I Am Not Okay

Every struggle is different, even during a collective time of uncertainty, hate, illness, death, where anxiety is at an all-time high. Now more than ever, it needs to be okay to say, “I am NOT okay”. My first introduction to suicide was at the ripe old age of twelve.  I was in seventh grade when…

Tired

“I’m sick and tired of being sick and tired.” It can either be a call to action or a crippling fear of hopelessness. I woke up the other day feeling the warmth of the sun peeking through my bedroom blinds while a heavy cloud of defeat, and hopelessness sat on my shoulders. The protests, the…

You Don’t Get To Tell Me How To Feel

Yesterday (5/25/2020) a man was lynched.  His name, George Floyd.  He was murdered by a police officer, Derek Chauvin.  I won’t even ask why the police force allows individuals like him to join because historically those same individuals would participate in the KKK at night and patrol the streets during the day. Yesterday (5/26/2020) a…

Breaking Silence

On this day last year my play, Redefining Alberta was performed to a packed house. The community was so receptive and supportive. The constant “mmhmm, I know that’s right and you betta say that” comments from them let me know that there was so much truth in the storytelling (I love my village). There was…

Gratitude Day 16: Progress

What is progress?  Move forward or onward. Progress (progressive), not to be confused with the insurance company, is one of those buzz words like diversity, equity, and inclusion people use to describe the change or at least their awareness of the meaning. The problem with progress is the measuring meter.  There are many examples to…

Gratitude Day 14: Encouragement

I am grateful to people who offer me encouragement.  As I completed the last two posts, a couple of people near and dear to my heart were going through traumatic circumstances. When I received the news as to what was going on my heart sank down to the pit of my stomach. I couldn’t believe…

Gratitude Day 13: Laughter

Laughter is good medicine~ My family and I love to laugh.  Everyone in our household has their comedic moments where we’re sitting in silence and someone says something off the wall, the rest of us look at each other like, what did they just say and bust out laughing to the point where even the…

Gratitude Day 12: Friends

Friends, how many of us have them? Friends, ones we can depend on? Friends, how many of us have them?  Friends, before we go any further. The rap group Whodini came out in the early eighties.  They had cuts like Five Minutes of Funk and The Freaks Come Out At Night but the one that…

Gratitude Day 11: Protection

As we honor our veterans today I can’t help but meditate on protection and how there are times we’re unknowingly sheltered from danger.  When the enemy is lurking in the shadow ready to attack, when the weapons form but nothing comes of it.  Then there are times we know without doubt protection has come our…

21 Days of Gratitude Challenge

Just because we know something is right or good for us does not mean we automatically do it.  Take being overweight, for instance, we know to be severely overweight causes health issues like hypertension, diabetes, and other curable diseases that if we lost weight could disappear.  For some reason, most of America, myself included, has…