Archive | February, 2014

Poetry: Love Conquers All

27 Feb

Love Conquers All

By Veronica M. Benson & Ronald Williams


Everyday I awake, my enemies move, breathe, be

Silently trying to destroy me, smiling and unreal to the world who doesn’t see

them for what they are

I await their fall

My heart filled with an unfailing love

I know my victory, because love conquers all


My strength is not for me but for everything that comes from me

that I love,

I carry it always, inside of me like the heartbeat of my only son,

They watch me in the distance

to keep me in their sight & to keep record of my ways

I feel their eyes and turn away

while keeping count on the last of their days

I know who I am and everything that is mine

God gives me power, more of it, each day the sun shines.

My enemies study me, try to imitate and rehearse me

then try to remember my words of victory to repeat them to me, so that they don’t receive their

God given curse from me.


A quiet storm I remain,

how long can I be calm?  David fought and asked for his enemies, his son became a righteous King

I love what I love, unchanging,, stronger it becomes

because love conquers all


One heart now beats as two, The struggles of life have taken there toll

But one thing is certain- this I recall,

love conquers all!


Just as Spring brings back to life, That which winter has killed,

Everything is alive!


Buzzing, chirping, having, Love conquers all!

At times feeling fearful, but never despair;

Having fallen but as always looking up, always standing tall.

I remembered- love conquers all!


Having made it through, Sunny days are in my sight,

Overpowering faith- as mountain tall.

I remembered- LOVE CONQUERS ALL!



(c)  2014





Black History: Lucy Terry, Orator & Poet

26 Feb

Lucy Terry

(From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

Lucy Terry Prince, often credited as simply Lucy Terry, (c. 1730–1821) was brought to Rhode Island as a slave from Africa. Her future husband purchased her freedom before their marriage in 1756. She composed a ballad, “Bars Fight,” about a 1746 incident. It was preserved orally until being published in 1855. It is considered the oldest known work of literature by an African American.

Early life

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Terry was stolen from Africa and sold into slavery in Rhode Island as an infant. She was later owned by Ebenezer Wells of Deerfield, Massachusetts, who allowed her to be baptized into the Christian faith at about five years of age during the Great Awakening.

A successful free black man named Abijah Prince purchased her freedom and married her in 1756. In 1764, the Princes settled in Guilford, Vermont, where all six of their children were born. Their names were Tatnai, Cesar, Drucilla, Durexa, Abijah, Jr and Festus. Cesar fought in the Revolutionary War.



Her work, “Bars Fight“, is a ballad about attack upon two white families by Native Americans on August 25, 1746. The attack occurred in an area of Deerfield called “The Bars”, which was a colonial term for a meadow.[1] The poem was preserved orally until it was finally published in 1855.


Oral arguments

In 1785, when a neighboring white family threatened the Princes, they appealed to the governor and his Council for protection. The Council ordered Guilford’s selectmen to defend them.

A persuasive orator, Prince successfully negotiated a land case before the Supreme Court of Vermont in the 1790s. She argued against two of the leading lawyers in the state (one of whom later became the Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Vermont), and won her case against the false land claims of Colonel Eli Bronson. Samuel Chase, the presiding justice of the Court, said that her argument was better than he had heard from any Vermont lawyer.[2]

She also delivered a three-hour address to the board of trustees of Williams College in order to gain admittance for her son Festus. While she was not successful, her speech was remembered for its eloquence and skill.

Death : The following obituary was published for Prince on Tuesday, August 21, 1821, in the Greenfield, Massachusetts, paper, The Frankylin Herald:

At Sunderland, Vt., July 11th, Mrs. Lucy Prince, a woman of colour. From the church and town records where she formerly resided, we learn that she was brought from Bristol, Rhode Island, to Deerfield, Mass. when she was four years old, by Mr.Ebenezer Wells: that she was 97 years of age—that she was early devoted to God in Baptism: that she united with the church in Deerfield in 1744—Was married to Abijah Prince, May 17th, 1756, by Elijah Williams, Esq. and that she had been the mother of seven children. In this remarkable woman there was an assemblage of qualities rarely to be found among her sex. Her volubility was exceeded by none, and in general the fluency of her speech was not destitute of instruction and education. She was much respected among her acquaintance, who treated her with a degree of deference.[3]

Prince’s husband died in 1794. By 1803, Prince moved to nearby Sunderland. She rode on horseback annually to visit her husband’s grave until she died in 1821 on July 11.

Kid Nutrition: Daily Food Nutrition Requirements

22 Feb


By Veronica M. Benson

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Healthy Eating With Young Children


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1. Offer your child foods  from each food group every day.

Grain group: 4-5 ounces a day.  What counts as 1 ounce?

1/2 cup cooked cereal (oatmeal or grits). rice or pasta

1 cup of ready-to-eat cereal (toasted O’s, whole wheat flakes, etc.)

1 (6-inch) tortilla


Vegetable group: 1  1/2 cups a day.  What counts as 1 cup?

1 cup of raw or cooked vegetables

2 cups raw leafy greens or lettuce

1/2 cup cooked dry beans or peas

Offer a dark green or yellow-orange Vitamin A vegetable every other day like carrots, broccoli, spinach, squash or sweet potato.


Fruit group: 1 1/2 cups a day. What counts as 1 cup?

1 cup fresh, frozen or canned fruit

1/2 cup dried fruit (raisins, prunes, etc.)

1/2 cup of 100% juice


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Milk group: 2 cups a day. What counts as 1 cup? 

8 oz milk (2% or 1% or non-fat)

1 1/2 oz slice of cheese

1 cup of yogurt (8 oz container)



Meat group: 3-4 ounces a day. What counts as 1 ounce?

1/4 cup cooked beans

1 egg

1 tablespoon peanut butter

1/2 ounce of nuts or seeds

1 ounce cooked meat, poultry or fish



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2. Making and eating meals together can be great family fun.

At the store, let your child help choose which vegetables or fruits to buy.

Allow your child to help you prepare foods.

Let your child help you scrub vegetables, set the table, place things in trash, etc.

Eat meals with your child.

Keep the TV off during mealtimes.

3.  Is your child a picky eater?

Keep offering a variety of foods and let your child eat the amount he wants.

Try small but frequent meals and snacks.

It often takes several tries before a child likes a new food. Offer it again.

If your child loses interest or plays with his food, quietly but firmly take it away.


4. Keeping mealtimes pleasant

An overtired child rarely eats well.

Allow enough time for unhurried eating, about 30 minutes.

Never use food as a bribe or reward.

Expect new foods to be liked or disliked. Stay positive.

Introduce new foods along with your child’s favorite foods.


Follow These Important Tips:

Offer about 16 ounces of milk each day.

Limit 100% juice to about 4-6 ounces each day.

Is your child thirsty? Offer water often throughout the day.

Limit the following foods: sweet desserts, fruit drinks, sugar coated cereals, chips and candy.

As a parent you should decide when and what to serve your child. However, let your child decide how much to eat.

Serve whole grain products three times a day, such as whole wheat bread, oats, barley, whole grain cold cereals, popcorn, baked tortilla corn chips etc.

Balance the food your child eats with regular physical activity.


Water is Most Important


Have you ever been in a situation as an adult where you were thirsty and water wasn’t immediately at your disposal? Think of how much more this applies to children. Small children and even those who are in school all day. Although water fountains are available when they are allowed access to them, there is no way that they can sip enough water from it to fulfill full water requirements during those 6 hours a day. The milk they may be served during lunch suffices as a thirst quencher but maybe even add to the reason of thirst. Human experience, common sense. Common sense isn’t so common for some people after all. There is nothing like WATER.


As an adult I am reminded to always see things from a child’s point of view when dealing with children because I remember being one. Children should always have access to water. From the time they awake until after dinner or dessert. Water should be the last thing a child should have before going to bed. As it helps with digestion and is good for your body and heart. Not their dinner or some other solids. Therefore there should be enough time for digesting food and bathroom breaks before a child goes to sleep. Dinnertime and bedtime should be at least 1- 2 hours apart. 


The water requirement for children:

5- 8 years old is at least 5 glasses a day.

6 -12 year olds 7 glasses a day

13+ 8-10 glasses a day

More water when exercising or on a hot day.

Dehydration/ not having enough fluid in your body, can cause headache and fatigue, make you feel cranky and affect your concentration.


When I pick up my son from school, most of the time the first thing he says is “I’m thirsty” or “I’m hungry.” Because of this pattern, I would usually grab him a bottle of water to have with me upon dismissal or send him to the water fountain. Sometimes I’ll have his after school snack or just have him wait until we get home to have a snack or even dinner if it’s already prepared. Then homework.

Most schools serve children at least 2 meals each day. Breakfast and lunch. Unless they eat breakfast at home in the morning, which I prefer (a hot homemade breakfast with love or a bowl or two of cereal with something on the side) and bring their lunch from home as well. So I believe dinner should always be the meal to fulfill the remaining requirements of food for the day. A snack and dessert thrown in the mix as well. Depending on the serving size, they may eat more/less afterwards, before the night is over.


Water can be made readily accessible by filling water bottles with water and putting them  in the refrigerator. Showing children how to get water from the sink themselves or keeping bottled water within reach and letting children know they can get a bottle whenever they want, just as long as they finish one before getting another. In other cases when children prefer to have juice and different beverages rather than drinking water, knowing they need water, water should then be made the only option for liquids.


Raising kids doesn’t only consists of perfecting one area, although nutrition and health are two of the most important!





(Some information provided and Developed by: Near North Health Service Corporation)


Good Reading

20 Feb

There is always information on the next steps that we want to take in any area of our lives when there is the question of what those steps should be.

You can’t always judge a book by it’s cover, but you may be able to decide if it is something that can provide you with the information that you need. Finding the perfect book is like finding the perfect assistance at the perfect time.

While some books guide you towards looking for jobs and the best ways to do so, others may help you discover how to create job opportunities. For every level of our professional growth there is always a tool to get to the next level.

Pictured here are two books that caught my eye for my own individual career advancement. After having worked a variety of different jobs, with unique work experience, I realize to gain the fulfillment I am seeking in my work life it will have to be created. Designed by me. That doesn’t always mean start a business. But it may not be within reach of walking into a business or filling out an application online.

In this web-based information age, I always find a better experience touching the pages of a book. Although I welcome any avenues of information.

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My Valentine’s playlist

14 Feb

Some good music to listen to, this Valentine’s day! Check it out.

Happy Valentine’s Day

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A Valentine’s Card to you from me!

13 Feb

A LoveArt Production

My Valentine card for all the single women, especially the single mothers who have been single for a while! This is for you! Enjoy.

Valentine’s Day is just one day!

You should be looking forward to someone treating you like it’s Valentine’s Day, everyday!

By Veronica M. Benson

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To Love!

10 Feb


In addition to Black History Month,  February is also Heart month and “The Month of Love.”

With Valentine’s day being only 4 days away, I wanted to share some things I LOVE!

> Love Quotes: “Love is not a subtle argument, the door there is devastation.” 

> Love Songs: “Tamia- Still”

> Love Movies: “The Notebook” & “P.S. I Love You”

> Love Poetry: Written by me, titled “The Beginning: Love Dreams”  (featured here on my blog and also Robert Frost, Walt Whitman & Maya Angelou are some of my favorite poets.


MY Son! He’s my HEART!


img037 My Brother! He’s one of the sweetest people I know!


IMG_20131028_00155056 Adam Rodriguez. ❤ Other than the obvious, that he’s absolutely fine, I loved him from the moment I saw him. I connected to him at first sight. He’s a very talented actor. (Hey Adam)

IMG_20131223_00212353 Lions. They are a powerful and beautiful animal. Not only do they look mighty they are crowned as the “Kings” of the jungle. I was also born under the zodiac sign Leo.


PicStory-2014-01-14-07-47 I Love Me. I love being beautiful and feeling pretty. 


 Red LobsterShrimp. It’s one of my favorite foods and I enjoy eating it prepared in different ways. Pictured here are two different kinds.


What are some of the things

that you love?


The entire month of February is

a month to celebrate LOVE.



Written By Veronica M. Benson for Ve Michelle Writing Communications © 2013


Photography by Veronica M. Benson

Caleb and Me: Education, learning and fun, all in one

6 Feb

The older my son gets, I enjoy the different ways we interact. Having to continue to learn him.  As a baby he needed me for everything although I was always observing to learn how he learns including his likes and dislikes. Babies often voice themselves in certain noises, movements or cries. My son didn’t cry very much at all, he barely cried at birth. He was always aware, listening and learning. One of the things he took notice of early on was knowing that I was always watching him to know how to entertain him and make him happy. So he made everyone around us at the time, do it as well. As we watch the home videos, they realize they enjoyed it just as much as he did. One of the things he also made me realize is that I wasn’t going to be a “frozen fish sticks and canned/frozen veggies” kind of mom. A child can’t be raised off of that! LOL! Even as a young mom, I had to learn to cook full course meals. With kids they start off with them just needing you, when they are born and in their baby and toddler stages. As they get older. you realize that you are learning just as much from them as they should be from you. Positively influencing them as they grow.

Learning time plus fun! Movies and books are still a must-do no matter how much technology advances. Games are not the only things downloaded on his ipad and iphone.

Cooking time! Caleb is baking his first batch of cookies on his Easy-Bake-Oven. They have them for boys as well. The portions are a bit small and I’ve thought about mixing up a batch of cookies from my recipes & ingredients, but it’s fun for him. He likes to chef!

Playing monopoly, when Christmas came this past year the idea was to educate but to make sure that it was all in fun! Caleb is the banker, playing the game for himself and watching a movie at the same time. (Multi-tasking)  When we play monopoly he likes the idea of buying property and having me roll the dice and stop on his property to pay him rent. It’s not so fun when it’s the other way around.

Here we are mixing the ingredients to build his very first volcano. We had a lot of fun with this. Especially when it was time to peel it off of our hands and out of of my cooking pot. Molding the ingredients into a volcano was exciting. His favorite part was when it dried!……

So, that he could make it erupt! He asks if he can keep it forever. So far, it’s still here.

The first big snow, we were at the playground, playing in it! We’re waiting for when it snows and we will make an adventure of it with everyone! Once back inside we had our mugs filled to the top with yummy hot chocolate! & several servings of whipped cream . Yum!




Written by Veronica M. Benson

for Ve Michelle Writing Communications © 2013


Photography by Veronica M. Benson