My grandmother told me not to make promises that I could not keep. At the time I made a promise, I had every intention of fulfilling it. Some I did. Some I didn’t. Unless I could control all the elements in the universe – sickness, aging, death, and everything in between, I learned not to… Read More


The following blog is an introduction to my upcoming book on caregiving. It chronicles the highs and lows of my experience providing care for my elderly father. The book will be available on eBook and paperback by August 2022. Three months after his stroke and heart attack, Daddy was discharged from the hospital to come… Read More


Let me start at the end of my story and work my way backward. Last week, I assisted a homeless lady at the park to find safety. I can’t take credit for everything that happened, because my friend Michelle was part of it. The divine order here, is how my day unfolded for me to… Read More


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