Especially Today…

By Samantha McKenzie In the midst of sadness, I’m so thankful for music that inspires…these words are perfect for today. Thank you Yolanda… Open My Heart by Yolanda Adams Alone in a room It’s just me and you I feel so lost ‘Cause I don’t know what to do Now what if I choose the wrong…

Following the Clues: Socrates, the American Flag, and Details

By Dawn Onley I get amused at my son’s diverse interests, but I’m also starting to pay attention. I’m not talking about the sports and super hero stuff that most toddler boys love. I mean, it’s cool and endearing to watch him act out his Captain America or Ninja turtle role and fight the bad…

Struggling Through This…

By Samantha McKenzie The recent deaths of Alton Sterling and Philando Castile have me struggling. The deaths of the slain officers in Dallas – Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens and Michael Smith – weigh heavy on my conscience. Micah Johnson’s death is equally tragic. These are the casualties of war, in the war…

Keep Hope Alive

By Dawn Onley Hope is one of those words that is used so much, its meaning has become watered down. Case in point: I was at the grocery store the other day. Overheard at the Customer Service line, a shopper tells the store clerk that he hopes he wins the Powerball, like hope is some…

Finding the Leader Within

By Samantha McKenzie There’s a leader born every day. I’m not talking about people you’ve read about in history books or the ones you’ve seen posted up in current magazine articles. I’m not even referring to the recognizable names of those who have won tons of awards, increased profit margins, built empires or left some…

Searching for Justice, Healing and Hoping

By Dawn Onley When I was a young teenage girl, growing up in what was then a fairly rural part of Northwestern Maryland, a white boy around 11 years old called me the “N” word one summer day. I told him to shut up, but when he used it again, I told him he was talking…

What Are You Willing to Sacrifice

By Samantha McKenzie As much as I talk about all the things I want to accomplish, I spend little time thinking about the things I’m going to have to give up. The word sacrifice slips off our tongues pretty quickly, but the actions are carried out at a much slower pace. What am I willing to give…

Prayer is an Action Word, like Love

By Dawn Onley Prayer is an action word, like love. We don’t just utter it and forget about it. We have to demonstrate it. The power comes, in part, by what we do. Prayer has legs. And feet. And arms and hands, for that matter. Too many of us treat prayer like it’s some type of…

Family: Food for the Soul

By Samantha McKenzie I spent the past few days with family members who truly fed my soul. They traveled from near and far, rearranging schedules, making untold sacrifices and choosing to spend their summer vacation celebrating the 80th birthday of our dear aunt, Thelma Niles. The McKenzie Clan originated from Georgetown, Guyana, located in South America, and then…

The Committed Heart

By Samantha McKenzie Commitment is the manifestation of a strong heart. The type of heart that welcomes life and its complexities. A heart that embraces the many changes, u-turns and detours that each day brings. Every action taken ensures its survival. And it just beats a lil sweeter and faster. Make a commitment to something today. Start with…