Monday, September 22, 2008

My Cyber Birth


I’ve made some new friends, well what I’m saying is, I joined a couple of online social communities, one for women in business and another for home-based business owners.  I took my time in choosing which groups to join, because I see this social move online as a big step forward in socialization as being outside of my comfort zone. Being sociable has never been one of my good points, since I was always the last one picked for anything. Girls considered me dull, and boys just never saw me, yes, and I never got asked to the prom either. Now this is not to say I’ve never had any friends, it’s to say they were limited. How does one get friends, but by personal social interaction, (this discounts Pen Pals---am I dating myself?) you meet people in the neighborhood---friend; you meet people at school---friend; you meet people at church, work, you get the picture.


Well this is how my acquaintance with friendships has gone---neighborhood, school, church, work, college, marriage, and empty-nest time.  I’ve had friendships with the parents of my children’s friends, and then as they grew (my children), friendships were garnered from people met at parent groups, LSO, PTA, and community service organizations. Anywhere I was needed in my children’s lives or at church, for these were my social outlet places I made or tried to make friends. The children grew up and as they left home, it seems my various friendships went with them.


So I started a business, my new child, and now I have new friends. There is the UPS man, the postal person, the office supply salesperson and of course my vendors. Believe me I know how many children my UPS delivery person has, which child rules the house and their names. But there is still something lacking---so I’ve signed up for online friends. Now it seems with each new day I get invites to be someone’s friend---I don’t know how this is going to pan out. I’ve only accepted a few invites because I don’t want to spread myself to thin; I only want a few friends.  If we really think about it, that’s all one can honestly handle.


Whatsoever thy hand findeth to do, do it with thy might; for there is no work, nor device, nor knowledge, nor wisdom, in the grave, whither thou goest.

Ecc. 9:10


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Sunday, September 14, 2008

Keeping it Simple and Real, for Real

Simplify, it’s not easy to do.

How many journals can a person have? How many ways do we need today to express our most inner thoughts, the desires of our heart, communicate to the world and our inner self what we want to say. Of course I am speaking of myself---I love to write, to feel the flow of movement and impression as any sort of writing utensil meets imprinting surfaces. When I was younger, my favorite recording surface was “the brown paper bag”, its sublime texture would resonate in gentle scratching rhythms as my pencil moved across the surface. In those days numerous brown bags became scrolls of childhood dreams and created adventures. I documented my Michelangelo styled inventions and designs, in permanence of lead on paper, some neatly chronicled, other’s as random and impromptu doodles. Boy was that ever fun!  But things get lost, and one was my need to record, to document my creativity on paper, it was replaced with “to do” list and notes of urgency for children’s doctor visits, grocery list and dinner menus. It got replaced with being married, becoming a mother, a student, and just trying to make ends meet. Well the children are grown, the husband is older, and I also, and now I blog.


I will be honest; this is my second blog---lost the first one because I didn’t blog frequently enough. Over the years I’ve learned to mentally write, no paper used, no resources wasted. I design in my head, whole wardrobes, dolls, and holiday decorations from start to finish, every minute detail. Simple, or so I thought it was, until I’ve noticed of late that I have a hard time being creative “au natural”. Everything’s in my head, where is the joy of sharing and/or reworking an idea---I seem to go from incubation to full birth. Because all the ideas sit in my mind, there is no bragging, or brainstorming with others---it’s like creating in a vacuum, and that’s no fun. So each day I’ve been trying to scribble again on PAPER, and believe me its just random drawing, (Matisse’ started his collages in this manner, when he was sick---just random cut-up bits of colored paper, and we know where that lead too). Slow and easy wins the race they say, and I just want to reconnect with my primitive creative side once again. When did being simple become so complicated?


But the God of all grace, who hath called us unto his eternal glory by Christ Jesus, after that ye have suffered a while, make you perfect, stablish, strengthen, settle you.  

1 Peter 5:10 KJV


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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

"What was at the Market!"

Well I got a response from my blog on “This Little Piggy Went to Market”. Thank you Lynn of, for your comments, and point of view on my opinion on the name “loc soc” becoming a generic term for products in the globally emerging ethnic beauty hair care industry of products by solely owned minority companies. As stated in this blog, a number of companies were highlighted and given proper respect to the products they have designed and marketed, including product name and web address.  Your last statement lets me know you have done and are doing what needs to be done by those of us who have actually pinpointed the needs of our market; you are BRANDING your product name for distinction. That is what I was blogging about, the need to retain our predominance and exclusivity over the marketing of a group of products that “we” (speaking generally about Black hair product designer/manufacturers/marketers) are filling the consumers need for. I think it is a noble task that we as an ethnic group of businessperson have placed in the marketplace a new product identity, a term that is an umbrella for numerous new products and companies. The mannerism of business marketing and consumer habits cause this situation to be, that for consumer’s to identify a product it must and needs a market category. For your products, Deon’s products, my products, Ray’s products, Ms. Adkins’ products it will be “loc soc”. This is not a bad thing, its like any consumer commodity, now that our customers know where to look for us, its up to each one to move forward and show our uniqueness. What I would hate to see happen is we let the market pass from our hand’s to any manufacturer/marketer that would cheapen the product, mass-produce us out of the market and saturate the market, thereby wiping out any realistic price base we have created.


Just think, a dress is a dress, the distinction is, is it a designer original or a ready-to-wear copy, but the classification remains dress. Tires are tires, its up to Goodyear, Firestone, Michelin and other tire producers to present and market their distinctions. Now is the time to continue doing what you and I and others who make the multi-cultural distinctive hair care and hair accessory products, build notable brand identity and leave a business heritage to our heirs.


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