First the Pain, Then the Splendor

“Owning our stories means reckoning with our feelings and rumbling with our dark emotions— our fear, anger, aggression, shame, and blame. This isn’t easy, but the alternative— denying our stories and disengaging from emotion— means choosing to live our entire lives in the dark.” —Brene Brown, Rising Strong   Once upon a time, I was…

Feeling Over-Exposed

It’s barely 7 am and I’ve already watched four Youtube videos this morning. The first three were videos on spreadsheets and data analysis. The fourth inspired this post. The fourth video was a talk by Brene Brown (her books changed my life). I thought I already saw all of her Youtube videos, but I realize…

America, Sometimes You Break My Heart

1. Unless one is born into an interracial family, most of us can remember the first occasions when we mingled with others outside of our race. I had no significant experience with non-black people until my college years. Of course, there were casual exchanges during my childhood and teenage years with teachers, a few camp…

Why Do I Blog So Openly About My Life

I wasn’t sure at first about being so open with my life on a blog. I followed my instincts and they have led me here. I am very sure now, more sure about the blogging content here than anything I’ve ever publicly written. Our societal framework has some major cracks in it, our connections as…