Summer Vacation Countdown & Why I Am Od’ing on Self Care

"The new norm for me is to make Hilda a priority so that I can have the energy to give to my loved ones and be at my best." This time of year parents all over the country are starting to get to that point where exhaustion is starting to set in. The demands of … Continue reading Summer Vacation Countdown & Why I Am Od’ing on Self Care

Peeling Away the Layers, One Brick at a Time 

At some point in our lives we are faced with an important decision. To either face the pain that we have stuffed and hid behind for years or just face it.  When I use the word "we", I am among the countless numbers of individuals that have faced some form of emotional, physical, or spiritual, … Continue reading Peeling Away the Layers, One Brick at a Time 

I Don’t Want Your Grandmother’s Ring

I saw a meme in a Facebook group that asked what you would do if after five years of marriage, you discovered that your wedding ring used to belong to your husband's ex-wife. My answer was not exactly the most cooperative. For me, it would not be a means to ending the relationship, but I … Continue reading I Don’t Want Your Grandmother’s Ring

25 powerful photos of Chicago’s Women’s March (2017)

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The Reason For The Season

"That's not what the holiday season is about for me.  I would much rather my kids learn that they should be blessed to be a blessing to others." The winter holidays can be a trying time for some. Besides the fact that the days are shorter, the weather a little colder, from Thanksgiving through the … Continue reading The Reason For The Season

Blog Rewind: When The Pieces Start To Fall Back Into Place

My brother  has not spoken to our (biological) dad in close to five years. For reasons that I, as his sister totally understand and that others may not think as right. But as you grow older and life's situations cause you to cherish life and relationships more closely, the hardness and hatred that you hold … Continue reading Blog Rewind: When The Pieces Start To Fall Back Into Place

So Thankful….

Today is the day that we are supposed to stop and be thankful. I challenge you to be thankful everyday. It's not the easiest thing to do when there is so much going on in the world and in life in general. Showing gratitude is what's important. What you give to the universe comes back … Continue reading So Thankful….

My Kitchen Is Closed – The Price Of Non-Compliance

Back in the day when hubby and me married, we agreed that whichever one cooked dinner the other would clean the kitchen after dinner. We were both working and shared all the other house work. For the first few years this system worked great, but somewhere along the way my dearly beloved decided that he … Continue reading My Kitchen Is Closed – The Price Of Non-Compliance

It’s all about that Apple! – 5 things I discovered about myself hanging out at County Line Orchard

Picking apples off trees makes me feel peaceful. Stretching for that one apple that had the right glow, pigment, and seem to be the strength of the branch was not only rewarding but helped me to know that a prize possession isn’t necessarily human. It can be a piece of fruit not tainted with shine … Continue reading It’s all about that Apple! – 5 things I discovered about myself hanging out at County Line Orchard

A Walk In Her Shoes

Last week I went to Rockdale Medical in Conyers for my mammogram as I do every year. And like past years, they squeezed my boobs until those little puppies cried for mercy. Afterwards I dressed and continued with my day as always. I knew that my little letter would come in the mail letting me … Continue reading A Walk In Her Shoes