This week…

This week was difficult to sit and write. First, the shootings that shook a community that was confident in their safety. The senseless shooting that took innocent lives. The senseless shooting that changed the reality of every family that lost a loved one The senseless shooting that shook me to my core, in not knowing... Continue Reading →

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What’s on your Thanksgiving Menu?

Each year I plan my Thanksgiving Menu. I figure out how many guests and how much food I’ll need to prepare and purchase. I am incredibly meticulous with details and presentation because I want my guests to feel welcomed, loved, satisfied and thankful! As I thought about this process, I thought about what is on... Continue Reading →

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Have you cried today?

When all you can do is cry - that’s ok! This year I cried a lot. There were tears of joy There were tears of deep sorrow There were tears of relief  There's were tears of happiness  There were tears of despair There were tears in laughter  There were tears of solace Crying is a... Continue Reading →

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“If only…”

Are you content? Do you feel - satisfied, pleased, gratified, fulfilled, happy, cheerful, glad; unworried, untroubled, at ease, at peace, tranquil, serene? So you accomplish all your goals.  You check all your to-dos and sit back say..and then what?  Were you satisfied?  Did it meet all your expectations?  Did you get out of it all... Continue Reading →

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How did we get here so fast?

Honestly, how did we get to the beginning of the end of this year!!! It's around this time that I always sit and reflect on this past year.  The ups, the downs.  The dreams realized.  The hopes deferred.  The goals checked off.  The addition of new goals.  The losses and the gains. This year came... Continue Reading →

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I needed it to be a cold blue…

I sat and cried. I thought I was okay, but I wasn’t.  The night before, I was taking my evening stroll and lectured my husband, that if anything should come back, that's questionable, I didn’t want anyone to overact. That if my tests were to prove something malignant, I wanted everyone to be strong. Yet,... Continue Reading →

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Crazy Faith!

"Crazy Faith! Don’t just pray about it, ACT ON IT! Normal begets normal. Crazy begets crazy!" - Mark Batterson, Draw the Circle So I decided to go back to school after 25 years!!! Yup, 25 years since I earned my Bachelor of Arts. Not only did I choose to return to obtain a Masters Degree, but... Continue Reading →

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Living Ready…​

These past few weeks I have reflected deeply on one simple theme - Am I living ready?   It seems we live ready for the next job, the next relationship, the next opportunity to seize the moment.  We want to take on the world, become the next big star, influencer, motivator.  We live ready to... Continue Reading →

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The Measure of a Man

We met 25 years ago.  I was broken, and he was whole.  We married and built a life together that was nothing but unconventional. Through it all he is consistent.   His character is consistent His temper is consistent His commitment to our family is consistent When we met, I lived in New York City,... Continue Reading →

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What’s holding you back?

Are your dreams deferred? Are you afraid of failing? Are you afraid of being embarrassed  Are you intimidated by others? What paralyzes you from trying? If you have an answer to each of these questions? Then you are the reason- no one and nothing should come between your purpose and your dreams.  When one door... Continue Reading →

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Summer of Simplicity…

Though the summer season is not over, in our home, it is.  School starts up along with the hustle and bustle of it's routine. With several weeks left into our summer season, I often wonder how many of us really did the following - relax, unplug, slow down, meditate, smile, have fun, enjoy life, breathe and... Continue Reading →

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Keyboard Courage…is it?

Several months ago I found myself the victim of attacks from "friends" on social media because of a difference of opinion.  It immediately made me re-evaluate the relationships and my role in social media.  Was I going to fall victim to their bullying and name calling or was I going to just walk away and leave... Continue Reading →

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Wonder Woman….

As a child, I have always loved Wonder Woman. I have countless images dressed like her! There was no one like Lynda Carter and her twirl and gold cuffs. Now as we walk into this new generation of Wonder Woman -I have come to understand and believe that ... We all have a little bit... Continue Reading →

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The “Burden of Eve”

Burden - (1) a load, especially a heavy one.  (Thesaurus) encumbrance, strain, care, problem, worry, difficulty, trouble, millstone; responsibility, charge, duty, obligation, liability. During a conversation I was having with my soul friend, I remember telling her ... “we must speak life and not death into our husbands, into our circumstances, it’s our burden the "Burden... Continue Reading →

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He keeps answering my heart!

Have you ever sat still enough to ask, God, do you see this? Are you listening? Do you know my heart? Have you ever sat still enough to recognize that God sees all things, He listens to everything, and yes, He understands the desires of our hearts! Our hearts hide the most intimate details of... Continue Reading →

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Lessons…along the way.

"Drudgery is the test of genuine character."  - Oswald Chamber I’ve learned several lessons these past few weeks - Live teachable... There is greatness in doing simple things greatly. Don’t think of yourself insignificant in your path, it's your journey. Live your life as best as possible and if along the way you inspire or... Continue Reading →

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This is me…

So!  It’s my birthday! Yup, that time again to reflect! Shed some tears, laugh out loud and walk in silence. Growing older has been quite the journey for me. Aging, well that is another matter altogether -  Here are some of the lessons I’ve learned along the way. Listen Love Cry Laugh out Loud without... Continue Reading →

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Just write…

How do I inspire when it's me that needs to BE inspired. It’s hard to write when your life is experiencing chaos and turmoil. It’s hard to write when all you want to do is lay in bed and sleep until your trial is over. It’s hard to write when what you want to say... Continue Reading →

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Love…it sometimes hurts.

You are broken, and I can’t fix you You are broken, and I will not hide it You are broken, and I must release you You are broken, and I will always love you You are broken and I accept it You are broken, and I will wait You are broken, and I have faith The... Continue Reading →

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Do I call?

The call came in. My father had a heart attack and is intensive care. I sit still and wait. I sit still and process what is before me. Do I love or do I walk away Do I choose to remember how he protected me or do I remember how he treated my mom? Do... Continue Reading →

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Just keep polishing…

I have attended several weddings in the past months, and one ceremony had a poignant moment. They asked specific people to surround them.   They stood up, walked up to the couple, surrounded them and prayed over them, blessing their marriage. These were their mentors.  Folks that will keep them accountable in marriage. Now that's a... Continue Reading →

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Being Latina !!

I have always felt proud of being a Latina. Never once was I embarrassed by my heritage. Until... Growing up in the projects among low-income Hispanics, African Americans, Irish, and Jewish families we really didn’t see or feel different. We were one community. We celebrated our color, hair (well on some days), our food, our... Continue Reading →

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You are challenged!

It was a challenge, but I did it… I unplugged from EVERYTHING for seven whole days! And by everything I mean, Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, LinkedIn, WordPress, Talk Radio (in my car) and TV! Yup, even TV. It was the most rewarding and freeing feeling I have experienced in a long time. Think about it. Twitter... Continue Reading →

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Doors…​

I currently am walking through the long corridor of Menopause! I’ve found a couple of doors along the way I refuse to open and others that I couldn’t help but open, walk in, take a seat and stay for a while! In those rooms, I’ve learned lessons that have shaken me to the core and... Continue Reading →

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Complicit…Are you?

Complicity the state of being an accomplice; partnership or involvement in wrongdoing: complicity in a crime. This blog became bigger than me than my opinions, experiences or conversations.  I was going through a personal experience realizing that I would be complicit in the neglect of someone I love if I did not speak up. Hence, this... Continue Reading →

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“Silent Witness”

The year was 1966.  On April 3, a baby girl was born on the Lower East Side, the firstborn for Maria. One month later on May 29 of the same year, another baby girl was born in the Bronx, the youngest child of Lydia. These two baby girls had no idea their lives would cross... Continue Reading →

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Expectations…

A few weeks ago I received an email that kinda rattled my cage… It made me say “wait…what? Excuse me? Then I realized the person who wrote the email had an expectation of me that I never offered. They expected me to react and respond to their request in a way that I never intended.... Continue Reading →

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He’s not broken…

This week I struggled... You see the senseless tragedy of Wednesday, February 14, 2018, known as Valentine's Day and the celebration of Ash Wednesday for Catholics and Christians around the world, is now a date where countless of families will remember the loss of their child, their loved one. The irony of both, Valentine's Day, a... Continue Reading →

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Walking on Water…

How many times have you felt you are walking on water?  How many times have you felt, it will take a miracle?  How many times have you said this is an impossibility? I can honestly say I have said it more than a hundred times.  I have had to walk on water more times than... Continue Reading →

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Just lay down!

Why do women struggle with self-care? Why do we think if we lay down, take a nap, close off the noise we are neglectful. Why do we think that if we tell our kids I need some time alone, we are bad moms? If we say to our friends I need some space, we are... Continue Reading →

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The Waiting Room (Part 2)

When his name was called, we walked into the lab room.  They asked my husband to hold Rob in his lap and hold down his little arms so that they could draw a significant amount of blood.  My husband's legs began to shake, his tears just flowed as he watched Rob so quietly, without a... Continue Reading →

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The Waiting Room… (Part 1)

It was like any other 10-month-old check up.  We walked in, greeted all the wonderful staff and were escorted to our exam room.  We stripped Rob, the nurses weighed him, check his growth, and conducted his usual blood tests.  Nothing unusual, nothing exciting, but as new parents, everything was fascinating.  I recall my husband always... Continue Reading →

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Just Get Up!

Recently I heard my friends say how much they want to get done this year. They want to lose weight, start a new business, find a spouse, find a new job, move, become more decisive, start school, complete their education, save money, advance in a career. This list goes on and on. So my question... Continue Reading →

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Who do you follow…and why?

  In this era of social media overload, we find complete strangers asking us to follow them ...and we do!!! They ask us to like, comment, share, follow! Heck! I’m one of them too! We have a society that is entirely voyeuristic but not engaged with one another. We spend hours, really think about it,... Continue Reading →

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Disappointments…it’s physical.

Disappointment: sadness, regret, dismay, sorrow; dispiritedness, despondency, distress, chagrin; disenchantment, disillusionment; displeasure, dissatisfaction, disgruntlement.  Disappointments often come like a massive wave! Overwhelming and pulling you in many directions- She said what? He did what?  They want what?  How am I going to do this?  That is a bold face lie!  Why is this happening again?... Continue Reading →

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The Year of New…

Each October, I take time to sit quietly and reflect on the fact that there are only three months left in the year.  At this time I begin to pray for a focus for me personally, my family and our businesses as we prepare to enter in a new year. I begin to ask God... Continue Reading →

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Keep your bras on!!!

It was bound to happen! We are in a sexual revolution of a different kind. We went from being liberated,  demanding equal pay, burning our bras to saying ENOUGH, NO MORE! We will keep our bras on, demand equal pay and you MUST keep your hands off of me. I have very strong opinions on... Continue Reading →

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Grace Extended…​

Grace - (n) - mercy, clemency pardon It seemed unimaginable. First came the phone call. The voice on the other end, desperate, screaming, crying, scared. “Mom, please tell dad to hurry, I’m hurt, I am really hurt.” What! Where? How? Where are you? - All questions I asked out loud and tons more racing through... Continue Reading →

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