- Toledo, Ohio, USA
- September 23
- Editor/eBook Publisher
- Observations From the Swamp
Many folks think we live in the nether regions of the earth here in Toledo, Ohio. However, Toledo is the birthplace of jazz great, Art Tatum, not to mention many other distinguished and accomplished AfrAms (African-Americans) who often remain unheralded and unrecognized in their home town. This swamp is a petrie dish swarming with undiscovered talent that the world may never know because there are too many slimey creatures down here in the swamp pulling down anyone who tries to climb out and come out into the warmth of the sun. This diva climbed into the swamp with one purpose - to rid the world of slime!
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Teachers' kids automatically become bully bait. And my
grandmother, Mrs. Jefferson, was the dreaded sixth grade teacher at
W. D. Spigner.
So, when we were in fifth grade I decided it was time to take care of my main bully, Sylvia Portis, before we got to sixth grade. One day I picked… Read full post »
I was your first born, your most difficult birth with shoulders so wide, Dr. Wade, who made a house to deliver me in the house your built with his own two hands, had to use forceps to pull me out and I still have the dent/… Read full post »
President Obama's support of "marriage equality," not gay marriage, may turn the tide of opinion regarding this issue among black Evangelicals. According to an article in the Daily Beast, negative attitudes towards gays among African-Amerians went from 67% negative in 2008 to 47% negative in just fou… Read full post »
According to the Constitution I'm only 60% human. (That "Negroes are only 3/5 of a man" statement was never removed.)
According to some men, I'm supposed to be subservient. According to some cultural dictates, I'm not supposed to be attractive to the opposite sex.
According to… Read full post »
After being a public school teacher and having to fight to do what I needed to do to help children until I finally gave and recent stories about children becoming activists to get an education, two from Detroit, I'm convinced that public education's purpose is not to educate children but to… Read full post »
How to teach a child with a developmental disability
Henry was excited about having spaghetti for dinner. He brought his bowl of noodles and sauce to the table just as his father removed the garlic bread from the oven and brought the pan of hot, pungent baked/… Read full post »
Someone named Spirit Love who joined OS for the sole purpose of
maligning my deceased brother alienated me from a place I felt safe
revealing myself and sharing my story.
So I've stayed away, sporadically coming back to post once in a while and visit with old friends. It's good to know… Read full post »
"American Bandstand" was my conduit to my generation. There I learned all the '60s dances, rocked and rolled, and got soul before soul was a train. I twisted, mashed potatoes, boogalooed, and jerked in private because I wasn't allowed to dance. Not even at my school's prom. My rural community had… Read full post »
My mother was a stay-at-home mom, unusual for AfrAm women. But it was the fifties and it was all the rage.
Actually, that's not why Mom was a homemaker. She was a homemaker because her goal in life was to be a wife (of a preacher) and a mother. So, at… Read full post »
The voices of those who died on the slave ships, whose hearts were rended in two when children and loved ones were sold away, and who were lynched and mutilated that have cried out from the graves haunting my pen as it quivers in my hand are quiet for a moment… Read full post »
This story is almost as tragic as Trayvon Martin's murder. Only instead of murdering the child, the teachers and principal at 13-year old Jada William's school in Rochester attempted/… Read full post »
We're a force to be reckoned with. As our love and relationship grows I am more convinced God has a divine purpose for bringing us together. Whatever the reason, I'm glad we found each other./… Read full post »
Delicious is not a strong enough word to describe the taste of Ruby Kitchen's Tuesday special, Salmon Patties and Rice. Scrumptuous, an epicurean delight, tastily sensuous, or even damn good don't do this dish justice.
I'm a southern belle with the delicate taste buds of someone who thinks chitlings… Read full post »
The scared young black girl walked toward the clinic slowly, unsure of what she should do. A white woman approached her smiling."God wants you to know He loves you and your unborn child," the woman said.
The girl fell into the arms of the kind woman weeping. They walked together away
… Read full post »
Need a good laugh? I did and got one when I saw this! Watched it
six or seven times and couldn't stop laughing! Still can't!
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QzXM58qR1Es&feature=youtube_gdata_player Read full post »
Since the first St. Patrick's Day in Boston,
Irish people everywhere have been
celebrating the day of the saint's demise,
not the day he rid Ireland of snakes in his
blue, not/… Read full post »
O. K. I’m in love with a frog. Well, strong like. Really strong.
I always thought the fairy tale went like this: the princess kisses the frog and he turns into a prince. Well, I’ve kissed my frog several times and he’s still a frog. I don’t… Read full post »
Sojourner Truth made her famous "Ain't I a Woman?" speech in
defense of women's rights. I think she would make the following
speech to Republicans in Congress now:
I's wonderin' why all these here men tellin' wimmin folk 'bout havin' ch'ren.
Is you a woman?
You can't carry no baby in that there belly… Read full post »
I finally decided to get a Ph.D. and despite a poor performance on the GRE, especially in math I was accepted into a doctoral program at The University of Toledo where I'll be a graduate assistant.I was asked during the interview process if I want to be a college professor and… Read full post »
OCCU-PIE (Our Citizen:s' Coalition Unifying People for Independence and
Follow the OCCU-PIE recipe on my last post, make your holiday dessert, and show your support for the 99% on the most American of holidays! Don't forget to ta/… Read full post »