Once Upon a Time You Died Before We Really Knew You

 [Photo by Vidar Nordli-Mathisen on Unsplash] When we think of stories, we often flash back to the ones we read as children that began “Once upon a...

Use Your Secret Power to Get Through the Pandemic

“You have power over your mind — not outside events. Realize this, and you will find strength.”– Marcus Aurelius    Since the beginning of...

100+ Ways to Find Relief, Comfort, and Meaning During the Pandemic

Did you thoughtfully list your 2020 New Year’s resolutions and set big goals at the end of 2019? If you’re someone who plans ahead, you paid your final deposit...

Black History Month Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020-DAY 29: Cart...

Carter Godwin Woodson, was an African American historian, author, publisher, and the father of Black History Month which began as Negro History Week in February 1926. He...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers-DAY 28: Bill Pickett

Bill Pickett was a rodeo star, actor, and the first African American cowboy.  He won acclaim for being the first to perform bulldogging, a rodeo event that involves...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020-DAY 27: Dr. Ronald...

Ronald Erwin McNair was a physicist and NASA astronaut.  He was the second African American astronaut in space with the launch of the STS-41B mission of the Space...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020-DAY 26: Ann Atwater

Ann Atwater born July 1, 1935 in Hallsboro, NC, was a fierce civil rights activist, not afraid to speak up and encourage others to do the same. In 1971 in Durham,...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020-DAY 25: Dr. Lisa W...

Dr. Lisa Willams, a mom, professor, and founder of a multi-million dollar company created and launched a doll line to honor the beauty and intelligence of multicultural...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--DAY 24: Octavia E...

 Octavia Butler, born June 22,1947 in Pasadena, California , made her mark as an  African American author in the science fiction genre which had previously...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--DAY 23: The Fisk ...

The Fisk Jubilee Singers are an American a cappella ensemble that was formed in 1871 at Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee.  The school was founded in 1866 and...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020-DAY 22: Jane Bolin

Jane Matilda Bolin was born April 11, 1908 in Poughkeepsie, New York, and in 1939 was sworn in as the first black woman judge in the United States. Her interest...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--DAY 21: The Platters

To those of us who swooned to the sweet romantic styling of The Platters in the 1950’s, they are an intact rock and roll group that carried us through our teen years....

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--DAY 20: Henrietta...

 DAY 20: Henrietta Lacks is an African American woman whose unique cells were taken without her knowledge while she was hospitalized for cervical cancer and are the...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--DAY 19: Florence ...

Florence Griffith-Joyner, better known as "Flo-Jo", is the fastest woman in history having hit the 100m world record of 10.49sec set in 1988 as well as the 200m mark of...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020-DAY 18: Phillis Wh...

When I was growing up in St. Louis in the 1950s, my community was so thoroughly segregated that our schools and many other public buildings were often named for...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--DAY 17: Matthew A...

Matthew A. Cherry NFL wide receiver turned filmmaker was born in 1981 in Chicago, Illinois.  He graduated from Loyola Academy in Wilmette, Illinois...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--DAY 16: Carla Dia...

Carla Diane Hayden is the 14th Librarian of Congress. Her appointment to this position is noteworthy because she is the first woman, the first African American,...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--DAY 15: James Van...

James Van Der Zee was a photographer (1886–1983) born in Lenox, Massachusetts He was the second of six siblings all of whom loved learning. He began playing the piano...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--DAY 14: Essynce M...

Essynce Moore from Hillside, New Jersey was 11 years old when she wrote her first book, “6th Grade Middle School Chronicles: Where No Secrets are Kept”, about...

Love Should Never Hurt on Valentine's Day or Any Other Day

  For florists, Valentine's Day is one of the biggest money-making days along with Mother's Day and the December holidays. For candy makers, Valentine's Day means...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--DAY 13: Leontyne ...

Leontyne Price (born February 10, 1927) is an American soprano who was the first African American to become a leading performer at the Metropolitan Opera and is recognized...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--DAY 12: Vanilla B...

I’m celebrating Black History Month by looking for changemakers and trailblazers. #BlackHistoryMonth Vanilla Beane, a milliner in Washington, D.C. is lovingly...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020-Day 11: Christi Sm...

DAY 11-Cristi Smith-Jones and her daughter, Lola. When Cristi Smith-Jones’ 5-year-old daughter, Lola, shared with great interest that she had learned about the famous...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--Day 10: James Wel...

I’m celebrating Black History Month by looking for changemakers and trailblazers. #BlackHistoryMonth DAY 10-James Weldon Johnson (1871-1938) was multi-talented...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--Day 9: George "Cr...

I’m celebrating Black History Month by looking for changemakers and trailblazers. #BlackHistoryMonth DAY 9--George “Crum” Speck (1824-1914) a...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--Day 8: Selma Burke

I’m celebrating Black History Month by looking for changemakers and trailblazers. #BlackHistoryMonth   DAY 8--Selma Burke (December 31, 1900-August 29,...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--Day 7: William an...

I'm celebrating Black History Month by looking for changemakers and trailblazers. #BlackHistoryMonth   DAY 7- William and Ellen Craft, owned by two...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--Day 6: Doris "Do...

I'm celebrating Black History Month by looking for changemakers and trailblazers.   DAY 6--Doris "Dorie" Miller was born in Waco, Texas, on 12 October 1919. He...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--Day 5: Jordan And...

I'm celebrating Black History Month by looking for changemakers and trailblazers. #BlackHistoryMonth   DAY 5-Jordan Anderson, after being freed from slavery by...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--Day 4: Madam C. J...

I'm celebrating Black History Month by looking for changemakers and trailblazers.   DAY 4- Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove in poverty-stricken Louisiana...

Call Her Madam, The First Self-Made Woman Millionaire

    Madam C.J. Walker, born Sarah Breedlove in poverty-stricken Louisiana in 1867, went from picking cotton to become the first self-made American woman...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--DAY 3: Chef Shawn...

I'm celebrating Black History Month by looking for changemakers and trailblazers.   DAY 3- When Chef Shawn Davis, was turned down on Shark Tank for his shrimp...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--DAY 2: Hattie McD...

I'm celebrating Black History Month by looking for changemakers and trailblazers.   DAY 2- Hattie Mc Daniel was the first black entertainer to win an Oscar. She...

Black History Trailblazers and Changemakers 2020--DAY 1: Melissa Bu...

I'm celebrating Black History Month by looking for changemakers and trailblazers.   DAY 1- Found Melissa Butler, CEO of Lip Bar. She and her partner survived a...

Your Life Story Can Take Many Shapes and Sizes

On the surface it seems writing your life story should be easy. After all, you’re the main character and all the experiences that make up your story are filed in your...

The Stories We Share Can Last for Generations to Come

One day when my oldest daughter was a toddler, she was reflecting on how much she loved her dad. “When I grow up, I’m going to marry Daddy.” “But...

3 Ways Wayne Dyer Changed the Way I Look at Things

Yesterday a friend called to share how she had been inspired and empowered by watching Wayne Dyer on Super Soul Sunday. It made me reflect on what he has meant to my life....

Let Famous Failures Inspire You to Keep Going After Your Dream

Have you ever failed at something and for a moment felt devastated? If so, you’re in good company. History is loaded with examples of successful people who...

Ready, Set, Write! It’s NaNoWriMo Time, the Race for 50,000 Words

Every year as trick-or-treaters trail home on Halloween to tally their loot, writers around the world flex their fingers in readiness for National Novel Writing...

Two Proven Ways to Get Your Book (or Business) Noticed

It’s no mistake that retailers begin pushing back-to-school merchandise months before traditional school openings. They know that capturing customers’ attention...

9 Tips for Choosing the Best Title for Your Book

An ad from my local hardware store featured a party cooler for sale. The cooler was pictured filled with ice and canned soda, but printed in parentheses was “Sodas...

Caught Being Good?

“Grandma, look! I was caught being good!”  my youngest grandson announced with a broad smile showing off an award ribbon years ago when he was in...

How Do You Write a Book Worth Reading?

This is the most amazing time in history if you want to write a book. Whether you want to write your life story in your own handwriting to be left behind with your will for...

5 Ways to Make a Splash and More Cash at Your Next Book Signing

How did you do at your last book signing? If you’re like many authors, you sold three or fewer books. If you expect to do better than this grim statistic,...

How to find Online Writer Support Groups

Writing is by its nature a lonely business. We spend our time organizing ideas and fighting back self-doubt, so getting feedback from others can be helpful. Unfortunately,...

Are You Willing to Help a Reporter Out, and Help Yourself Too?

Reporters and other media are always under deadlines, so a service like Help a Reporter Out (HARO) is a tremendous help in getting the sources they need for their stories....

Flow with the Seasons of Your Life

When my children were young we discovered what it meant to flow with the seasons of life.  My husband and I had full-time careers, but our four children were at the...

Avoid Regrets by Making Time for Your Happiness

When asked on their deathbeds what they regret, people often mention opportunities they missed out of fear, hesitance, or too much time spent working and earning money....
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