It’s OK to Have a Toy Gun…If You’re a White Kid

December 28, 2015

I see preppy white boys the same age as Tamir Rice carrying air soft guns in my neighborhood and in affluent neighborhoods near me. The longish hair swooshed over their eyes, ever so effortlessly coiffed. They are decked out in Nike shirts or Vineyard T-shirts emblazoned with the iconic whale. Elite socks in bright colors […]

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Merry Consumer

December 23, 2015

  One of the hardest parts of parenting is imparting lessons to our children that we hope will stick and carry on through their lives. These are trying times, the height of the holiday season. Consumerism abounds as we substitute the cash register for the altar at which we pray. Children are bombarded with myriad […]

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On Allies

December 21, 2015

There are times life’s journey makes us feel like Sisyphus. Every day we roll up the proverbial rock, only to watch it fall back down, crashing our souls with every step. There are a legions of people who feel disenfranchised in this world and live the life of Sisyphus every damn day. Every day is […]

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The Secret of Santa’s Helpers

December 18, 2015

There really needs to be more than one Mother’s Day a year. Mothers the world over deserve some accolades and rest during this, the season of giving. You see, without mothers there is little giving going on. We are the ones shopping, cooking, baking, wrapping, party planning, photo book making, stocking stuffing, card writing, tree […]

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On Giving

November 25, 2015

We are entering the holiday season full throttle. Never mind that Christmas decorations have graced store shelves since August. There is no grace in consumerizing even more of the American way. It’s painful to see the melange of Halloween costumes, Thanksgiving turkey crafts, and Christmas ornaments all fighting for shelf space. Could we please focus […]

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Xenophobia is more than a vocabulary word.

November 19, 2015

When I was around 10 years old my language arts teacher asked us to draw a letter from a hat. Our task was to study and present a vocabulary word that started with the letter we picked. I picked X. My classmates simultaneously groaned in empathy and sighed with relief. I pored through the dictionary, […]

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Working Girl

November 9, 2015

There it is, the first day of work photo. Hey, these milestones aren’t just for kids. It’s been over 12 years since I had a “first day of work.” Cue the new girl jitters. I’ve had my own marketing and branding consulting business for the last 12 years. It’s been both feast and famine. And […]

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Beauty in Rain

November 3, 2015

Confession: I don’t mind the rain. There’s a certain melancholy about it that’s comforting. These few days of pesky rain forces me to stop and relish the moments. I slow down to a healthy pace. The drizzle washes away all symptoms of fear of missing out. The rain soothes me. Normally an extrovert of epic […]

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Victim Blaming – When an Officer is Not a Gentleman

October 28, 2015

I imagine the same people who blame the 16-year-old student in South Carolina for her behavior before Officer Fields brutally yanked her from her desk also believe women are raped because of what they wear. Those folks love to blame the victim, even better when said victim is a woman (rather, girl, in this case) […]

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Sit a Spell and Disconnect

October 27, 2015

I sat for just to spell without my phone in hand. It’s nice to be untethered to an electronic appendage. The weekend provided glorious proof that Mother Nature favors North Carolina. Nothing beats our autumn. Mother Nature flaunted her fall colors as a peacock might in mating season. There was the warmth of the sun […]

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