Day 3, Week 7: Between the World & Me

We called him Sweatpants because he showed up to the New Faculty Orientation in a hoodie. All the other staff came in suits and blazers, casket-sharp. He came in skinny-legged sweats and some ol' school Adidas. I was attracted to him, but tried not to show it. He seemed arrogant, worse than that: smug. The … Continue reading Day 3, Week 7: Between the World & Me

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Things Fall Apart

Emma Lazarus wrote The New Colossus in 1883 to raise money for the Statue of Liberty. Funds would be used to construct the pedestal where the statue now stands. In 1903 the poem was placed on the statue's plaque to commemorate its author. An excerpt from the last stanza of the sonnet reads: Give me your … Continue reading Things Fall Apart

Other People’s Children: Alternative Facts

Children deserve to be supported and protected. They need to be kept safe. From us, they learn compassion, humility, and humanity. They learn how to lead, how to steward, and how to engage. They do not choose their family, their social status, or their country of origin. They do not choose who their parents are, … Continue reading Other People’s Children: Alternative Facts

On Loving Robin Williams & Making Smart Goals

I used to have a crush on Robin Williams. It lasted from Mork and Mindy up until Bicentennial Man. He seemed genuine and kind; there was a sincerity about him. I saw such vulnerability, compassion, and strength. In What Dreams May Come, he loved his wife so much that he left Heaven to seek her … Continue reading On Loving Robin Williams & Making Smart Goals

Tokens, Tims & Tatts: I Get Out

I don't like drawing attention to myself, despite what my clothes sometimes say. It's one of the reasons I don't always feel like being black. I grow weary of being scrutinized and simultaneously ignored. I grow tired of the collective low expectations and shock/awe at everyday success. At the end of this year my parents … Continue reading Tokens, Tims & Tatts: I Get Out

On Groceries, Racism, and Relationships: I’m not making two trips

On Racism I’ve only been called a nigger twice, both times in Chicago. It’s one of the things that sold him on Texas. He’d expected much worse, and had been through more in Jersey. We were trying to pick a place where we could settle down and, in time, raise children. Texas was off the … Continue reading On Groceries, Racism, and Relationships: I’m not making two trips

How I Went Vegan (yesterday) & How You Can Too!

I went vegan this whole weekend, but there were free sandwiches at work, so I quit. I don't do well with sacrifice. I don't have much experience with it. It's one of the things that makes me a bad friend, and, at times, a temperamental person. It's something that makes me egotistical and, at times, … Continue reading How I Went Vegan (yesterday) & How You Can Too!