blackhistorymonth

Why Black History Should Never Make Black People Bitter…

Why Black History Should Never Make Black People Bitter The images in Selma made me cringe as I watched the dramatic images of black people being abused and murdered as they struggled for the right to vote. It was hurtful to know that black people alone weren’t valued enough to be granted the right to…

better life

Magnified Levels of Greatness in 2015

As I reflect on 2014, the first image that comes to mind is a roller coaster. Not one of the kiddie roller coasters frequently seen at a local fair. I’m talking about a Texas-size Six Flags, blow-your-mind, scare-you-to-death, hold-on-tightly-for-the-ride-of-your-life roller coaster. I was up and down. Some moments passed fast and others seemed to drag…

CAJUN

A Cajun in the Heartland

In an Iowa City bar I realized I was Cajun. It was the summer of 1998, I had just graduated from LSU with my English BA, and before starting the MFA at the University of Memphis in the fall, I attended the University of Iowa’s Summer Writing Festival. After the opening night’s workshop, some of…