Hello Lovely! It’s been a little quiet here on The Patranila Project for the last few weeks and I’ve missed you! The final weeks of 2016 were hectic for me in a variety of ways. Some good and some, not so much. I suppose we can all lay claim to a hectic existence at some point in life so I won’t bore you with all the details but suffice it to say, things are back on the slow road to normal.…

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Why Not Me: Halle Berry and The Seattle …

After the Seattle Seahawks dragged Peyton Manning and the Denver Broncos all over New Jersey during Super Bowl XLVIII, Seahawks quarterback, Russell Wilson, spoke about the spirit and determination instilled in him by his father as a contributing factor in his glorious Super Bowl win. According to Wilson, whenever he was faced with a difficult challenge or seemingly insurmountable odds, his father taught him to think ‘why not me?’ Wilson said that this is how he approached the season: somebody has to win so ‘why not me’ and for his team, ‘why not us.’ The phrase struck me (and millions of others) immediately.…
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It’s Still Summer!

It’s the day after Labor Day and conventional wisdom decries the end of summer with no more barbecues, beaches or white clothes. Well, I call BULL! It’s still summer! Summer won’t be over until September 21st and that gives me (and the rest of us) 2 1/2 more weeks to enjoy the season while it lasts! I was having brunch with a friend this weekend and she reminded me of this fact and I thought yeah, why are we rushing the end of summer to declare Fall so soon?…
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On Isolation and Inspiration

I’m always amazed that in our hyper-connected world, so many of us still suffer from feelings of isolation. With three million ‘social’ networks, ubiquitous laptops, cell phones and tablets we’re more connected to each other than we’ve ever been in history yet on a disturbingly regular basis, I and my friends mention really craving face time. And no, not that Facetime provided by Apple!
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For Trayvon and Lonnie and…

… for Keilon and Justis, Jordan, Sterling and Christian, CJ and Christopher, Messiah, Barry and Shamel. My young and precious nephews.

 

Trayvon Martin

February 5, 1995 – February 26, 2012

 

This is Lonnie, my nephew. Born February 6, 1995, one day after Trayvon Martin. I pray that I will never have to see a second date posted after his name.
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Top 10 Curly Girl Hair Care Products

Top 10 Curly Girl Hair Care Products

Seasons change and with them, so goes the condition of my hair. If you’re a naturally curly girl like me, you know the struggle of maintaining strong, beautiful hair year round and you could probably use a few suggestions for your arsenal of go-to hair care products that really work. Today, I’m sharing my top 10 natural hair care products and I hope you find a few to add to your stash.… Read More