GIVING THANKS AND GIVING CREDIT

GIVING THANKS AND GIVING CREDIT

The month of November is designated as Native American Heritage Month. It’s also the month that holds the national Thanksgiving holiday. This time of year brings up so many thoughts and mixed emotions for me. I’m blessed to be in a community of people at NEW who...
The Future I want to see

The Future I want to see

“We have to be the future we want to see.” This is my 2021 mantra. I think I first heard it from Yodit. (classic). In both conscious and unconscious ways, these words have shaped how I’ve moved through my life this year. This mantra reminds me to actively live into my...
OH, That Yellow Brick Road

OH, That Yellow Brick Road

I hate the feeling of panicking about money. That check-the-bank-account-twice-a-day, double-overdraft-fee, walking-around-knowing-exactly-how-much-is-in-your-wallet anxiety. Constantly asking, “can I get what I need when I need it?” It’s the feeling of suffocating,...
Grandma’s Spoken Words

Grandma’s Spoken Words

Recently, I went through a box stuffed with cards I have received over the years. Some from birthdays, graduations, moving, and souvenirs from places others have visited. Things can get buried in there, and every once in a while it’s nice to go through and relive...
Where Do You Belong?

Where Do You Belong?

Growing up in Detroit – a “Chocolate City,” with a history of labor organizing, human rights activism, and Black excellence – left an indelible impression on me. I felt connected to the shop owners, Eddie the neighborhood mechanic, and our school’s...
Resiliency and Loss

Resiliency and Loss

It’s been a year. A year since Breonna Taylor was murdered. How many more we could list… The list is overwhelming and far too long. This has been going on for all people of color for far too long. And we’re finally seeing a trial for one of the main policemen who...