Find Your Child Within

By Samantha McKenzie I love being a woman. In fact, each year I discover more fascinating (and peculiar) things about myself. Growing up and open is an amazing experience and I wouldn’t trade it for the world. But there are times when I look in the mirror and I don’t recognize myself. Instead, I see…

Keep the Focus on Your Destiny

By Dawn Onley We can get so caught up in the stuff that doesn’t matter in life that it can keep us from the stuff that does. For example, I use to get really hung up on what people said to me, or didn’t say, whose party I got invited to or didn’t, who was loyal…

By Samantha McKenzie “Keep your face always toward the sunshine – and shadows will fall behind you.”    Walt Whitman When we fall, we should get back up. When we stumble, we should correct our steps and try it again. When it doesn’t work out, we must dig in until we get it right. This is…

Choosing Love and Light

“Take a moment every day to look at the places, spaces and faces in your life and ask yourself if they are the ones you want there.” – Tim Storey By Dawn Onley We get to choose. Every day we wake up, we have a brand new set of options. We have the ability to…

Today Calls for the Extraordinary

By Samantha McKenzie Being good just isn’t good enough. Neither is being mediocre or the just plain ole ordinary. Last night’s nail-biting game was a testament to this. The time that we live in demands our very best. Who wants to be average anyway, when extraordinary is right at our fingertips? Gone are the days when you…

Happy Birthday, Prince!

By Dawn Onley Today Prince Rogers Nelson would have turned 59 years old. I will celebrate today as I’ve done much of the past year since his passing by listening to his music and reading articles about his life. Prince is an artist who has no parallel. He was a true original, a musical prodigy, a…

Keep Living and Let Them Talk

By Samantha McKenzie Many, many moons ago, I worked a short stint at an African-American art gallery. It was sort of layover job after having my first child – a transition period between maternity leave and finding a new writing gig. The gallery was located in the city’s cultural arts center which was unofficially managed by a…

Letting Our Instincts Guide Our Moves

By Dawn Onley My family and I were riding our bikes in our neighborhood on Saturday. I was way ahead of them and had already made it back to the house, when a few minutes later, my husband, Calvin, came in with news to share. He tried to be discreet as to not alarm our…

Life’s Not Typical, So Enjoy Your Today

By Samantha McKenzie I felt really blessed to wake up this morning. I felt unusually thankful for having THIS particular day ahead of me, so I decided to use it wisely and accept these things as my simple truths: Life’s never going to be typical. Each day is going to be filled with irony. There…

Ladies, Don Your Crowns

“Your crown has been bought and paid for. All you have to do is put it on your head.” – James Baldwin By Dawn Onley We are women. Queens. Royalty. Givers of life. Nurturers of the human condition. We are the ones who deeply feel things; the glue that keeps it all together. There are…