Sharla Dawn Gorder

Writer – Speaker

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I’m throwing myself a party this weekend, complete with birthday cake, party hats, balloons and presents!  I love presents.  I love to get them, and I love to give them.  I’m really good at both. 

But there’s a rule for this birthday party—in bold print right there on the invitation—No gifts please, unless you made it yourself, grew it Read More

It was dawn and the beach was deserted—just me and my heron.  I shambled along the water’s edge, half-asleep, moving east toward the sunrise.  About two blocks into my walk, at about Avenida 14, I noticed another denizen of the dawn start to make his way down from the houses to the water. Our paths intersected, and before I could offer a … Read More

Things that make you go, ahhh…

That’s my ulterior motive, just so you know—to make you go ahhh…   I hope to calm you down before your day shakes you up.  (How am I doing?)

I rise every morning before dawn, eager to see what the morning brings, because I now know, despite the quotidian routine of my mornings—teeth-brushing, bed-making, coffee … Read More

And it’s damn near impossible to get by “just upon a smile” these days.  No, we’re finding we need sandbags and evacuation plans,  a flak jacket and a fake news filter, a tough skin and a soft heart—and most of all, a sense of humor and a strong faith. 

I, for one, am absolutely overwhelmed with all that is going on … Read More

or  Funny-Shit-That-Happens-When-You’re-Trying-Too-Hard

or  Humiliation is Best Served Funny

This would be hilarious if it weren’t so pitiful. 

Actually, I’m determined this morning, to somehow make it hilarious in the telling.  It’s either gonna be that, or humiliating.  I get to choose.  I choose A.  I’m not sure how I’m gonna get there from here at this point—my ego … Read More