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We measure our lives in time.

Seconds, minutes, hours.

Days, weeks, months.


Milestones are celebrated.

A child walks, talks, starts school.

Graduates, marries, becomes a parent.

Life is a continuous celebration.

Until we experience loss.

Of a child or parent.

Or spouse.

Someone isn’t here to celebrate a birthday or anniversary.

Or Christmas.

Times of celebration become bittersweet or sad.

Or unbearable.

Someone said grief is love with no place to go.

But love can always be shared with family and friends,

And most of all, with yourself.

Grief should never stop the celebration,

But instead, enhance it.

The pain of loss never ends,

But the celebration of love and memories

Makes it bearable.

And makes you smile.

Merry Christmas.


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Happy National Read-a-Book Day!

Reading should not be presented to children as a chore, a duty. It should be offered as a gift.” —Kate DiCamillo

Reading makes immigrants of us all. It takes us away from home, but more important, it finds homes for us everywhere.” —Jean Rhys

Books are the plane, and the train, and the road. They are the destination, and the journey. They are home.” —Anna Quindlen

Keep reading. It’s one of the most marvelous adventures anyone can have.” —Lloyd Alexander

National School Librarian Day!

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Because of the coVID19 pandemic, most schools around the country (and the world) have ended their school year. But, I’d still like to acknowledge school librarians for National School Librarian Day.

On April 4th each year, National School Librarian Day recognizes the professionals who keep the school library in working order. School librarians spend long hours keeping the library organized. They’re also dedicated to helping children find the resources they need to keep learning. School librarians are the people who create an environment where students can learn every day of the year. Their work is an impressive accomplishment.

The school librarians provide guidance and expose our youth not only to texts, print media, and literature but to digital resources and the technology, too. These resources connect them to libraries around the world. A school librarian’s ability to manage scores of media and a library full of students with numerous projects and schedules astounds us.

We’re not able to stop by our local school libraries and say thank you to the research specialists who taught us to use resources materials… and maybe even the Dewey Decimal System and nurtured our love of reading, but consider stopping by the website or Facebook page of the school you or your children attended and leave a post of thanks for the school librarian with the hashtag #NationalSchoolLibrarianDay. These unsung heroes deserve our thanks, our support, and so much more!


Librarians on the job!


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National Donor Day

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My late husband, Dennis, was on the local registry list for a donor kidney but succumbed to End Stage Renal DennisDisease last spring before a match was found. In the United States, more than 120,000 people are waiting for a life-saving organ donation.

Observed each year on February 14th, National Donor Day (also known as  National Organ Donor Day) is a day to increase awareness about organ donation and the lives that can be saved.

Give the gift of Life.

The observance focuses on five different types of donations:  Organs – Tissues – Marrow – Platelets – Blood.  Many nonprofit health organizations sponsor blood and marrow drives and organ/tissue sign-ups across the nation. Approximately every two seconds, there is someone in the U.S. who needs blood, which translates to the need for over 41,000 daily donations.

Each type of donation saves lives. While blood, platelets, tissue, marrow, and some organs may be donated at any time, most organs are donated upon death. A single donor can save up to 8 lives and help more than 75 people.

Look into becoming a donor.  Visit donatelifenw.org and organdonor.gov for more information on organ donation.


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Give the gift of life.





One-Hit Wonder Day!



On September 25th, National One-Hit Wonder Day brings back memories while turning up the volume. We honor all the musical artists and chart-topping songs that make them memorable.

A one-hit wonder is a musical artist who is successful with one hit song, but without a comparable subsequent hit. The term may also be applied to an artist who is remembered for only one hit despite other successes.

Believe it or not, there have been hundreds of one-hit wonders in the music world. Below I’ve complied a list of a few that were one hit wonders in my lifetime in descending order from 2010.

Cali Swag District – “Teach Me How to Dougie” (2010)

Macy Gray – “I Try” (2000)

BBMak – “Back Here” (2000)

Wheatus – “Teenage Dirtbag” (2000)

Baha Men – “Who Let the Dogs Out?” (2000)

Blu Cantrell – “Hit ‘Em Up Style (Oops!)” (2001)

Joan Osborne – “One of Us” (1996)

95 South – “Whoot, There It Is” (1993)

Tag Team – “Whoomp! (There It Is)” (1993)

Blind Melon – “No Rain” (1993)

Haddaway – “What Is Love” (1993)

Right Said Fred – “I’m Too Sexy” (1992)

Sir Mix-A-Lot – “Baby Got Back” (1992)

Kris Kross – “Jump” (1992)

Deee-Lite – “Groove Is in the Heart” (1990)

Sinead O’Connor – “Nothing Compares 2 U” (1990)

Thomas Dolby – “She Blinded Me with Science” (1982)

After the Fire – “Der Kommisar” (1982)

Patrice Rushen – “Forget Me Nots” (1982)

Modern English – “I Melt with You” (1982)

Dexys Midnight Runners – “Come On Eileen” (1982)

Dr. Jeckyll & Mr. Hyde – “Genius Rap” (1982)

Madness – “Our House” (1982)

Bow Wow Wow – “I Want Candy” (1982)

Haircut One Hundred – “Love Plus One” (1982)

Men Without Hats – “The Safety Dance” (1982)

Grover Washington, Jr. – “Just the Two of Us” (1981)

Tommy Tutone – “867-5309/Jenny” (1981)

Soft Cell – “Tainted Love” (1981)

Bertie Higgins – “Key Largo” (1981)

Quarterflash – “Harden My Heart” (1981)

Tom Tom Club – “Genius of Love” (1981)

Devo – “Whip It” (1980)

The Buggles – “Video Killed the Radio Star” (1980)

Lipps Inc. – “Funkytown” (1980)

The Boomtown Rats – “I Don’t Like Mondays” (1980)

Gary Numan – “Cars” (1980)

The Vapors – “Turning Japanese” (1980)

Robbie Dupree – “Steal Away” (1980)

Billy Paul – “Me and Mrs. Jones” (1972)

Jean Knight – “Mr. Big Stuff” (1971)

Five Stairsteps – “O-o-h Child” (1970)

Norman Greenbaum – “Spirit in the Sky” (1970)

The Singing Nun – “Dominique” (1963)

Doris Troy – “Just One Look” (1963)

The Exciters – “Tell Him” (1962)

Can you think of any #OneHitWonders? 😀

Compiled from Wikipedia and National Day Calendar.

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National Random Acts of Kindness Day!

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Observed on February 17th, National Random Acts of Kindness Day has grown in popularity each year.  It is celebrated by individuals, groups, and organizations nationwide to encourage acts of kindness.

I believe we can all agree random acts of kindness are always a good thing, but society could really use a few right about now. Let’s get to it!

The phrase “practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” was written by Anne Herbert on a placemat in Sausalito, California in 1982. It was based on the phrase “random acts of violence and senseless acts of cruelty”. Herbert’s book Random Acts of Kindness was published in February 1993 speaking about true stories of acts of kindness.

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) was founded in 1995 in the USA. It is a nonprofit headquartered in Denver, Colorado.

However, launched in 2004, New Zealand was the first country in the world to have a Random Acts of Kindness Day!

New Zealand’s RAK Day started after co-founder Josh de Jong was stuck in Auckland traffic one typical afternoon and watched some irate drivers ahead of him getting into a bit of a road rage altercation. He began to think… ‘what would it be like if on one day everyone in New Zealand was kind to a stranger?’ Thus the national day was born and quickly spread around the world.

A simple online search of ‘random acts of kindness’ yields a return of thousands of related items, not the least of which is dozens of groups and organizations created to spread kindness.

The cynic in me could say how sad it is we need groups to motivate us to be kind to each other. But, my optimistic side applauds them for leading by example.

I hope the day is celebrated with millions of acts of random kindness, but I also hope we don’t wait for February 17th or some random group to recruit to us. It doesn’t take much to show kindness. Hate takes effort and forethought, and energy to sustain it. Kindness is natural when you treat others the way you wish to be treated.

A few ideas for random acts of kindness could include:

  • Pay for the person behind you in the drive-thru
  • Let someone go ahead of you in line
  • Buy extra at the grocery store and donate it to a food pantry
  • Buy flowers for someone (postal worker, grocery store clerk, bus driver, etc.)
  • Help someone change a flat tire
  • Post anonymous sticky notes with validating or uplifting messages around for people to find
  • Compliment a work colleague on their work
  • Send an encouraging text to someone
  • Take muffins to work
  • Let a car into the traffic ahead of you
  • Wash someone else’s car
  • Take a gift to new neighbors and introduce yourself
  • Pay the bus fare for the passenger behind you

Showing kindness to someone else makes them AND you feel good – so enjoy your day…and feel good!

No Random Act




(Compiled from Google, Wikipedia, and NationalDayCalendar.com.)

Spend some time with a good book!

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In the Best Interest of the Child

That day forever changed Olivia’s life.

Severely injured in an accident that forever changed her life, 10-year-old Olivia becomes another faceless, under-served child in foster care. With no time to mourn or grieve, the young girl is easy prey for uncaring social workers and ambivalent foster families.

Olivia quickly learns to hold her tongue and mask her emotions. Even when exposed to neglect, bullying, and assault, no one seems to care. Holding fast to the teachings of her late father, Olivia ages out of the system broken, but no longer a victim.

Now a successful child advocate attorney, Olivia is a passionate voice for children. However, a routine case assignment by the court plunges Olivia back into the trauma of her childhood. If she doesn’t face her demons, a child will be sent into foster care.

Foster care for her young client is not an option. But Olivia’s emotional scars run even deeper than she realized. Reconciling with her past means Olivia must confront the one woman she blames for her battered soul.

A woman who has no idea who Olivia is.

NOTE: This book is intended for mature readers – 18+.

What Readers are saying…

Each page left you wanting to read more to find out what would happen next.” -Kotrish W., Amazon review

I’d recommend it to anyone who enjoys women’s fiction or contemporary fiction.” -Kathy G., Amazon review

“I can’t wait to read the next installment, and I highly recommend this book to everyone.” -A.C.M., Amazon review


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Free, a Novella

Lenore Porter’s life had not gone as she planned.

The marriage she put her heart and soul into failed.

The man she sacrificed so much for abandoned her.

But Lennie refused to be broken. She pushed on, running a successful business and raising her three sons alone.

Through health scares, severe family dysfunction and trauma which forever changed their lives, the Porter family clung to each other to keep from sinking into the darkness.

With her marriage over long ago and her adult sons living their own lives, Lenore Porter decides to sell the cold fortress she worked so hard to make a warm, loving home.

A short, final inspection of her former home turns into a confrontation with ghosts from the past, and decisions and events Lennie felt she’d dealt with and moved on from.

Free, a Novella is a short, clean read recounting one woman’s determination to not be broken by life or lose her identity.

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Bessie Coleman, Pilot

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The first licensed African American Female pilot was named Bessie Coleman.

Born in Atlanta, Texas in 1892, Bessie Coleman grew up in a world of harsh poverty, discrimination and segregation. She moved to Chicago at 23 to seek her fortune, but found little opportunity there as well. Wild tales of flying exploits from returning WWI soldiers first inspired her to explore aviation, but she faced a double stigma in that dream being both African American and a woman.

She set her sights on France in order to reach her dreams and began studying French. In 1920, Coleman crossed the ocean with all of her savings and the financial support of Robert Abbott, one of the first African American millionaires. Over the next seven months, she learned to fly and in June of 1921, the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale awarded her an international pilot’s license. Wildly celebrated upon her return to the United States, reporters turned out in droves to greet her.

Coleman performed at numerous airshows over the next five years, performing heart thrilling stunts, encouraging other African Americans to pursue flying, and refusing to perform where Blacks were not admitted. When she tragically died in a plane accident in 1926, famous writer and equal rights advocate Ida B. Wells presided over her funeral. An editorial in the “Dallas Express” stated, “There is reason to believe that the general public did not completely sense the size of her contribution to the achievements of the race as such.”

Image: Bessie Coleman and her plane in 1922, Monash University 

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