Most Peculiar, Mama

“Nobody told me there’d be days like these. Strange days indeed. Most peculiar, mama.”- John Lennon The lyrics from the John Lennon song “Nobody Told Me” are so appropos right now. The song came out in 1984 , off of the Milk and Honey album. I was fourteen, a mere teenager, and although I liked…

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Madhuri MEANS It!

Have you ever read something that gets under your skin, disturbs you a bit, makes you a little uncomfortable but still leaves you feeling alive? Such is the case with Madhuri Pavamati’s now book of poetry I, Machete. As the title indicates , when it comes to poetry that is prolific and powerful, she’s a…

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Gratitude

I once got a phone call that shook me to my core. The statement was simple, the implications undeniable. “It’s praying time” the voice of Debbie Blackwell – Cook said from the other end of the line.  I didn’t have to ask what she was referring to. I already knew. Our mutual friend of a…

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US is Scary. But Aren’t We All.

I saw “Us” last week one day before it was officially released in theaters. Since it’s billed as a horror movie this was a big deal for me. I don’t do horror. When a new scary movie comes out I am not the one to jump up and say: “I can’t wait to see it!”…

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Naiomi Osaka: Go Ahead With Your Bad Self

I suppose that if Serena had to lose this weekend’s US Open match to anyone I’m glad it was to the humble Naomi Osaka. Even before the match, when they asked her if she had anything to say to Serena, Naomi’s response was: “Um, I love her.” She could have responded on the Muhammad Ali…

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And Still I Rise: Answering The Midnight Muse

       3:15 a.m. That’s what time she woke me up this morning. Two days ago, she woke me up at 3:49 a.m. Today? Tomorrow? Who knows. I’m talking about the writing muse — that seductive voice that whispers in my ear when an idea strikes me, and I’m compelled to jot it down,…

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Rise

Rise and shine! It’s time to rise up, get a rise out of someone, watch the bread rise, and rise to this fabulous occasion…

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Women Who WOW Now!!

March is Women’s History Month. Many deserving women have been remembered for their accomplishments and deservedly so. Those who have come before us and passed on are sure sources of strength and inspiration. Amelia Earhart, Zora Neal Hurston, Clara Barton, Coco Chanel, Bebe Moore Campbell, Julia Child, the list goes awesomely on and on.

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