In the projects where I lived with other low-income families, the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays were considered special times. Being poor did not negate the significance of the holiday seasons. Even in our small two-bedroom apartment we all sensed something special in the air. I thank the good Lord for that special feeling because […]Read more "Thanksgiving & Christmas in the projects"
I love to draw analogies between my life and that of someone else who lived centuries ago. One life that comes to mind is that of a young Hebrew boy named Joseph who lived in a time before the birth of Christ. Written in the pages of Joseph’s life, I not only found some similarities […]Read more "A Moon and Its Five Stars"
Also living with us in my parents’ house was my grandmother—my mother’s mother. Now she was cut from a different cloth. I say this to mean that my grandmother had her own little quirks that made her quite different from my father and mother. In my eyes, she was not only a wonderful person, but […]Read more "My grandmother – cut from a different cloth"
While searching through the pages of my past, I pause when coming to a picture of a small two-bedroom apartment. It is apartment No. 3 in the projects—the very apartment where I began raising my five sons on my own with no help from any family member. In fact, most of the families living in […]Read more "My time in the projects – apartment"
Most young girls get to share the joys of a wedding and of raising a family with their mother, I was not fortunate enough to get that opportunity. Before I knew it, I had lost the most important woman in my life who would have been so instrumental with helping me to avoid all of […]Read more "Losing my mother early in life"
A mother’s job in our society today is not an easy one. Please do not misconstrue my words and take this to mean that a father’s job is easier. It’s just that a mother’s job can be challenging regardless of the woman’s marital status. There are married women with children who face the same hardships […]Read more "Nothing New Under the Sun"
I just finished reading—or should I say—I just finished listening to Kim Coles’ new book titled Open Your G.I.F.T.S.: 22 Lessons on Finding and Embracing Your Personal Power. I purchased her book on Kindle and listened to it through use of a software tool that reads electronic documents aloud. The rewind button was pushed many times […]Read more "A Wonderful Read"