Losing Roxie Two weeks ago, on January 28, 2019, I lost my best friend – a Pitbull/Lab mix named Roxie (aka Miss Roxie). It was a devastating loss, most obviously because losing one’s four-legged, furry child hurts as much as losing a human family member. But losing Roxie was devastating for several other reasons. The … More In Praise of Roxie 1/26/2008(?)-1/28/2019
2019 began with a BANG! There was my first poetry reading of the year (second ever) on January 7th with new friend and poetry colleague, Tzynya Pinchback, but missing our mutual friend and colleague Lynne Spiglemire Viti, who had organized the reading. It was a great experience that held the promise of more good things … More Welcome to 2019! Wait… What Happened to January?
Winter swept over the city like a crisp white sheet billowing as it is flung over a waiting mattress. I watched it from my windows: fat white flakes descended heavily to the ground, Time and Space suspended in the silence, broken only by the occasional sound of whirring tires rounding the corner outside. The cold … More Winter Swept Over the City
This past Monday, January 7, I joined poet Tzynya Pinchback in a poetry reading on Quintessential Poetry, a BlogTalkRadio program hosted by Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram. The event, POV (Pinchback/Oldham/Viti), was planned by our colleague, Lynne Viti (who writes the WordPress blog Still in School) and was supposed to include her reading, too. Unfortunately, Lynne … More First Poetry Reading in 2019: Done!
How It All Started On December 27, 2014, I posted my first essay after setting up this site [https://baltimoreblackwoman.com/2014/12/27/christmas-past-the-toys-i-played-with-and-how-they-shaped-me/]. In my second post [https://baltimoreblackwoman.com/2015/01/01/ringing-in-the-new-year-2015/], I explained my vision, which is summarized in my tagline: Black Lives Matter. The Black Experience Is the Human Experience. After a lifetime of having to prove this truth in my … More Celebrating 4 Years of baltimoreblackwoman!
Announcing my next Poetry Reading, alongside my WordPress poet friend Lynne Viti and my new Poet friend Tzynya Pinchback! Be sure to call in to listen!
It has been 6 months to the day, since my mother, Dorothy Ann, passed away. I still mourn her passing deeply. Yet, every single day, she’s left miracles for me to behold in her memory. The flowering plant, given to me by a friend a day after Mom’s passing, Still blooms, though it sits on … More Life After Death: Love Never Dies
I am thankful that we made it through another Thanksgiving Day. The first one without Mom at the head of the table, yet she was still there. Though I did not sit in her place, I did the things she would have done. I. Promises Made It’s been a tough year … More Thanksgiving 2018: Thankful versus Grateful
The front-page story in the Sunday, July 15,2018 digital edition of The Baltimore Sun(“Collapse,” by Tim Prudente, http://digitaledition.baltimoresun.com/html5/desktop/production/default.aspx?pubid=99644e1a-52da-4fe3-8f78-a84e4fe4d386&edid=2192616c-ec73-42b8-a798-f58dedfe23f0&pnum=87),describing the demise of the 900 block of Payson Street, is a decent investigative piece about the real-estate woes of a single block of West Baltimore rowhouses and the recent loss of one human life because of those … More The Real Story of the 900 Block of Payson Street
My Multi-Media Addictions I am an admitted news junkie. Though I start most of my days with at least two hours of silence before turning on the television, those hours of silence are spent checking my emails for…. e-News. I subscribe to The Washington Post (thanks to Amazon), The Baltimore Sun, The Boston Globe, Axios, … More How to Stay Sane in These Dark Days: Turn Off the Noise