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Yesterday when I returned home from work, I told my husband that Robin Williams had taken his own life. My husband’s face dropped and he gaped at me, confused and dazed. He had the same reaction I had when my coworker shared the sad news with me. Robin Williams? Funny Robin Williams? Mork & Mindy Robin Williams? Wacky, crazy, zany, fun-loving Robin Williams? Oscar-winning Robin Williams? Why would someone as gifted and talented as Robin Williams take his own life—a life that for all intents and purposes appeared to be charmed? Yes, on the face of it, Robin Williams was a golden boy. That’s just it—on the face of it, but little did we know that behind the bright smile, there was an internal struggle that Robin eventually succumbed to. It’s hard when someone you know dies. I didn’t know Robin personally, but like countless others, I enjoyed his work. From Mork & Mindy to Mrs. Doubtfire, he never failed to make me roar. I recall seeing Robin at a food court at the Century City Mall in Los Angeles. I wanted to talk to him, to thank him for all the laught...
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   What’s the Crying Doves Syndrome? Remember Prince’s mega hit song, “When Doves Cry?” It’s the lead single on his Purple Rain album. Music aficionados are probably rolling their eyes and shaking their heads right now, saying, “Who doesn’t know the song.” Well, let me not digress. The one line in that song that jumped out at me the first time I heard the joint was, “Maybe you’re just like my mother, she’s never satisfied.” Why that line? Because unfortunately it resonated with me.  I hate to admit it, but lately I’ve come to realize that there may be a thin line between a person who’s driven and a person who’s never satisfied. When is enough enough? In our society there seems to be this unrelenting push to obtain more, more, and more. When does one finally say I have it all? I can rest. Even God rested after seven days. And He created the world. Talk about branding. Do you really need a dozen pairs of red bottom shoes?  Is there really that much difference between the new iPhone you hanker for and the iPhone you currently have? How wid...
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This past Sunday I received an email from Author Shout, an online website that "Connects authors and readers around the world." In the email I was informed that my new novel, MARRIED IN THE NICK OF NINE, had been nominated for best book cover, along with four other novels. It went on to say that the winner’s book would be named Book of the Week, would get a feature listing on all of Author Shout’s site pages, would be shared across multiple social media platforms, and would be sent out in a spotlight in Author shout’s newsletter and more. Of course being the promotional addict that I am, I was thrilled thinking about possibly winning. I immediately logged onto the website and noticed that there was one book leading the pack. So I got busy and put the word out to my Facebook Family! Initially the votes began to trickle in and then more and more people got on board. By Sunday evening I was still trailing behind by twenty points. It seemed as if no matter what I did, I couldn’t close the gap. Monday I was still lagging. I wanted to give up, but my Facebook Fami...
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Yesterday I downloaded a copy of Michelle Knight’s book, "Finding Me." It’s a harrowing account of the eleven years she, Amanda Berry, and Gina DeJesus were held captive by Ariel Castro. Although Amanda and Gina are mentioned, the story is Michelle’s story and told from her point of view. Like most Americans, I was riveted to the screen when news broke about the kidnappings and Amanda’s escape that led to Michelle and Gina being rescued. A resident of California, I had never heard of any of the three young women nor did I know they had been kidnapped. The tragic incident was something straight out of a horror movie. After a few months had passed, there was talk about the women writing a book about what they had gone through. Immediately I made a decision that I wouldn’t read any of their books. I just couldn’t bear to read –let alone imagine what had happened over the eleven-year period. However, while searching for my next read, I stumbled upon Michelle’s memoir. Something tugged at my heart, and I knew I had to read her story. From the first page I was ho...
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The free bird leaps on the back of the wind and floats downstream Till the current ends and dips his wings in the orange sun rays And dares to claim the sky. The aforementioned stanza from Maya Angelou’s acclaimed poem, I Know Why The Caged Bird Sings, came to mind when I heard about her passing this morning. As the news of her death echoed around the world, I imagined her spirit taking flight and soaring through the sky, daring to claim it as her own. A gifted author and poet, she was a national treasure, an icon, and an inspiration to countless people around the world. The first time I heard her speak, I was mesmerized by her melodious voice laced in wisdom and experience. I immediately sensed she was someone I not only wanted to listen to— but someone I needed to listen to. Her legendary poems still resonate with me today. As I grow older, I often reflect on her poem Phenomenal Woman. She reminds me in that poem that my beauty is not what I wear on my head or the makeup I paint on my face or the clothes I wear. It’s in the reach of my arms, T...
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