“What A Wonderful World” – My Thanksgiving Playlist #3

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Dear Readers,

Deciding which songs to share from my Thanksgiving playlist has been one of the most relaxing things I have done all week.  Since Thanksgiving is just a few hours away, it would be impossible to post every song that I cherish, but I hope that my selections have inspired you to create your own list for tomorrow.

There is one more song that I must share, particularly as it seems to appear on everyone’s Thanksgiving playlist each year – Louis Armstrong’s What a Wonderful World.  I hope it inspires you to relax – for just a moment –  and remember the good things in your life.

Enjoy!

Monique

 

“Thankful” – My Thanksgiving Playlist #2

Dear Readers:

By this time, I know that everyone has been keeping a watchful eye on the events in Ferguson and the reaction from people throughout the country, and the world.

Watching Michael Brown’s family share their pain with the world is truly heart wrenching.  Watching the emotional response from people across America, and throughout the world, is equally painful.  Whenever I hear a news update, I say to myself what a tragic place we are in right now.  My prayers are with young Michael’s family, and every parent who has experienced a similar tragedy.

Despite our current state of events, deep down inside I still have hope.  I am not naive enough to believe the pain and anger will magically disappear, but I want to believe that one day we will come to a place of peace and understanding.  Even with the sadness, trauma and anger that is a being shown throughout the country, I am thankful that we will all have another opportunity to get it right.

For today’s post, I would like to share Celine Dion’s rendition of the song Thankful, which is another treasure on my Thanksgiving play list.

Enjoy!

Monique

“My Own Strength” – My Thanksgiving Playlist

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Dear Readers:

Greetings on this cold, but beautiful, Saturday afternoon.  Next week we will celebrate Thanksgiving and I so excited.  This is one of my favorite holidays!  However, I am mindful of those who will be alone on this day.  I will keep them, along with my family and friends, in my thoughts and prayers.

A few years before her death, Whitney Houston performed My Own Strength on the Oprah Winfrey show.  This song clearly resonated with the audience, and with me.  In my attempt to provide a bit of encouragement, I have decided to share it for today’s post.  This is one of the top songs on my Thanksgiving play list, which means there are more to come.  Until then, please enjoy this treasure from the great Whitney Houston.

Have a wonderful weekend!

Monique

 

 

Brooklyn Legends Reading Room – Vintage Black Glamour

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In late September, I arrived home from work to find my copy of Vintage Black Glamour waiting in my living room. This was truly a welcome treat after a stressful week. As a follower of the Vintage Black Glamour blog, I could not wait to peek inside.  The book was printed in London, so it took some time to reach the United States but it was truly worth waiting for.  I love everything about it.

Just think back to the days when ladies were exquisitely put together from head to toe.  Her hair was neatly coiffed, her dress was pressed, her makeup was perfectly set and her gloves were always close by.  With just one look, it was easy to see the quiet, elegance that each woman conveyed.

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This isn’t an admonishment to the ladies we see today; this was simply a different period in our history — yet it really wasn’t that long ago.  I was a little girl who was trying to figure out how to remove my gloves when I got to church without causing too much trouble. After a few stern looks I knew what to do.  Now that I am an adult, I cannot stop looking at pictures from those days.

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Keeping this era of elegance alive for us today is Nichelle Gainer, author of the book Vintage Black Glamour.  It rests on my coffee table, along with a few other favorite items.  Among the pictures of the beautiful women featured in this book, you will find performing legends Lena Horne and Josephine Premice who were born in Brooklyn.  A biography is also included with each entry.

If you are looking for a great holiday gift, or that perfect coffee table book to add to your collection, I highly recommend this one.  For those of you who are close to me, you can guess what you will be receiving for the holidays!

Happy Reading.

Monique

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Vintage Black Glamour by Nichelle Gainer

Who Am I & Who Do I Want to Become by Lisa Price

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Dear Readers:

For the past 6 months, if not longer, I have been intensely focused on plans for LDF’s annual fundraising gala, which held on November 6, 2014 in New York City.  LDF honored three exceptional business leaders and visionaries, and commemorated the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education decision.  More than 600 guests were present.

At different stages during this process, I asked myself – am I doing what I really want to do in my career?  Am I comfortable with who I am?  Do I know who I want to become?  I am working on the answers to these questions.

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Lisa Price/Tony Cenicola The New York Times

Frequently I come across articles that I find to be inspirational.  If I cannot read them at that moment, I file them away for the future.

One article was an August 21, 2010 interview between Adam Bryant, a New York Times writer who talks with top executives about the challenges of leading and managing for his Corner Office series, and Lisa Price, President and CEO of Carol’s Daughter, a successful hair, body and skin-care corporation headquartered in Manhattan and one of my personal favorites.

The title of the feature – Don’t Take It Personally – really spoke to me.  Ms. Price discussed her leadership style and how it has evolved over time.  She also gives examples of how she no longer takes challenging business encounters so personally.  I will speak more to her points in a future Brooklyn Legends post.

Also in my “future viewing/reading” pile, I bookmarked a 3 minute where Ms. Price discusses the start of Carol’s Daughter, which was originally located in Brooklyn.  In this segment she touches upon two important questions – Who am I?  Who do I want to become?

I am pleased to share this video with you.  I look forward to sharing more of Ms. Price’s sage leadership advice in future posts.

Have a wonderful day and week!
Monique

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Credits:
Adam Bryant of The New York Times – http://www.nytimes.com
Carol’s Daughter – Lisa Price – http://www.carolsdaughter.com

Architectural Gems in Brooklyn’s Crown – Lefferts Manor

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Lefferts Manor Limestones – Fillmore.com

Dear Readers:

Now that fall has arrived, I am more inclined to stroll along Brooklyn’s beautiful tree-lined streets and admire the stunning architecture; one of the borough’s best kept secrets.  As a Brooklynite, this one secret I am proud to share.  Today I will provide a glimpse of some of the architectural gems in Lefferts Manor, which is a short walk from my apartment on Hawthorne Street.

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A Brief Overview of Lefferts Manor

Lefferts Manor, an eight-block parcel of land located within Prospect Lefferts Gardens, has been described by the New York City Landmarks Preservation Commission as one of the finest “enclaves of late 19th, and early 20th century housing in New York City.”  Lefferts Manor’s architectural structure as a row house neighborhood has remained unchanged since the first four homes were constructed in 1899.  From 1900 – 1905 there was a six-year hiatus, but the years that followed more than compensated for the lull in activity.  Between 1905 and 1922 an impressive 507 homes were built.  The final three homes that would complete this unique enclave were built on Maple Street in 1952.

Great care was taken to ensure these homes were unique from other houses that were built throughout the city.  Historians and preservationists attribute the neighborhood’s unique style to the manner in which brick, brownstone and limestone were used in different combinations, and colors, to create contrast.

Here are a few pictures of Lefferts Manor’s stunning architecture.

 

This is truly one of the most beautiful times of the year.  Be sure to take a few moments out to enjoy beautiful Brooklyn.

Have a great week.

Monique

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Credits:

Lefferts Manor Association – Leffertsmanor.org
Fillmore.com – Real Estate listings in Prospect Lefferts
Mary Kay Gallagher Real Estate
The Secret Is Out In Prospect Lefferts Gardens – online.wsj.com
The Weekly Nabe – online newsletter and blog
The Brownstoner – online newsletter and blog
Trulia.com
Douglas Elliman Real Estate

Brooklyn Legends Inspirations VI – Be Encouraged

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Dear Readers:

The past few weeks have been extremely challenging for many of my friends and colleagues.  Some of have lost loved ones, others have experienced health-related setbacks.  Regardless of the form, the loss and pain are apparent.

In a few weeks we will usher in the fall, which is truly my favorite time of the year.  For me, it is a time of renewal and rebirth.  Lately, I have been in a quiet space as I contemplate the recent losses many in my circle have experienced, and the sadness that has crept in.  Despite these trying times, I rest in knowing that there is still hope and all is not lost.  I came across this quote and decided to share it with you.

When you are sorrowful look again in your heart,
and there you will see that in truth you are weeping for
that which has been your delight!
Khalil Gibran

Be encouraged.

Monique

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