Planners & Schedules

Keeping a planner has been a part of my life ever since I can remember. Even as an elementary student, we were all given spiral bound planners customized with the school’s logo and holiday schedule in it. We’ve been taught that keeping a planner, writing down homework/to-do lists, scheduling activities, scheduling study and leisure time,…

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Plant Seeds. Watch Them Grow!

When we first went house hunting, one of my must haves was a space to plant a garden. We hit that mark and superseded it. Our house sits on a double lot, we don’t have a backyard we have a massive side yard where another house entirely could fit. That first spring, we dug out…

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Melrose Plantation

The idea of plantation tours don’t sit well with me: I’ve heard enough horror stories about tour guides who weave tales of happy slaves in the antebellum south, who focus on narrating the dramatic lives of the white families who owned them. Handing over my money to help fatten the pockets of the white folks…

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Stand Your Ground. Can We Stop Lying to Ourselves?

Anonymous 1 it’s really very simple, if you don’t want to get shot – don’t start violence. If someone is rude to you because you are in a handicapped spot, its not ok to shove them. He escalated that confrontation to physical violence and that’s the repercussion. Is it unfortunate? absolutely – that whole situation…

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Rules For Life

(above: Djoniba Dance Centre’s 2012 spring show; Senegalese Sabar w/ Marie Basse-Wiles) I ran across this list of advice, Rules for Life, when I was living in NYC between 2011 and 2012. I remember being struck by this list. So much so that I created a little art project for myself: I wrote each rule on a piece…

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Pursue Your Passion, Take the Leap.

In 2009, between the spring of Junior year and fall of Senior year, I got the travel bug. In January 2009 I spent my winter term in Guanajuato, Mexico learning Spanish and for the entire Fall 2009 semester, I was in northeast Brazil, learning Portuguese, taking classes about social development and culture, going on adventures,…

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On My Yoga Journey

Almost a year ago to the date, I stepped out of my introverted comfort zone and went to a yoga class held by a yogi woman of color that I follow on instagram, who was doing her annual tour that happened to stop in New Orleans. That woman is Sanàa Jaman, PhD, aka “Ladydork,” who…

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