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June 1, 2017 – Another Month Come and Gone and I’m Still Here

May was an incredibly rough month for me. So many things occurred and a lot of emotions got stirred up. I will say that I realized how strong I really am. I had some incredibly dark moments and I really have to confess I had a couple of little breakdowns, but in the end, I…
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May 29, 2017 – Dear Diary

At the age of 11, I begged my mom for a diary. I wanted to start saving my thoughts, poems, and ideas. My days in the closet had ended about a year before that, so I felt it would be a great start for my future to be able to document my past. It was…
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May 28, 2017 – Sanctuary In A Closet

As I peruse through my memory bank while working on my show, interesting things surface. I keep coming back to my 7-year-old self. That was a tumultuous time for me. It was the year the beatings began, the year my father put my mom and I up in a one room apartment as he prepared…
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May 26, 2017 – Rise After Every Fall

Today is a day of fullness emotionally. I have felt this creative surge flowing through me like never before. There is something occurring my my being and I am just opening myself up and receiving it. There are no questions, no whys or why nots, no holding back, just acceptance. I’d had most of my…
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May 24, 2017 – Introspection

“Carefully watch your thoughts, for they become your words. Manage and watch your words, for they will become your actions. Consider and judge your actions, for they have become your habits. Acknowledge and watch your habits, for they shall become your values. Understand and embrace your values, for they become your destiny.” ~Mahatma Gandhi~ I’ve…
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May 22, 2017 – It’s A Bloodletting Of Sorts

Back in the day when someone was sick, before we had all this modern medicine, blood letting was a way of trying to release toxins from the body. It did not often work, but it gave a sense of hope. I wonder sometimes if this old way of doing things has translated into modern day…
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May 21, 2017 – Embracing New Poets

I’ve had some rather interesting feelings about my open mic lately. I’ve been at hosting for eight years now, and yes, I’ve been able to sustain it for that long. I have embraced the transformation my open mic and I have gone through over the years. At first I was deeply rooted in the local…
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May 18, 2017 – A Predominant Occurrance

I’m in a place of having to share this thought that has been circulating in my mind lately. So, I see myself as a person with a great deal of integrity. I also am a very loyal and dedicated friend. I love from a very deep place inside of me and do my best to…
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May 12, 2017 – A Month Of Gratitudes

Seems like the track I’m on this month revolves around being very grateful for so many things. My main focus, however, is the gratitude I have for writers that inspire me, mentors that have pushed me forward and believed in me, and powerful women that encourage me to follow my own path of creating something…
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May 11, 2017 – Empowerment Through Humor

Roxane Gay was another amazing force that came to UT for my MFA. Though my area of concentration was poetry, there were also fiction and non-fiction writers that greatly impacted me. I didn’t really know about Roxane before she came as part of the Lectores Series, so I was pleasantly surprised by her presence on the…
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