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  • Y is for Yield
    Yield: to give up, as to superior power or authority; to give up or surrender (oneself). My first plan was to write about making a better-feeling life by surrendering oneself to a higher power. But I’ve already done that here. So I decided instead to write about surrendering something else: >>>
  • D is for Discern
    A college friend of mine called me an inappropriate black person. In his eyes, things about me, as far as black people went, were unsuitable. My accent was unsuitable. My hair was unsuitable. My way of dressing was unsuitable. And my taste in music: quite unsuitable. The joke, of course, >>>
  • A is for Ask
    As kids, we had no problem asking for what we wanted, but we learned to stop doing it over time. And no wonder: “Mom, can I have that?” “No.” “Mrs. Jones, can I do my homework this way?” “No.” “Dad, can I stay up and watch TV?” “No.” But our >>>
  • E is for Environments
    In some circles, I’m famous—infamous, perhaps—as a neat freak. So it came as a surprise to “someone” that I set my used plate by the side of the sink when visiting “someone else’s” house. “I’m surprised you’d do that,” “someone” said to me. I was bugged by the comment but >>>
  • T is for Theme
    Theme: a unifying or dominant idea. Just as we use themes to keep our writing together, we can use them for the same purpose for our lives. Do my actions support my themes? Yes, continue. No, stop going down that road. How’s that for keeping things straight? We can pick >>>
  • S is for Scrumptious Stories
    Here’s the good news and bad news about the stories we tell: Our stories are like boomerangs, bringing back what we throw out there. Or, in other words, we reap what we sow. If you tell gossipy stories about people, prepare to be gossiped about. If you tell the tale, >>>
  • Are You Ready To Go Steady With Me?
    If you’re on Match.com, everyone knows that you’re there to find a date, not volunteer gig. And that’s a great benefit of starting a relationship online: it can be easier to be forthcoming. Such is the case with me right now. I’m here because I’m interested in you. Because you’re >>>