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Chapter 41- My COVID Birthday

Because of the meaning of my birthday (much more than me being born), I always try to do something significant on my birthday. And write about it. Like for all the people who canceled birthday plans- and wedding plans, graduation plans, trips,…
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My Journey to the Motherland- Accra, Ghana-Day 6

 After a fun night in Kumasi and a good night's rest at the Golden Bean Hotel, we woke up early to travel less than an hour to Beniase, the village where Justin's father grew up and near the school we would be visiting.  Our driver Leo and…
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5 Tips for Being Thankful When Life is Hard

Yesterday as I driving down the highway thinking about Thanksgiving and wondering what I would do for the holiday, I also thought about how many situations in my life were not where I wanted them to be. As I sank deeper into my woeful feelings,…
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Your Happiness Your Choice

I've been working on a new keynote, and I'm so excited about the impact I believe it will have on helping others to be more resilient. And even happier with life. It comes down to two choices- Accept it (SO What!) or Change it (So NOW…
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My Two New Babies

Did you know that last Sunday was Grandparents Day? At 40 years old, I am in a pretty unique position. I still have two grandmothers in their 90's. And I am a grandmother. Five-year old, Kailey and one of my new babies, six-week old…
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4 Reasons to Ensure Saying "Happy Mother's Day" Helps Not Hurts

Mothers wipe tears, kiss wounds, and calm fears. Mothers love the most, understand the most, give the most, sacrifice the most, deal with the most, and hurt the most. Mothers are imperfect, selfless, and forever hold their children in their…
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If I Live to See 97...

"Summer, can you brang me my earrings?" For two weeks I had the privilege of having my grandmother stay with me. She hadn't made the ride to Memphis to stay with me in nearly four years, but this time on my visit to see her she finally said…
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5 Lessons I (Re)Learned in 2018

In less than a week we will say goodbye to 2018 forever. But we say hello to 2019- a new year and another chance. As I reflect on the past year, I think about the roller coaster of emotions I felt (as I do every year). I think about some…
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Daddy, Do You Know?

Several years ago I nervously left my son at home alone in my new apartment for the first time since my divorce. When I came home from the birthday dinner I had gone to, I didn't know whether to be proud or sad. With a tie sloppily hanging…