Dear Self, Let the Anger Go

By Samantha McKenzie “Anger is an acid that can do more harm to the vessel in which it is stored than to anything on which it is poured.” Mark Twain I spend most of my quality time being a fun, cheerful and encouraging human being. I delight in swapping short stories with others, sharing a…

What’s Your Story? Are You Ready to Share it?

By Samantha McKenzie We all love a good story. We want the happily ever afters, the heroes who save us from darkness and the successful endings that separate us from the ordinary. Whether we¬†like getting it out of a book, a television drama series, or near the water cooler at work, most of us have…

A Body of Women, Joined Together by Spirit

By Samantha McKenzie We are a body of women, separated only by land or age, but joined together by spirit. We are one. We recognize the unique, undeniable power we possess and pay homage to the tender contributions we’ve made to this life. We celebrate our collective greatness and individual achievements. We are, and will…

‘I Think Her Whole Life was a Celebration of Life’

  By Dawn Onley Verlia Carter was not diminished in her darkest hour. She illuminated. In late October, Ms. Verlia enlisted the help of her children and threw herself a belated birthday bash for the ages. In a packed room inside one of the¬†poshest restaurants in town, her family, former co-workers, classmates, church and childhood…