Creative Mindfulness and Me

  Today, I attended a creative writing and mindfulness workshop at the public library in town.  This was my second writing workshop for the month and, truth be told, my second writing workshop since starting this personal journey back in 2010 (more officially in 2015) to write publicly. The program's creative writing aspect was obviously … Continue reading Creative Mindfulness and Me

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Completing the Circle in 2017 to Start Afresh in 2018

Happy New Year, everyone! Please pardon my month of silence... I chose not to blog at all last month so that I may savor December 2017 - and the last 31 days in my initial year of simple living and intentional work. And for the most part, I believe the month off from writing rewarded … Continue reading Completing the Circle in 2017 to Start Afresh in 2018

Ms. Lu’s Library – Book of the Month: Big Magic

Welcome to another edition of Ms. Lu's Library! I'm back to share my thoughts and favorite passages from another recent read.  This time I'm reviewing a book that's been on my "must read" list for about a year - Big Magic: Creative Living Beyond Fear by Elizabeth Gilbert.   "And you have treasures hidden within … Continue reading Ms. Lu’s Library – Book of the Month: Big Magic

A Moment to Meditate: Poetry About Decision-Making

The Road Not Taken by Robert Frost   Two roads diverged in a yellow wood, And sorry I could not travel both And be one traveler, long I stood And looked down one as far as I could To where it bent in the undergrowth;   Then took the other, as just as fair, And … Continue reading A Moment to Meditate: Poetry About Decision-Making

Ms. Lu’s Library – Book of the Summer (Take 2): My Book Finds at the National Museum of the American Indian

Welcome to another edition of Ms. Lu's Library! (Well, actually... this is the second take on the last edition of Ms. Lu's Library.)   So, as a reader, you know how this typically goes... You settle on your next book to read, start knocking out pages (and taking notes even), but THEN... then you come … Continue reading Ms. Lu’s Library – Book of the Summer (Take 2): My Book Finds at the National Museum of the American Indian

Ms. Lu’s Library – Book of the Summer: Happier at Home

  Welcome back to my library! It's with great surprise to myself (but sincere thankfulness) that I finally return to share a new selection from Ms. Lu's Library, where on any given Tuesday I spotlight a treasured book from my collection or share with you thoughts on a recent find.  Now, as you know from my last "book … Continue reading Ms. Lu’s Library – Book of the Summer: Happier at Home

The First 90 Days of 2017: Blogging With a Renewed Purpose

So, since we are exactly three months into 2017 today, I felt it only right to do a 90-day check-in with everyone! Worldwide, a great deal has happened in this amount of time - some bad, some devastating, some good, and some absolutely amazing.  For this MLK, meaning Ms. Lucretia King, I have experienced a … Continue reading The First 90 Days of 2017: Blogging With a Renewed Purpose

A Moment to Meditate: Poetry for Encouragement

Invictus by William Ernest Henley   Out of the night that covers me,       Black as the pit from pole to pole, I thank whatever gods may be       For my unconquerable soul.   In the fell clutch of circumstance       I have not winced nor cried aloud. Under the bludgeonings of chance       My head is bloody, but … Continue reading A Moment to Meditate: Poetry for Encouragement

Ms. Lu’s Library – Book of the Month: The Alchemist

Being an avid reader and collector of knickknacks since I was a kid, the room I loved second-most to my bedroom in our house was the "front" room with the built-in bookshelves.  Growing up in the countryside of eastern North Carolina, I couldn't easily walk to my town's library.  So, to me, that room served as mine … Continue reading Ms. Lu’s Library – Book of the Month: The Alchemist

Leading Boldly, with a Servant’s Heart

On this holiday last year, I participated in a community service project as part of the Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service celebration on campus.  I vividly remember the frigid temperatures in Asheville that day and how, no matter the layers I wore, I still felt numbness in my feet and hands after a morning of working outside … Continue reading Leading Boldly, with a Servant’s Heart