Everyone called her Mother. It didn't particularly matter how you were affiliated. She was my great-grandmother on my father's side. Tall and slender, and aptly named Maud (although I didn't learn that until years after her passing). She had a nickname for everyone. Mine was Sittin' Hen. Even as a child I resented it because … Continue reading Day 7, Week 29: What Are You Willing To Give Up?
On June 30, 1926 the United States enacted its national code of law. Often referred to as the U.S.C., the code provides the general and permanent statutes of the United States. The Office of the Law Revision Counsel of the House of Representatives prepares this code. The U.S.C. is organized and grouped by common themes, … Continue reading United States Code 101
My niece changed my life, but she doesn't know it (partly because she's six, but also because I've never told her). Before she was born, I had a picture in my head of who I was and what I wanted. Her life exposed me, made me aware of my bias and my privilege. She made … Continue reading To Live, Joyfully
When I was younger, I understood that black women were supposed to be angry. Since stereotypes frustrate me, I became especially motivated to a) understand anger and not to b) embody the stereotype with my actions or my words. Understanding anger is easy. All you have to do is underline the cause and disentangle the … Continue reading The Upside of Anger (…continued)
There's a coldness in me that I can access when needed or when it suits me. I'm good at rejection, both being rejected and doing the rejecting. I'm good at taking "no" for an answer. When given the means, I'm good at firing people. A few years ago I felt a close friend of mine … Continue reading Day 3, Week 28: Pack Light
We knew he’d be tall because his knees were too big for his legs. Ever since he was little, they were at least three times the size of his knees. We figured that he’d take after my dad’s uncles. In college, I was really excited when he asked to come visit me. Seven years my … Continue reading But I Am Still Thirsty
'Twas brillig, and the slithy toves Did gyre and gimble in the wabe: All mimsy were the borogroves, And the mome raths outgrabe. "Beware the Jabberwock, my son! The jaws that bite, the claws that catch! Beware the jubjub bird, and shun The frumious Bandersnatch! Sometimes when I'm overwhelmed I quote lines from Jabberwocky (in … Continue reading Day 4, Week 26: Jabberwocky