Children’s Book: That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed The World

Photo: Rochelle Riley, author of children’s book, That They Lived) Heroes spur all children toward greatness. A new book introduces youngsters to inspiring lives in Black history. That They Lived: African Americans Who Changed the World by Rochelle Riley and Cristi Smith-Jones (Wayne State University Press, Feb. 2021, 160 pp. $16.99) highlights achievements rooted in perseverance and love of humanity. …

Read More→

Ask yourself: is this the way you want to live?

What change do you yearn to make? Take a deep breath and share it with a trusted someone.  Make it real through declaration. There is accountability when you hear, “So what’s happening with…?” Recently, “Jenny,” a friend in her 30’s, announced, “I need to look for a new job.” This is no small thing.  Previously, she was on a tight,…

Read More→

Simone Biles – Self-Protecting is Greater Than Gold

An act of humility transforms Olympic sports when Simone Biles, the world’s most decorated female gymnast, bowed out of the uneven bars and vault events due to severe mental stress and concerns about personal safety.  Certain that her condition would result in competitive loss, she made way for her team to step up and to later win Olympic silver.  In…

Read More→

Trees talk to each other and now I’m listening

A 75-foot oak in my backyard impresses me with its intelligence. Trees protect and interact with each other more than I knew. Trees in my yard and the adjacent back field form a community that “talks” to each other.  These trees may date back at least 100 years when a larger tract of 10 acres was purchased in 1920 by…

Read More→

Father’s Day: I see you differently now

I needed a poke in the back.  I always thought my father’s lack of attention was benign. However, my dad never said, “I love you,” and rarely interacted with us. After work he’d head to his bedroom to eat and watch the Mike Douglas Show alone. But really, compared to addiction, womanizing or cruelty, my father’s inattention was no big…

Read More→