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Feeling Small: Non-Fiction Fiction

Credit: 365daysofinspiration.wordpress.com

                             “Life is an opportunity, take it as it comes”– Sarkodie

I was feeling a bit down in the dumps today. Somehow looking around at the people that inspire me didn’t help much. It all just made me feel more inadequate and wonder where my life is headed. We plan, plan and plan and sometimes the plans most dear to us either get knocked down or seem to be slipping away. They tell you to take the road less traveled, but in that road, it is much harder to breathe and you can’t turn back because the only way is forward. Even though everything might not seem like it will be alright, your strong will tells you that it will be fine. So you keep moving despite it all. When you hear the stories of others, you realize you’re one of the ‘lucky’ ones. In all your luck your story fades into the background of those more tragic; nonetheless, your heart still breaks. This might not make much sense or maybe it might… in all your anxieties, don’t forget to breathe, I can’t say if it will be okay because it might not be but don’t be the one that throws in the towel. YOU ARE AFRICAN!!! You are alive! and you are! so keep walking because your journey is not done yet…not even close.

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SPOTLIGHT: Opal Jewlery

Although the science of Opals is not something I fully understand, I think the little knowledge I have about Opals lets me appreciate Opal jewelry in a different way. According to ehow.com,

“Opals are formed when a mineraloid gel mixed with water begins to dry. A mineraloid gel is a mixture of minerals and chemicals that does not contain any crystals. The gel will not crystallize when it dries; instead it will harden and create another type of stone. For opals, as the mixture dries it leaves behind a rigid structure of silica that will be able to refract and diffuse light. Opals are considered precious gems when the gel has less than 10 percent of water left in the structure. This means that the gel has hardened enough and will not change shape any more.”

All that still seems like mumbo jumbo to me but one word that stuck out to me was “mineraloid”. A mineraloid is a ‘naturally occurring, inorganic material that is amorphous and is therefore not considered to be a mineral. Also known as gel mineral.’

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AMORPHOUS!! … synonym for words like formless, shapeless and unstructured. To me the Opal represents a preciousness that is so amazing that it cannot be defined simply! The opal is the freedom to be whatever you want to be against stereotypes and societal judgement. As you think about ways to show people you support and care for their lifestyles, choices and so on, consider the beautiful, strong and free opal; a gem that keeps the mystery alive.

BTW!! FUN FACT: The Opal is the birthstone of October (holla to all my fellow October babies, we kick ass!) and is titled “The Queen of Gems”.

 

Works Cited

“AmorphousAbout Our Definitions: All Forms of a Word (noun, Verb, Etc.) Are Now Displayed on One Page.” Merriam-Webster. Merriam-Webster, n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2012. <http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/amorphous>.

Johnson, Sophie. “Opal Facts.” EHow. Demand Media, 02 June 2009. Web. 17 Oct. 2012. <http://www.ehow.com/about_5066366_opal.html>.

“Mineraloid.” TheFreeDictionary.com. N.p., n.d. Web. 17 Oct. 2012. <http://encyclopedia2.thefreedictionary.com/mineraloid>.

Smith, Brittany. “How Are Opals Formed?” EHow. Demand Media, 15 Apr. 2009. Web. 17 Oct. 2012. <http://www.ehow.com/how-does_4911640_how-opals-formed.html>.

 

 

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Howl with the jewelers.

Hey, it’s that time of the year when everyone likes to get and give a good scare. Time to think about treats!! Yes candy but what else? … JEWELRY!! These are perfect for all ages. Not to bore you with talk, here are a bunch of creative jewels I found on the internet! Respect to the artists! Hope you think about handing out some jewelry when the trick’r treaters come knocking!! mwwwwahahaah 🙂

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