Episode 16: By Myself… I Could Not Even Get Outside of the Parking Lot! (VIDEO)
Lela Jefferson Fagan the host of the “Memoirs of a Black Girl Podcast Series” shares her testimony of passing her road test and acquiring her first car!
Babe, Where is the Coffee?
I advise you now, as my reader that this post may seem a bit silly to some. However, I feel led to share it. A few months ago I finally kicked the can sort of speak my addiction to drinking Monster Energy Drinks. See, years ago I stopped drinking them after I had an experience that simply told me I had a problem. I was on a crowded train one morning on my way to work. I had decided to close my eyes for the span of time it usually took me to commute from the DeKalb Avenue stop in Brooklyn to my final destination W 34th Street in Midtown…
Why I have a Personal Attitude Adjustment Plan
A number of years ago, when I first began working in full time ministry I read a book by Dr. John C. Maxwell called “The Winning Attitude”. I was led to read the book because to be quite honest my attitude sucked. Many would be amazed to hear that it is actually hard for me to share my emotions. Yes, you can insert the shocked face here. Even with being a writer, in real world interactions with others it’s not that easy for me to be open and free. I don’t know at some point during my life journey I began putting up walls to protect myself from being emotionally…
Mama, Please Get Your Baby…
It seems that it is now a continuing romance between us and the Mockingbirds that live in the tree that resides on our front yard. The other evening as the Coach and I were returning home from a long day of activities, we were confronted by the sound of rustling in our outside garbage can. My brave husband took a look inside and saw that a bird had flown or fallen in since we had left it uncovered. I followed up his analysis with my own and learned that it was a baby bird that resembled “Cranky Bird” the Mockingbird that likes to sit itself on the roof and look…
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“Right Heart. Right Attitude.” By Joyce Meyer is jacking me UP (in a good way)!
“Right Heart. Right Attitude.”; by Joyce Meyer is the book I am currently reading or should I say is reading me. I was introduced to the book after watching a series of episodes on the subject of “Attitudes” on Joyce Meyer’s “Enjoying Everyday Life” broadcast. Auntie Joyce’s (what I affectionately call her) program is one of the word-based ones I record on my DVR. I watch it and others during my devotional time. When I first watched the episodes, it was shortly after moving to Texas to live with my husband, Oji. We had lived nearly 9 months separately after getting married! We were/are in that delicate yet beautiful…
For Everything Has a Purpose, Even Hornets
Did you know that it is a fact that a swarm of fewer than 30 Japanese Giant Hornets have the ability to kill a hive of 30,000 Japanese Honeybees in just less than 3 hours! See at 4x the size of the Honeybee, its larger cousin the Giant Hornet is its greatest enemy. The Hornet kills the Bees so they can feed on their larvae to provide for their own offspring. You may be thinking to yourself, why is Lela telling me this? Well, I was born and spent most of my life in New York City; an urban metropolis where much of our green space is regulated to well…
The Lesson I Learned From a Baby Sparrow about FAITH
This past Sunday as my husband and I were leaving our home to do a few errands; we were confronted with a not so cute scene on our front porch. It was a still and lifeless baby sparrow. Evidently, the poor little thing had attempted to fly. Instead, it fell beak first from its nest and landed where we found it. After the initial shock, of our discovery we prepared to remove it. As we worked together to picked it up and put it away, I thought about the powerful statement the little bird had made with its actions. Even though, it had clearly failed at its first attempt at…
Arranging the Soundtrack of a Life Still in Progress
I love music. It never ceases to amaze me how I can be led to a song that speaks so much about my situation or a period of my life. Recently I found a song by Chrisette Michelle called “Notebook”. As a writer, the title of the song intrigued me. However, the lyrics when I heard them and read them, spoke to my soul. I can honestly say, the song describes the feelings I felt during that delicate moment when my affection for my husband was developing from a friend into a deep romantic love.
Who Is Buzzing Around Your Dreams? (Poem)
The other day during my walking workout; I had an encounter with nature. This experience inspired me to write the following poem “Who Is Buzzing Around Your Dreams?”. Truth be told, I had thought I saw an eagle soaring in the sky above me, when actually it was a Turkey Buzzard / Turkey Vulture. I discovered its true identity during my return lap and under closer inspection… I looked down and saw a family of them and a Black Vulture resting underneath a tree. ## Who Is Buzzing Around Your Dreams Be careful of the company that you keep when you are birthing dreams. Make sure you are soaring with the eagles…