Behind a Black Man’s Mask

As the world continues to navigate a new way of functioning under the threat of illness brought by COVID-19, essential businesses and services are now requiring patrons to wear masks. It’s a protocol that assumes everyone is sick or carrying the virus, and the masks prevent the carriers from continuing to spread disease. It’s a…

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New Tribe: Meet the Neighbors

Welcome back to the next installation in our series about building new friendships in our adult lives. Growing up takes us in new directions, creates new priorities, and has a tendency to have a big impact on our friendships. In my case, moving around to different states while growing a family created geographic separation between…

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Killing Santa Claus

Welcome to another holiday season. The Christmas trees are up at the mall. Beautifully tacky lights are up everywhere. We’re all spending too much money and stressed out. It’s my absolute favorite time of the year! But this time there’s something a bit troubling lurking beneath my festive mirth. Is this the year Santa Claus…

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My Mother’s Day Meltdown

This year was my worst Mother’s Day yet. While many people were getting breakfast in bed or snuggling up to their children or, my personal favorite, taking the day off from the business of motherhood and the kids, my day was significantly different. First, I made the mistake of not realizing that I had booked…

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The Second Season

Life can sometimes eat up every ounce of energy and motivation you have and leave you only able to focus on the few things that absolutely cannot be neglected. I’ve been in that space for the past 7 months. Between a major project at work, parenting, pregnancy and sometimes managing to make my bed here…

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In The Eye of the Beholder

One peaceful night in bed with my husband, while discussing the aggravations of work, kids’ schedules, doctor’s appointments, and all of the other things of mundane adult life, I noticed an interesting pattern on my comforter that I had never noticed before. In the middle of my sentence about something drab, I stopped… ” Is…

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