Author Lionel Rolfe


Lionel Rolfe, journalist and author of such works as Literary L.A and The Menuhins, A Family Odyssey is having a publication party for his recent book, The Misadventures of Ari Mendelsohn, A Mostly True Memoir of California Journalism.

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Hello World! How may I serve you?

There just comes a time or moment in your life when you decide to be part of the solution or part of the problem. This is what I recently told an associate of mine whom I felt was being a very toxic individual. I listened to their very negligent as well as negative verbiage and I thought wow, what is going on in “your” life that makes you comfortable with spewing out such pessimism? I mean we are living in stressful times….still. When do you, I , we, make a conscious decision to say right now I am going to wake up and say “Hello World” how may I serve you today!

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We Are In This Together-Happy New Year!!

Aaw here we go!!! I would like to inspire each reader to stop right now and think about….what makes you dance, what makes you cry, what makes you want to shout and what makes you feel a feeling like no other. What is it today that you really want to do in life? What is it today that you really want to say to someone that could make all the difference…for the better! Who or what makes you sacrifice your needs and makes you feel like for the first time what you did really mattered!

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New Beginnings!

A friend stopped me as she saw me enter into a store. The conversation we had took on a life of its own. An hour later we were able to bottom line some issues she was heavily concerned with. How does she live positively when at home life is so negative? She desired some guidance and asked to “show her the way”. Here was my take.

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Your Moment Is Now

In the last few weeks I have heard stories in the news and or among people regarding pain and suffering being inflicted on others.  A beating of a homeless person, a childs death at the hand of their parent or guardian. A woman at the displeasure of her man. But also there is a man who jumped from a building, disappeared intentionally, or hanged himself. My question is what is it truly all about? hmm, stress, unhappiness, guilt, shame, lack, embarrassment, frustration. Yes all of this I know makes anyone feel helpless and hopeless so what do we do. How do we conuqer the fears of such uncertainty in this day and age. The pressures to survive a sort a “new normal” due to unemployment, company downsizing, foreclosures. All of which can make or break a family, frighten our children, and make parents/adults do things that never crossed their minds so they can simply “make it” or save face. The thought of desperate times and desperate measures even makes me shiver. I too want to hold on, “man up” stay strong, be optimistic, full of faith and the fact that I chose to want and need the optimism, the strength, the faith allows me to grab it as my best daily companion.

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A Sweet Encounter

I had an amazing disappointment a few days ago but let me tell you about this right now. While I am perusing this wood bench with a big “free” sign on it, a neighbor pulled over to view as well. In the midst of discussing the bench and both of us realizing we probably didn’t have a real useful need for it we began talking about so much more. She was so wise I thought as she shared about the loves of her life, her four children and I shared the sentiment regarding my one daughter. I then begin to open up about this disappointment I encountered just a few hours prior to us meeting. Dorothy and I now begin to talk “life” and the journeys we have experienced. The next thing I know her eyes are full of tears that gently run down her face as she expresses the victory in climbing mountains alone, as a single parent yet having so much from her church family and four children which are 20 something. My new sista, has a body of 20 something..lol naturally!  I just wanted to state that. Dorothy truly did look wonderful and she is more mature…i.e is older than I. Okay so we are having this moment and I shed a tear as well hearing her story of fortitude. I am now craving for this light to fall fresh on me after all, I opened my blinds this morning and yelled, “hello world!” and for me that implies, I am ready for my day, my life, my blessings intentionally. As Dorothy and I continue conversing I just admit I want prayer, this woman grabs my hand so tight, is holding it closely between the chest of her and I and speaks so profoundly to what I thought was a disappointment but to her, now knowing “our” faith,  it was simply a release towards something much better to come for me.

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Share a Slice of Your Summer

With the close of another school year, for those with the traditional school track, and summer planning taking place for families and their school age children, I want share some nuggets of truths.

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Im Back!

Sorry for the delay but more blogs are coming soon.  Thanks for your patience and thank you for tuning in. :)

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Straight Talk With Teal!-Making it! Single Person/Parent

In these challenging times so many of us have had to change “our ways” of  doing things. It could mean something as simple as brown bag lunch v purchasing lunch or mid octane fuel v supreme octane fuel. I didn’t want to add the numbers in case I listed them wrong..ok heck why not 89 v 92…I think. But you get the picture! Along the way of my own skimming back I wanted to share or “Pay It Forward” some tips and thoughts about simply…..making it! and for more information on support and/or resources you may log onto www.showmethewayonline.com

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