First Movement: When I Die…

First movement: brisk and lively. The first movement of a symphony usually has a structure called sonata form.

My heaven will be when as a little girl stealing sips of Cafe Bustelo with my crazy, loud, and loving Puerto Rican family at my Grandma Carmen’s dining table.

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Symphony No. 36

When we are born, we start assembling a symphony of life where the instruments are the people that add richness to our stories.  They are part of life’s twists and turns like the movements in a symphony that are highlighted by crescendos and decrescendos.The conductor steps on the stage, and with a final push the doctor announces…It’s a girl!

Why does the conductor shake the hand of the violinist before the concert begins? The conductor is acknowledging the concertmaster, who is the leader of the violins and a vital part of the orchestra leadership. Our concertmaster is Lauren Morton.



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The “Flaw” At The Door

When I started looking for a new home I sent a carefully constructed list to my realtor of “must haves” and “nonnegotiable” things. For example, I refused to do street parking or yard work.

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The 400 Sight Word Club

Nervousness and excitement came over me as I approached the classroom door.  I peered through the little window in the door, and saw about 24 little faces sitting in their little desks working diligently in Ms. Johnson’s 1st Grade Class.  The thought came through my mind if they would like me?  Can you imagine, a 36 year old woman wondering if a class full of 1st graders would welcome my presence?  Finally, I knocked on the door.  My nephew looked up and his face lit up.  I took the first step into my reentry into the 1st Grade, as the self-appointed Class Auntie. Read More

The Thankful Fear

“Our emotions have a vibratory frequency to them. There are only 2 emotions that humankind experiences, Fear and Love. All other emotions branch either directly or indirectly from these 2 emotions….”
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Adaptation (приспособление)

img_2387We are told at various points in our life that the only constant is change. This statement should be followed with the idea that key to surviving change is how well you adapt. My friends, this is the other constant in our lives. Just like change…you can’t avoid it.   Read More

For your consideration.


Dear Time Magazine-

Each year the world waits with much anticipation for the revealing of Time’s “Person of the Year”.  Many of history’s greatest leaders, thinkers, villains, and game-changers have found themselves on the list.  I will assume that you have narrowed your 2016 list down to the final three, and you are most likely waiting for the outcome of the November elections.  25 Days….Thank God!!! 

If I may, please consider this a submission for your consideration.

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Just Right…

“And her joy would become a restless thing, flapping its wings inside her, as though looking for an opening to fly away.” “Americanah” by Chiamanada Ngozi Adichie 


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Happy Birthday

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Another year has ended.  Another year has begun.  What lies ahead is another year to blow out the candles and celebrate this gift to the world. For some, they are still 29 and holding. For me, I proudly shout “Today is my 36th birthday!”   Read More