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Black Cracks

There’s a belief in our culture that “black don’t crack.” Since I hit forty several years ago, someone often tells me  how good I look for my age. “What they say is true, because you prove that black don’t crack.” Yes, for the most part black women tend to look younger than we actually are. […]

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There’s No Place to Get

I’ve decided to put to bed the part of me that needs to have things be a certain way. I’m moving slower, breathing deeper, worrying less and being with what is, without the need to make it different. I feel a certain knowing that I’m fine just as I am. I don’t need to make […]

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The Healing Begins

After being diagnosed with a precancerous lump on my breast, I’ve decided to make some changes to bring optimal health to my body. I’ve never had any real health scares with the exception of having an abnormal pap smear when I was about sixteen. The test showed that I had precancerous cells in my uterus, […]

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I Feel Beautiful

About year ago, I started thinking about no longer dyeing my hair. Having been gray since I was twenty-three years old, twenty years of dyeing was beginning to just wear me down. The thought stayed with me in a very light way. Being the naturalist that I am I started researching herbs and minerals that […]

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There’s a Lump on My Breast

Around a year ago I found a lump on my breast. I’d had a clean mammogram a year earlier, but of course I needed to get it checked out asap. After another mammogram and ultrasound, it was determined to be a cyst that needed to be examined every six months. Half a year later at […]

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The Darkest Night

The past year, a dark cloud of depression rolled in and stationed itself right above me. And even though I’ve always felt that I was coming undone just a little, over the past months I felt myself coming undone in ways I wasn’t accustomed to. It feels like I spent the better part of this […]

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Yoga! What Is It Good For? Absolutely Nothing!

Yoga! The thought of yoga makes me feel like a failure and the biggest loser that ever lived. I’ve run marathons and maintain a pretty healthy lifestyle so that at forty-six I look and feel pretty good. But for the most part, yoga has been beyond me; I just didn’t get it, and it pissed […]

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Why Ask Why: Ray and Janay Rice

All of this media coverage about Janay and Ray Rice just breaks my heart. It brings forward all the memories of watching my parents battle each other when I was a little girl. I’m reminded of how insidious and terminal a violent relationship can be. There was one particular occasion when I watched my father […]

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