Juneteenth

Long before I knew anything about Juneteenth, I knew Mrs. Peoples and Mrs. Green. Mrs. Green was my seventh-grade teacher at Beaumont middle school. A little woman who took no mess from nobody and would threaten to talk with your parents in a minute (because nine times out of ten she had a relationship with them) and students did not want their parents coming to the school. Back in the day, Mrs. Green was firm but loving. You knew she wasn’t going to let you get away with foolishness but you also knew she loved and wanted the best for you.

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…

Gratitude Day 18: Forgiveness

A big word deserving of a few big gulps.  Forgiveness is an action requiring people to swallow their pride, overlook offenses, get over themselves, see others for who they truly are and learn to accept them for such. There’s a saying you may have heard, ’forgive and forget’. I know what you’re thinking, it’s from…

Gratitude Day 3: Freedom

I am grateful for freedom. Freedom to breathe deeply, to inhale all that is good, refuse what does not feed my soul, benefit my well-being. Freedom of expression, faith, belief, to speak my truth, remain silent. Freedom to love. Freedom to like or dislike, to agree or disagree. Freedom to imagine, explore, create, grow, sink…