Dear Melanin

Dear  Melanin, You are the history of a people. Drenched and deeply rooted in ancestry that was wrapped in robes and stripped to rags. Oppression, segregation, racism, and discrimination has outlined your foundation. Weighing heavily on your back, but strength is your first language. A lifetime of injustices and suffering cannot leave a dent in…

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10 things…

Ocassionally, it seems that  I am drowning in my grief. I focus on the smallest specks of darkness in my life; my back turned to the light that beams from the window. One adverse event takes priority, hogging my attention and clouding my thoughts. When negativity traps me within its grasp, I try to remember…

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A Thanksgiving Dinner

  The last Thursday of November was always a busy day for the Johnson family. Thanksgiving was a day of cooking, football, and family, and this year was no exception. Rita’s mom’s small house was a bumbling beehive. The food had just been placed on the table: turkey, mashed potatoes, stuffing, cornbread, canned yams, and…

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Christmas Markets

This past weekend I had the pleasure to visit both the Christmas markets at Edinburgh and Glasgow here in Scotland. Thought different locations, the two events were very similar. The streets were filled with small markets that were selling various items such a plaid scarves, carefully crafted leather covered journals, delicious foods, beautiful lights, and…

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Far, Far Away: My First Week Abroad

The summer prior to taking off, I was like a child in a toy store, impatient and excited for something new. I counted down the days until take off on my bathroom mirror, I created five different packing list, I watched thousands of YouTube videos to familiarize myself with the European culture, and I bragged…

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