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Beneath the stereotype of the angry black woman is an overlooked vulnerability. Rahiel Tesfamariam writes that black women act as if there is a war being waged against us. Yes, yes and more yes. Tesfamariam recognizes that the U.S. still doesn’t know how to deal with the “angry black woman,” whether she’s Solange in an […]

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Photo Credit: Daniel Cima, International Federation of the Red Cross

Last week, I spoke for 125ish students at The Ohio State University.  I am very ashamed to admit it was one of the first times in a long time that I felt completely prepared.  I gave the message prep and delivery-practice adequate time.  It showed!  I was pretty nervous for about 8 hours until talk […]

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Dave & I saw these dudes perform today.  They are Gabe & Kirk of Kinetic Affect, masters of spoken word / slam poetry. They were some kind of amazing.  Super deep.  Awesome.  Engaging, raw, challenging & over-the-top talented. I was affected. What struck me about their pieces was how real-life it was.  They spoke of […]

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On 9/11, I have a vivid image of my husband bounding into our bedroom, swinging open the door and yelling, “Gracee, wake up!  We are at war!”  My 1st thought, of course was nuclear war.  I thought we had days, hours, perhaps even minutes to live.  (I know I’m such a drama queen, but seriously […]

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  The genocide in Darfur is deteriorating.  As, I looked at my 8 month old this morning I felt heavy-hearted as I considered what it would be like to not be able to feed him. I’m in awe of the women who love their kids so much but have to watch them starve. These women […]

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Because my husband also came home with a really cool blue Urbana bag, I thought I’d re-post \”targetshoppers\” recent blog about a really cool bag story… “My husband came home from Urbana with this really cool new bag. When I commented on it, he said, “you should hear the story behind it.” And so, I heard […]

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Around this time last year I met a friend of the very gifted author, Ann Lamott.  My friend, N. made me downright blush as she said I, Grace Biskie reminded her of “Annie” and said she would love to pass on my memoir manuscript to her for a possible jacket cover recommendation!  (This would be beyond […]

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You probably won’t have a hard time believing me when I say I often    have to ask myself, “is this blog more appropriately expressed in my private journal or should I just click that “publish” button over on the right?”  I guess this one fits into both because for some reason I’d really like to […]

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