Fear, Pain, Loss… And Still I Rise

Almost 40 years since this poem was first published, and it’s still so relevant today. Maya Angelou’s introduction in this reciting offers me comfort. The nobleness of the human spirit does go on, continues to rise each and every day.

If you can’t view the embedded video above, you can watch it on YouTube.

Quote I Love: Dream New Dreams

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I have so many plans for this year (both personally and professionally), and after a rough 2016, I can’t tell you how excited I am about the possibilities ahead.

I hope each and every one of you find new dreams to dream this year!

The Power of Words, a Voice in the Darkness, and Love

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I cannot tell you how much I adore this story: J.K. Rowling found out her books helped save this baby’s life. Her response was magic. Devoted, loving parents, a little fighter who wouldn’t give up, and a lovely author and her gift. It illustrates the power of words and stories, a comforting voice in the darkness, and most of all, love.

My favorite part…

“Ahead of her lies the hippogriff and the golden snitch and the time-turner and a sprawling, dazzling world where girls are the smartest, the strangest people make the best friends, and you can’t judge someone until you see what they have seen. She will be reminded that no one gets through life alone, and children carry the strength inside them to right the world. I hope she will remember that she has carried a bit of that magic with her, all this time.” – Kelley Benham French, the child’s mother.

Quote I Love: Sometimes you meet a person and…

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Sometimes you meet a person and you just click — you’re comfortable with them, like you’ve known them your whole life, and you don’t have to pretend to be anyone or anything.  –Author Uknown

Quote I Love: I crave so much more than just a physical connection…

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“I crave so much more than just a physical connection. I crave words and depth. I crave who you are and where you came from, your desires and fears. I yearn to know every inch of you beyond the surface.” —Author Unknown