Tag Archives: nostalgia

February 18

Deja Vu

November 1992 I grimace in dismay as dingy water from the puddle I carelessly stepped in splash onto my leather-accented jeans. It was two years after I moved to Seattle. I should have known to avoid puddles by then, but I was so full of excitement that I forgot. I was walking along Southcenter Boulevard […]

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…

March 09

Gettin’ Grown: A Retrospect on My Hip-Hop Fandom

The nineteenth anniversary of the slaying of Christopher “The Notorious B.I.G.” Wallace led me to reflect on my relationship with the genre that has lionized him in death.

February 21

30-Day Challenge Day Seventeen: Words To Live By

30 Day Writing Challenge Day Seventeen: A Quote You Try To Live By Decades have passed since the days I occupied the pews of my home church, my legs clad in pantyhose and primly crossed at the ankles. But various Bible verses from those days are still inscribed into my head, much like the rural […]

January 23

30-Day Writing Challenge Day Three: First Kiss

30 Day Writing Challenge Day Three: Your First Love and First Kiss (if separate discuss both) My initial experiences with love and kissing took place on different occasions, so I’ve split this topic into two posts. First Kiss I experienced my first kiss back in 1991, on a Sunday after church. Growing up in a […]

January 21

30-Day Writing Challenge Day Three: First Love

30- Day Writing Challenge Day Three: First Love/First Kiss My initial experiences with love and kissing took place on different occasions so I’ll publish two posts today to describe them. First Love I mulled over the first love part, wondering exactly what was meant. Did my adolescent shenanigans apply? There was my puppy love back in […]

January 20

30-Day Writing Challenge Day Two: My Earliest Memory

30 Day Writing Challenge Day Two: Your Earliest Memory I can remember pieces of my life from ages two and three. However, my earliest complete memory is from a fall evening in 1984. At the time, my mother and I resided in Guam as she was in the Navy and received orders to report there. […]

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 […]