Happiness Thieves

It happens every holiday. The holiday thieves come out of the woodwork to steal your happiness and enlighten you as to why you need to be as “woke” (meaning enlightened, mentally and spiritually evolved) as they are. If you celebrate a religious holiday like Christmas or Easter, you are labeled as “sheeple,” and pretty much called stupid for daring to celebrate these religious traditions for various reasons that they have spent countless hours researching. It’s a little worse when days like Valentine’s Day or Sweetest Day roll around. The “too woke” crew starts barking about how it’s just a holiday created by the candy industry to take your money, and how you shouldn’t need a holiday to remind you to tell someone you love them. If you really love a person you should give them flowers every day! Say, “I love you,” everyday. (How many times have you seen one of these “too woke” people holding a bouquet of roses and professing their love to anyone on a non-holiday? Yeah…my point exactly!!!)

It’s sad, because these “Too Woke” folk come off as angry and unhappy. (I’m sure they have a few good days, here and there.) They are always finding fault with everyone else’s joy. So what if I spend MY hard earned dollars on some cheap chocolate and flowers on a designated day of the year? The problem is, you’re TOO WOKE! Lack of sleep makes you cranky (and quite annoying to the rest of us well rested folk)! So, to all of you “Too woke” people that may read this, I encourage you to look at this Valentine’s Day as a day of rest. Take a chill pill. Meditate on happy things (please). Read a book and continue your course on February 15 when the celebration of love is over. Buy some discount candy on the 15th and experience some of the love you’ve been missing. Share some of your discounted candy haul with your significant other and see what happens.

And for all my “sheeple” out there, I wish you much love!

 

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Possession

I give you my heart willingly.

Once you accept it,

You own it.

Take it.

Keep it.

Care for it like it’s your own.

Don’t break it.

Don’t abandon it.

Don’t forget its value.

Don’t forget to keep it alive.

Protect it.

Give me yours, willingly,

And I will do the same.

I won’t break it.

I’ll cherish it,

Carry it with me wherever I go.

I won’t let anyone steal it.

I won’t forget it

And replace it with another.

I’ll own it

And care for it like it’s my own,

Because once you entrust it to me, it is.

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Man and Woman

Photo credit: Leslie Jane Moran

My Valentine

If you know about me, you know that (like many women) I lust after Idris Elba. Me and my cyber girlfriends fight over him like a bunch of schoolgirls all the time. (Seriously, he doesn’t even know we exist. We’re not even friend-zoned. We’re fan-zoned!!) The competition to be his imaginary boo has been increased by his latest promotion to win a date with him. (It’s a great cause – raising funds to help educate girls in Africa. Contribute if you can!)

I reposted a video of my future-baby-daddy consulting the experts on how to make our date special, and one of my girlfriends asked if I’d put my name in for consideration. I just tossed my name in the ring (but could still use a few sponsors). But her question inspired me to write a poem about what a date with Idris would be like. Fellow writer Elisabeth Velasquez inspired the cinquain format. (Check her out!! She’s AWESOME!)

My Valentine

Yam Smash
Criss-cross dancing
On fluffy clouds of joy
My Valentine’s Day date and I.
Oh yes!

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Just look at him…so sexy..not too long! Look away!

Photo credit: Tina Franklin

Happy New Year!

 

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Welcome to the new year! This month, planners and organizers are flying off the shelves, gym memberships are up, people are making resolutions that they’ll forget before the month ends, and quippy slogans about how great the is year is going to be are rolling off people’s tongues! Ain’t tradition grand?

There is something to be said for having a symbolic starting point. January 1st seems like a great time to set or reset goals. But maybe, instead of setting goals once a year for the entire year, it might be more manageable to set one or two goals to achieve by the end of each month. That way, one isn’t putting too much pressure on his- or herself. I’ve found that process works for me quite well. I actually get more done and meet more of my goals with this “bite sized” approach than giving myself a 12-month deadline.

So, whether you are setting weight-loss goals, or trying to be better organized in 2017, just remember that there are 365 days in a year. You can only live them one day at a time. Whatever wonderful things you set your hands to, I wish you much success in 2017!

Happy New Year!

 

It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

The end of summer is upon us! Not the weather, necessarily, but having the children return to school! Parents are celebrating all over the country!

The end of summer no longer has the same impact on me since my daughter is now a college student. But, I do fondly remember the joy that came with dropping her off at the school and then peeling out of the parking lot to come home and crawl back into my warm bed to catch the remaining portion of my 40 winks. Good times….goooooooood times!

So, I raise my coffee mug to you parents who are getting prepared for (or whose children have already had their) first day of school! Happy 2016-17 school year!

 

 

Valentine’s Day 2016

Good Morrow and Happy Love Day, Citizens!

In all the activity surrounding romance today, make sure you take some time to love yourself. You’re totally worth it!

But since today is about love, here are three of my favorite original pieces on romance and affection. Enjoy! ❤

Dear Future Husband

Intimacy

Unequivocally

P.S.,

Here’s a little mood music for you as a bonus! 😀

Love Ballad by LTD

The Point of It All by Anthony Hamilton

He Loves Me by Jill Scott

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Goodbye 2014! Hello 2015!

2015 flourish

I’ve heard a lot of people proclaim 2014 was a horrible year.  It certainly was fraught with one challenge after another, but I can’t count it as horrible. In 2013 I was challenged with letting things go. The process of letting go carried over into 2014. It was hard. It was even painful at times, but it was worth it. I won’t be carrying useless baggage into the new year. 🙂

Great things are already lined up for 2015. Look for the re-release of my book Persistence of Vision this year! I’m also working on a collaborative work to be released later in the year. I’ve made connections with fellow writers in 2014 that have the potential to blossom into something amazing and fruitful (shout out to my Sandboxers!), and I’m looking forward to taking the A to Z blog challenge, again (planning starts now!).

I’ve already decided that 2015 is the year that things begin to fall into place and flourish. I hope that your 2015 will be your best year, yet!

Happy New Year!

How I Became a Mom

She was not a part of my plan. She happened to me. Really, I’m not making it up! When I found out my due date, I was very upset. She was expected to arrive on MY birthday!! The nerve of that kid!! I prayed and prayed that she would be a few weeks early. I read the books! She could have been born in the 7th month and be a fully functional human being! But it didn’t happen that way. I went into labor 3 days before my birthday. I was glad!

My labor seemed to be moving swiftly, so I thought I would meet my child later that evening. But, as would become the trend for the rest of my life, the child had other plans. I was admitted to the hospital on the afternoon 14th, and didn’t give birth until the next morning. She had strong lungs. She started crying when only her head was out. I was glad to hear that cry. It meant she was healthy. One final push, officially made me a mom.

I brought her home on my 21st birthday. It rained that day. The thunder and lightening a seemed extra loud to me, but she slept through it. Not a care in the world…until feeding time! But I didn’t feel like a mother, yet. I was scared! God entrusted me with another human life when I could barely fend for myself! What was he thinking?!?! Did he know what he was doing? And then there was the curse my family put on me when I was a kid. The I hope you have a child just like you curse. I wasn’t certain about it before, but with a few years I found out that the curse was real. But, it made my kid predictable, so it was really a blessing. I knew what I was with and how to outsmart her…most of the time.

It took nursing and several diaper changes for me to feel like a mother. It didn’t happen when I first held her. I was excited when she said “Ma” for the first time. That declaration made it official. She gave me a title and in my 21 year old mind, that meant she trusted me with her life.

She is going to be 18 soon. I look back on her childhood and how well she has grown and I can’t help but smile. She survived ME! Lol! She’s smart, funny, talented, tenacious, thoughtful, fashionable (that matters to teenagers), and tough (but she is still frilly and girly when she needs to be). That little person, who is now an amazing young lady, made me grow up very quickly. I’m certain she doesn’t understand that as one of her super powers. She turned an innocent, naive kid into an authority figure and grown woman. I have learned a lot about myself through her, and she’s told me she has learned from me (which, thank God!! Because I was certain she tuned me out several times). I love my daughter dearly!

To all you moms out there, I hope you have a wonderful Mother’s Day!

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Zucchini Day

Me. Holding a Zucchini while talking on the phone.
Me. Holding a Zucchini while talking on the phone on National Zucchini Day.

 

I love food holidays…mostly because I love good food! Among my favorites are, National Donut Day, National Pancake Day and National Coffee Day. A few years ago, I discovered that August 8th is National Zucchini Day. I like zucchini, but I didn’t think there was a day devoted to that particular squash! It amused me when someone actually left a bag of that wonderful squash in my door! We feasted that night!

Now, to celebrate Zucchini Day, you just don’t go out and buy and eat zucchini. No, that is just the wrong way to celebrate zucchini! You are supposed to sneak a zucchini into your neighbor’s door. Yes, sneak. Why? I don’t know, but stealth gift-giving is always fun. I can testify that surprise gift-receiving is also wonderful fun…especially receiving healthy, useful gifts like zucchini! 😀

So, what do you do if you are on the receiving end on National Zucchini Day? Cook them, of course! I love them sauté them with onions, garlic and diced tomato. But here are a few recipes you can try in the event you are blessed with zucchini on August 8th!

(P.S. May 11th is National Eat What You Want Day. You may want to try some of these recipes on that day! You’re Welcome! 😀 )

Zucchini Bread (you can add carrots and raisins for extra flavor)

Grilled Zucchini

Zucchini Fries (great substitute for French Fries)

Veggie Stir Fry

If You Love Me

Abstract Embrace in Red, Allposters.com (Artist unknown)
Abstract Embrace in Red, Allposters.com (Artist unknown)

 

Say it to my soul,
if you really mean it.
Don’t just let the words
carelessly pass over your lips.
Let those words
bubble up, and flow,
and cascade, like water over the falls.
Don’t hold back!
Don’t resist!

Say it to my soul,
if your heart is true.
In the worst of times,
say it!
Love is not always
a comfortable experience.
Don’t be afraid
to be bare before me.

Say it.

Say it to every part of me.

Say it to my soul.
I want to hear it.
I want to know
and be without doubt.
I’m willing to endure
the keen blade of truth,
if you offer it to me.

So, say it,
if you love me,
Say it to my soul.