Before my mother's health declined, I began telling the story of how I was hospitalized in September. This is the first time I have revealed why. After I checked in at the emergency room, the nurse took some of my blood. No one knew what was wrong with me, but figured out it wasn't my… Continue reading January Is National Blood Donor Month
Past years found me waking up early (yes, even in my thirties), excited to open presents. Like most people, I enjoy receiving presents. I also like giving presents and seeing the look on a person's face when they open a perfect, well thought out gift. This year could not have been more different. I woke… Continue reading Am I The Only One Who Is Glad Christmas Is Over?
For those of you who did not see my previous post, my mother died in November. I wrote this poem for her to be included in her obituary. Memories of Mommy Memories float back And feel crushing At times Sunlight in the backyard Surrounded by flowers Disco dance parties Birthday celebrations And countless meals Watching… Continue reading A Poem For My Mother: Part 2
It started with a spot. Just a small discolored spot (several shades lighter than the rest of my skin) between my thumb and finger on my right hand. That discoloration grew and more spots appeared all over my body (my other hand, my arms and legs mostly). It eventually spread to my face, around both… Continue reading World Vitiligo Day
So, I've been in the house for nearly a month. Once upon a time, an introvert such as myself would dream of moments spent strictly indoors with limited human interaction. Apparently, I am not the person I thought I was. I thought that if I had time to myself, I would get so much writing… Continue reading I’m trying to be productive, but…
I recently heard my mother tell one of her friends that people had been saying something mean about her throughout her entire life. I didn’t mean to eavesdrop, but my mother is loud when she is on the phone. To protect her privacy, I won’t repeat exactly what she said. I can tell you most… Continue reading Is it all in your head?
I've been struggling to write this post. I've arranged and rearranged the words in my head but cannot seem to find the ones worthy of this phenomenal woman. My introduction to Toni Morrison was during the summer after 7th grade, which was the summer I pretty much spent on the front porch reading. I read… Continue reading Toni Morrison
Image credit: Amazon.com If you have ever been very sick, particularly if your illness was hard to diagnose, "Sick and Tired (Parts 1 and 2)," are The Golden Girls episodes for you. Season 5 kicks off with a pair of episodes centered around Dorothy's (Bea Arthur) mysterious illness. She has had flu like symptoms for months and… Continue reading #Flashback Friday – The Golden Girls “Sick and Tired (Parts 1 and 2)”
Image credit: Amazon.com I remember Regina King in her first role on the sitcom, 227. There weren't a lot of minority families on TV in the 1980's and the Jenkins were one of my favorites. (My absolute favorite TV family is the Hubbards on All My Children.) Most of my favorite 227 episodes focused on Brenda (Regina King), including… Continue reading My #WCW – Regina King