Category Archives: Empowerment

Don’t Throw the First Punch, But You Better Throw the Last

Mama Bear, here. My Boy got jumped yesterday. Assaulted by three high school kids on his walk home from school. There he is, 12 years old, minding his own business, walking down the sidewalk of a busy street in the … Continue reading

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Fashion Meets Poetry Meets Tribe Sister

Right now my hair is uber-trendy because I have salt and pepper hair, with an extra side of salt. People pay a lot of money for this look right now. Gray is where it’s at. Until it’s not anymore, and … Continue reading

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Lessons From Bikram

I have learned to never say never. So when I said I would never try Bikram yoga, of course you knew I would. I was in a place of needing self-care, and for some reason, trying Bikram seemed to be … Continue reading

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A Tree of Life

“I love that tree,” I said to La Chica when I dropped her off at before-care at the school. There’s this one tree off in the distance that turns a brilliant red orange every fall well before the other trees, … Continue reading

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Yoga Wisdom

I am convinced my child is out to kill me. As a toddler, she used to ask if she could have my jewelry and shoes when I died. Since then, I’ve learned to sleep with one eye open. She’s become … Continue reading

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The Big Purge

Hi. My name is Susanna, and I’m a recovering perfectionist. I’m also in the middle of a purge. My sister calls this a mid-life crisis. She’s wrong. She has no idea what I’m capable of. This? This is just a … Continue reading

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Make it a Happy Hour

I’m a little busy here. I’ve had a bit of a setback with the migraines. By that I mean I had to change medications, and the migraines are back with a vengeance. This one has lasted 17 days now and … Continue reading

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The Truth of Divorce

“Why did you and Daddy get divorced?” the Boy asked me about a month ago. Good question, I said. I told him I don’t know how to answer that right now in a way he can understand. But that I’d … Continue reading

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The Power of Being Heard

It’s pretty bad when gang leaders are calling for peace. As you know, Baltimore is the backdrop of the current crisis of a significant portion of our population who are disenfranchised and frustrated. Of course criminals who resort to breaking … Continue reading

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10 Life Lessons Learned From Being a Rock Star

  After a lifetime of wanting to play the drums, I started playing less than a year ago. Fourteen weeks ago, I joined a rock band. We had our first gig this past weekend. I had been terrified and nervous … Continue reading

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