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I Can Fly

I Can Fly
At least I could in my dreams last night.   I can’t recall the last time I had a flying dream. But this morning I woke up and immediately remembered taking flight in my dreams. It was an incredible, exhilarating feeling. In the dream I was approaching strangers trying to convince them that I could fly. Then I would step back, push off, and soar into the sky, leaving them below with their mouths agape. Curious about the meaning, I searched several dream websites and found numerous interpretations—the most common being that the dream represents that I’m on top of a situation and that I have risen above something. It may also mean that I have gained a new and different perspective on things.   Some feel that flying dreams and the ability to control your flight is indicative of your own personal sense of power. On top of things?   Risen above? Hmm, interesting. Perhaps there is some truth to that analysis. Just recently I successfully co-produced and directed fifteen people in my play, Sacrificing Simone, while at the same time promoting the first ...
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Inspirational Reader

Inspirational Reader
  While reading her email I could feel every ounce of enthusiasm and excitement that enveloped her being. Her words bounced off and danced across the screen. Who was this young woman who so exuberantly expressed her love for "The Baby in the Window," my latest novel? My eyes took in every compliment, every adoring word.   “Alretha, I soooo loved this book!!!” “I love Nick & Cass!!!” “You’re a great author!!!”   I love reading validating statements such as these just as much as I loathe reading comments like, “An okay read.” “I’ve read better.” Readers are human and they bring their entire life experiences to a novel. What one reader finds brilliant, another may think is boring. This is why it’s imperative that writers approach readers’ comments with balance and perspective.   But then there are those times when you get that reader who’s full of elation and cheer, a reader who gets you, your characters, your story, they just get it, they connect. These readers are rare and very inspirational. Alisha is that kind of reader. Alisha r...
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425 Million Reasons to Quit My Day Job

425 Million Reasons to Quit My Day Job
I In case you haven’t heard or read about it, the Powerball Jackpot is up to $425 million. I usually don’t play the lottery, but I had 425 million reasons to play today. When it’s that high, I feel it’s my duty to play and hopefully win! According to statistics, the chances of me winning the lottery on a single ticket are one in 175 million. Duh! That’s why I bought 18 tickets! LOL.   I did what I call a half and half—half the numbers are quick picks and the other half are numbers I chose. While listening to the radio, I decided to write down every number I heard during the commercials. You’d be surprised how many numbers are mentioned during the ads. I got quite a few—enough to play nine tickets. When I got to the store, I grabbed my slips and filled in the little circles with black ink, while dreaming about what I’d do with my winnings.   I didn’t realize the Powerball tickets were two dollars. Wow…I hadn’t planned on spending $36.00, but what’s $36.00 to a future multimillionaire? Driving home, I fantasized some more. I had visions of myself sitt...
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Happy Birthday, Mommie

Happy Birthday, Mommie
  Today is my mother’s birthday, and if she were still living, she would be 75-years-old. Wow, I can’t even begin to imagine my mother at 75. She was only 36 when she passed away. Yes, she was YOUNG. It really hits me just how young she was when I see photos of people like Halle Berry, Gabrielle Union, Tamika Sumpter, and so many other actresses in their thirties and forties. I often wonder what kind of relationship my mother and I would have today if she was still alive. I know this much, she would be spoiled rotten! I would give her the world. My mother, with me and five other children in tow, struggled financially, emotionally, and physically most of her life. But in spite of her challenges, she was a great mom. She could cook like nobody’s business, and I used to love the bread and Lemon Meringue pie she would prepare—all made from scratch. She was awesome with a sewing machine. She made most of our school clothes. Some of my fondest memories include her getting on the floor to play jacks with us. I loved it! One of her favorite sayings was “You’re s...
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