Tag Archives: family

October 24

To New Beginnings…

I sit in the terminal at JFK International Airport, the heavy rain and gray skies reminding me of the city I’m returning to. But the gloomy weather isn’t enough to dampen my spirits. Indeed, as the events of the last five days play in my head, I’m overcome with a sense of tranquility and gratitude. […]

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.

January 10

Gotta Have Faith: What Being Laid Off Taught Me

It is 6:00am on a Sunday, the day of the week that I still associate with church and worship in my head. I wake early seven days a week-a vestige of being raised by my Grandma-but continue to stay in bed anyway. Forty five minutes pass and the lyrics from a Jill Scott song begin […]

December 30

Parent Life: Another One?

I’m quite serious when I say I’m a member of Team No New Kids, but my choice is rarely respected and understood. In today’s vlog I share my frustration with the constant pressure to have more children.    

October 30

‘The Least of These’: How We Deal With Children and What It Says About Us

I admit that I can be very opinionated at times. However my zeal to share my thoughts is tempered by my ability be silent and observe. So when the issue of the treatment of minors comes up I like to listen to what people say about the topic. And each time what I hear makes […]

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 […]

October 10

Just Like Music:”I’m Sprung”, June 2005

Somewhere between my freshman and sophomore year of high school I drafted the blueprint of my life. It looked like this: Attend and graduate from an HBCU by the age of 21; Meet a “good Black man” at said HBCU; Marry said “good Black man” at 25; Give birth to our first child at 28; Give […]

September 30

Just Like Music: “Revolution”, 2000

In spite of all the fanfare and worry that took place leading up to the new millennium the year 2000 arrived with little complication. For me 2000 was the year I finally began to make halting steps towards adulthood. The year before I left my childhood church for one of my own choosing, an act […]