The Cosmopolitan Review

Yvonne Delaney Mitchell | 1/16/2014, 4:46 p.m.

Traffic and the aesthetic beauty surrounding Marcus Garvey Park west has turned into a nightmare since the new traffic control measures have been put into place. Surely a better design could have been implemented to deter any problems. The extreme measures taken seem to have been authorized without any real thought or concern for those who drive by the rules. Obviously, the people who effectuated the change in the traffic pattern don’t live in the neighborhood or travel the route on a regular basis, especially during the morning rush hour.

Lastly, the current traffic light systems need to be replaced. The systems could possibly be the replaced with ones in which there is one signal that allows for pedestrians to cross when no cars are moving and another that permits cars to move when no pedestrians cross, all taking into consideration the bicyclists who are everywhere. What do you think? I’m open.

On this week’s reading list is “The Need to Say No: The Importance of Setting Boundaries in Love, Life & Your World - How to Be Bullish and Not Bullied” by Jill Brooke (hardcover $10.95, Kindle $7.99). According to the author, “Whether in love, work, family or the world, the need to say no is imperative at times. And rather than accepting another transgression or being bullied, learning to set healthy boundaries is essential for our health and well-being at home, in the workplace or the communities in which we live.” Brooke goes on to say, “There is an art to saying no and establishing boundaries.” Not a bad idea.

New year, new ideas. There is a new service in town called Book the Author. This service offers book clubs an opportunity to have the author of the book that the club is reading visit the group at one of their meetings. This will permit the author to speak about their thoughts on the work, as well as the twists and turns that occurred while they were writing the book. There is also a Q-and-A period.

Surely, this adds a new perspective and provides a more enhanced reading experience for the club. To find out more and to see if this is something your club would be interested in, check out the website ( or send an email to

Until next week ... kisses