8 Ways to Show Our Earth Some Love

By Dawn Onley This Sunday is Earth Day. A happy childhood memory for me was the apple tree in my grandparents’ backyard. I treasured the times that I got to help pick the apples because I knew before long I would be smacking my lips on some apple pie, stewed apples, applesauce, apple fritters, you…

What it Takes to Get Your Work Done

By Samantha McKenzie There’s a formula in physics that states, force multiplied by distance equals work. For something to be labeled “work,” it has to have both of these factors. Simply put, we have to DO something, and that something has to MOVE from one point to another. Merely participating in lots of activities and looking…

Live a Little, Laugh a Lot

By Samantha McKenzie It’s perfectly okay to break out of a routine. Actually, it’s highly encouraged. Don’t get me wrong, routines have their rightful place in our lives. They help us stay organized. They ensure that all of our chores are completed. But most of all, they provide a safe haven and security blanket for…

Water the Flowers, Not the Weeds

“Weeds need to be pulled and removed from the garden or else they could choke the flowers to death. The same with life.” – Dawn Onley By Dawn Onley If there’s one sure thing that I’ve learned in my 48 years of living, it’s this: Whatever we water will grow. Obviously, it applies to vegetation…

Today’s Hope for All of Us

“You may not always have a comfortable life and you will not always be able to solve all of the world’s problems at once but don’t ever underestimate the importance you can have because history has shown us that courage can be contagious and hope can take on a life of its own.”    …

Don’t Bury Your Dreams

“Within us all there lies a broken dream, ‘our inconsolable secret,’ as C.S. Lewis calls it, that is so precious to us we protect it with a thousand defenses. “The secret which hurts so much,” Lewis says, “that you take your revenge on it by calling it names like Nostalgia and Romanticism and Adolescence.” We…

Building Your Circle of Trust

By Samantha McKenzie Women need a support system. We need a trusted circle of sisters who will listen to us and keep our secrets in a safe place. We need a group of other women who will give us a fresh perspective on a particular situation or invite us to try a new approach. We need…

Today is a Good Friday

By Dawn Onley Today is Good Friday, for those who subscribe to the Christian faith. It’s the day that Jesus was crucified to the cross, making it a sacred day for those who believe. For years, I was always somber on this day. It saddened me to think of the pain that Jesus endured for…

When Our Children Create a Movement

By Samantha McKenzie I’m not here to get into a debate about gun control. I’m not even here to talk about mass shootings in America. I am here, however, to applaud our children, our brave young people, and activists who organized the March on Our Lives, a student-led demonstration, that took place on March 24,…

Good Morning, Monday!

By Dawn Onley Good morning, Monday! I’m refreshed and reenergized and eager to jump into this day with all of the vigor, passion, and fervor of hundreds of thousands of students who marched in Washington DC and across other cities in this nation and world on Saturday. I was not able to attend the actual…

Did You Almost?

“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” Pope John XXIII By Samantha McKenzie Do you have a life full of almosts? Did…