I live in Northern Cambria, PA. I graduated from Indiana University of PA with my BS in Accouting and my MBA and from Widener Law School in Harrisburg, PA with my JD. I worked for the Attorney General’s Office until my retirement.
I really admire Nancy Twine. She is the founder and CEO of the hair care line Briogeo, which she started in 2013. The name of her company comes from two words, which are “Brio” an Italian word that means vibrant and full of life and “Geo” a Latin word that means of Earth or nature. For many years I have been searching for products to make my hair softer and to keep my curls under control. At some point I stumbled upon Nancy Twine’s Briogeo products at Sephora. Her products are for all types of hair and they have helped me with my hair concerns. Her products called “Don’t Despair, Repair!” have made my hair healthy and manageable. I am glad I have been supporting a Black-owned business for years but I had no idea who the owner of Briogeo was before preparing to write this article. I was not purchasing the products based on who the owner was but because they are great, quality products that actually do what they claim. But this was Nancy Twine’s plan all along, she wanted people to purchase her products based on the quality and effectiveness, not because they were made for a particular ethnicity. In one of her interviews she was discussing how in the past Black hair care products were commonly separated in a small section in stores. By focusing on hair texture rather than ethnicity this allows the Briogeo products to reach a much larger group of people because there are many different hair textures. Briogeo hair care products are all natural. Nancy Twine noticed that natural hair care products were being overlooked in the hair care market so her products give people who want natural ingredients that option.
Judy the War Hero
I am an animal lover so it makes perfect sense for me to write this true story about a dog named Judy, who became a war hero and the only canine Prisoner of War (POW). Judy was a Japanese POW for three years. I can’t remember where or when I first read about this dog but it was recently. It is such a heart warming story I would like to share it with you. Most dog owners love their dogs so much that they would do anything for them and in turn most dogs would do anything for their owners. I know this is true in my case. But the things dogs in war do for soldiers is incredible. For example, the dog I am going to tell you a little about was actually responsible for helping soldiers whose ship exploded in the ocean to survive by allowing them to hold on to her body in order to make it to safety. She would even go as far as to warn the soldiers of vicious animals being nearby so they could protect themselves. The soldiers were being transferred to different camps in various locations so Judy had to adapt to different kinds of dangers. There are many dogs who became war heroes but Judy is the only dog to be officially registered as a POW.
From Dr. Quinn to Elizabeth Thornton
Of course different people enjoy different types of television shows. When I was young I liked Little House on the Prairie and I still enjoy watching the reruns today. Then when I was in my twenties I fell in love with Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman. If you are like me and you also loved Dr. Quinn, which started airing in 1993 on CBS, I think you will also like When Calls the Heart on the Hallmark Channel. Dr. Quinn ran for six seasons with the final episode airing in May 1998. When Calls the Heart started as a movie before becoming a series in January 2014. I just started watching When Calls the Heart in 2019 but I have been watching the seasons I missed on DVD. Michael Landon, Jr., is an executive producer of When Calls the Heart. Many people will recognize his name because he is the son of the late Michael Landon, who starred on Little House on the Prairie. All three shows that I have just mentioned are very wholesome and involve life during a much simpler time. Life is so complicated today and watching When Calls the Heart is like a breath of fresh air.
I’m a Libra
I was born on October 1st so that makes me a Libra. I am not much into astrology so other than it somehow being connected to the scales and pink zirconia being my birthstone that’s really all I knew about it before doing my research. I do read my horoscope from time to time but not on a regular basis. My grandmother read both our horoscopes everyday when she was alive. But since she passed away I only read mine if I come across it by chance. One funny note is that I was always told that it is bad luck to read another persons horoscope. I would tell my grandmother not to read my horoscope but she ignored me, as usual, and she lived to be 101 years old and had fairly good luck! I’m not very superstitious; however, I only read my own horoscope just to be on the safe side.
I Want To Dance With Somebody
Growing up in a small coal mining town in western Pennsylvania there was never much to do so music was very important. One thing I can vividly remember are the weekly dances at an area church hall. I think that was the highlight of the week back in the early eighties. To be honest, I hated those dances! I went for a few years but finally I couldn’t pretend that I enjoyed them anymore so I mustered up enough nerve to tell my best friend I wasn’t going anymore. I was afraid that she would be mad at me and although I don’t think she was mad, our friendship did sort of fizzle out after I stopped going. It wasn’t so much that I didn’t like to dance but I got bored going to the same place week after week. Considering how I felt about these dances it is sort of funny I am writing about a song called I Want to Dance with Somebody.
Grandma and Her Small Black Notebook
It will be eight years in June that she passed away. Eight long, lonely years without her. Her name was Angeline but she was known by Julia or Julie. I’m not quite sure why but this was common in her large Italian family. Each of her siblings were also known by a name other than their given name. I asked her about this many times. She lived until the age of 101 so we had many conversations about her life. She said that her mother could not speak English well but that explanation never made much sense to me. Why would someone give their children names they couldn’t pronounce regardless of how well they could speak English? But that was Grandma Julie, a fun loving, always entertaining grandmother. Her stories were always interesting and probably mostly truthful with a little bit of exaggeration thrown in for fun.