Thank You, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford

Thank You, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford
Dear Dr. Christine Blasey Ford: I’m writing to you on a quiet, clear night in Chicago mere hours after your testimony on Capitol Hill. I’m writing from a place of collective womanhood – my words are mere droplets in what I pray is a monsoon of support and gratitude for what you did, today. I’m... Read more »

I took a disposable film camera to New York City exactly one year after 9/11, and here are those images

I took a disposable film camera to New York City exactly one year after 9/11, and here are those images
I wanted to be near Ground Zero for the one year anniversary of 9/11, so I made a solo trek to NYC with only a change of clothes and a disposable camera in my bag. I wanted to be at the center of the Universe when we were a whole orbit away from the most... Read more »

20 Bomb-Ass Reasons I haven't written a post in three weeks

20 Bomb-Ass Reasons I haven't written a post in three weeks
Hey, everyone! Hope your summer has been as fresh and funky as a 90’s sitcom.  When OSM returned in February (whut) I committed to a column a week, yet in August I only managed to post on the 1st and the 13th. WTH? SMH. So now I’d like to explain why OSM has been MIA, OK?... Read more »
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Is it me or does the OK emoji look a little too 'white-power'-ish?

Is it me or does the OK emoji look a little too 'white-power'-ish?
Hey, who doesn’t love a good conspiracy theory, ammah right? My favorite rabbit hole is the “Did Paul McCartney get replaced after he died in a car crash” theory. (wait why did his hairline reverse directions around his crown?) Even after insomniatic binges of alarmingly persuasive YouTube videos, I’m very careful to avoid publicly proclaiming any out-of-the-box theory as... Read more »

For those in my life who are struggling with grief

For those in my life who are struggling with grief
Dear Friend: I am so sad that you are so sad. I hate that hope is more ‘bag of dicks’ than ‘beautiful horizon’ these days. I also hate that there is nothing I can do to chase your pain away. I can distract you for short periods of time, and I can believe you and take... Read more »

The insane, bizarre and frankly hilarious way my Dad communicated with me from the afterlife

The insane, bizarre and frankly hilarious way my Dad communicated with me from the afterlife
A year ago, on July 16, 2017, my father passed away from pancreatic cancer. We should all be so fortunate as to experience our Transition as he did: at home, in bed, and surrounded by the most important people in his life Honestly speaking, my relationship with my Dad was not always the best. We... Read more »
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The Thai cave rescue could teach America a thing or two about being "Great"

The Thai cave rescue could teach America a thing or two about being "Great"
This morning, my perfunctory Facebook scroll delivered its usual dose of AM horror. I read a piece by Madeline Albright in which she sounded the alarms about the tide of White Yuck creeping across the globe. My phone screen also reminded me that a threat to generations of blood, death, and activism is being introduced to the country at... Read more »

A letter for my son to read on June 2, 2038

A letter for my son to read on June 2, 2038
Dear G. Greetings from the past! I hope this letter finds you well. I am writing to you on July 2, 2018. Here’s what up right now: You just finished 4th grade and will turn 10 in a few weeks. You are having a really hard time dealing with mean people – you call them... Read more »

Four things that would have changed the course of history if they had been called something else

Four things that would have changed the course of history if they had been called something else
There is power in words. But there is incredible power in the right words. Just think how different our world would be if we had been more careful with the words we assigned to the following issues: THE WORDS WE USE: “meddle” – The Russians “meddled’ in our election. BETTER WORDS: “attacked” – The Russians... Read more »
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I don't want to see 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' right now, and here's why

I don't want to see 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' right now, and here's why
I don’t want to see the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood documentary, Won’t you be my neighbor? because I’m sure that Fred Rogers is going to tell me that kindness is a virtue, and I already know that. I strive to be kind, and I’m raising my son to be a kind man. Mr. Rogers would be preaching to... Read more »