Personal Essays

10 Facebook updates… unsent

June 18th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

10 Facebook updates... unsent

I have so many things in my head that I can write about tonight, but after almost an hour of me starting and stoping different posts… I’ve decided to just write about them all (the beauty of this challenge! It’s what I make it.) Think of this list as Facebook posts I could have written […]

Day Dreaming about Sierra Leone

June 17th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Day Dreaming about Sierra Leone

Ok. I woke up this morning day dreaming about Sierra Leone! Oh Salone… my country of birth… Here are my experiences there since I finally got a green card in 2006, and was able to travel. I went in 2008 right after their Presidential elections (and right before America elected President Obama) excited, curious, and full of hope! I […]

The Consistent Man In My Life

June 16th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

The Consistent Man In My Life

Another train ride post… It’s 3:24am and I just boarded a local 2 train to Brooklyn from Harlem. This is sooo not like me! But I guess in addition to writing for 30 days I am also trying to step outside my comfort zone. But… as much as I want to just gush about my […]

I can finally call myself a feminist!

June 15th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

I can finally call myself a feminist!

I’ve been trying to put my finger on why I felt Caitlin Moran’s book, “How to be a woman,” so deeply and I think I finally know. While raving about it to yet another person– this time to Liz, my boss at Bedsider– I said, “For the first time, I can finally call myself a feminist.” […]

My “I am” poem

June 13th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

My "I am" poem

I have sat down with the intention of “writing a poem,” a few times during this writing challenge… but frankly, it’s felt like such an overwhelming task, in this “Def Poetry” world we now live in. I think about the reaction to my words, before I can write them. To me, poetry universally has this ability to touch people […]

On a girlfriend-high!

June 12th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

On a girlfriend-high!

Currently I am standing on a train platform, waiting entirely too long for a train… that’s not MY train of course, because that would be too easy… I am waiting for the detour-train I was directed to… before I can actually get a train going to my stop. Sigh! And now I’m writing this– with both […]

While reading “How to be a woman”

June 11th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

While reading "How to be a woman"

Finally focused and made a dent in Caitlin Moran’s book, How to be a woman. Moran’s memoir / feminist manifesto has been assigned reading for me, for over a month, as Wednesday is the 2nd annual “Meeting of Women Thinkers” a.k.a. an unofficial book club that started in April. During our first meeting, about 25 women […]

Breaking News: Major Vick is my brother!

June 10th, 2013  |  by  |  published in Blog, Personal Essays

Breaking News: Major Vick is my brother!

Today I discovered that my little brother, who apparently goes by the name Major Vick, has a youtube channel! Ok. He may have mentioned it to me before, but the conversation went something like this: Major Vick: Vera. Can you help me put videos on youtube? Me: Sure! Come over and we can talk about […]

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