This is what Willie has experienced over the past few years. It started with holiday celebrations. Willie has been suspended during Easter, Father’s Day, and Mother’s Day. He has known about these holidays and anticipated returning to school and making crafts or coloring eggs with us, trying to explain that these activities would be over when he returned. He always insists that they will be there for him when he returns. He has been excluded from field trips for years, never having a chance to show if he’d be good during the outings. The last exclusion was his prom, with … Continue reading Exclusion!

No Masks Required

                                                                   It was a beautiful day in Buffalo. There was sun, a clear blue sky, and a shaded porch. I am sitting with my patient on her porch for the first time ever. I have been with her since before her first birthday. She turned 5 in April, and this is the first time we ever sat on her porch. Then here they come, well they didn’t exactly come, but there they were. Just there. I had to look twice because I was not sure if they were together. They weren’t social distancing, and they weren’t wearing masks, but … Continue reading No Masks Required


         .                              A Covid-19 Event: Willie turned 16 April 20th 2021 My Sugga Dugga turned 16. I asked Willie did he want to learn how to drive. He answered emphatically “No!” Willie’s only interest in cars is to keep track of the comings and goings of the cars in his driveway.  There’s a methodology to that also. Is Jha gone? Where’s Nay’s car? Is La’miya and Darren here? Where’s mommy? I have my methodical answers or questions. “Is Jha gone Willie?” Willie answers, “Yes,” if she’s gone. “No,” if she isn’t, followed by, “she leaving? Is Jha leaving?” I say, … Continue reading Willie@4Ever!


http://ceenphotography.com/2015/09/20/cees-odd-ball-photo-challenge-2015-week-38/ I always enjoy Cee’s challenges, always commit to entering them…never follow through…well this week I’m already at my computer and ‘not’ writing as usual. Thank you Cee, for the inspiration. Here are my photos for your post… Willie and his magnifying glass. A moth’s visit. Reflections at a car window. The Eiffel tower is my phone case. Dueling cats. Siblings, Blondie and Chip. No one was hurt. The creature in the remnants of a cocoa cup. Continue reading cees-odd-ball-photo-challenge

Yet I  Remain. A Poem.

Originally posted on en Route:
Ive watched as Theyve all moved on, many long gone, Yet I remain. As theyve all grown up, began life, Yet I remain. I see perfection, opportunity, and my heart burns with jealousy, Yet I remain. Ive learned so much, dreams, aspirations, marginilized , relegated to a life that can no longer fulfill me, my happiness on hiatus, Yet I remain. Ive prayed, Ive begged, Ive pleaded, watching time slip by, terrified of losing my youth, the world is missing out on me, and I, the world, Yet I remain. Yet I remain, stagnated by… Continue reading Yet I  Remain. A Poem.