She was simply enjoying a meal in the Oberor Hotel’s Tiffin Restaurant when two young men armed with AK-47’s began shooting. The date was November 26, 2008. Linda Ragsdale was on a meditation retreat. It was a time of learning, renewing and finding the treasured space of inner...

We all face challenges, but without resources, I wouldn’t be where I am today. These organizations all exposed me at a young age to others who faced similar challenges. They helped me discover and understand my own limits, helped teach me compassion for others and...

I’m a 23-year breast cancer survivor, retired Texan, high school teacher, wife, mother of 2 wonderful adult kids and Nana to two precious grandchildren.  I am also the Founder of Breast Cancer Initiative East Africa (BCIEA) Inc. The BCIEA serves low-income communities in Texas and...

I have continuously suffered with infertility but through it all we have only been able to have Rayna, our rainbow baby. It has taken me a very long time to be able to tell our story, but it is ours and even though it is rough...

I just knew I had leukemia. Like a shouting child insistent on his way, my secret disease seemed to scream in my face, “Told you!” Shaking my head in frustration, I attempted to dislodge the thought. I was nineteen years old. I couldn’t have cancer. But my...

Today is April 12, 2014.  I have been encouraged to keep a journal through my journey. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on March 28, 2014, three weeks after turning 33 years of age. Sadden? Yes… Shocked? Definitely. Was this a coincidence, test of faith,...

The Hero’s Journey is a narrative template identified by writer Joseph Campbell. It is said to be the greatest story ever told because it has appeared over and over in some of our most beloved stories and movies such as Jaws, Star Wars, and my...

I am Laura Mac Jeffers and I’m 46 years young. I’m a 2-year breast cancer survivor. In the words of Dolly Parton, “it costs a lot to look this cheap!” My story is a success story as I, like many survivors, tend to regard it...

On every Friday night, the complications of life slowed down at the packed to capacity Kijiji’s Coffee Shop on Jefferson Street. Poetry turned the stressful juggling of business, family, health, dating and everyday survival into a magical place where words and feelings sprung uninhibited from...