Pink Roses Have Thorns

One day last spring my mother, Celia, was admiring the pink rose bouquet I bought her while I was arranging these beautiful roses in a vase. One of the roses pricked me and my index finger started to bleed. Mom giggled and said, ‘Watch out honey, pink roses have thorns!’ Lol. Pink roses look beautiful […]

Mothers Day Without Celia

Mother’s Day Without Celia

Our mother, Celia passed away May 21, 2024 from vascular dementia. It was on Mother’s Day last year on a sunny Sunday when I was completing a post for social media at Highland Park in Rochester, New York. The lilacs were in full bloom and you could smell their fragrance and I decided to close […]



Do you have a dependable team that makes you better? Have you hired out your weaknesses to make your business more effective and profitable? I have.  As I embarked on the daunting task of writing our book, I realized it would take ‘unity in community’ to be able to positively impact thousands of individuals around […]

Leadership Values

Leadership Values

According to Merriam – Webster, leadership is defined as the capacity to lead, the office or position of a leader, and the act or instance of leading. I was counseling a group of students last week who asked me, ‘What does leadership mean to you?’ My answer to the group of aspiring leaders was to […]


 Mindset Is Everything 

Are you stuck in a dead-end job and or a profession you just can’t find or salvage the passion for? Maybe you need a change? How is your mindset? A negative mindset will continually decrease your confidence level to where you’re afraid to ‘step out of your comfort zone’ and opportunities will be missed. A […]


Preparation Meets Opportunity

By failing to prepare, you are preparing to fail.  Benjamin Franklin Over the years, I’ve talked with thousands of students concerning their preparation for getting good grades, balancing their schedule via academics and sports, as well as trying to follow their parent’s and or guardians’ leadership. Some years ago, I heard a sermon on The […]


The Hidden Enemy – 7 Phases of Dementia

Do you know any individual and or family that has been negatively impacted by dementia? It is becoming more prevalent on a global scale. In 2019, 1 in every 8 people, or 970 million people around the world were living with a mental disorder, with anxiety and depressive disorders the most common (1). In 2020, […]


Happy Easter and/or ‘Resurrection Day’ Weekend

This was the first Easter Sunday without our mother, Celia. Wow!  As I was riding my mountain bike early Easter morning, my mind and heart were swirling with emotions: relief she is at peace, sad she’s not here on earth, and motivated to keep making a positive difference in my classroom of life! Easter was […]


Venice Book Festival: Wind, Laughter, and My LIAC Team

The Venice, Florida Book Festival was my first event Promoting our book, “Bloom Where You Are.’ It started great by meeting several individuals and authors from around the world. I was thoroughly enjoying myself until… The dreaded wind started to pick up! As papers started to flutter in the wind, I could see other authors’ […]

Dr. Ali, former wife of boxing legend  Muhammad at a celebrity basketball event in 2021.

Dr. Ali: ‘Our Influence On Others’

Who are you influencing in your classroom of life or sphere of influence?  Webster’s definition of influence is the power or capacity of an effect in indirect or untangled ways; sway or the act or power of producing an effect without apparent exertion of force or direct exercise of command. Is your sphere of influence […]

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