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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Save Yourself

The past few weeks I have sat in several conversations where someone said, “I need to let it go” or “I’m letting it go”... it struck me that there is a marked difference in these words along with their actions and all I kept thinking was "save yourself." "Letting go,” is a slow and sometimes... 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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Take off the mask…

Depression: “feelings of severe despondency and dejection.” I was depressed, and I didn’t even know it. I never liked the word “depressed.” I said I was at peace, but I was actually numb - The hurt was so grave I didn’t know what else to do but to mask it with what I called peace,... 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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Only Two Months Left…

As I sat at my desk and reviewed my calendar, I immediately realized there are only less than two months left to what seemed like a year that would never end. I don't know about you, but all the noise, politically, socially, atmospherically, emotionally, mentally, physically that we have endured is more than any one... Continue Reading →

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Stay in your lane…

Don’t you just hate it while you are driving along on the freeway/highways, someone cuts you off or gets in front of you and decides to slow down or is behind you and is tailgating you.  You just want to shout “Stay in your lane.” I love that at 51 years young I am still... Continue Reading →

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Words matter…all the time!

I love you, I hate you. Go away, please stay.  You are amazing, you are ugly. You are a failure, you are brilliant.  Hello, Goodbye.  Will you marry me?  She's gone.  You failed, you passed.  Go to Hell, God is Love. It's a boy, I am sorry for your loss. These are words I have... Continue Reading →

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Getting older….feels great!

I remember when I was a child, my brother Joey and I would always dream of turning 35!  Yes, 35!  It was the oldest number we thought we'd become.  You see we were 10 and 12, so 35 felt like a lifetime lived.  We'd often fantasize about where we'd live...  marriage? careers?  More importantly what... Continue Reading →

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When will we learn…

This week my blog's intention changed.  What I was going to write, I'll share at another time. My heart is heavy with all that is going on in our world, our country,  in our homes, and among friends.  I've noticed an incredibly bitter shift in our dialogue and how we express our differences of opinion.... Continue Reading →

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The older I get……the less I need…

This past year I have experienced loss, and with each loss, I have sat still to ponder...what do I need.  I realized I needed less of everything and more of anything! Fewer bags, shoes, clothes...these are things that can't love you back. I needed more of human connection. I needed more memories of moments that were... 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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Saying I do…..

I said yes.  I moved across the country, and I gave up my identity.  I became a wife, his partner.  I became the homemaker, housekeeper (well not for long), I became the accountant and soon after I became the mother of his children. During the past 24 years, I juggled my identity, our lives, the... Continue Reading →

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