Monthly Archives: June 2014

The year it took me to eat pistachio nuts


I got really lucky. I was teaching a Self-Publishing Around the World course with the University of Toronto. I had four students in my class. One of them left mid-way through for vacation.

The three students I had were fabulous. One of them has already completed her book and is on her journey of making sales from it. The book is called Girl Power: Chronicles of the True Power of Female Friendships by Teresa Madaleno. Teresa also started her own magazine online called Madaleno Magazine. You should Google it to check it out. Continue reading

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Your hi-tech home (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


In Home Decor, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on March 23, 2009 at 00:55

Kevin Haber who drives to many dream homes to fix people’s computers sees technology creating a whole new communication universe for a homeowner.

“In the future, people will access their communication device remotely and they can adjust the temperature in their home, run a bath, change the lights, have pre-set schedules for everything to take place so when they get home – everything is going to be ready for them,” says Haber. “There will be pre-set schedules as to their liking. And everything is going to converge. Now you have touch-screens where you don’t need to type or click anymore.” Continue reading

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Working with Wallpaper (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


In Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on March 22, 2009 at 02:56

That paper you can put on your walls is a lot more than what it used to be when it was so popular back in the 1970s and 1980s. The times of designers encouraging homeowners to tear it from their walls and all the struggle in stripping it from your walls are over. Wallpaper is making a comeback.

Tara Ford is one of the owners of West Toronto Paint. She says masks that are used in artwork are coming back and this translates into wallpaper designs. Continue reading

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The Future of Furniture Design (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


In Home Decor, Technology, Writing (all kinds) on March 21, 2009 at 01:06

The future has a lot in store for furniture design. Christopher Wright is a designer with Figure 3, an interior design practice based in Toronto. He is also a member of the Association of Registered Interior Designers of Ontario (ARIDO). Figure 3 specializes in corporate office, retail and hospitality design and a small bit of residential. He has thoughts on where furniture design is going.

“Minimalizes and mondernism have had a huge impact on the aesthetic of furniture and prices of modern furniture,” says Wright. “The ability of making furniture less expensive in China has had a huge impact. Furniture in Italy and Europe was beautiful but out of people’s range. It’s also gotten people to live with modern design.” Continue reading

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Light up your life! (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


In Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on March 20, 2009 at 13:23

There are experts out there who are inspired by light. Not just the light coming from the sun, but the kind of light that makes your home a beautiful place to live in. Clint Gage is one of these people. He is the sales and marketing manager of Creative Lighting and says colour charges everything he does.

“Every time I go to a home it comes up – let’s get some colour in the garden – let’s get some fibre optics,” says Gage. “There’s a nice birch tree, let’s put some red on it. There’s a nice pool cabana, let’s put some blue on it. It’s come such a long way that now we’re not the moon ray guys. We have solid bronze – they cast it in sand and they’re bulletproof. The pricing is good.” Continue reading

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Safety and Your Home (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


In Home Decor, Living, Writing (all kinds) on March 19, 2009 at 01:52

Now you have bought that new dream home or new condominium. You may not know your neighbours and the neighbourhood well yet. You need to make sure that for all the time you will live there – you will be safe.

This is where security comes in. Who does not want to feel safe in their home?

Robert Saxe works with Intelligent Building Concepts. He has been in the business of helping homeowners feel safe in their homes since 1993. Continue reading

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Cultural home design (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


In Culture, Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on March 17, 2009 at 11:47

Many people enjoy accenting their décor with accessories and furniture pieces that reflect their cultural heritage. An Inusktut from Aboriginal culture, a painting of a Spanish village or a bonsai plant from Japanese culture can be reflected in a home by people of that culture and also by people not directly from that culture.

Susan Fowlie is the founder and owner of Hollace Cluny. Her company specializes in ethnic home design. Continue reading

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Creating beautiful green (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


In Environment, Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on March 16, 2009 at 00:22

Helen Mills, vice-president of Green Gardeners, says that when you are inside at night and you hear a rustling outside, you may think it is the leaves in the wind. It is not the leaves, actually it is an earthworm and they are helping to decompose the leaves to help create the garden of your dreams.

“The ideal thing for leaves would be to let them decompose if you have a lawn,” Mills says. “This turns them into a beautiful mulch that is good for the lawn. You know your garden is trying to get there. If you copy nature as much as possible then you would have a much easier garden to get there.” Continue reading

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Beautiful Bedrooms


In Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on March 14, 2009 at 00:21

It is where we start our day and where we end our day – the bedroom. Making your bedroom a beautiful place to be in, something more like a haven, a refuge or a sanctuary may be pivotal to getting good sleep and enjoying special moments in that room too.

Diane Fotheringham with Titus & Louise located at 677 Dupont St. specializes in creating beautiful bedrooms for her clients. After retiring from her former work training people on computers with an airline, she started sewing. Designers in the city liked the work she did, so she opened up a store at Christie and Dupont. The store has been there for about 15 years. Continue reading

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Join These Three Fabulous Guests on the First Show of Donna Magazine TV!


Airing live Saturday, July 5, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. on ThatChannel.com online, the first show of Donna Magazine TV has as its guests:

Storyteller Phyllis Walker is also a teacher and an artist who is working on a new book of Anansi stories.

Storyteller Phyllis Walker is also a teacher and an artist who is working on a new book of Anansi stories.

 

With more than 40 plus years of journalism experience, Robert Payne also makes time to play hockey too!

With more than 40 plus years of journalism experience, Robert Payne also makes time to play hockey too!

 

Aggrey Sambay is a professional writer through the success of his first book Tales of a Kenyan Son.

Aggrey Sambay is a professional writer through the success of his first book Tales of a Kenyan Son.

 

Please join all of these fabulous guests for three exciting and live interviews. Next week, one of the guests is food scientist, artist and author Dr. Jennylynd James!

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Artwork for the Walls


In Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on March 13, 2009 at 12:08

The Stuart Jackson Gallery opened in the mid-1970s and is nestled under a hair studio called Fiorio in Yorkville. Carol Dorman has been working along Stuart Jackson for 11 years in January of 2009.

“What we carry is unique and it is special in that way,” says Dorman. “There is no other gallery in Canada that we know of that exclusively specializes in Japanese prints.” Continue reading

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Book Launch on June 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. and Copies of How To Talk To Crazy People at A Different Booklist Now Available in Toronto


What?: Copies are available and more coming of How To Talk To Crazy People by Donna Kakonge at A Different Booklist in Toronto

Where?: 746 Bathurst St., Toronto, ON M5S 2R6, Tel: 416-538-0889, email: info@adifferentbooklist.com, http://www.adifferentbooklist.com

How?: Go to the store :-)!!!!! Check out the opening hours on the website 🙂

When?:

How To Talk To Crazy People Book Launch at A Different Booklist

June 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m.

Location: 746 Bathurst Street

Thank You and See You There!

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Move that air around (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


In Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on March 13, 2009 at 11:10

Air quality in a home is important for feeling comfortable. If you cannot breathe – the multiple thousands, if not millions you have spent on your dream home or condominium will seem like a huge waste of money. No one would want that and many people would not wish that on their worst enemies.

The solution – fans. Continue reading

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CRTC recognized for its creative and innovative work on behalf of Canadians‏


CRTC recognized for its creative and innovative work 
on behalf of Canadians

June 19, 2014 – Ottawa-Gatineau – Canadian Radio-television 
and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC)

The Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) is
proud that its work is being recognized through the Public Service Awards
of Excellence. CRTC employees will be honoured at a ceremony this fall for
their creative and innovative work in the areas of Official Languages,
Employment Equity and Diversity, and Policy. 

CRTC employees will receive an award in the Official Languages category
for the high degree to which the use of English and French was promoted in
all aspects of the CBC/Radio-Canada licence renewal proceeding. Throughout
the proceeding, the CRTC instituted measures to ensure that all Canadians
could be heard in the language of their choice and to foster the full
participation of official language minority communities. These measures
set a new standard, which have been emulated in subsequent CRTC
proceedings.

The CRTC’s long-standing commitment to support the integration of
developmentally-challenged employees in the workplace will also be
recognized. Since 1991, the CRTC has welcomed individuals who live with
Down syndrome or other developmental disabilities and has fostered a
stable, fulfilling and accepting workplace in which their unique needs are
addressed and respected. The CRTC’s Developmentally-Challenged Employees
Steering Committee will receive the Employment Equity and Diversity award
for its management of this initiative. 

Finally, CRTC employees will receive an award in the Policy category in
recognition of how it engaged Canadians in new and innovative ways to
develop a code of conduct for wireless service providers. The CRTC made
extensive use of social media and other technologies to engage Canadians
and ensure the public’s views were included in the discussion at a public
hearing. The result was a code of conduct that addresses many of the
frustrations that Canadians shared with the CRTC and that contributes to a
dynamic marketplace.

The CRTC is proud of the work it is carrying out to ensure Canadian
citizens, creators and consumers are at the centre of a world-class
communication system.

The CRTC congratulates all of this year’s award nominees and recipients
for their outstanding contributions to improving the lives of Canadians.

Quick Facts
• CRTC employees will be honoured at a ceremony this fall for their
creative and innovative work in the areas of Official Languages,
Employment Equity and Diversity, and Policy. 
• The CRTC is proud of the work it is carrying out to ensure Canadian
citizens, creators and consumers are at the centre of a world-class
communication system.

Related links
Public Service Award of Excellence 2014 recipients
(http://www.tbs-sct.gc.ca/arp/aepe14-eng.asp)

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Contacts

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Media Relations:
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Tel: 819-997-9403, Fax: 819-997-4245

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Toll-free # 1-877-249-CRTC (2782)
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Pets and Homes (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


In Home Decor, Living, Pets, Writing (all kinds) on March 13, 2009 at 00:03

Your beloved pet could be what motivates you to buy a home, or what could be causing you problems. Imran Javaid, a realtor with HomeLife Miracle shares his stories of dealing with clients who have had pets.

“Recently I was working with a client, not into buying, but helping them to lease the property and they had a very lovely dog,” says Javaid. “The way this couple’s daughter would talk about him or her in their absence, it told me how much they were attached to their pet. Getting a property to lease with a pet was very difficult, they actually started looking to buy. Giving up their pet was a decision they did not want to take.” Continue reading

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Choosing the Colours Right for You (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


In Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on March 12, 2009 at 00:38

Many people have their favourite colours, just like they have their favourite lottery numbers. The number 1 is associated with the colour red. The number 3 is associated with the number yellow and the number 8 is associated with the colour rose pink. These theories come from an ancient science that you may or may not believe in known as numerology. Some of these methods can help you personalize your living space and when in doubt, you can always go to a colour consultant. Continue reading

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Donna Magazine TV on ThatChannel.com Looking for Guests


Want a chance to promote what you do? Want a chance to tell a worldwide audience about yourself? If you live in Toronto and would like to be a guest on the show, please contact Donna Kakonge at: dkakonge@sympatico.ca. The first show is on July 5, 2014 at 12:00 p.m. at the ThatChannel.com studios. If you live outside of Toronto and would like to be on the show via Skype, that can be arranged. Again, please contact Donna Kakonge at: dkakonge@sympatico.ca.

Looking forward to hearing from you! We’ll have three guests per one hour show. Each guest gets 20 minutes of talk time. We have Storyteller Phyllis Walker, 40+ years veteran journalist, mentor and coach Robert Payne who still makes time to play hockey and Aggrey Chepkwony Sambray, author of Tales Told by the Son of Kenya on July 5, 2014. We have Food Scientist, Irish Expat Expert and Author Dr. Jennylynd James with her follow up book to Escape from Eire, Goodbye Frying Pan Hello Fire planned for the second show on July 12, 2014, as well as Expert Self-Published Author and Traditionally Published Author, Teacher and Speaker Nina Munteanu, Author Ira Nayman and Author Elizabeth Hirst. There will be three shows so far. Another show starts up September 6, 2014 live at 12:00 p.m. with a great New Age meets Heavy Metal band called Peace of Night. Join in the fun and get a chance to promote what you do! There is also space for group interviews as well! The show is sponsored by Donna Kay Kakonge, MA, ABD.

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Family Fit and Your Home (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


In Home Decor, Living, Writing (all kinds) on March 10, 2009 at 03:39

An expanding family is a one of the many great reasons to look for a bigger home. Andrea Grace and her husband Ted have a 13-year-old girl and a 10-year-old boy and changed from being renters to homeowners.

“We started off renting an apartment,” says Andrea Grace. “We had our daughter while we were living in that apartment. I had to have a backyard for our daughter as she was becoming mobile.” Continue reading

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Everything has a place (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


In Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on March 9, 2009 at 13:16

Rose Cerullo, Professional Home Organizer with Inspiring Spaces That’s the key thing about organizing. By making organizing a process so you develop a system. That makes it fun. Organizing is constant change. For example just putting 15 minutes a day over a month is hours which is a movement towards your project which makes you feel good. People think it’s going to take so long but taking a baby step and having enough energy to do other things. Do a little bit more, do a little more, like creating a memory that organizing is OK. Continue reading

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Making Your Move Stress-Free (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine


In Home Decor, Living, Writing (all kinds) on March 8, 2009 at 23:55

Moving all your precious things and making a new home is stressful, yet, people do it all the time. On October 20th, the Guilfoyle family, with their eight-month-old baby, packed up their belongings from a two-bedroom apartment and moved into their three-bedroom detached dream home within 10 kilometres in Toronto.

“We were renting before and we purchased a house, this is the main reason why we moved,” says Cheryl Guilfoyle. “We were married for the last couple of years and we had a child and we were looking for a house and one sort of came up and then we moved.” Continue reading

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The future of home building (originally published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


In Beauty, Business, Environment, Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on December 30, 2008 at 01:27

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While driving a rented car on his way to get his two boys their first movie ever, Antonio Gomez-Palacio, the chair of the Toronto Society for Architects, discussed his work and vision for the future of home building in the Greater Toronto Area.

“My experience is much more around urban planning and a broader city-building perspective,” said Gomez-Palacio. “I’m immersed in the debate of residential as it pertains to the broad city vision.” Continue reading

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Hot home Office for Resale


In Business, Home Decor, Living, Writing (all kinds) on December 26, 2008 at 06:37

Courtesy of Morguefile.com

The second floor office had books everywhere floor to ceiling and a little laptop. It was part of a house going on the market for re-sale.

Nada Thomson with Artful Organizers went through the books and boxed the ones that weren’t really attractive.

“We staged the bookshelves with about a quarter of the books, rather than it being like a library, it was more of a decorative bookshelf arrangement – more than a functional library,” Thomson says. Continue reading

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TTC Time Travel (originally published in the Toronto Star)


In Education, Opinion, Writing (all kinds), cars on December 25, 2008 at 23:48

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I took the hour commute by TTC to Seneca College on York University’s campus to teach. On my way a woman spoke in what sounded like Polish on a cell during the moment of light on the northbound University-Spadina line. I caught all my buses and subways. I even made sure I was the third person off the bus to Dupont Station through the turnstiles and I think this helped me with my luck at getting the subway right away. Continue reading

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Let it Go or Organize it (originally published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


In Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on December 25, 2008 at 00:38

Getting a new dream home or condo is a great thing to come into your life. It’s getting and keeping it organized that is the key.

Feng shui the Sharon Hay way includes less clutter so the energy flow is better in the home and condo. That is not an event but a lifestyle.

“The more you de-clutter the more comes in and opportunities and other things fall into place,” Hay says. Continue reading

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Hushing People to Try on Clothes (originally published in Pride Newsmagazine)


In Beauty, Business, Writing (all kinds) on December 24, 2008 at 02:49

Owner of Hush Boutique, Stephen Phillips stands by his creations

He was one of those people who answer his phone, but you get put on hold a lot because he has so many calls coming in. After three tries, I was finally able to set-up an interview with African-Canadian Stephen Phillips.

Who’s he? You may ask that now, but just watch this young man and you may not be asking that much longer. Continue reading

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The Biracial Generation: Embracing Cultural Diversity (originally published in Amöi Magazine)


In Culture, Living, Writing (all kinds) on December 22, 2008 at 23:37

There are more than 70,000 biracial people living in Canada according to Statistics Canada in 2001. They may have any combination of heritage including Aboriginal, black, white, South Asian, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Southeast Asian, people from the Philippines, Arab/West Asian and Latin American. Christine Chin who is a salesperson with Conservus, a concierge company, calls herself Jamaican-Canadian and Canadian ultimately.

She was born in Liverpool, England and came to Canada at the a Continue reading

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Charming the home inside and out (Originally Published in New Dreamhomes and Condominiums Magazine)


In Home Decor, Writing (all kinds) on March 8, 2009 at 03:51

Lorissa Leslie, an interior decorating student at George Brown College, believes in charming the home inside by getting back to basics.

“Back to basics, back to nature and calming…serenity and staying away from the chaos from the GTA,” says Leslie.

These are her tips for how to create a beautiful home on the inside. She is strengthening the foundation of these tips through study and developed the foundation of these tips from where she grew up. Continue reading

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Diverse women of the North (originally published in Amöi Magazine)


In Culture, Living, Writing (all kinds), travel on December 22, 2008 at 00:32

Yellowknife is a well-kept Canadian secret.

Kate Wilson who is the Director of Family Housing for the YWCA in Yellowknife is from Ghana. She is a teacher by profession, trained in Ghana. Wilson did adult education at Aurora College in Yellowknife, as well as taking career development and life skills coaching through the YWCA. She’s been living in the city for 12 years with her husband, who is an electrical engineer, and their four children. Wilson currently finds housing for people who are temporarily homeless. Continue reading

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Girl power in hockey (Originally Published in Amöi Magazine)


In Culture, Entertainment, Writing (all kinds) on December 19, 2008 at 23:22

Fran Rider, Executive Director of the Ontario Women’s Hockey Association says Canadians are born with an interest in hockey. She came from a sports-minded family and started playing around 1967.

“It has powerful opportunities, many of the girls are teachers, professors, they’re highly educated,” she says. “There are many police officers. The young girls have role models in life, not just in sport.” Continue reading

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Creating a Canvas (originally published for Pride Newsmagazine)


In Beauty, Business, Entertainment, Writing (all kinds) on December 11, 2008 at 03:22

Guess what? That beautiful mane on the head of Miss Universe, Natalie Glebova – it is a weave.

Christos Cox and his team at Urban Textures Salons created the winning look for Miss Universe like any artist creates their canvas.

“I didn’t even know at that time sitting in the salon that she had won Miss Canada,” says Cox. Continue reading

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Korean Students Needed for a University of Toronto Study


Dr. Shu-Chen Tsai, ABD at OISE | University of Toronto is looking for Korean students (either present former students) who have received their elementary to undergraduate education (or even graduate education) in Korea and then came to study as a Canadian graduate for at least one year.

If you qualify to do the research, you can contact her at:

shuchen6688@hotmail.com

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Get radical (originally published on Canoe.ca)


In Beauty, Writing (all kinds) on December 7, 2008 at 17:23

Trends in hair fashions are keeping tempo with music and other media. Looks change from the rock and roll and out of bed, straight with no frizz and shiny as a mirror like classical or jazz, or alternative radical styles with no half measures and no compromises.

The desired look with StudioFX

Many young people are adopting these trendy looks and in every way letting their hair hang loose.

“[I have a] curly look,” says Elle Spencer-Lewis, a part-time editor. “Usually I’ll put on some kind of glossy hold product when it’s wet, and then put on a spritzer when it’s dry, and blow dry it slowly.”

Spencer-Lewis is fairly familiar with this season’s hair trends. She’s glad she does not have to straighten her hair anymore.

Possibly a good product for Spencer-Lewis might be the “radical” brand of products of L’Oréal Paris’s new Special FX line, which is supposed to be great for pasting, shaping and setting.

“Extreme hold is guaranteed,” says manager of public relations for L’Oréal Paris, Caroline Badger. “Radical gel’s original ‘glue’ texture is enriched with fibres to create extreme effects almost hair by hair – with a hold that just won’t quit!”

Caroline Künzle, 27, and a part-time theatre usher, isn’t looking for a radical look with her wavy to straight, relatively short hair. She wants less structure.

“My hair maintenance is quite low,” says Künzle. “I’m growing it out, and decided to go for a longer look. It’s kind of in that awkward in-between stage. I’m kind of trying to go for that palm tree look. The look I want is the out of bed, and as unkempt as possible.”

GET RADICAL

Künzle likes the unwashed look.

The new Special FX line “out of bed” product, aimed at the under 30 age group, promises to tousle and unsettle.

“A bonus benefit, the formula is extremely pliable and allows one to change the direction of the style during the day – to create a unique ‘remix’ as the day goes on,” says Badger. “Whatever movement is fashioned, hair remains shiny and supple…and stays that way!”
Angela Li, a 29-year-old financial analyst with naturally straight hair, sometimes tries to make it even straighter. Continue reading

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Three Children’s Books Available by Donna Kay Cindy Kakonge


Check them out!:

Children’s Helper

Augmented Reality Children’s Stories

Augmented Reality Children’s Stories – Part Two

Buy today!

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Citizen and Refugee (Originally Published for Orato.com)


In Culture, Opinion, Writing (all kinds), travel on December 3, 2008 at 12:18

African beauty displayed in this statue

As the end of the year draws near and the death of former President of Uganda, Milton Obote passes, it brings back memories. Memories of a life I was meant to live in my Dad’s home country and all the loved ones lost in the wars which have ravaged Uganda. Continue reading

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