Thank A Teacher

When I was in… 
…Kindergarten, I learned the word “violence”. I still remember the horrified look on my teacher, Ms. Leebove’s, face when she heard that I had gotten in trouble in gym for taking something from someone. What the gym teacher didn’t see is that the girl took it from me. I was justContinue reading “Thank A Teacher”

Give Me the Green Light

September 2013 “Hey, Claricha! You can leave early if you like today. We don’t have many kids here so you can go.” Said my boss at 4:00 pm one Tuesday afternoon. I popped up from my spot and bolted to the door. I had a smile a mile wide as I got on 496 EContinue reading “Give Me the Green Light”

Poker face

I basically taught myself how to play the drums when I was nine. I watched other drummers and applied their techniques. I struggled with the same thing most drummers struggle with, keeping the tempo. The organist at my church would tap on the organ to help me out. Then his taps got louder. Then heContinue reading “Poker face”

Empty Phrases

Two phrases parents and caregivers make sure their kids know can be two of the emptiest statements we ever hear. “Thank you” and “I’m sorry.” Neither of those matter if actions don’t show gratitude or remorse, respectively. During Manners Week my kids learned one of the most valuable life lessons they’ll ever get. “Sometimes ‘sorry’Continue reading “Empty Phrases”

Sometimes life causes pain. Sometimes pain is good.

I have a faint scar on my hand and it’s been there most of my life. I got it when I fell off my bike as a kid. I was riding with no hands and I simply fell, but it was a pretty hard fall though. I blacked out for a second. Shortly thereafter, IContinue reading “Sometimes life causes pain. Sometimes pain is good.”

Stop Wasting Time

Imagine for a second that you just got a new job and you set up your direct deposit. Then after your payments should’ve started you realize it’s not going into your account. So you check the paperwork and find out that you put in the wrong bank account number and someone else has been gettingContinue reading “Stop Wasting Time”

Little Girl, Are You Listening?

(This is an old blog from 2012.) One day, I was in the car with my sister and brother (Tan and Tyrone). Ty had just bought an old Mary Mary CD (Incredible) so we were listening to it during our ride. There’s a song on it entitled “Little Girl”. It’s a song that’s supposed toContinue reading “Little Girl, Are You Listening?”