“Unmooring to Ascend.”


A writers’ emotions are sparked and influenced by reading novels, their dreams, and many other inspirations. For the past two or three years, I have followed the online travel blogging adventures of two pair of couples who recently transitioned from RVing to begin their new adventures upon the ocean and waterways. Their adventures had me recalling my bucket list and journal writings of one day … Continue reading “Unmooring to Ascend.”

“Notorious Farce.”


When I was asked to speak here today, I was reticent because for the past three years I have looked upon you all seated here as my family and we all have shared many hours of conversation debating every topic imaginable. I believe I received the nickname “Notorious,” for my frank and direct conversations with many of the students. I’m keenly aware that many of … Continue reading “Notorious Farce.”

“I have no qualms on a precipice.”


After two months of preparations, working out at a gym and buying $987.94 worth of backpacking gear. We are on the John Muir trail in Northern California and have been hiking for two days. But, for the past two hours, we have sat on a precipice overlooking a valley into the Sierra Nevadas at just over 8000 feet. We were enjoying the unnerving silence of … Continue reading “I have no qualms on a precipice.”

“A chateau’s final party and goodbye.”


After fourteen months of treatments for my illness, the doctor advised me that my fate was final and hospice would be my last destination. For several days I was filled with dreaded fear and depressed from the doom and gloom news, but decided not allow bad news stop me from seeing Paris one last time. So with my health aid nurse in tow, we traveled … Continue reading “A chateau’s final party and goodbye.”

“Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness.”


The word pink is associated with romance, sweetness, and happiness, But the evolution of the word pink and its bright color has become associated with, breast cancer awareness. During the month of October women around the world gather in cities, towns, and villages to march in support of women’s rights and breast cancer awareness. The women’s protest march held this year drew millions of women, … Continue reading “Pink: Breast Cancer Awareness.”

“Pursuing.”


By pursuing the definition of you, which should last a lifetime, you must be open-minded of your past and present, for a better future. Pursuing, someone, something, or destinations is a part of your future. Pursuing dreams or passions are mandatory lifetime goals. Life without pursuing is a slow death. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Pursuing.”

“Temporary.”


Temporarily I will become a better person. The person I was yesterday was temporary. Temporarily, I exercise to feel better. The person in my mirror is temporary. Temporarily, I drink until drunk. The person I awoke to is hungover temporarily. My life, family, friends job, are for a lifetime until death. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Temporary.”

“Bitterly exposed, where is Edgar?”


Mother, I’m so upset and angry with Wilbur, this is the third time this month he has been naughty. What did he do? Well, when I returned home from work this evening I walked into the kitchen to see the trashcan on its side with this morning orange and grapefruit peels on the floor. I was bitterly upset with Wilbur’s actions that have exposed a … Continue reading “Bitterly exposed, where is Edgar?”

“Lifestyle, Panicked and None.”


The WordPress prompts can inspire and initiate thoughts of the past, present, and future. For me, the words lifestyle, panicked and none are associated with my current lifestyle when I panic knowing I will not live long enough to read all of the books in my lifetime, yet none are as important as what I want to write. Just my thoughts for today. 🙂 WordPress … Continue reading “Lifestyle, Panicked and None.”

“Control?”


Control is a powerful word, meaning authority to guide or manage something or someone. But for me, the word instantaneously brings to mind 1987, Janet Jackson’s mega-hit with the signature song “Control.” Thirty years ago the song and its accompanying video were the anthems for many teenage girls wanting to spread their wings and divorcing women who sought independence from a marriage they felt no … Continue reading “Control?”

“Wanderlust.”


Wanderlust is revealed through my photography during my nomadic travel adventures. These photos reflect my travels from Key West Florida, up the East Coast of the US, through the Midwest, the Western United States, and the Canadian Rockies. Please, enjoy.  🙂 WordPress photo challenge Continue reading “Wanderlust.”

“Apprentice.”


When I was newly assigned, my heart was filled with pride and honor, but, quickly I recognized it was I who was the apprentice and intern who learned to appreciated the honor it was to represent, you all. I have reflected upon my times here in the field with a company of men and women whom I have shared traumatic emotional moments of tragedy and … Continue reading “Apprentice.”

Zip, a generational migration


My name is Mildred Hoskins, and at the mature age of 87, my birding dream has come true. My husband Charles and I were married for 58 years when he died a couple of years ago. We met while we were both students at the University of Wisconsin at Eau Claire. After graduation, he took a teaching job at the University, and I became a … Continue reading Zip, a generational migration

“Earth Day Sunsets.”


As the sun sets on another yearly earth day celebrations around the world including protests marches to bring attention to climate change. One fundamental aspect that will never change is the sun rising and setting every day whether we care for our planet are not. WordPress photo challenge Continue reading “Earth Day Sunsets.”

“The 50th Wedding Anniversary.”


Hello, my name is Johnathan and tonight we have gathered to celebrate the 50th wedding anniversary of my parents. My parents have a foundation of friendship and a passionate love for one another for which their lives together as husband and wife has evolved through many of life’s tragedies and celebrations. Before they were married, their love was tested by my grandfather who assumed my … Continue reading “The 50th Wedding Anniversary.”

“Spikes of life and death.”


The beginning spike is birth. The spike of walking. The spike of your first day of school. The spike of working an agricultural field to feel the soil beneath your feet. The spike of falling in love. The spike of completing and education or discovering a passion. The spike of becoming a parent and grandparent. With every spike, there are valley’s and death is considered … Continue reading “Spikes of life and death.”

“My little girl’s backyard fun.”


On a rainy Saturday, I was seated in the library reading Jane Eyre enjoying my afternoon tea, and biscuits when thunder, roared over the house with a streak of lightning flashing across the sky. I stood, approached the window to peer out onto my prize winning Sheffield England topiary garden. My sight paralyzed me with the fear every parent who is more protective of their … Continue reading “My little girl’s backyard fun.”

“Journey Unravel.”


Usually, a journey takes someone from one location to another, so what is a personal journey? Within the mind, a personal journey begins with imagination, a dream or idea, driven by desires, fueled by a passion for achieving a goal. It takes fortitude and perseverance to remain focused on a journey in the face of distractions, enticements, and temptations. Although some journeys are shared with … Continue reading “Journey Unravel.”

“A child’s blind tenaciousness, and a parent’s denial.”


Within seconds of Charlie’s birth, the doctor, and I was shocked to see his dark brown eyes searching the room, his surroundings and finally fixating on me. That moment seared into my memory, heart, and soul for the rest of my life. He was a healthy baby with strong lungs only crying when hungry or needing a diaper change. He was four, and a half … Continue reading “A child’s blind tenaciousness, and a parent’s denial.”

“Prudent kids on the cusp of being champions.”


We all have gathered her for our annual sports awards banquet to honor and celebrate the mighty, mighty, Bulldogs who are champions again. I want to recognize and applaud all of the parents, who provided pre-game, half-time, post-game foods, and snacks. I want to personally express my thanks to Mr & Mrs, Borinski, for the grilled, stuffed jalapeno sausages, after every game. For the past … Continue reading “Prudent kids on the cusp of being champions.”

“Dense.”


The density within a photograph can capture and reveal woodland landscapes, a field of flowers or a large school of fish. My photos encompass multiple items within its landscape. The Caloosahatchee River that flows south past Fort Myers Fl, The Fort Myers Marina, two river islands, two cross-river bridges, multi-level apartment buildings, building rooftops, palm trees, streets filled with cars in the old town district … Continue reading “Dense.”

“Ordinary Parent.”


Katherine Humphrey’s is a mother of two, a three-month-old son and Shelby her 4-year-old daughter. After placing both in their bedrooms for afternoon naps, she settled in at her kitchen table to sip on a cup of herbal tea. She suddenly overheard Shelby coaxing “Wilbur” their 6-year-old most docile cat to take a baby bottle. Wilbur has been Shelby’s constant companion and generally sleeps in … Continue reading “Ordinary Parent.”

A motorcyclist’s ordinary day,


I have traveled across the US via motorcycle for well over twenty years along the two-lane asphalt, dirt and gravel roads tying the small towns of America together, like knots of a rope. During all of my travels, I have seen and encountered a lot of amazing people and sights to accept every day I ride will be filled with adventures of visual sights, sounds, … Continue reading A motorcyclist’s ordinary day,

“A Journey’s expectation.”


Several hours ago we were seated at our dining room table Loretta, and I sat next to one another holding hands, sharing kisses as our excitement mounted about our retirement journey. Three weeks after a gala retirement party held in our honor along with several post-retirement events hosted by family and friends our flight is scheduled for tomorrow morning. Our bags are labeled and have … Continue reading “A Journey’s expectation.”

“The Roads Taken.”


  The photos of the roads I have taken vary widely from Aligator Alley near the Florida Everglades to the Alaska Highway, interstate 70 in Utah, Wyoming, Nebraska and the Canadian Rockies near Banff. For me, all of the photos provided me with scenic views of the roads I have taken. WordPress weekly photo challenge Continue reading “The Roads Taken.”

“Instinct.”


I’m no hero. I acted upon instinct pulling Mrs. Harris from her car after she collided with the fence. Everyone says I’m a hero, but I don’t fell like one. I just did what I was supposed to do. People call us heroes, but we know who we are. We are men & women who know we only did what was right. We keep the … Continue reading “Instinct.”

Ruminating and Swarm


It was a chilly spring evening as Floyd, and Pegg Harkins’ sat rocking in their chairs watching the sun set behind the dark green mountains of the Beaverden, West Virgina. You know Pegg, I’ve been ruminating about our graduation celebration when it was held in the afternoon outside behind the school house. Do you remember when some of Mr. Dickle’s bees from his farm next … Continue reading Ruminating and Swarm

‘Doubt.”


Doubt is an emotion resting on the foundation of fear slowing the momentum to move forward on your initial decision. Doubt and hesitation are similar allowing fear to enter any decision. Yet, doubt is a part of the safety for oneself and others, and once assured, the initial decision should move forward. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading ‘Doubt.”

“Hesitate.”


Hesitate, and the moment passes. Hesitate, and you miss the opportunity. Hesitate, and you will become regretful. Hesitate, and your dreams will not become real. Hesitation is a consideration as you continue through life. Hesitation is a fear while remaining confident knowing the experiences to overcome life’s hesitations builds character and knowledge. WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Hesitate.”

“Glitter Child.”


As a child multi-colored glitter sparkles light everywhere. With my grandmother crafting Easter baskets we use glitter sprinkled on the gift of candy and toys. When I find the glitter bottle, I marvel at the look it makes in the bathtub. When flushing the toilet glitter swirls towards the bottom with many colors. Glitter on ceramic marble floors produces an almost surreal look. Glitter footprints … Continue reading “Glitter Child.”

“Embarrassing​ squat.”


It was a hot July the 4th holiday, and several of my neighborhoods were gathered at my home as I hosted a Bar-B-Que. One of my, neighbors a young couple in their mid-twenties who were three years into their marriage with a two-year-old child attended. Since the other couples in attendance offspring were in college or on their own, everyone spoiled the young toddler. It … Continue reading “Embarrassing​ squat.”

“Sounds of Silence.”


Many years ago I participated in a stress management class where I gathered the knowledge of learning to de-stress to live a more peaceful life. When the teacher who taught the morning class returned after lunch and stood before the class of 30-40 adults who quieted and watched as she stood in silence for the next ten minutes staring at us. For the first five … Continue reading “Sounds of Silence.”

“Expectations, Stress & Achievement​.”


  The human imagination of expectations usually increases the stress within many people. To achieve successful imagined expectations, it takes discipline and dedication. Initiating a detailed written schedule, any imagined expectations can be achieved. Once expectation is achieved, there is and emotional exhilaration and a decrees in stress. Expectations, increases stress, until achivement of expectations brings relief until the next expectation. M. J. Leake WordPress … Continue reading “Expectations, Stress & Achievement​.”

“Cleaning.”


Timothy and Susan Crawford were married thirty-nine years when on Valentine’s Day, their oldest son Jason asked his college sweetheart Meredith to marry him. Meredith said yes, and they planned a June wedding. The two dated for five years, yet waited until they finished their post doctorate degrees before discussing marriage. The each shared rooms with friends off campus near the University and to save … Continue reading “Cleaning.”

“Resist.”


With the first month of 2017 in the review mirror, many New Years resolutions have fallen prey to various forms of temptations. For those who want to sustain their resolutions, I recommend stating the phrase from the popular television show, Star Trek; The Next Generation’s formidable enemy the “Borg,” “Resistance if Futile.” Using the phrase “Resistance if Futile,” maybe the trigger to get you past … Continue reading “Resist.”

“2016 Nomadic Adventures & photos Part #1,”


It was the 1st of April when I decided to purchase a vehicle to replace my 1991 Ford Explorer, or as my adult son called her, “The Exploder.” He and several close friends believed that upon my retirement six years prior, I should have purchased a new car. I gave it some thought but buying another vehicle easily drifted from my frugal conscious mind. My … Continue reading “2016 Nomadic Adventures & photos Part #1,”

“Wedding Invitations,”


I attended two weddings accompanied by my special someone who excited my mother with the possibilities of our marriage one day. When my mom attended the second wedding, she discovered my special someone passionately kissing one of the groomsmen the relationship ended. I was a groomsman at the third marriage, and my mother was my plus one which will never happen again. I love my … Continue reading “Wedding Invitations,”

“Marathon,”


The idea to participate in the marathon was initiated during an employees meeting when I quickly volunteered to support the team. A total of 14 employees rounded out the team which included the general manager and vice president. Everyone remained enthusiastic throughout two months of training because they worked half days on Mondays and Fridays. On the last Saturday of April, the momentous day arrived, … Continue reading “Marathon,”

Exquisite


My name is Sylvester Williewood, and the Mercantile Finance Corporation has employed me for thirty-seven years. I began my career in the mail room, and I have risen to become the vice president of the corporation. I’m currently in negotiations with another financial institution which has offered to hire me. **************************** The regularly scheduled Monday morning conference with all twelve board members in attendance seated … Continue reading Exquisite

“Unseen.”


I close my eyes to behold our wedding with the beauty we shared I close my eyes to observe our honeymoon, and I smile I close my eyes to see our 47 anniversaries. I close my eyes to feel our love, for our children, grandchildren, and great-grandchildren. I close my eyes with tears of joy, sensing our touch, our love, flowing through my heart, and … Continue reading “Unseen.”

“Capable.”


Growing up in Miami, during my college year’s I easily maintained a 4,0-grade point average whenever. To pass tests, I imagined calmly strolling along South Beach in Miami Fl with the warm eighty-degree temperatures surrounding my body. But today my mind drifts to the woman who stole my heart, soul, and mind. I spent the previous summer abroad studying history at the University of Spain … Continue reading “Capable.”

“Someday,”


Someday, I’m going to gain the opportunity I seek. Someday, I’m going to repair the air conditioner. Someday, I’m going to paint the house. Someday, I’m going to install the ceiling fan. Someday, I’m going to repair the garbage disposal. Someday, I’m going to refinish the wood floors But, today I’m going to sit and write! WordPress daily word prompt Continue reading “Someday,”

Cling


I’m a wife to a wonderful husband of 12-years, a mother of beautiful twin girls age 4, and a 6-year old boy. By 5:00 am, I’m enjoying my first cup of coffee and, I sit in silence to a quite home and I’m looking forward to the twins afternoon nap and mommy time. I have taken mommy time, on the rear deck, in the backyard … Continue reading Cling

“Uneven.”


During my four years of college, I maintained twelve college credit hours per semester, six during the summer including twelve hours of lab work per month the two semesters before graduation and during the summer, I held a part-time job of thirty hours a week. When I interviewed for employment with several biomedical companies before graduation, they all wanted me to begin immediately, except for … Continue reading “Uneven.”

“Shine.”


Every one of our 137 talented performing art graduates are uniquely special. They are blessed with talents & skills that shine from within in for us all to see in wonderment. We are fortunate to witness their radiant talent as they provide their last creative performance. Now with no further ado, I present to you the graduates of the Acme school of performance arts in … Continue reading “Shine.”

“Martin Luther King Jr.”


This weekend has been a whirlwind of amazing events for me here in Utah, including the exceptional performance by Taylor Mac kicking off MLK week and the inspirational, packed #writersresist event last night at Mandate Press. Today, I’m immersing myself in reading poems to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and listening to our local community radio […] via Honor Martin Luther King Jr. day in poetry … Continue reading “Martin Luther King Jr.”

Every Heart has its Secret Sorrows


Originally posted on theempathyqueen:
“Believe me, every heart has its secret sorrows, which the world knows not, and oftentimes we call a man cold, when he is only sad.” – Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, Hyperion Grief is not a competition.? Sadness has no limit.? Physical or mental pain is not on a scale in comparison to any other individual. Again and again, I am reminded that… Continue reading Every Heart has its Secret Sorrows