Monthly Archives: January 2009

A new (and historic) experience I will not soon forget

This morning, I played reporter.  Normally, as a topical journalist, I gather information on things, make them into something readable and send them along to post without much fanfare.  But this morning, at the behest of both and, I attended an inaugural event to give readers a play-by-play of what I witnessed first-hand.

A group of people gather at a  Sacramento neighborhood gallery to watch the 44th President of the United States and first African American Commander-in-Chief sworn into office. Founded in 2004, the gallery, dubbed “40 Acres”  (as in the historical promise of “40 acres and a mule” for freed slaves) is situated in a ethnically diverse neighborhood nestled within the state capital.  The walls of the gallery are teeming with outstanding examples of African- American and minority art as part of Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson’s St. Hope Foundation.

Making it there by 8 am, I was grateful for coffee and pastries after battling rush-hour traffic. But soon after I downed my morning brew, I realized I was in no ordinary place. I was in the midst of history being made.  As I listened to heartfelt “amens”,  “uh-huhs” and “right-ons,”  during the pre-oath moments, I began to tap away on my laptop, recounting as quickly as I could when applause erupted as speeches and musical presentations ensued.  And when President Barack Obama gave his inaugural speech, I could tell I was in the midst of something special indeed.

Years from now, I hope I may be able to tell my grandchildren where I was on this day: not just witnessing the day’s historic events, but reporting on one small but interesting event for all to read and learn about, even if  merely a local gathering.  For in the eyes, the faces and the comments I was privy to this morning, I could see —  that in some way that I could not quite put my finger on — the world had indeed changed right before my eyes.


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Shifting gears . . .

Call me eclectic where writing is concerned, but just call me.

Teaming up with the talents of MGR Consulting and Michelle Gamble-Risley, co-author of the new soon-to-be-best-seller , Second Bloom, I will be using 2009 as my springboard year for a more robust menu of writing genres.  My recent appointment as’s Lady Booomer Examiner is opening up all kinds of new and challenging writing worlds for me.  In addition to what you see online, I write corporate newsletters, white papers, PodCasts, web content, books on real estate and housing and contribute to women’s books designed to both empower and help us reinvent ourselves at any age.

To aid in this new and exciting change, I have chosen another, more all-inclusive name for my website-to-be:!!!  Stay tuned for the web site’s creation, regular newsletters to my subscribers and an entirely new and professional feel to my writing services, projects and passions.  My goal is to gain national and international exposure and alliances in 2009.

For my writing services, feel free to contact me in the meantime at

Thanks for your patience and stay along for the ride!!

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Old dog learning new tricks . . .

Bear with me as I hire a new graphics design expert, get some help in growing my writing career (writers make some of the worst businesspeople) and merge this WordPress blog into my true web site.  I hesitate to post each and every time I write something, thinking this such a rudimentary presentation.  You are worth so much more to me than that.

Over the coming weeks, I am hoping to transform things into a professional, engaging and fun format. I thank my lovely daughter, Sophia, for hitting me upside the head to convince me to focus on writing only after being scattered in so many directions for so long.  And I thank YOU for your patience in my self-branding efforts!!

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