Diana Ross: Secrets of a Sparrow

Orange Sunrise East View: LadyD Books

Whirling way above the mountain tops, a huge cloud covering hovers over the beginnings of a glowing sunrise. Gosh, it is no secret that it looks like another beautiful morning in SoCal. I am so fortunate to look towards the eastern sky each morning and see a beautiful gift in the heavens. Reminds me of the song, "Ain't No Mountain High Enough."

Photo for Skywatch Friday.

book cover Diana Ross Memoirs

I grew up loving her music and followed the latest with this bright star, Diana Ross. How about you? I'd say she is an icon and my favorite duet with her and Lionel Ritchie is Endless Love.

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This long awaited memoir reveals the heart and soul of the most private of the megatalents -- upon the occasion of her thirtieth year as a show business great.

If any one performer defines the word "Superstar," it's Diana Ross -- a pop music legend and cultural icon who has been at the top of her profession for three fabulous decades. Secrets of a Sparrow, her inspirational and intimate memoir which takes its title from a favorite spiritual her mother sang to her, focuses on just that: the pain and pleasure of getting to number one and staying there, along with the lessons learned and the lessons taught. Here are Diana Ross' onstage electricity and allure transposed to the spoken word. Whether recounting triumphs or setbacks, togetherness or solitude, Diana is never less than open. These are the thoughtful and lyrically composed reminiscences of one of the most accomplished women of our time, a woman who is a role model in so many ways. Always true to herself, Ross is the ultimate entertainer who aims to please but never compromise -- and she's not about to start now.

"We played endlessly in the backyard of 5736 St. Antoine, just behind the back doorway of our kitchen. I used to sit on a stool in that doorway, particularly in the summer, with the warm sun shining on my face. I picture myself in something red, maybe some red pants." -- Diana Ross

Secrets of a Sparrow

Diana Ross: I'm Comin' Out

Do you have a favorite hit song of Diana Ross and the Supremes?

3 year old child in red pants: LadyD Books

Well, my granddaughter is coming out in her adorable Hello Kitty and red pants, too!

loquat tree: LadyD Books

Wondering around the Avocado Festival, I looked up and spotted this beautiful fruit tree with branches heavily laden with Loquats. The loquat tree can reach 20 - 30 feet high.

Wikipedia says:

The loquat (Eriobotrya japonica) is a species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae, native to central China (Chongqing and Hubei province). It is a large evergreen shrub or small tree, grown commercially for its yellow fruit, and also cultivated as an ornamental plant. It was formerly thought to be closely related to the genus Mespilus, and is still sometimes known as the Japanese medlar. It is also known as Japanese plum and Chinese plum, and in China as "pipa" (枇杷).

I have a loquat tree in the front part of our ranch. We eat the fruit ever so quickly before the birds get to them. Of course, it helps to have many grandchildren who enjoy eating lots of fresh fruit. Do you care for the taste and have you made jam with them? The seeds are quite lovely as well.

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