Rhonda Cagle

Mom’s Gift Keeps Giving

In Uncategorized on August 28, 2014 at 8:44 am

My latest column for the Arizona Republic is really a letter to my best friend Susie. It’s also a birthday wish for my goddaughter Shaelee.

Suz & Shaelz


The morning of Shaelee’s birthday, I texted Susie to let her know I was remembering and celebrating “our girl.” The truth is that I would have given anything to have texted or called Shaelee to sing her “Happy Birthday” and tell her how much she is loved.

She’s not here to receive those Birthday wishes so I’m sharing them with you, instead. I hope you’ll take the time to read and share with others.http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/southwest-valley/2014/08/27/mental-illness-took-shaelee-soon/14698813/

Change Often Follows Fear

In Uncategorized on August 14, 2014 at 6:00 pm

People often ask the question, “What would you do if you weren’t afraid?” I have a different question: What would you do if you were afraid?

Photo courtesy of Nicole Cottrell, modern reject.com

Photo courtesy of Nicole Cottrell, modern reject.com

I wish hard choices and change occurred from a place of comfort and complacency. For me, it often takes fear, uncertainty, and even anger to prompt change. It’s what I’m writing about in my latest column for the Arizona Republic. I hope you’ll read along. http://www.azcentral.com/story/news/local/southwest-valley/2014/08/14/fear-can-drive-people-change/14074569/

Winning In Life Began By Winning On the Field

In Uncategorized on July 16, 2014 at 11:43 am

Soccer is more than a sport for my friend Edna. Soccer changed her life.

As a Haitian immigrant, Edna learned she could be a winner when she signed up to play soccer in high school. She scored goals on the field and finally scored a college scholarship that put her on a path to becoming a nurse.

Image courtesy of CCA.

Image courtesy of CCA.

Now, she uses her new life and new career to give back to “the other Ednas” in Haiti. She returns to her homeland to run volunteer medical clinics. She also sponsors a soccer team for 65 girls in her hometown.

You can read more of Edna’s story in my latest column for the Arizona Republic. http://t.co/xB4dRSG4Pq


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