Creative Writing

Merging cultures: Africa, Lazarus, and liver & onions

  Exhaustion has overtaken me this week, but I would be remiss if I didn’t pause to pen the joy I recently experienced with the beautiful soul in the snapshot I captured above. She’s an academic scholar from Florida State University who  lives in Tallahassee, where I, too, currently reside. She is from Jacksonville which […]

The Gift of Life

(Published 12/24/15) THE GIFT OF LIFE December 24, 2015 Filed under FLORIDA, FRONT PAGE, HEALTH, NEWS Posted by FCEditor Florida Courier writer Penny Dickerson, a cancer survivor, reflects on her personal challenges and blessings during this year’s holiday season. BY PENNY DICKERSON The Florida Courier Cancer and Christmas share a confounding irony for me this […]

Address Africa: I’m moving to Senegal

THIS WAS ME In 2006, I was diagnosed with stage II  renal cell carcinoma (kidney cancer). As a result, I endured multiple surgeries (related/unrelated) and a whole lot of grief. My body owns a road map of scars: abdomen, flank, and spine to name a few. The largest healed and grew a grotesque keloid  which […]

African American Childhood Obesity: the skinny on fat

This blog is featured in HBCU Lifestyles: http://hbculifestyle.com/contributor-how-you-can-help-african-american-youth-fight-obesity/ Being the fat kid will never be cool. America is a skinny nation and an ad hoc committee on “acceptable appearance” has deemed that fat ain’t where it’s at and skinny is in. Media influences applaud the weight loss efforts of the rich and famous as their guant faces […]

Candy-Flavored Tobacco: A Cheap Smoke Screen

      http://daytonatimes.com/2015/08/dealing-with-danger-in-public-places/ Volusia steps up fight against sale of candy- flavored tobacco to children August 20, 2015 Filed under DAYTONA BEACH, HEALTH, LEAD STORIES, NEWS  BY PENNY DICKERSON DAYTONA TIMES The Florida Department of Health has announced that all cities in Volusia County have signed and passed non-binding resolutions to urge retailers not […]

Thyroid Cancer and Mammograms (Challenging Dr. OZ)

Link to Dr. Oz article http://www.doctoroz.com/question?query=thyroid+cancer+and+mammograms&qa=1 Link to clarification and challenge by the Elizabeth Wende Breast Center http://www.ewbc.com/news/articles/mammography-amp-thyroid-cancer We all love Dr. Oz.  Despite his authoritative demeanor and hypnotic spiels regarding all things health, I encourage everyone who reads new information about health care trends to read new information about health care trends.

“Spiritual Opioid Dreams” as featured in Solstice Literary Magazine Fall/Winter 2015

  Solstice Lit Mag is published three times a year and is a 501 (c)(3) nonprofit with a mission to promote diversity of all types in literature and photography. Penny Dickerson is a writer of place, risk, and experimental inspiration. Her current creative direction merges poetics with the nonfiction genre, and she is currently penning […]