The Time of “I Don’t Wanna”

Photo: This year, I’m learning applique. I was at my favorite fabric store today  (followed by pretty yummy Thai) to pick up fabric and embroidery thread/floss to replicate this piece that my sister did for me back in ’16. I call her Our Lady of Smiting and I give her a kiss whenever I go down…

This Integrated Life

  I’ve been considering how to write this post for the last few days. Martin Luther King Jr. Day comes with as many narratives as there are narrators. His legacy is packed with plenty to choose from: He was the Black Radical, the Preacher’s Preacher, the Disciple of Christ, the Moral Leader for Economic Empowerment,…

I’ve Got Soul, But…

Photo: I am not a poet, but when I see this nasturtium leaf, thoughts come to mind. It’s as if the leaf is saying it does not matter where you roam  or just how far you reach, there is always, always a path toward home. All roads will lead you there if you should need….

Of Gates

Photo: I am utterly enchanted by magnolia trees. I am seriously trying to figure out how to bonsai one myself or make a purchase of a bonsai’d one. I think they are just gorgeous. This tree grew proudly right outside our room. I could almost touch it if I reached my hand far enough from…

The Thin Beige Door

Photo: I spent my week in South Carolina’s “Low Country” which is, as many forbidding places are, achingly beautiful. The 2 1/2 hour drive between Charleston and Hilton Head brings me through a spectrum of emotions. I spent my week writing and working. The Husband was working, too. We were away, but we were working. It was…

[Quiet Thoughts] Of Love So Radical

Photo: Ursa Minor had a really, really rough go with his allergies this week. I came home from teaching my class to find my child coughing and miserable, the medicine completely failing him. Neither of us slept. I put Major on the bus for school and kept Minor home. It took an eternity to get…

[Quiet Thoughts] Centering Prayer

Photo: I had to bake bread today… You see, I was hoping that I’d wake up today with the sunshine and feel a little better about things. Surely lack of sunshine is what set me in my bad mood on Monday morning. Problem is, I didn’t feel better. I took one scroll through my Facebook…

And Ain’t I Your Base?

Shout out to the 98% of Black Women in Alabama who went out yesterday and carried this entire country over the finish line. Absolutely and unequivocally, I honor you. I thank you. Shout out to the Black voters in Alabama who went out yesterday and stood up to the voter suppression, who stood up to…

And Ain’t We Princess Material?

Photo: Shout-out to the good and generous friends who fling open doors for you and bid you welcome. Our dear friend has a lovely home in Vermont that she let us borrow for the weekend, giving us the opportunity to be away and relax. The boys had a marvelous time playing with other peoples’ toys,…

Passive Aggression

Photo: I bought this beautiful salmon at Wegmans today on a whim and was totally delighted and surprised by how totally fresh it was when I brought it home. Good fresh fish should smell like the ocean when you unwrap it, and this salmon smelled like the Outer Banks on a perfectly clear day. It…