In honor of National Poetry Month, I thought I would share the poem that started the Tru Story blog. When I first showed this site to my supervisor at the time, she said, "It's nice. But, is the entire site about you?" I didn't know how to respond at the time, but now I see … Continue reading Still in Love
Resolutions or no resolutions? How do you start a new habit, a new mindset...how do you start over? Gain valuable insight and perspective to answer these questions and more from exclusive interviews I have conducted as well as a few guest posts. Some of the posts are new, some are repeats of my favorites that have … Continue reading Tru Story Series Begins in January
Three years ago exactly, I had the pleasure of meeting one of my favorite poets: Ms. Nikki Giovanni. She came to one of our favorite local bookstores, Nicola's, in promotion of her new book, Chasing Utopia: A Hybrid. While I was there, I felt like I was in an intimate conversation, although there were close … Continue reading Life is a Good Idea
Veterans' Day, unlike Memorial Day, is for all (this world and the next) those who sacrificed their freedom at any point to secure ours. My Promise to myself, my country, and those that I love is to not forget. Ever. I want to give pause to expose my heart and shower attention towards my veteran … Continue reading Thank You Veterans
Last night I showed @oaklibrary's pic to my wife & she immediately started crying, just like I did when I saw it, pic.twitter.com/ra6OjF72tv — Mike Jung (@Mike_Jung) May 2, 2014 //platform.twitter.com/widgets.js The lack of diversity in books is not a new topic; the scarcity of diverse protagonists and themes is an ongoing source of contention … Continue reading Why We Need Diverse Books
Ever since my third grade librarian helped me to form my first publication, I considered myself a writer. At the wild and brazen age of 9, I didn't understand how ridiculous it was to consider yourself a writer at such an early age. I mean, there are retirees that have been writing for years that … Continue reading Just four little words
I quit. I Quit. I Quit!! That's it! I am emotionally drained. Mentally Stressed. Physically Tired.. That's how my draft post started out on August 24. Fortunately, I did not publish it, make it permanent. I am not sure what glimpse of hope appeared - or if there was. What I do know is I kept … Continue reading I QUIT!!!!!
For the most part birthdays were always great growing up. Plenty of food. Plenty of attention. Plenty of cake. My eighteenth birthday was a page out of a dream with my date cooking me dinner at his place and singing me a song on his guitar for dessert. After that? Blech. The next note worthy … Continue reading Leslie’s New Year