A New Mirror.

"Are your characters white?" I looked up at my good friend who had just posed the question and who had just read one of my stories. "Why do you ask?" I replied. "Well, they seem white. How they speak, how they seem. I was just curious." I explained that I rarely thought about race in …

Adjoa on a Monday.

This post was originally  published on February  16, 2018 and updated today, February 3, 2021. The months are entirely coincidental. Or are they? Read on to learn what my dream job would be and why it remains my dream job, three years later.  Ever since my early twenties, coffee shops have been my true love. …

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Here are some of the albums/songs/ I currently have on repeat: Snoh Aalegra, Ugh those feels again. I'm sure the name of the album provides a clue about why it speaks to me so powerfully. But, yes, Snoh's masterful second album is constantly playing in my car and in my ear. Her smooth, evocative voice, …

Five Top Fives.

Faves, like to hear it, here it go (in no particular order): Top Five Singers/Musicians/Artists I've Loved For All Time Michael Jackson Whitney Houston Stevie Wonder Diana Ross James Taylor Top Five Actresses I Love and Adore and Just Love and Adore Cate Blanchett Viola Davis Diane Lane Tracee Ellis Ross (purely coincidental that my …

it chose me.

It was inevitable that fiction would choose me, that my world would become consumed by it. From the fairy tales my mother brought before me, to the fascinating living stories around me, to the nursery rhymes that incited such vivid images in my mind, to the billowing curtain in my childhood bedroom that, to me, …

breathe deeply.

Why I walk through the stacks and inhale.  Why I meander through libraries and bookstores, often with no intention of reading or buying, just trailing my fingers down endless rows of spines and consuming the sweet aroma of books.  Why books can be desserts, too. (I dedicate this post to my beloved Ms. Lindquist, who …