The Journey of a Broken Heart- A Special Interview

26. September 2017 serious 2
The Journey of a Broken Heart- A Special Interview
My cell phone rang while I was driving home. It was my mom. Ordinarily, a phone call from my mom wouldn’t be an immediate cause for concern or panic. However, this was different. She was in the hospital and waiting for a heart transplant. A phone call from her could signal that it was GO ...

Teaching Kids About Racism and Color in a White World

15. August 2017 serious 1
Teaching Kids About Racism and Color in a White World
The car is always where we have our serious talks. Strapped into their car seats and without electronic devices, the kids usually give me their undivided attention. With racial tensions constantly rising (especially of late), I often use this car time to talk to them about racism and equality. We live in an unfortunately monochrome ...

When There Isn’t a Re-do Button

19. April 2017 funny, serious 4
When There Isn’t a Re-do Button
It’s been just over 4 years since my Dad died. It’s pretty hard to believe since I can still remember his mannerisms as if I just saw him yesterday. He was a hilarious person with a gregarious laugh and people always gravitated toward him when he told a story or a joke. He was the ...

I’m #TooStressed to Feel #SoBlessed

02. November 2016 funny, serious 5
I’m #TooStressed to Feel #SoBlessed
Let’s face it, some days are just easy and others are plain stressful. Unfortunately, I seem to be on a continued streak of those stressful days lately. So stressful that I’m having a hard time feeling that #soblessed vibe that everyone shares. I went to the bus stop yesterday afternoon in the same clothes that ...

Parenting: It Was Supposed To Get Easier

12. August 2016 serious 4
Parenting: It Was Supposed To Get Easier
When I had my first child 7 years ago, I distinctly remember everyone saying to me “It’s going to get easier.” I must’ve had that frazzled sleep-deprived look about me back then that would warrant almost everyone from the Target checker to my own family saying that to me. Those times WERE rough, I’m not ...

Watching Mental Illness From the Sidelines

21. June 2016 serious 5
Watching Mental Illness From the Sidelines
A few days ago I received a text from my older sister that she lost her job. Again. This is probably the third job she has been fired from in the last few months. Unfortunately, this is just another bump in the roller coaster of her recent life with mental illness. You see, both of ...

When Our Parents Lose Independence

30. May 2016 serious 3
When Our Parents Lose Independence
This weekend my siblings and I had the task of clearing out my mom’s house so it could be put on the market. Unfortunately when our parents lose independence, we are often left to figure out what’s best for them. In my mom’s case, it meant selling her home and moving into my brother’s house. ...

A Public Apology to the Boy I Bullied

16. May 2016 serious 1
A Public Apology to the Boy I Bullied
Alfonso was his name. I think about him often, and if I remembered his last name, I might even reach out to him now to apologize. We were in middle school together and we shared some of the same classes. I was trying to be funny and thought if I called him “Egghead” it would ...

Confessions From a Former Latchkey Kid

15. May 2016 funny, serious 4
Confessions From a Former Latchkey Kid
I look back upon my childhood with great fondness. We had a comfortable house in a middle-class neighborhood in the middle of Houston. I had two amazing parents that worked really hard to provide for us, and three older siblings that made growing up full of hilarious stories. I was also a latchkey kid. We ...