The Art of Making Chocolate…


      Shawn Askinosie shares his passion for chocolate beans and the art of making chocolate Photo credit: Barbie Perkins-Cooper, Editorial photojournalist Shawn Askinosie, The Chocolate Maker of Springfield, is Raising the Bar for His Passion in Life as a Chocolatier Stepping inside the aromatic setting of Askinosie Chocolate Factory tempts the taste budsContinue reading “The Art of Making Chocolate…”

Philip Simmons The Charleston Gatekeeper


A story I published in 2002 about the “Charleston Gatekeeper, Mr. Philip Simmons. Simmons was an amazing man to interview and meet. I still remember the passion held in his eyes. Now, we in the Charleston community remember him as a legacy. A tall, humble man with kind eyes and a pleasant voice. One ofContinue reading “Philip Simmons The Charleston Gatekeeper”

Reminiscing on July 6 of Each Year…


Dearest Readers: July 6 is always a day to remember for me. Why? Allow me to explain. During the stressful days of my dad’s terminal illness with esophageal cancer during December 1997 until his death on July 6, 1999, I have felt such a loss. I’ve had people tell me I need to move on.Continue reading “Reminiscing on July 6 of Each Year…”

February 10, 2014 — The Sad Day When Shirley Temple Died…


Dearest Readers: This morning I awoke to a sadness. The news alert on my cell phone read, “Shirley Temple is Dead At 85.” My heart broke. I raced to my computer to read about Shirley Temple. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wtHvetGnOdM When I was a child, my mother cherished movies with Shirley Temple as the child star. The lovelyContinue reading “February 10, 2014 — The Sad Day When Shirley Temple Died…”

A Day of Self-Discovery


Today has been a day of self-discovery and adventure for me, starting with a walk with my dogs, working out on the treadmill, and writing again. For weeks, perhaps months, I have battled with self-doubt that I could ever write again. Yes, I’ve posted on my blog, but I kept allowing negative vibes to creepContinue reading “A Day of Self-Discovery”

On Father’s Day


Good morning, Readers: Another beautiful day filled with sunshine for Father’s Day 2013. This day is special to all who were close to dear ole Dad. As a child, I remember babysitting or cleaning, just to get a bit of money to buy my dad, and my papa, a Father’s Day gift. For both, IContinue reading “On Father’s Day”

Meeting Influential People Who Change Our Lives – A Toast


“People…People who need people are the luckiest people in the world…” and so goes the song recorded in September, 1964 by Barbra Streisand. That special song influenced me so much as I grew from childhood, recognizing that during my journey to adulthood I would meet  people…perhaps a person…one very special person… “With one person –Continue reading “Meeting Influential People Who Change Our Lives – A Toast”