Category Archives: Personal

June 09

Like Mama: On Grief and Acceptance

On moving to the acceptance stage after losing loved one, and how I’ve chosen to be inspired by the memories my late mother bequeathed to me.

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March 09

30 Day Writing Challenge Day 20: The iPhone Shuffle

30 Day Writing Challenge Day Twenty: The iPhone Shuffle ‘Closet Freak(Club Mix)’ Cee-Lo OH MY GOD! I have over 2000 songs on my phone, and THIS is the one that HAD to come up when I hit ‘shuffle all’? I am mortified!(post funny meme) ‘So Special’, Movado This song is my joint! Every year I […]

October 12

Just Like Music: “That’s The Way Of the World”, August 2005

In early August 2005 I sit in the front pew of my childhood church, hand in hand with my husband Ali. A frosted pink funeral program lays across my lap, a stark contrast to my flowing black dress. Years prior a member of the church said that believers should wear bright colors to funerals, that […]

September 25

Just Like Music: “The Next Movement”, 1999

My eighteenth birthday in 1998 was definitely a milestone, but there wasn’t a major shift in life afterwards. I look back at my eighteen-year old self now and laugh, amused at the fact that I believed I was “grown”. The true burdens and responsibilities of adulthood were still far away for me. I continued to […]

September 24

Just Like Music: “Still Not A Player” 1998

The incident with too much rum on New Year’s Eve aside, I entered 1998, the year I would graduate high school,well. And once my last semester of school started at the end of January it was smooth sailing. I had more than enough credits to graduate, so I only took two classes. My first was […]

September 22

Just Like Music:”Sittin’Up In My Room” 1996

In December 1995 the film adaptation of Terry McMillan’s bestseller Waiting to Exhale was released. There was much excitement and fanfare leading up to the release but I didn’t share it. The novel it was based on was critically acclaimed, but I was never too impressed by it. At the time I wondered if I […]

September 18

Just Like Music: “Back and Forth” 1994-Part I

The pessimism and moodiness that developed from being the child of an addict had settled into me by my thirteenth year. The Binge now seemed to be a permanent feature of life for my family. I reconciled myself to the fact that one day my mom wasn’t going to return after weeks of indulging her […]

September 11

Just Like Music: “No Letting Go”, 2003

In the summer of 2002 the popularity of dancehall reggae in the US charts reached a new level. I welcomed the debut of songs like Sean Paul’s ‘Gimme The Light’ on BET, but as far as I was concerned my fellow Yankees were late to the party. Jamaica’s dancehall and roots reggae and the soca of […]