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Celebrating National Poetry Month!

It’s Still All About Love and Some Other STUFF

by Terry Ann Williams-Richard

Here’s the audio:

It’s still all about love
We all want to be loved
Even when we do not act in a loving
manner
Even as the tears are shed
And the stinging words
Are said
As we wait by the phone
Longing to hear a ring
Hoping the voice on the other end will sing
Sing and chime notes of goodness

It’s still all about love
And some other stuff
Even as the sexes battle
And the hormones rage
The money earned
Bills paid and unpaid
Babies crying
Friends and family dying
Dinner ready
Can’t seem to rock steady
We all want to be loved still

Hoping and praying
Believing that we know what
God is saying
Not hearing what He has been whispering
Not sensing what echoes
Not seeing what’s more than obvious
Or at least it should be
Desperation is the mask
Deception
Doubt
Destruction
Hate-where is the love
We must all be brought to task

It’s still all about love
and some other stuff
Other stuff that we step into
Walk in
(Did I say step in?)
Beg for-lie for
Die for-sell out for
Settle for and call love
The other stuff
Which we say
Will do
Must do
We just gotta do
The other stuff
That disappears

It’s still all about love
And some other stuff
Feeling? Choice? Decision? Work? Effort?
Openness and willingness
God help us
God show us
God love us
He does already
He already does

Read more in my collection of poetry, It’s Still All About Love and Some Other STUFF. This collection is dedicated to love and the search for more. You’ll smile and maybe shed a tear as you read this book. You’ll want to share it with others. Available on Amazon and every where books are sold https://www.amazon.com/dp/1436392969 .

Blank Journals by Coach Tenacity

Journaling is GOOD for you! Journaling relieves stress, is a way to track goals, make to-do lists, enhance your writing & communication skills, express your creativity, and so much more. Buy one, two, or more of my blank journals today for yourself, family, and friends. Once you place your order, contact me at terry@yeswithpes.com to get a FREE gift—a PDF with 31 Writing Prompts!!! Each journal theme has a special set of prompts. Happy Writing!!! Thanks for your support!!!

Blank Journals by Coach Tenacity

Journaling is GOOD for you! Journaling relieves stress, is a way to track goals, make to-do lists, enhance your writing & communication skills, express your creativity, and so much more. Buy one, two, or more of my blank journals today for yourself, family, and friends. Once you place your order, contact me at terry@yeswithpes.com to get a FREE gift—a PDF with 31 Writing Prompts!!! Each journal theme has a special set of prompts. Happy Writing!!! Thanks for your support!!! CLICK HERE to Order:

Yes, You Can Write Your Book, Too!

  by Terry Ann Williams-Richard

Photo Credit: Google Images

We are quickly entering the 3rd quarter of 2021, the time for self-reflection is making a grand entrance.  Cries of coulda, woulda, shoulda, along with courageous declarations of, this time I can, I will, and I must, echo in our hearts, minds, and souls. One of those declarations might just involve you telling a story or delivering a message to the world.  Do you have a story to tell?  Have you ever thought about writing a book?  Do you have an idea for a book?  Have you started writing and now you are stuck?  Did you finish a writing project and now either you are afraid to share it or you don’t know where to go from there?  

I’ve enjoyed reading and writing ever since I was a young girl.  Reading was such a vivid adventure for me.  I was overjoyed when my daughter first started reading, from turning pages, following along from left to right, identifying letters, sounds, sounding out and defining words, to bringing it all together. I knew she had it when she was about 5 or 6 years old and she told me reading was like watching a movie.  Reading and writing go together in countless ways and I have been fortunate to live my life choosing, using, sharpening, and sharing this perfect combination.  From my days of writing in a diary as a young girl; beginning to write poetry and stories as a teen; earning a degree in Mass Media Communications; working in the field of journalism as a magazine editor; teaching reading & writing; forming book clubs; writing groups; becoming a published author; and writing in a journal even now, writing has been and continues to be my source of self-expression for personal inspiration, teaching, growth, and overall joy. Go for it! Think it! Write it!  Live it!

Think It!

Write down any thoughts you have about writing.  You may have a list of topics, phrases, paragraphs, or pages.  Your thoughts may be relaxing in a journal; hiding on the back of an envelope for a bill you received in the mail; or attempting to leap from the store receipt tucked in your pocket or purse.  Whether your thoughts are stashed away in a manila folder or saved on a flash drive, now is the time to uncover and bring out all your treasures. Gather your stacks of thoughts and take everything to the next stage.

Write It!

Go ahead choose a direction and begin to write.  You have your topic, maybe even a title for this project, so write.  Write daily, every other day, weekly, monthly, or however and whenever your story or message flows.  Write it out long hand on a note pad or type it out on your laptop, whichever method is comfortable for you and will then catapult you into getting your thoughts out of your head and down on paper.  This is another step closer to the manifestation of your book.  Remember, to go with the flow, revising and editing will come later and will be plentiful.

Live It!

Begin exploring and selecting a format for your book, print, e-book, or audio.  Investigating printers, publishing outlets, traditional, self-publishing, subsidiary, and more will add to you tasting the reality of your dream come true.  Finding out about copyright, ISBNs, barcodes, and registering your book adds to the excitement.  Finishing, marketing, promoting, and selling your book is rewarding and contagious.  Once you write one book you’ll be driven to write another one and another one.

Yes, it’s your turn to take it to your next level.  Your writing and publishing journey is a personalized one.  In your admiration for other published authors of  international, national, local, or neighborhood fame, know that Yes, You Can Write Your Book, Too!


Terry Ann Williams-Richard is an author, educator, book writing coach and founder of Personalized Educational Services, LLC.. You can contact her at terry@yeswithpes.com  to request a FREE copy of Your Personal Writing & BookPublishing Plan (Parts I & II) Checklist. For a list of her books or for more information log on to https://yeswithpes.com/my-books/ . You can also go like her on Facebook Personalized Educational Services, LLC

© 2018, 2021 Terry Ann Williams-Richard

Just Call Me Scholar-drawstring bag

IT’S HERE!!! A beautiful drawstring bag for your young scholar. Perfect to carry your copy of the “Just Call Me Scholar” book and the soon-to-be released coloring book & activity pages. Your young scholar can also use this bag for a sleepover, a trip to the library, a day out around town, to a festival, on a family outing, or just because. Older scholars might like it as a gym bag or to carry a book, journal, or tablet. “My future is bright, Just Call Me Scholar!” 

Summer Fun, Summer Learning

Graphics by Tamara Danielle

By Terry Ann Williams-Richard

 Many students, families, and teachers are already singing…school’s out for summer! However, beware of the summer slide. This is especially important to remember due to the ongoing pandemic. The summer slide isn’t a dance or an amusement park ride.  It’s the loss of educational gains some students experience when they do not read or participate in other educational activities during summer break. Character building; career and entrepreneurship exploration; academic enrichment; and developing a plan are areas with tools and strategies you can use to continue your child’s learning success. Yes, you can still help your child succeed in learning, even during a pandemic.

Character Building begins with a careful examination of personal attitudes and beliefs.  Getting along with others, responsibility, respect, and trust are among the positive character traits that contribute greatly to living our best life and dreams becoming real. Getting involved in volunteering, community service projects, attending church and Vacation Bible School will provide additional opportunities for your child to observe and build strong character.

Career and Entrepreneurship Exploration involves discovering different options.  Learning more about what others do through reading, seeing, talking and listening, aids your child in crystallizing a possible aspiration.  Talents, skills, abilities, interests and curiosity can spark the direction of a “what I want to be when I grow up” search. Knowing what skills, training and preparation are required for a targeted career can encourage better performance in school.   Check out  https://www.mynextmove.org/

Academic Enrichment means ensuring education is a top priority and academic preparation is high quality.  Evaluating academic strengths and weaknesses and then striving for improvement will expedite the move ahead.  Consider getting tutoring services to support and build your child’s confidence and academic skills.  The website https://www.factmonster.com/

is full of games and other enrichment activities for all academic subjects and grades k-12. The Ohio Department of Education and your state’s Department of Education websites have valuable resources on state testing, the academic content and common core standards.  

Developing a Plan means writing down goals with deadlines and doing the work to make it happen.  If your son, daughter, or mentee wants to make better grades, help him or her set goals to do so. If a child wants to be a doctor he or she can visit hospitals and volunteer to help others.  If a child wants to be an entrepreneur he or she can begin to write down ideas for a business plan and even begin to offer a product or service now.  When a plan is set in motion the dream becomes vivid and before you know it you will get there.

While summer fun is in full gear, along with following health and safety protocols, make summer learning a top priority. Be safe, stay healthy, and be encouraged. Keep reading, exploring, playing, singing, and even dancing.  Just be sure to skip the summer slide and keep making progress even in a pandemic..

Read more in Yes, You Can Help Your Child Succeed in Learning and in Life! Parent & Child Journal. Get your copy of  my other books and services for summer reading and building academic skills and overall confidence. Visit https://yeswithpes.com/my-books/