Creative Writing

THANK YOU: my “Address Africa” donors

We made GOAL! Thank you immensely to my family and friends for your unwavering support as I embark upon a Godly assignment and magnificent journey with Mercy Ships Africa Mercy in Senegal. While your photographs are below (randomly tiled by wordpress), I wanted to share you with the world. None are greater than the other […]

Things Mom Would Want to Know: Mercy Ships On Boarding

My Dearest Mom, My Mercy Ships On Boarding experience is going tremendously well. We actually don’t begin official On Boarding until tomorrow morning, but thus far, there isn’t an isolated item that defers my expectation(s). I am content, but wanted to take a moment to share with you salient points about my journey. You would […]

Bon Voyage to Brunch: Mercy Ships On Boarding

The trajectory of my personal life has taken a quatum leap in the past four-days. I’ve departed Tallahassee, Florida; arrived in Jacksonville and enjoyed a splendid gathering with family and friends that served as a celebratory       bon voyage; boarded two jets to Texas; moved into a wooded and welcoming lodge; worshipped with the […]

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 […]

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 […]