42 and Counting: Why I’m Celebrating Another Year

As I approach my 42nd birthday this week, I do so as a survivor of congenital heart disease, depression, and anxiety. I am glad to be alive for if my suicide attempt twenty-six years ago had been successful, I would have missed my sisters’ weddings, the birth of their children, meaningful friendships, and life-changing theatreContinue reading “42 and Counting: Why I’m Celebrating Another Year”

Motivational Monday Poem: An Aunt’s Perspective

Confidence with each step Head held high Shoulders straight, eyes forward Four years in age With a soul wise beyond her years   Freedom, joy, inquisitiveness A sharp mind, fierce spirit A star shining bright Through the sun-soaked sky   To have but an ounce Of such confidence and knowing As middle age nears, WouldContinue reading “Motivational Monday Poem: An Aunt’s Perspective”

2020 Vision: A Letter to Me, Myself, and I

HAPPY NEW YEAR!!!!!!   I am one who frequently looks backs – sometimes (in the case of genealogy research) looking back is helpful and necessary. In most instances, spending time questioning and worrying over what has come to pass only hinders my movement forward. 2019 will be a year of looking ahead, not back –Continue reading “2020 Vision: A Letter to Me, Myself, and I”

Motivational Monday Poem: Writer’s Train

Language speeding past In a blend of light and sound Energizing the artist on the Central platform   Hurried words without a plot Poetry in motion Song breaking barriers Play, uncast   The singular artist Absorbs, reflects, and absorbs The mind electric and the body tingling Ready to board the train Not as a passenger,Continue reading “Motivational Monday Poem: Writer’s Train”

Motivational Monday Poem: Hands of Bravery

Calling out through intentional noise Voices strained yet speaking truth to power Silence attempts speak volumes Staining the souls of the perpetrators   Awoke, arisen, aware of baseless prejudice Bravery in the face of ignorance Courage moving us all forward Destiny guided by hands once bound by intimidation   You are heard You are valuedContinue reading “Motivational Monday Poem: Hands of Bravery”

Motivational Monday Poem: Water Fall

  Nourishing the body Cleansing the soul Water both heals and harms    Washes away sins perceived and actual Unlearned lessons replacing the empty space Melts away the layer of anger and vengeance Oozing from an emerald past unseen   Quenches the thirst for medicinal healing While unwittingly spreading disease Removes a dirtied film WhichContinue reading “Motivational Monday Poem: Water Fall”

Motivational Monday Poem: The Scribe’s Veil

  Eliciting fear Cast in the shadows of the elders Lies dormant a past Best kept at bay   Memories hidden By those who intentionally forgot The lessons never meant to learn   They cloud your vision Like dusk’s fog on nature’s field Keeping you immobile in time and place   A savior unseen clearsContinue reading “Motivational Monday Poem: The Scribe’s Veil”

Motivational Monday Poem: A Storied Spirit

  Rise, Sweet Spirit And tell us your story Through sound, color, and motion   Dance, Artistic Spirit To a rhythm only you can feel Caressing the air Leaving traces of beauty behind   Love, Worn Spirit With all the passion deep inside Connecting to spirits unknown and scarred Embracing flaws as gifts   Rest,Continue reading “Motivational Monday Poem: A Storied Spirit”