“When it is dark enough, you can see the stars.”

– Ralph Waldo Emerson

Overcomers learn to see the stars during the dark times in their lives. May you experience the strength of the overcomers I’ve interviewed and find inspiration as you read their amazing stories.


Double Whammy

wayne by himselfI’m briefly stepping outside my box of sharing the stories of courageous WOMEN who’ve overcome life’s tough challenges, because my father-in-law Wayne’s* story demonstrates the courage and strength to overcome not one, but two life-altering health conditions. Both occurring less than TEN… Continue reading

Party of One

Phobias. Fears. We all have them. Mine is snakes. Coming eyeball to eyeball with a shiny green one as a kid during an innocent game of hide-and-seek sealed it for me. My phobia – called opidiophobia – is mostly avoidable. But some phobias are not.… Continue reading

My Journey of Overcoming, Part 2

stroke survivorA four year stint. Not long enough of a break from the neurological misfirings my body is so prone to. But my body didn’t ask my opinion.

In April of this year, another transient ischemic attack (TIA) or “mini stroke” disrupted my life.… Continue reading

An Orphan Heart


Maureen while in the gang

Maureen while in the gang

Studies are replete linking gang involvement with children from dysfunctional families. Gangs prey on individuals who lack self-esteem, strong father figures, and family closeness.

Looking back, Maureen* agrees she fit the profile to a T.  “I had… Continue reading

Embrace the Child You’re Given

boy anger outburstAva* and Matthew* knew their son Sam’s* disruptive and violent behavior wasn’t like the other children his age, but they didn’t understand what was causing it or how to discipline him each time it occurred. These parents, like many others, felt helpless because they didn’t… Continue reading

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Melony Brown I have had numerous opportunities to hear stories about women who have faced life's tough challenges. My writing reflects the lessons I’ve learned from these amazing women.

My blog has their real-life stories, while the book I'm writing follows a fictional character as she faces life's challenges.


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