As I See You …

As I see you… I simply see you. I acknowledge you. Ultimately, the simplicity of that basic human interaction is integral to the change you have been chosen to ignite. I, a blue-eyed white woman living 1,000 miles away from Ferguson Missouri, see you, a young black teenage boy. I see you.

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Saturday Shares – Dear President Obama. May I Offer A Critique?

Saturday SharesSaturday Shares is a feature on from the sticks to the bricks and back again that promotes deliberate re-blogging.  What is deliberate re-blogging?  A concerted effort to re-blog the posts of other bloggers deliberately and not randomly.  I have found that I am less likely to re-blog because I might be reading someone’s post at a time that is inconvenient for me to post or comment.  By saving links throughout the week, I can schedule my re-blogs instead of randomly re-blogging five posts all at once – a practice I find annoying.

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Dear President Obama. May I Offer A Critique?


NOTE:  I try to keep politics out of my posts. However, after observing many issues, I felt compelled to put my thoughts in a letter to our great President. I have always supported him and continue to do so.  He has had struggles as our POTUS and overall he has done many great things–there are just a few critiques that I have. Read on and you may agree or disagree but I welcome your thoughts because I truly desire a country united of her people!  Thanks and I hope to have given you food for thought! XOXOXOXO!

Dear President Obama,

I am writing this letter to you to give you my honest opinion on the last eight years that you have been the leader of our United States of America.  You will be delighted at some of what I have to say and you may not be delighted at other things I have to say, but what I have to say will give you food for thought.

Since I voted for you twice, I feel that as a citizen of our country, I’m validated in my opinion.

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Favorite Episodes: Dear America, We Need To Talk

tvJanuary is a time for looking back at the prior year, our wins and losses.   Favorite Episodes is a way for me to look back at what I’ve written in 2015 that was well received by my readers while diving into my blog stats and editorial calendar.  Over the next few weeks, I will be posting little or no new original content. Instead I am reblogging some of my most popular posts from 2015 and developing a Favorite Episodes Season Three page in the process.

Dear America,

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Follow Friday: Racism in America and Across the Pond


It’s Friday! Yeah.  I don’t know why I get so excited about Fridays.  I’m unemployed, Mondays are no longer dreadful (at least for now).  Fridays are just fun.  My employed friends and family are excited for the weekend and that sometimes means free time we can spend together.

And, I get to write and post one of my favorite features – Follow Friday.  I know I don’t have to wait until Fridays to write the post or even post it for that matter because WordPress does have a scheduling feature.  My goal is always to write and schedule this feature on Wednesdays but like that never happens.  It’s a good goal and I will keep trying.  At least this week I found the blogs I want to feature on Wednesday and woke up today knowing which blogs I wanted to write about. That is progress and I will take it. Continue reading

Follow Friday: The Blogiversary Edition Day Three

108H2To  celebrate my second blogiversary I am featuring guest bloggers and writing a Follow Friday post every day this week leading up to my blogiversary on Saturday, August 15th.  I want to celebrate the WordPress community as much a I want to celebrate the fact that after two years I am still blogging.  To read more about my blogiversary go here.  Note I still need two guest bloggers so if you are interested in sharing your blogging wisdom and experience with my readers, please let me know.

I love my WordPress Reader.  I can type in any topic I’m interested in reading about and if someone in the WordPress community of bloggers has written a post about that topic it will appear in my reader.  For example, I just typed in my favorite dessert crème brûlée and voila there are posts to read like this, this and this.  I don’t know why I reserve crème brûlée for the rare special occasion at a restaurant and haven’t tried making it at home.

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White Privilege – Real or Not?

White privilege; does it or doesn’t it exist?

If you were to ask the average black American whether white privilege exists they would respond with a resounding “hell yes”.  If you ask the average white American if white privilege exists they would look bewildered and loudly reply “hell no”. Continue reading

Is it Really All Black and White?

Interesting, I wonder if we all do this when we speak (use of all intended). I think I need to pay attention to whether I use black and white words at home. I think my other half thinks I speak in black and white terms.  I think I use the word always too much.  Why do you always (fill in the blank)?

E. P. Matthews

I dislike the word “all”.   It’s a demanding, self-important word, even though it’s quite small.  Are we all here?   Are all roofing contractors crooks?  Did you finish all your vegetables?   It is, if you will, the Napoleon of words, perhaps just because it is so small.   It’s the person at the party who insists on topping your joke with his own punchline.   It’s the blind date who decides to tell you the ways you resemble his ex-wife.   Or worse yet, his mother.    All the ways you resemble his mother.

In the name of full disclosure, I confess that I am guilty of using the a-word  more often than I should, albeit invariably with regret.   I use it when I’m arguing with my husband:  “Why do you always dump all the junk mail on me every day?”   (He does.)  Or when I’m trying to get my kids to do their…

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