Tag Archives: family

Splintered

In late April 2015, I watched as Baltimore erupted in riots and protests following the death of Freddie Gray. Like Ferguson the year before, the images caught the rapt attention of the American public. By the time the uprising in Baltimore occurred I’d learned that knee-jerk, intense reactions didn’t serve my interest or those of […]

November 21

Family Over Everything

Once I’ve stirred one tablespoon of pure cane sugar into my cup, I sit at my kitchen table to enjoy it. I’m about three sips in when I’m hit with memories of precious times with my late Grandma…

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 […]