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Encouraging Words

It's amazing when my 5-year-old comes home, talking about the history behind MLK day. When I was in Kindergarten, we learned our colors, numbers, and maybe a few words. My son comes home teaching me about rhombuses, arctic animals and their habitats, and about politics. Today, he came home and gave me a history lesson. He said Martin Luther King was a very good man who delivered a speech that he was killed for. I'm sure the teachers tried to give these kids the whole picture of 'I have a dream,' yet this is the part that stuck with my child - 'he gave a speech that he died for...' I tried to impart some wisdom at that moment. Wisdom like that of MLK and what he tried to stress on that day he died. That we are all created equal even though some people judge others because of their background, race, or religion. That we all should work as a human race to improve our society with peace and respect. That we should NOT judge others based on their color,


For those podcast listeners out there, I invite you to stop by A NOVEL THOUGHT . When 2020 imploded on the world, we all found ourselves with a bit of extra time on our hands. Some like my mom, picked up painting while I started a podcast. You can listen to the trailer here: TRAILER  I interview those in and outside the writing & entertainment industry for a comprehensive look at the world, highlighting people who are trailblazers in their fields. A Novel Thought focuses on a variety of topics, but all will be thought-provoking and uplifting. I'd love it if you stopped by! And if you're doing something NEW in your world, I'd love to hear from you. Maybe YOU would be a fit for my podcast. Here's to a NEW thing in the NEW YEAR.  Check out a short clip from my latest episode.

The Ripple Effect Podcast w/ Kimberly McKay


The Night Before Christmas...

When our kids are little, it's all about getting them to sleep as every sound 'could' be Santa or his reindeer on the roof. It's pleading for a bit of shut-eye to get those last-minute gifts wrapped - the ones that were not under the tree the night before.  Each year, that Christmas magic wanes a bit as kids mature. You enter certain phases where they've outgrown toys and you struggle with what to get for them. You ask for lists, but half the time relatives don't understand what your kid has even listed. It's almost more work explaining what an Ocarina of Time is and why it's important than it is to just order it yourself and slap a "from Nana" label on it. The Christmas you never see coming is the one right before they leave home. The one where it's the last year before college and they've matured into this adult - this person who you always knew they'd be but just couldn't fathom it. It hit me today. With this being my kid'

Okinawan food brand ambassador, Diana Bishop

Okinawan food brand ambassador, Diana Bishop talks about how her passion project is bringing Okinawan-American families together over the dinner table. It's an interesting listen!!! Check out my podcast A NOVEL THOUGHT at most any streaming service like Spotify, Apple, etc. Or you can find it here: If you like what you hear - click the support button.

My Interview with Jeff Vande Zande, author, poet, screenwriter, and professor.

  Yesterday, I had the honor of sitting down with one of the most well-rounded creators I know. Jeff Vande Zande gave me insight into his background and tips for new writers. If you're an aspiring writer, author, or creative - you should check out 'A Novel Thought.' It's only 30 minutes of your time but well worth it. Here's a link to my PODCAST
July is coming to a close, bringing the first half of 2020 to a place where the world is ready.  Ready for the new normal - whatever that is.  Ready for things to settle down (cue the aliens).  Ready for a vacation that isn't taken with the nagging thought in the back of their mind of 'is this safe?'  Ready to NOT have to defend their decision to mask or not to mask. That's truly a good question, but I'm going to leave it right here ... and walk away from it. I think my biggest concern is how divided our communities and nation has become. I'll defend my right to wear a mask just as much as I defend your right not to wear one. Can you say the same? If you're an anti-masker, will you respect those who aren't? I hope so because the anger in our hearts has to stop. If you watch the national news, you'll see the outright childish behavior as people wipe their snotty noses on employees' shirts because they've been asked to don a mask.  I could get

Mr. Rogers Would be Sad

I have to admit. I've not watched the news in a very long time, because of how the negativity has hit an all-time high. The few seconds it may be on stresses me out, and when we are stressed - we're not at our best. It's hard to be fair or kind when your heart is full of chaos. The below NOT a political debate, rant, or meant to start any heated conversations. You all know I stay far away from anything political when posting. This is purely an observation from the heart. So please, no comments that spur anger from anyone. My husband and I are not straight-party voters. We look at issues on both sides of the fence to see what is right for us and how we can vote to make our world a better place. This world has become SO 'us vs. them.' that it's harmful to the process of what our country was founded on. People can't even express an opinion without backlash or being polarized as a villain if it's against popular opinion. It is no longer possible to lear