When You Wish Upon A Star

I loved sitting outside in the evenings looking at the stars. I remember being a kid sitting on my parent’s porch in the summers. The stars would twinkle as if giving me a sign that whatever I was wishing for was about to come true.

I wished upon many stars for several dreams to hopefully one day come true. I had some of my dreams come true. Unfortunately, there were times that once my dream came true I didn’t know what to do with it. No one ever really talks about being PREPARED for when your dreams come true. Naturally, you assume, people would be ready for something great to happen for them..but it doesn’t always work out that way. I made my mistakes. Now, I have been making changes to make sure that when I wish upon my next star…I will be ready for that particular dream. I will do all I can to appreciate, enjoy, and hold on to that blessing.

In 2019, one of my biggest dreams did come true! I had a book signing at the Kentucky Museum of Art and Craft also called KMAC. This is an art museum in downtown Louisville. It was one of the happiest days of my life. I dreamed of having an event at a nice place where I could do some of my poetry and have music. I dreamed of the event and I made it happen. The day was June 22. I will never forget that day.

I had the perfect venue. I hired a jazz band – Rob Nickerson Quartet – who I discovered after seeing them perform at a club. I had some great snacks including cupcakes from Nothing Bundt Cakes. The snacks were a hit! Haha.

My parents were there and so happy for me. I had some great friends come out and support. It was one of those days where there was a lot of events going on in the city so I didn’t get the attendance I wanted but it was still very nice. My ex-boyfriend even surprised me and showed up for support. Everyone that was there told me I did a wonderful job putting it together. I put it all together myself. It was my baby. It was my creation. Nothing was spared because I wanted it to be perfect. I never say that about anything – but this moment truly was a perfect moment.

Got the word out there about the event.
Gina Marie. She was so good! I was so excited to get her to join me. She was the opening poet. She opened up for me and did a wonderful job. I could not have asked for anything better.
Me performing some poetry from my book Of Light & Air.
Book Table at the Wonderment Experience event on June 22, 2019 at KMAC. Just like KMAC says: Art is the Big Idea.
Rob Nickerson Quartet – They were AMAZING!!!!!!!! I kept telling them how they made my dreams come true. I held it in …but I wanted to cry in front of them. Haha.
This is the quartet playing. They performed behind me as I recited my poetry. I had to really figure that one out. I had never performed/recited poetry to live music before. It was something I had always wanted so I made it happen. They also played for the audience for awhile before and after I was done.

Some of the people who showed up still talk about it even now. Everyone kept telling me how professional everything was and they couldn’t believe I did it all myself. I had no help. I didn’t ask for help because I wanted to own the moment. I wouldn’t say I never ask for help but this was truly my creation and I wanted to start and finish it my way. I knew I would never do anything like it again so I wanted to just go all out! The ones who were there still keep asking me when I will have another event like it again. I don’t know if I will. It was a moment in time for me. I wanted to have it when I had it for very specific reasons. I don’t feel the need to do again…if that makes sense. I plan on doing more events (renting a table to sell books at conferences/fairs) but I just won’t host any more of my own. I will keep you all informed because I do have an event coming up where I will be renting a table and selling books at a book fair (if you are in the Louisville, KY area).

I wished upon three stars recently. I won’t say what I wished for but I’m still waiting on confirmation. It would be amazing if they all came true. I would even be satisfied if one of them came true because all three of them would be amazing.

Have you wished upon any stars lately? What did you wish for? Did your dream come true? Are you still waiting to hear back about something? Maybe it’s still coming. Maybe confirmation is coming soon – be prepared.


Also, Happy Juneteenth! On June 19, 1865 the announcement finally arrived for the citizens of Texas that slavery was over. The sad part is that there had already been an announcement about the end of slavery on January 1, 1863. Oh…yes, that’s right. The citizens of Texas didn’t get the announcement until two and half years later. Supposedly, the general who was supposed to get the news to Texas died on the way. That’s the story they spin. Well, the good part is that it’s a holiday outside Texas now. Juneteenth originated in Galveston, Texas and they had already been celebrating it there as a recognized holiday for 40 years. Now the rest of the country can officially join in the celebration. I had known about Juneteenth since college thanks to my wonderful cousin/brother/friend Derek A. Fulson. Derek’s birthday was also June 19. He was very proud of having his birthday on the same day as Juneteenth. I was so surprised when he informed me years ago about this interesting American piece of history. Thank you Derek! I will forever miss you!

Blessings to all! Keep wishing on stars. Keep making your dreams come alive.

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