Loving America: My Thoughts

Loving America: My Thoughts

“I love America more than any other country in the world and, exactly for this reason, I insist on the right to criticize her perpetually.” – James Baldwin

My sister and I came to this country when were 4 and 7, respectively. I love this country for the opportunities it has afforded us. As a 7 year-old child, never had I imagined I would accomplish the goals I’ve accomplished. I don’t think I dreamed of anything other than getting my 64-count crayons back that were stolen and not getting a beating at school. 21 years later, I have a college degree and I’m working towards a master’s. I’ve traveled. I have access to clean water and A.C. It’s not always easy, but I have access to things other people don’t. So, I am grateful and love this country. My life could have been completely different and I thank God for his grace and mercy.

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Book Thoughts | January 2017-May 2017

Book Thoughts | January 2017-May 2017

After my unsuccessful and disappointing attempt to read 16 books in 2016, I decided I would read 26 books in 2017. Obviously, I love failing at challenges. So far I’ve read 11 books! So close to that 2016 goal. In 2016, I read memoirs. Unplanned. In 2017, I’m reading YA and New Adult. Also unplanned. Many of the books I’ve read are fantasy. Some, I can’t get out of my head. Some have that diversity element I talked about in previous post. I won’t talk about all 11 books, but I thought I could highlight the ones I loved.

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Oh, The Places You’ll Go

Oh, The Places You’ll Go

“You’re off to great places! Today is your day! Your mountain is waiting, So get on your way!” – Dr. Seuss, Oh The Places You’ll Go

When I told my best friend I would take her graduation pictures in August 2015, I don’t know what I had been thinking. I didn’t own a camera. I wasn’t close to owning one. As a matter of fact, I didn’t get a camera until June 2016. I didn’t really start using it until November 2016. I didn’t quite understand aperture, shutter speed, or start using different modes until April 2017.  Fast forward to May 2017, she’s an MSW graduate and I’m the person behind the camera capturing her memories. She believed in me and my goals.

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Hello From the Other Side

Hello From the Other Side

In my very-best-but-not-even-remotely-close Adele voice: Hello. It has been a while since I blogged. It’s been so long I don’t even recognize my WordPress draft. WordPress looks different. I am on the other side of my second semester of graduate school. Only 3 semesters left. Yes, I am counting. Graduate school has been tough. I miss working. I miss sick and vacation days. I miss benefits and a steady income. This semester was different from my first and I can’t quite articulate how. I had difficulty adjusting back to school after Christmas break. I couldn’t find the balance between school and staying aware of what is happening in our country. Somehow, I survived and didn’t fail. Every time I received a grade back from an assignment I was sure I muddled my way through, I was shocked. Did I actually get an A on this? Did I actually survive 6 group presentations gracefully? I hope my focus during summer session is different because I expect summer to go by quickly. I start practicum in two weeks and I need to start preparing for a conference I’m presenting at.

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Every. Single. Day

Every. Single. Day

This is me processing, but mostly ranting:

Why am I living in a Game of Thrones episode? Are we the Starks? Where are the dragons? Who is Daenerys?

Every day I wake up to something new with this administration or faux feminist empowerment think pieces policing black women, their bodies or something. Every. Single. Day.

I’m convinced America’s demise will be the result of a Twitter beef or something 45 tweeted to another foreign leader. 100% convinced of this. FOR WHY (YES, FOR WHY) DOES THE PRESIDENT HAVE TIME TO TWEET LIKE HE’S NOT SUPPOSED TO BE RUNNING A COUNTRY????? Why is he tweeting like he has a regular 9-5?  Barry Allen, get me out of this alternate timeline ASAP. I did not ask to be a part of Flashpoint!

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