Monday, March 11, 2019

Who is there for you!

OK.  I had surgery recently and  I just pulled on friends, sorority sisters, relatives to help me through the wellness journey.

But being sick is illuminating.This experience allowed me to find out who I can depend upon during an emergency.  Who is there for me when I need a lift, comfort, daily calls.

My neighbor was GREAT!  She was a stand out.  Various friends came in and assisted.

But, it was an eyeopening experience.

Now I know who will be there for me and I have clarity.

Monday, February 25, 2019

Signifyin' as sport

I just left the Dutch West Indies -- St. Maarten -- where I had the greatest time.

I have made some great friends down there and I love them.  But, I've discovered they love making digs, enjoy insulting people and bask in the sport of signifying.

I have difficulty adjusting to that and often get defensive...all while they continue doing what they do.

So, now that I know this,  and I still love them and their company, I'm going to have to roll with this or get quicker on my feet by returning to signify back.

Not a talent I thought I'd cultivate...but one I'm going to master if I want to be part of the fun.

Monday, December 24, 2018

It's about family!

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays:

As my family gets smaller with untimely deaths of those at the top of the pyramid, and as my sister, brother and I ascend to the pyramid hierarchy, family becomes more important.

On this holiday season, I extend a message to hold tight to family, cleave to them, honor and cherish them.

With family, bask in the glow of the merriment and the holiness of Jesus' birth.

Be together.  Love together. Cling to one another....together.

Monday, December 3, 2018

Being awarded...I guess I like it

I am not really big on awards...or so I thought.

I was absolutely giddy with excitement when I was awarded the "Girl on Fire" honor last night.  I used my acceptance speech to talk about the importance of being brave, curious and kind.

After I got my honor, I walked around the ballroom seeking -- and getting -- congratulations and best wishes from the audiences.  And I happily took pictures with any and everybody -- including some selfies.

So, today I'm basking in the afterglow.  So, I guess I enjoy getting awards after all.

And, based on my resume, I deserve it.

Monday, November 12, 2018


I'm still basking in the joy of being in China for 10 days.  Climbing the Great Wall of China will forever be etched in my consciousness as history-making and life altering.  Navigating and negotiating those uneven and steep steps was a physical test but exhilarating to know that I made it to the third tier...or 3/4 of a mile.  So, that meant I managed to scale 1 1/2 miles of this wonder.

Of course, visiting the largest Buddha in the world was dynamic.

We went to Forbidden City, Summer Palace and so many wondrous sites, that we were ripping and running daily.

I met some wonderful women, including two sistas, on the same tour but not on the same bus.  We vowed to get together again....Ditto for two native American women from Albuquerque who I vowed to visit.

It was tiring but rewarding.  The worst part being the ride home and the incessant security checks.  When I got to O'Hare and thought I was almost home free, the security summoned me into still another security checkpoint and I almost went crazy.

All in all, it was a trip of a lifetime.  Bears repeating.

It was a trip of a lifetime.

Monday, October 1, 2018

A place to Chill

When Dominick's was open, there was a quiet place there where I could relax, read...and chill.
I'd spend Sunday morning reading for hours without home interruptions or other distractions.

So, I was unhappy when Dominick's went out of business as I didn't have that quiet place to retreat to on Sundays.

Until yesterday.

I went to Mariano's on 110th and Cicero and walked into an oasis of wonderment. There is a quiet place where I can read and, which is adjacent to a coffee bar.  It is nestled away from the bigger grocery vortex so the busy feel is oblivious to those in this quiet island.

So, I was delighted yesterday to find my new retreat.  And, after spending hours undisturbed, I did some genuine shopping and was delighted by the European feel of this shopping emporium.

So, I've found my quiet place and hope it will be a lasting find that will not be subject to the whims of the market fluctuations.

Monday, September 24, 2018

PHEW! Success!

I had my annual end-of-summer dinner party yesterday.  I didn't know who would come because folks don't RSVP anymore.

But, they came in.  They ate.  They had engaging conversations.

Among those attending were those in the media, entertainment, business and, of course, good friends.

The food was DE BEST -- thanks for Chef Nicole. It was plentiful and DE-LI-CIOUS


The weather was perfect - SUNNY, not a cloud overhead.

And, midway through the dinner, I looked at the sea of invitees and knew it was a job well done.

Well, it can be pricey, and I bite my nails leading up to the event.

But, the success of it all has me feeling pretty happy and satisfied on this post-event day.

Despite my complaining and moaning pre-event, I know I'll do it again.

Next year.