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Bent on Learning

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 2/7/2013, 3:05 p.m.

It's been brought to my attention that the months of January, February and even March with its fierce winds can be brutal on your skin. Heat from the indoors, cold from the outdoors--what's a girl to do? Or a guy, for that matter. What I'm told is, condition your face with a do-it-yourself at-home facial. Relaxing, refreshing and easy enough, you just slather on your favorite mix, put your feet up and relax for a half hour or so. Hmmmm, what would that be like? Of the array of products that I saw, I was drawn to one of the more expensive ones, but of course. Chantecaille Jasmine & Lily Healing Mask, $79. Sounds exotic, looks rich and creamy, aahhh. However, staying within budget and maybe just a tad bit over is Clinique Moisture Surge Overnight Mask, $32. Moisture is good even if it doesn't sound very exciting. Anyone know of anything grandma used to whip up in the kitchen (and please don't say castor oil)?

Seems as though there are a lot of Aquarians in the house. Birthday babies include the legendary New York Giants linebacker Lawrence Taylor, Chris Rock, Natalie Cole, Leontyne Price and Brenda Dillon Cavette. Others who would be celebrating their birthday in February, were they still alive, include Eartha Kitt, Rosa Parks, Abraham Lincoln, Bob Marley, Jimmy Hoffa and King Farouk.

The red carpet was rolled out for the premiere of "Makers: Women Who Make America" on Wednesday, Feb. 6. Starting off the evening were cocktails at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, followed by a screening of the documentary. Naturally, after such excitement, everyone will be hungry, so the evening ended with a buffet supper. The women's movement is definitely one of the biggest movements to have taken place in our time, as it changed everything and touched everyone. The film is due to air this month on PBS (the station Romney wanted to cancel). As important as this is, don't you think it should have aired during March, when women are recognized, since February is supposed to be Black History Month? I still miss when February meant all of the classic Black films and Blaxploitation movies came on; you could always find me glued to the television. What happened to that? I think it would be great if Oprah's O Television Network would show this feature--anything besides Dr. Phil.

Next week is Mardi Gras, and the Lenten season begins. What better way to celebrate than bringing to boil a big ol' pot of gumbo? A little bit of this and a whole lot of that will take you a long way on these cold winter days, so dig out your recipe and favorite pot, and into the kitchen we go. Remember, Lent isn't only about giving something up for 40 days but also about reflecting on your life and your vision.

Until next week ... kisses.