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On Aretha Franklin’s passing

Yesterday, the Queen of Soul passed on. As the radio stations, tv stations, concert artists and even my water aerobics pool music paid tribute to her by playing her songs,  I am reminded of how conflicted I was as a … Continue reading

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Aunt Haggie’s children update 

I recently discovered that the term is still in use. The Smithsonian magazine http://www.smithsonianmag.com/travel/bermuda-history-and-heritage-14340790/ references the term as used in Bermuda  “‘Aunt Haggie’s children'(slow or confounding people).”  See my July 2012 post defining the term. And now this election cycle has revealed … Continue reading

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Secrets married women don’t often disclose, and should!

“Mark my footsteps, my good pageTread thou in them boldlyThou shalt find the winter’s rageFreeze thy blood less coldly.” “Good King Wenceslas” Sage advice. We women do not often share our war stories with our young. We dress our battle … Continue reading

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NOT one of Aunt Haggie’s children!

Thank heavens for records of former slaves that survived to document the everyday unsung victories over the institution of slavery: The famed letter written by an ex-slave in response to his former master’s request that he return to the plantation, … Continue reading

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Black v. White culture

Yesterday, half of the NAACP audience gave Mitt Romney a standing ovation after he addressed the convention. Extracting those members of the audience planted by the candidate, the remaining folk standing did so because that is what’s done in black … Continue reading

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Black women as Superwomen

Ebony magazine headline SUPERWOMAN SYNDROME: Are Black Women Killing Themselves to be Strong? Reminded me of a session in marriage counseling with husband #1. I was lamenting not being able to be June Cleaver (“Leave it to Beaver” mom) because … Continue reading

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