Monthly Archives: January 2015
Grit, strokes and drama accompanied the ladies final today in Melbourne Parks. It was their 17th encounter, with Williams winning the last 14. It was time for Sharapova to break the trend, but no matter how much she tried, and try she did, the Rod Laver Arena belonged to Serena Williams. The world Nr.1 took the first game of the first set after an unfortunate double fault from the 2nd seed, going into an early break lead. With fantastic angle shots, sharp returns and rocket serves, Serena took the first set 6-3 in just 47 minutes.
33 years old and world No. 1 Serena Williams, wins compatriot 19 years old Madison Keys to qualify for the finals of the Australian Open after five years, in straight sets 7-6 6-2. Williams who had some difficulties in the first set against the very talented and hard knocking Ms Keys said, she “was just happy to get through it today.” Keys had 8 more winners to the No. 1’s nineteen, 12 Aces almost equalling her opponent’s 13; But Serena’s apparent experience, forced her young opponent into making 23 unforced errors more than the No. 1, thus hooking the game to her advantage. La Williams was clearly the better player today, but Madison established that she was a force to reckon with in the future.
As well as maintain a balanced weight gain and fight obesity, engaging in regular physical exercises is very effective in increasing lifespan, decreasing the effects of aging and benefiting the cardiovascular system.
Sheryl and I have decided on Jogging. Why? Because, Jogging can be very helpful in reducing the risk of lung, colon, breast and prostate cancers, among others. It prevents muscle and bone damage that often occurs with age, improves heart performance and blood circulation and assists in preserving a balanced weight gain. So as you can see, jogging is Diamond, and the good news is, you can have it for FREE. All you need is your running gear and off you hit the tracks, any day, any time. You do not necessarily need a gym to run. Open air/Outdoor running is even much better than using a treadmill as it improves energy level and increases concentration. If you are an indoor running person, then please keep at it. Important is, you keep exercising. We are starting on Feb 2, doing 2 days a week per 30 minutes and slowly build up speed and pace. You can start with less, you can start with more. Essential is, you determine the rhythm that works best for you.
So, it is time to do some reading folks. My February picks are from two great African female writers. Considering Chimamanda is one of my favorite authors (have already read all three of her other books), it is surprising that I haven’t yet read her novel Americanah. For some reason, I kept postponing reading but I think now is the right time.Ghana Must Go was recommended by a friend. Taiye is unknown to me, so it will be a pleasure to discover this much acclaimed writer. For those who have not yet read any of these books, it will be great if you could join me to read if not both, then at least one of them. At the end of February, we will discuss our views and opinions. For those who have already read, it will be nice to also get your take during our discussions at the end of February. Please comment on the comment log below or send me an email if you will like to join in our February Reads Challenge. Recommendations for the March reads are open. Tell us all those great books you think we MUST and SHOULD read 😉
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an award-winning author from Nigeria, West Africa. Her novels Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award, and Half of a Yellow Sun, won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist, a New York Times Notable Book, and a People and Black Issues Book Review Best Book of the Year. She also has a collection of short stories The Thing Around Your Neck. For more on Adichie, click here
Americanah was published in 2013, and received numerous praises. It was the winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction, the Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize for Fiction and named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year.
Taiye Selasi is a british author of Nigerian and Ghanaian origin. She was born in London, England and raised in Massachusetts. She studied in Yale and Oxford and now lives in New York and Rome. She was a jury in the Italian Reality TV Show “Masterpiece,” a talent show for aspiring writers. Her novel Ghana Must Go was published in 2013 to much critical acclaim. It was selected as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013 by the Wall Street Journal and The Economist, and has sold in 22 countries as of 2014. For more on Taiye, click here