BirthMONTH—Day 22: I Affirm Today to Self-Assurance

God has a purpose for your life. Before you were even formed He knew you—the color of your eyes, the number of hairs on your head, the color of your skin, even your talents and abilities. He has equipped you with all you need to fulfill your purpose. Knowing and being sure that you possess …

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BirthMONTH—Day 20: I Affirm Today to Live With No Regrets©

Help me Most High to live each day so I can truly say: I loved You with all my heart Followed in Your prescribed path I pursued my dreams Got up when I fell  And tried and tried again I won some and I lost some Settled for nothing but the best I was good …

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BirthMONTH—Day 19: I Affirm Today to Find Peace In the Waiting

I’m not a patient person. No judgment. Just saying. Knowing, however, that patience is indeed a virtue I’ve been praying specifically for patience. And this prayer has truly been an object lesson in “careful what you pray for, you just may get it”. I don’t know if I thought God would have waved a “magic …

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Ode to Yoga: Focus©

Written for today’s Fandango One Word Challenge: focus #FOWC Unending lists of things “to-do”, less check marks on the side Moving hither, moving thither, all around is stimuli Linking breath with motion, getting present in body and mind Breathing-in-breathing-out, finding equilibrium Finding mountain, finding drishti, meeting palms at center of heart Pressing foot into inner …

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BirthMONTH—Day 17: I Affirm Today NOT to Betray Myself

Betraying yourself is being unfaithful to the authentic you. The you with all your weaknesses, quirks and flaws. The you with all your strengths, uniqueness and flawsomeness. When was the last time you said something unkind to yourself? Maybe even using words you’d never use to someone else. Or, have you been unkind or unloving …

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Christmas Tree Makeover: Spring-tree

I love decorating, period! It’s one other medium of my creative self-expression. I especially love decorating for Christmas; and, my number one most favorite part is decking the Christmas tree. I love it so much the tree often stays up way past the “acceptable” time. Dee’s Christmas Tree Only this year I thought: why not …

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Springtime Bunny©

It’s spring time I’m abounding with joy There’s a cute little bunny that drops by the garden each spring He’s an elusive frisky little fella Ears always at attention, pointed straight up to sky like soldier resolute to flight, not fight At best I’ve managed only to stare longingly at “His Royal Cuteness” Face pressed …

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BirthMONTH—Day 16: I Affirm Today, Me NOT “They”

Have you ever met “they”? You know that all-encompassing “they” that direct and control your life course, your choices, your happiness? The “they” in “what will they say?” or “what will they think?” But, they don’t live your life, do they? Then why should their opinion matter as much as they do, or at all? …

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BirthMONTH—Day 15: I Affirm Today to Live in Purpose (Haiku)

Why do I celebrate my birthday or do something meaningful to mark the day? It’s for one reason only: my birthday is a reminder of the moment in time that God designated as “mine”. I was born with a purpose-tag on me, and every day I’m afforded life it’s a reminder that my purpose-tag is …

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A Dream Deferred Comes Full Circle

Beforeword: I was searching through email for something and came across this message. At the time, I had just moved to NY for work. On the day I wrote this email, I was sitting on the cusp of history being changed and didn’t know it ... Last Thursday, after a day of trekking through New …

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BirthMONTH—Day 13: I Affirm Today to Trust My Journey

Life is a journey, and we each have our unique way to move through it. But, no matter how different our journeys will be, we all will end life in the same way. Different journeys, similar destination. The state you’ll be in when you arrive at the destination is based on the choices you make …

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Another Milestone: 100 Follows—THANK YOU!

Today the blog reached another milestone—100 follows! Yippee 🥳 THANKS to each of you. I appreciate you so much—you’re part of the motivation for my writing. From Mauritius to Macedonia, from Ghana to Sudan my words have traversed the globe connecting with people in places I’ve never been: how incredible is this?! THANK YOU! I …

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BirthMONTH—Day 12: I Affirm Today NOT to Base My Happiness on Externals

Basing your happiness on anyone besides yourself is giving people way too much power over your life. Period! Happiness is subjective, stimulated from within. It won’t be achieved based on acquiring things but the extent to which you’re satisfied with and grateful for what you have and use it to the benefit of others. This …

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WHY I CREATED THIS BLOG

Why I created this blog? Short answer: because we all have something to communicate. This is therefore a brave and intentional space for creative self-expression inspired by my relationship with God. I am motivated to write from observing some of what I believe God created-by-design—nature, family, love, relationship. And, each piece is written by me, …

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BirthMONTH—Day 11: I Affirm Today to Wear My Scars Like Beauty Marks

We all have scars. Whether visible—from physical wounds, or invisible—from soul wounds. Scars are the evidence and reminder of a wounding or a traumatic experience. But, no experience is wasted. “Everything in life is happening to grow you up, to fill you up, to help you become more of who you were created to be” …

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BirthMONTH—Day 10: I Affirm Today to Thrive

Life is for more than just surviving. The Bible says it this way—life can be lived not just abundantly, but “more abundantly”. That means not just surviving life, but thriving in life. A thriving life will look different for each of us. I’m aiming to show up to each day fierce and bold; and to …

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BirthMONTH—Day 9: I Affirm Today, Self-forgiveness

word of the day—RELEASE—to allow substance to flow out of What’s done, is done Release yourself from what is done for it cannot be undone But, you may do differently A good starting point is forgiving yourself Self-forgiveness will open you up to receive grace, compassion, healing, restoration, love Thank you for reading! Follow the …

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BirthMONTH—Day 8: I Affirm Today to Level Up

Word of the day—PURPOSED—to have as one's intention or objective I read somewhere a definition of FEAR as False Evidence Appearing Real, and it stuck with me. The biggest obstacle to leveling up in life, love or relationship is F.E.A.R. The fear of rejection, or of failure, or of what someone may say. But, if …

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BirthMONTH—Day 7: I Affirm Today to Let Go

Word of the Day: RELEASE—to be relieved from something that confines, burdens, or oppresses To have the YOU that isn’t defined by the hurts or losses of your past, means letting go mentally and emotionally. Letting go doesn’t mean “getting rid of”, but “letting it be”. Release. Truth is, you can’t receive the now when …

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BirthMONTH—Day 5: I Affirm Today to Tell My Story Like It Really Is

Word of the day: STORY—telling an account of imaginary or real people and events What is the story you’re telling yourself? Whose story is it anyway? As the day unfolds, inevitably we’ll tell ourselves stories about what’s happening around us—in our own lives, about people we’re interacting with, and about ourselves. The story or narrative …

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BirthMONTH—Day 4: I Affirm Today Not to Compromise at My Heart’s Expense

Word of the day: COMPROMISE—accepting standards that are lower than what is desirable Going along to get along, or to be liked, is the worse kind of compromise. Why? Because it means you’ve given up something that you value to please someone else. The reason maybe you want to be liked or you want to …

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Celebrating this milestone with YOU—the you who read the words I write, the you who show your appreciation and encourage me with comments and “likes”—THANK YOU! The journey continues. I remain motivated by your interactions with the words I write, the thoughts I express and my perspectives on this beautiful complicated “thing” we must live—life! …

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BirthMONTH—Day 3: I Affirm Today to Speak My Truth

Word of the day:INTROSPECTION—to observe/examine your own mental & emotional processes You have a voice—not just the sound you utter through your mouth; but the power to express your opinion and attitude. Be bold and confident and own that voice in your head. Your voice is the embodiment of who you are—your voice is your …

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BirthMONTH—Day 2: I Affirm Today to Stand in My Truth

Word of the day: RESOLUTE—to be admirably purposeful, determined, unwavering It takes courage to be your unique authentic self, to be resolute in who you are at the core, to “do you” when everything else and everyone else around you screams at you to fit in a mold/in the status quo/in what is expected. When …

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BirthMONTH Day 1: I Affirm Today I’m A Work in Progress (Haiku)

Before word: Today marks the start of my birthMONTH. Yes, I don’t just celebrate birthdays I celebrate the entire month. I’m dedicating this month to blog words of affirmation, celebration, gratitude and life. Please join me in celebrating with/through words. Quietly, quiet Change, through seasons renewingLife, in makeover Thank you for reading! Follow the blog …

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MAMMA AFRICA© for International Day of Remembrance of Victims of Slavery & Transatlantic Slave Trade

with graceful ease you gave your children lifefrom the deepest and loveliest part of youyou shaped and molded us into the strong and dark image of youwith your lush vegetation you adequately provided for usyou sheltered us from the sweltering sunfrom the bowels of your soul came treasures untoldalways, you make us strong—MAMMA then the …

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It©

Here it comes again Living in the past What could have been, should have been Deception Preconceived notions Not knowing what she thought she knew so well Discovering beliefs Navigating norms Wishing things were different If only she could change, erase Hoping about impossible situations Retaking pathways of pain previously travelled Not letting go Troubled …

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POETRY©: A tribute to World Poetry Day & International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

Before-word: Long before the written text, poetry existed. It was the reciting to memorize genealogy, laws and culture. It was the verbal incantation of hymns, love songs and chants. It was the conveyor of prayers, stories, historical accounts, and instructions for everyday living. Long before colonial conquest—from the Nile to the Volta River valleys, from …

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i am POETRY©: A tribute to World Poetry Day

Before-word: Poetry has the unique ability to capture and reflect the creative nature of our souls; and, to evoke authentic expressions of one’s self, culture, norms or mores. In this tribute piece to World Poetry Day 2021, I personified poetry as the embodiment of my being. i am POETRY Embodiment of rhythms and rhymesMetaphorical language …

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Love Jones©

... yeah, she gotta love jones—for him: It’s the handsome way he stands out in a crowd Strong muscular features that complement Chiseled angles of caramel-toned face Perfectly-formed brows arched protectively over Pools of dark-brown eyes Eyes that glitter with mischief, laughter and delight Or, could it be nose gently protruding Above the sensuous pout …

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Simple Love©

Unassuming Void of unreal expectations Given unconditionally Asking for nothing in return Not fallen into Mutually given and received Appreciated, prized above all things Accepting the little as gratefully as the big This is what I’ve found in you Thank you for loving me with a simple love Thank you for reading! Follow the blog👈 …

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What Is Love?©

Is it the whimper in a baby’s cryOr the joy from laughter thrilling? Is it the uncertainty in a child’s first wordOr the surety of life’s final word slipping? Is it the warmth of a friend’s bare-hugOr the fragrance of spring-flower’s blooming? Is it the dew drops of morn’s early dawnOr  evening’s sun crimson-like setting? Is …

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Ode To My Hair© (in honor of Black History Month)

Before-word: I wrote this piece in response to my friends’ varied reactions after I chopped off my dreadlocks a few years ago. Many (MANY) of my friends were aghast and sent me a range of reactions: “Why did you cut your beautiful locks?” “You hair was so beautiful !” Truth is, for the longest while …

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Poem: Laughter©

LaughterShe glides Among sunflowersRicochets Across fields of emotions Pleasure-Happiness-Joy She collides, intertwinesUproariously-Unabashedly-EscapesShe collides, intertwinesPleasure-Happiness-JoyAcross fields of emotionsRicochets Among sunflowers She glides Laughter Thank you for reading! Follow the blog👈 for more.In creative solidarity, Dee

Spark of Madness©

Before-word: Dedicated to my brave and courageous sistah-friend. This piece was influenced by her latest episode which she bravely shared on social media and embraced what she called “spark of madness”. She’s braveThis female friend of mineWrestling with her mindRiding the emotional swings of low to highShe fightsLooking up from below sadness, fighting throughShe writes, …

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Love Deep To Deeper©

He’s a man of emotions deep, like ocean’s untapped places and out-of-this-world spaces Intense, they flow like liquid gold from deep within a furnaced heart, words clothed in sultry endearment Each, a languag of intimate expressions of deep emotional proportions Babe Beautiful My queen My love Each call-out expressing the epitome of affections deep, attaching …

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You, Me, We©

Before-word: during a recent office retreat, the facilitator used murmuration to describe the working method of our team. We’ve had to be quite resilient in delivering services and support to the beneficiaries we serve while taking care of our wellbeing. We work to address challenging areas of social development such as human rights, equity and …

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Poem: Unconditionally©

if I Took Off The Maskfully Unveiled Meopened Up My Heartrevealed The Real Methe Me No One Else Seescould You Really Love Me?love Me Just As I AmUNCONDITIONALLY? if I Let Go Of The Hurtfrailty From The Brokenness Withintrusted You With All Of Meloosened My Graspletting Go And Letting Youwould You Really Love Me?love Me …

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The Puzzle

I was listening to Michelle Obama’s podcast and she mentioned doing puzzles as part of her family’s pass time. Having never done a puzzle before I was inspired to start. Well... wouldn’t you know, rather than starting with a 250- or 500-piece puzzle I went for the big-dawg of puzzles—ONE THOUSAND pieces!! When the little …

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Poem—Kamala Harris Haiku: HERstory©

Before-word: On this historical day in US political history, I’m trying my hand at the Haiku (5-7-5 syllable, 3 lines form) in tribute to Kamala Harris. Haiku are usually written about nature, the seasons, a beautiful moment in nature, an emotional experience while in nature, or change. A haiku should share a special moment of …

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Exploring Types of Poem Series: #4 Tanka Poetry

Before-word: And concluding the series with a Tanka. I structured this Tanka with a 5/7/5/7/7 syllable structure, it has 5 lines and a pivot. The pivot is intended to apply to the first 2 lines as well as the last 2 lines. The last 2 lines use simile and complement the first 3 lines. True …

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50+ WordPress Followers: THANK YOU!

You chose to follow my blog — THANK YOU! I couldn’t have gotten this “badge” without each of you. I know you have thousands of writers to follow and you chose this space—to read my words and to give my voice audience. I commit to continue to being transparent and to write authentically while speaking …

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Exploring Types of Poem Series: #3 Haiga

Before-word: Next up in my exploration of writing different types of poem is the Haiga, also called observational poem as they comprise three art forms: imagery (photos or original art), poetry (haiku or senryu) and calligraphy. The accompanying image cannot complete the poetry but should add to the reader's appreciation of the piece (contrasting or …

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Exploring Types of Poem Series: #2 Haiku

Before-word: Today I’m trying the Haiku (5-7-5 syllable, 3 lines form). Haiku are usually written about nature, the seasons, a beautiful moment in nature, an emotional experience while in nature, or change. A haiku should share a special moment of awareness with the reader. Did I accomplish that in this piece? Emotions cascadingPainting rainbow in …

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Exploring Types of Poem Series: #1 Traditional Senryu

Before-word: trying my hand at a traditional Senryu sequence which means using 3 lines with 5 syllables in the 1st line, 7 in the 2nd and 5 in the last line (5/7/5); and written in the present tense without rhymes, metaphors or similes. A Senryu is written about love, a personal event, and should have …

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Happy MLK Day 2021

Like Martin Luther King: “I have decided to stick with love. Hate is too great a burden to bear”. His words are oh so relevant in these times: “I’m concerned about a better World. I’m concerned about justice; I’m concerned about brotherhood and sisterhood; I’m concerned about truth. And when one is concerned about that, …

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Poem: A Pastor’s Appreciation Tribute©

This piece was commissioned by a church as part of the Pastor appreciation program. When a piece is commissioned I usually consult with the client and/or friends or family to get the backstory to create a piece that is personal and reflective of the context the client wishes to convey. In this case, it was …

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Poem: It’s In The Way We Know©

It's in the way you know meChoose meListen to meConsole meDefend meStand by me, beside meSupport me It's in the way I know youRespect youTrust in youAdmire youDesire youConnect to you, with youSupport you Souls cleaveHearts believeDesires peakWords speakAffections growWe know Thank you for reading! Follow the blog👈 for more.In creative solidarity, Dee

FALLING© (a poem)

Before-word: LOVE! “Falling” in love is euphoric. In the early stages it’s like all rational thoughts are hijacked, isn’t it?! It’s no coincidence it’s referred to as falling ... Euphoric ascension in love FALLING Eyes locked in indepth soul searching Conversations unending Hearts in unity flip-flopping Each passing moment lingering More of you and more …

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Dating 101—You’re The Catch

Before-word: A few weeks ago I gave a talk to young women and men in Johannesburg who requested me to speak to their youth group on dating. Then a few days ago I was asked similar questions about dating by another young person. So it prompted me to share some ideas here. Remember in university …

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A Look Back at 2020: 5 Lessons

Let’s be real—2020 was a downside-up year and just about everyone couldn’t wait to get it behind us. 2020 was going to be my best year. Whereas in past years I celebrated the whole month of my birth, this year was going to be year-long celebrations. Needless to say, none of this happened nor did …

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Finding Happiness© (a poem)

Happiness is a vine that takes root and grows within the heart, never outside it.Kahlil Gibran It isn’t about the size of the city It’s about the people you’re with The experiences Those little moments Like Cup of hot chocolate on a snowy weekend morning Music Listening to an old record Reading by the river …

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The Power of the Written Word

Before-word: As I’m spending more time building this blog, I’ve been thinking a lot about writing—the art of writing and the power of the written word. I love to write. And chances are if you’re on this site, you’re a blogger which means you also love to write. Or, you’re here because you love to …

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2020: Last Will and Testament© (a poem)

Before-word: 2020! What a year it’s been?! It started out as merry and promising as any other year. Sure, there were some rumblings about a “novel virus” but nothing to disrupt partying, merrymaking, living, working, schooling. Or so we thought. As the year is about to come to an end, as is often the case, …

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Lock Down Funny 😄

[Author unknown] It’s finally happened, the lockdown making people go crazy! I was just talking about this with the microwave and the toaster while drinking my coffee, and we all agreed that things are getting bad. I didn’t mention any of this to the washing machine, because she puts a different spin on EVERYTHING!! Certainly …

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Dress to Express

What’s your T-shirt saying? T-shirts are arguable the most functional piece of clothing in our closets. More recently I’ve come across Tees used as signposts for thoughts/feelings/stance on a range of issues making them artistic creative statement apparels. Statements like: Unapologetically dopeI never lose, I either win or I learnPeriodt. [oh yeah, when you hear …

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Poem: Seasons of the Soul©

Before-word: Nature is a formidable teacher. One lesson I’ve learnt from the changing of seasons is this: we must embrace new beginnings. Like the contrasting seasons, we too are faced with periods that resemble SPRING-like rebirth, AUTUMN-like falling, SUMMER-like passion and WINTER-like coldness. We too must face the seasons of the soul and embrace the …

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Messy-Unpredictable-Beautiful Life!©

—what can I say ... LIFE! you're a giveryou're a taker you tear-downyou build-up you bring smiles you bring tears —what is it about you LIFE! you keep me guessing wondering what lies around your curves beyond your corners up your hills down your vales —what makes you LIFE! your mysteries your unpredictability your uncertaintiesyour …

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Poem: Golden Love Breath of God©

Before-word: Many of the pieces I write are commissioned. This piece was written for a couple on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. It’s a personal piece based on conversations with their children and closest friends. I chose the title because gold is the symbol of 50th anniversaries and ancient Egyptians called gold “the …

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Nature’s Morning Serenade

Before-word: I wrote this piece a few years ago. I was working/living in Northern Nigeria at the time and there was immense unrest and upheaval. Amidst all of that the joys of nature were all the more appreciated. What a blessing to open your eyes from a night’s rest, to know you’re alive and be …

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Tribute: Remember Me© [phase 2]

Before-word: I wrote this piece as a tribute to the life of a dear dear friend (may her soul Rest In Peace). There was so much to say about this beautiful life, sharing it here in phases, this is phase 2. Remember Me In Familial Affection I am the affectionThe arms which held my mamma …

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God Blesses the Child Who Hurts©

Before-word: Growing up without my father, the impact of paternal absence influenced very strongly my views of “father”. Even more debilitating for a child were the fears that this absence bred—the fear of being abandoned and of being rejected. This piece is written (and included in my book “Moments: A Poetic Heart Journey”) as part …

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I.C.E. (In Case of Emergency) Plan

Based on the “I survived Covid-19” article, I’ve received a lot of questions, particularly from those living alone, on preparedness. In response, I’m sharing the ICE (In Case of Emergency) plan I have in place, that’s modified for Covid19 and based on the questions received. It’s a simple plan, hope you find it helpful. Decide which hospital you’ll …

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I Survived Covid-19: Gratefully Surrendered

Nothing in my experiences prepared me for what the last three weeks threw at me. Prior to going to the hospital I was unwell for about 9 days. I was self-medicating for the flu because all the symptoms felt like the flu except for the constant headache. Thankfully I’m working from home. During a zoom …

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