The Core of Me

As long as I can remember, I loved the sight of books. Even when I couldn’t read them, they seemed to be mystical and intimate. I used to hold them in my hand and scan the pages. I knew one day, I would learn how to read and have enough patience to enjoy a book… […]

I Talked with my Mother, Moses Talked with God

The mist was in her eyes. She looked at me as we exited the court building, and said, “You can’t keep doing this, you can’t do this to me. I can’t do this. I can’t, I am tired of it.” I turned and looked down. I didn’t want to see her cry. I was happy […]

Lessons from Strange Places: Ants

I went to visit one of my elders and she said, “I was thinking about you, and how you used to play with those ants. They used to bite the hell out of us. I mean, they would tear us up — but they never bit you.” Now, I don’t know if that’s entirely true. […]

Monkey Wrench

When I was young, I always wondered why so many men stood in front of liquor stores? It was a question that stayed with me as I grew up. I never thought of those men having a childhood. It seemed to me that liquor stores were the action centers and it was their jobs to […]

Fallout II

My mother was my comfort zone, the hidden shelter, the soft pillow and as the oldest of her children, I was very uncomfortable mentally and physically, trying to adjust to her sickness. My mother was dying and I couldn’t find a good balance in my mind or body. It was a long destabilizing ride that […]

Savvy Diva’s Well Designed Thanksgiving

If I’m standing in the kitchen…at first glance, one would assume I’m knowledgeable with all the herbs, seasonings, utensils and cookware that ornament my kitchen counters, cabinets and drawers. Unfortunately, I’m the one that has a favorite recipe that I want someone else to cook – especially holiday dishes. Of course my family and real […]

Savvy Diva’s Favorite Thanksgiving Dishes

I have three favorite foods that are masterful, mouth-watering satisfactions when served together. Many who know me accept that I’m not a queen of flour, fire and cooking oil, so they’ll appreciate the credit and praise to those who skillfully create the most delectable treats to serve on Thanksgiving Day. Every year I look forward […]

Goblins, Ninjas, Loose Teeth, Oh My!

One of the most infamous, commercialized “special days” of the year has fallen upon us – Halloween. We have spent at least the past month hovering over the dinner table on during the morning and evening commute to and from school discussing with our blessed children what type of costume they desire to wear on […]

Elevator Etiquette

A Call for Order…Is it me, or should there be a list of rules and guidelines posted on the wall beside all elevators? I crack up internally every morning while I’m waiting for the elevator in the parking garage. There is always that one employee that has to release an aroma of ignorance or unjustified […]