Everyone wants to feel powerful. We all want to feel as if we are the masters of our own universes. Nothing builds confidence like having ownership. There are ways we can be powerful daily. It’s not dictatorial or tyrannical power. It’s personal power that builds confidence and emboldens individuals to do better each day. The following ten power words will help you regain your personal power. Continue reading 10 Powerful Words You Should Always Remember
RELEASE DATE JUNE 30, 2015!
I am so stoked that my latest book of poetry, Travel: The Journey Continues, will be released June 30, 2015! It has taken me several years to compile some of my deepest emotions in words. It can be exhausting. That’s why it took me so long to complete Volume 2 of the Travel series.
I do appreciate each of my readers’ support. It is such a humbling experience.
Through these pages, journey time and space with me as I share my most intimate thoughts.
Take a journey through a lifetime of essays . . . a lifetime of poems . . . a lifetime of short stories.
Feel the love. Feel the joy. Feel the pain.
My life is voiced through each character written on each page. I hope my writings encourage you to feel, laugh, and love. Most of all, I hope they inspire you to live the life you desire and deserve.
Rich or poor, educated or uneducated, healthy or ill, adult or child, it COSTS YOU NOTHING to be kind.
Yesterday, I witnessed how people CHOOSE to be unhappy and attempt to poison another person’s spirit. I was at a local hardware retail store in a very upscale neighborhood. The sales clerk has the most beautiful and infectious smile along with her attitude. A female customer was complaining that the self-checkout was not open, which would have made it easier for her to get purchases done. The sales clerk continued smiling, greeted the angry customer with pleasantries, and completed her sales in a quick manner.
At 8 years old, I fell in love with writing. My third grade teacher, Miss Brown, introduced our class to Japanese poetry called Haiku. I don’t remember my first haiku, but I immediately realized writing this simple, 3-lines, 5-7-5 syllables form gave me the voice I never had. Continue reading My Journey
As I awoke this morning to my cat, Bootsie’s, demands to get up and let him outside, I fussed at him because all I wanted to do was sleep a little past 6:30 a.m. As I grudgingly climbed out of bed and pouting, I saw Bootsie’s beautiful, yellow eyes looking up at me and I smiled. Here was an animal that depends on me 100% for his very existence. Some may believe cats train their persons and do not need us. However, I know better. Bootsie and I need each other; and every day I get the chance to start anew; to live and love Bootsie the best I know how.
I recently moved into a beautiful, culturally diverse Chicago community. When I take my daily walks, I pay particular attention to how people interact with each other. Many are families with young children and teens; but a lot are older citizens who are in the prime of their lives. Of all the negative news over the past few years, especially in Chicago, many may have lost faith in humanity. For those, I ask that you step outside your living quarters, take a stroll throughout your community, and engage your fellow citizens.
Continue reading Making My Corner of the World More Positive
Today, I heard there is a new U.S. dollar coin that does not have the ‘IN GOD WE TRUST’ slogan on the back. As I don’t watch a lot of mainstream news shows, the bit that I did catch was filled with talking heads who were in an uproar about this missing slogan. I don’t understand why anyone would be upset. However, before you start to pick the flesh from my limbs, let me explain.
For more than two years, I have been subject to the horrible experience of cyber-stalking and harassment. During this harrowing time, I have done my best to stay positive and move on with accomplishing many wonderful things. However, I must confess that I have struggled greatly to contain my fears and distress. I have shared my concerns with a few close family members and friends.
I sat very still and focused on you surrounding me. You didn’t discriminate. You gently caressed the leaves of the trees’ and softly brushed my cheeks. You lit the skies with luminous brilliance and dotted it with fluffy, white clouds. You provided a winter harvest for the busy squirrel who scurried past me with stuffed cheeks while at the same time providing shelter amongst the tree branches for the twig-gathering wren.