Monthly Archives: November 2010

We Grew It, Let’s Eat It!

With the rise in urban gardening and, unfortunately, childhood obesity, there couldn’t be a better time for this book!

Inspired by the First Family’s garden, six-year-old twins, Annie and Veda, have caught the gardening bug! Their experiences are chronicled by their mom in their book, We Grew It, Let’s Eat It!, as well as recipes for their homegrown goodies. The girls got their hands dirty in the community garden with Rhoda Trooboff who is also the book’s editor.

This is a great children’s book and I purchased several for my children and those in my family. Happy Thanksgiving! This is a great holiday gift…

Photo credits: Becky Lettenberger

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Posted by on November 24, 2010 in Family, Girls, Health


Bad Girls, Talkin’ Bout the Sad Girls…

Sex slave.
Child sex trafficking.

Now be honest. You had a different reaction to the first one than you did the second two.

Why do we have such a visceral reaction to prostitutes? Do they have nothing in common with the latter two epidemics? These faceless prostitutes are…WOMEN…GIRLS… who are being beaten, raped and dehumanized.

I have had heated debates over the years with men and women about this topic and have been ready to ‘take off my earrings’ (check with someone for context). These are our daughters, mothers, grand-daughters, nieces, sisters, best friends, classmates however we have no time or sympathy for their situation. I’m sure none of them wanted to grow up to be on the street. I’m even more certain none of them have a Richard Gere coming to their rescue. 

Check out The Young Women’s Empowerment Group . I was intrigued. Started by women and girls who have been there, they have research.

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Posted by on November 19, 2010 in Education, Girls, Health, women


Loving Us to Death

Last year was a rough year for young women at the hands of those who claim to love them.

June: a 16 year-old girl died from her injuries after being shot in the head by an unidentified male assailant.

May: Yeardley Love, a young college student, was killed by her ex-boyfriend weeks before her college graduation.

September: I watched a Dateline-type show where an ex-boyfriend literally shot the face off of a 17 year-old – she survived.

March: Marked the anniversary of the murder of a childhood acquaintance and her two sons, who were stabbed to death by her boyfriend.

Unfortunately, I could easily come up with the full calendar. The killer of the 16 year-old had not been identified and they have no motive. As I told my teenage daughter this morning, I will bet that it is a current or old boyfriend or someone who wanted to be.

Violence against young women at the hands of a boyfriend, ex, husband, admirer happens frequently. Too many women, including teens, are suffering in silence. Some sadly believing that violence is a display of love.

There are social programs that are starting to recognize this problem but they are slow. The best intervention is US. Please talk to your daughters, nieces, sisters, granddaughters, friends and selves. Ensure that they/we know our worth. Talk about and show them healthy relationships. Tell them they’re beautiful, even through the teenage-girl hormones/moodiness/attitude.

Nobody should love you ’til you’re black&blue.

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Posted by on November 15, 2010 in Health, Relationships, women


Morning Rush Hour

imageSix am…I have no in-person meetings today so I can throw on sweats.

Mornings in my house are never routine. Luckily, I don’t have a set time to begin my work day because I would have to wake at least an hour earlier, to handle the surprises.

Lunch was packed the night before, thank God. I have to get my toddler dressed and fight with him to brush his teeth. There is no time to fix breakfast for his lunchbox. Factor in 11 minutes to go to McDonalds’ drive-thru to get some “pon-cakes.”

My 13 year-old knows that she has PE twice a week; the days don’t change, yet we are waiting for the dryer to buzz producing a clean PE uniform before we leave. I also need her to be sure she has her student ID so she doesn’t accumulate yet ANOTHER detention. All this, however, every hair is in place on her head.

imageAttention, Little Man: There will never be fruit snacks for breakfast! He is unhappy and not cooperating to get out of the house.

I just remember, the tank is on E. I have to stop to get gas…


Unsafe Sex Is Killing Women and Girls

According to the World Health Organization, unsafe sex is killing women and girls around the globe. HIV/AIDS is the leading cause of death among women between the ages of 15 and 44; unsafe sex is the biggest risk factor. The death rates of women in their reproductive years occurred in low-income (22.3 percent) and middle-income countries (15.4 percent).

We must become advocates for ourselves and/or for our girls. HIV is a preventable disease.  If abstinence is not possible, safe sex is a no brainer. It’s time to start talking and sharing information. We can not afford to remain silent- our lives are at stake.

Kaiser Family Foundation HIV-AIDS Resources

The report, Women and Health: Today’s Evidence Tomorrow’s Agenda, focuses on the health and circumstances of women worldwide – specifically, women’s health needs and their contribution to the health of societies.

Despite considerable progress over the past two decades, societies are still failing women at key moments in their lives; mostly women in poor countries and the poorest women in ALL countries.

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Posted by on November 10, 2010 in Education, Family, Health, women


For Colored Girls

For me, this movie is a beautiful interpretation of the classic collection of short stories and the award-winning play (I say this and I admittedly have not read orexperienced either one). It was rich in colors, themes, characters and layers. The lyrical prose from Ntozake Shange is showcased as it intertwines the women’s connected lives. As an artist, I loved this, along with the layers of dialogue and vivid colors.

But make no mistake, it is not for the faint of heart. This re-telling of the lives of Black women features palpable pain. As a woman, a Black woman, pieces of each of their lives resonatedwithin a deep untouchable space.

I have only two of Shange’s works. As a writer, this one must be my next read.

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Posted by on November 10, 2010 in Family, Motherhood, Relationships, women

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