Choosing wisely, cherishing fully: What will you see when you look back on your life?


For mother's day weekend I visited a dear friend who's expecting her first born.  We celebrated with four generations of mothers, and the time spent was a valuable reminder of how precious time is: How important it is to be present, fully present in every moment. Near the end of the trip, my friend shared …

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Light musings on Obama and religious outcry…


During election season especially, American news media is like a Gossip Girl meets American Idol marathon.  Typically quiet viewers become reactive, violently opinionated, and hyper-engaged... Via social-media.  I learned to correct a dangerous flaw of mine recently.  I used to be cynical, judging fickle and uneducated voters, inconsistent and pandering politicians, and shallow, profit-driven news …

On Health: Be the best-looking you, ever.


Recently there's been a flurry of activity about a health-related article posted in the New York Times.  As I watch people I love struggle with their health and looks daily, sometimes winning and other times losing, I couldn't be a silent onlooker. At 32, I'm a healthy, active black woman at peace with who I am yet …

On weight loss: Winning spiritual battles and conquering the physical


A friend, leader, father, artist, son, and grandfather, Willie Middlebrook, passed away this weekend after health complications following the onset of a stroke some time ago.  As we mourn the loss of our friend and celebrate the peace of his homecoming, I can't help but reflect on health and mortality. Today in a fitness group …

Contentment: The grass ain’t always greener.


People who get loud and out of control wish they could tone themselves down.  People who have a tight rein on themselves wish for the freedom of being loud and out of control. Wealthy and low-income individuals alike long for the day when they won't have to worry about money. Single people long for the …

Celebrating: Why it’s important to honor the good in life.


2012 has been filled with celebration.  Celebrations of community accomplishments, relationships, new births, marriages, breakthroughs, friendship and family. There's been lots of introspection, hard work, rest, and learning as well. In church on Sunday while I was talking to a baby (don't you?) he frantically waved his hands in a clear gesture of absolute, unadulterated …