Photo credit:  William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

Photo credit: William J. Clinton Presidential Library.

Where to begin? Maya Angelou was a great inspiration for the meek and the mighty! Entire nations listened to her words of wisdom and were moved to action by them. Her impressive list of accolades includes her popular book entitled, “I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings”, which brought about some controversy and was banned from some school libraries across America. Maya contended that the ones banning the book had not even taken the time to read it.

Her fabulous career began when she cut her first album in 1957, “Calypso Lady”. It’s reported that Billie Holiday told her that she would be famous, but not for singing. How right she was!

Between the fiction, non-fiction and published verse, she had more than 30 best-selling titles!

I will miss reading her writings, always thought-provoking, they encouraged me to grow. I believe that’s what good writing does, it makes a person think, take it to their own heart and life, and act on it. It makes us grow as a person and in the way we interact with those around us.

Rest in Peace, Maya Angelou. ❤



Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle. – Plato

Today is NATIONAL WAIT STAFF DAY!!! I can’t think of a job I would dislike more than that of a server. I can’t imagine just how bad I would be – but I do remember that kindness covers a multitude of faults. I don’t know about you, but if a server in a restaurant is helpful and kind, I tend to leave a better tip. If I am unfamiliar with the restaurant’s cuisine, I often ask a server if there are any particular choices that would be low-carbohydrate and diabetic-friendly. If I get an attitude from the server then I get my dander up too – but if they help me I do my best to show how appreciative I am. Customers can tell if they are genuinely being served or not.

I’ve tried to live like waiters who enjoy work by doing it right.  Be generous.  Sing while you serve.  – Emily Winslow

True kindness is more of an art than a science.  Deep down, we all have a need to be understood, appreciated, respected and validated.  If we can just keep this one thought with us, we will be more kind than is necessary.  Our battles may be different, but the basic need is the same.  It’s crucial to genuinely love someone in the midst of their most severe storm.

There’s a sign I carry around with me – it’s in my mind.  It says, “Approach with extreme caution.”  I don’t know what someone else is going through at any given moment, or what chronic condition they are dealing with.

When I’m talking to you, I’m also talking to me. I don’t always call the wait staff by name, but I should make it a point to do that. Wouldn’t it be a better world if we all tried a little harder to be kind? You know, I’ve heard that you can kill people with kindness, but I’ve never known kindness to be a cause of death yet, have you? ❤