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I did little work-related today, as expected. But there were unexpected pleasures. My three siblings and I got to go out just the four of us for the first time in over five years. When we were younger, Thursdays were ‘homeschooler hot-lunch days’. We would go to Tacobell-Kentucky Fried Chicken with out mom. So today we went back in time and enjoyed old-fashioned life at Tacobell and wonderous fellowship over chicken and tacos.

After Captain America (which was a great movie!!!) I went out for some much-needed alone time. As I sit at the Lighthouse Christian Cafe, my brain keeps coming back to the band that is playing. Their music is pretty good, but they have absolutely no stage presence. Things that I would consider in-public basics seem lost on this talented bunch.

There was a definitive point in my life when I realized the power of speech was within my grasp. Before this, I had never minded getting up on stage but I was helplessly ungifted. It was not until I gave a speech on Terri Schiavo at a library public speaking class that I grasped not only that words had a power greater than any sword but I had the power to wield them mightily. My fifth-grade speech made people cry. It moved the audience beyond what I could have imagined.

Since that day I have grown as a dynamic speaker. I have continued to learn and perfect the craft, desperate to get my points across. My passion cannot stand being bottled up or misunderstood. My love of words is not contained on paper. It takes true flight when you meet me in person. This is why I am so excited about the book tour. I LOVE getting to share with students and watch their minds come alive. With my recent enrollment at Nyack College’s online program, I am very pleased to know that I will be able to pursue the tour while still progressing in college. When I had to come home from Columbia I wondered if my life would ever find its track again. I am grateful to God that it has!

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