Quote of the Week

"The only person you are destined to become is the person you decide to be." Ralph Waldo Emerson

When Strangers Become Family

Last month, I was a featured author at the National Book Club Conference in Atlanta. What an experience that was. The highlight was not speaking to an audience, signing books, or taking pictures with readers. What was an afterthought has remained in the forefront of my memory. While in line to check into the hotel, ...

Living in Past Tense

Yesterday marked 20 years that I would have been enlisted in the United States Air Force. On August 12, 1997, I raised my right hand and swore to serve and protect my country. I was honorably discharged, by choice, a couple years later. It didn't take long for me to determine the military was not ...

Life is Like a Flight of Stairs

Life is like a flight of stairs. We look at all we have in front of us and it isn't always easy to stomach. We may not be the most fit or maybe it's as simple as just wanting to reach the destination quickly. Who wants to show up sweaty, after all? Wherever you are ...

Why I Write

Writing was never an intention of mine, never a goal or aspiration. It pursued me at the moment I was most hungry for purpose.

Short Story Saturday: Chase’s Mommy

The rain falls hard. Harder than I have ever felt before. Or maybe it’s because I have never stood out in the rain without an umbrella before. Raindrops pound against my head, feels like golf ball-sized hail stones making impressions into my skull.             “Come out of the rain, Ashley.” Voices implore around me.             ...

Trust the First Step

“It’s not always about knowing why; sometimes, it’s all about knowing what and that’s enough to keep you walking, every day.” -- 'Walking Shoes' by Mali Music The first step is never easy by any stretch of the imagination. We'd rather dip our toe into the pool before taking the plunge and jumping right in. ...

What Will You Choose?

What we hold on to is a choice, just like what we choose to let go of. There is nothing we can do about what happened yesterday. Tomorrow will take care of tomorrow. All we have is right now, this very moment.  You have an opportunity every day that you awake with breath in your ...

Quote of the Week

"My contemplation of life and human nature taught me that he who cannot change the very fabric of his thought will never be able to change reality, and will never, therefore, make any progress." --Anwar Sadat  

Poetexts: Old San Juan

I sit under a bench in the shade Old San Juan is where I spend most of the day Listening to parched leaves scrape against the cobblestone Birds chirping their happiness as bread crumbs fall against their beaks In the distance, a few benches away, I feel your presence I feel your eyes on me ...

What School Has Taught Me

School has been a challenging journey for me. When I think about it, it's not so much school in itself, but what it is doing in and through me. Exams, group projects, stress of making the grade, all of that is taxing enough on the psyche; however, I have felt a shift in who I ...

Warning: Bump in the Road

If you knew there would be bumps ahead on your journey, would you go down that path? Would the proximity of the warning sign to the bump make a difference in your reaction to it? At what point would you prepare for the bump if you knew in advance what part of the journey it ...

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