Thursday, June 30, 2016

On Not "half -doing"

If any concept will stick with your humble blogger for the rest of her life,  it is the"half-do"-specifically, the importance of not "half-doing" one's tasks.  (For the record, , yes, it is a cleaned-up version of the other colloquialism for not giving one's all.) Lately, it's personal significance has been on my mind.  Then a quote from Fr. Pat Egan entered the rumination:

"No one has a vocation to be just average "

Whether one wants to admit it or not, everyone has a calling. That calling, to put it in modern colloquial parlance, is to "be great". Also, whether or not we want to admit, one's calling goes to the heart of one's being. Not giving 100 percent is just short cutting one's self, not to mention one's fellow human beings.

Hence, "not half-doing" isn't just part of a cool catchphrase. It's what we're mean to be.


Tuesday, May 31, 2016

Food for thought pt. 2

It has been on your humble blogger's heart as of late to share some words of edification.  Why? Because as Teresa Tomeo says, "It's not if you'll suffer,  it's when". Such is life,  whether we want to admit it or not.  Yet, as Romans 5:4 notes:

"...affliction produces endurance, and endurance,  proven character, and proven character,  hope,  and hope does not disappoint..."

Saturday, April 30, 2016

A Question

While perusing this month's issue of Vogue, your humble blogger happened across this article





What stood out was the context in which it included "natural textures". To put it in the most charitable way possible, it begged the question:

Since when has natural hair been new or next?

For the record, this is a rhetorical question. The reason? The video below should explain:



(Source: Chime-HairCrush on YouTube)

Thursday, March 31, 2016

3 Reasons Why Mother Angelica is a Woman who Made History

(Photo Courtesy of EWTN )


MsRanaDee's Words and Stories extends sincere condolences to the Eternal Word Television Network at the passing of its foundress, Mother Angelica in addition to condolences to her family and loved ones.  Words cannot adequately express how much EWTN has meant to your humble blogger. To honor the trailblazing nun and Women's History Month, here are three reasons Mother Angeica is a woman who made history 

1) Mother Angelica founded EWTN as a cloistered nun.

A cloistered Roman Catholic nun would likely be the last person one would picture founding the world's largest religious media network. However,  Mother's faith lead her to taking on this stereotype-shattering endeavor with  $200 and a garage. 

2) She founded an order of friars 
Mother also founded the Franciscan Missionaries of the Eternal Word, an order of Catholic friars.  Let that sink in. 

3) Mother shared the good,  the true, and the beautiful.  

Last year, your humble blogger made a post on how beauty can change the world (here's a link http://missranadee.blogspot.com/2015/07/how-beauty-can-change-world-in-less.html?m=0). According to the definitions cited, it can be argued that Mother Angelica's communication of the Catholic faith was a spreading of the good, true, and beautiful- changing the world.  

For more information on Mother Angelica and her work, visit EWTN.com/motherangelica





Monday, February 29, 2016

Legacy, Story, and quotes from Two Ladies

     Recently, your humble blogger was at an event in which one of the speakers mentioned an intriguing acronym for the word "legacy". The speaker, Minister Mary D. Edwards, posited the following for the word:

Leaving
Every
Generation
A
Chronicle of
You

She went on to define chronicle as story.  It got yours truly to thinking: What's in a story?  What makes an individual's story worthy to leave for following generations? A quote from a certain celebrity (Yes, it's Janelle Monae) might pull it all together :

Your voice can shape a community and move a community forward

What's your legacy?

Sunday, January 31, 2016

Lessons from a Plant



Introducing StronĂ e Robinson-Van Haver, the latest addition to your humble blogger's workspace. Though a relative novice to plant maintenance,  yours truly decided to bring some foliage into a rather nondescript situation.  The experience maintaining this plant thus far has reiterated a few life lessons :

1) You get what you put in. 
Out of fear that Ms. StronĂ e would dry out, there was a point in time where your humble blogger ended up watering her more than necessary (Read: once a week instead of the usual two weeks ). As a result,  one of the leaves died. It made me think about how the results one gets in life reflects the amount and type of energy put in. 

2) Patience 
Keeping a plant is an exercise in patience. It will grow and show its need for sustenance in its own time, not yours.  Correlated to this is

3)Selflessness 
Given my aforementioned novice status in keeping plants, it has been a great help to have a coworker knowledgeable in this arena.  It reinforced the idea that one can't always trust their own judgment,  but seek the help of others when necessary. In addition, it reiterated that there are outside forces that guide life and they have to be heeded and trusted.

Until next time, 

Friday, December 18, 2015

May the (Beauty) Force be with you





In honor of Star Wars: The Force Awakens opening day,  your humble blogger decided to rock the Cover Girl limited Star Wars lipstick in Gold #40. What makes this line awesome is its smooth feel and application, from its shea butter base. As for this particular shade, it stands out without overpowering. To give this a more neutral look, the Cover girl Lip Perfection liner in smoky. What better way to channel the force while still looking good?