Love Is Not a Marriage (…continued)

I wasn’t sure that I wanted marriage or children. Marriage was the aspiration of insecure women with little ambition. I was sophisticated, and metropolitan, and evolved (Whew! Lol, right?). More than that, I didn’t think someone black would ever love me, truly. I was weird and prude and unconventional. And not in the interesting way, … Continue reading Love Is Not a Marriage (…continued)

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On Loving Forest Whitaker & Revisiting SMART Goals

After Robin Williams there was Forest Whitaker. He seemed genuine, compassionate. No matter the role: hero, villain, or somewhere in between, I always wanted to trust him. I always wanted to trust in him. I'm not ashamed of my biases. There's only one genre I can commit to with my whole weight: sci-fi/fantasy. But for … Continue reading On Loving Forest Whitaker & Revisiting SMART Goals

Day 5, Week 23: The Big Short

I’ve never cared much about money. It’s why I majored in English. It’s why I served in Americorps for two years. It’s why I went to grad school three times. (More on that later.) I’ve been distrustful of those with greater access to critical resources. I’ve been resentful of nepotism that’s led to unequal distributions … Continue reading Day 5, Week 23: The Big Short

When Legitimacy Fails (Falling Slowly)

Legitimacy is important. It's why Trump bombed Syria. It's why Kim married Kanye. It's why Beyonce made that ridiculous photo shoot. (Yeah, I said it). Legitimacy can define our career, our self-worth, and our relationships. It can anchor us and sustain us when we aren't being fed by our work, by our studies, or by … Continue reading When Legitimacy Fails (Falling Slowly)

Day 5, Week 17: What I Know Now (Two Cents on Stocks & Investing)

Service has always been a part of my family. It wasn’t something we talked about. It wasn’t tokenized; it wasn’t manufactured. It wasn’t even referred to as service. (Saying it now makes me feel paternalistic). As a result, I've never cared much about money. I've been distrustful of those with greater access to critical resources. … Continue reading Day 5, Week 17: What I Know Now (Two Cents on Stocks & Investing)

We Built A House

We built a house We built a house With our bare hands Cementing, disheveled, shoveling Meticulously constructing a secure foundation Preparing plans, re-planning, reconstructing. We built a house But I was hungry And bored of the labor Menial Meticulously constructing a way out Of us Not a legacy passed down or a legacy given up … Continue reading We Built A House

If You’re Here For the Hugs & Cookies, Please Get Out (Part 2 of 2)

For better or for worse adult education programming functions much like elementary and secondary education. States and local governments provide funding, accountability, and oversight. Politics at the national level set the stage for the scope and sequence of our work. They can outline performance metrics and indicators. They can determine future eligibility requirements and create … Continue reading If You’re Here For the Hugs & Cookies, Please Get Out (Part 2 of 2)