7 Easy Ways to Winterize Your Home – Engineer Mommy

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#BookReview #Beautiful “Sylvia Hubbard can pack a story with plot twists, sexual scenes and lots of drama”

The Literary World of Sylvia Hubbard

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Sylvia Hubbard can pack a story with plot twists, sexual scenes and lots of drama that hold your interest until the end.

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Beautiful

beautifulREVShe wanted more than anything to be beautiful and this stranger was the answer to her prayers.

She would do anything for him to be beautiful and that’s what she did.

What she discovers through him is that she was beautiful all along, but before she makes the discovery she has to go through hell and back.

Will she survive or lose herself and everything she has worked for?

Come on the journey to see BEAUTIFUL.

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A corner

The Sketchbook

If my favourite parking spot is available near this particular corner in Pointe Claire, I always grab it. It’s the first spot after a no-parking zone, so I know no one can park in front of me. Why do I like this view so much? It’s the combination of the curve in the road, the highway signs that add colour, a bit of a foreground building, a few structures in the middle of the picture, and of course a good utility pole with plenty of wires. It makes for a dynamic composition with plenty of detail and interest.

I always start by painting the big shapes — sky, road, then brick building and trees. When those are dry I add the smaller shapes — pole, shadows on the road and buildings, cars and windows. The last details to be painted are the smaller darks in the windows and under the…

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Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Dawoud Bey, Rhiannon Giddens, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Tyshawn Sorey and Jesmyn Ward Receive 2017 MacArthur “Genius” Grants

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2017 MacArthur Fellowship Recipients Dawoud Bey, Rhiannon Giddens, Njideka Akunyili Crosby, Nikole Hannah-Jones, Tyshawn Sorey and Jesmyn Ward (Photo collage via blavity.com)

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The John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation has announced the winners of this year’s fellowship, better known as the “genius” grant. 24 fellows were chosen, whose professions range immensely across the board. There are historians and musicians, computer scientists and social activists, writers, and architects.

What they all have in common is that each of the recipients has been selected for having “shown extraordinary originality and dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for self-direction” — and each will receive a $625,000 award from the foundation “as an investment in their potential,” paid out over five years with no strings attached. This year, there were six black recipients of the amazing award:

1. Njideka Akunyili Crosby, 34, painter living in Los Angeles

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