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An Ode to Beauty...

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Lizzo, the singer, rapper, breakout artist, is being praised for having the confidence to own the stage. That's because the entertainment industry has a stereotype that most women-artist conform to or at least try to. So, when artists are not apologetic for not fitting into the industry mold, they are praised as brave, but Lizzo's isn't entertaining that praise-wagon. She doesn't appreciate people calling her brave for being comfortable in her own body. I applauded Lizzo for having tougher-than-nails confidence to show how much she loves her body—in an industry that awaits to hear a justification for not fitting into the mold. Unknowingly, I was part of the crowd that needed a reminder that it shouldn't be hard to see ourselves as beautiful.

Lizzo told Glamour, "I don't like it when people think it's hard for me to see myself as beautiful," she said. "I don't like it when people are shocked that I'm doing it." A great reminder to…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Siding On The Side of Self-Awareness

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A well-meaning comment with a bit of obliviousness was the recipe for an online brouhaha. So, I learned when I commented on a tribute article. The article was lovely and was honoring someone famous who passed away. The writer wrote, "rest in piece," and I commented, asking if she meant "rest in peace." I know! No one likes the grammar police or someone who focuses on an error instead of the full story. I should have said something kind about the article before pointing it out. As a writer, I can tell you that I appreciate people looking out for me when they give me constructive criticism or point out an error.

In my mind, I was looking out for the writer so she could revise it if she felt it was an error before more people read it. Well, it didn't take long for trolls to come after me telling me that I needed to get a life and what a loser I was. Another called me the grammar police and wished I would go away. My intentions were good, but I still felt terrible a…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Quote of the Day

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Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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Quote of the Day

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Quote of the Day

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The Light That Truly Matters...

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When my children began to crawl and wandered into a room I was in; I'd smile, hug and kiss them, welcoming them as if they had been away for a long time. Their faces lit up with huge smiles every time. It would make my heart flutter, and this became our practice—to be seen and feel loved at first sight. I started doing this because a few years before my kids were born, I saw an interview with Toni Morrison on The Oprah Winfrey Show. Toni Morrison explained that when every interaction with our children is one of criticism; they come to expect judgment before anything else. She told Oprah, "It's interesting to see when a kid walks in a room, your child or anybody else's child. Does your face light up? That's what they're looking for." I watched the interview, and it connected with me because my mom never ceased to criticize my every move--from the way I was breathing, to how I walked up to have a conversation with her. I wanted things to be different, and t…

Life is Full of Pleasures: Cyndi's Top 3

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