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Letter to Clay

Letter to Clay

Dear Clay, You would be so proud of your wife, the leader of your tribe.  She keeps you alive. Your children didn’t know you long, but they know you well. Allison doesn’t stray from mentioning your name at the dinner table. She’s not afraid to show home videos when the […]

The Chronicles of Being a Lazy Perfectionist

The Chronicles of Being a Lazy Perfectionist

A lazy perfectionist. At first glance, one might assume that the phrase illogically uses two very contradictory words. At first glance, one might even be right. But, the truth is, this unlikely pair is a beautiful blend of words crucial in describing who I am — a lazy perfectionist. I […]

Dear JoJo

Dear JoJo

Dear JoJo, It still doesn’t feel like you’re gone or that you have been for over two years. Maybe it’s because I hear your voice every time I talk to Macy or because your lively spirit and memories are kept alive through Kel and Allie. Macy and I talk about […]

The Hike

The Hike

They told us the hike would be around 35 minutes. It was supposed to be a nice, uphill tread to the top of the hill where the orphanage was built. At the beginning of the hike, we laughed and made light of our adventure. Being my fourth day in Haiti, […]

Don’t Touch My Hair

Don’t Touch My Hair

Beauty is pain. Especially for us black girls. Our hair – through a variety of styles – is an outlet for our creativity and originality. My box braids, in particular, are a conversation starter whether I want them to be or not. So allow me to briefly explain. They’re simply […]