Hard Times by Debra Owsley of Simply Said

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Hard Times….

Times are hard right now, not just for me but for everybody.

I am a hairstylist by profession, and hair, is considered a luxury.

During hard times, it is the first on the list of the things that gets cut back or cut off.

I’ve watched my clients cut back from every week to every 2 weeks to every 6 weeks.

Don’t these guys realize they pay my salary???


I do understand.

I have cut back too. PEDICURES, WAXING, My favorite pizza, driving, cable, movies, and the worse yet MY BOOKS!!!

I can’t afford to spend the $100.00 or more a month on books.

That hurts more than anything and I think I am going thru withdrawal and it’s not pretty.

I am cranky and irritated because I can’t get away from my drama in a great read; Reading has always made me feel better.

It was either whew my life ain’t so bad or I traveled to a far away place and had a mini vacation, or maybe I fell in love and lived happily ever after, even if it was until my next read.

My books are my Calgon, take me away.

So, I am re reading, revisiting, remembering.

I often re read my favorite books.

The Hand I Fan with by Tina McElroy Ansa is my all time favorite book and I religiously re read it once a year. I must visit Herman and Lena once a year, and yes I still cry over the end.

I am re reading Rhythms by Donna Hill, which and whom I totally adore with all my heart.

I am also going to re visit all of my Eric Jerome Dickey, Gloria Naylor, Victor McGlothin and Bernice McFadden books which are on my short list of loves.

I am so grateful I buy when I can.

So when times are hard and I am to broke to buy, I can revisit my hearts, the ones that left a mark on my heart and I consider, my treasures.

My boys who are no longer boys, say “We live in a library”, I just smile and say, Thank God you do. But we can leave, when ever we want to.

Simply Said.



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