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Thursday, December 8, 2011

My sweet grandmother

Everyone who visits my blog knows that I talk about my children quite a bit. You don’t often hear me mention other family members – that’s mostly because I don’t have permission. In fact, my mother has specifically requested that she not be included in any posts or anything on the Internet. No pictures, no references, no nothing.

Although I may not agree, I do respect her privacy and choices. As a matter of fact, when I began blogging I asked my oldest daughter Amber if it was okay to talk about her. It was after I had already started doing it (LOL), but had she been opposed I wouldn’t have continued. I also asked her permission for using her as the subject of my blog posts in Parent’s Perspective on Campus Talk Blog.

Today, I just couldn’t resist telling you about my sweet grandmother. My mom’s mother is the only grandparent I have left and I had a chance to talk to her today. She is 92 years old and she is the sweetest person I know. She’s vibrant, beautiful and touches my heart each times she thinks of me and the children by either asking my mother about us or sending us presents in the mail. I called her because when I checked the mail today I found three boxes she had sent; inside are Christmas  presents for the children.

That she took the time to have my aunt send the children some gifts is so thoughtful and sweet. We should be sending her gifts! Although I can’t include any pictures, won’t tell you her name or give you a lot of details it’s an honor to share about my grandmother… the sweetest mom mom I know!

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Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Writing around the web

It was about 1975 when I realized how much I enjoy writing. I like telling stories, relaying facts, entertaining and encouraging through the written word. I even prefer communicating via writing… yes, for the most part, I would rather text than talk on the phone.

My love of writing is what fueled me to begin blogging. (Long after my stints in print journalism – both newspaper and magazine.) In fact, many of you probably don’t know that my first blog is one called Single & Celibate. I stopped updating it quite a few years ago because I became a little bored and I got married. :-) Although, at the time, I still believed in being single and celibate my fire behind it dimmed a little. I still leave it out there because every once in awhile there will be a comment left by someone searching the web for information, confirmation or encouragement about being single and celibate.

Since I’ve begun writing web content, I’ve had a few things posted around the web and currently contribute to a couple of sites. Two of my favorites, which I currently contribute to on an infrequent basis, are Black Love Forum and Campus Talk Blog.

BLF is influential in the movement to restore healthy relationships in the black community, and they’re dedicated to being an agent of change through their website and online community, events and discussions as well as education and coaching. For me, it has given me the opportunity to meet a group of people who have the goal of better understanding and healing our relationships as well as presenting much-needed perspectives on a wide range of topics relevant to successful relationships.

On BLF my most recent post is How to Survive the (failed) Grocery Store Hookup. Although it could have been a vent about why some dude didn’t give me the time a day, it is a humorous account of that encounter. On CTB, I write Parent’s Perspective as the first-time college mom where I write about issues that first-time college parents deal with. Everything from saying good-bye to your student and “friending” them on Facebook to community service, disabled students and moving. 

One of the things I like about writing web content is the myriad of things I get to write about including a health essay at HealthyWomen.org and some erotica on a site that I’m not gonna tell you about. Yea, I have to have some secrets.

My love of writing continues and it’s my pleasure to share it with you. The ability to write is a gift and it’s made even better by the extreme love I have doing it.

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