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United We Stand

“We’re looking at a delightful day. Currently 64 degrees. Absolutely pleasant …” That was the forecast predicted by meteorologist, Tom Sater, on September 11, 2001. At seven months pregnant, I clicked off the news, grabbed my briefcase, and then headed out the door. Who would’ve thought an ideal day would suddenly change so drastically? That 2,977 innocent lives would be tragically lost in a
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A Conversation in Black and White

Hi There! It’s been quite a while since we’ve chatted; but rest assured, I haven’t abandoned you. I’ve been deep in the trenches writing, writing, and writing. Many of my projects involve psychology-related research and various articles for journals. This keeps me extra busy as it sometimes requires travel for presentations. In fact, I’m headed to Canada in a few months to present my research.
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Sometimes, We Just Have to Wait

Kiersti Plog is my writer buddy, my critique partner, my prayer partner … my friend. She’s always sparking me to think about important stuff that, well, I don’t want to think about at the moment. Like peace, reconciliation, and patience. It seems as soon as I formulate a response, Kiersti has already moved on to another topic. These days, I just can’t seem to
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Thriving in the Desert

Some days are just hard. I mean really hard like trying to climb Mount Everest in a pair of worn-out flip-flops. This past week, I had a string of stressful days right in a row. Yep, the disappointments just kept-a-comin’. I was at a national conference, trying to manage what might’ve been the normal difficulties of being away from the convenience of home, but
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What if I’m Not Ready?

I’d just become certified in First Aid and CPR when an opportunity to save a life presented itself—or so I thought. Literally, in less than 18 hours prior, I had completed the required training and coursework to quickly respond to an emergency. Lord knows, I didn’t feel ready like a first responder. Nor did I predict I’d need my new skills so soon. Hurrying
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Mistakes are not Failures

I used to be afraid of messing up royally. So much so, it immobilized me. If I were to be totally honest, feeling stuck was an awful existence. No one should have to live like that. Ever. My biggest fear was public performance. Strangely, I was a cheerleader throughout middle and high school. I was friendly enough, and I could basically talk to anybody
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Not Just Black History

When I saw the Google doodle of Harriet Tubman on February 1st, I got rather excited. A depiction of the Civil Rights abolitionist, holding a lantern against a starry sky, seemed a creative way to kick-off Black History Month and honor an ex-slave who helped rescue several others. But then came the backlash, along with the many social media debates over whether Black History
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Out of the Box

I have a confession to make. I’m not crazy about trying to solve puzzles, unravel mysteries, or even deciphering riddles. Fact is, my brain is already working overtime just to keep up with daily living. I still think I’m a pretty creative person, though. I mean, I’m a fiction writer…I make up stuff about people who don’t really exist. Outside of the writing world,
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