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

Book of the Month: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

I had purchased this book over six months ago and let it linger on the lower shelf of an end table until last month.  In a fit of purging and "clearing out" the old or unused to make space for the new - new ideas, new projects, new perspectives to fill the new freedom I'd been … Continue reading Book of the Month: The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks by Rebecca Skloot

The Business of Writing: Creating a Platform

When I first committed myself to completing my book project by the end of this year, I thought it would be as simple as just pinning my butt down in a seat until I finished the first draft.  Very little did I understand of the "business of writing."  To me, writing was writing... the art of creating. … Continue reading The Business of Writing: Creating a Platform

Book of the Month: Hair Story by Ayana D. Byrd & Lori L. Tharps

As you all know, prolific reading makes you a better writer.  So, in addition to realizing my dream of becoming a published writer, another one of the challenges I gave myself at the start of 2015 was to bring my inner "bookworm" back to life.   To do that, I established a Goodreads account last weekend … Continue reading Book of the Month: Hair Story by Ayana D. Byrd & Lori L. Tharps

Changing My World, One Dream at a Time

As we witness or participate in an extended weekend of celebrations surrounding the life and dream of the late Martin Luther King, Jr., I have decided to use this auspicious time as an opportunity to embark upon realizing one of my many dreams - becoming a published writer and book author (in other words, a public commentator on … Continue reading Changing My World, One Dream at a Time