So much negative energy steals the oxygen out of the air that we breathe these days. Pessimism, anger, fear, suspicious, hostility, unending grief, the lack of hope, and criticisms have become pervasive in our society. These adverse things shroud all of us like a veil.
Division has become a national curse. It has also become a trusted companion to those who embrace and celebrate the true character of its essence. Division has become powerful enough to rip genuine love out of life-long friendships. …
This poem was originally printed within my published story called
“Confronting Our Tipping Point”
on June 3, 2020.
You talked about insurrection
when people have been pleading for a leader to provide national direction.
You stood in front of a church holding someone’s Bible,
but the injustice you perpetuate cannot be rivaled.
Your failure to denounce police brutality
only reinforces our reality.
You are incapable of having a heart filled with compassion and empathy.
So, the people of our nation continue to be absorbed in agony.
You failed to take a powerful stand and passionately decry the horrific crime against a member of humanity. …
Thirty-five years of my life was spent as an educator. I taught Family and Consumer Sciences and began advocating for the family. When I became a Principal and held various positions as the district level, my ability to develop unique programs to build stronger partnerships with parents became my strength. Serving as a Multicultural Education Professor enabled me to develop strategies to successfully work with highly diverse families.
I ultimately grew to realize that there was a deficit, a sense of brokenness, that adversely impacted many classrooms, schools, and school districts. Simply stated, many parents were not engaged with their child’s teachers and other school officials nor did they have a positive working relationship with them. …