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    Freedom Isn’t Free

    A friend of mine asked me to go with her to an appointment. Anna. We hadn’t been friends long but she was new to the country, English new to her...
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    September 21, 2016

    Losing Tata

    I fumble when buttoning my father’s shirt. He is about to go for another appointment at the local hospital. A man who has been his right hand on the...
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    September 14, 2016

    Embracing Singledom in your Mid-Twenties...

    You are killing it – reveling in your mid-20s, New York City-style singledom. You are dancing with gorgeous strangers on the crowded dance floor of ...
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    August 31, 2016

    Fearless

    I should let you know that I hate that word – maybe not the word, maybe just the way you use it on me. “Fearless” Because I do not speak...
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    August 24, 2016

    Facing Yesterday

    I was afraid. It was as simple and as complicated as that. It hit me with the force of a storm, two days ago. There I was, having just parked...
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    August 3, 2016

    Other People’s Children

    What do you call someone who takes you to school, picks you up from school, gives you a snack and does your homework with you, plays and makes dinner,...
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    July 20, 2016

    On Being Black, American, Proud

    “Valentina, what is happening to your country?” This, from a woman who fled Angola with her family – boarded a plane and left everything behind....
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    July 12, 2016

    How to Be a Politically Open Twenty-Some...

    Politics. It’s an election year and it’s an even hotter button topic than usual. When we’re young we all absorb some amount of our parents’ po...
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Freedom Isn’t Free

A friend of mine asked me to go with her to an appointment. Anna. We hadn’t been friends long but she was new to the country, English new to her…

7972042610_dca9cae565_z
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Losing Tata

I fumble when buttoning my father’s shirt. He is about to go for another appointment at the local hospital. A man who has been his right hand on the farm…

540768871_ccbcb67948_z
Important

Embracing Singledom in your Mid-Twenties

You are killing it – reveling in your mid-20s, New York City-style singledom. You are dancing with gorgeous strangers on the crowded dance floor of No Malice Palace, kissing first…

6678233117_c451acf3cf_z
Important

Fearless

I should let you know that I hate that word – maybe not the word, maybe just the way you use it on me. “Fearless” Because I do not speak…

15598439966_0eeb29da55_z
Important

Facing Yesterday

I was afraid. It was as simple and as complicated as that. It hit me with the force of a storm, two days ago. There I was, having just parked…

17939096343_b72134aa11_z
Important

Other People’s Children

What do you call someone who takes you to school, picks you up from school, gives you a snack and does your homework with you, plays and makes dinner, gives…

15782157878_6877a0a25e_z
Important

On Being Black, American, Proud

“Valentina, what is happening to your country?” This, from a woman who fled Angola with her family – boarded a plane and left everything behind. I asked her how she…

Photo courtesy of  Joanna Penn / flickr.
Important

How to Be a Politically Open Twenty-Something

Politics. It’s an election year and it’s an even hotter button topic than usual. When we’re young we all absorb some amount of our parents’ political beliefs, but hopefully as…