Not Always the Hero - Ruminate Magazine

Not Always the Hero

November 03, 2020

It is difficult to realize that someone you respect and care for understands you and people that look like you as self-centered and reactionary because you demand inalienable rights.

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A Scream - Ruminate Magazine

A Scream

June 11, 2020

It seems insidiously cruel that we don’t get to be asymptomatic carriers for the prejudice and hatred that others infect us with.

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On Constructive Anger - Ruminate Magazine

On Constructive Anger

June 04, 2020

Being Black and being a woman, I have a complicated relationship with anger. Sometimes I am reluctant to show anger, irritation, or frustration for fear of being labeled an “Angry Black Woman”...Unfortunately, I am frequently angry when existing in most spaces.

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Reaching the Perimeter

Reaching the Perimeter

January 02, 2020

God creates change in our circumstances and us. I have changed as a result of this season, and I have learned that saying, “I do not have enough,” will have to suffice. I do not believe that God created us to be boundless.

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A Visual Vocabulary for Hope

A Visual Vocabulary for Hope

September 24, 2019

The image of a hand reaching out into the dark encapsulates many of the prayers I have said over the years. In the darkness, I hope for light. I reach out my hand, and I hope that God will take it.

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On Constructive Anger

On Constructive Anger

May 07, 2019

Being Black and being a woman, I have a complicated relationship with anger. Sometimes I am reluctant to show anger, irritation, or frustration for fear of being labeled an “Angry Black Woman”...Unfortunately, I am frequently angry when existing in most spaces.

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Show Your Work: How Do You Know What You Know?

Show Your Work: How Do You Know What You Know?

July 17, 2018

Writers, our readers aren’t going to find us out. We’re not playing pretend. Our writing isn’t a performance. We’re simply in conversation with our readers, and we’re showing them how we know what we know at this point in time.

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The Blessing and Burden of Knowledge

The Blessing and Burden of Knowledge

February 13, 2018

Do I enjoy having this knowledge about myself? The knowledge that I have anxiety and another bout of depression could be waiting a few months down the road? No, I can’t say that I do....However, knowing that I will eventually have a good day and I will come out of my depression has steadied me.

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Don’t Skip Ahead: The Reward of a Satisfying Ending

Don’t Skip Ahead: The Reward of a Satisfying Ending

October 31, 2017

They were self-contained, well-wrapped packages gifted to a reader like myself. They didn’t let me see the mess of their writing: the ideas that never made it out of their notes, the omitted paragraphs, the anxiety-inducing feedback, the days spent writing alone, the cups and cups of coffee, the third and fourth revisions, the missed dinners with friends, and the feelings of failure.

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To be Lost in Space

To be Lost in Space

July 20, 2017

Any honest PhD candidate will tell you that our work can be isolating. Even though a great deal of our work involves interaction (teaching, office hours, comparing notes with colleagues, attending lectures, and sometimes venting with other students about how we never have enough time), the majority of our work requires great stretches of time spent alone. 

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How Can We Be Silent?

How Can We Be Silent?

March 28, 2017

I’ve been thinking about silence. What role should silence play in our everyday lives? What should be a Christian’s relationship to quiet? Personally, I thrive on silence. Noise and chatter are grating to me. Quiet is therapeutic. When I sit still, be quiet, and remain silent, I’m able to sort through the chaos of my thoughts...

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The Case for Empathy

The Case for Empathy

November 22, 2016

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Can Writers Ever Break Free of Patriotism?

Can Writers Ever Break Free of Patriotism?

September 15, 2016

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When It’s Time to Let Go of Your Heroes

When It’s Time to Let Go of Your Heroes

July 27, 2016

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Black Girl Future

Black Girl Future

June 16, 2016

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Writing Something Rotten and Magical

Writing Something Rotten and Magical

May 26, 2016

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An Unexpected Reader: Thomas Dixon’s The Clansman

An Unexpected Reader: Thomas Dixon’s The Clansman

May 09, 2016

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Should My Cyber-Self “Unfriend” You?

Should My Cyber-Self “Unfriend” You?

December 09, 2015

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Come, All Ye Cyborgs

Come, All Ye Cyborgs

November 11, 2015

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