Much ado about hair…

“Blackbird singing in the dead of night Take these broken wings and learn to fly All your life You were only waiting for this moment to arise” – Paul McCartney Have you heard of Tiana?  Have you heard the story of a little girl told by her school that she would need to change her […]

The Dead Can’t Talk. It’s Time To Listen To Survivors.

Sexual assault is like a death. A death of who you would have been. Who you were before. It is a violation of the body and the mind, but most profoundly, the soul.

This Is Not A Political Post

My first political debate took place in the back of the school bus in First Grade. My friend and I had started arguing about the upcoming election. We were going at it pretty hard over Reagan v Carter. We were spitting out words and throwing around phrases we had heard but didn’t really understand. But […]

It’s Time To Fight Hate. It’s Time To Get Loud.

“Darkness has a hunger that’s insatiable, And lightness has a call that’s hard to hear” –Closer To Fine, The Indigo Girls I believe that love always wins, that love will always defeat hate. This week that belief has been shaken. Last Sunday, hate opened fire on innocent souls in their sanctuary. A gay night club […]

Ciara Exposes Cleavage, Ruins Football

  Did you feel that? It was subtle, so maybe you missed it. The ground shook a little and the skies cracked open. Swear jars and chore charts toppled off of the shelves of suburban track homes all across the country. There was a collective gasp from young children, their eyes assaulted. Parents everywhere rushed […]

The Voice That Made All The Difference. Thank You, Mom.

  None of us get through life unscathed. We all have things that caused pain or fear or rejection or shame. Sometimes I look back and I marvel at where I am. I feel incredibly lucky that the hurtful and the shameful and the painful didn’t define me. They are there, but they didn’t win. […]

The Seduction

You simply must meet her. Paige is mystifying. Infuriating. Bewildering. She’s also the protagonist in Mandi Castle’s debut novel, Dear Stephanie. You’ll want to resist her allure. You’ll want to hate her. But be warned, your resistance is futile. Prepare to be seduced. How often have you looked at someone in envy. Someone who seems to […]

Bad Behaviour

Today I’m opening up my home (because this place is very much like my home) and inviting someone very special in. This is one of those guests you make a of fuss over. You break out the good wine and the best glasses. You light the candles and put on some funky new music because you really […]

“The Talk” That Proves Racism Is Alive

  “The police in New York City They chased a boy right through the park And in a case of mistaken identity The put a bullet through his heart Heart breakers with your forty four, I wanna tear your world apart” -The Rolling Stones, Heartbreaker Do you worry about what others think of you? I […]

This Discrimination Is Still OK

“Pardon me while I burst into flames, I’ve had enough of the world and people’s mindless games. Pardon me while I burst and rise above the flame. Pardon me, pardon me. I’ll never be the same.” -Incubus, Pardon Me We live in a world where discrimination still happens but it often happens in the shadows. […]