Encouragement


No One Comes from Nothing _ Stop Saying This! 1

“I came from nothing.”  “S/he came from nothing.”  I hear this phrase applied or self-described regularly when someone who has made an achievement noteworthy enough to make the news recounts the journey.  It is a convenient sound bite and it drives me coo-coo plus it just isn’t true. Stop saying […]


To be real about resilience 9

I’ve listened to many keynote speakers, presenters and panelists talk about the importance of resiliency over the years for Blacks, other people of color, poor people and women.  What I’ve yet to hear is a speaker getting real about resilience: the tools they used, the situations they faced and who/what […]


The Orange Pantsuit a tale of mentorship 18

Like many young adults, I was enthusiastic, energetic, and  naive.  So I went to my new job at the local public television station, all of 20 years old, in a bright orange, double-knit, bell-bottomed pantsuit.  I was looking  fly (sometimes you just know this about yourself). Mr. D, a plain-spoken, […]


Give the dog a bone; cut the dude some slack

Give the dog a bone* Yield the right of way Cut the dude some slack Turn gently away (or toward) Give crazy stuff a break Speak up in support Make the referral Contribute:  your time, the funds   Say hello (whether or not they speak back) Acknowledge the effort Pay […]


Thanks to the nurse who… 2

I must say thank you.  Thank you because you touched me – one human being to another.Thank you to the nurse who was proactively kind and gentle with me during a recent biopsy.  She held my hand and rubbed my shoulder throughout the procedure.  I am so grateful that she […]