Flash Fiction for Aspiring Writers: The Second American


 The buildings in Havana, Cuba are pastel coloured. The architecture uniquely from the sixteenth-century. I feel anticipation as I walk around the streets of old Havana. The people here are friendly.

It amazes me that Havana served as a stopping point for ships entering and leaving the New World such as “treasure-laden Spanish galleons.” It’s a different view then the view you receive of Havana after the Communist Revolution in 1959 and Cuban Missle Crisis in 1962.

No US President has been on Cuban soil for eighty-eight- years. But Obama was here today, attempting to lift all trade embargoes on Cuba. Despite Raol Castro having significantly varied opinions on human rights, change is coming to Cuba.

For now, I  visit a building called ‘Photo Centre,’a museum. I absorb the history of Havana. Outside the building, I take a selfie; I’m the second American in Havana today.

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Uday

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Thanks to Priceless Joy a gem of a lady who holds FFftAW each week.

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Sources:

Barrack Obama Ready to Bring Change to Cuba . . .

Wikipedia: Havana, Cuba, Cuban Missile Crisis
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Poem/Song: “Lift Us Up” 


At the end of the day, 

You’re lost and you’re praying,

Lord please lift me up.

The skys are all grey, 

I feel lost and I stray, 

God, please lift me up.

I don’t know all your plans, 

But many you have,

I don’t have strength for much,

But Please lift me up,

When nobody cares about anyone else,

When we throw out our neighbours, 

As if they don’t mean much,

When we war, and we’re dying,

In life and inside us,

Please lift us up.

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And I know I won’t make it without your grace,

I’d be nothing but ashes without your love,

From dust we were made of, to dust we’ll return to,

So, now while I’m living, I say:

Lord Please lift me up.

Lift us up, lift us over,

Climb the mountains we’ve made,

Give us your reflection,

Save us from life’s strain,

When your cup runneth over,

May we be thankful at least,

When the cup seems to run dry,

When we don’t know the words,

To say how much we need you,

Give us strength, give us meaning, 

God, please lift us up.

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My prayer is so simple,

And you know I’m imperfect,

Lord, please lift me up.

I’ve done terrible things,

No matter if in thought or deed,

God, please lift me up.

When they’re children not eating,

Mom’s have nothing to feed them,

When the day aches as pain assails,

Yes, Please lift us up, 

When worse pain, is inside,

When you’re waging against demons,

When nothing has meaning,

When we’re so lost we’re grieving,

When we’ve walked out on life,

Please lift us up.

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And I know I won’t make it without your grace,

I’d be nothing but ashes without your love,

From dust we were made of, to dust we’ll return to,

So, now while I’m living, I say:

Lord Please lift me up.

Lift us up, lift us over,

Climb the mountains we’ve made,

Give us your reflection,

Save us from life’s strain,

When your cup runneth over,

May we be thankful at least,

When the cup seems to run dry,

When we don’t know the words,

To say how much we need you,

Give us strength, give us meaning, 

Lord, please lift us up.

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Hair Products and Styles Pallooza


It is always a struggle to find the perfect hair products for your hair, especially if your hair is long. For the last few years I have been using Groupons to find hair salons to get my hair done. Not only did it save money but it was interesting to talk to various hair stylists and finally, find the hair stylist that I was going to stay with. In Edmonton, Alberta, Canada my favourite places to visit for a haircut and/or highlights were ChromeDandy SalonEvelline Charles DowntownFluid Hair, and Icon Hair. I ultimately, went with Icon for my hair. My hair stylist does a fab job and there is also a spa associated with this hair salon. But my second choice would be Fluid because they did a great job on my hair. Unfortunately, there is no spa attached, they’re just a hair salon.

The products that I have been using on my hair have been from Fluid and Icon. I like them because they work well with my hair and address specific issues I deal with.

  1. Davines Strong Hairspray
    http://www.us.davines.com Davines Strong Hairspray

    1. Davines Strong Hairspray – (www.us.davines.com) – $29.00 -Davines Strong Hairspray delivers a fine mist of hairspray that “gives structure, endures humidity, can be worked after application, dries out quickly, and is easy to remove.” The product is paraben free with no added colourings; it also gives extra “moisture” and “bounce.” My own experience with this hairspray has been a bit of a journey. I was not to happy with it at first even though I knew it was a more environmentally-friendly hairspray then the one I had been using. But it grew on me. I learned not to apply a lot like you do with many other hairsprays. A few sprays about 30 cm from your head will do the trick. What I like I about it is that despite the fact that it is a strong holding hairspray it is pretty easy to rework the hairspray if you change your mind and want to do a different hairstyle or redo your hair on the second day. Ultimately, I ended up being very happy with the product. I am almost out and will buy it again. Usually, I go with a more flexible hairspray but Davines allowed me to use it as a hairspray that was flexible and as a final spray to keep my hair in place. They do have a flexible hold hairspray if this is not a flexible enough hairspray for you. This hairspray has lasted me about nine months so it not something you are going to have to be purchasing often.

Davines Moose
http://www.us.davines.com Davines Medium Hold Moose

2. Davines Volume Boosting Moose  (www.us.davines.com) – $26.00 – This moose is a volume boosting moose with the texture of “snow.” It is compact and light to the touch with a medium hold. You apply it to damp, towel dried hair and it and all Davines products are Carbon – neutral/ Zero Impact products to the environment. This is one of the best mooses I have used. I find I need something to make my hair have volume or my long length and large amount of hair weigh my hair itdown and it sits on my head flat and straight. I have been using this moose for several months now and I am impressed by how long it lasts. The container lasts about three or four months. I have long hair but I don’t find I have to spray a large amount of form to keep putting in my hair. One palm full is fine and my hair is good to go for blow drying. The only bad aspect of this moose is that if you want to leave your hair to dry without a blow dryer it doesn’t work that well. Your hair doesn’t looking nice if you leave it to air dry with this moose. However, it does seem to work well when I attempt to curl my hair giving my curls more hold then other mooses have.

Davines Sea Salt Spray
http://www.us.davines.com Davines Sea Salt Spray

 

3. Daven’s Award Winning Sea Salt Spray (www.us.davens.com) – $27.00 – This product is a styling spray that gives the hair “fullness” and “body” with a matte finish.  It gives “texture, extreme volume, light control, a dry effect – tousled and beach like waves, and body minimizing the electrostatic effect.” It is a paraben free product with no added color. You can spray the sea salt spray into wet hair to increase the body or spray it into dry hair to increase the volume and give a matte effect. I bought a travel size version of this product to give my hair exactly what it is says “volume” and “body” but I haven’t been pleased with the results. I thought I was using the product incorrectly so I asked my hair stylist how to use it and she says the best way to use it is to apply it to damp hair and let your hair dry without a blow dryer. I tried that several times and while it did give a beach-like wave it looked like I left my hair to dry wet and that I just hadn’t bothered to do it. It doesn’t work for me well even if I blow dry my hair after using it. My hair ends up fuzzy, dry, and flat because of the salt which can dry hair out. So, perhaps, this would work for people with thinner hair or hair that is less fine then mine. Altogether, was not a fan of this product.

Unite Spray Conditioner 7 seconds
http://www.shop.unitehair.com Unite 7 Second Spray in Conditioner and Thermal Heat Protector

4.Unite 7 Second Spray in Conditioner and Hair Protectant – (www.shop.unitehair.com) – $32.00 for 8 0z.-  I love this product. It smells wonderful and it works great. Within 7 seconds my tangled hair is easy to comb out after my shower. Your hair is nourished by protein and mostirizures after using Unite. It is also a UV and thermal protectant. The product also “locks” in col0r; repairs, protects and strengthens hair; and is free of parabens and sodium chloride. All you have to do is towel dry your hair and spray “4 to 6 times” in your and then you can put in your other styling products. I can’t say enough about this product it is one of my all time favourite products and I would highly recommend  it to anyone whose wants a thermal protectant and also needs a bit of moisture in their hair, especially in Winter.

Unite texturize spray
http://www.shop.unitehair.com Unite Texturiza Spray

5. Unite Texturiza Spray – Dry Finishing – (www.shop.unitehair.com) – $35.00 – I actually came upon this product on my own. I knew I needed a good texturizing spray for some of the updos I try to do from Kate at The Small Things Blog so when I picked up some of the 7 second Conditioning Spray I tried this texturizer and I am thrilled with it. This spray adds “texture, volume, and fullness” to dry hair. It is a dry translucent finishing spray and will add “unbelievable” volume and texture all day and night. It has a medium workable hold. An example of when I use this spray is when I want to achieve an undone bun in my hair. I tease my upper-crown with Bedhead Rockaholic Dry Shampoo and then spray the rest of my hair with the Unite texturizer. Automatically, my hair becomes bigger and poofier and I have great texture to pick my hair up from the sides and twist it into a messy bun. Or I spray some in my hair before I braid it to give my hair texture so the braid sticks together as I braid it. It is very much preferable to me then a texturizing powder. Although your hair feels like it has texture on it it’s not an awful amount compared to the texturizing powder which leaves your hair feeling gross. Pretty much any hairstyle where you want some lift in your roots, this is a great product for. I highly recommend it.

Rockaholic Dirty Secret Dry Shampoo
http://www.biova.net Bed Head Rockaholic Dry Shampoo

Also, just a short blip about the Rockaholic Dry Shampoo. If you are like me and have trouble getting your hair to stay volumized at the crown a good salon brand Dry Shampoo is great to tease your hair with  until it gets that bump in the back. I have been using it forever now and it’s about $25.00 to $30.00 Canadian and can be found online (www.ulta.com) or at most salons. I didn’t want to do a separate blurb on it as I already talked about it when I compared dry shampoos awhile back. Look in my beauty blogs for that particular blog.

Living Proof 5 in 1 Styling Treatment
http://www.sephora.ca Living Proof Perfect Hair Day 5 in 1 Styling Treatment

Another product I use when I get samples is a 5 in 1 hair styling product from Living Proof. It is fantastic to use if you just want to leave your hair down and want it to look healthy, have volume, and sit nice on your head. It is great but I also have blogged about it and it can be found at Sephora for $32.00 Canadian. I would use this more often but such as all Living Proof products they work wonderful but the price for a small bottle that doesn’t last long keeps me from committing to it.

Lastly here are some great hair videos from The Small Things Blog so you can do a few things with your new hair products.

A Twisted UpDo with Glasses:

A Polished and Volumized Ponytail:

Wrapped Braided UpDo:

Lived In Messy Bun:

Thanks for reading!

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Day 3 – Fragile


There was a day that upon your shoulders you took me ofF
I had to stand and be the fighteR
You left with me skills, never left without giving me a plethorA
Of sage like wisdom, grace, so I never did LaG
Compared to many I was strong, the life had I
And all this I gained at the hand of your help, faithfulness above alL
Yet, I learned to trust and trust came stuttered way of breathE

Despite all this I learned to be strong one must remain FRAGILE

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