One Sagacious Air(Wo)man!

What happens to a dream deferred? It comes true!
Especially a dream with a clear goal,
filled with hope
and aimed for the future.
Meet my niece Yolanda Burgess Tann!
This is her story!
Follow the link below to read more…

Yes, Yolanda Tann is one Sagacious Dove!

She is a Sagacious Girl!
Gracious, Ingenious, Resilient and Lively
She is a Sagacious Girl!
Intelligent, wise, perceptive, astute and bold, Sagacious Girl!

If you want to follow her journey, visit her Instagram account @Yolanda_Tann.
You will be INSPIRED!

Announcing Sh’Niya A. Paulin Scholarship Recipient!

Sh’Niya Amani Paulin
Recipient of the 2020
Dr. Donna B. Huger,
Sagacious Youth Life, LLC Scholarship

I am extremely proud to announce the first recipient of the Dr. Donna B. Huger, Sagacious Youth Life, LLC Scholarship. Sh’Niya, a native of Lane, SC is the daughter of Alma and Damon Paulin, and the sibling of Devin and Princeton Paulin. She attributes her family for inspiring her to strive for greatness, and for strengthening her belief that she can be anything she chooses in life.

Sh’Niya plans to major in Exercise Science at Georgia State University in Atlanta, GA. Her future plan is to become a Physical Therapist. She looks forward to contributing to improve the daily lives of others through her chosen profession.

I would like to thank everyone who contributed to the scholarship fund. The Dr. Donna B. Huger, Sagacious Youth Life, LLC Scholarship was funded partially from funds of those who graciously purchased my book, Sagacious Doves: A Guide to Graciously Inventing and Realizing Life Sagaciously.

I am so very proud of Sh’Niya and her accomplishments. She completed almost a year of College Dual Credit courses while at C.E. Murray and has maintained a strong academic course of study and grade point average. I have no doubt that she was meant to be the recipient of this scholarship.

Sh’Niya, “The Best is Yet to Come!”
You are a Sagacious Dove!
~ DrDonna

Dr. Donna Burgess Huger Scholarship

Dr. Donna Burgess Huger Scholarship Application 2020 – Deadline: Friday, May 8, 2020
This scholarship is a one time $500 scholarship for a student from the town of Lane, SC (29564) and was funded with partial proceeds from the sale of Dr. Donna’s Book: Sagacious Doves: A Guide to Graciously Inventing and Realizing Life Sagaciously! These funds will go directly to the student.
If you have any questions concerning this scholarship, please email:

I am a 1980 graduate of C.E. Murray High School. I graduated Salutatorian of my HS class and went on to complete by Bachelor of Science Degree in Psychology with a minor in Business and Biology, my M.Ed. in Student Development and Counseling at the University of South Carolina, Columbia Campus, and my Ed.S. and Ed.D. degrees in Educational Leadership from South Carolina State University, Orangeburg, SC.

This is the 40th anniversary year of my graduation from C.E. Murray High School. I treasure every memory I have from my years being a student at C.E. Murray High School. It was there that I gained my love for reading, as the librarian, Mrs. Spry would give me a couple of new books to read each week, and I did not dare disappoint her. It was there that Dr. Murray taught me life lessons that I carry with me today, the ability to get up in front of a group and speak with authority, humility and grace. It was there that so many teachers poured their knowledge into me, Dr. Frankie Keels Williams, Dr. Janice Gamble, and so many others. It was there that I found my love for literature, from Mrs. King and yes, Mrs. Murray. I still remember the poem we all had to memorize and all recite in front of the class: “To The Virgins to Make Much of Time, by Robert Herrick.” It reminds me that time waits for no one.

Gather ye rosebuds while ye may,
   Old Time is still a-flying;
And this same flower that smiles today
   Tomorrow will be dying.

The glorious lamp of heaven, the sun,
   The higher he’s a-getting,
The sooner will his race be run,
   And nearer he’s to setting.

That age is best which is the first,
   When youth and blood are warmer;
But being spent, the worse, and worst
   Times still succeed the former.

Then be not coy, but use your time,
   And while ye may, go marry;
For having lost but once your prime,
   You may forever tarry.

One thing I do know for sure is, “Life does not come with an instruction manual. No one holds the knowledge to what life can become for you.” Obstacles will come your way as you navigate life, as they did and do for me and everyone else. Yet, this I know for sure, “The Comeback can always be STRONGER than the Setback, if you will it to be and take the necessary actions to make it to be.

For me, I chose to live life Sagaciously! Shrewdly and Boldly! Always Forward! Always Grateful!

I know this year is one for the memories books that no one could have ever imaged. I hope for at least one graduate from Lane, SC that this scholarship will make a difference in your life. I give it in honor of the Class of 1980 and the Class of 2020!

Best Wishes,

DrDonna, South Carolina School Counselor of the Year, 2020!


I use the above phase daily, no matter what circumstances I encounter. I have come to realize that no matter what, there is always something to be grateful for. The month of January proved to give me so much, that the phase is what I have been saying almost hourly. I have the fortunate honor to be not only named the South Carolina High School Counselor of the Year, but the South Carolina Counselor of the Year! I have been blessed and favored with talents, one of which is being a High School Counselor for 20 years, and especially spending most of those years as a Director and leader, developing comprehensive School Counseling programs that are effective in addressing the academic, personal/social and career needs of students. I am grateful that I get to do what I love Everyday! To be honored by your peers is one of the most rewarding experiences there is! I end, as I began,


My Sagacious Marine!

The phrase, “This happened and it is bad”
is actually two impressions:

“This happened” is objective.

“It is bad” is subjective.

~Ryan Holiday

To solve this dilemma, I say, “Amor Fati!”

Love Everything that Happens!

Thirty-five years ago, I gave birth to this amazing, healthy, and lively baby boy after being hospitalized for seven months.
He was a survivor then, and he is a survivor now.

Today he serves our country as one of The Few & one of The Proud!
He has deployed 3 times and continues to inspire others to be the best
they can be.
He is a loving father and a joy to be around!

I cannot be more proud to call you son!

Happy 35th Birthday Staff Sgt. Huger!