Is Courting Still a Thing? 

Crazy thing: Before online dating there was blind dating that took effort and a bit of courtship. Does courting still exist?  There’s no way sliding in someone’s inbox and asking them to meet at your house works. Just because communication got easier doesn’t mean women have.  My first boyfriend asked me out in front of…

& Crown Skin

You sat in the sun too long.  Taunts from my peers haunted the elementary halls What’s self-esteem? Little ‘ol me wouldn’t have known it break little girls down before they can even know it It seemed like I went through an eternity of teasing before I embraced my skin. “This is it, this is me….

& Retail Therapy

“The schedule was wrong. I can’t find you relief for a break so here’s a $20 gift card instead.” “Why must we form one line? He wants to play the lottery and I want to return all my groceries. I’m in a hurry.” Everyone was always in a hurry especially during the holiday season. I’ll…

& To Lou

Last night I partied with my grandfather in my dreams. Pappy had on that sharp blue suit  The one where when he walked down the street he immediately turned heads.  People would say, “I saw Lou and he’s still looking sharp.” There was music at this party It was a family affair and was as…

& Re(Introduction)

It took a decade of frustration but all your indecisive ways were a blessing in disguise I’d try and I’d try to get you to love me the way that I loved you the most but I was asking something of you that you couldn’t give. Not even big things just flowers, “Thinking of you,”…

& Nonfiction Was My Nemesis

“The problem was our parents told us we could be anything and they never told us we couldn’t be everything at once.” — @justdae   Growing up at one point, I wanted to be a singer, then I discovered that I didn’t like singing in front of strangers. Then I wanted to be an actress….

& Bound to Be

I do not remember life before writing. It’s always been a constant in my life. Growing up I was always drowning in a sea of books. The Braddock Carnegie Library was our afterschool program and our summer camp. During the school year they helped us with our homework and in the summer they taught us…

& I Don’t Know How To Girl

Growing up with two brothers  (and two step-brothers), I’ve mostly been the only girl! I got the best of both worlds. I had every Barbie that you could imagine yet I would still take my brother’s WWF figurines and stomp my feet crying until they let me play flag football with them. I was a cheerleader yet I…

& Intermission 

It happened in junior high. Like a movie he approached me in a crowded cafeteria, asked me to be his girlfriend and when I hesitated he had everyone chant “say yes.” I still remember that smile and confident stride. I got sucked into his charm and my life hasn’t been the same since. “It’s always…

& I’ve Always Been a Reader

The thing that attracts me to books is the fact that books have always been there for me. There were times growing up when we had to choose between hot water or electricity and books made life easier. It was amazing that I practically grew up in the library. After school I was hanging out…