“I Am Bertie Black History” Series

Bertie County is a rural county located in the eastern region of North Carolina. As of the 2019, the population was only 19, 380. The largest population by age group at that time consisted of residents who were age 65+. “The county was created in 1722 as Bertie Precinct and gained county status in 1739.”…

Watch “VineXercise” on YouTube

If you’re like me, sometimes you miss getting your groove on at a private get-together or event. Tack on the need to shred some extra pandemic pounds, and it seems like a ‘blah’ mood moment. Well, turns out that we can ‘marry’ the two, while having a blast doing so! In an impromptu zone, I…

Congrats, Madam Vice President! ~ HBCU Elegance~

Some of us who graduated or attended an HBCU may not know their FULL history (I don’t). We do know that there is a prideful energy that’s emitted when we speak of our alma mater and/or our experiences. It ignites a spark that turns into smiles, laughter, tears, and sometimes hours of conversation. What’s the…

MLK Day 2021 ~ The Conversations

Dr. King had so many conversations during his lifetime. In 2021, we still aren’t having enough of the right conversations– the authentic ones that lead to freedom, like this one…. “People fail to get along because they fear each other; they fear each other because they don’t know each other; they don’t know each other…

Bud #37

Bud #37 Happy 2-Year Anniversary to TCV Buds!! I pray that they ‘bud’ your spirit with inspirational seeding! Thanks, T.O., for giving them your voice on the YouTube channel. 🤗 Peace & Blessings to the worldwide TCV family! ❤

2021 Bare Essential—Authenticity Is Free

For the first time in many years, I woke up on New Year’s Day with bare fingernails and bare toenails–not a stroke of nail polish in sight. With the pandemic in full gloom, there was no hoopla surrounding a traditional household NYD gathering or unlike last year, the day wasn’t preceded with getting glammed up…

Making It A Cheery Cherry Christmas!

Leading up to this Christmas 2020 morning, as I prepared to get ready for the normal trimmings of the holiday, I was constantly reminded of what was not so normal this year. For weeks, I mouthed utterings of not focusing on the differences, but my heart kept sinking to one huge difference–my mother is still…

Happy THANKSGIVING 2020!

Yep…Thanksgiving Thursday, still in the midst of a treacherous pandemic. Yep…It’s still THANKSgiving!!!! It’s still the same calendar Thursday in the month of November. It’s still a designated day of reflecting and being grateful for the many blessings that are present, not only today, but inclusively, EVERY day that we have life on this earth….

Check out The Cherry Vine’s YouTube Channel!

Debuted a few years ago, The Cherry Vine’s YouTube channel is a portal of narrated TCV blogs, including the popular Bud posts. Be sure to check it out, Follow the channel, and Like the videos. While you’re working—from home, the office or work site, traveling in your car, relaxing at the pool or chilling at…