Advanced Reader’s Copy (Brief) Review: Here We Are

This anthology, in my opinion, would be a great addition to any pre-teen or teen girl’s collection.  It presents feminist ideologies in a way that is non-combative, yet it doesn’t shy away from the confrontation and boldness needed in the … Continue reading

Advanced Reader’s Copy Review: Wildly into the Dark

Flipping through the book the author described as “Typewriter poems and the rattlings of a curious mind,” I first find that aesthetically​, it’s quite pleasing. The vintage look of the typewritten pages and aged paper gives a wonderfully warm and … Continue reading

A New You for the New Year – 31 Questions 

Join us for service each Saturday at 4:30 pm! Once, when the people of God had become careless in their relationship with Him, the Lord rebuked them through the prophet Haggai. “Consider your ways!” (Haggai 1:5) he declared, urging them … Continue reading

Mt. Olive: Striving to Look Like the Kingdom of God

Lately, it seems that while we, as Christians  (and as a society, in general) make advancements in many areas, we continue to fail in our treatment of and respect for one another. We continue to separate ourselves one from another, … Continue reading

National Headwrap Day

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Last week, I started my loc journey for the second time. Since then, I’ve rebuilt my scarf collection and have embraced the tradition of headwrapping. There’s such an honor and a feeling of connection to my African antecedents when I’m wrapped. It feels as though they and God are embracing me gently. So, today being the day that we celebrate the tradition, I wish everyone who wraps in honor of culture, faith, or fashion a beautiful day!

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All the Many Changes…

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It’s amazing how time flies when you’re really living. I just logged in to my blog and discovered I’ve posted nothing since August. Believe me, I’m totally committed  to maintaing this site, but in the past few months, life has been a beautiful storm of love and life as well as death and transition.

In June, I was still galavanting around the country writing and loving the freedom of minimalism and the simplicity of RV life. Without boring you with minor details, I’ll fast foward through life events…

By mid-June, I was back in my home state after recording audio books and some of my original music with my producer in Indiana. On July 4th, I became engaged. In August, I was married and my husband agreed to try living the full time RV dream with me. Two weeks after that, I was able to witness the birth of my first and only grandchild. Less than one month later, due to unforeseen circumstances, we became the guardians of said grandchild and needed to abort our nomadic existence.

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In a matter of only a few weeks, we sold my RV,  moved into a new home, and I acquired a “regular vehicle,” and drove at street level for the first time since I started full timing. I didn’t  know that my grandbaby wasn’t the only one who needed to have a home environment in which to be cared for.

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This month, after celebrating his 50th birthday, my master musician, Veteran Army Ranger brother suffered two strokes. These were in addition the four he had suffered in the previous three years,  and the three heart attacks he had two years prior to the first stroke. He declined very quickly and moved into our home to receive hospice care. Just last week, he passed away, and for the first time in my life, I’m left an only child without the protective presence of my big brother hovering around me.

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Yes, there have been many changes in my life. In some  ways, I’ve come full circle. At the end of the day, I wouldn’t change a thing. I have a loving husband, a happy home, a writing room to die for, a beautiful granddaughter, and my brother is no longer in pain. To God be the glory for all that He has done!