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Fledgling

  • moving day
    My new website is up and running—and I love it! I will be blogging over there from now on, so I hope you’ll take a look. You can also find my essays, videos, and other important links over there. I will check with my web designer to see if curren…
    - 15 Nov 14, 5:41pm -
  • quality, quantity, context
    I’ll be speaking on an Afrofuturism panel at Brooklyn College next week, and I hope I’ll have the chance to talk about After Earth. Most critics panned the film but for Black youth (boys in particular), that film is groundbreaking—something whi…
    - 7 Nov 14, 10:38am -
  • a) political
    Children’s literature is not neutral. It can be educational and entertaining, but books for kids also tell us something about our society and ourselves. As I wrote in my last HuffPo essay, There’s clearly a direct link between the misrepresentati…
    - 5 Nov 14, 10:32am -
  • cell
    I used to tell people that I lived under a rock. I’m an HSP and one way I manage my various sensitivities is by withdrawing from the world; my home is my sanctuary and I try to keep it clutter-free by conducting regular purges so that I only keep t…
    - 3 Nov 14, 12:14pm -
  • shut in/shut out
    I always take a selfie on my birthday but this year I’ve been taking pictures all month long. Every time I’m out with friends, I ask someone to snap a photo with their phone so that there’s proof of our outing. I’ve just started writing again…
    - 25 Oct 14, 10:49am -
  • be radical
    While I was in Sacramento I met Kate Schatz, Chair of the School of Literary Arts at Oakland School for the Arts and author of Rad American Women A-Z. Laura Atkins introduced us (of course) and persuaded Kate to take a look at my books (of course). T…
    - 21 Oct 14, 11:53am -
  • medieval mix
    I’ve started planning my annual low-key birthday celebration. This Brooklyn photography exhibit is on the list along with the Dillons’ retrospective at the Society of Illustrators. Then on the actual day I think I’ll visit the Cloisters and may…
    - 20 Oct 14, 6:41pm -
  • seed & source
    My website’s getting an overdue overhaul and it’s been challenging to find a “look” that represents who I am as a writer. There will be purple, of course, but I originally wanted a “plantation ruins” aesthetic that proved hard to achieve.…
    - 17 Oct 14, 2:02pm -
  • not nice

    - 13 Oct 14, 11:38pm -
  • pieces
    Kidlitcon is just a few days away and I’m working on my panel presentation, which means I’m gathering up all the bits and pieces that explain why I do what I do. I’m a bit of a mess these days. On Sunday the protestors singing a “Requiem for…
    - 7 Oct 14, 3:12pm -

Eye of the 'Drea

  • Major
    Diffused eucalyptus and lemon essential oils last night and slept decently but woke up with cotton mouth as the post-swimming congestion settled in at some point.When I talked to one of the guys at the pool last night, he says that anytime he wears h…
    - 3 days ago 15 Nov 17, 11:11pm -
  • Early
    Accidental PictureWent to the pool after a two week hiatus. I was horribly congested after I went last time. Plus, the water is usually chilly and I just wasn't feeling it last week with the cooler temperatures.Got to the pool around 6:50 p.m. and th…
    - 4 days ago 14 Nov 17, 11:35pm -
  • Outside the Box
    Banner in the Therapy RoomA massage therapist that I used to go to on a regular basis but hadn't been to in six months reached out to me to let me know that she is moving. When I first saw the email subject, I thought she was moving to another locati…
    - 6 days ago 12 Nov 17, 6:45pm -
  • Human Nature
    Got a nastygram a.k.a an email from the resident bully at work. Well, I wasn't the only one who got it. It was addressed to me, two of my other colleagues and two people who are above us.This nasty person sat next to me at the holiday party last year…
    - 10 days ago 8 Nov 17, 11:15pm -
  • An Inconvenient Weekend
    I have been waiting for cold weather to appear so that it would, at the very least, kill the grass but, no, it didn't happen and I had to pull the lawnmower out as well as collect more bur acorns.Saturday was a blur and I found myself grocery shoppin…
    - 13 days ago 5 Nov 17, 6:10pm -
  • Needs
    Went back to the yoga studio that I used to go to on s regular basis -- hadn't been in almost three months and, of course, I chose Halloween to go so there ended up being two of us in class but it ended up being quite lovely.The teacher dressed up as…
    - 17 days ago 1 Nov 17, 11:15pm -
  • Hit Or Miss
    The BowlsWent to another sound mediation on Monday but this time it was with Himalayan bowls and gongs as opposed to crystal bowls.Although it still felt a little trippy, I really enjoyed it and was amazed at how fast the hour went by. Again, I slept…
    - 20 days ago 29 Oct 17, 7:25pm -
  • Purposely
    Went to visit my cousin and was taken aback to see Halloween lights. My aunt used to decorate for all occasions -- Valentine's Day, the Fourth of July etc.When I walked into the house, told my cousin that I wasn't expecting the decorations and she sa…
    - 32 days ago 17 Oct 17, 11:20pm -
  • S Is For...
    Trying to squash this subtle panicky feeling that I have on Saturday night that I didn't get enough done and that I will never be able to make a dent in my to-do list. There's also the dread of getting a step closer to Monday but it's hard to complai…
    - 35 days ago 15 Oct 17, 12:00am -
  • Trippy
    The BowlsOne of my colleagues told me about this sound meditation event and I decided to go even though it was the same night as open swim night.I also had my doubts about sound meditation even though that episode of My Cat From Hell  -- the one wit…
    - 38 days ago 11 Oct 17, 11:30pm -
  • I Settle
    View From the FarmWent to another goat yoga event and, as usual, I didn't do much yoga since I was too distracted by the goats and pig. It was very windy so that was also a distraction but the event still made for a nice animal therapy session and it…
    - 41 days ago 8 Oct 17, 11:21pm -
  • Bluesy
    I'm not in the mood to listen to a lot of upbeat music so I made a bluesy playlist. When my father died, I listened to Anthony Hamilton's I'm A Mess a lot and while it's not a song about physical death, it allowed me to grieve. The lines that moved…
    - 44 days ago 5 Oct 17, 11:00pm -
  • Daydreaming
    Came home from work and managed to change my sheets. I don't really want to even think about how long they had been on my bed.Kind of wanted to be a couch potato today but knew that I should hit the pool to calm my mind. I swam a modest 15 laps and I…
    - 53 days ago 26 Sep 17, 10:45pm -
  • And The Days
    B-Day Card From  My Aunt's DaughterI took the day off from work because, honestly, I don't want to be aggravated on my birthday. Didn't really feel like a big celebration either and I'm usually on the low-key side to begin with soooo...Of course, my…
    - 61 days ago 18 Sep 17, 10:30pm -
  • To Wrap Around
    Buddha at a Local StoreMy cousin was supposed to go to a family birthday party last Saturday with my aunt Al so I accompanied her and I joked that while I wouldn’t be glad to go, I would go. I knew that it would be an awkward experience since, outs…
    - 72 days ago 7 Sep 17, 10:45pm -
  • Disbelief
    Two weeks ago, I woke up to the news that my aunt Al had transitioned. I am still having a hard time believing it.My aunt had not been feeling like herself but when I went to see her on Sunday, August 13th, she got up to spend time with me and when I…
    - 80 days ago 30 Aug 17, 11:35pm -
  • Out in the Open
    Someone sent me an email at work and I only read the first part of their sentence. The person ended up calling me because they needed a quick response. I love to read so I don't know why I'm quickly scanning stuff. I will concede that there is work-r…
    - 96 days ago 14 Aug 17, 11:36pm -
  • Outside Factors
    Was on Instagram and saw a post about yoga at this former church which is being slowly restored and currently in use as a skate park.Photo shoot in progress...Not sure why I feel the need to practice in different spaces but I do and the 11:00 a.m. st…
    - 7 Aug 17, 11:10pm -
  • Cool-ish
    As I left the laundromat, thought I haven't done shit today but, in actuality, I had.Left my house around 9:45 a.m. to rendezvous with Alison on the riverfront trail for bicycling. It was close to 1:00 p.m. when we left. I also did some reading. I'm…
    - 5 Aug 17, 11:05pm -
  • Back and Forth
    Alison and I went back and forth about what activity to do on Saturday. I woke up exhausted so ixnay on any possible plans to bicycle. We ended up going to Zumba and I barely made it through the hour but I was not the only one who reported feeling…
    - 30 Jul 17, 5:55pm -
  • Curbed
    Think that Gloria is trying to convert me to veganism and it's going to work if she keeps cooking delicious meals and sending me home with food.For the Eyes...Taco Stands, Jackfruit, Homemade Salsa etc.Didn't exercise yesterday because of my dinner d…
    - 28 Jul 17, 11:10pm -
  • Pace Yourself
    Walked for exercise and kept my yoga plan even though I also had my eyes on the outdoor pool. Wanted to keep my date with yoga since I've only been going once a week and I know how important it is for my body and mind. Got to the studio and realized…
    - 25 Jul 17, 11:25pm -
  • Not Alone
    Went to Zumba this morning and I'm not sure why I was surprised that Alisha made us rain. She has always been energetic -- even when fully pregnant.Returned home after Zumba and wasn't sure what to do with myself outside of washing clothes. Eventuall…
    - 22 Jul 17, 11:30pm -
  • To Tame Or Not...
    I used to be able to resist the siren call of the all-staff email announcing leftover cookies and cakes but it's been calling my name lately. Didn't even eat it at work -- brought it home. Somehow, I need to regroup...There's been ongoing excessive h…
    - 19 Jul 17, 10:35pm -
  • Pledge
    The song is my head right now is All Around The World by Lisa Stanfield...I'm not sure why my brain associates songs with things that people say and whatnot but I heard so much Balkan music while traveling that the soundtrack in my head changed from…
    - 15 Jul 17, 9:30pm -

Twenties Unscripted

  • The Unbearable Weight of What If
    There are some things still tangled in the boughs of your belly. Memories. Mistakes. Mayhem. Men. You’ve been carrying them around with you not realizing that these are not just things, but instead they are bricks. Weighing you down. Collapsing you…
    - 26 days ago 23 Oct 17, 8:55pm -
  • Velvet and Leather: The 28th Birthday Post
      There is something magical about the way women can morph and expand, retract and reinvent. It’s a different sort of evolution than that of men. Because there is something unique and exquisite that happens to a woman’s insides when she falls in…
    - 38 days ago 12 Oct 17, 12:00am -
  • Stories That Vibrate: Not Quite Over You
    [A note for listeners: today’s installment is NSFW.] Collect the majority of the men I’ve dated. Summon them to a room. Bring me in. Close the door. Witness my heart as it flutters, twists, turns, and sinks. Because when, truly, are we ever over…
    - 46 days ago 3 Oct 17, 7:48pm -
  • Arms Outstretched
    I almost pass her by. I am on my way back from lunch scurrying up Wilson Blvd. as a pool of sweat begins to form in my cleavage. It is not until I’m right up on her that she catches my periphery. I do not read her sign. But, something about her pos…
    - 64 days ago 15 Sep 17, 11:18pm -
  • Stories That Vibrate: Every Time I Want to Text You
    Revisiting your old writing is less like looking in the rearview mirror and more like finding your way back home. Your first home. The place you grew up in. The space and land and grass and fences and hardwood floors that all remind you of a distinct…
    - 71 days ago 8 Sep 17, 4:38pm -

Lactation Journey

Diary of a First Time Mom

  • How Busy Moms Can Knock Out the Flu
    Diary of a First Time Mom is teaming up with Kmart to knock out the flu and knock out your to-do list.cAlthough we received some form of compensation, all opinions remain our own. Every New Year’s, I make a resolution to take better care of myself.…
    - 21 days ago 28 Oct 17, 8:00am -
  • Are You Celebrating Halloween in Your House?
    Dear Diary, As a child, I looked forward to picking out a cute costume and trick-or-treating with friends. We crossed our fingers and hoped houses would pass out full-sized candy bars, McDonald’s ice cream sundae coupons and maybe even money–that…
    - 22 days ago 27 Oct 17, 8:00am -
  • Would You Let You Son Dress up as a Princess This Halloween?
    Dear Diary, The terror of Halloween takes on new life when you’re the mom of a preschooler. It happens in ways you may have never anticipated. First, developmentally and socially your little one is learning to gather vast amounts of information and…
    - 24 days ago 25 Oct 17, 8:00am -
  • Top Autumn Activities for Kids
    Dear Diary, Just because the summer season is behind us doesn’t mean we can’t go outside to play. We just need to bundle up a bit. This weekend, the air was cool, but the sun shined, making it the perfect temperature to enjoy an outdoor outing. W…
    - 26 days ago 23 Oct 17, 8:00am -
  • Making Baby Food for the Fall
    By: Ebony Scott Dear Diary, Believe it or not, the highlight of my day comes at about 5 a.m. when I step into the kitchen to prepare breakfast for my twenty-two month old son. I fire up the stove and enjoy the quiet time and the surge of creative ene…
    - 29 days ago 20 Oct 17, 8:00am -
  • Raising Mexican-American Children
    Dear Diary, The school bell rang and signaled the end of recess. As I got in line with Mrs. Ohnoki’s 3rd grade class, I repeated to myself a conversation I just had with a little boy. You’re not black. You’re not white. So what are you? I’m b…
    - 31 days ago 18 Oct 17, 8:00am -
  • How to Raise a Cultured Kid
    Dear Diary, Once upon a time, before I became a mom, I lived on a beautiful island with even more beautiful people. The natives and ex-pats, as the foreigners were called, represented more than 135 nationalities. I worked with and befriended folks fr…
    - 33 days ago 16 Oct 17, 8:00am -
  • Placenta Pills Anyone?
    Dear Diary, Imagine holding this conversation in your house the weeks following your child’s birth. “Hey honey! What are you cooking?” “Placenta. Oh, I think it’s pronounced polenta. The potato like vegetable?” “No, I was right the firs…
    - 36 days ago 13 Oct 17, 8:00am -
  • How to Soothe a Teething Baby
    Dear Diary, At first, I didn’t know what was going on. Just when I had my baby sleeping through the night, she started randomly crying and was inconsolable! Everything that had soothed her in the past couldn’t calm her now. Luckily my mom was sta…
    - 38 days ago 11 Oct 17, 8:00am -
  • How to Organize Toys
    Dear Alpha Mom,                                                                                                         […]The post How to Organize Toys appeared first on Diary of A First Time Mo…
    - 40 days ago 9 Oct 17, 8:00am -

My Fabulous Boobies

  • Remember that you are the boss in your breast cancer treatment
    *Update 11/2017*  I wrote this 1 year into my breast cancer treatment. I was exhausted but needed to make a decision about surgery. I struggled with my anxiety about making the wrong decision throughout my treatment period. I finally figured out wha…
    - 15 days ago 4 Nov 17, 4:21am -
  • How To Know If You Have Breast Cancer
    The #1 Way To Know If You Have Breast Cancer Breast cancer and pink ribbons have become as much a part of the autumn landscape as football games and tailgating. For a lot of people, all that they know about breast cancer is that it happens to wome…
    - 26 days ago 23 Oct 17, 8:39pm -
  • 20+ UNCOMPLICATED Ways To Comfort Your Breast Cancer Survivor Friend
    Hover over this image and pin this to your Pinterest board.Do you really know how to help her? Without making it all about you?Your good friend was just diagnosed with breast cancer. Your heart just broke into a million pieces. You're scared…
    - 23 Nov 16, 9:00am -
  • How To Wear Your Pink Ribbon T-shirts In Style
    How To Rock Your Pink Ribbon T-shirts In StyleWhat's a girl to do with all those pink ribbon/breast cancer awareness shirts? I'm a survivor who happened to already have a long love affair with pink... before I was diagnosed with breast ca…
    - 7 Oct 16, 10:12am -
  • 5 Lessons of Unapologetic Bad-Assery That Prince and Muhammad Ali Taught Us
    Learning lessons of bad-assery from the best to ever do it.2016 has been particularly aggressive with collecting brave souls that we've loved and supported. Unexpected deaths of celebrities and personal friends/family members have shaken many of u…
    - 3 Sep 16, 9:00am -
  • 18 Great Sources for Breast Cancer Information and Support
    Are you WOKE? About breast cancer...?All around me, on social media and in real life, people are chattering about being "woke". It got me to thinking... how many of us in the breast cancer community are woke? Like for real, honestly and truly aware…
    - 27 Jul 16, 9:00am -
  • What it means to be a cancer survivor - National Cancer Survivors Day
    Reflecting on being a cancer survivorWhen I was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in the summer of 2008, I felt alone. While I knew that many women and men had been diagnosed with this disease before me... I felt really alone in my fear and conc…
    - 6 Jun 16, 10:00am -
  • Survivorship: Learning to make lemonade like Beyonce
    Meet Me at Deanwood Public Library Saturday, May 14th at 1pmLemonade...that cool refreshing drink made from sour and sometimes bitter fruitIf someone had told me in 2007 that by 2016 I'd be an entrepreneur, a health advocate, a motivational…
    - 12 May 16, 4:51pm -
  • Beyonce SLAYED Me With #Formation
    Formation is the visual representation of DOPENESS!Please tell me that you've seen Beyonce's video "Formation" by now! PLEASE tell me that.That video just put a visual on everything I've been feeling about 2016 and my life. This is the Year of E…
    - 7 Feb 16, 6:27pm -
  • Someone Stole My Content! What I Learned From The Incident
    I WAS ROBBED! But I'm not that mad about it. A few days ago, I was tagged on a picture by one of my cousins. Turns out... the picture was of ME! But I didn't recognize the page, or the person who was running it. Neither did my cousin.This is the…
    - 26 Jan 16, 9:30am -
  • Hello 2016! The Year of Epic Transformation
    Happy New Year!!  *blows horn!*My goodness... 2015 is gone. GONE! I still had stuff to do, projects to start... projects to finish. My to-do list is still super long.But.. despite my tardiness in completing what I wanted to accomplish las…
    - 7 Jan 16, 9:41pm -
  • Is there life WITHOUT cancer for a survivor?
    Is there life without cancer for a survivor?I was asked what life was like without cancer now.*blink*Life without breast cancer? Why... there's no such thing.Let's talk about remission and NED After you complete your "active treatment…
    - 29 Nov 15, 9:30am -
  • Nicole McLean Launches Two New Product Lines
    Do. Or do not. There is no try.  The crazy thing about being me is that I bump along in my life and I just do the things that I feel called to do or that I want to do. I just do them. I think about things for a long time. Often, by the time som…
    - 28 Nov 15, 8:30am -
  • 5 Tips for Breast Self-Exams
    5 Tips for Breast Self-ExamsHealthcare professionals agree that the best way to combat breast cancer is with early detection. In order to do so, women must perform regular self-exams on their breasts. It might be uncomfortable at first, but it wi…
    - 24 Nov 15, 8:30am -
  • It's The Melanin | Outfit of the day
    It's The Melanin | Audacity Tees by pinkribbongal featuring rock n roll jeansDate night/Girls night out outfitA few months ago, I quietly launched an online t-shirt shop called Audacity Tees. I actually started it awhile ago but I never tol…
    - 16 Nov 15, 9:30am -
  • Losing A Metastatic Pink Ribbon Sister Is Always Hard
    Remembering my pink ribbon sister TamiEarlier this year, I attended a breast cancer blogger summit with the Komen Foundation. It was my second time being invited and participating. To be honest, it is one of those events that I look forward to bec…
    - 13 Nov 15, 2:45pm -
  • These Black Bloggers Discussed Breast Cancer Awareness - And It Was Grand!!
    These Black Bloggers Discussed Breast Cancer Awareness during Pinktober...And it was GRAND! Another Pinktober has come to an end. I'll be honest, this year was a doozy for me. A DOOZY I tell you. So much was happening in my email box that I star…
    - 3 Nov 15, 8:00am -
  • Hmm... am I being superwoman right now?
    Being Superwoman is not admirable when your health is in jeopardy*Update 10/15: Five years later... I still really hate the idea of being "Superwoman" but I can honestly say now... I was scared that I was going to lose my job because I had been sic…
    - 25 Oct 15, 11:44am -
  • The Winner Has Been Chosen!
    The Contest Has Ended: Rochelle G. is the winner!You know what is seriously a lot of fun? Giving away cool prizes! I don't know why I haven't done more of this... but I will certainly be doing more giveaways and raffles in the future. (I'm lining u…
    - 24 Oct 15, 7:00am -
  • Have you been following Good Enough Mother's Survivor Stories?
    Rene and I at the Komen Bloger Summit 2014.(I'm fangirling all over her! She's so incredible.)Confession: I absolutely adore Rene Syler of Good Enough Mother!Her passion and infectious zest for life is captivating. Her blog is absolutely ama…
    - 23 Oct 15, 6:00pm -
  • The Type of Friend That I Am
    I take terrible selfies... but my heart is good. *This post has a lot of gifs. If that is a problem for your computer or your phone, you'll have to skip this one. But they are there for a reason. I am a special kind of friend. I tell you t…
    - 20 Oct 15, 6:06pm -
  • Increasing Awareness of Your Protections Following a Breast Cancer Diagnosis
    Increasing Awareness of Your Protections Following a Breast Cancer DiagnosisR. Scott Oswald and Adam A. CarterEmployees returning to work following a breast cancer diagnosis have it very tough. After months of dealing with an unfavorable and ver…
    - 16 Oct 15, 5:21pm -
  • My Fabulous Boobies Is Giving Away A 32-inch TCL Roku TV!
    Could you use a 32" HD RokuTV? You have a chance to win one!I was contacted by the wonderful people of TCL with an opportunity to gift a reader with a beautiful new television. TCL (one of the largest television manufacturers) is raising money for…
    - 13 Oct 15, 7:00am -
  • All of This is Scary and Unsettling
    *Update 10/15:  I wrote this post in early 2009, about 7 months after the start of my chemotherapy. I was still healing from my mastectomy and was about half-way through my radiation treatment. I was exhausted physically and emotionally. This post w…
    - 7 Oct 15, 8:00am -
  • Survivors Rock Out for Breast Cancer Awareness Month
    October is here again... and the world has gone PINK!Each October, as the world is flooded with pink ribbons, I go through a series of emotions. I am happy that I am still here. Grateful that I've been lucky so far. Sad and confused at the deaths…
    - 2 Oct 15, 8:30am -

Life with the Logans

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Living Outside the Stacks

  • Wear to Work: Black and White Woman Silhouette Dress
    This post contains affiliate links. If you purchase something using one of the links, I will receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. Happy Wednesday! I hope you guys are having a great week so far. I’m just now getting up and around;…
    - 4 days ago 14 Nov 17, 9:28pm -
  • Ageless Style Linkup: Sweater and Booties
    THE AGELESS STYLE LINKUP I know everyone has been saying this but oh. my. word. have the months just flown by or what? I cannot believe we’re already into November. I mean, y’all, the year is almost over. Almost. Over. How is that even possible?…
    - 11 days ago 7 Nov 17, 9:13am -
  • Wear to Work: Polka Dot Blouse, Velvet Vest, and Tweed Pants
    This post may contain affiliate links. If you purchase something using one of the links, I’ll receive a small commission at no extra charge to you. Thank you for supporting my blogging habit. I’m sitting here watching Alley McBeal and remembering…
    - 17 days ago 1 Nov 17, 2:01pm -

Lovebabz: A Life in Transition

  • 10 Years Ago... The Return Of Babz
    10 years ago today I was released from Danbury Federal Prison Camp. My SisterLo blogged the month for me while I was serving my time. My children, Briana was 10, Gregory was 9, Khalil was 6 and Margeaux was 5 years old. They were so young and brave.…
    - 20 days ago 29 Oct 17, 2:54pm -
  • Ten Years Ago... Faith Forward Firday (Saturday): Holler If You Hear Me...
    This was for yesterday 10/27/1710 years ago my SisterLo blogged in my stead while I was away serving 30 days at Danbury Federal Prsion Camp.I found this post quite interesting. My SisterLo never took to church the way I have. So this post is extraord…
    - 21 days ago 28 Oct 17, 6:58pm -
  • 10 Years Ago... Opportunity Knocked And Broke Down My Door
    On this day 10 years ago my SisterLo blogged in my stead while I was away serving time at the Danbury Federal Prison Camp.I found her posts to be not only personal, but quite insightful and they certainly stand the test of time.Here is the link to th…
    - 24 days ago 25 Oct 17, 9:04pm -
  • 10 Years Ago Today...Rambling Thoughts About... Road Rage?
    I remain very grateful that my SisterLo blogged for me while I was away serving 30 day (29 days) at Danbury Federal Prison Camp.On this day 10 years ago, she blogged what was in her head...Here's the link:Rambling Thoughts About... Road Rage?
    - 27 days ago 22 Oct 17, 12:18pm -
  • 10 years ago Today... True Love Tuesday: Love Money Can Buy
    10 years ago my SisterLo held down this blog while I served time at the Danbury Federal Prison Camp. Today is October 16 and this is what she posted 10 years ago. Click on the link:True Love Tuesday: Love Money Can Buy
    - 33 days ago 16 Oct 17, 7:18pm -
  • 10 Years Ago.... Faith Forward Friday: Ask and Ye Shall Recieve... To a Point
    The October 12, 2007 Post by my SisterLo while I was away serving time at Dambury Federal Prison Camp.Sustatinable weath... Blessings and other opportunities. I so love the way my Sister writes!Faith Forward Friday: Ask and Ye shall Recieve... To a p…
    - 37 days ago 12 Oct 17, 11:59pm -
  • 10 Years Ago Today...True Love Tuesday: What Do You Want…Today?
    My SisterLo blogged all of October in my place while I was serving my time at Danbury Federal Prison Camp. In celebration and rememberence I am posting links to her posts on the very days she blogged!This is the post 10 years ago today by her:True Lo…
    - 40 days ago 9 Oct 17, 12:01pm -
  • 10 Years ago Today... Faith Forward Friday: That's the Truth Ruth
    10 years ago I was tucked away at Danbury Federal Prison Camp... My Sister Lo blogged in my stead!Here is October 5, 2007!Faith Forward Friday: That's the Truth Ruth
    - 44 days ago 5 Oct 17, 7:26pm -
  • 10 Years ago Today... Sister Lo And True Love Tuesday ( really Thursday)
    While I was away serving my time... My Sister Lo held down this blog for 30 days!  Even now I am still surprised and impressed with her commitment to doing it!  I had a recurring theme for Tuesdays... True Love Tuesdays. She kept it up, choosing fo…
    - 45 days ago 4 Oct 17, 8:33pm -
  • 10 years ago today...
    10 years ago today, I surrendered to Danbury Prison Camp to serve a 30 day sentence. My Sister Lo blogged here in my stead. So, I decided to repost all her posts from that time!  She's a very good writer/blogger!Here is the link:What the Hell is Sna…
    - 48 days ago 1 Oct 17, 12:47pm -
  • These Summer Fall Days...
    I just grew into being resolved about not dating.Not stressing about children.Not worrying about what is next.I am enjoying the sweet moments of now. Oh yes, there are long range plans and short term goals and changing course and new intentions and d…
    - 54 days ago 25 Sep 17, 8:58pm -
  • Where I've Been... Summer Joy and More
    As I have  gotten older I have come to LOVE Summer. The hot and hazy days, bare feet, sun dresses and getting blacker!Going to Jamaica was my reset. Honest to Gawd! I spent a week in the Blue Mountains of Jamaica. Landed in Kingston, which to my she…
    - 98 days ago 12 Aug 17, 3:24pm -
  • Control is the Illusion of Fools...Yes, I made this up. It's Really The Season Of My Goddessness
    I control nothing. I have little control over very little. And to that end I surrender.Ohhh It feels good to cool my brain with surrender. Surrender on all fronts. I remember a few years back I wrote a post on allowing. Allowing life to ebb and flow…
    - 20 Jun 17, 5:40pm -
  • And I Shall Have Everything
    "I'd like you to do less"And just as I heard this, it was like I walked through another door that has been waiting on me to come thru. I don't fully understand what "do less" means, and I have no intentions of finding out in my everyday practical lif…
    - 13 May 17, 8:13pm -
  • My Lenten Journey: Hello from the bottom of the well and other places dark and stormy
    For a few weeks I have been living from the bottom of the well. Dark and cold and way way down.Being at the bottom of the well is not a new experience... I've been here before. Been there before. Maybe I am feeling some kind of way because Spring has…
    - 3 Apr 17, 6:56pm -
  • Off The Lenten Path: God is Tired Of Me. I am Tired Of God.
    For the better part of my life I have enjoyed and struggled with a strong God consciousness. I have never felt alone or away from God. In my life I have endured and come through some dark moments with my faith still intact. I could feel God's presenc…
    - 7 Mar 17, 11:15pm -
  • My Lenten Journey: I am the Big Space of God
    I was struggling with whether or not I should even "do Lent" this year. My mood was such that I just didn't feel holy, or sacred or divine. The world just seems crazy and I seem crazy in it. My attitude was piss poor and I was feeling quite desolate…
    - 1 Mar 17, 8:32am -
  • Preparing For My Lenten Journey 2017...Do I even want to do Lent?
    For the last decade or more, I have been "into" Lent. Embracing this holy time to reconnect to my own internal faith walk. Seeking silence and solitude. Welcoming this time of 40+ days and 40+ nights to get in with God.This year, though, I am feeling…
    - 22 Feb 17, 7:38pm -
  • Dear Nina, I Am Sorry I didn't Learn This Sooner...
    As evolved as I think I am... And I am. Past habits have a way of showing up. I find myself losing myself in someone's bullshit of a life and before I know it,  I am Superwoman holding up their hopes and dreams. Trying to make their shit align with…
    - 29 Jan 17, 1:09pm -
  • A Dead Of Winter Break... Being Revolutionary In My Own Life
    It is time to explore radical self care. Be revolutionary in my own life. I cannot keep up this breakneck pace of work in the absence of real pleasures. What the fuck am I doing?The bigger questions looms... Is this the life of my dreams? No! Then ho…
    - 8 Jan 17, 5:12pm -
  • 2017: Intentional Like A Muthafucka
    2017 Happy New Year! I have no intentions of rehashing 2016. It was what it was. We took some hits, we had a great many loses and we have an asshole, grifter, conman as the PEOTUS.I am squarely focused on 2017.  I have two goals. Just two.1. Health…
    - 1 Jan 17, 4:35pm -
  • My Christmas Within Or Ways I Stay Alive During This Holy Season
    In my life I have learned a few survival skills. The kind of skills that override my depression keeping me squarely on the planet for at least another day. I am a day-by-day woman. Yes, I make plans and I stay hopeful about the future with me in it.…
    - 21 Dec 16, 5:51pm -
  • NaBloWriMo Day 29 Advent : Season of Wishing and Waiting
    I believe in Santa Claus! I love Christmas! I love the story of the birth of Jesus!I revel in the lights on trees and candles in the windows. Sleigh bells and Angels on high! I love luminaries lining sidewalks and sparkly ornaments everywhere!It is t…
    - 29 Nov 16, 7:36pm -
  • NaBloPoMo Day 16: Time To Reinvent Me ....Next Level Of Baddass
    It is time to usher in a new way of being. After all the changes in my grand life, I am always stunned when I forget that when I am in the midst of real change that it often feels like losing. And so I focus on the losing. I get caught up in the pain…
    - 16 Nov 16, 5:34pm -
  • NaBloPoMo Day 15: Let Us Begin by Lara Herscovitch
    I heard Lara Herscovitch tonight at the Community Conversation hosted by my Sorority, New Haven Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. She gifted me 2 of her CDs. She is so fabulously good.Just drink her in.
    - 15 Nov 16, 9:39pm -

Nerd Girl

  • The Prayers of the Righteous
    First, thank y’all for commenting on my last post. She brought her grades up…but not enough to stay in Jr. Beta Club. She has As and Bs, but not a 90 average overall. We talked about it, and I emphasized that she is the only one responsible for h…
    - 29 Mar 16, 9:42am -
  • Looks like I might have to blog through it…
    I need to complain. And I don’t like complaining. So I’m going to do it here, where I’m pretty sure traffic has dropped off to zero. Mostly because I stopped blogging. Anyhoo. My sweet girl. My only child. My beloved daughter. Yeah, that one. T…
    - 13 Feb 16, 7:36pm -
  • It Scared Me. But I Did It Anyhow.
    Oh, so I’m just gonna pop back in here and blog like it’s not been a while? Sure am. Recently returned from a cruise with LG (who started 5th grade last week. 5th! My girl is growing up!), my parents, my SIL, niece, nephew, and three cousins. Tha…
    - 10 Aug 15, 10:50am -
  • Year End Ramblings
    Hey y’all. It’s been quite a 2014. Some good, some bad. I guess in some ways that means it is exactly like every year that has passed and every year that is yet to come. My first semester of my doctoral program is under my belt, praise God! I end…
    - 29 Dec 14, 9:17am -
  • Hola! Que paso?
    I miss blogging. So I decided to blog. Randoms. Of course 🙂 I turned 42 yesterday! I’m not really sure how that happened since I was just 26, but apparently time? She marches on. I don’t think I’ll ever be one of those people who refuses to…
    - 10 Oct 14, 11:29am -
  • Katrina
    I wrote this post on August 29, 2006 So, last year, on August 28 – it was a Sunday evening I believe – I was watching the news and heard about this storm that was supposed to hit the Gulf Coast on the 29th. Katrina. Well, I didn’t pay much att…
    - 29 Aug 14, 9:07am -
  • Closed Mouths Don’t Get Fed. Ask For What You Need. You Have Not Because You Ask Not.
    I’m going to let you in on a little secret. I don’t like to ask for help. From anyone. I will run around like a chicken with my head cut off trying to figure out how to do something on my own before I’ll ask for help. I don’t know why I’m t…
    - 21 Aug 14, 12:03pm -
  • Ramblings

    - 20 Aug 14, 4:06pm -
  • Why?
    That’s all I’ve got today. A simple question with no simple answers. Why? I used to not watch the news. Ever. It was so depressing and weighed too heavily on my spirit. But somehow, the news, particularly in the morning, has crept back into my li…
    - 30 Jul 14, 12:19pm -
  • Monday morning randoms
    How cute is this? Got a text this morning – apparently LG and her camp BFF were thinking along the same lines when they laid out their outfits last night. And this couldn’t have been planned because everything LG is wearing? We bought yesterday.…
    - 28 Jul 14, 1:58pm -

Rae Lewis-Thornton: Diva Living with AIDS

  • Usher-Herpes and Disclosure...
    When I first heard about the lawsuit against Usher, I made no attempt to learn any of the details. I dismissed that shit weeks ago when I heard about the supposedly green discharge coming out of Usher's penis, (which is not a symptom of herpes) but w…
    - 8 Aug 17, 12:34pm -
  • Charlie Sheen: And This Is What I Think!!
    When actor Charlie Sheen said, "I'm not living in that prison anymore" I felt that deep in my soul.  It resonated loud and clear. I kept my own HIV infection a secret for seven years. For Real! My first seven years I only told 5 people that I had HI…
    - 7 Aug 17, 6:33pm -
  • Tap Into The Resources and Live Well Beyond HIV!
    I'll take aging with HIV over not aging at all any day. Now that's some real talk; but I have to be honest, muddling through HIV requires a lot of energy, work and support. Over the years, I've been fortunate enough to have a team of wonderful people…
    - 15 Mar 17, 9:29pm -
  • The Murder of Jessica Hampton
    Last week today I was waiting on the red line train and very much annoyed that it was delayed. Little did I know that a young woman, Jessica Hampton had been brutally murdered just seven stops behind me.Jessica who was 25 years old was stabbed by Aur…
    - 30 Jun 16, 11:26am -
  • Grey Hair And I Don't Care: Aging With HIV
    In ten days I will turn 54 years old. This will mean that I have lived 33 years with HIV and 25 years with AIDS. Although I was infected in 1983 I didn't learn of my HIV status until I donated blood in 1986. I've told this story a thousand times and…
    - 13 Jun 16, 1:05pm -
  • I Met A Man... Can I Give Him HIV?
    I met a man and OMG he was just simply charming. Now I usually don't give my number to random men on the street, but did I say he was sooooo charming?!Even Chloe liked him, but ummm now that I think about it, Chloe likes everyone she sees. But the fa…
    - 3 Jun 16, 1:30pm -
  • RLT Collection Birthday Sale!
    In honor of my 54th birthday on Sunday RLT Collection is 54% off.  This weekend only 5/20 thru  5/22!  Coupon code at check out birthday2016. Thanks for all your support! SHOP!  http:www.rltcollection.com
    - 20 May 16, 11:44am -
  • Here's to Doctor's Keeping the Care in Health Care!
    Today on National Doctor's Day and I started thinking about my own doctors. Honestly, in those early days of HIV I didn't even tell a doctor. When I finally told my gynecologist at the HMO in the middle of the exam, he said to me, as he was looking u…
    - 7 Apr 16, 4:14pm -
  • Tap Into Your Own Power!
    Today is National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day and my message is unwavering. We have to tap into our own power. We have to make the decision to put ourselves first, love ourselves first and absolutely love ourselves more than wanting and ne…
    - 10 Mar 16, 11:14am -
  • RLT Reads Book Club Is Back! Check Out Feb and March Picks!
    Finally! RLT Reads Book Club is back up and running. I've missed those lively discussios so it's about time that we do it again. My online book club was orginally formed in 2011 and we had our discussions via Twitter and my blog. But Goodreads has c…
    - 21 Jan 16, 4:49pm -
  • SOMWA A Wonderful Cause!!!
    New York! New! York! New York! Come hang out with me Sun Dec 13th! Bring a toy and wear your dancing shoes for the Somwa Foundation 7th Annual Toy Drive. All the toys go to families with HIV. Hydeia Broadbent and I donated our time to this wonderfu…
    - 12 Dec 15, 9:13am -
  • #Doingit
    I'm honored to have been asked to participate in the Center For Disease Control, Act Against AIDS newest HIV Testing Campaign, "Doing It." Donating your name and brand to a national campaign is no small thing. This is especially true, when you give s…
    - 7 Dec 15, 1:39pm -
  • World AIDS Day!
     Good Morning Lovely's!! Today is World AIDS Day! A day of remembrance for those we lost to this disease. But also a day to fight stigma that blames and shames those living with #HIV world wide! It's a time to demand treatment for all and work towar…
    - 1 Dec 15, 8:12am -
  • Join Me On World AIDS Day
    Tomorrow, December 1st is World AIDS Day. People around the world will remember those who have passed from AIDS related illnesses and at the same time challenge, stigma for those living with HIV. I'm asking those who support me to paint your Social…
    - 30 Nov 15, 6:32am -
  • Black Friday at RLT Collection!
    Everything at RLT Collection is 50% off coupon code; blackfriday2015 happy shopping http://rltcollection.com 
    - 27 Nov 15, 9:44am -
  • Finess Stops Bladder Leaks!
    I'm always pleading the case for women to take control of their bodies and health. It's a fact that no one will take care of you the way that you take care of yourself. But over the years, women seem to be stuck, especially when it comes to our bodie…
    - 15 Oct 15, 9:20am -
  • I Need Them All to Go To Counseling and Get Tested On The Way!
    Yesterday the sex life of pro football player Victor Cruz of the New York Giants was all over Social Media. I'm not sure how it got there, but since it's been made public I thought that I would give my two scents. First off,  all the parties involve…
    - 13 Oct 15, 4:31pm -
  • Monday Reflection: Get Up From The Table When Shit Is Being Served!
    Everybody got some "thing" going on in their life most of the time, if not all of the freaking time.Some "things" cannot be helped, like an illness you didn't see coming. Like last year when my Sophie was diagnosed with cancer on Wednesday and on the…
    - 5 Oct 15, 5:28pm -
  • Stop Blocking The Next Chapter of Your Life!
    I took an unexpected vacation from blogging. No, it was not health related. My emotional and physical health is great. It's just that I've had so much work to do in other areas of my life, that blogging took a back sit. Be clear though, while on thi…
    - 25 Aug 15, 12:48pm -
  • God Always Has A Next!
    What I know for sure is that God always has a next! I have believed this since I was a little girl being told I was never gonna be shit. Even back then after every unjust beating, I continued to have hope for something better than my right now.In tim…
    - 25 Jun 15, 12:02pm -
  • STOP PLAYING! Get Tested For HIV!
    Can I be honest? I mean some real talk today?  Some of y'all been fuckin since the turn of the century (me included) and you have never been tested for HIV and that's where the difference ends. I know my status and knowing my status has saved my li…
    - 24 Jun 15, 1:18pm -
  • Living with Intent!
    Now that I'm well into my 50's  there seems to be no turning back. I'm doing what I should have done in my 30's and for sure when I started to see my 40's that is, live with intent.  Well, I sort of lived with very limited intent for 20 years plus,…
    - 3 Jun 15, 10:38am -
  • Tea With Rae: Living my Dream!
    I'm  living my dream!! Tea With Rae: Wellness For The Mind, Body and Soul is coming! I'm in the process of developing a private label of speciality teas blended with the finest African Teas. The crafting of each tea will be closely supervised by me…
    - 3 Jun 15, 8:13am -
  • Monday Reflection: The Problem With Pride and Shame
    Pride and Shame will kill you and your spirit this I know to be true. And it does not matter the circumstance, these two emotions have the ability to create chaos in your life from your health, to your job, and dating. These two will lead you down a…
    - 25 May 15, 3:44pm -
  • Reflecting On 53!
    I turned 53 today! Honestly, I never imagined me at this age and I'm not quite sure how it should be, so I'm listening to my soul because it always knows what to do.Of course when I was younger I thought by this age, I would be married with at least…
    - 22 May 15, 7:58am -

Regina's Family Seasons

  • And STILL God's Got This!
    MAN!!! What a Day, What a Week, What a Month! As this month draws to a quick end bare with me while I rant a little...So on Saturday the 21st I had oral surgery, the actual process went well. HOWEVER, the healing process is NOT going the way I or the…
    - 29 Jan 17, 3:02pm -
  • So Trump Is President...Now What?
    I am trying to figure out why people are acting like Trump is the worst President to ever sit in the White House (That is  not yet a fact and remains to be seen!). There was an election and Trump won, period. So we move on with our lives. Every Pres…
    - 25 Jan 17, 12:53pm -
  • I Can Smell Your Self Righteous Bullying... Get Over Yourself!
    Guess Who's Baaacccckkkkk! Did y'all miss me??? Probably not cause I can hear the echo coming through my computer LMAO! It's all good though!I only came back online because as usual BLACK FOLK ARE WORKING MY NERVE!!Black people have NOT mastered UNIT…
    - 24 Jan 17, 3:01pm -
  • Hello? Is Anyone Out There? Is This Thing On?
    Hello World!It has been a long while since I have visited you via this blog! I have NOT been doing anything Fancy, Fabulous, or Fantastic. Nope , I have just been doing the regular, everyday things that people generally do. You know WORK, WORK, WORK,…
    - 30 Apr 16, 7:55pm -
  • Sunshine VoxBox! Yaaayyy!
    I have spent the last couple of weeks testing and reviewing the treasures I received in my Sunshine VoxBox! For those of you who don't know I joined the Influenster Community and as a result I occasionally receive VoxBoxes of treasures to review and…
    - 10 Aug 15, 2:56pm -
  • Maslow's Hierarchy From A Godly Perspective
    Almost all academics have either touched on or had in depth teaching on Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs. For any of you who have not had the pleasure, let me explain. Abraham Harold Maslow was an American psychologist who wrote a paper in 1943 titled "…
    - 31 Jul 15, 4:32pm -
  • Leaving A Legacy... One Worth Sharing
    We need to be mindful that this generation and the generations to come are looking for US to leave a LEGACY. What does LEGACY mean to you?According to Merriam Webster online dictionary Legacy is:1:  a gift by will especially of money or other person…
    - 28 Jul 15, 8:38pm -
  • Emotions Versus Wisdom
    We, Humans are emotional! No one alive can say they have never been emotional about a person, an event, or a situation. Emotions are not bad but they cannot rule your life. Emotions have the ability to take us where common sense or wisdom cannot keep…
    - 26 Jul 15, 1:57pm -
  • I AM Going To Be Me, Like It Or Not!
    When you see me, what do you see? A Mother, a Grandmother, a Christian, a Trouble maker, a Divorcee’, a Black Woman? Society has become very adept at labeling people to fit into what they think is an acceptable label. After labeling you then people…
    - 16 Jul 15, 2:20pm -
  • Heart Of A Warrior - Stephen Curry, NBA Champion
    I am not a big basketball fan, so a blog post about basketball is pretty much very out of character for me. However I just wanted to point out a few things…For those of you who do not know the NBA Finals was a match-up between the Cleveland Cavalie…
    - 17 Jun 15, 2:52pm -
  • Jamberry Nail Wraps
    I have a facebook friend named Sara, who has embarked upon a new entrepreneurial adventure. She has started a Jamberry Nail Wraps business. I got a sample wrap to try and I told Sara I would blog about it.If you do not know what Jamberry Nail Wraps a…
    - 4 Jun 15, 2:42pm -
  • Whew! Texas Rain 2015...
    Well in case you have not seen the news lately, Texas has had almost 2 straight months of rain. There has been no rain fall like this in years according to news agents. For almost two months it was almost daily/nightly thunderstorms and tornadoes acr…
    - 4 Jun 15, 12:56pm -
  • Why I Broke Up With Mother's Day
    Now that Mother’s day is over and safely behind us and hopefully the residue is gone, I can tell you why I broke up with Mother’s day. I know it is shocking and came as a surprise to me as well. Matter of fact I have not even broken the news to m…
    - 12 May 15, 1:21pm -
  • Prove it!
    You are innocent until proven guilty … or so they say. In order to PROVE anything you need solid evidence. There has to be proof of what is said. Just the WORDS of others or just your WORDS are not enough to prove anything.According to Dictionary.c…
    - 27 Apr 15, 2:36pm -
  • Out Of Darkness Into HIS Marvelous Light
    King James Version 1 Peter 2:9 says, “But Ye are a chosen generation, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a peculiar people; that ye should shew forth the praises of Him who hath called you out of darkness into His marvelous light”.Amplified Versi…
    - 15 Mar 15, 5:13pm -
  • Racism, Sexism, Yes This Is America!
    I often hear people say, "I'm NOT into politics" and every time I hear that I think or say "Then you better be into JESUS"! This world that we know and sometimes love is spiraling out of control. Times are crucial and PRAYER is REQUIRED, Prayer is NO…
    - 25 Jan 15, 6:18pm -
  • Empty Nest Coming Soon!
    Ever have that sense that something is over? That you have reached the end of a thing, time, moment, relationship, or era? I am feeling that way now. Since moving to Texas my children and I have lived together. Not all of them, all at the same time b…
    - 24 Jan 15, 12:30am -
  • Live On Purpose
    We are officially two weeks into the new year. So far are you liking what 2015 has to offer?? I can honestly say that for me I have been so busy packing that I have not even had time to process the fact that we are in another year. My current lease i…
    - 13 Jan 15, 2:50pm -
  • Frosty Vox Box - Review
    I recently received a FROSTY VOX BOX in the mail! YAAAAYYYY ME!! This was like an additional Christmas present!In case you are new to my blog, I ABSOLUTELY LOVE to receive gifts and packages in the mail! The reason I joined the INFLUENSTER co…
    - 6 Jan 15, 1:39am -
  • McCormick Thyme Review
    In my recent Frosty Vox Box I received from INFLUENSTER, I received some McCormick All Natural Thyme. The same day that I received the Thyme my daughter (the Chef) made some spinach dip. She used the Thyme to add a little kick to it! She loves cookin…
    - 5 Jan 15, 8:29pm -
  • Out With The Old 2014, In With The New 2015
    As the year of 2014 draws to an end I want to take a moment to reflect on my biggest accomplishment of 2014. Some of you may know that I have been in school for a number of years. To date I have obtained an Associate Degree in Human Services Manageme…
    - 31 Dec 14, 12:40pm -
  • What A Difference Two Weeks Makes!
    Two weeks ago I was stressing and praying and stressing some more. Stress and prayer are pretty much polar opposites!! If you are going to stress over a situation then why pray and if you PRAY OVER THAT SITUATION why stress it?!?! I never claimed to…
    - 24 Nov 14, 9:42pm -
  • 2015 Daily Planner by Sue Hooley, A Review
    I am EXCITED! You all KNOW how much I LOVE FREE STUFF!! Well, I was blessed with the opportunity to review a fabulous product! I reviewed Sue Hooley's 2014 AND 2015 Daily Planner! Yes! Two products for the price of one!*Sue Hooley and CWA Review Cre…
    - 28 Oct 14, 8:21pm -
  • An Insider's Guide To Spiritual Warfare - Book Review
    I recently read a book by Kristine McGuire that was very interesting. This is the second book by Kristine McGuire that I have read. I read AND reviewed her book "Escaping The Cauldron" (you can read that review HERE).Well once again, it is October! H…
    - 16 Oct 14, 3:30pm -
  • Tyler Perry is Expecting A Baby And The World Just Stopped Spinning!
    I do not generally blog about celebrities. Frankly, there are enough other people who spend THEIR LIFE worrying about what celebrities do, what they eat, where they sleep, who they sleep with, etc. So I tend to stay out of the celebrity scandal genre…
    - 24 Sep 14, 6:45pm -

Say It, "Rah-shay"

  • newRecipe Recreation: Balsamic Chicken and Peppers
    Thank you for reading what I write!What does one do when you haven’t been to the market, the veggies you impulsively purchased are starting to look a little sad, and you’re hungry? Google ingredients on hand, get to chopping, and say hello to di…
    - 21 hours ago 17 Nov 17, 8:34pm -
  • Thrifty Finds: Qwirkle
    Thank you for reading what I write!My thrift shop trips are not always spent going through the racks of clothes. Sometimes I like to look for housewares, items to repurpose (if anyone finds a large knife block, holler at your girl), and puzzles or g…
    - 2 days ago 16 Nov 17, 10:37pm -
  • Christmas Village in Philadelphia: What’s New for 2017
    Thank you for reading what I write!Christmas Village in Philadelphia returns to Love Park on Thanksgiving Day, November 23rd. Check out hand made goodies such as these warm woolen socks, which came in handy during those bitter winter days and were o…
    - 3 days ago 15 Nov 17, 6:44am -
  • Fall Fiber Fiesta
    Thank you for reading what I write!Fall Fiber Fiesta 2017 is the fifth annual show organized by the Española Valley Fiber Arts Center that provides exposure to a broad range of traditional and contemporary handmade fiber artwork. This year the show…
    - 4 days ago 14 Nov 17, 6:36pm -
  • Unreleased Ella Fitzgerald Live Album, “Ella At Zardi’s” Available 12/1
    Thank you for reading what I write!When The Bee was an infant I used to play Ella Fitzgerald records when she would refuse to sleep. My favorite albums to hum along to were Ella’s live albums so I am excited to share the news of Ella at Zardi’s…
    - 4 days ago 14 Nov 17, 1:08pm -
  • Recipe Recreation: Jarlsberg Cheese Deviled Eggs
    Thank you for reading what I write!This is a sponsored post. I was sent samples of Jarlsberg cheese to facilitate this review. All opinions are my own. Instead pot black Friday shopping, I have decided to host a Friendsgiving. My intention is to hav…
    - 6 days ago 12 Nov 17, 6:16am -
  • Family Dance Party with Just Dance 2018
    Thank you for reading what I write!A few weeks ago we received a copy of Ubisoft’s Just Dance from Ubisoft to facilitate this review. This is a sponsored post. This week we busted out the game and had an impromptu dance party. This is our story.…
    - 7 days ago 11 Nov 17, 6:46pm -

The House of Ladylee

  • Friday Freestyles
    Friday!And it is PAY DAY!And as usual on payday, the blinds of my mind are at half staff. Pretty much closed, really.And I am thinking of the upcoming thanksgiving holidays! I have a 5 DAY weekend!Wow!Oh the things I will get done. Or better yet, the…
    - 1 day ago 17 Nov 17, 5:15pm -
  • Semi-Wordless Wednesday: Moon Grapes
    Someone brought these to work. And they were very excited about them. "What are those?" I asked the coworker who brought them and placed them in the general area for all to enjoy."Oh, those are moon grapes," she said, with way too much glee. "I got t…
    - 3 days ago 15 Nov 17, 6:12pm -
  • Of Wallets and Reunions
    So... a couple of months ago I had the opportunity to attend a family reunion on my father's side of the family. I considered this a challenge because first, I don't really know these people, and second, the older I get, the more I don't care to deal…
    - 5 days ago 13 Nov 17, 5:51pm -
  • Friday Freestyles... Holiday Edition
    It is Friday. And I am off because Veterans Day is tomorrow. So since Veteran's day falls on a weekend, we get the closest weekday off. And that is fine with me. This has been a pretty quiet day. I have a 1000 things I want to do this weekend, but al…
    - 8 days ago 10 Nov 17, 4:01pm -
  • Best of October 2017 - Grandma, Transport Chairs, and Grandchildren
    This is the most important piece of equipment I've bought in the last couple of years. It is a "Transport Chair". I'd gone to a pharmacy on the southside to buy it. (LadyTee had bought one for her aunt awhile ago and let me know where to get it).  I…
    - 9 days ago 9 Nov 17, 5:16pm -
  • I Voted...
    So yesterday was a big day. It was the first big vote day after the election of our beloved new president. I wasn't going to vote, as I knew the major race for Mayor of Atlanta would be a runoff. But nevertheless, I voted. I was in and out in, like,…
    - 10 days ago 8 Nov 17, 5:18pm -
  • Ten Tuesday Thoughts
    1. It is only Tuesday, and I am already ready for the week to be over. I am SO glad that Friday is a holiday. That means a 3-day weekend for me, and I'm going to make the best of it.2. I have 940 hours of sick leave. That works out to 23.5 weeks.  T…
    - 11 days ago 7 Nov 17, 6:20pm -
  • Monday Night Musings
    It's Monday once again. And this Monday was special because daylight savings time kicked in and we are suppose to celebrate this beloved extra hour of sleep. But I haven't been sleeping the best lately, and it was disturbing to wake up to CRAZY sunli…
    - 12 days ago 6 Nov 17, 6:09pm -
  • Friday Freestyles
    As always, this week has flown by like jet plane. And I want to post, but I like a lot of pictures and visuals, and I can't get my pictures to transfer in a good time. I can get them to upload, but transferring them from my phone to my computer is a…
    - 15 days ago 3 Nov 17, 10:30am -
  • Friday Freestyles
    Friday!And I have finished for the day.And there is NOBODY here at work. Everybody has SPLIT!Wow.It is tempting to leave. But alas, I will not.This last week has been pretty nice out, all fall-like and what not.But this upcoming week it's going to be…
    - 22 days ago 27 Oct 17, 6:00pm -
  • Ten Tuesday Thoughts
    Ten Thoughts... in the late night hour.1. I teleworked today. This is rare, but I have a ton of data to crunch. 2. I should've worked from home on Monday, because it was storming something awful on Monday morning. I made it to work pretty fast though…
    - 25 days ago 24 Oct 17, 11:03pm -
  • Friday Freestyles
    Man... I have not posted ALL week.I have wanted to. But I've been super busy. But it is rare for me NOT to post. I am glad it is Friday. This has been an odd week in the ATL because there have been some cold days. This, of course has left me complet…
    - 29 days ago 20 Oct 17, 3:22pm -
  • Friday Freestyles. The "Mess" Edition
    Friday! Finally!I am so glad for the weekend. The only thing that would make it better is if it were payday, or if Monday were a holiday.Alas, that's not the case. And I am still thankful for the day. LOTS went on this week. LOTS in the news. I may…
    - 36 days ago 13 Oct 17, 10:51am -
  • Wordless Wednesdays: Nephews, Part 2

    - 38 days ago 11 Oct 17, 11:30pm -
  • Wordless Wednesdays: Nephews, Part 1

    - 38 days ago 11 Oct 17, 11:30pm -
  • 10 Tuesday Thoughts
    1. I have had the most lovely 4 day weekend.  It was lovely because of the simple fact that I had that much time off.2, I did not mean to take off on Friday. It was just that my sister came over the night before, and I'd rather hang out with her and…
    - 39 days ago 10 Oct 17, 8:00am -
  • Happy Columbus Day
    Happy Columbus Day to you!!I am not a fan of Columbus day, for I cannot figure out how he discovered a land that was already here, full of native peoples. And I often wonder what was the real name of this country? Because it was not "America".Truthfu…
    - 40 days ago 9 Oct 17, 8:38pm -
  • 10 Tuesday Thoughts on a Tragedy
    So the events that took place on Sunday evening are on my mind. I thought I would shape them into 10 Tuesday Thoughts.1. The condolences are as they always are during these times: My thoughts and prayers out to to those affected by the mass shootings…
    - 46 days ago 3 Oct 17, 3:40pm -
  • Libations Gone Wild
    So I was in my favorite neighborhood gourmet grocery store and I saw this:Wine... in a can.Chardonnay... in a can.Who would put wine in a can like it's some beer or something?I bought it because I thought it would be a trip to show it to Serenity23,…
    - 50 days ago 29 Sep 17, 7:00am -
  • Ten Thursday Thoughts!
    1. I am SO glad today is Thursday. This has been a long long week.2. My Lucy needed her 5000 mile service.  So of course she had a need of other stuff.3. New radiator, new battery, new alternator, new timing belt, bunches of new hoses and belts. Yik…
    - 51 days ago 28 Sep 17, 6:12pm -
  • M and M's Gone Wild
    I'm not sure what's going on with M&Ms.For as long as I can remember, there were only two types: plain and peanut. I personally like the peanut ones. Then maybe a decade ago, new flavors came out. I can't remember off hand what they were, but I thoug…
    - 52 days ago 27 Sep 17, 6:26pm -
  • Quote of the Week: Of Roots and Fruits
    I was talking to a friend yesterday and I told her about this incredible book I read.I even wrote a book review on it, way back in 2013.The Fantasy Fallacy: Exposing the Deeper Meaning Behind Sexual Thoughts. It was a good book, chocked full of good…
    - 53 days ago 26 Sep 17, 7:06pm -
  • Monday Night Musings
    It is Monday.And I am mentally trying to wake up. I am trying to think well of Mondays, but some Mondays are,  um... I just need to skip over to Tuesday.I had a great weekend, chocked full of activities. The best event was attending a book club meet…
    - 54 days ago 25 Sep 17, 5:18pm -
  • Friday Freestyles
    Friday!And I do not have much to say.Because it is Pay Day. And as usual on Pay Day,  the blinds of my mind are at half-staff.I haven't been really posting because I could not get pictures to load up. It takes some 3 hours for them to transfer into…
    - 57 days ago 22 Sep 17, 6:16pm -
  • Semi-Wordless Wednesdays
    It is a shame that it has come down to this... 
    - 59 days ago 20 Sep 17, 6:30pm -

Whose shoes are these anyway?

  • Prince plays songs from his vault in concert, 2009 (video)
    I came across this treasure on YouTube, His Purple Highness performing songs from The Vault:  Old Friends for Sale and other jazz pieces in a Los Angeles concert, 2009. I bought a copy of the album a few years ago. The concert is so much more. BTW,…
    - 9 Aug 16, 3:30pm -
  • Southside with You: Obamas' love story opens this month
    I was so deep in the academic hole for the first six months of the year that I completely missed news about the movie Southside with You, the story of Michelle and Barack Obama's romance. The film pays homage to the president and First Lady's initia…
    - 5 Aug 16, 10:38am -
  • Rattle Magazine published my poem last month
    Almost a month has passed since Rattle Magazine published my poem "Digital Anthropologists Find Our Hashtags" for its Poets Respond series. The poem explores specifically the consecutive shooting deaths of Alton Sterling in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, an…
    - 4 Aug 16, 1:44pm -
  • Great Prince story from Matt Damon (video)
    Rolling Stone has posted video of Matt Damon telling a great Prince story on the Jimmy Fallon show.  Of course, all Prince stories bring me joy except the one about his passing in April.Damon is out promoting his latest film in the Bourne Ident…
    - 29 Jul 16, 11:46am -
  • #PRINCE BET Tribute or When Jennifer Hudson Tore Me Up (Purple Rain Video)
    Jennifer Hudson tore my heart out singing "Purple Rain" during the Prince Tribute on the BET Awards last night. I have nothing to add to this other than Stevie Wonder and Tori Kelly appear on this video, too, and perform with love also. Stevie was u…
    - 27 Jun 16, 11:52am -
  • A bittersweet Happy Birthday to Prince, BET Awards plans to drop mic (Video)
    Prince Rogers Nelson, his Royal Purpleness, would have been 58 today, June 7, 2016.In other news about the late, great megastar who died this April, BET Network has promised to deliver "the greatest Prince tribute ever" at its 2016 BET Awards…
    - 7 Jun 16, 11:47am -
  • Surprise Prince, Alicia Keys duet, 'How Come You Don't Call Me Anymore' (video)
    Nothing to add here. The video speaks for itself.
    - 7 Jun 16, 1:43am -
  • Medical Examiner says reports that Prince overdosed are gossip
    According to USA TODAY update on Prince's death earlier today,  reports that Prince overdosed are merely gossip."Forget those reports that Percocet was found in Prince's body, says the medical examiner's office investigating the musician's still…
    - 5 May 16, 8:25pm -
  • So, will.I.am, Prince, and Michael Jackson walk into a Vegas bar . . .
    Having gotten into several debates about who's the greater genius, Prince or Michael Jackson, I love this story will.i.am tells Ellen Degeneres on her show in the video above. The public's always been curious about the tension between Michael Jacks…
    - 30 Apr 16, 1:54pm -
  • Van Jones tells the most important Prince story
    On CNN, Van Jones tells the truth about Prince's life, which is that Prince was a generous soul. He says this is the most important story to remember about the man other than Prince was a genius musician.I knew some of what Jones said about what Pr…
    - 24 Apr 16, 12:32pm -
  • Prince on New Girl and SNL - 2014
    The old video clips of this episode that I had on my 2014 post have vanished, of course. I think Fox made the me private? I don't know. But someone else had this video of Jess & Nick meeting Prince on that episode. This has always made me laugh.I…
    - 21 Apr 16, 10:21pm -
  • Rest in Peace, beloved Prince
    I am a Prince fanatic. That's all I can say because I am undone by news of his death.
    - 21 Apr 16, 2:06pm -
  • Flashback: Julia Child and Emeril's 1993 Master Chefs video
    I can follow a recipe or simply throw something on the stove to see what happens, but I don't think of myself as a cook. That's probably because I don't love cooking. Still, watching this 1993 episode of Julia Child's PBS series, Cooking with Master…
    - 11 Apr 16, 8:16pm -
  • Teaching black children to be slave catchers
    Nothing reveals more than U.S. slave narratives (such as the one that follows) the psychological damage done to the enslaved in the U.S.A. and the ways slavery destroyed the black family. The horrific dysfunction of American society during slavery un…
    - 19 Mar 16, 1:54pm -
  • The worst thing the Democratic Party can do now
    Dear Democratic Party Members:by Nordette N. AdamsA "presidential" candidate has stoodon television where he has proclaimedhis genitalia grand and ready wood.Even in such small things, it’s his aimto shield his huge ego no matter what…
    - 5 Mar 16, 4:34pm -
  • Oxford Dictionaries agrees usage examples should not be political
    After anthropologist Michael Oman-Reagan created a stir on Twitter about the Oxford English Dictionary's questionable common usage examples, he discovered that I had written a blog post almost two years earlier discussing the same example he had cite…
    - 30 Jan 16, 3:09pm -
  • Steven Hart: Star Wars does not draw on literary classics but on classic pulp SciFi
    I saw Star Wars: The Force Awakens on New Years Day with my daughter, her boyfriend, and their friends. Yes, I enjoyed it. Director J. J. Abrams and co-writers Michael Arndt and Lawrence Kasdan have crafted a wonderful balance between the wit and act…
    - 2 Jan 16, 7:32pm -
  • A Personal Goodbye to All That for 2015 and Hello 2016
    We humans love to make resolutions for the New Year. I don't really do that, but I think New Year's Eve is a good time reflect on 10 things I did in the year that's ending that I would prefer not to do again and to have in mind ways to become better…
    - 31 Dec 15, 4:07pm -
  • An Absence of The Donald
    Notice that this blog has not given any real attention to Donald the Dump Trump this election season.I'm just saying.
    - 21 Dec 15, 3:11pm -
  • Black Writers in a Post-Racial Age?
    By now, anyone who's been paying attention knows that post-racial is just another myth among America's press clippings. I doubt that the publishing world has ever believed itself to be post-racial though. Consider the watermelon joke at the National…
    - 21 Dec 15, 3:04pm -

Life.Love&Marriage

  • Currently
    loving that it's my partner in crime's birthday tomorrow. Cinthia, happy birthday! ♥craving apple cider donuts. needing to unpack my suitcase from Vegas. I am so organized when it comes to everything but unpacking my suitcase. I’m not sure why…
    - 1 day ago 17 Nov 17, 6:18am -
  • Slow Mornings
    I’ve always been a morning person. My mom knew it and because of that I was always the first person she would wake in the morning. I was that child that would just jump right out of bed without any resistance. Since I can remember, I’ve always…
    - 3 days ago 15 Nov 17, 6:21am -
  • Birthday fun in the fall
    The night before my birthday, Sean and a few of his co-workers had plans to go to the city to have some good ole fun at Dave & Busters. Sean asked for me to come along and I of course did not say no. We took the train into the city and I had a good…
    - 5 days ago 13 Nov 17, 7:42am -
  • Local Arts Festival
    A few weekends ago, the city that Cinthia lives in, held their annual arts festival. It was a pretty neat experience to be able to see so many local artists in our area. I’m always so amazed by artists/creatives. Their ability to create somethin…
    - 8 days ago 10 Nov 17, 6:19am -
  • Three years old now ♥
    I've been taking my girlfriend's (Margaret) daughter's pictures since she was born. She turned 3 years old a few weeks ago so we went to our local rose garden to capture some shots. That actually reminds me that we've been in Pennsylvania for four…
    - 10 days ago 8 Nov 17, 6:19am -
  • Happy 8th Anniversary, babe.

    - 12 days ago 6 Nov 17, 6:28am -
  • The last of New Orleans
    Here are my last pictures of our time in New Orleans. These are just some pictures that I haven't shared on the blog yet but of course I feel the need to. We really, really enjoyed our time in New Orleans and we can't wait to visit again. The music…
    - 16 days ago 2 Nov 17, 7:14am -
  • Sunday Dinner.
    I said not too long ago, that I'd post Sunday dinners in this post. Well, I haven't done too well and it's mostly because I've forgotten. I've been (for the most part) making sure that Sean and I are sitting down together for Sunday dinner for the l…
    - 18 days ago 31 Oct 17, 7:14am -
  • Peruvian food for our Friday date night
    A few weeks ago, I told Sean that I wanted to treat him to a date night, so he should let me know what restaurant he would like to go to and what he’d like to do afterwards. Sean did some research online and then told me he wanted to check out a P…
    - 26 days ago 24 Oct 17, 6:27am -
  • Family time is (still) my favorite time ♥
    About one month ago, my sister, her husband and my nephew came to visit us for the weekend. I believe that ever since my mom passed away we have made it even more of a mission as a family to spend as much time together as possible. Celtic festival wa…
    - 30 days ago 19 Oct 17, 10:35am -
  • Pillows, flowers & plants.
    So, if you think you've already seen this post or even commented on it, it's because you have. It just dawn on me that I must have deleted this post by accident, which is the first I've ever deleted a published post in my almost 8 years of blogging.…
    - 32 days ago 17 Oct 17, 1:59pm -
  • New Orleans: Evening jazz cruise
    On our third evening in NOLA, we went on Steamboat Natchez for their evening jazz cruise. It is a two hour cruise ride along the Mississippi River and it was just so beautiful. We had dinner on the boat and although the food was nothing to write ho…
    - 33 days ago 16 Oct 17, 6:28am -
  • Difficult times.
    The last few weeks have been tough, a reminder that life isn’t always pretty. It gets hard sometimes to see all the good when something bad or evil happens. I know that I get caught up a bit and my mind runs wild with thoughts and Sean and my sis…
    - 43 days ago 6 Oct 17, 6:58am -
  • New Orleans: Day 2 & Part of 3
    When we hit the streets the following morning it was as though the red dresses were never there. The streets were cleaned as through there wasn’t a massive event the prior day. We decided to do brunch at Brennan's and had an amazing experience.…
    - 46 days ago 4 Oct 17, 6:19am -
  • Winery days.
    I mentioned not too long ago that I was surprised that we had not made it to the winery this year but we fixed that several weekends ago. We have many wineries in our area but we have our absolute favorite one which is our go to. Their wines are ju…
    - 48 days ago 2 Oct 17, 6:23am -
  • New Orleans: Day 1
    When we told several people that we would be visiting New Orleans in August everyone said that we chose the worst month to visit as it was the hottest month of the year. Well, they were right. It was hot, humid and rainy and despite that I still lo…
    - 51 days ago 29 Sep 17, 6:22am -
  • Goodbye to summer.
    This summer was a really great one. I was able to spend a lot of time with friends and family. There have been several favorite moments of this summer that I did not get a chance to share here. Summer tends to get busy so being behind my computer…
    - 52 days ago 27 Sep 17, 7:49am -
  • New Orleans: Food & Drink
    We went to New Orleans for the first time last month and had the greatest time. I loved it so much that I can't wait for our next time! Even if you haven’t followed my blog for a long time, I think there are some easy things that one will know ab…
    - 55 days ago 25 Sep 17, 6:20am -
  • Rhys' (1st) Nautical Birthday Party
    My adorable nephew turned one a few weeks ago and my sister and brother in law threw the sweetest nautical birthday party for him. I really would like to ramble on and on about how quickly time flies and how I feel like he was just born but yeah, I'm…
    - 59 days ago 20 Sep 17, 8:01am -
  • Sunday Dinner
    Sean and I’s schedules are complete opposites and now that he is working in Jersey again he is gone 3-4 days out of the week. It also doesn’t help that two of his days off I am busy working. I will admit that because of this when we are together…
    - 61 days ago 18 Sep 17, 7:09am -
  • Summer Bucket List: Go to a music festival
    I've not been wanting to blog and it isn't because I don't have anything to blog about. I do, but I just don't feel like doing it. I don't know. Hopefully that changes soon but I figured that I get this post up since summer is coming to a close.OK,…
    - 67 days ago 12 Sep 17, 7:22am -
  • Random Thursday Morning Ramblings.
    I’m thrilled for a three day weekend but still feeling bummed that Labor Day weekend usually marks the end of summer. I know that we still have a few good weeks of sun and warmth but at night when you’re able to sleep without central air it’s…
    - 79 days ago 31 Aug 17, 8:47am -
  • Summer Bucket List: Try a new restaurant
    I cannot believe that summer is almost over. It went by so quickly! I know it happens every year but now when I head out for work in the morning (6:30am) it isn't as bright outside; and it's making me wish for summer to start all over again. I'm go…
    - 81 days ago 29 Aug 17, 7:05am -
  • Summer Bucket List: Blow bubbles
    When Cinthia and I made our summer bucket list we were quite sure that it would be so easy to accomplish. Only problem is that we did not factor in that summer weekends get booked so quickly and that with us both being working gals it just wasn’t…
    - 86 days ago 25 Aug 17, 6:23am -
  • Waste of spaces.
    I often want this space on the internet to be light and fun but it is also my diary of sorts and I can’t leave it blank from what’s going on in our world. Let’s just say that I’m at the angry stage. I was in disbelief at first (not sure why…
    - 88 days ago 23 Aug 17, 6:26am -

All the Many Layers

  • The #30Layers30Days Writing Challenge
    We started on November 1, but feel free to join in at any time!  I have been sharing my daily posts on Instagram, Twitter and Facebook.  You can also feel free to keep your work private and write in your journal.   If you would like to read and co…
    - 7 Nov 16, 10:40am -
  • new workshops, new blog, new book
    Hey!  Long time no see.I started All the Many Layers at the end of 2012 and it's been my home as I ventured into self-employment and authorship and all kinds of creative adventures.  Right now I have that bittersweet feeling of wanting to go and w…
    - 14 Sep 16, 3:51pm -
  • you are going to have to fall
    my one and only I had a plan.   I thought I would take a huge leap of faith that would change my life drastically, then I'd sit back and watch everything fall into place. Because that is what people say:  it all falls into place.  More accurate f…
    - 19 Apr 16, 1:14pm -
  • overcoming anxiety with minimalism { 10 ideas for a simpler life }
    People make me nervous. So do unexpected phone calls, overbooked schedules and uncomfortable clothes. Life in general makes me nervous.  So many people and problems and energies and uncertainties.  I'm sensitive to all of it.The older I get, the mo…
    - 1 Apr 16, 1:34pm -
  • one day I said it's enough
    She was nothing like me.  I could tell by the things she said to him and the way he responded to her.  She seemed to bring out a side of him I'd never seen before and while their exchange infuriated me, it also intrigued me.   Was this the real hi…
    - 10 Mar 16, 2:39pm -
  • less judgment, more love
    There's about three feet of snow on the ground and I see a woman who looks like she needs help.  But I don't help her.  Because awhile back I'd decided that this woman was mean and my assumptions wouldn't let me move. I'm walking the few feet from…
    - 5 Feb 16, 3:30pm -
  • Preparation + Opportunity + Abundance (and a Special Offer)
    Motherhood, Depression and Sex Panel at Catalyst Con East with Jessica Cary, Anain Bjorkquist and Miko TechnogeishaOver the past two months, I have sat on and hosted panels at two conferences.  I got to speak about topics that I am deeply passionate…
    - 7 May 15, 11:08am -
  • The Big, Bigger, Biggest Problem
    sourceMy problem, your problem, everyone's problem... Is that we think we are not supposed to have any problems. We've been conditioned to avoid problems, mistakes and hardships. So when we struggle, we are not only dealing with the objective situ…
    - 6 Apr 15, 2:34pm -
  • When We Judge Ourselves Most Harshly
    source"A writer – and, I believe, all persons – must think that whatever happens to him or her is a resource. All things have been given to us for a purpose, and an artist must feel this more intensely. All that happens to us, including our misfo…
    - 22 Mar 15, 9:39am -
  • Do You Write Better Than You Talk?
    photo credit:  dfinneyphoto.comThe Words That Move Writing Workshop is a 4-week online writing course for: // Writers who have lost their M O J O.//  Writers who are scared to call themselves writers. //  Writers who feel blocked and unins…
    - 19 Mar 15, 10:28am -
  • She Always Waits for Me
    source“You’re a liar. You said you would wear the blue one and you said you would wear your hair down. I’m beginning to think that you just tell me things to shut me up.”I step in the front door, kiss my accuser on the cheek and bear hug he…
    - 9 Mar 15, 6:49pm -
  • I Thought He Would Leave If I Let Him See Me
    On speaking the truth and hearing the truth without fear.I was silent in my relationship.I didn't have a voice and I resented my partner and myself because of it.I didn't speak up because I didn't want to push him away. I thought I could pretend to…
    - 17 Feb 15, 7:11pm -
  • do you keep your promises to yourself?
    www.ayceebrownphoto.comI promise...  gratitude. truth. courage. faith.You might be afraid to aim too high.You might be afraid to entertain too much happiness because you fear that it could be taken away. Disappointments.  Wasted time.  Maybe you j…
    - 9 Feb 15, 5:35pm -
  • How to Protect Your Energy and Preserve Your Peace of Mind (Step by Step)
    sourceOne minute you're fine.  The next minute you feel like you've been slapped.  Punched in the stomach.  Caught off guard.  Ripped from your happy place. It could be a small thing.  It could be a huge thing.  It might not even matter thirty…
    - 5 Jan 15, 3:40pm -
  • The Art of Writing Words That Move (1:1 Mentoring with GG)
    sourceTo me, everything is an intimate conversation or it's not worth talking.  Even if I'm in a room full of people and a speaker is on the stage, I either feel you like you are talking directly to me or I don't feel you.  If I'm watching a perfor…
    - 3 Dec 14, 6:40pm -
  • Does Anyone Even See Me? The Struggle to Feel Important.
    source"Don't demand attention.  Inspire it."  -  Francheska MedinaSometimes I catch myself wanting to feel more important.  Craving acknowledgment, gold stars and approval.  Not appreciating my own attention -- the smiles I give myself,  the sa…
    - 6 Oct 14, 3:41pm -
  • Weakness or Strength? When Arguing Sucks the Life Out of You.
    sourceDo you ever feel weak or misunderstood because you're not competitive and you don't like to argue?Some people love to argue and debate over every little thing, like they need to constantly spar with someone to feel productive.  I happen to hav…
    - 10 Sep 14, 1:33pm -
  • 44 Self-Discovery Quotes to Inspire You // #30Layers30Days
    . Finally September 1 has arrived and I'm kicking off my first self-discovery challenge #30Layers30Days.   If you would like to sign up to receive the daily email prompts, you can do so here.  Also, follow along on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram…
    - 1 Sep 14, 4:26pm -
  • Is This How Everything Just Falls Into Place?
    source"You shouldn’t try to stop everything from happening. Sometimes you’re supposed to feel awkward. Sometimes you’re supposed to be vulnerable in front of people. Sometimes it’s necessary because it’s all part of you getting to the next…
    - 11 Aug 14, 6:07pm -
  • How to Use Writing As a Self-Discovery Practice
    The link in the photo is wrong. Sorry.  Use this one instead."She has learned to love. To fear. To hate. And then to love again.  Through it all, she writes." - Kimberly KinradeI decided awhile back that if I'm going to cling to anything, it's goin…
    - 5 Jul 14, 9:00am -
  • Acne Sucks and I Don't Feel Pretty Without Makeup
    “I don't know. Just because someone's pretty doesn't mean she's decent. Or vice versa. I'm not into appearances. I like flaws, I think they make things interesting.” - Sarah DessenI'll be the first one to tell you that makeup should be an indulg…
    - 5 May 14, 2:26pm -
  • I Felt Like I'd Been Thrown Away
    source“I learned to love myself but only after the love of others would not quite do.” – Shefon NachelleDo you remember your first love?Oh, I do. The rush! The urgency! The passion! No one could tell me that we were not meant to be. Young and u…
    - 25 Mar 14, 2:52pm -
  • Blood, Sweat and Tears // A Magic Potion for Dreamers
    sourceThere’s no miracle in a jar that will magically make your hair grow overnight or make all your dreams come true. Whether we're talking about hair or life, when we want to make something happen, we have to experience it internally before it ca…
    - 17 Feb 14, 1:40pm -
  • I'll Be Right Back, But First A Preview
     sourceThings will be pretty slow around here for the next couple of weeks, but I’ll be back on July 15 with a vengeance. If you’ve been following the blog using Google Reader, you already know that it will be gone after today. I’d…
    - 1 Jul 13, 4:34pm -

Chasing Joy

  • Round Up: 100 Ways For Singles To Have The Very Best Valentine's Day
    Valentine's Day is coming up.  As you long time readers know I am single.  I have been single for way more Valentine's Days than I have been in a relationship.  Actually I think I have only had a Valentine about 2 or 3 times.  So, I know that Val…
    - 8 Feb 16, 12:00am -
  • Miscarriage Update, Nothing Joyful About It.
    Oh how I wish every post on Chasing Joy could be a happy one.  Unfortunately that is not the case.  On Fridays I post Baby Making Updates on my journey to becoming a Single Mother By Choice.  Last Fridays Baby Making Update was a sad one.  This o…
    - 5 Feb 16, 12:00am -
  • Four Reasons You Will Love And Find Joy At Philadelphia Restaurant Week
    Restaurant Week!!!!  I love Restaurant Week. I even did a video about Restaurant Week when I was participating in VEDA.   Restaurant Week just ended here in Philly and I got to go on the last day.  This was probably like my 20th time.  Philadelph…
    - 1 Feb 16, 12:00am -
  • Baby Making Update: Am I Pregnant or Not??? IUI #6 Using Donor Sperm Results
    It's time to test!  I have to say this was my most emotional experience thus far. Was my 6th IUI THE ONE!!!Let's find out... Oh, special shout out for all who watch the video to the end.  Sorry it's a long one, but like I said lot's of emotional st…
    - 29 Jan 16, 12:00am -
  • Using Scripture In A Practical Way To Chase Joy
    This year my theme word is surrender as I realize one of the main things that robs me of the joy I'm chasing is worrying about things that I cannot control.  I need to surrender those things to God.As I develop goals through the year I am keeping my…
    - 27 Jan 16, 12:00am -
  • Why I'm Not Planning My Co-Worker's Wedding Shower
    Normally my blog posts are about things that I am doing, want to do, or have done to have more joy.  Today's blog post is different.  Instead, I am going to tell you about something I'm not going to do.  I am not planning my co-worker's wedding sh…
    - 25 Jan 16, 12:00am -
  • Baby Making Update: Live IUI with Frozen Donor Sperm to Become an SMC (Single Mother by Choice)
    Happy Friday!  I guess school and work have conditioned me to love Fridays.  Now they are even more fun because Friday is when I give you guys a baby making update.  So here is this week's.  This week's update is live video of my IUI.  This one…
    - 22 Jan 16, 12:00am -
  • I Have A Dream...
    Happy Martin Luther King Day.  As we all know he had a dream.  He had a big dream. A dream for his country, my country, the United States.  We know all about his dream because he did everything he could to achieve it.  He preached about it, march…
    - 18 Jan 16, 12:00am -
  • The Plan. IUI #6. Trying To Conceive With Frozen Donor Sperm
    It's a new year and a new cycle.  This update is about gearing myself up for another try at becoming a mom. This is my 10th cycle and 6th IUI.  I cannot believe it has been almost a year since I started trying and over a year since I decided to emb…
    - 15 Jan 16, 12:00am -
  • Chasing Joy with Char Power!
    A while ago I used to post Way To Go Wednesday status updates on the Chasing Joy Facebook Page.  I have not done an update like that in a while.  But today I have an awesome Way To Go Wednesday shout out to Char Power for having a positive attitude…
    - 13 Jan 16, 12:00am -
  • The Fringe Hours For Self-Love & Self-Care
    This is a sponsored post. I was provided with The Fringe Hours materials at no cost to review for this post.  However, all thoughts and opinions expressed herein are my own.Over the  years Chasing Joy has evolved.  Initially, it was about focusing…
    - 11 Jan 16, 12:00am -
  • Reflecting On One Year Trying To Conceive To Become A Single Mother By Choice
    January is a time of reflection.  A year has ended another has begun.  Am I in the same place this year as I was last year? A better place? A worse Place?  Do I need a goal? A New Year's resolution? Should I go with a theme word?  These are some…
    - 8 Jan 16, 12:00am -
  • Chasing Joy's Word for 2016: Surrender
    It is a new year Joy Chasers, 2016!  This is a time of reflection for many of us.  I'm no different.  I am thinking about this year, how I'd like it to be better than the last couple of years, what growth I'd like to see in the Chasing Joy Brand,…
    - 4 Jan 16, 12:00am -
  • Dear 2016
    Dear 2016,Welcome!  I am very happy to have you. I welcome you with open arms and optimism.  I am excited for the fresh start that a new year brings. 2016 I don't have a lot of plans for you.  I am trying something a little different this year. I…
    - 1 Jan 16, 12:00am -
  • Dear 2015
    Dear 2015,I am not even sure what I want to say to you.  I had very high expectations for you.  Now as we prepare to say goodbye in 48 hours I feel that you let me down.  You really dropped the ball  right at the end when you were in position to…
    - 30 Dec 15, 12:00am -
  • Funny Quotes: Using Laugther to Chase Joy
    Christmas is over.  I cannot believe it came and went so fast.  I had a nice Christmas.  It was a low key day spent with my favorite person, my mom.  Santa was good to both of us so clearly our names were nowhere near the naughty list.In my famil…
    - 28 Dec 15, 12:00am -
  • Merry Christmas!!!
    Merry Christmas!!!!I wish you all a Happy and Joyful Christmas.  May we all remember what Christmas is all about.The birth of Jesus Christ and His gift of salvation.Family and Friends.Generosity.Food and Fun.Tradition and Reminiscing.How are you spe…
    - 25 Dec 15, 12:00am -
  • Chasing Joy's Top 3 Posts on Staying Happy During The Holidays
    Christmas is only a couple of days away!!!  I hope you are happy and excited about it.  However I know some of you may not be feeling that way. While it is supposed to be the most wonderful time of the year that is not always the case.  Often the…
    - 23 Dec 15, 12:00am -
  • It Aint All Joyful. Talking Myself Through Uncertainty & Limbo
    Uncertainty!  Limbo! Ugh!!!  These are two things that I hate.  I like being in control.  I like knowing what is coming my way.   I want to prepare.  I want to get in the right mind set.  I want to be ready.  I cannot do any of that when noth…
    - 21 Dec 15, 12:00am -
  • How To Keep Going After Disappointment While Trying To Conceive
    This trying to conceive process is not for wimps.  It is a hard and even sobering experience.  To expect to be a parent your whole life, to spend years trying to avoid it before you are ready, only to have negative test after negative test once you…
    - 18 Dec 15, 12:00am -
  • Give Yourself The Gift Of Kindness
    Christmas is less than two weeks away!  The year is over in less than three weeks!  Are you stressing?  Are you racing around trying to get that perfect gift for you kid, spouse, parent???  Are you putting in long hours at work to make year end d…
    - 14 Dec 15, 12:00am -
  • Testing, Testing, Pregnant or Not Pregnant
    Here we are again.  The end of the cycle.  The monitoring is done and I have survived yet another two week wait.  Did it work? Am I expecting my very own Bundle of Joy?  Let's watch... If you have trouble with the embedded video click here < Live…
    - 11 Dec 15, 12:00am -
  • Joyful Quotes: Words of Wisdom From Notable Muslims
    I am a government employee.  I don't talk about it much because I don't blog about work much.  But it does impact this blog.  Since I work for the Feds I cannot write about whatever I want on this blog.  I give up a little of my freedom of speech…
    - 9 Dec 15, 12:00am -
  • Chasing Joy's #JoyOfGiving December Challenge & Giveaway
    I'm still in shock that the year is just about over.  I mean we are a full week into December. How did that happen???  SMH.With only a few weeks left in the year we are all busy.  Hanukkah has started. Christmas is around the corner.  There are g…
    - 7 Dec 15, 12:00am -
  • Baby Making Update: The Wait!!!
    Last week I did not share a baby making update because I figured everyone would be too busy eating leftover turkey and cranberry sauce and shopping on black Friday.  Now that the holiday has passed let's get back to our normally scheduled programing…
    - 4 Dec 15, 12:00am -

'83 To Infinity

  • I STAND WITH ISHAWNA: Dancehall’s ‘Equal Rights’ Fight
    In a piece I wrote last year for The Establishment on women in Jamaica’s dancehall culture, I said the following:Misogyny, violence, and homophobia permeate [hip hop and dancehall], with the male-dominated nature of each being highly prevalent. Th…
    - 23 May 17, 4:26pm -
  • WHAT’S NEXT: Birthdays And The Promise Of New Days
    My mom tells me that she laboured for a fairly long time when I was born. I finally made my grand appearance on the evening of May 10th, then caught my first sunrise on May 11th, beginning my first full day of life.Whenever I think about what some…
    - 11 May 17, 12:02pm -
  • EASY & FLY: Bee’s Crochet Braid Experience
    Crochet braids!(right photo courtesy of Jessica Laforet)If you know me, you know a few things when it comes to hair:I get bored easily.I love low-maintenance looks that don’t look low-maintenance.I like to give my crown a break every now and…
    - 19 Apr 17, 9:17am -
  • PAST GEM: The Beauty of Bacchanal: Celebrating Feminine Freedom Through Carnival
    As I recently said on Twitter, it’s getting close to that time of year where I mute any words related to Trinidad Carnival. I’m missing out on the bacchanal this year, and of all the flavours I could choose to be, I chose to be salty. To all my p…
    - 21 Feb 17, 8:15am -
  • STAY FLY: Fashion Inspiration For The 2017 Black Diamond Ball
    We’re in the midst of Hollywood award season and I don’t know about y’all, but taking in the range of red carpet style – from the daring Grammys to the glamourous Oscars – always makes me yearn for a moment to get dolled up, too.If you’r…
    - 14 Feb 17, 7:54pm -
  • #HIDDENFIGURES: Uncovering Our Stories [+ CONTEST]
    We’re in a new year, filled with new dreams, goals, plans, and wishes. On a micro and macro level though, I’m seeing how important it is that we know where we’ve been so that we can know where we’re going. A perfect example of this is the up…
    - 3 Jan 17, 11:14am -
  • VIOLA ISN’T ROSA: Viola Desmond & The Erasure Of Black Canadian History
    Viola Desmond’s sister Wanda Robson with Canada’s Minister of Finance Bill Morneau – via lpress.comI’m not sure what troubles me more – that so many Canadians are unfamiliar with Viola Desmond, or that so many feel the need to validate he…
    - 8 Dec 16, 1:50pm -
  • SICK & TIRED: A Few Things I’m Tired Of
    I’m tired. This isn’t going to be a sunshiny post, and I may not have any effective words of wisdom at the end.But bitch, I’m tired.There are things that I used to accept as compliments – things people have said to me about my ability to c…
    - 7 Dec 16, 8:13am -
  • LIKE DEAD LEAVES: Doing The Work Of Purging & Pruning

    - 30 Nov 16, 8:15am -
  • WORK LIFE: The Book I Want To Write About My Career
    After years of struggle, I’m finally starting to see a bright light career-wise. I’m on track to end 2016 in a much better place than where I started, and in a much better place than I’ve been in a long time. This isn’t just related to how mu…
    - 7 Nov 16, 8:10am -

Diary of a Sewing Fanatic

  • A Cardigan and Tee in Wool Jersey
    This cardigan started as a knockoff of an outfit that I saw on Lafayette 148's site. When I found the wool jersey on the Fabric Mart website, I knew it would make a great version of my inspiration outfit.(inspiration picture from Lafayette 148 with t…
    - 7 days ago 12 Nov 17, 12:00am -
  • Simplicity 8303 - A Denim Coat
    This was a project and honestly I'm an instant gratification kinda girl.  I don't mind taking a simple project and then throwing the kitchen sink at it and complicating the heck out of it.  However, actual longer projects give me pause which is pro…
    - 14 days ago 5 Nov 17, 12:00am -
  • Winner of the Book!
    This is going to be quick and dirty!  We've been photographing garments today and I still have a load of pics to wade through!Since there were 29 entries, I used the Random Generator to pick the winner.  The Random Generator picked number 8.So the…
    - 14 days ago 4 Nov 17, 6:38pm -
  • The "How to Machine Sew" Book - Large Format Edition
    When Threads Magazine sent me the Sandra Betzina book to review, they also sent me the "How to Machine Sew" book.  I wanted to review the books separately so they would each get their own time in the spotlight!  This book is one in the series by S…
    - 20 days ago 29 Oct 17, 1:00pm -
  • A Little Somethin' Jacket
    I purchased this pattern last December during my first trip to visit Gaylen at her B&B.  There is a cute quilt shop nearby that sells quilt fabrics and quilting accessories, The Old Country Store. This pattern was one of the things I picked up.The p…
    - 33 days ago 17 Oct 17, 12:00am -
  • Butterick 6486 in an Embroidered Black Rayon
    As mentioned in an earlier post, I went by Chic Fabrics with Meg & Claire shortly before it closed the old location. Thankfully they have moved just one block over to 38th Street, near SIL Threads. It's sad though because there are now fewer and fewe…
    - 35 days ago 14 Oct 17, 2:30pm -
  • Do your patterns talk to you?
    I'm going to admit mine do!  When I take the tissue out of the pattern envelope (old school I know! but we are not discussing how much I dislike PDF patterns this go round!) I hear gentle whisperings. Do you?I recently opened a new pattern - Simplic…
    - 39 days ago 11 Oct 17, 12:00am -
  • Simplicity 2894 - An Out of Print Pattern in Denim
    Or as a subtitle ~ "How Carolyn Complicates a Simple Pattern!"This Simplicity pattern has been out of print for awhile.  The first review on PatternReview is from 2008 and it's been on my "To Sew List" every summer since Rachelle made her version. H…
    - 42 days ago 8 Oct 17, 12:00am -
  • Sewn Magazine Available November 6th
    Sewn Magazine is a new bi-monthly sewing magazine. The first issue will be available November 6th. It is an actual paper magazine that you can hold in your hand and read while laying in bed, riding the bus, or sitting at the kitchen table cooking din…
    - 43 days ago 6 Oct 17, 12:00pm -
  • Out of Print Vogue 7271 - Fall 2017 Version
    This was one of my favorite maxidresses to wear last summer and I've worn it a couple of times this summer too. It's such a comfortable dress to wear that I wanted another one. I've had this red floral poly crepe in the collection for years...so lon…
    - 46 days ago 4 Oct 17, 12:00am -
  • Thank Yous and Winners
    The last act of celebrating National Sewing Month is to announce the winners of the giveaways. However, before I do that I need to thank everyone who participated in the giveaways and fabric discounts.To all of the online fabric retailers who gave a…
    - 47 days ago 2 Oct 17, 10:02pm -
  • A Meet-up, A Gathering, A Reminder...
    Originally I was going to write this post in the order the title appears but Imma start from the end and go backwards...A Reminder ~First the fabric discounts still in effect:The first one is from Smugglers Daughter.  The 20% off discount is still…
    - 49 days ago 30 Sep 17, 4:52pm -
  • Week Four - Discount and Giveaway Reminders...
    This is a quick note to remind you of the TWO fabric discounts still in effect ~The first one is from Smugglers Daughter.  The 20% off discount is still in effect and will be until Saturday, September 30th at midnight PST. Use the code "FANATIC" to…
    - 52 days ago 28 Sep 17, 12:00am -
  • The Notions Giveaway for National Sewing Month
    We have come to the final giveaways for National Sewing Month 2017.  At first I thought it would be too much to have three giveaways in one. Now I realize it's the fitting end to a month of celebrating the craft that we all love so much!So let's get…
    - 55 days ago 25 Sep 17, 12:00am -
  • Last Fabric Discount from LAFinch Fabrics
    The last fabric discount for National Sewing Month is from LAFinch Fabrics! I'm really excited to partner with them. To me they've taken social media by storm, since I see so many sewists making garments using their fabrics. The collection is current…
    - 56 days ago 24 Sep 17, 1:30am -
  • The Last Tuesday of the Month + Wine & Cheese with Kashi
    I'm late...I'm late for a very important date! So says the White Rabbit and me...See I was supposed to share with y'all last week about how The New York Sewcialists, "Last Tuesday of the Month" meet-up and Wine & Cheese with Kashi is merged this year…
    - 57 days ago 22 Sep 17, 10:02pm -
  • Week Three - Cashmerette Patterns Winner and Discount Reminder
    I know that I'm late with this post but my day job has been particularly busy this week.  I think the rest of the year is going to be equally as busy...but I digress.  You want to know who won the Cashmerette Patterns...now should I tease you or do…
    - 58 days ago 21 Sep 17, 9:06pm -
  • Week Three - Smuggler's Daughter and a Discount
    As we continue to celebrate "National Sewing Month" the next online fabric store that I'm highlighting is Smuggler's Daughter.A short intro before the Q & A with Susan.  I've been purchasing fabric from Susan's online store for the last three years…
    - 63 days ago 17 Sep 17, 3:00am -
  • New Look 6340 in StyleMaker Fabrics Denim
    I've been saving denim dresses on Pinterest for awhile. Every now and then I go back through the file and review what I've saved.  Looking at the images in the file, I really wanted to use the New Look pattern to make a denim version of the dress wi…
    - 66 days ago 14 Sep 17, 12:00am -
  • Week Two - Hot Patterns Winner & Discount/Giveaway Reminders
    This is just a quick post to let you know who won the HotPatterns PDF Pattern and to remind you of the discount and this weeks giveaway.First the Giveaway ~There were 102 participants in the giveaway for the HotPatterns PDF Pattern. I used the Random…
    - 66 days ago 13 Sep 17, 8:32pm -
  • Cashmerette Patterns Giveaway for National Sewing Month
    I don't even have to say this...y'all know that I absolutely ADORE Cashmerette Patterns. ABSOLUTELY.ADORE! So of course, I asked my girl Jenny if I could have a pdf pattern to give away for National Sewing Month...and being the awesome person that sh…
    - 69 days ago 11 Sep 17, 12:00am -
  • Style Maker Fabrics ~ Second Discount for National Sewing Month
    I love Style Maker Fabrics. I love the assortment, the website and how it's organized, the amazing customer service, the quick shipping and Michelle, the owner of Style Maker Fabrics. Michelle and Style Maker Fabrics are participating in my National…
    - 70 days ago 10 Sep 17, 3:00am -
  • Week One ~ Discount & Giveaway Reminders
    Just a reminder that the 15% off discount for your total order from Emma One Sock expires on Saturday, September 9th at 11:59pm EST.So if you haven't placed your order yet, surf on over to their website and get shopping! Here's the discount code aga…
    - 72 days ago 7 Sep 17, 2:34pm -
  • HotPatterns Giveaway for National Sewing Month
    Continuing with the fabric discounts and pattern giveaways for National Sewing Month celebrations, the first pattern giveaway is from HotPatterns.A little about HotPatterns ~HotPatterns is an independent sewing pattern company, started in 2005, and r…
    - 76 days ago 4 Sep 17, 12:00am -
  • First Discount for National Sewing Month is from Emma One Sock
    As an introduction, I've been shopping from Emma One Sock for at least a decade. I love Linda's beautifully curated collection. While it's a little more expensive than some of the other online sites I shop, the quality of her fabrics is unbeatable. T…
    - 77 days ago 3 Sep 17, 12:00am -

African American - Latino World

  • The Rise and Fall of the Black Marvel of Uruguay, South America
    José Leandro Andrade“The Black Marvel”During the 1920s and 1930s, José Leandro Andrade was highly regarded in his home country, Uruguay, as “Maravilla Negra (the Black Marvel)” whom enchanted soccer fans witnessed the effortless elegance in…
    - 26 days ago 23 Oct 17, 11:40am -
  • Black Cuban Women Smash White Cuban Male Business Barrier
    Yvonne and Yvette Rodriguez, identical twin sisters, became the first Afro-Cuban women to break to into the old, white Cuban male dominated cigar industry with a boutique line called Tres Lindas Cubanas Cigars (Three Pretty Cuban Women’s Cigars) c…
    - 38 days ago 11 Oct 17, 5:42pm -
  • I Seem Attractive to White and Mestiza Latinas
     As many of you know that with my explorations, research, and travels through Latin America, I try, as much as possible, to engage their black communities and be exposed to and immersed in black culture, which includes going out with black wom…
    - 45 days ago 4 Oct 17, 1:29pm -
  • Prejudice and the Spanish Language
    Black Peruvian women dancing to Festejo musicDuring my travels in Latin America, I not only met black folks, but I met Asians, Middle Easterners, Jews, and Caucasions who are more "Latino" than many U.S. Latinos. I am too often baffled when I meet La…
    - 51 days ago 28 Sep 17, 4:14pm -
  • Afro Latina Reporter Confronts the KKK
    Ilia Calderón, a black Colombian journalist with the Spanish language TV, Univisión, agreed to visit Chris Barker, the Loyal White Knights faction of the KKK on his wooded North Carolina property. She watched Mr. Barker lead a KKK meeting – carry…
    - 55 days ago 24 Sep 17, 1:13pm -
  • Thoughts of Defecting to Cuba!
    Long before President Obama reopened diplomatic relations with Cuba, I arrived on the island legally by permission of the U.S. State Department to attend a Spanish language intensive training at the University of Havana. On my first day there, I had…
    - 62 days ago 17 Sep 17, 3:14pm -
  • Argentina’s Forgotten Black Hero, Dubbed as the Mother of Her Country
    The first news of María Remedios del Valle on the battlefield goes back to her participation of her defense against the English invasions as she attended and kept the soldiers’ backpacks to lighten their march to battle wrote, the combat corps com…
    - 81 days ago 29 Aug 17, 5:09pm -
  • The Diversity of Black America
    When I speak of America, I speak of Canada, the USA, and countries all the way down to Argentina. When I speak of Black America, I speak of blacks in Canada, the USA, and countries all the way down to Argentina.It was a Spanish-speaking member of an…
    - 87 days ago 23 Aug 17, 11:01am -
  • I Am Proud of this Historically Black Peruvian Team
    Proudly wearing the jersey of a Historically Black Peruvian Soccer TeamAs I strolled through one of Lima, Perú's most dangerous districts, La Victoria, where a stadium is located housing Perú's famous Alianza Lima soccer team, no one gave me a seco…
    - 24 Jul 17, 3:23pm -
  • Colombia, South America “Dissed” Their First and Last Black President
    A portrait if Colombia's first black president was doctored to make him look whiter. A Colombian woman once wrote on my blog that we Americans are too preoccupied with race, but when I pointed out all the racism I observed when I visited the hometown…
    - 12 Jun 17, 3:26pm -
  • A Funny Ecuadorian Memory
      Juncal (Valle de Chota), EcuadorWhile riding a long-distance bus into the Andes Mountains in Ecuador to visit a small black community that produces many of Ecuador's best soccer players, I struck up a conversation with a young black teen wearing…
    - 1 Jun 17, 4:55pm -
  • Afro Latina Bashes African Americans
    In response to one of my blog posts, Confusing Afro-Latinos with African Americans, a hurt and embittered Afro Latina whom I will refer to as Liliana, posted her comment: “This is the problem, African Americans want to believe that we Afro latinos…
    - 8 May 17, 11:21am -
  • Afro-Latino Films for Black History Month and Beyond
      When discussing black history, the subject is too often limited to black Americans as black history can be traced even to places like Russia. There is much more to the black race as it extends through many languages and cultures around the world.…
    - 22 Feb 17, 7:34pm -
  • The Root of Latin-American Racism
    A black American male got into a friendly conversation with two black women in Oakland, California's Eastmont Town Center. When the subject of race came up, both woman politely asserted their racial and cultural confusion with a pleasant smile statin…
    - 13 Feb 17, 1:48pm -
  • UPDATE: I Stepped Away from my Beloved Afro-Peruvian Godchild
    My godchild on her 11th birthday The downside of traveling to developing countries like Perú and getting too close to the people is that many will think that you are in the same economic bracket as Donald Trump and will often hit on you for money. M…
    - 8 Feb 17, 8:16pm -
  • Black and Female from the Dominican Republic
    Vanity Duran was accepted into Florida A&M University not knowing it was a Historically Black College & University. Once on campus, she was pleased to see a predominately black student body and felt that being black herself she would fit right in. Wr…
    - 28 Jan 17, 3:42pm -
  • During Trump's Inauguration, I Will Be in a Latino World
    At a block party while visiting El Carmen, Perú  I am second from the right attending a party in El Carmen, PerúOn Friday, January 20, many TV channels will be airing Donald Trump's inauguration. A host of people across the country, including poli…
    - 15 Jan 17, 3:19pm -
  • Surge in Latinos Embracing Black Heritage
    Black Bolivians parading their black prideA young, African-American girl used to tell a good friend of hers at the Harriet Beecher Stowe Intermediate School here in New York that she is black, and not Latina. That comment infuriated Marta Orozco so m…
    - 10 Jan 17, 10:15pm -
  • PRESUMED CUBAN: African American Tourists Mistaken for Afro Cuban
    Arriving at the José Martí Airport in Havana, Cuba to be processed by immigration Since my trip to Cuba years back, I heard accounts from other African Americans who visited the island who had a different experience than I when it came to experie…
    - 2 Jan 17, 2:29pm -
  • Blacks and Browns in Harlem Celebrate the Legacy of the Puerto Rican Ally of the Black Panther Party
     Schomburg Center for Research and Black Culture on Malcolm X Boulevard in Harlem, NYC Recently, I attended a celebration of the Puerto Rican contribution to the black and brown liberation struggles of the 1960s, which was hosted by the Schomburg Ce…
    - 19 Dec 16, 1:06pm -
  • Thinking of Stepping Away From my Beloved Afro-Peruvian Godchild
    The main square of El Carmen, PerúI am among the few heterosexual, black males who made it well into adulthood without birthing any children. I don't know about the minuses of this experience, but I am certainly aware of the plusses; no hefty child…
    - 10 Dec 16, 6:50pm -
  • Afro-Latino Successor to Marcus Garvey
     Carlos Cooks of the Dominican RepublicMarcus Garvey was a Jamaican political leader, publisher, journalist, entrepreneur, and orator who was a staunch proponent of unity and self-help among members of the African diaspora to which end he founded th…
    - 25 Oct 16, 2:28pm -
  • A Language Learning Program That is Way Better than Rosetta Stone
    Receiving my Advanced Spanish certification from El Sol language school in Lima, Perú  I had several jobs where hardly a day went by when I did not engage Spanish speakers or serve as an interpreter. One company gave me bi-lingual pay. Many peopl…
    - 18 Oct 16, 3:00am -
  • A Puerto Rican Finds Her Black Identity
    Real Latinos come in all colors, including black. However, there are many Latinos of African ancestry who, despite being descendants of African slaves and experiencing home-grown racism in their respective countries, deny their black skin, and some t…
    - 14 Oct 16, 3:00am -
  • Ecuador Celebrates Black Heritage Month in October
    October, Afro-Ecuadorian Heritage MonthNegro, negro renegrido       Black, black, blackenedNegro, hermano del carbón       black, brother of charcoal,negro de negros nacido      born black                    Negro ayer, m…
    - 10 Oct 16, 1:14pm -