Winning and Losing

Winning and losing means so many things to so many people.  The terms winning and losing go beyond competitive games.  I use the word “winning” to acknowledge or affirm actions or a set of circumstances that result in  favorable outcomes.   In my opinion, winning always has a positive connotation for the winner.  Winners tend […]

Packing is such a process

Preparation for travel meant engaging in a mental survey of the things I need to take with me beyond the normal toiletry items.  In general, the number of outfits and the weather forecast have dominated my thoughts when packing.  I have also given considerable thought to the question of which shoes match the outfits.  The […]

Some things are worth repeating

Some days I have wondered if my mom had crazy dreams in her youth that other folks thought were outlandish.  My guess was that young women, especially Black girls, in her day weren’t encouraged to dream outside of the predetermined categories established by someone other than the young women.  Those who were lucky enough to […]

Simply amazed!

After a very long weekend last week, I returned to work and enjoyed many opportunities to share stories about the adventure that included two commencement exercises in less than twenty-four hours.  My children made me proud last week and left me reflecting with amazement about the milestones they accomplished. I was amazed that neither of […]

Tiana and T’Challa: More than movie mania

Anyone who knows me know that my kids and their holistic development has been at the center of my life for most of my adult life.  I have no regrets about my decision to invest in them.  My intentional investment in them enhanced my life in ways I never imagined and produced two amazingly creative, […]

My son – the explorer and envelope pusher

For the last three weeks, I have enjoyed conversations with friends, coworkers, and strangers with children.  We have talked about every thing from bed wetting and child leashes to meal preparation and the reasons children make us laugh.  I was reminded that I began blogging in an effort to share anecdotal stories that encourage people […]

Gearing Up For School

A few weeks ago I went into an office supply store shopping for a small shredder for my house.  Of all of the household appliances, I think that my favorite ball coach ranked the shredder at the top of the list just behind the first place vacuum cleaner.  Before confessing to him that I dropped […]

The Purge

Since I got married twenty-eight years ago, I have moved at least fourteen times.  The first move was mostly personal belongings and hand-me-down furnishings. The most recent move came complete with years of accumulated stuff courtesy of the husband, the kids, and me.  We also owned the things bequeathed to us by folks who wanted […]

Back to school: Tales from my journey (Part 3)

Writing Part 3 of the back-to-school tales from my journey proved cathartic for me.  Friday evening, I received a text from my daughter saying that she had been pulled over by a police officer and soon after she stopped her car two other units approached with lights and sirens, parking their cars strategically to prevent […]

Back to school: Tales from my journey (Part 2)

My school begins the fall semester Monday and I am not ready.  Last week was filled with trainings and things designed to get students and faculty ready for the academic year.  However, getting everyone else geared up and feeling excited about the possibilities ahead meant a lot of time away from my office.  Campus training […]