Perspective

Lying In Wait

A majestic tigress peacefully enjoys the warmth of the midday sun with her little cubs sprawled around her after a busy morning of exploring and family playtime. What was that? A loud noise roused the resting Mom. Gathering her weary cubs in closer, she locates a position behind…

A Superior Kind of Strength

In May of 1997 I evicted my nineteen year old son from our home with only a roll of bus tokens, $5.00 (or was it $10.00) and whatever he could carry from his bedroom. That was the day that I exhausted all of my spiritual and emotional resolve…

“Sista…You are strong!”

I went out on a date with a cool guy with a really good vibe, but he just was not for me. This was in October 2014. He told me that he wanted lots of kids. I told him that I did not want any kids. He asked…

No End of Things in the Heart

 Just a few weeks ago I lost one of my dearest friends. Eddy fought his battle with cancer with a great attitude, and with dignity and strength. And now  I must find the strength to bear losing him. Eddy and I were friends my entire life, and I…

Regrowing Inner Strength

I have mulled the word strength over in my mind for almost two months.   I have come up with a book of stories on how I have been a strong woman, my whole life. But, I haven’t been able to think of a single instance where I might be…

Trusting the Process

  She has spent nearly 60 years surviving multiple traumas, yet her faith is unquestionable. She is quick to point out the positives of life and is full of gratitude. His eyes are kind and he is genuinely interested in hearing about my day despite his intense grief…

Hello World

I have always turned to books for answers to life’s most difficult questions. For inspiration, I have hung a photograph of one of my favorite authors, Virginia Woolf, prominently in my living room. Her work on gender, class, sexuality, and empire seems in many ways still relevant. But…

Why I’m No Better Than The Grinch At Stopping Christmas

Maybe I shouldn’t admit this, but I do not like Christmas. It’s not that I don’t try to like it, and it’s not that I have never liked it, but inevitably, sometime on Thanksgiving Day, the reality of the looming Christmas season hits me, and I become melancholy…

Hidden Strengths

Strengths have their roots in the character of the Universe. Even deeper, Strength has its unique propelling root. As our social cultures push us to success and glitter, we tend to abandon the magic given to us, and over time, move further from knowing our ultimate strength. Begin…

While Looking for Passion, I Found Light

Passion is the stuff that lights up your insides— like heartburn, but less acidic. Funny that my struggles on the topic of “passion” for the second edition of Garden Spices brought me to this next one on “light.” Interesting words—passion, purpose… light. Is it just me, or have…