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Grit & Gratitude

Grit & Gratitude

What do Tonka Trucks and the Energizer Bunny have in common? Endurance. Sustainability. Grit. Tonka Trucks can take a licking and keep on ticking. The Energizer Bunny keeps going and going and going. Much like both the Tonka Truck and the Energizer Bunny, some of us...

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Smell the Roses

Smell the Roses

Have you ever heard an elder say, "Give me my roses while I can still smell them"? Well, it's true. It's so much more rewarding to experience our accolades firsthand rather than hear a second-hand account. It's not a matter of hurrying through life passing out roses...

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Left Holding the Bag

Left Holding the Bag

"What she leave me?" "Granny said I could have her pearl ring." "Sell the house, and give me my share." "No! We can't sell our house. We grew up here." And the pleadings and outcries go on and on, but they don't have to rest in uncertainty. The one left holding the...

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You Gotta Tell Somebody

You Gotta Tell Somebody

How many times have we heard about families combing through paperwork, moving from drawer to drawer, and file to file looking for insurance documents? We know that Big Mama has burial insurance, but no one knows just where she placed it. Sister worked, but she also...

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Fingerprints

Fingerprints

At some point in our viewing adventures, we've seen a character access an area that requires fingerprint or eye scan identification verification. It's usually a high-security entrance or top-secret access that requires this verification authentication. Only...

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5-Wishes

5-Wishes

If you possessed the power to grant five wishes to those who love you most, what would you give them? Long-life? Wealth? True love? Eternal life? Health? All these sound great, but what about presenting them with peace of heart and confident assurance that emanates...

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Memories

Memories

Memories harness so much power. They bring us smiles and tears and joy. However, memories also bring dread or terror, pain, or regret. Needless to say, our memories beckon us to spend time in the places of our content, or our memories threaten us to flee the...

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A Ripple In Time–Purpose Fulfilled

A Ripple In Time–Purpose Fulfilled

The powerful impact of the ripple effect connects each of us to major and minor happenings in the lives of others. Yet, other rippling streams join others to major and minor happenings in each of our own life—what a wondrous phenomenon. Interestingly enough, we each...

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Comfort Yourself With These Words

Comfort Yourself With These Words

Whew! 2020 truly captured the heart of all those New Year's Eve messages we heard at the beginning of the year. Just to name a few, "2020, A Year of Vision," or this one, "A New Thing In A New Year," and here's another, "2020, I See," Said the Blind Man." The song...

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Connections By Design

Connections By Design

Not by luck, not an accident, not by chance, but through providence. I believe every human encounter initiates via divine design. With all the people in the world and all the potential opportunities to intersect with others, it amazes me how people engage and build...

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Finding Your Story In the Mundane

Finding Your Story In the Mundane

Perhaps your life doesn't seem all that exciting. Maybe, like most people, you get into your groove and continue on autopilot. Your everyday happenings come and go. As the years passed, you don't know where all the years have gone. A birthday here, an anniversary...

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Who Tells Your Story

Who Tells Your Story

A poignant introspect grows from a recurring theme in the stage play, Hamilton. "Who lives? Who dies? Who tells your story?" These lyrics all but force us to contemplate this reality. Very few people take into account the fact that our sojourn here on earth mandates...

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Life and Legacy

Life and Legacy

Most everyone wants recognition for doing something meaningful. We so often look beyond our immediate circle when we celebrate the legacy of heroes. Yet, there are heroes in our midst or who were once in our midst. As I write this blog today, Oct 10, I celebrate the...

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Building It, Brick-By-Brick

Building It, Brick-By-Brick

Whitney Houston sang, "And I'm taking it step by step, bit by bit, stone by stone (Yeah), brick by brick (Oh, yeah) step by step, day by day, mile by mile, go your own way. And that's the gospel truth. We move forward like contractors building our stories bit by bit....

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What’s With That Tat?

What’s With That Tat?

Tattoos are the harbinger of the unsung life stories of those waiting to be told. They reveal the heart and soul on a human canvas. Flesh imprinted with the inkings of the silent. What of that tat-tat-tatting. With little room for error, the artist's genius morphs...

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