Happy New Year!

The year that shall not be named, was really one for the books! LOL!

In all seriousness the past year was one I will not soon forget. There were some highs and lows. I learned a lot of things that I will use moving forward.

I did take time to do some micro-journaling and make note of significant events.

I haven’t made any intentions for 2021 but I will. My prayer for the coming year is Joy, Peace, Abundance & Health, for myself and the rest of the World.

One of my dear cousins made her final transition on December 30, 2020. She is now an ancestor. It’s been a hard one to process. We were close in age. She had a vibrant spirit and zest for life. She will be dearly missed. I’m not mentioning her by name at this time because our family is still processing her loss.

I will say that I am always #Family1st. That motto has tested me this year more than any other. In the immortal words of famous philosopher Frankie Beverly, “Joy & Pain like sunshine and rain” . . .

To all my family lines, in the words of Bob Marley “One Love, One Heart”. Hayes Williams Curtis Cleveland Rhodes Branham Bell Davis


Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby

Happy Heavenly Birthday Granny!

Today I celebrate the birth of Anna Mae Bell Cox, my maternal grandmother, on what would have been her 97th birthday.  I have written before about the close relationship that I had with my beloved “Granny”.  I feel so blessed that I had such unconditional support and love in my life. I still feel the benefit of her prayers.

Anna Mae celebrating cutting the cake at her surprise birthday party. Circa 1990’s.

Anna Mae Bell was born on April 27, 1923, to Anna Neal Branham & Frank Bell, in Indianapolis, Indiana.   Anna Mae was born, raised and educated in Indianapolis. Anna Mae was the oldest of two children born to her parents. Anna Mae was blessed with two daughters, three grandchildren, three great-grandchildren. The youngest of whom is my Mom. She spent many years of wedded bliss with, my Grandpa,  William Ellis Cox.  She liked candles. And collected elephants and Buddha figurines. She enjoyed rummage and garage sales. Granny was a devoted Mom, Grandmother and Great-Grandmother.  She had a large number of friends and a large extended family. She died on June 12, 2008, in Indianapolis, Indiana, at the age of 85, and is entered in New Crown Cemetery beside her beloved husband “Bill”.

With Love,

Anna Mae’s Oldest Grand baby,

Anna Mae as a teenager.

Success defined

“He has achieved success who has lived well, laughed often and loved much; who has gained the respect of intelligent men and the love of little children; who has filled his niche and accomplished his task; who has left the world better than he found it, whether by an improved poppy, a perfect poem, or a rescued soul; who has never lacked appreciation of earth’s beauty or failed to express it; who has always looked for the best in others and given them the best he had; whose life was an inspiration; whose memory a benediction.” Bessie Stanley

When I think about Success I often reflect on this quote. We should all define sucess for ourselves. Don’t let money, position or titles define success for you.


Anna Mae’s Oldest Grandbaby