Why, Why, Why… Tuesday, Nov 25 2014 

I don’t ask this of the Grand Jury who made the unfortunate decision not to take the officer to trial, but of the people who reacted after the news broke. I am disappointed that we, as a people, have not learned the lessons of the past. In what universe is vandalism a way to bring about change? I was watching the news and there was one young girl hitting a window with a bat. She seemed to be doing it just because. She did not seem to want to enter the business but was doing it because that was expected? I am not sure what her purpose was.

“Peacefully protest, I get and support that. Destroying your community? What change does that affect? It serves no purpose but to further validate the perception that we are not worth the justices we seek.” These are the words I posted on Facebook when I woke this morning to find that people in Ferguson were burning down their community and creating chaos. Obviously, many of these people use situations like this, not as a form of support, but to act under the cover of protest to steal and destroy. Maybe if these people, who are mad at the world for their lot in life, would use their anger constructively not destructively to not become victims, we could reduce the number of shootings of African Americas and keep more of our young men and women out of jail. Image the things we could do with that energy, to build something great.

We scream that we want to be treated as law abiding citizens but then when we don’t like what happens, we behave as criminals.  If you really want to take a match to something, light a candle and pray.

Want to affect change in the perception? Volunteer at a local food bank. Tutor a student who is struggling in school. Get a job, any job. Start a sports program to help get at-risk kids off the street. Go back to school and further your education. Become a business person, doctor, or an attorney. Never been great at school?  No problem, seek help to change that or find another way to be an agent of change. Find a way to bring positive change to you and your community.

Love to entertain?  Write a script or a book that helps shed a positive light. Love music?  Write a song.  With today’s technology, there is no end to the information offered to anyone who really wants to change attitudes.

The opportunities to change the way you are treated and perceived are endless.  Take the time to be a positive role model.  Don’t depend on celebrities to do this for you as there are not enough of them to truly make the difference we need to become the pillars of community we need and deserve.

As we head into the holidays, take the time to buy a book and give it to a child. Share your holiday meals with a family in need. Volunteer at a shelter. Find a way to help an at-risk youth by becoming a Big Brother or Big Sister.  Is there a boys and girls club you can go to and give your time?

Lastly, it takes a LOT of energy to be so angry. Imagine what you can do when you turn that angry energy into positive change. That effort could not only change your immediate situation, your community, but the world.

Okay, off my soapbox.  I just needed to get this off my chest.


The End…. Wednesday, Oct 15 2014 

It has been a long road to get to this place.  The final word of the first draft has been written and now it is time to move on to the next phase.  I have heard how authors invest a part of themselves in their characters.  I know understand it.  For me, I needed to feel what my characters were feeling.  If it felt disconnected, I re-wrote it, changed it, moved it, or just deleted it.

Writing is a process that I have found to be relaxing after a hard day at work.  It takes me to a place of wonder to see where my words will go as I type.  For me, it is building a story as the story unfolds at each word. Once the flow starts, I find myself writing until I force myself to stop, usually around 3:00am when I know I have to get up three hours later to go to work.

I am excited to share my vision with the world.  Courting Love is a dramatic story that includes attempted murder and relationships that endure ups and downs.  More to come soon.

Walking By Faith by Donald B. Welch Thursday, May 29 2014 

Walking By Faith by Donald B. Welch.

Inspired by Real People Monday, Apr 7 2014 

About a year ago, I was introduced to a really cool person who turned out was a friend of a friend. She was hosting an event at her home that I was invited to. As a result, I have been invited to more of these events. One of the last invitations I decided to look into her to see what she was really all about. What I learned was that the person I met is a well rounded ex-wife of a well paid actor who is very grounded in her faith and is probably one of the nicest people I have ever met. She has inspired me to write about her and several others.

As one of VH1’s Hollywood Exes, Sheree has proven to be an awesome person to know. She is real and is always smiling. I love the fact that she has done so much with her life and is an inspiration in an industry where many celebrities are fake when they are in front of a camera but turn into someone completely different when the cameras disappear.

In my life, I have had the opportunity to meet a lot of celebrities from little or unknown to well know. I generally judge the person on my first reaction being in their presence. If they are rude or pretentious, I move on. I refuse to give credence to a celebrity who does not deserve my valuable time. Sheree is one of those people who I feel deserves to be recognized for being a really awesome person. Because of this, she has inspired me to write about my experiences and share with the world some of the most awesome people I know or have met that really deserve to have their stories told. Keep an eye out for updates of this project.

Starts, Stops, Life Interuptus Friday, Apr 4 2014 

Over the last year, I have experienced a broken computer with my entire book on it. It took months before I could afford to have my files transferred off the broken computer. During that time, I have been asked to work on several plays from one-woman shows to full ensembles. Now that things have started to settle down again, I am back to working on my book. It is an honor to be asked to be a part of the production teams and as a result, I have received many compliments and made some new friends along the way.

Now that things are getting back on track, I plan to complete the book by the end of 2014. Life has a way of putting obstacles in our paths. Don’t let these curtail your progress, find a way to make your dreams come true. Until next time, make your dreams come true.

Burning The Candle… Thursday, Oct 3 2013 

Okay, so I have had some challenges over the last few months.  I have found myself burning the candle at ends it did not know it had so I had to take a step back.  I got a little off track in my endeavors and as of this moment, I am getting back to where I was with one exception. 

The computer I was using when I wrote the first six chapters of my book has a cracked screen.  Since I have not had the money to get my files moved to a jump drive, I have started on a couple of new projects. I am still writing, but now it is a non-fiction project that I will share with the world when the time is right.  In the meantime, I have decided to work as a public relations specialist with the goal of building it to a full time gig.

I want to thank a long-time friend for helping me get my mind re-focused with his blog posts.  Angelo, you are inspiring.  I too am determined to succeed.

Courting Love Writing Progress Monday, May 6 2013 

When I decided To embark on this journey to write and publish my first fiction novel, I was not sure if I had the chops for creating something people would like.  To help with my writing, I sought reviews from total strangers from around the world and the result so far has been quite positive. This project is still being written so I shared the first two chapters on Goodreads.com and three on Authonomy.com. Aside from some editing comments, I have received encouraging words…


Heather wrote – “I just read your excerpts, I think its a great beginning… Like what I read so far. When its published we can add it to your reading list.”


Nicky wrote – “I enjoyed reading the chapters you submitted. I like how in the first few paragraphs, you talk about they’re feelings for one another, and that you don’t drag the story.  Can’t wait to read more…”

T Barr wrote – “Lisa, I enjoyed your work. You have talent… I will put you on my watchlist to see your finished work. Good luck”

All of these comments were posted within hours of my sharing them online.  I plan to have the fully edited version available by mid June. More to come….

If you have not had the chance to check out these awesome sites for books lovers, I encourage you to.  While there find me under Lisa Jeannine.

Happy reading

Dream Maker Saturday, Apr 27 2013 

We all have dreams of what we want our lives to be.  From childhood to college to the realities of life, we continue to dream about what we want.  Growing up, I wanted to be an actress and then when that dream faded into another, it was to become a fashion store owner.  In my early 20s, that dream faded to become an author.  Becoming an author was the one dream that stuck.  Over 25 years later, I am finally realizing that dream.  I am working on a fiction piece currently titled Moments in Time.  The goal is to finish it by mid to late May and be ready for distribution by mid June. 

I am very excited to share a small sample of my work.  This is pre-edited so forgive my formatting:

The sudden scream from just behind them caught Matthew’s ear. He turned his head to the left toward the sound and oncoming traffic lanes just in time to see the car coming with seemingly no intent to stop. Instinctively, he grabbed Courtney, who was so engaged in her story that she was not aware of the burst of activity around her, and pushed her forward in an attempt to get her out of the way… then darkness.

When he woke up, it was the next morning and he was in the hospital with a broken left arm and IVs protruding from his good arm. Jeremy was there calling for the nurse when he saw Matthew turning is head with eyes first searching for familiarity and then realization. It took Matthew a moment to remember what happened.

As his memory came back, he felt immense panic. “Where is Courtney?” He could feel his mouth moving but no sound was coming out just some strange sound he could not identify. Why did Jeremy not hear him? Just as he was becoming agitated, the nurse walked in, helped him sit up and gave him some water which he drank through a straw. He could feel the cotton in his throat start to dissipate. Once he got his voice back he started to ask again, Jeremy, sensing his panic, raised his hand to stop him.

“Courtney survived but she is still in critical condition,” Jeremy immediately told him.

I will be self publishing this book and have started an Indiegogo campaign to help raise funds and raise awareness for the project and a worthy non-profit.  Check it out, pre-order your book, share with others – http://igg.me/p/396357/x/649489.

Common Names Friday, Apr 26 2013 

What is in a name?  I have learned that when your name is your bread and butter, there is a lot riding on your name.  Having a fairly common name, I discovered that I share the same name as a best selling author.  Does this work to my benefit?  I guess it could but I really want my own identity.  I have decided to change my pen name to, drum roll please…. Lisa Jeannine. 

I am very excited to share with the world a project I have been working on for the last couple of months.  I am finally realizing my dream and hope everyone loves it.  I will be posting a short snippet from my book within the next couple of days.

My Inspiration: Janelle and Milan Saturday, Apr 6 2013 

I have been working on my first fiction piece over the last few months between a full time job, school, consulting work and my two daughters. It has been challenging building a story around two central characters but it is a challenge I welcome. I look at my girls and am impressed with where they are in life and how focused on the future they both are.

The oldest has achieved her Bachelors degree and is working hard to get to the next stage. She has been accepted into a Masters program in Bournemouth University in Europe. She is working hard to raise the funds needed for her deposit and moving expenses. She is fiercely determined to make her dreams come true.

My youngest is a Freshman in high school and is very talented in several ways. Her biggest challenge is cystic fibrosis. She may have been born with a defective gene that causes this disease but that is not slowing her down one bit. She maintains good grades while at the same time is working on her acting, fashion designs and just being an awesome kid. I have no doubt that like her sister her sheer determination will make her a success in life.

When asked what is my inspiration, I have to say my girls who I do it all for.

My Angels

My Angels

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