Write Yourself a Love Letter

By Samantha McKenzie Write a love letter today. But this time, write it to yourself. I know, the idea seems a bit far fetched, a stretch of the imagination. It’s not what we’ve been taught to do, but do it anyway. I have written quite a few love letters before. A romantic at heart, I have…

The State of Women

By Dawn Onley With all of the progress that has been made with gender equality over the past 100 years, and there has undoubtedly been progress – from the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution granting women the right to vote in 1920 to Roe vs. Wade in 1973, gender inequality persists in 2016. The…

Spring Demands the New

By Samantha McKenzie Spring is here. The birds are chirping outside my window. The trees are blossoming outside of my door. The parks are getting populated with people and the smell of the “new” is in the air. I’ve always been a huge fan of learning new things, but when I stumbled upon an article…

In Search of Hope

By Dawn Onley At a basic level, the Easter story is one of hope. It’s about redemption and mercy, forgiveness and love. Christianity is not unique in this sense. Most religions are based on the concept of hope. The hope in an omnipotent and omnipresent God or higher power. The hope that there is more…

The Good News Is…

By Samantha McKenzie The good news is there’s always some good news to share. Yes, there’s bad news. And yes, the bad news sometimes sparks our interest the most. Let’s face it, human beings are drawn to listen and read about the drama that goes on around the world. It’s shocking. It’s far-fetched. It’s alluring and…

Let’s Keep Peace, Still

By Dawn Onley Peace is precious. And like other precious resources, it needs to be protected. At all costs. I’m reminded of peace particularly during periods of unrest. When I turn on the TV and see the terror attack that claimed the lives of more than 30 in Brussels, when I read about the attack on an Ivory Coast…

I Am the Master of My Fate…

By Samantha McKenzie “Out of the night that covers me, Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be, For my unconquerable soul. It matters not how strait the gate, How charged with    punishments the scroll, I am the master of my fate, I am the captain of my soul.” (Excerpts from Invictus, by William Ernest…

Consistency is the Key

  By Dawn Onley Consistency changes everything. Before long, you have enough money saved in the bank to buy a home. Suddenly, you have whittled your waist line down a few inches and you’re back in those jeans that you wore in your early 20s. The moments at the kitchen table teaching your toddler how…

Life’s a Dance and You’re Always Learning a New Step

By Samantha McKenzie Think about life as one big dance. One day you’re doing the Waltz and the next, you’re line dancing at your cousin’s wedding.   Like life, dances change. Some of them require a partner: The Waltz, the Fox Trot, the Tango. Then there are those you can do all by yourself. Some dances are…

Customize Your Life

There are people who live their whole lives on the default settings, never realizing you can customize.” – Robert Breault By Dawn Onley People make choices often because it’s what’s expected of them. Women are supposed to get married and have children. If a woman remains single and childless, she will get asked questions, from…

Talented, Gifted People Abound

By Samantha McKenzie I am totally inspired by talented people. I love to see people who are living their passion, using their gifts and plugging away at the things they were born to do. This is the single most enjoyable thing you can do. And this is the sole reason we are all placed here on this planet….

Relearning the Pace of Small Town, America

By Dawn Onley Ok, I’ll admit it. I have a heavy foot. I don’t have a sports car and it’s probably a good thing. When I’m driving by myself, the tendency to push the metal is great. It seems I’m always rushing to get someplace and I absolutely hate being late, so therein lies the…