Monthly Archives: March 2021

A National Treasure!

Every now and then, we may meet a great mind that spurs us into action after one brief encounter.  Years ago, I heard Iyanla Vanzant speak to a large group of people and shortly after listening to her, I was so inspired that I booked a flight to Paris, alone.  She honed my senses,  heightened my confidence and I spontaneously took that risky trip abroad with limited funds.  I am here to assure you that I landed on my feet. 

Well, this year, after living in a writer’s hovel and in a turtle -like existence, I listened to a live conversation with the prolific Joyce Carol Oates through the Chicago Humanities Festival.  When I saw that she was giving this talk, I immediately purchased a ticket. For those on the academic side of literature, the name Joyce Carol Oates rings loud and clear. Her works are in multiple college literary anthologies.

Many in-depth readers took this opportunity to hear what she had to say to the Chicago audience.  Rebecca Makkai, an award-winning author and the interviewer for this event, asked well-researched questions which drew Joyce Carol Oates into an hour-long conversation.  It was an exchange that was steeped in a wealth of knowledge, reflection and storytelling which left all of us spellbound. 

An author of over fifty books, countless criticisms, articles and reviews, Joyce Carol Oates still teaches at Princeton University where she continually engages young minds.  After the virtual talk ended, I was inspired to write this short piece. I wanted to express my gratitude for seeing this woman whom I both admire and hold in high esteem.  Her works take risks, and she explores subjects that most writers would much rather avoid as though they do not exit.

 Normally after an experience like this, I would call my mother and we would talk for hours but that was not possible.  So, I wrote and wrote instead. Joyce Carol Oates mentioned that we often find our voices after losing ours parents. But even from afar, I know that my mother would bow her head in agreement with my appreciation for this literary event.  I close with a sigh and I think to myself, “What a gem and national treasure we have in Joyce Carol Oates! 

Lynn M.

March 27, 2021

Spring 2021

Yes, spring has finally sprung!
Get out and enjoy the sun.

Take those long-awaited walks,
Engage in meaningful talks,

With those dear ones we have missed,
As winter’s storms bucked and hissed.

Refresh, renew! Come alive.
Release the old and the jive!

Lynn M.

Agape Love!

It is up to us to change the negative rhetoric and trajectory that has us on a frightening path.  And how do we do it? By slowly changing the mindsets of our children who will be our future leaders.  It will be their world one day and we can start by altering world viewpoints through them. 

There are no quick fixes for decades or even centuries of wrong thinking but as purifying rusty water in a tainted glass, it can happen one drop at a time.  We can add clean, healthy, soul-lifting thoughts one at a time and over time, the contents will look a lot different. 

As those piercing drops clear the waters, we know that there will be drips at the bottom of the bucket. Yet, if we keep mending the holes and continually pour positive thoughts armored with virtuous deeds, the souls of our children will evolve as they become more altruistic and balanced adults. 

They will be able to rationalize and make good, useful, and sound decisions. They will be able to push the ‘pause’ button when their guts tell them that something is not right. They will be able to think things through and follow the elders’ advice and sleep on it before moving forward. 

Then, with each new dawn, our future leaders will know the best paths to take which will benefit all people. They will have confidence in themselves and know their own values and worth.  Then, it will be quite easy for them to extend a helping hand to others in the strong spirit of agape love! 

Lynn M.

March 13, 2021

We Must!

Moving forward in the flow,
Advancing more in the know.

Springing forth as the weather,
It is all for the better!

Drops of clean thought clear our ways,
Nudging us toward happy days.

When asked which way we’ll run?
Just freeze frame. Sprint towards the sun!

Lynn M.                                                                          March 6, 2021