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HereWeRead reviews my book Civil Rights Then & Now

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. […]

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Fresh Juice Recipe: Beet, Carrot, Apple and Ginger

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. […]

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Trying new things

For her 12th birthday we experienced flying and living outside of fear.

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Happy Anniversary (and a Jerk Chicken recipe)!

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 […]

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Congee for Gut Healing

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 […]

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Chicken and Dumplings Recipe

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 […]

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Quick and Easy Paleo Stuffed Peppers Recipe

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 […]

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Gather the Wind Zine

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, […]

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Heartbreak in Las Vegas*

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 […]

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Each Hour, Each Day: How My Family Anchors Me Against Depression*

A personal essay on how my family anchor’s me during my battle with depression