recently, a friend and I were discussing, of all people, Monica Lewinsky. As I was surfing the net, I saw her name and wondered what she was doing. One article I read said she remained unemployed after the nearly 20-years-ago affair with former President Bill Clinton, and now Lewinsky has penned a Vanity Fair essay, which will hit the newsstands on May 13.

Click here to read about Monica Lewinsky’s Vanity Fair essay on the Bill Clinton-Monica Lewinsky affair.