Happy New Year and Other Grand and Happy Events

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“You will be the main character of a grand event” ~ Chinese Fortune Happy New Year, Journeyer! The eve of this day is one of the most wildly celebrated events of the year; a mass celebration of hope and resolution and dreams of letting go of the past so that we can move forward in living our best personal, professional, …

My Merry Go Round Week

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Happy Tuesday, Journeyer! Well…all that keeps coming to mind with regard to this post is Up, Up, and Away (in my beautiful balloon.) I have no idea what the lyrics of that song represent, but I know how the music and melody have always made me feel: Like I wanted to fly. Not just fly, but to glide across the …

At the Intersection of Something Old’s and Something New’s

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Happy Sunday, Journeyer! This week I’ve been a bit quieter than normal on all of my social media outlets, but I can honestly say it was for a great cause. One of my younger cousins got hitched on Friday and Warren and I came out last week to vacation and help my aunt and uncle with the preparations. Though there …

Celebrate Good Times, Anniversaries, Fathers, & Weddings

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Happy Sunday, Journeyer! What comes to mind is that 80s hit by Kool & the Gang, Celebrate, Good Times. This past week has had numerous reasons for me to celebrate. I’ve let go, held on to, let go, held on to, then finally let go of another workplace dilemma. Something just broke in me this week and I’ve decided that …

Weathering the Storm

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Happy Sunday, Journeyer! Much of this past week was spent worrying and fretting over  my workplace saga. The sort of stress that brings with it interrupted sleep, headaches, and queasy stomachs. But here’s the thing I learned on Friday: We are always supported, no matter what. I have a solid performance history, but I couldn’t help but feel anxious about …

What Kind of Mother Has No Child 2016

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Dear Journeyer, On  May 8, 2015, I wrote this letter to you. I’m re-sharing it now, with a few time-related updates, because I feel it bears repeating again and again, year after year, until it has reached every single woman who has ever experienced the physical death of a child or the death of her Motherhood dream. Please share it with …

The Intersection of Gender with Jaden Smith, Louis Vuitton, and Two Men Named Bruce Weber

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Earlier this week I read Amazing Women Rock’s social media share about Jaden Smith modeling Louis Vuitton Womenswear. Many of the comments were disheartening and some were downright disturbing. The one that made the most sense to me came from AMR: “Plenty of women have dressed in men’s clothing over the decades…” The truth is that it has been going …

The Perfect Gift

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Dearest Journeyer, One quote from this Christmas season seems to have neatly wrapped itself inside my brain. “That’s a thoughtful gift,” someone exhaled when she opened my gift to her. A handcrafted, glass color palette seemed like the perfect gift for an artist. Apparently it was. I’m a bit like Santa; I spend an entire year preparing for gift giving. …

The Bank of Christmas

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Good morning, Journeyer… or, depending where you are, Good afternoon… Good evening… or Good middle of the night for all you insomniacs and those who come to this post in the wee hours before sunup because you’re stressing about how to save your marriage, the world, your family, or maybe even yourself… Today’s edition of this Happy Happens column is …

American Pride and Pumpkin Pie

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“Thanksgiving, after all, is a word of action.” ~ W.J. Cameron Journeyer, as I reflect on last week, the one designated for “Giving Thanks,” I can’t help but ponder Cameron’s quote above. For many of us, the act of giving thanks takes place in the kitchen where we bake pies, baste turkeys, break out the fine china, and then nearly …