Update on My Son’s Memorial Scholarship Fund

.But first, thank you On August 3, 2021 in Springfield, MO my daughter and I along with friends remembered my son. This was the place  where he grew up  before we moved to Lincoln in 2015. It was a small, socially distanced gathering of vaccinated friends showing love for our beloved Ricky who went to Heaven last year … Continue reading Update on My Son’s Memorial Scholarship Fund

I Started a #Birding Blog!

And the first post went up today! I am beginning this blog as part of my #selfcare and #griefwork. Now that Spring is here my heart is opened even more. I am sending my son's spirit forth in love through sitting in nature and being grateful for this beautiful Earth. Here is the blog logo … Continue reading I Started a #Birding Blog!

Upendo Rising: On Gratitude— #NewYearsDay

***Upendo means love in Swahili The above picture was taken on December 26, 2020 when I was doing some winterbirding on Mattamuskeet Lake, Hyde County, North Carolina. Birding is something that I have recently come into as I navigated my grief journey. Birding makes me happy because my son loved birds very much. His favorites … Continue reading Upendo Rising: On Gratitude— #NewYearsDay

Grieving in the Time of the Pandemic- How Cyber-organizing Can Help Communities of Grievers| Grief Support Protocols

Hold space. Holding space means be with the griever in a nonjudgmental way. Be there but do not push, listen, and make statements that show your support. Avoid the wording “I understand” unless you have suffered the same loss. Try to say “I am so sorry you are going through this and I am here to help you with what you need.”

Punitive Landscape: Geographies of Escape and Concealment

This essay assesses relevant sources in the account of Ann Clarke’s escape from slavery with a view to examining how the political landscape of the Kansas Territory impeded or facilitated her escape. In identifying the zones of containment, concealment, and wayfinding this paper will illuminate how enslaved freedom seekers and their abolitionist allies circumvented the punitive landscape of Kansas Territory.