Song Lyric Sunday | I’ve Learned to Respect the Power of Love – Stephanie Mills

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Song Lyric Sunday was created by Helen Vahdati from This Thing Called Life One Word at a Time and author Jim Adams from A Unique Title For Me is our current guest host. For complete rules or to join in the fun, click here.

This week’s theme is  “School/Books/Learning.

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Written by Angela Winbush and René Moore, of the singing duo Rene & Angela, American R&B singer, songwriter, and actress Stephanie Mills made I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love the second single from her 1985 self-titled album.

The song peaked at #1 on the Billboard Hot Black Singles chart, and remained number one for two weeks in May 1986. I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love was Mills’s sixteenth entry on the chart and her first number-one single. It is one of her most successful singles in the R&B markets.

FUN FACTS:

  • I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love did not make the Billboard Hot 100.
  • The song first appeared on the self-titled album, Alton McClain & Destiny (Polydor, 1979). This album was later re-released as It Must Be Love. Alton McClain & Destiny are best known for their disco song, It Must Be Love.
  • I Have Learned to Respect the Power of Love also appeared on the Angela Winbush album, The Real Thing (1989).

I went with an still video as there was no official music video and all the live performances were extremely long and ad-libbed, and I felt didn’t do the original recording justice.

Enjoy!

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I’ve Learned to Respect the Power of Love

Compiled from Genius Lyrics, Google, Wikipedia, Songfacts.com, and YouTube.

Fibromyalgia and Natural Oils


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It’s frustrating to find effective ways to treat the many symptoms of fibromyalgia, especially those chronic symptoms that fibromyalgia sufferers are always looking for relief from.

If you’re sick of trying out different medications for chronic pain and fatigue, maybe essential oils can work for you.

Beginnings of Essential Oils

While it’s true that essential oils seem like a fad that picked up over the past couple of years, their use actually goes back to 2500-3000 B.C. Evidence of them can be found in ancient Egypt, China, and India.

How to Use Essential Oils

If you’ve never used essential oils before, it can be confusing about where to start or how to use them. It’s actually pretty easy to add oils to your life. Here are some ways to use them.

Diffuser

One of the easiest ways to add essential oils to your routine is to use a diffuser. Place some water in the diffuser and then add a few drops of whatever oil you want.

Topical Application 

Many oils are most effective when applied to the skin, especially for the areas that are in pain. Just be careful. Some oils need to be mixed with a carrier oil before they can be placed directly on the skin. Almond and coconut are the most common carrier oils.

Baths

Hot baths are already helpful for relieving pain and stress. You can amplify that effect by adding drops of essential oils to your bath water.

Oils for Fibromyalgia

Below are a few essential oils that can be used to help treat two of fibromyalgia’s main symptoms: chronic pain and chronic fatigue.

Also, remember to always check with your doctor before trying new treatment options.

Oils to Ease Pain

Peppermint

We’re not strangers to peppermint. It’s often used as a flavoring in gum and candy. There’s even peppermint tea and toothpaste. As an oil, peppermint helps muscle and joint pain as well as headaches.

Peppermint has analgesic and muscle relaxant properties. It soothes and cools when applied to the hurting area of the body—you will need a carrier oil for topical use—and is also effective in the bath.

It aids headache relief by improving blood circulation.

Plus, an added bonus, peppermint is invigorating and can help keep you alert.

CBD (Marijuana)

CBD oil is all over the news lately. According to many, it has helped a lot with their fibromyalgia pain when applied topically. 

Cannabidiol oil is a different chemical than the source of marijuana that gives people a “high”, which is known as THC. Currently, it isn’t legal in all 50 states.

It’s believed that CBD oil works to help relieve pain by affecting receptors in your brain. This helps with inflammatory and chronic pain.

There are still many outspoken critics of this oil right now, but research looks promising.

Ginger

Ginger has shown useful as an anti-inflammatory and analgesic. It also improves circulation like peppermint.

Zingibain can be found in ginger and is responsible for that anti-inflammation ability.

Pain like headaches, cramps, muscle, and joint pain is decreased from ginger use.

Bonus: Ginger has many other health properties as well like being an antioxidant, an antiseptic, and a nausea aid.

Oils to Help Relaxation or Sleep

Lavender

Lavender is famous for its ability to help people relax. Studies have shown its ability to act as a sedative and protect the nervous system.

Lavender is also one of the essential oils that doesn’t necessitate a carrier oil in order to apply to the skin.

Studies also indicate lavender may help with pain!

Chamomile

Chamomile is often made as tea to aid sleep, but it can also be used in oil form.

Studies note the reduction of stress-caused plasma adrenocorticotropic hormone levels when people inhale chamomile. This helps create a relaxed feeling, making it easier to sleep.

Diluted chamomile also works well topically and in the bath.

Citruses

Citrus family oils have either a relaxing or invigorating effect, depending on the individual.

Lemon balm and Bergamot can help with anxiety. Lemon balm is most effective in a capsule instead of oil, but some report inhaling it helps them. Bergamot was used in a study, and the results showed a decrease in the participants’ stress.

A Possible Aid

This is by no means an exhaustive list of essential oils that can help with pain, fatigue, or other fibromyalgia symptoms, but these oils are a good place to start if you’re interested.

Fibromyalgia is a complicated health condition because of all its symptoms and the uncertainty of what causes it. That’s partly why it can be difficult to find ways to alleviate symptoms, but research and individual testimonies show that essential oils can help sufferers cope with the illness. So, maybe one or some of these oils could be what you’re looking for.

 

Sources

https://essentialoilsacademy.com/history/
https://www.painpathways.org/essential-oils/
https://www.painpathways.org/aromatherapy-for-chronic-pain/
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3612440/
http://info.achs.edu/blog/depression-and-anxiety-can-essential-oils-help

 

The preceding article is from RedOrbit.com and posted here for sharing purposes only. For additional info please visit their website or consult your doctor.

#Review “Wesley (The Son Series Book 1)” by Leanne Davis

Title: Wesley (The Son Series, #1)
Author: Leanne Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 15th
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

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5/5 Stars!

Sometimes being wrong is such a good thing!

I volunteered to read an ARC of Wesley several weeks ago in conjunction with a blog tour. Then I had a meltdown I’d committed myself to reading a whiney, juvenile, coming of age story.

THE HORROR!

But, I cleared an afternoon and sat down with this read… and didn’t stop reading until I finished it!

It’s not just a solid, captivating read, but it’s intelligent, insightful, snarky… and heartbreaking.

Wesley No-Last-Name considers himself a traveler—living life on his own terms on the road, doing odd jobs here and there to get by. He’s actually a foster kid who’s found life off the grid freer and safer than being continuously victimized by the system meant to protect him.

Wesley isn’t a druggie criminal-type, but to help a friend in need, he crosses a line and subsequently gets caught. Expecting to be arrested and jailed—something the claustrophobic Wesley dreads—he receives a different punishment to atone for his misstep… he becomes part of a family.

Wesley’s POV was difficult to read. He’s never known true kindness and concern, or even minimal consideration. The concept of family is nonexistent to him and he believes those who believe in it are clueless how the real world works. Though he is treated well, Wesley is always waiting for the other shoe to drop and for the humiliation, neglect, and cruelty to arrive.

But that will not happen with Tara Kincaid around.

The café-owner, seeing a lot of her past in Wesley, knows there’s more to him than what he allows others to see and convinces her fish and game enforcement officer hubby to take a chance on the young man who only shares his first name… nothing else.

College-age son, Wyatt, is not so accepting or welcoming and shows it every chance he gets. (For some reason, this guy reminded me of good old Dawson Leery from Dawson’s Creek, with his why is the world conspiring to ruin my perfect existence-attitude.)

Much more accepting is Wyatt’s girlfriend, Dani. She comes to realize Wesley is hiding from… and lying to… himself. She also wonders why she’s more preoccupied with thoughts of him instead of Wyatt.

It’s obvious Tara knows—or hopes—Wesley’s short time with her family will give him pause to change his traveler ways, but I believe none of them were prepared for the changes in themselves.

Besides foster care, Wesley deals with child abuse, sexual molestation, domestic violence, and race… all without being heavy-handed, preachy or beating the reader up. Wesley’s mature content is intended for an adult audience. It’s also a diverse read that doesn’t put its diversity on parade. It’s simply about people living with and relating to each other and proving family is determined by more than blood.

I have no problem admitting I was wrong in prejudging Wesley and recommend it to all readers interested in a compelling story full of complex characters. I hit the preorder button before I finished Wesley’s story… and I preordered book two—Wyatt.

Don’t fall behind, download this one today!

Enjoy!

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~Wesley~

Yeah, I don’t trust them.
Who are they? The family who takes me in after they catch me making a rare mistake. They offer me a deal that allows me to make amends while staying with them and working. I’ve never had a permanent home and I’d long since run away from the foster care system after my last “home” had someone using my back for a cigarette tray. My means of supporting myself? Whatever necessary. That includes anything and everything I needed to do to survive. That’s all my life has been about anyway: survival. And you know what? I’ve done just that. Survived. And thrived while doing so.

Then this strange family decides to rescue me. Though not for a moment do I need rescuing. I’ve made my life something interesting and important while remaining independent. I’m neither homeless, nor a criminal. I’ll do my penance in this small town of Silver Springs, but nothing will make me lose sight of the life waiting for me on the road.

I don’t trust their motives for a second and I’m ready at any moment for it to go wrong. Nothing is going to make me believe in them. Even as I meet Dani Dawson, who is a waitress in the café where I work and is dating the son of the family I’m staying with. She tries to show me a softer side to life. Still, I know that nothing lasts: not food, shelter, parents, friends, brothers, families, and certainly not love. Especially if you’re relying on others for it. I rely on no one but myself. Always have and always will. No matter what. So, I’m ready for it all to go to crap, but until then? Joke’s on all of them and I’ll take advantage of it until the very last moment.

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#ReleaseBlitz “Wesley (The Son Series Book 1)” by Leanne Davis

Title: Wesley (The Son Series, #1)
Author: Leanne Davis
Genre: Contemporary Romance
Release Date: March 15th
Hosted by: Buoni Amici Press, LLC.

~Wesley~

Yeah, I don’t trust them.
Who are they? The family who takes me in after they catch me making a rare mistake. They offer me a deal that allows me to make amends while staying with them and working. I’ve never had a permanent home and I’d long since run away from the foster care system after my last “home” had someone using my back for a cigarette tray. My means of supporting myself? Whatever necessary. That includes anything and everything I needed to do to survive. That’s all my life has been about anyway: survival. And you know what? I’ve done just that. Survived. And thrived while doing so.

Then this strange family decides to rescue me. Though not for a moment do I need rescuing. I’ve made my life something interesting and important while remaining independent. I’m neither homeless, nor a criminal. I’ll do my penance in this small town of Silver Springs, but nothing will make me lose sight of the life waiting for me on the road.

I don’t trust their motives for a second and I’m ready at any moment for it to go wrong. Nothing is going to make me believe in them. Even as I meet Dani Dawson, who is a waitress in the café where I work and is dating the son of the family I’m staying with. She tries to show me a softer side to life. Still, I know that nothing lasts: not food, shelter, parents, friends, brothers, families, and certainly not love. Especially if you’re relying on others for it. I rely on no one but myself. Always have and always will. No matter what. So, I’m ready for it all to go to crap, but until then? Joke’s on all of them and I’ll take advantage of it until the very last moment.

 

 

Leanne Davis writes contemporary and new adult romance. Leanne’s books have been listed on numerous Amazon bestseller lists, including the Movers & Shakers list and in the Amazon Top 120 overall books along with #1 Bestselling New Adult & #1 Top Rated Women’s Psychological Fiction by The Other Sister.

She lives in the rainy area of Western Washington, and spends as much time as she can getting away from the rain by traveling to destinations all across the state where she and her family do tons of camping. Many of these locations become the settings for her books. She earned her business degree from Western Washington University, and worked for several years in the construction management field before turning to writing.

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#ReleaseBlitz “Opposition” by Jane Henry


I hate Liam Alexander.
I hate his Rolex. I hate his scowl. I hate everything his multi-billion-dollar company stands for.

When the pompous, rich, arrogant jerk comes strutting into the coffee shop, I barely manage civility.

But people make mistakes, and when I screw up, it’s epic.
I never expected the jerk would actually be a well-respected member of Club Verge.
I never should have trusted the masked stranger when he beckoned me.
I never should have taken him up on his offer.
And the biggest mistake of my life?
Letting him kiss me.


USA Today Bestselling author Jane has been writing since her early teens, dabbling in short stories and poetry. When she married and began having children, her pen was laid to rest for several years, until the National Novel Writing Challenge (NaNoWriMo) in 2010 awakened in her the desire to write again. That year, she wrote her first novel, and has been writing ever since. With a houseful of children, she finds time to write in the early hours of the morning, squirreled away with a laptop, blanket, and cup of hot coffee. Years ago, she heard the wise advice, “Write the book you want to read,” and has taken it to heart. She sincerely hopes you also enjoy the books she likes to read.

#CoverReveal “Glass Castle Prince” by Nicole Williams

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Synopsis

A glass castle shatters as easily as a glass house—all it takes is one stone.

Prince Edward has known this all of his life, and taken staunch measures to ensure he doesn’t give the public any reason to pick up their rocks. Or torches. Or pitchforks. As a twenty-two-year-old in line to ascend the throne, he lives more like a cloistered monk than his college-aged peers. Restraint is the tone of his life, resilience the theme.

That is, until he meets a young woman who couldn’t care less about his title—unless she’s poking fun at it. Charlotte Everly grew up a stone’s throw away from the royal family’s summer house, but her life was, and is, entirely different from the prince’s.

They clash at each turn, disagree on every topic, and bear a general contempt for one another. Until . . .

One night, accompanied by one proposal, leads to one lapse in judgment . . .

Results in a nationwide scandal neither of them will escape.

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About the author

Nicole Williams is the New York Times and USA TODAY bestselling author of contemporary and young adult romance, including the Crash and Lost & Found series. Her books have been published by HarperTeen and Simon & Schuster in both domestic and foreign markets, while she continues to self-publish additional titles. She is working on a new YA series with Crown Books (a division of Random House) as well. She loves romance, from the sweet to the steamy, and writes stories about characters in search of their happily even after. She grew up surrounded by books and plans on writing until the day she dies, even if it’s just for her own personal enjoyment. She still buys paperbacks because she’s all nostalgic like that, but her kindle never goes neglected for too long. When not writing, she spends her time with her husband and daughter, and whatever time’s left over she’s forced to fit too many hobbies into too little time.

Nicole is represented by Jane Dystel, of Dystel and Goderich Literary Agency.

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#CoverReveal “Alpha’s Prey” by Renee Rose, Lee Savino

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Alpha's Prey

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RELEASE DATE – March 30 

BENDING HER TO THE BEAR’S WILL

The human thinks I’m stalking her. Maybe I am.

But I’m not the only one.

There’s something evil in these woods and it preys on single women. I’m not about to let the sexy scientist fall into its lair.

Even if that means holding her prisoner in my cabin. Keeping her where I can see her at all times. Bending her to my bear’s will.

Just until the storm passes. Until her research is finished. Then I’ll let her go.

I swear.

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