Is life this simple? Share everything. Play fair. Don’t hit people. Put things back where you found them. Clean up your own mess. Don’t take things that aren’t yours. Say you’re sorry when you hurt somebody. Wash your hands before you eat. Flush. Warm cookies and cold milk are good for you. Live a balancedContinue reading “FOR PEOPLE WHO THINK TOO MUCH”

Packing and Unpacking The Suitcase

Literary Sequel Suitcase: Your characters need to pack a suitcase for the next book in the series. I am paraphrasing author, Katie Hart Smith, who writes the Sacred Heart Series. Her imagery is useful – dare I confess – as I outline the first half of my sequel to Well of Rage. Recently, my daughterContinue reading “Packing and Unpacking The Suitcase”

Tasers, Self Defense, & Community

I attended a community meeting at Green Forest Baptist Church on Rainbow Drive in Decatur, Georgia. My intention was to learn how to use the new tasers and buy one for my safety and the safety of others. Why? A few weeks ago,  I was leaving my subdivision, I witnessed a domestic struggle in aContinue reading “Tasers, Self Defense, & Community”


This BBC series stars Sarah Lancashire as a Yorkshire police sergeant, Catherine Cawood. The combination of brilliant script writing and seasoned actors combine to make a layered performance including: Yorkshire politics, family conflict, raising an angry grandchild, a sister who’s a recovering addict, and the lingering grief over the loss of a child. The subplot involvesContinue reading ““HAPPY VALLEY” & BBC”

The Dancing Flowers for Peace Means…

The Dancing Flowers for Peace are more than a performance dance troupe. Each member picks their flower persona based on what they want to explore about bringing peace in the world and into themselves. Honing our performance and dance chops sets the stage to literally and figuratively move and transform the elements that block peace.Continue reading “The Dancing Flowers for Peace Means…”

The Ride with Mr. Billboard

“Be Curious and Open to New Ideas. Have fun.” Perhaps, Bobbie Christmas, the book doctor, isn’t referring to designing an ad for an electronic billboard. We, my husband and I, hadn’t designed a billboard ad until last week. The Experiment In Stream of Consciousness: I attempt to adjust my attitude and discard the negative this couldn’tContinue reading “The Ride with Mr. Billboard”

Ahmir Thompson Finds His Roots

Recently, Ahmir Thompson, a famous musician and the bandleader for the Jimmy Fallon Show, was a guest on Finding Your Roots. His ancestry was traced to the last American slave ship, The Cotillion or Cotilda. Can you imagine not knowing anything about your lineage and discover your great-great-great grandmother and grandfather were born in AfricaContinue reading “Ahmir Thompson Finds His Roots”