Oscar, the little dog.

Oscar was a fine, fine dog. At 17 years old, he passed over the rainbow bridge today. I am honored to write a few words about him. Oscar was a shelter dog, a terrier mix; stray dogs knew him as a terriorist. We called Oscar many things, thanks to Curtis’s humor. He was Mr. Waggy... Continue Reading →

My poem won a grand prize

I ended my National Poetry Month challenge (write a poem a day) with a dozen new poems. I sent out seven poems to various publications and contests and boy, did I hit the mark! Old Fashioned Ice Cream hosts an open mic every month in downtown Selma NC. My poem "English" won the grand prize... Continue Reading →

Poetry month challenge

It's National Poetry Month! Every April I like to challenge myself to write a poem a day for 30 days. So far I have "The Errant Corgi," "God of the Canopy of Trees," "Unkissed," and "My Backyard Neighbor Miss Betty." When I find a word or phrase I like I park it for later. I... Continue Reading →

Trees

I started meditating every morning with an online group in January. We meet on Zoom at around dawn, two dozen people from several countries, each of us in our little boxes on the computer monitor. A different person leads each day, having hand-picked a 15-to-20-minute meditation from any of numerous sites online, or by reading... Continue Reading →

Little Towns

The year 2021 is almost over! I’ve been doing “tech week,” where I go through and delete emails, update social media, and set goals for 2022. Life got so busy after my first book was released, I didn’t even market my second book, or do a blog post about it. So here it is. Little... Continue Reading →

Are we there yet?

Roads May Get Us There, but Streets Are the Platforms for Building Wealth I may not be a transportation expert, but I know what a road is. Or at least I thought I did. As a supporter of Strong Towns and an "activator" in Activate Selma NC, sparking change in Selma, North Carolina, I eagerly... Continue Reading →

My first podcast interview

My new book is out and I loved taking the plunge for my first podcast / YouTube interview with Jen Lowry! It was easy! No it wasn't! Jen made it LOOK easy. What you didn't see was the time I invested behind the scenes to ensure I made the most out of the opportunity she... Continue Reading →

Birthing a book

Done, done, done. I've released my book, A Heart for Selma, 12 Stories of Activate Selma NC. It was soooooo like giving birth, complete with two Artist’s Way writers supporting me on Zoom like a midwife and doula during the past few months, reminding me to breathe in peace, breathe out fears (thank you, Angie... Continue Reading →

Dollar Store Tiara

I walked the dog early today And forgot I was wearing my dollar store tiara Plastic, missing a pink paste jewel A handy hairband while mixing breakfast biscuits. Mainly it inspires me like a writing prompt To banish the censor at my desk, to follow my muse And let creativity tumble out onto morning pages... Continue Reading →

Believing Mirrors

Do you have a trusted group of other writers who read your work and give you honest advice? I am fortunate to have one in Selma, North Carolina. We meet monthly in the back room of Coffee on Raiford, initially cloaked behind the sign, "Ladies Book Club," which endeared barista Zena Hamilton-Rose to us forever.... Continue Reading →

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