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Dear Mrs. Miller, a Love Letter to My Son’s Preschool Teacher

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My son Stephen E. Beaven III, aka Trey, is the ultimate introvert. He doesn't say much, and when he does speak, it is so profound that it could shock you if you don't know...

I Am Hanging on by a Thread

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I tend to live in a place of gratitude, I always have, and I always will. That is not to say that I do not become overwhelmed and begin to question everything. Go back...
celebrating black history all year

Black History 365: Celebrating Black History All Year

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Growing up, February was so important to my family because my our roots run deep. All of my grandmother's brothers served in the military and each served during wars. My grandparents were sharecroppers in...

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day: Five Books to Commemorate the Day

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The third Monday of January, every year, is the commemorative celebration of Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day. Growing up, the day has always been significant because it wasn’t just a day out...

Why This Year May Be What We Needed

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Alas, 2020 is coming to an end so let us all let out a collective sigh of relief. However, as the year has progressed and has become more tragic and uncomfortable I can't help...

What’s on the Ballot and How It Affects Mothers

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Election season is somewhat like a holiday for me, a long and visceral one, but a holiday nonetheless. I know not everyone feels this way between the hateful ads, the constant debates, and the...

Why I Want My Kids to Remember the Pandemic

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I honestly have no clue what day it is and after the first day of the month, everything runs together and it has been this way since approximately March. When the pandemic first began...

A Letter to my Father: The Ultimate Introvert

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     My dad hates attention. Even as I write this post, I can imagine him cringing at the fact that I am writing him this letter! However, my dad deserves some kudos because he is...
Black America

The Tale of Two Americas: You’re Either All in or All Out

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“We can disagree and still love each other unless your disagreement is rooted in my oppression and denial of my humanity and right to exist.”-James Baldwin To say the least, 2020 has been exhausting for many...

Living Through a Pandemic When You Have Anxiety

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I have had anxiety for the better part of a decade. I discovered it during my senior year of college when I thought that I was having a heart attack, only for my doctor...

Motherhood: When You Didn’t Think You Would Be a Mom

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In a recent interview with People magazine, Oprah discussed why she never had children. She discussed the “depth of responsibility” that it would take to be a mom. She also talked about the people...

The Day My Daughter Began Preschool

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As we get into our stride of the school year, I hope that this year is meeting and exceeding all expectations while not exhausting parents too much. This is my very first time experiencing...

Work and Life and Creating the Balance

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I spent my 20's chasing career and money, and I will hold true to the fact that I did the right thing. I waited until I was in my 30's to have children because...

Battle of the Moms: When You and Your Mom Have Different Parenting Styles

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                                            Let the record show, my mother raised me, so let me humblebrag...
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