Turn Back the Hands of Time

If I could turn back the hands of time, I’d do thing differently, but pretty much the same. I would probably push myself more, write more goals and develop another master plan. For forty years, I have stayed with my master plan.  Even though in the beginning, I was told by a high school counselor […]

Mentally Tough

When I was young and refusing to pay attention to life’s lessons, I walked around sad and depressed over the things I could not change.  I remember Momma’s voice as she would quietly say to me, “Boy, you gotta be strong to get through a problem.” I would ponder through her words of wisdom and […]

Hate is not an Option

While sitting in the park one day and watching ducks swim in a pond, a few insightful thoughts surfaced. Life has many walls and fences that divide, separate and categorize people. These walls block people from learning how to get along with one another. Then I thought about some of the barriers that come between […]

Appreciate the Moment

What are the most memorable moments in your life?  As you reflect on those moments, consider whether you were able to appreciate it “in the moment.”  We are often missing out on what is happening now for one reason or another. Were you possibly wondering when the next shoe might drop? Were you caught up […]

The Accepting Attitude

 One of the things I’ve learned in life is to refrain from fighting things I cannot change.  Ultimately in your life, there will be things that cannot be changed; race, sex (although modern medicine is making this physically possible), chronic illness (yes, we can treat with modern medicine). There are certain situations such as a cheating spouse, natural […]

Aretha Franklin

I want to say good-bye publicly to the Queen of Soul.  I will miss you.  It has been a delight growing up and listening to your soul and gospel music. Thank you for blessing us with your God-given voice and spiritually lifting songs.  You not only earned 18 Grammys but appeared in movies and sang […]

Mental Health Cloud

Depression is a mental health cloud over America.  Depression causes millions to harm relationships and even destroy their lives through substance abuse, unexpected killings, suicide as well as numerous other health, economic and social issues.  It doesn’t care about social status, if you are rich or poor, young or old – it’s an epidemic that doesn’t discriminate. We live in […]

Suicide – A Tribute to Anthony Bourdain

Dear Anthony, I watched your series and enjoyed your many travels. It was as though I was right there with you experiencing all the wonderful foods. You touched so many cultures and souls just by being yourself. We never met but your series allowed us to touch one another’s spirits. Your life was meaningful and […]

A Good Attitude

What is something that all of us in this world have in common? We all have an “attitude.”  The difference is our attitudes can be positive or negative. We all have a choice in how we use and display our attitudes to others. They can change with the seasons of life. They can change from situation […]

Believe

Jesus requires us to believe and have faith. Some of us fall short of this goal. If you were to ask philosophers, celebrities, athletes, co-workers, teachers and friends how they were able to succeed when the odds were against them; many would say they believed in themselves. They believed and it happened. When the newspaper […]