Still I RISE!!!

Still I RISE
Maya Angelou 

You may write me down in history
With your bitter, twisted lies,
You may trod me in the very dirt
But still, like dust, I’ll rise.

Does my sassiness upset you?
Why are you beset with gloom?
‘Cause I walk like I’ve got oil wells
Pumping in my living room.

Just like moons and like suns,
With the certainty of tides,
Just like hopes springing high,
Still I’ll rise.

Did you want to see me broken?
Bowed head and lowered eyes?
Shoulders falling down like teardrops.
Weakened by my soulful cries.

Does my haughtiness offend you?
Don’t you take it awful hard
‘Cause I laugh like I’ve got gold mines
Diggin’ in my own back yard.

You may shoot me with your words,
You may cut me with your eyes,
You may kill me with your hatefulness,
But still, like air, I’ll rise.

Does my sexiness upset you?
Does it come as a surprise
That I dance like I’ve got diamonds
At the meeting of my thighs?

Out of the huts of history’s shame
I rise
Up from a past that’s rooted in pain
I rise
I’m a black ocean, leaping and wide,
Welling and swelling I bear in the tide.
Leaving behind nights of terror and fear
I rise
Into a daybreak that’s wondrously clear
I rise
Bringing the gifts that my ancestors gave,
I am the dream and the hope of the slave.
I rise
I rise
I rise.


Santa’s Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right Night Before Christmas

In our respective families, reading was an important part of our childhood experience.  On both sides, our parents would make time every evening to read a bedtime story.  Around the holidays in particular, story time was always something to look forward to.

Now as parents our selves, the pace of life seems to have quickened.  With work schedules, homework, bath time, dinner, and all the unexpected adventures each evening, the temptation is great to pop in a movie and call it an evening….after all the T.V. is such a good babysitter.  However, we understand the importance of reading, and make an effort to read a bedtime story to our children every week night.

With the holiday’s now upon us, we recently chose Santa’s Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right Night Before Christmas by DK Simoneau and David Radman for our evening read.  And from the art on the front cover (Illustrations are by Brad Cornelius), through the very last page, this book did not disappoint.  The narrative is a clever play on the classic “Twas the Night Before Christmas” poem by Clement Clarke Moore.  

In short, Santa’s big night goes rather unexpectedly and poorly until he wakes up to realize everything (up until that point) was a dream.  Our kids were captivated by the plot and the illustrations.  A little game we played during the read, was for each child to identify one item per page that was not as it would be expected to be; then to explain why.  Towards the end, when Santa wakes up from his dream and heads out to handle the gift giving in the more “traditional” fashion, there was visible relief on the faces of all three of our children.  All was now well, since Santa could handle his Christmas duties as he should!

Santa’s Zany, Wacky, Just Not Right Night Before Christmas is now available in an interactive app format, via Interactive Touch Books.

Thank you for the opportunity to share this book with our children. 


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Happy Birthday Mi Amor!!!

Happy Birthday to the CRAZIEST man I know, the love of my life... Ben. I love YOU!!!

Giving someone a piece of your soul 
is better than giving a piece of your heart. 
Because souls are eternal.
-Helen Boswell

2004 vs 2014



Soledad O'Brien & My Daughter Alyssa... Truly A Blessing!

The 'signature pose'... arms crossed!!!

Hola Familia,

Alyssa, Tabea, Noah & I had the wonderful opportunity of meeting Soledad O'Brien while she was in DC. It was a dream come true for all of us, especially Alyssa... she portrayed her for 'Por Ellos Si Podemos' during Hispanic Heritage Month. It's the Hispanic version of 'Because Of Them We Can' by Eunique Jones Gibson.

Derrel R. Todd of The Bakery Studio & FootPrint Fotos captured these AMAZING images! If his name sounds familiar... he's the same photographer who took my pictures last Winter. It's so cool because he's worked with me and now Alyssa, the twins pictures are 'in the works'... FASHO!!!


We are truly honored and humbled by this moment. A special thanks to EVERYONE who made this possible, we are forever thankful... thank you ALL!!! 

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There are more pics to come... stay tuned. :)

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Happy ThanksGIVING!!!

Normally, we don't share this type of stuff BUT seeing all the negativity and pain on social media, we felt compelled do to so.

We volunteer our time to help those in need when ever we can, we donate clothing to Africa and locally & money to the poor when we are able. This Thanksgiving, as a family, we made 120 turkey sandwiches and went to Franklin Park to pass them out to the homeless along with bottled water. Needless to say we came away feeling thankful, blessed, and privileged to have shared the company with so many beautiful people.

There is HOPE for humanity... Happy ThanksGIVING to all!!!

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