(More) Gun Safety Shenanigans in the State House

May 4, 2015

  Have we become inured to or outraged by the daily reports of children killed by guns left unattended by adults? “Overall, the C.D.C. numbers indicate that gun deaths are trending somewhat upward as motor vehicle deaths continue on a steady decline, thanks in large measure to serious government safety regulation aimed at reducing fatalities […]

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Lemon Mint G & T – 5:00 Fridays TM

May 1, 2015

I have what you might call an accidental garden. When we renovated this house we had no idea what was going to sprout in the yard. It turns out that much of what we thought were weeds are actually coveted bushes. We had dug up some stuff that hadn’t reached its prime bloom, unbeknownst to […]

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Advocate2Vaccinate During World Immunization Week

April 29, 2015

Don’t google images of children with polio. Consider this a warning. You just googled “children with polio,” didn’t you? It’s hard to imagine life before the polio vaccine. My father in law had polio as a child. Most of people in the women’s groups I speak to have lost a sibling or family member to […]

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Legacy

April 28, 2015

Unlike the board game, the game of Life doesn’t have all its spaces neatly squared away in order. The natural order of things sometimes goes awry. Through our teens and 20s we see our friends through milestones. There are graduations and degrees and marriages and births. The air bursts in a celebratory dance. We walk […]

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Heart of Haiti in the Heart of Home

April 27, 2015

I don’t work with my hands. I clack on keys as I write, but what I create is ethereal, not tangible. There are beauty in words, but it’s not the same as a thing of beauty that strikes you in each passing step. I have a burst of sun that sits atop the table in […]

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Mother Nature’s Marvel

April 23, 2015

  We don’t need Earth Day to remind us that Gaia herself rules the world. Have you ever stopped to marvel at nature? It is particularly striking this time of year in North Carolina. There’s a rainbow bursting in every yard, between the sidewalk cracks, and peeping through fence slats. A carpet of yellow buttercups […]

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It’s Hard to Be a White Man

April 16, 2015

The other day a guy was lamenting to me about how hard it is to be a white man these days. At first I thought he was being ironic. I mean, he was saying this to me, a brown woman. Hearing these words uttered from the lips of a white man left me feeling perplexed. […]

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Thankful for Shots

April 14, 2015

We have a long-standing family tradition to say our thank you’s before dinner. Instead of saying grace, we hold hands and each share something we are thankful for from our day. The only rule is we cannot say we are thankful for a material object. Last weekend, oddly enough, we all said we are thankful […]

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Eyes Up, Phones Down

April 8, 2015

I’m going to say something very unpopular here. Prepare for a get-off-mah-lawn rant…I’m tired of kids with cell phones. I’m tired of seeing kids with their fingers pushing buttons or their faces in a screen all the time. I’m tired of the lack of eye contact and reliance on a screen to communicate (or avoid […]

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Come to North Carolina

April 2, 2015

If North Carolina had a state vehicle, it would be a hand basket. And we’re on the highway to hell. North Carolina has been in the national spotlight plenty of times, and I’m not talking about basketball. We have a GOP-run legislature emboldened by its Pope and Koch ties. They don’t believe in science, yet […]

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