On Feeding Your Soul…

By Dawn Onley Our bodies need food and water for nourishment to survive. When we read, do puzzles, and stay active, we’re also engaging our minds to thrive. But have you ever thought about your soul and what keeps it from starving to death? Your soul needs to feel alive. Daily. And it’s not that…

Trees that Bend, But Don’t Break

By Samantha McKenzie If we pay close attention to nature, she will tell her story. I’ve long admired the redwood trees that stand strong and tall. They live for thousands of years and can grow to heights over 300 feet. Their appearance speaks for themselves. If you’re ever in their presence, you’re bound to feel…

In Search of Inspiration…

By Dawn Onley Inspiration comes at the darndest times. Like in the middle of the night when you can’t decipher dream from reality. Sitting in church during Sunday service. Or while you’re driving in the car, or on a walk around the lake. I’ve become particularly adept at using the record button on my cell…

The Moment When You Realize…

By Samantha McKenzie There’s always that moment of clarity when you see your dreams unfolding and your plans coming into fruition. You can almost reach out and touch your goals right there in front of you. Go ahead. Enjoy the giddiness. Breathe in the first taste of success. There’s much more ahead and there’s just no stopping you….

Home is Where My Tribe Lives

By Dawn Onley When I think of home, I think of a place where there’s love overflowing… begins the signature song that Dorothy sings in “The Wiz.” It makes me teary-eyed and nostalgic every time I hear it. A recent live broadcast of the play that aired on NBC was no different. It has me thinking…

Your Smile Can Warm Up A Room

“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” William Arthur Ward By Samantha McKenzie They say eyes are the window to the soul, but that smile of yours is pretty powerful too. A nice smile costs us nothing. It takes seconds to give away and adds years to our lives. I’m not referring to the…

The Drawbacks to Connectivity

By Dawn Onley No one is paying attention anymore. Regrettably, I’ve come to this conclusion after people watching recently. Just look around, at the motorist driving beside you, at the pedestrian crossing the street, at the person on the treadmill in the gym or the couple seated in the restaurant. Everyone is preoccupied, or so…

My Heroes Live in My House

By Samantha McKenzie My heroes live in my house and save the day. They are my family. My mother. My father. My brother. My sister. They include my son, my daughters, grandparents, aunts, uncles and multitudes of cousins. They are both old and young. They are my blood. They are the people in my life…

The Nature of Your Song

“I believe that you’re great, that there’s something magnificent about you. Regardless of what has happened to you in your life. Regardless of how young or old you think you might be. The moment you begin to ‘think properly,’ this something that’s within you, this power within you that’s greater than the world, it will…

Hope is All Around Us

By Samantha McKenzie Women who hope are all around us. Our world is filled with beautiful, inspiring, and powerful women who embrace each day with renewed hope. They are next to us in the church pews, in the adjacent cubicle at work, in grocery lines and even in our living rooms. They are everywhere. They yearn on…