Whether we think about it or not, Mother’s Day is often a day that can bring on an array of emotions for many people. With the flip of a channel, there’s no shortage of commercials with smiling moms receiving jewelry, cards, spa days, and flowers. What we sometimes forget through all the smiling faces on … Continue reading My Own Miracle (MOM): A Different Perspective on Mother’s Day
“How many of you act the same way all the time, no matter who you’re around?” This is one of my favorite class discussion questions I ask my students in my sociology class. In a class of about 200 students, I may have about only 10 or so students (if that) raise their hands. From there … Continue reading Does Your Front Match Your Back?
As funny as it may sound, a few of the things I think of when it comes to boundaries are the walls and fences at the zoo that keep us and the animals from getting too close to each other (God forbid!), a ball that crosses over a set line in most sports, and personal … Continue reading Personal Boundary…No Trespassing!
Blame. Delays. Tardiness. Irresponsibility. No one wants to be defined by these words, but these are the words that come to my mind as I think through my past week. I think if I had a list of my top five least favorite things, moving would definitely be in there somewhere. There are obviously worst … Continue reading Say No to Mediocrity
Being in the middle is uncomfortable. When you’re on the outside positions, you can stretch out, you can breathe, and you can clearly see what’s going on. When you’re in the middle, your view is sometimes blocked, things feel tight, and you just want to get out of this uncomfortable space as quickly as you … Continue reading Don’t Quit in the Middle
A quick click of the news this week no matter where you live, and I’m sure your tv (or iPhone) was filled with story after story of how our state of Texas experienced a winter storm that we were quite unprepared for. I’m not a cold weather type person at all (20 years in California … Continue reading Call It What It Is
Often times when growing up and participating in certain extracurricular activities, I often found myself being the only African-American female is the group. Softball. Check. Piano Lessons. Check. Even at my very, very tiny high school, I was usually one of no more than two Black people (and that two included myself)! Some may not … Continue reading On an Island of One
Have you thought about popping your bubble lately? One of the first things I often teach my students in my sociology courses is to understand perspective. In order to do this though, you have to willingly engage with people different than yourself. I’m not referring to people who may be toxic or unsafe. I’m talking … Continue reading Is It Time To Pop Your Bubble?
Well, this year has started off anything but peaceful. To turn on the news is to turn on chaos, calamity, and catastrophes. (Have you taken a no news day lately? I promise you, they’re worth it.) I’m going to get straight to the point and ask this question...How are you managing your peace?? In order … Continue reading 20:21 Peace
If we can be honest with each other for a moment, I don’t think any of us need to be reminded to be grateful for something. I think many of us know that already. Yet, we don’t want to be THAT person who seems ungrateful for the things we should be grateful for, so we … Continue reading My Lessons of 2020