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Pre-college Blues

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I am extremely proud of my daughter, as she prepares to begin the next phase: college. Nadiyah is headed off in seven short weeks and I have been excited for her. This was a great time in my life and I’m sure it will be for her.

With that said…I want her to leave…now!

I’ve had folks tell me that students do this to make it easier for them to leave. I’ve had folks say that kids get scared and anxious and lash out. Perhaps it’s a mixture of both and then some. I have never been as upset with her as I’ve been over the past month. Now let me state for the record that my daughter is only 17 and not past the hormonal teenagery bitchiness. BUT- all of a sudden – she does not listen, she does whatever she wants and cares about nobody but herself. The most interesting part is she’s only this way at home…interesting may not be the best word. Last week, I had a Bernie Mac out-of-body experience and all I wanted to do was “bust her head to the white meat!”

Seriously…I’m not liking her.

 

Phenomenal Woman

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R.I.P. Maya Angelou
April 4, 1928 – May 28, 2014

Writer, poet, mother, performer, activist. You made many fall in love with themselves.

 

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Rant: Bring Back Our Girls!!!!!!!

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Has my head been under a rock? How did I not hear about 234 Nigerian girls being abducted from their classrooms about two weeks ago? Is this not news?

There are various petitions that you can sign and some rallies this weekend, check the hashtag…but I think the best strategy is to share with your networks especially your elected congressional representatives so that they know that this issue is important to their constituents.

#bringbackourgirls

 
 

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Smashing Walnuts

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Today President Obama signed the Gabriella Miller Kids First Act allocating $126 million to pediatric disease research. Ten year-old Miller died in October from an inoperable type of brain cancer, but not before serving as a fierce advocate for funding.

She began the Smashing Walnuts Foundation bringing attention to the issue of pediatric brain cancer. Next, Gabriella wrote a letter to Obama asking that more money be dedicated to help children suffering from illness. Obama signed the letter today as well, for her parents.

 
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Posted by on April 3, 2014 in Family, Girls, Health, Politics, Youth

 

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3 to 1 Vote Against Love

 


Kamryn Renfro (left), Delaney on the right

Caprock Academy, the charter school that banned Kamryn Renfro from attending classes for shaving her head to support her sick friend, reversed its decision yesterday in a 3 to 1 vote. Who was the holdout? REALLY?!? At first, Kamryn was not permitted back to school until her hair grew back. Kamryn’s mom lit up social media which brought the appropriate heat to the school board.

The school maintained that Kamryn’s shaved head violated its dress code- it was distracting. The school board’s chairwoman said the dress code encourages everyone to look the same. Now there’s a slippery slope if I ever there was one…

shaved heads are not permitted by the school’s dress code policy, which was created to promote safety, uniformity, and a non-distracting environment for the school’s students.

This is a horrible lesson to teach Kamryn, her schoolmates and her sick friend.

 
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Posted by on March 26, 2014 in Education, Family, Girls, Health, Politics, Rant, Youth

 

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Google Doodles

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I LOVE their doodles! But I forget to go check em out.

Today celebrates what would have been civil and women’s rights activist Dorothy Height’s 102nd birthday.

 

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Best Valentine’s Day

Not kidding…

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From my 17 year-old daughter. If you have a teenager, you get why this is special. This put it over the top.

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Posted by on February 14, 2014 in Family, Girls, Motherhood, Single Parenting, women

 

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Become a Donor

Some may recall that in November 2012, I donated stem cells to a 12 year-old with leukemia. I found out that she was recently hospitalized with a respiratory issue and is still there. So, send your well wishes,  positive energy,  prayers whatever you can spare her way.

My donor coordinator reminded me that it has been well over a year so the transplant was successful- this is just a setback. I just want her to return to sone normalcy.

Save a life. Donate.

If you’re too afraid to be a living donor, be an organ donor (you won’t need them anymore). Or donate blood.

We all need to see beyond ourselves and help someone.

 
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Posted by on February 9, 2014 in Family, Girls, Health, Reflection

 

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Gracie Negotiates

My favorite Superbowl commercial by far.

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2014 in Family, Fun, Girls, Race, Relationships, Youth

 

A Teachable Moment

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Today my daughter turned in a project for her AP Government and Politics class. As she washed dishes, she informed me that if Congress does not agree on spending by the 15th, the government could shut down, again. Apparently, one of the articles that she used for her assignment listed seven items that Congress needs to address by month’s end.

I said that I recalled that the previous measure was only a temporary fix. And the word is, another shut down is unlikely. She was quiet.

“Could another shut down could impact receiving money for college? I mean, if it lasted longer this time?”

I nodded. A decision on federal spending or lack thereof impacts everything.

“The private scholarships that you applied for would be safe as long as the organization or entity itself did not receive federal funding. If it did and relied upon it, it could cut or reduce what amount awarded…unless it is an endowment of some kind…”

Silence. “So the FAFSA that you just completed…”

“This is why people were so upset. Inability to make certain decisions doesn’t just impact federal employees.”

Gotta love it when a real-life lesson is received.

 
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Posted by on January 10, 2014 in Education, Family, Girls, Politics, Real Talk, Youth

 

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