Old School Memory: The View-Master

One of my early childhood toys was the View-Master. I had this vintage item in the mid-late 1970s. Mine was red. I liked this toy because, looking back, it was like a little theater for your eyes only. All you had to do was insert the cardboard disk or reels into the toy, and watch […]

Family is Love

Image courtesy of David Castillo Dominici at FreeDigitalPhotos.net This past weekend, I spent a few hours with my mother and sister. As usual, we had a wonderful time just talking. We talked about family, current events – life in general. When the evening was over, we had created loving memories that we will treasure throughout […]

Strength Over Death

Last week was very busy for me. It was busy to the point of stressful. However, the stress didn’t kill me (thank God!) or give me a stroke or heart attack. So, this saying can apply to me to the fullest: Are you able to relate to this image? If so, then please do tell! […]

Hello, 2015!

Here we are; at the beginning of a new year again. It seems like only yesterday the New Year was 2014. Now it’s 2015 – the mid-2010s. Just to reflect briefly on 2014, I just want to say, oh, what a year that was! Although 2014 was a year of continuous tribulations, I must say […]

My Weekend Getaway

Flickr Photo by rjones0856/Creative Commons Everybody needs a break from the daily grind of life. Even if you work at home, you still need to get away. That is exactly what I did last weekend with my best friend and sister, Carrie. Although we have plans to take sister trips to Europe and the Caribbean, we […]

Writing to the Tune of Music

Image courtesy of Stuart Miles/ FreeDigitalPhotos.net Writing is a mental job that requires strong concentration. You can’t have your mind wondering all over the place (what will I eat for dinner, I need to pay the bills, etc.) while trying to create a character. It takes a lot of mental energy. So, quietness is the […]

Happy Memorial Day!

In lieu of a regular blog post today, I want to wish everyone a happy Memorial Day. Across the country, people will either attend memorial services or visit national cemeteries to place an American flag on the graves of military men and women. There will also be people having cookouts or just relaxing around the […]

Coffee: The Writer’s Beverage

I am Annie Jones’ granddaughter (bless her sweet, departed soul). She would sit in her chair with her two long, salt & pepper Indian braids, watch her soap opera, and drink a hot cup of Maxwell coffee. Some thirty plus years later, I too drink a hot cup of coffee while creating a soap opera […]

Why do I Write?

Everyone has a reason for the things they do. Sometimes it can be several reasons. Speaking for myself, I have three reasons for writing. So, exactly why do I sit at a computer everyday pushing out words? #1: It’s my God given talent: We’re all given a gift that we’re meant to pursue. For me […]

The Comfort of Working at Home: Bedroom Shoes

  People wonder what the greatest comfort about working at home is. There are many comforts: having your own workspace, creating your own hours, having peace minus office drama … the list goes on. One great comfort I can think of now is a simple one: bedroom shoes. I’m not fond of shoes. I wear […]