“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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.”

“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 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.”

‘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.”