Just Enough (Bankrupt) [My Coronavirus Diaries, Installment #4]


March 24, 2020   I thought I had just enough. Just enough foodto keep my body strong.Just enough common senseto keep from doing wrong.Just enough heartto smile through the pain.Just enough sunlight savedTo endure days of rain. But in these darkest of days,there is no surety to be found.Except the near-certaintythat I am bankrupt-bound. I … More Just Enough (Bankrupt) [My Coronavirus Diaries, Installment #4]

Staying Alive, Inside (My Coronavirus Diaries, Installment #2)


Saturday, March 21, 2020 The Aborted Poetry Reading On Wednesday, March 18, I was scheduled to join three other women poets (Toni Bee, Marianne Szlyk, and Lynne Viti) to read recent work on the Quintessential Poetry podcast (http://www.blogtalkradio.com), hosted by Dr. Michael Anthony Ingram. The theme of the program, 3 months in the making (almost), … More Staying Alive, Inside (My Coronavirus Diaries, Installment #2)

To My Future Self


March 21, 2020 2:43 AM Never forget your first language, which is Music.Before words called out to you,Music fed your infant soul.Even your mother knew this.She recalled how you wriggledTo the sound ofFlight of the Bumblebee—Though you were hearing itAs the theme song ofThe Green Hornet,Playing on the televisionIn the living room Of the tiny … More To My Future Self

Coronavirus Blues


Tuesday March 17, 2020 There’s got to be a better way!  It’s one thing to be retired, without any real, daily obligations. In this chosen situation, I’ve made obligations for myself: writing, community work, visiting friends & family, doing nothing if I want to, etc. But this self-isolation is something else again. I’ve already been … More Coronavirus Blues

baltimoreblackwoman Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary


Part I: 2019: The Year of Words in Action   Without experiences, writing is an empty exercise. Without writing, experiences are devoid of meaning. My goal for 2019 was to act on my words. After the first 4 years of writing baltimoreblackwoman, I realized that observing life wasn’t enough—I needed to DO. For myself, my … More baltimoreblackwoman Celebrates 5-Year Anniversary

Where Has baltimoreblackwoman been? All Over the City, Hon! (Part II)


A Ball, A Play, A Gala, and A Space Opera Recap: In PART I (advertised on baltimoreblackwoman’s Facebook page as “A November to Remember”) I wrote about the Western High School 175th Birthday Red & Black Ball and the premier of a new play, Thoughts of A Colored Man. This installment recounts the rest of … More Where Has baltimoreblackwoman been? All Over the City, Hon! (Part II)

Where Has baltimoreblackwoman been? All Over the City, Hon!


A Ball, A Play, A Gala, and A Space Opera PART I: A Ball and A Play Western’s 175th Birthday Red & Black Ball On Friday, November 1, 2019, Western High School, the oldest all-female public high school in the nation, kicked off a year-long celebration of its 175th anniversary, with events at the school, … More Where Has baltimoreblackwoman been? All Over the City, Hon!

Reflections on the 2019 Morgan State University Founders Day Convocation: A Celebration of Peace, Unity, and Reconciliation


Thursday, November 7, 2019 was a Historic day for Morgan State University and for the Community of Lauraville, where I have proudly resided for nearly 58 years. On the occasion of the University’s annual Founder’s Day Convocation, the long, contentious history between these two communities was formally recognized, confronted, and reconciled in a program that … More Reflections on the 2019 Morgan State University Founders Day Convocation: A Celebration of Peace, Unity, and Reconciliation