October 7 1963. 57 years ago today. Did you know about Freedom Day? I didn’t either until recently. Seems there are many events that were left out of my public school education as a child. Freedom Day was an organized effort to register Black voters in the Dallas County district of Alabama. The population of … Continue reading Freedom Day
You may have noticed I have been missing in action as of late. I have learned, from doing it wrong so many times in my life, that grief takes an enormous amount of energy. When I am in a season of grieving, I have to give it space. That means giving up other things, so … Continue reading Sitting With Grief
Why now? Why ‘switch sides’ now? Why all of a sudden do I see things differently than I ever have before? It is a good question and one I am asking myself. I know I am making many of my friends uncomfortable. I am uncomfortable myself. Yet, I must proceed. There are several reasons my … Continue reading Why Now?
As an educator who holds a teaching certificate, I have to keep updated on educational topics in order to maintain that certificate, because a certain number of classroom hours are required to remain current and in good standing. Classes are offered in many different places on many different topics. Many years ago, I took a … Continue reading Getting An Education
I haven’t watched the video. I couldn’t even handle hearing it when my husband was watching it in the same room. Yet, the still image of the knee on the neck, posted in so many places, is etched in my mind. I cannot stop seeing it behind my eyes. They say a picture paints a … Continue reading Knee on the Neck
Deconstructed food is all the rage these days. It involves separating the components of a dish, and presenting them together. You can have a deconstructed cake, salad, or main dish. Any food item that is usually mixed together can be “unmixed” and served in its separate parts. Chefs will tell you that the way to … Continue reading Deconstruction
Pain is erupting. In an explosion, it is shooting miles into the sky. It is red hot and glows in its intensity. It oozes down, scarring the landscape as it goes. There have been rumblings. There have been quakes even. But the tectonic plates, after rubbing together for over a century, have shifted. The pressure … Continue reading The Eruption
His eyes showed up on my screen two days ago. His smile caught my attention, because along with it were words of solidarity. To avoid death tolls and conspiracy theories, I no longer watch the news, so I was unfamiliar with his story. I clicked on what I thought was a news clip to find … Continue reading Ahmaud