Be Slow to Anger

By Dawn Onley When I was barely a teenager, I did something that could have had life-altering ramifications: I picked up a huge rock and threw it at a white girl who spat at me and called me a nigger. The girl, who was two years older than me, was visiting a cousin who lived…

Replenishing My Soul

“And God said, Let us make man in our image, after our likeness: and let them have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over the cattle, and over all the earth, and over every creeping thing that creepeth upon the earth. So God created man in…

Strong, Sprinkled with Extra

By Samantha McKenzie Have you ever been told that you’re too strong or that it’s hard for people to help you because you act like you have it all together or like you don’t need anyone? Have you ever felt like you’re not enough or that if you were just a little smarter, or richer,…

Let’s Show Mother Earth Some Love

By Dawn Onley Today is Earth Day, a day that always brings a smile to my face. I have such fond childhood memories of spending loads of time outdoors, soaking up nature’s beauty. One such memory was the apple tree in my grandparents’ backyard. I treasured the times that I got to help pick the…

Encourage Yourself

By Samantha McKenzie Encourage yourself. Don’t sit around waiting for someone to congratulate you for a job well done. Pat yourself on the back every time you think you deserve to be reminded about how great you are. You make a difference. You have talent. And you should count on yourself to acknowledge it. Encourage…

The only way to live…

“Dare to dream! If you did not have the capability to make your wildest wishes come true, your mind would not have the capacity to conjure such ideas in the first place. There is no limitation on what you can potentially achieve, except for the limitation you choose to impose on your own imagination. What…

Chart Your Course

By Samantha McKenzie Make a list of every job you’ve held. Then post it on your refrigerator for your friends and family to see. If you have children in the home, make sure the list is big enough for them to read as well. If you’re bold enough, post it on your social media page….

Get lost on purpose

You can learn new things at any time in your life if you’re willing to be a beginner. If you actually learn to like being a beginner, the whole world opens up to you. – Barbara Sher By Dawn Onley So much of what we do in our day to day lives is familiar. It’s…

These Hips, These Lips, These Hands

“Be good to your body and it will repay your journey.” By Samantha McKenzie Our bodies are beautiful soul carriers that bring life and love into this world. Believe that. Our hips, our lips, and our hands have raised us well. And with them, we have raised children and families and communities. These hips have…

We’re Fighting for Access to Education

By Samantha McKenzie This is Samiyah. She is a freshman at a public high school in Raleigh, NC, and enrolled in a Math III Honors class. If she passes this class, she will only need one more math class to graduate high school. This means that she is two years ahead of her peers in…