Spring Mix

It’s spring, and all the trees in my neighborhood are bursting with color. I’m also taking a lot more walks, listening to the birds, seeing nature rising up in splendor everywhere. Even the crows seem harbingers of something good, their squawks more chipper than usual. Ever since college, I’ve been a big believer in the mix tape, even though no one listens to cassette tapes anymore. Making a mix tape […]

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Listening to Yourself

A few years ago, when I was getting on the subway to go to work, I had a consistent vision of my purse being lifted off my shoulder. I didn’t know what it meant, or why I seeing it. Was I going to be robbed? I wondered. But it kept coming back, day after day, right at the same time. A word here about the word “vision.” When I say […]

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How Do I Be Me?

For most of my life, I’ve gone into various situations and felt troubled that I was different from everybody else. For instance, let’s take this story of the shoes. In seventh grade, my aunt gave me a pair of hand-me-down, rust-colored pink shoes with leaf-engravings on the side and holes that showed my foot-skin. (I don’t think I’m explaining these very well.) They had skinny pink laces and smooth wooden […]

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Positive and Calm

I received one of the best compliments I’ve ever gotten yesterday. It was from my 9-year-old daughter, who said this week in school, they’re studying Women’s History Month. When the teacher asked kids to raise their hands and share a woman they thought should be included, my daughter raised her hand and said she wanted to include me, her mom, because “she’s been through a lot but she stayed positive […]

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