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Writers’ Showcase Day #1 Spotlight on… Aria Nicole

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A Message From…

Terry Ann Williams-Richard, Your Personal Book Writing Coach and Founder of Personalized Educational Services, LLC

We are Courageous Voices Casting Visions while Celebrating Victories! This Writers’ Showcase is in celebration of completing our 30-Day Writing Project Challenge 2020 (July 13 – August 11). I am grateful for 16 other Sister Writers who agreed, on a variety of personalized levels of participation, to accept the challenge to join me on what turned out to be a transforming adventure. Daily Encouragement e-mails with inspirational quotes & writing tips; Weekly Zoom Call Check-Ins; access to daily interaction in the “A Writing Party!” Facebook group; and an occasional nudge or push from me are some of the benefits of this experience designed to promote daily writing, reaching writing/publishing goals, and uplifting each other. Over the next few days I will spotlight a sprinkling of the writing gifts from this magical group of courageous creatives. Today we celebrate Aria Nicole! Write On, Sister Writer!

Contact me: at tutor4utoday@gmail.com for your own personalized transformational writing experience.

Rambling 101 *Revised 2020

by Aria Nicole

Photo Credit: Aria Nicole

Drifting Thoughts

Have you ever thought about what the world would be like, if we, as a people, suddenly became more selfless? I find myself drifted off into my thoughts of “World Peace” often. Sometimes becoming so overwhelmed with emotions that I can hardly see straight. I look out into this world in which we live, and I know there has to be a better way. I look around and I see it for what it truly is. For many of us lonely. Dark. Cold. Harsh. Then there’s the idealist me, the dreamer me, who can also take a look at this same world and see all the many beautiful things that we could become. That we already are. We all have so much to teach, learn, give and share with one another. So why aren’t we doing it? Why are we allowing our ignorance and our prejudices to continue holding us back, allowing it to keep us separated from all the amazing beauty that is LIFE?

Seeing Solutions

Is there a solution? I think so. I see the universe as this huge door with many different locks. Each of us holding a key that unlocks a world of vast opportunities. We are all so very different from one another. These differences are what sets us a part and makes us unique individuals. Yet, if we take a moment to reflect on all that is around us, re-evaluate all that we are and have been, we will soon realize that we are not that different after all. We all have good and bad days. We all have struggles and hustle that we’re faced with daily. Many of them different, whereas, a lot of them are the same. We are all just simply trying to make it from one day to the next. It really doesn’t matter what a person’s race or creed is. We are all members of the only race that truly matters. The Human Race. We are all beautiful, smart and blessed with the gift of life. We are still here when so many others are not. That’s not by chance. We’re here to live, feel and constantly grow. Evolving into our greatness, whatever that may be. It’s time that we deprogram the ignorance and lies that we’ve been tainted with and start to see a bigger brighter picture. Do not allow others to dictate your perception of your life…. Find your own truth.

Truth Search

In search of “The Truth” is a never ending journey. As long as we’re here and continue to live life, there will always be new truths to discover. We must be willing to receive them. Appreciate them. And embrace them. All it takes is love, compassion and understanding.

Let’s open our minds and our hearts, then watch greatness unfold.

Copyright 2020 Aria Nicole

 

Aria Nicole is a Published Writer & Poet with two books of poetry. She has also penned several works for various online blogs/magazines. Writing has always been her most honest and sacred place.

Do not allow others to dictate your perception of your life…. Find your own truth.

Aria Nicole

 

Yes, You Can Help Your Child Succeed in Learning & in Life! Parent and Child Journal

Yes, You Can Help Your Child Succeed in Learning & in Life! Parent and Child Journal is an excellent educational resource. There are activities for both parent & child as they take another step together in the journey to succeed in learning and in life. Character Building, Academic Enrichment, Career Exploration, and Developing a Plan are the areas covered in this easy-to-follow workbook format.

It’s Still All About Love and Some Other Stuff

Do You Want to Love and Be Loved? Everybody wants to love and be loved. Here’s a collection of poetry 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.

You’ll read poems from three LOVE sections: Love: Family, Friends and Just Plain Living—Family, friends, and living blesses us with love that helps us weather the storms of life and enjoy the sunshine even more. Love: Romance and Some Other Stuff—Infatuation, giggles, heartbreak, courtships, passion and honeymooning represent something we long for and simply won’t do without. Love: Gods Love and Abundant Life—The greatest love comes from God. Life lessons are best understood filtered through His unconditional love. Each poem tells its own story, leaving its mark on your soul.

Daily Meditations For Success In Learning In The Classroom & Beyond

Daily Meditations for Success in Learning in the Classroom & Beyond: 40 Days of Rhymes, Reflections, and Resources to Inspire and Motivate Students is a collection of 40 daily motivational rhymes revolving around the affirmations and thoughts that can and will lead to greater success in learning. This book is divided into five sections: Preparing, Participating, Paying Attention, Practicing, and Resources. Messages are written as catchy rhymes. The learner is guided through writing personal reflections, setting goals, and creating an action plan. This is a learning playbook. It’s a guide to discover the thoughts behind a student’s motivation to learn. Get ready to explore!

Just Call Me Scholar

Just Call Me Scholar is an illustrated inspirational poem, celebrating our girls and boys and encouraging them to shine. “I am articulate, brilliant, courageous, determined, empowered and free. People often wonder what they should call me. Just Call Me Scholar!” The bright, bold illustrations and positive rhymes make a great family read aloud to celebrate young scholars everywhere. Join the celebration!

Just Call Me Scholar is a children’s picture book (ages 3 – 8).

Let Me Encourage You (I -VI)

Let Me Encourage You (I – VI)
by Terry Ann Williams-Richard

I.
Don’t Quit…

You’ve been working at this idea long and
hard, don’t stop now,
Even when it looks like no way this will happen, no how.
You can’t afford to get discouraged in this
inevitable place,
Keep on going, your breakthrough is there
staring you right in the face.

II.
Now Arise…

Whether you trip, crash, stumble or fall,
Rise again to conquer, be determined to
stand tall.
You are better, stronger this time, renewed
strategies, vision still clear,
The promises are yours, victory is
assured, the battle is worth each and every tear.

III.
Drink Wisdom…

The fountain of knowledge is ever flowing,
eternal and free,
It’s not marked with a sign that forbids, it
is for you and it is for me.
Drink long, quench your thirst and
swallow, don’t just swish,
The benefits are fortifying, life changing,
this drink makes more than a
wish.

IV.
Check In…

When you awake each morning, you
consider how to start your day,
Perhaps you pray, meditate and make a
list of things to do along the way.
Some things on the list may seem routine
and even small, but do them you must,
Inside those things that seem insignificant,
lies a seed of significance in your trust.

V.
Switch Views

Let’s keep hope alive is the saying,
So much coming at you that you don’t feel
much like playing.
You choose instead to view all the
goodness in life, really take it in,
This simple mind switch gives you the
courage to stay in the game and win.

VI.
Keep Moving…

The race is on, you are running the long
and hard course,
Full steam ahead, your desire for success
is such a motivating force.
Even as you sprint, dash or jog along your
way to the top,
See beauty wherever you go and be sure to
take a regular joy stop.

Excerpt from my collection of poetry— It’s Still About Love and Some Other Stuff Copyright 2009

The Difference is You

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Written by Terry Ann Williams-Richard
Copyright December 15, 2017

This poem was written as a special dedication to you, my gifted, committed, and hard-working colleagues. Thank you!

You make a difference daily in the lives of children and their families,
Your students are reading, writing, computing, and believing in possibilities.
Yes, they can meet and surpass the standards with each statement they recite,
Choosing, using, sharpening, and sharing the best learning tools with all their might.
You instill in them strong character and values leading to success in learning and life,
Even during the times when your efforts seem thankless, taxing, and met with strife.
Field trips, honors, parent conferences, smiles, laughter, and fun,
You accomplish great things and motivate others; your work is never done.
Keep doing what you do, recalling your dream of teaching since childhood,
Reaching and teaching, the highs and lows, it all works together for good.
Piles of papers to grade, engaging lesson plans you adjust in mid-sentence of instruction,
You play a vital role in the present and the future, even while you’re still under construction.
Yes, the DIFFERENCE is you…You are…
Dedicated
Inspiring
Fabulous
Fun
Enterprising
Resourceful
Energized
Necessary
Creative
Empowered!
With each step you take and every move you make there is joy,
Pray and reflect on the difference you make in the life of each girl and every boy.

Behind the Scenes of Living the Dream

Today closes out National Poetry Month. However, the rhythm, rhyme, and reason is 24/7 and 365. I’d like to share this piece with you. Even in times such as this, our quest to keep living the dream continues. We all know there is plenty going on Behind the Scenes of Living the Dream. Press On and Up!

Behind the Scenes of Living
The Dream

by Terry Ann Williams-Richard

Just thinking how I never would have
made it
If it were not for God
His goodness and mercy have followed me
every step of the way
With every tear shed
As any door closed
When any window opened
He was there to let me know
He is with me
Behind the scenes of living the dream

The vision is clear and within reach
Even when others do not see it
It, the dream is real, His love is evidence
Even when disappointment seeks a cozy
spot to dwell
Even when doubt attempts to set up shop
He whispers His word as assurance
He embraces me with His comfort
Just to let me know
He is with me
Behind the scenes of living the dream

With any loss and every gain
Each uphill climb, the valley lows and the
ascent to the mountain top
As I encounter others along the way

Divine appointments, partnerships,
friendships
Uplifting, pushing, praying and persevering
He’s there writing the script
Editing, revising
Setting the stage
Shining the spotlight
Posturing those in positions
Blocking
Orchestrating the curtain call
Composing and directing the music
He is there

Behind the scenes of living the dream

With applause, boos, rave reviews, ovations,
and critics
The haters and congratulaters
Those who help, join you or those who hope
You really break a leg
Those who envy or those who genuinely
bless you
The waiting, wandering and wondering
The joy, faith, thanksgiving and praises
Just thinking how I never would have
made it
If it were not for God
His goodness and mercy which followed me
every step of the way
He is with me
Behind the scenes of living the dream
Reprinted from It’s Still All About Love and Some Other Stuff

Copyright 2009 Terry Ann Williams-Richard

Conversations of Consultation, Challenge, and Courage

By Terry Ann Williams-Richard

 

A few years ago I saw a post on Facebook with a picture of a park bench and the question: “If you could chat with someone on this bench from the past or present, who would it be?” For some reason Harriet Tubman came to my mind. Yes, that is my choice for this curious conversation. Perhaps this name summoned me because Black History Month is 365 or maybe it’s because the struggle, fight, and dream of FREEDOM is real even today. From the constant questioning of Black lives mattering to the debate of taking a knee or allegiance to the flag, the fight is on. The “Me Too” Movement has many rising up. Scandal after scandal at the real-life 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue has the dream under fire. It all “makes you wanna holler and throw up both your hands”. The dis-unity and self-destruction has you feeling if we are not careful, “y’all gonna make me lose my mind up in here”. Like Marvin sang, we are screaming “What’s going on?” The song “Stand Up” from the movie Harriet serves as a clarion call to continue the fight for freedom. The need is imperative to reach back for conversations with our elders for consultation, ways to face challenge, and the courage to act.

I shared the park bench post on my Facebook page and a few friends responded saying they wanted to talk to their parents who were now deceased. One friend even made another post reflecting on the person he wanted to have the chat with…his paternal grandmother. He wanted to get her biscuit recipe. He also talks about how she cooked on a stove without a dial and she never overcooked or under cooked a melt in your mouth, fresher than fresh dish or a meal. I had a phone conversation with a friend who recalled how she use to watch the news reports of the Civil Rights Movement on television in the late 1960s as an eight or nine year old disappointed that she had “missed it”.

What would I ask Miss Harriet Tubman? Miss Harriet, how did you know where to go when there were no roads paved and no streets? How did you know to follow the stars? Where do we go now when today people still spew hatred toward our children? In the classroom, a white teacher tells a young black boy his classmates will form an angry mob and lynch him. In another school a white teacher refers to black children as monkeys. What do we tell and teach the children Miss Harriet? What do we tell them to tell others who don’t seem to know what to call them or us?

This poem came to me in response:

Just Call Me Scholar

I am articulate, brilliant, courageous, determined, empowered, and free,

People often wonder what they should call me.

Just call me scholar.

I have a unique texture to my hair and a sparkling shine to my skin,

I have royal blood and God’s greatness flowing within.

My ancestors and present day elders cloak me with their love it’s true,

This casts out the hatred and false information our enemies spew.

My future is so bright is what my Momma and Daddy always say,

I am using, building, and sharing skills, talents, abilities, and gifts every day.

I make a difference in the world even right now,

My dreams keep getting bigger all I can say is Wow!

I am articulate, brilliant, courageous, determined, empowered, and free,

People often wonder what they should call me.

Just call me scholar,

that’s me!

Copyright 2018, 2020 by Terry Ann Williams-Richard

She Wear the Hats

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***In Honor of Women’s History Month***

She struts through life with a magnitude of cares and with sometimes what seems like on her shoulders the weight of the world,

Still on her hip on any given Sunday, day, season or year, she carries a baby boy or baby girl.

Loving, laughing, living, with joy in her heart and a smile on her face,

She makes a difference in the lives of children and families she is all over the place.

She wears the hats.

You know her, she’s your Momma, Grandmama, Great-Grandmama, Auntie, Cousin, Sister, Niece, Daughter or she’s you,

Style, grace, mercy, peace, gratitude, and attitude as colorful as the rainbow, leaders in your ride or die crew.

Queen, princess, royalty, God’s daughter, ruling, making her home, community, and the world her domain,

With her in your corner, you can be assured unconditional love you will gain.

She wears the hats.

Throughout history she wears a helmet or beret while fighting for our freedom

Like Harriet Tubman, Angela Davis, Sojourner Truth, Shirley Chism, Maxine Waters, Kamala Harris.
She wears a fascinator, pill box, or wide brim at Tea Time or on the World Stage like Michelle Obama, Oprah Winfrey, Toni Morrison, Maya Angelou.

She wears veils, feathers, sequins whether she’s on Broadway, at the Apollo, TV, or the Big Screen

Like Josephine Baker, Angela Basset, Ruby Dee, Viola Davis, Hattie McDaniel

She may wear skull caps, head wraps, personal crowns as the blood of royalty runs through her veins

Like the African Queen Nzhinga or as she bravely battles sickness and disease.

She wears the hats.

Look in the mirror, palm it, place it on your head, brim to the front, slight tilt to the side,

Say to yourself, “I look good!”, turn to your Sister and say “You look good!,” beauty and pride.

You have one for every occasion, event, day, just because, coordinated

with each outfit,

Winter, Spring, Summer, or Fall, the seasons, a variety of styles, sizes, colors, you name it.

She wears the hats.

Headgear, cap, chapeau, bonnet, fedora, beret, sombrero, headpiece, visor, turban, tiara, cover or crown,

Sunrise, sundown, rain, sleet, snow, sunshine, temperatures rising, below zero all around the town.

Living a golden life, wearing many hats, serving in various roles, the world is her stage, even with highs and lows

Masquerade, real life, up close and personal, all ages, across generations, she shines and she glows.

She wears the hats.

You wear the hats.

Copyright by Terry Ann Williams-Richard February 2020