SELF-AWARENESS

Made new

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Brown eyes gaze riveted by the woman in the mirror.
A sense of marvel beckons her to look closer
as if beholding herself for the first time.
A smile crosses her lips as she is no longer a child
naive to the ways of the world.
Rememberances of sorrows, rejection, inadequacy, defeat,
like distant memories of another life.
Through faith in Christ, inner strength was forged,
shaping who she is today;
A woman who perceives her worth,
undefined by others' opinions, insecurities, and lack.
Casting of untruths, she lives and loves unapologetically,
shining brightly, illuminating darkness all around her. …

SELF-HELP

A haiku

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Just like medicine
laughter is good for the soul,
chasing away blues.

“A merry heart does good, like a medicine.”

A merry heart produces the same effect as medicine. I don't know about you, but I grew up where family gatherings included lots of boisterous laughter. I can remember often laughing so hard my side would hurt. I know from experience that laughter can temporarily take our minds off many problems we may be experiencing. Laughter is as universal as the common cold, but did you know that laughter is proven to change our bodies physiologically? Laughter also has similar…

POETRY

No more crumbs from the table

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We rose from adversity To embrace the dawning of a new day Fraught with blood, sweat, and tears On all sides burdened, we pressed on Confident of future glory before our face With dignity, we ran a determined race Climbing from the precipice of despair We marched on with hope and a prayer No more settling for crumbs off the table It was time for America to show it was able To recognize our right to exist In a country built with our muscle and grit Now here we are in the year 2021 Politicians try to rob us of…

WOMEN’S HISTORY MONTH

Twelve voices that inspire

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Justice is about making sure that being polite is not the same as being quiet. In fact, oftentimes, the most righteous thing you can do is shake the table.

— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez

Every March, we celebrate women both past and present and their life-changing contributions to society. Women who used their voices and platforms to challenge, inspire change, and give hope to present and future generations. In the United States, Women’s History Month began in 1981 with a designated week each March. …

Michele Thomas

I am an educator, writer, and avid reader. I enjoy writing poetry and stories about real-life experiences.

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