Giving Voice to “A Quiet Desperation”

Cross Pollination Pages is a bi-weekly series featuring guest posts and articles written by other light beacons and hopes to connect ideas and people together in ways that wouldn’t have been possible.

Today’s episode features Marita Golden, an award-winning novelist and nonfiction writer. Her latest novel, The Wide Circumference of Love, is about an African American family dealing with Alzheimer’s. I was inspired to share her email message below, as my father made his transition in 2015 from Dementia. Enjoy and Share!




Dear DeBorah,

Because I know that you share my concern about the devastating impact of Alzheimer’s Disease on the African American community I am sending you an early copy of my Washington Post Magazine story “A Quiet Desperation” which investigates WHY African Americans are twice as likely as whites to develop Alzheimer’s and profiles a family impacted by the disease. The article will be published Sunday, June 4th.
Please read and share with your friends and family. We need to get a meaningful conversation started! Click here to read the article. Thank you in advance!

A Co-Creation Experiencia

Honey Comb Creations is a bi-weekly series of posts featuring poetry and prose whenever they flow, and just like honey from a jar, I hope they sweeten your life wherever you are!

This episode features a rare Honey Comb CoCreation between myself and Experiencia Spanish  School in Puerto Escondido, Mexico. As their former English teacher, I was an extra in the their video promo and helped to better translate some of the script into English. Oh! And guess who’s doing the voice over? That’s right, yours tru-bee. Enjoy!

Zulu Queen Daisy- The “Bug Shots” Series Begins

Pushing Daisy Tuesday Tribute is a series of posts promoting the Pushing Daisy Drive (Driven by Miss Daisy’s Daughter). Every episode is a small tribute to my mom Daisy and hopes to share inspirational posts and promotions. It’s also were I acknowledge Daisy Drive Donors and share campaign updates.

In this episode, I’m kicking off the “Bug Shot of the Week Series, one of two fundraising series that promotes photographers and programs on St. Croix, US Virgin Islands. When you Pay What You Want (PWYW) for the featured photo donated by the featured photographer, you’ll also be contributing to the Pushing Daisy Drive,  as well as other featured youth programs on St. Croix that are close to my heart.

“Bug Shot of the Week Strong”- Zulu Queen Daisy

The “Bug Shot of the Week” Series features the exceptional photography of Ras Lumumba Corriette of Ay Ay Eco Hike & Tours. His love for nature shines through in every one of his shots of insects, flowers and nature in general.

Her-story of the Zulu Queen Daisy

In May of 2015, long time friend Ras Lumumba, sent me an email entitled Zulu Queen Daisy in my Flower Garden. In the first sentence he writes, “Miss Daisy, your mother, ‘The Zulu Queen’ has chosen to resurrected in my garden. In fact, she looks so Majestic in her regal garments…” With such a powerful photo and statement, there was no way I could put “Week” after this Bug Shot. Enjoy!

Photo by Ras Lumumba

“Zulu Queen Daisy” by Ras Lumumba

About Ras Lumumba

Ras Lamumba is a master Gardner, Herbalist, Naturalist, and EnvironmentalistRas Lumumba, owner of Ay Ay Eco Hike & Tours, is a master Gardner, Herbalist, and Environmentalist. He has been conducting educational walking tours, teaching gardening and the use of medicinal plants for nearly 40 years. His fun and insightful way of teaching, story telling and engaging his participants in the ethnobotanical, cultural, and historical folklore of the island make his hikes and tours unforgettable. You will learn the Latin and local names of all the plant life you encounter, as well as their properties and uses. If you plan to visit St. Croix, US Virgin Islands,  don’t miss the opportunity to take one of his hikes or tours! Go here: Eco Hikes and Tours by Ras Lumumba.


* David King * William Scott, Jr. *Janice Donovan * Isaac Causey * Sharonda Caldwell * LaVerne Freemon * Lumumba Corriette * Cher Hermschulte *Camara Barbara Knight * Alzonia Goss * Larry Boykin * Titilayo Tahir * Tex Mason

Remember, it’s never too late to spread the word on social media, to help out by shopping on

OR by making a donation.

Susan Burton: The Harriet Tubman of Our Time

Every other week, DeBorah B’s Travel Bug Blog shines the Royal Jelly Sunday Spotlight on the many wonderful people and organizations in the world doing amazing and wonderful things. It’s obvious that after being fed the royal jelly of life, they have chosen to transform into the royalty that they “bee.”

Susan Burton’s story and work are a powerful rebuttal to North America’s recent revamping of the War on Drugs. Michelle Alexander, author of The New Jim Crow: Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness,  calls Susan a Modern-Day Harriet Tubman. Take two minutes to hear her words on the War on Drugs and find out why.

Her Words on the War on Drugs

Her Documentary

Her Book


Bee Healthy, Wealthy & Wise

BEE Healthy, Wealthy and Wise Series posts every other week on DeBorah “B’s” Travel Bug Blog, sharing resources around health, wealth, and personal growth. Some resources are from friends and affiliates and some are not. However, all have made an impression worth sharing. Enjoy!

DISCLAIMER: The resources shared on this blog are made available for educational purposes only and should not be used as a substitute for competent legal or health advice from a licensed professional or practitioner.

BEE Healthy:

BEE Wealthy:


Roger Hamilton is the founder of GeniusU, the largest entrepreneur education platform in the world. As the face behind the Entrepreneur Movement, he’s offering a Free 3 Part video series sharing great insights on the stages of entrepreneurship and much more. Yet, aside from his informative training, the free 470 page e-book is worth signing up for alone. Filled with great quotes, wealth building tips and graphics, what more can you ask for?

Sign up for The Rise of the Entrepreneur Training



BEE Wise:

Democracy Now! – The Real News

Watch the Interview Clip

 If you’re a Democracy Now fan, don’t miss a chance to have your Donation TRIPLED!

Buzzing My Way Back to Blogging

Tuesday Tribute

Ironically, my last blog post, Dealing With the Death of Daisy, was on my mother’s Earthday nearly 20 months ago! I began a 49 Day Challenge on that day to rejuvenate, revamp and recommit to my travel writing, book publishing and fundraising goals. I even had the nerve to end the post with the catchy phrase, “Don’t believe me just watch!” from performer Bruno Mars. Right!

Truth be told, I was quite busy buzzing around. just not directly in the blogging, book publishing and fundraising arena. Here are some highlights of what this worker bee did do:

3-Month Internship @ Growing Power

Karen, Me and Will

Growing Power was founded by MacArthur Genius Award winner Will Allen. As one of the world’s largest urban farms, Growing Power transforms communities by supporting people from diverse backgrounds through the development of Community Food Systems. I was inspired by Will’s story after listening to his interview on the Food Revolution Summit hosted by John and Ocean Robbins and decided to do a 3-month internship in Milwaukee. It Was Hard Work! Yet, that’s exactly what I wanted to experience. With absolutely no experience in farming, I wanted to see if I could handle the physical labor involved in preparation for the Pushing Daisy Drive’s goal of building a Eco-friendly health education center in honor of my mother’s legacy of service. I attended workshops on composting, beekeeping, growing mushrooms and micro-greens, yet most importantly I got used to working hard and having fun with my farm family!

GP Staff and Interns








1 Month Work Study @ Rodney’s Wellness Retreat, Inc.

I had the opportunity to learn first hand what it takes to operate an Eco-friendly cottage and campground on Dominica, the Nature Island of the Caribbean. In exchange for room and board, I assisted RWR with social media and set up their You Tube Channel. You can view some of my interviews with satisfied guests here.


Contributing Author in Careers From The Kitchen Table (CFTKT)

I met Raven Blair Glover, founder of Amazing Women Of Radio Network at Sell More Summit back in 2015. We connected on the story of our mothers, since her mother’s death was the motivation behind launching her radio network. As fate would have it, I met “Raven the Talk Show Maven” right before her Amazing Moms Mother’s Day Celebration. Raven was looking to interview a few women who had lost their moms before having the opportunity to interview them, since that was the one interview she regrets not doing. Fast-forward to 2016, I had the opportunity to be a contributing author to Raven’s book, Careers From the Kitchen Table: Insider Secrets To Starting & Running a Successful Home-Based Business, which includes 8 hours of downloadable audio and interviews with the likes of Jack Canfield, Lisa Nichols and others. My success story was titled, Writing to Recover From the Loss of My Mother. In December 2016, I attended a launch event for her patented Hat Wrap Design and CFTKT Book Launch.

@ Hat Wrap and Book Launch Event

Phase One Of The Pushing Daisy Drive

My goal is to raise $2,200 to attend CalEarth’s Permaculture Certification Combined Training in October. Applying early allows me to save up to $300 on the $2,500 tuition. In order to meet the early bird registration deadline, I’m including the CFTKT e-book free with a minimum $10 Daisy Drive Donation until UNTIL JULY 26th!

From Mothers Day to Her Earthday: A 4-Month Countdown

Now that I’m back on my blogging game, I realize this time calls for a new cycle of courage in my blogging, book publishing and fundraising goals. Given the current social climate, I feel more focused and compelled  to share my greatest gifts and make a global impact. Here’s What’s Buzzing for next the 4-Months:

  • May 26th-New Moon, Kick-off a consistent blogging schedule that includes travel stories, interviews, guest posts and podcasts. Visit the Posts Page to see the range of weekly posts planned.
  • July 26th-Mayan New Year, Raise $2,200 to attend CalEarth Institute’s SuperAdobe Training & Midwest Permaculture Certification as part of Phase One of the Pushing Daisy Drive.
  • Sept. 26thDaisy’s Earthday, Complete the rough draft for my book Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards and “blook” the first 3 Chapters as part of a pre-crowdfunding campaign to publish the printed book by Nov. 14th, 2017.

Thanks for reading! You can learn about other ways to contribute by visiting the Pushing Daisy Drive Page.

Diasy Drive Donors

* David King  * William Scott, Jr.  *Janice Donovan  * Isaac Causey * Sharonda Caldwell  * LaVerne Freemon  * Lumumba Corriette  * Cher Hermschulte  *Camara Barbara Knight  * Alzonia Goss * Larry Boykin * Titilayo Tahir * Tex Mason

Remember, it’s never too late to spread the word on social media, to help out by shopping on

OR by making a donation.

Welcome to the Blog Light Bee-con!

“The rose has but a summer reign, the daisy never dies” – James Montgomery

Sunrise Sept. 26. 1937- Sunset Nov. 14, 2013

MOVED BY MOM-Why This Blog Exists

The idea for this travel blog was a long time coming with several cycles of courage needed to complete it and also bring it to its closure. It was back in 2009 when my friend Miguel originally designed the logo and the seed of the travel blog was born (but not much else). Little did I know how much significance the bee (Hebrew for Deborah) and the daisy on my logo would have! On Nov. 14th, 2013 my mother, Daisy, made her transition and that was The Day That Changed Everything. Her death provided the courage and motivation to move on my dreams.


On January 14th, 2014, I launched a 10-Month Manifest Your Desires Campaign. My mission was to encourage, inspire and support others in manifesting their desires by blogging about my 10-month commitment to manifest my desires in honor of my mother. While bestselling author Elizabeth Gilbert , “Ate, Prayed, and Loved” her way through Italy, India and Indonesia, I set out to “Travel Write, Fundraise and Book Publish” my way through those 10 months. I also began the Pushing Daisy Drive (Driven by Miss Daisy’s Daughter) which is an on-going, long-term vision to build an Eco-friendly home and health education center in Antigua, West Indies in honor of my mother’s legacy of service.


Sept. 26th, 2021 marks the last blog post for DeBorah B’s Travel Bug Blog. After pivoting from the pandemic, The Journey Bee-gins Again as I shift my focus to completing the last book of what has now become my 2022 Book Vision on a earlier platform. Thank you for bee-ing here! You can learn more about the Pushing Daisy Drive from the menu page. Also, if you’d like to read past posts, go to Categories in the side bar and search for “Manifest Monday,” “Pushing Daisy Tuesday Tribute,” and other categories in the drop down menu. Enjoy!

Happy Birthday Mama Daisy!

Diasy Drive

Dealing With the Death of Daisy

“There will never be another that will love you like your mother.” -Unknown

The King Family Reunion

Happy bEARTHday Mama! You are truly missed. Today, on my mom’s Earthday, we are exactly 49 days shy of it being approximately 2 years since her transition on November 14th. In Pt. 6 of the 10-part series involving serendipitous  events involving the date of Nov. 14th, I mention this discovery.

It’s 49 days (7 weeks) until my mother’s 2 year anniversary, and I ask myself, “how far along am I with my desires of travel writing, book publishing and fundraising, I set out to achieve at the start of the 10 Month Manifest Your Desire Campaign  back on Jan. 14th, 2014?

What Would Daisy Do?

As I reflect on my desires, I can see how I’ve consciously co-created the time and cultivated the conviction to achieve my goals; however, my person hasn’t manifested the money or, more importantly, the mindset to make it a high priority to create the systems and support team necessary to be more effective.

Thanks to Owen McGab Enaohwo, CEO of SweetProcess and Roger James Hamilton, creator of the Genius Test, what I now realize must be my priorities are the three following things:

  • Find your creative genius and a support team, so you can focus your flow on assisting yourself and your team on what you are good at
  • MAKE the time to create the systems, processes and procedures necessary, so that you can outsource certain tasks, leaving more time to pursue your passions
  • Avail yourself of resources, such as Fiverr, that provide inexpensive options for outsourcing work

49 Day Challenge

“You’ve got to pay the cost to be boss.”

Now that Saturn (the planet of responsibility an integrity) has entered the constellation of my Sun Sign Sagittarius, it’s all about receiving the resources to make dreams and desires a direct experience. So, since I want to wear the crown, I have a 49 Day Challenge going down! Starting today, on my mother’s Earthday, until my mother’s 2 year anniversary on November 14th, I plan to rejuvenaterevamp and recommit to my desires in the following ways.

Rejuvenate DeBorah B’s Travel Bug Blog

  • My most important goal is to create a writing schedule and consistently stick to it by planning ahead and creating the proper systems to make this a reality starting November 14th.

Revamp Pubslush Book Funding Campaign

  • Back in October 2015, I launched a crowdfunding campaign on Pubslush for my forthcoming book, Prayers of a Virgin: 52 Weeks of Poetic Inspiration and Personal Planetary Guidance with the Destiny Cards. Unfortunately, I didn’t meet my goal on time, so all of the money donated on that platform went back to the donors. My goal is to continue to write 1 hour or more a day on the book and relaunch the campaign on Pubslush in February of next year.

Recommit to Pushing Daisy Drive

  • I have a host of ideas on how to fundraise and inspire people to donate to the Pushing Daisy Drive and most of them include creating informative, inspiring content that motivates people. My goal is to have a plan (as well as processes) in place by Nov. 14th to create a series of videos, audios and Pay What You Want e-books in which the donations will go toward the fund.

Well, with that said, it’s time for me to get busy! And, as Bruno Mars would say, “Don’t believe me just watch.”

Raven the Talk Show Maven’s Mother’s Day Crusade

Pollination Pages


Raven Blair Glover, The Talk Show Maven is on a crusade to make sure those that still have their Mom’s in their lives make the time to do an interview with their Mother for family history, sharing with the future generation, and for YOU to watch once you’ve lost your Mom. Raven will be interviewing me live on May 10th, as well as a host of other amazing mothers! Watch this inspirational video to learn how you can participate on the Radio Network.