Poet Praise: Nikki Giovanni

Introducing Living Legend: Nikki Giovanni "If you don't understand yourself you don't understand anybody else." *Preview an excerpt from one of my favorite poems by Nikki: Cotton Candy on a Rainy Day Don’t look now I’m fading away Into the gray of my mornings Or the blues of every night Is it that my nails…

Monthly Mantra – August 2017

My best me will learn to put myself first because you can't champion someone else's life when yours is in shambles. Remember, if the plane is going down, you have to secure your oxygen mask first before you can attempt to help others.  This is because in order to help others, you have to be…

Worthy Words (Book Quote 1)

Sometimes I can hear my bones straining under the weight of all the lives I am not living. Novel:  Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close Arthur:  Jonathan Safran Foer *The first time I read this quote it gave me chills, literally - such a profound statement.  Have you ever felt like this?  If so, share your…

Monthly Mantra – July 2017

In the spirit of independence, I ask, who or what do you need emancipation from?  Freedom isn't an abstract notion, and it does come at a cost. I release the strongholds of shame, guilt, and fear. I walk in righteousness, free of condemnation.   Keeping in the theme of freedom, check out my poem, My…

Lesson Learned: Sticks and Stones

We are told as kids that words can't hurt, but that couldn't be further from the truth.   I have grown so much in the last year in regards to love and relationships, but hear me when I say that I still have a ways to go.  Sometimes, it's not about who wins the argument…