Activism - Art - Authorship
This page showcases my various articles and writings featuring commentary on social justice, current events, and spirituality.
"Where I was born and how I have lived is unimportant. It is what I have done with Where I have been That should be of Interest."
- Georgia O’Keefe
"One moment can change a day, one day can change a life, and one life can change the world."
June 26th, 2021
The past two years are now the bookends to a major transitional shift that started six years ago. One day I woke up, and my world scattered at my feet in sharp, unrecognizable shards. Suddenly, I was standing alone, surrounded by a void. This massive shift all occurred when my doctors told me of my potential to contract Multiple Myeloma, a disease that wreaks havoc with your immune system. I was just 52 years old at the time of diagnosis...
"When I dare to be powerful, to use my strength in the service of my vision, then it becomes less and less important whether I am afraid."
- Audre Lorde
June 3rd, 2021
This piece is personal. It expresses how my life was afflicted/affected by intolerance, ignorance and racism while living in "white surburbia" in the USA. The below excerpt from my unpublished memoir shares how I have come to terms with my 'Blackness/Caribbean-ness" to date.
"Do not look away from what's wrong, look through what's wrong."
May 3rd, 2021
When I was younger, my mother told me character matters. She said that if you cared for your character, life would bring you many benefits. However, being young and wilful, I blew her off, going on to make a mess of my life in ways big and small. Over the years, many opportunities presented to change, but why stop a party when the music is so good?
"According to the CDC, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men will experience physical violence by their intimate partner at some point during their lifetimes. About 1 in 3 women and nearly 1 in 6 men experience some form of sexual violence during their lifetimes."
Domestic Violence - StatPearls - NCBI Bookshelf, Feb 17, 2021
April 21st, 2021
This morning I woke up to the headline, 'Tragic Loss': Moly Lillard of Ex-NY Jets Legend AL Toon, Killed by Husband in Murder-Suicide," and it broke my heart. Another beautiful young woman is now relegated to the statistical proof that intimate partner domestic violence is a scourge within our society. Talented, this young woman still had much to give to the world. I am not a sports fan, so I am not familiar with her journey. Nevertheless, my heart breaks to see the senseless loss of a young life. The National Statistics Domestic Violence Fact Sheet states that 1 in 4 women and 1 in 10 men experience sexual violence, physical violence and/or stalking by an intimate partner during their lifetime. As I write this, there are women and men across the USA suffering in silence, hoping their silence will bring them another day, another breath.
An excerpt from my 2013 out-of-print book, Turning 50 is a Bitch. These will be posted intermittently.
April 21st, 2021
The big transition is here and ongoing. All my senses tune to the new reality of finally receiving my AARP card. Remembering anything short-term can be taxing. I want to remember the things I tend to forget and the things I want to forget I remember. However, I still love and hunger for all life brings but at a slower pace.
Recently I started receiving online advertisements for senior dating: Seniors Match; we have a sweet senior single near you. I sat at my computer reading the email over and over because only one word stuck out, and that was 'senior.' Nowadays, I can hear the hands of time clicking as I get closer and closer to the day when it will be official....
Excerpt from unpublished memoir, Sista Survivor: An Immigrant’s Spiritual Journey to Legitimacy
April 21st, 2021
The well-known spiritual guide and teacher Eckhart Tolle once said, “Always say ‘yes’ to the present moment… Surrender to what is. Say ‘yes’ to life — and see how life starts suddenly to start working for you rather than against you.” No matter our backgrounds, we women survivors need to center our lives in clarity and presence to reclaim our lives.
To live, many women like myself have learned to survive first. Having lived a full, multi-faceted, and multicultural life amid numerous challenges, I came to believe that for women like myself to live stable and meaningful lives, we must instill clarity, awareness, presence, acceptance, and gratitude as a daily, consistent practice. In other words, for life to begin working for us, it is essential to unflinchingly ground ourselves from deep within our truths to determine a self-defined purpose. I know this because I came to embrace such a philosophy as a daily practice, and I am here to tell you that it works....