Category Archives: Before My Time
My Best Posts of 2013

I’m a little late on looking back, but I wrote 67 posts in 2013. Here’s my top 10 list of…

Pure Black Power

A note about today’s post: I have a bi-weekly column on National Catholic Reporter, and I plan to use these…

Best Reads Week 8.25.2012

  Since I haven’t done this in a couple weeks, and I’ve spent several nights of the past week up…

Paying respect to The Help
photo: my great-aunt in her day work uniform with the children she kept

  I’ve grown up attending wakes and funerals for people of my grandparents’ and great-grandparents’ generations.  At these sad memorials…

In Defense of The Help

UPDATE 8/29/2011: I’ve seen the movie—with my grandmother and other women of her generation who were ‘The Help’—and after a…

When you see a woman drive
My cousin (at the wheel) and me on my grandmother's bus

Women didn’t drive very often when my maternal grandmother was a girl.

Food for the Soul
my mom, two of my aunts, and one uncle, when they were kids

On Mothers’ Day, I went to my grandmother’s house and forgot to eat. How did I go to grandma’s house and FORGET to eat physical food? I nibbled on some food for my soul instead.

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