emancipation proclaimed from the mountaintop

preamble my biggest fear is that stress will kill me. my biggest fear is that one day my son, my sweet baby boy, will walk in my room call my name and be forever changed because his mother has died in her sleep of a heart attack, or stroke or aneurysm. my biggest fear is…

(silence) because ferguson is so loud

there are no words for this…this… this feeling i, a black woman, raising a son also black mid nightmare in this unreal this… this… this bullshit i am trayvon’s mother i am jordan’s mother i am michael’s mother i am eric’s mother i am and i have no words not for this this feeling that…

mark 12:31 (expanded wanda addition to ensure enoughness for all)

Love your neighbor as yourself. There is no commandment greater than these. Here’s the thing… I don’t want you loving me the way you love you with your overstuffed calendars and empty carryout tins   I don’t want love that’s squeezed in between teeth whitening and that 3rd Starbucks before car pool   I don’t want…

midnight train rides, honey wine, africans and my bastard nose

the last time i drank an entire bottle of honey wine was on the train between verona and florence. i was headed back to the villa from visiting my uncle and his family. after a weekend away i wasn’t quite sure what felt more like home, my uncle’s off base apartment or the villa with…

the fastest way to helpers’ fatigue is to pull 7 all nighters

the lamb was dry. frankly after an 11 hour day of trying to carrel people, a dry lamb chop was enough to bring her tears. she was very conscious about being so emotional. and she was emotional every moment of every day. her emotionalism ranged from hysterical crying fits to momentary screaming matches with things…

it was all christopher cain’s faulth

it was all christopher cain’s fault. i’ve never been one for adventure or courage or going against anything that wasn’t what i was told. i like order. i like predictability but then christopher cain came into my life and…well, all h. e. double hockey sticks broke loose. i knew he’d be trouble for me the…

nerd girl pep talk (the word is courage)

someone once called me a jackie of all trades. i thought it was a compliment until i began to overanalyze (a past-time of mine) the sentiment. in my life i’ve had opportunity to do many things. i’ve studied abroad, self published books, consulted with major industry and lead. there are a lot of things that…