Finishing Well (and WINNING) Requires Focus for the New Week This post is a revision to an article I wrote last Friday because I needed to read it again and perhaps you do as well. Last week, I shared my take on Aesop’s fable, “The Hare & the Tortoise.” I asked readers to pick aContinue reading “READY, SET, FOCUS, TODAY”


Finishing Well (and WINNING) Requires Focus. Earlier this week, I shared my take on Aesop’s fable, “The Hare & the Tortoise.” I asked readers to pick a side, examine similarities to each character, and consider areas where improvement is needed. Today, I want to push the subject matter a bit further with a variation ofContinue reading “READY, SET, FOCUS”


Finishing well (and WINNING) requires awareness. After meeting with fellow authors this past Monday, I recalled that we all had “finishing” on our minds. Finishing what? Finishing this quarter’s goals: books, novels, submissions for competitions, next-level revisions, blogging, posting, or, in general—whatever project that needs to get done.  The topic of finishing reminded me ofContinue reading “WINNING WAYS”

The 3 C’s That Changed My Life

And Why I Try to Spread Joy With Every Sip Hi, I’m Leah. The crying child I am holding is my sister, Candra. The first C. Candra came into our family when I was six. She was cute, but she had several complications that I did not understand.  Up until her amazing arrival, life was pretty simple. I hadContinue reading “The 3 C’s That Changed My Life”


Happy “Think about it Thursday.” Have you ever heard of SOAP? And not the kind we clean our bodies with either. I mean the acronym for studying the Bible: Scripture, Observation, Application, Prayer. SOAP is a practical way to study the Bible and we should have learned the method in Vacation Bible School. I don’tContinue reading “WHAT DO THE BIBLE AND SOAP HAVE IN COMMON?”

Sweet Victories and Presidents’ Day

Yesterday, my sister, Candra, and I completed a 60-piece jigsaw puzzle. We started the puzzle at seven o’clock in the evening and set a goal to complete the Jurassic-themed puzzle by 8 pm. Working on puzzles is one of Candra’s favorite things to do. Unfortunately, Cerebral Palsy, which affects Candra’s hands, arms, and motor skills,Continue reading “Sweet Victories and Presidents’ Day”

ETO/Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority 60th Chapter Charter Day

On February 10, 1962, sixteen phenomenal women chartered Eta Tau Omega chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority in the small town of Ocala, Florida.


Ooowee, its entrance into my catalog of best-loved quotes is right on time for February’s posts on passion, productivity, and purpose. It is also, so Maya. She was a woman who made us want to look and keep looking at her as she sashayed words as gracefully as she swayed her hips. Oh, she was a boss of words. 

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