Starting Your Dreams Later In Life and Embracing the Detour

Jenee Darden speaking at Creative Mornings I know it's been a while since I've posted anything but that's because of my job. I'm working as a reporter covering Oakland and I host an arts segment on the radio where I get to interview amazing artists from around the Bay Area. Plus I'm publicizing my book  and building my speaking career!  You know what's funny? I thought this would all happen by the time I was 27-30.  Nope. That wasn't God's plan for me. I'm finally beginning to do the things I've wanted to do and I'm almost 40 years old. Some people reading this who are 40 will say 40 is still young. But some younger people reading may think 40 is nearly ancient. But I'm writing this post for those who like me, thought their career and personal dreams would come true much early in life. I'm here to tell you not to give up.  You know, death inspires life. A number of my relatives and friends have passed away, ranging in

The Lion Rests
Sen. Edward Kennedy 1932-2009

We've lost another legend this summer. Sen. Edward Kennedy of Massachusetts died at his home late Tuesday night. He was 77. Sen. Kennedy had been battling brain cancer since his diagnosis in 2008. He was one of the most influential U.S. senators, so that colleagues nicknamed the Democrat "The Lion of the Senate." If you ever watched Sen. Kennedy in action on the floor or at a rally, he was not one to hold his tongue. Whether you agreed with or loathed his left-wing opinions, he made politics interesting.

What a horrible month for the Kennedy family. They just lost Eunice Kennedy Shriver two weeks ago. Eunice was Edward's sister and Maria Shriver's mother. Following the assassination of his brothers JFK and Bobby Kennedy back in the 60s, Sen. Kennedy took on the patriarchal role in the family.
The man hasn't been dead 24 hours and the media are already questioning who will continue the legacy of the Kennedy political powerhouse. Read about that here. Health care reform was one of Sen. Kennedy's political passions. How ironic he died when the country is possibly on the brink of having universal health care.

I'm a politics junkie so my memories of Sen. Kennedy will be watching him play hardball on the Senate floor during debates. Sometimes I turn to C-Span to watch Congress in session and I would pause a little longer when Sen. Kennedy had the mic. Also, he played a major role in the election of the first black U.S. President.

For more details on Sen. Kennedy's life check out:

Washington Post


  1. Cocoa Fly, I was around When both Kennedy brothers were assasinated, and now we've lost another great Kennedy brother. He fought so hard for people who have very little, and I don't know who could possible fill his shoes. I know he has instilled in his children and grandchildren their obligation to public service, but I don't know if they'll seek office. All we can do is pray that the health care reform bill is passed in Congress, so people like me will no longer have to pay such high premiums.

  2. Anonymous I share your hope that our leaders can develop a good health care plan. I've been having health care drama myself with my provider. As for the Kennedy legacy, you think one of the grandchildren will step up to the Kennedy political throne?


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