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The Comfort of Grits (Love in the Morning)

I woke up wanting grits this morning. I wasn’t necessarily hungry for food, but for the comforts of home in yesteryear. Daddy and Mom had a comfortable routine every morning when we were growing up. Both arose at the crack … Continue reading

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Writing Through My Tears: A Message From Trayvon

I wrote this first in my love journal– a journal I bought expressly for love notes and thoughts because the verdict handed down on the Trayvon Martin case has everything to do with a lack thereof. I concede that we, … Continue reading

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What Can I Do? Good, She Would Say.

*Author’s Note: I met Nation and Jamie Hahn nearly three years ago during a strategy session for a political candidate. After Nation was introduced, he told us that of all of his experiences and achievements, by far the best thing … Continue reading

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5 Unselfish Acts To Take Your Mind Off Your Troubles

It may be easier said than done, but more times than not, I elect to live by the Nike theme: Just Do It. Here are a few ways to distract yourself from your own issues and make the world–even your … Continue reading

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How To Grieve

My Mom told me once that as I got older I would become more aware of death and its sting. She was right.  As optimistic as I am (my sister-in-law says the Kimpsons are the most optimistic family she’s ever … Continue reading

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Parenting’s Strength

Wikipedia describes synchronized swimming as “a hybrid form of swimming, dance and gymnastics, consisting of swimmers (either solos, duets, trios, combos, or teams) performing a synchronized routine of elaborate moves in the water, accompanied by music. Synchronized swimming demands advanced … Continue reading

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After the Homegoing

After participating in the heart-wrenching but celebratory homegoing service for my dear family friend “Daddy Mac” who slept away peacefully at the age of 90, I am reminded of the advice my Dad gave me nearly 20 years ago about supporting … Continue reading

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