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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Merry Gift-mas

I swear I’m not a Grinch. I love Christmas! There’s something about the lights and pageantry that makes the world seem to be dusted in magic. The cold weather becomes tolerable, just because it fits with the theme. I look forward to the holiday parties and the ugly sweaters. I don’t even criticize the phony…

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The Ghosts We Live With

It’s the time of year where scary things get their time to shine. Halloween is coming and everyone’s imaginations are dialed up as they ready themselves to don costumes representing their wildest dreams, their funniest jokes, or their worst nightmares. Some participants are tiptoeing through haunted houses and watching horror films, taunting fear as a…

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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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