Building Confidence

My first professional position after college was in the human resource department of a construction engineering company.  I did a good job covering up the fact that I lacked confidence in some of the responsibilities I was assigned, mostly because the experience was new to me.  The company…

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…

“Lord, Give Me Strength”

I was ready to write, but nothing was coming. I was wondering why. My writing methodology usually consists of me sitting down and pounding something out. Nothing was there. I started to feel a disturbance in the force but I knew not what. What I did feel was…

“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…

We Are More Than Birds

Aeneas left the Beauty of Tyre in Carthage, against both the wishes of he and his men, in order to carry the mantle of Troy to far Lavinia; a decision that took the wherewithal of his ancestors, the Gods. Beowulf slew the enemies of his people and monsters…

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…

Become Like Little Children

Summer before last, I was invited to my best friend’s family reunion. Since I hadn’t had a chance to see her for about 8 years, I jumped at the opportunity. We have known each other for over 20 years and have spoken on the phone at least weekly…

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…

Strengthen the Ambiance in Your Space with Art

If the rooms in your house lack strength and character, art can elevate your spaces. Small shapely art objects displayed on shelves and artfully lit can make a big impact. Textured fabrics used on pillows, floor coverings and artfully framed will add warmth and character to a room….