• Non-fiction

    Greatness

    via me.meYes, this.As individuals, we really aren\’t much of anything. I mean, we are something, but we aren\’t everything. Look at the size of this planet — if you were in an airplane, flying from your nearest airport to the next nearest airport, you would not be able to see yourself from the sky. That\’s how small each of us is in the larger scheme of things.However, you are a lot. I am as well. Each of us is filled to the overflow with greatness.Now, if I were to tell you that you are great and you answered with something like, Yeah,…

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    Love is Like Bread

    We are two-dimensional beings most of the time. It is rare that we show 360 degrees of ourselves to anyone. The first husband had an image of me that I could never live up to and it made him angry. Well, he was already angry — the fact that I wasn\’t what he thought he had simply added fuel to his already stoked fire. I wrote some time ago about burying the best parts of me deep inside so they wouldn\’t be hurt during those years.Like an egg, or maybe more like a cocoon, I kept those parts carefully wrapped…

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    Get Clothing, Hats, and Bags with Original Art by Christopher

    My Christopher was both an artist and musician.What better way to honor those skills than by wearing them?I created Neal One, a storefront that features four of his designs on a number of different items. I invite you to take a look by clicking the image below (which is one of the designs you\’ll find).For those outside the UK, please note all prices come up in pounds. However, PayPal and credit cards will convert to your form of payment.

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    The Funk\’s My Only Issue

    You crazy like that glue … It\’s funny, the things that come to mind sometime. The title of this post and the quote above are from a tune called \’Flava In Ya Ear\’ by rapper Craig Mack.When it broke, I think I played the grooves off my 12-inch version. The tune was hypnotic and Mack wrote some of the tightest lines imaginable.Not to mention he started by talking about \’The Jetsons\’ — specifically, Uniblab:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EnsVmPHbQT0Uniblab, tho? That\’s brilliance!Anyway, the local celebration for my Christopher was today. It was lovely and I am so grateful for my friends and neighbors who came…

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    Just a Quick Interlude …

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3nONOuNEhhEActually it is.My birthday, I mean.No, really — it\’s today.Wait! Before you crack your knuckles and prepare to write me that special birthday poem in iambic pentameter in the comments, I didn\’t post to get your gray matter cooking.I haven\’t been posting every day for a while and I\’m not saying that I will start back.Not saying I won\’t, either, but I needed to get something out of my head.It\’s a weird day as you can imagine, but let me tell you more:One of the last conversations I had with my Christopher was about my birthday. He told me on…

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    What Matters Most

    I wasn\’t going to write.I opened my WordPress and placed the cursor in an open field in the Add New Post area earlier … and closed it.But then I realized I needed to write about what matters most.So I\’m watching What Happened Miss Simone?  on Netflix and the fact that my husband is not here became quite real. There is no way I would be watching something like this without him, without his voice, without our constant banter about what was going on, without our tears at the parts that hit us personally.We went to view Christopher today. It was one of…