Book 20: Salvage the Bones–Jesmyn Ward

This book hurt my feelings. I finished reading it and was pouting. And sad. And I wanted to reach over and hold my dog and cry until he squirmed out of my arms and looked at me like I was out of my mind before he promptly got up and resettled himself on another part…

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Book 19: Their Eyes Were Watching God–Zora Neale Hurston

Even though my Journey to 30 has ended (I hit 30 months ago), I still have some books and dates to finish. I didn’t have a chance to read much right after my birthday because I had some grinding to do for my PhD program and my evaluation job, so my leisurely reading time got…

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#TBT: Happy 30th Birthday to Me!

I have a problem! A legitimate issue with follow through! If you’ve been following, I did this 30-day, one post a day countdown to my 30th birthday, but realized I started a day early so instead of my birthday being the 30th day, the day before was. So like the lazy person I can be…

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30 “Dates”–The Rest I Got Around To

11. Blueberry picking in summer–June 2018 I’ve been wanting to do this for years but would either forget about it until blueberry season was nearly over, or not really find people interested in going. I made it happen this year. We drove to the middle of nowhere Mississippi, really middle of nowhere to the point…

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30 Restaurants: Bennachin & Antoine’s

Bennachin Restaurant This is a West African restaurant, specifically based in Gambia and Cameroon, although there were some menu items from other countries int he region, located in the French Quarter. It’s tiny, you could miss it walking by, as I have on COUNTLESS occasions. It’s right near Verti Mart if you know where that…

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Book 18: Eloquent Rage, A Black Feminist Discovers Her Superpower–Brittney Cooper

What I loved about reading this book is that she spoke so directly to so many of my life experiences, particularly when it comes to Black exceptionalism, overachieving, and adherence to respectability. While we decidedly had very different economic upbringings, it was like we experienced the same social frustrations and racial animosity of instructors and…

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Whitney Plantation

I’m trying to resist writing too much about my experience at Whitney, but it’s difficult because it was such a great tour. If I compare Whitney to the narrative I was presented at Melrose Plantation earlier this summer, it’s like night and day in terms of content and critical race analysis. Basically the Melrose tour…

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On a Year’s Sobriety

In exactly one week I will break my year-long commitment to sobriety. In exactly one week I will be 30 years old. Over the course of the year being sober has been revealing, but maybe not in the ways that people would expect. But backing up, how did I get here? Why would I decide…

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