For some reason this year, my brother and I reflected on past Easters. First of all there was Good Friday. Schools were closed and businesses were open from nine until noon. The highlight for us was going shopping for dressy shoes. My mother took us to Buster Brown Shoe store. She said our feet grew… Read More


Everything happens for a reason. When that’s hard to believe, turn to nature for clarity. It teaches the dichotomy of good and bad producing beauty. Water is wet, fluid, easy-flowing. Rocks are hard, uniquely shaped, non-porous. Sounds like opposites, but when the two collide, a splendid landscape emerges. While walking in the park, I saw… Read More


In his poem Harlem, Langston Hughes asks, “What happens to a dream deferred? Does it dry up like a raisin in the sun?” What causes people to defer dreams? One answer is the lack of faith in their ability to achieve them. Those who never stop striving, regardless of countless challenges, ultimately find success.            Actress… Read More


When I was in the 7th grade, a male classmate gave me a pair of earrings for Christmas. We called him Smiley, but I think his real name was Leonard. Until that time, no boy had given me a gift…except for Richard Nichols and he pulled my name in a gift exchange in French class.… Read More


Give love at Christmastime are lyrics from a popular Christmas song. Generally the holidays are a happy and festive time of year filled with gift-giving, food, and fellowship. That’s the stuff great memories are made of! For some people the holiday season has lost its luster! Whether due to death of a significant friend or… Read More


As a child of about five, I talked to my grandmother daily. We discussed the food we ate for breakfast and my favorite cartoons. We lived in the same three-story apartment building. My dad’s younger sister and her family lived on the top floor. We lived in the middle, and Grandma lived in the lower… Read More


Dating is a way to learn things about another person, but more importantly…to learn things about yourself! I learned valuable lessons about myself from every relationship…the good, the bad, and the ugly. Here are a few excerpts from my experiences. Paul and I met in the summer…when romance was in the air! We had similar… Read More


I recently heard the phrase, “It doesn’t matter what people call you. What matters is what you choose to answer to.” Those words started me reflecting on my life and the negative names that people have called me over the years that shaped my personality. In elementary school I was the teacher’s pet. Strangely, I… Read More


Today I walked a different path…again. On my previous morning walks on the new path, my marker was the boardwalk. Once I reached that, I turned around and walked back to the parking lot. The boardwalk appeared to have a decline, which meant walking its incline upon my return. It looked too steep for my… Read More


Today on my walk I went down a different path. I wasn’t sure what was down there, but it peaked my curiosity. For three months I went to a park near my home and walked the same trail. The park has five miles of trails, but I carved out my regular journey that took me… Read More