Before I understood what words like “racism” and “discrimination,” meant,before phrases like “white supremacy” and “implicit bias”lodged their definitions into my lexicon,I knew there were people who didn’t like my appearance.They detested how my well-oiled dark-skinglistened in the sun, or,I learned, they didn’t like the tight coils of my hair –and not like how I […]
Get a Life, Chloe Brown by Talia HibbertMy rating: 5 of 5 stars Wonderfully written! This is a heartwarming about a woman who lives in chronic pain and all that come with it- loss of friends, fear, misunderstanding, and more. It’s sweet and honest and I’ve read it twice in two days. Like I’ve said […]
We went bowling today. I’m not the next Lebowski – my ball spent more time in the gutter than it did on the lane- but between the delicious Garlic and Parmesan wings, flossing, dropping it like it was lukewarm, and the laughs, I had a really good time. What I didn’t do was take pictures. […]
I’ve been reading a lot of romance novels but this month I’m taking a break. This doesn’t mean that I won’t be reading romance novels; I’ll never give those up. But, I am aiming to read four books that are not part of #romancelandia. Reading four books is usually easy for me so I will […]
I’ve amassed numerous unfinished projects in my adult life. For example, in 2017 I committed to publishing six issues of my Gather the Wind Zine. I published two. I have enough poems and shorts for more issues, but… Also, in 2017, I opened a t-shirt store called Bamable. While there are only three designs available […]
If you haven’t figured it out yet, I work for Automattic, Inc., the parent company of WordPress.com, as a Happiness Engineer. I celebrated one year at Automattic and wanted to write about what this year has been like for me. I work remotely, usually out of my home office, and I make my schedule. But […]
My children’s book Civil Rights Then & Now has been available on Amazon for a month and the feedback has been amazing. I am in awe of this whole experience and can’t believe that after two years of writing and editing, we are here. The journey has been unreal and I have learned so much. […]
My husband and I bought a juicer almost eight years ago, and at one time we were using it almost every day. Then for some reason, we just stopped. I am hoping to start detoxing again as it will give me the opportunity to bring it out again and include fresh juice into my diet. […]
I wrote a book! Take a crash course in the social justice issues that keep the United States from realizing its promise of equality! This civil right book for kids is simultaneously a guide for parents and educators who worry about broaching the topics of racism, discrimination, and prejudice. Civil Rights Then and Now: A […]
Mono-printing has made a comeback! In the last three years, the Gelli® Plate has become very popular, just search YouTube. There are numerous videos showing viewers how to make their own plates, and countless others show different mono-printing techniques. It’s quite interesting! Admittedly, I was sucked in a few months back as I was looking […]
I love pens! That’s an understatement. I have an unnatural obsession with pens. My favorite pens are the Uniball Signo RT, and I usually buy them from Tokyo Pen Shop. However, recently I decided to try Jetpens after watching Melanin Eclectic’s YouTube video from December 2017. About a week ago, after a particularly grueling couple […]
For her 12th birthday we experienced flying and living outside of fear.
I am focused on simplifying my life and on finding balance. While streamlining the ridiculous amounts of crap that I have collected over the years despite not being very materialistic is something I do often, finding balance has never really been something that I have been able to accomplish. I’m forty, and I have ADD […]
Old Post reposted: Sunday, August 30, 2016: I celebrated my birthday (38 and Great!) and my husband and I celebrated our 12th wedding anniversary! We decided to spend the day cooking together and having fun as a family. One of the things I miss about NY is the easy access to Jamaican (and other West […]
Congee will be a staple on our menu for a while. When I eat homemade meals, I’m a much happier person. When my family eats homemade meals, they are much happier too. Our attitudes are better, we are more active, and my daughter, who we homeschool, is much more attentive. So why would we ever […]
I love chicken and dumplings. My mother never really made it so I am not at all sure why I have such fond memories of this dish, I just do and I’m chalking it up to the made-up childhood that I write about in my short stories. The one where my mom was emotionally supportive […]
Getting a handle on sleep requires a routine and a plan. Here’s how I’m getting a handle on my insomnia and over-active brain.
I have a dirty little secret: we’ve eaten out a lot since moving to Arizona. In fact eating out is such a large portion of our budget that sharing how much is actually embarrassing. There are so many restaurants, and the days move too quickly. Unfortunately, I haven’t really enjoyed a meal that we did […]
My husband pointed out that in my first post I promised that the next one would give insight into the trial but I wrote about my family instead. What can I say? My family keeps me interested! I completed my first official day on the job today as a Happiness Engineer and all I can […]
I spent today helping my husband set up his brand new WordPress.com blog. It’s not the first time that he has stepped into the blogging arena, but hopefully, this will be the one that sticks. His writing makes me smile and, of course, having him on this platform is a win for me too. #wordpressforlife […]
Hello World! I’m Kristina (with a “K” and not a “C”; never Kris or Tina). On November 22, I was offered a chance to join the team at Automattic, the company behind WordPress.com et al. I accepted almost immediately and decided that I needed to document everything I could. This, is Yet Another WordPress.com Blog! […]
The “Gather the Wind” Zine is my effort to focus on my creative writing. I have wanted to be a published author ever since I was a child but perfectionism has kept me frozen. Nothing is ever finished or good enough for me to publish. In fact, while I have had many personal essays published, […]
I am a tinkerer of websites. I have designed and developed many digital identities for many different brands, mostly all on self-hosted WordPress platforms. As of November 28, 2017, I am no longer accepting web design clients.
This guide is for parents who want to teach their children about Black-Americans outside of slavery. While I firmly believe that Black/African-American History IS American History, I also recognize that many people do not understand that Black Americans are the backbone of our society in many ways. Available on Teachers Pay Teachers for free, this […]
When I was 20 weeks pregnant, my fiancé and I, at my impatient mother’s urging, abandoned our plans to wed the following fall and headed for a whirlwind wedding in Las Vegas. Instead, we discovered an overwhelming ache and fear that we carry with us still. My pregnancy was plagued with hyperemesis- severe nausea and […]
A personal essay on how my family anchor’s me during my battle with depression
*This is excerpt is from an interview that author Faye McCray conducted with me back in 2016.
I am reading a lot but I am struggling to keep track. Hopefully, I can get my act together here. I will add more as I go through my notes and logs and update Goodreads. From 2017 Reading Goals list that I posted previously: Blood on the River: James Town 1607 by Carbone Elisa Son […]
My 2017 reading goals are a little more focused this year. I didn’t meet my Goodreads reading goals last year. In fact, I read fewer books in 2016 than I have read in previous years. It’s disappointing, but it happened. I was very much involved in other things- social justice, working for a horrible company […]
Caron Cakes I don’t usually hop on the trendy bandwagon, but I’ve been drawn to Caron Cakes since seeing them back in August 2016. The colors are vibrant and the palettes are pleasing to the eye. Any yarn that creates a beautiful color pattern without me having to change colors is a plus in my […]
I made this cowl to use up some stash yarn that has been sitting in my knitting bag for far too long. I had originally intended to use the pink variegated yarn to make a shirt for my daughter, but that plan went out the window over a year ago and the yarn was just […]
As part of the Back to Classics Challenge, I chose to reread Brave New World by Aldous Huxley. I first read this novel in 8th grade at Columbia Grammar and Preparatory School in NYC, however, I do not think I fully grasped the ideas presented in the book at that age. I do remember feeling […]
My original post about this Back to the Classics challenge is on my now defunct personal blog, but all future updates will be here. It took me a while to finish Brave New World as I had forgotten how intense the narrative is and how much it can drain me while reading. I love the […]
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